Practice Management

EHRs Fall Short on Analytics and Interoperability

EHRs Fall Short on Analytics and Interoperability

Many physicians are concerned about using electronic health records citing that EHRs were built for a fee-for-service health care model and do not capture information needed to report for alternative payment models.

Preventing Healthcare Cyberattacks: What You Need to Know

Preventing Healthcare Cyberattacks: What You Need to Know

From 2016 to 2017, the health care industry saw a rise in the likelihood of cyberattacks, due to the industry's low preparedness levels and valuable confidential data.

Physician Suicides: A Public Health Crisis

Physician Suicides: A Public Health Crisis

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Suicide among physicians is a staggering public health crisis that has gone largely ignored; every year, suicide takes the lives of close to 400 physicians,2 and takes medical care from as many as 1 million patients

Prior Authorization for Medication, Procedures a Source of Frustration

Prior Authorization for Medication, Procedures a Source of Frustration

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Prior authorizations for medications and diagnostic imaging continue to be a source of frustration for providers.

FDA Approves Technology to Produce MRI Isotope in the United States

FDA Approves Technology to Produce MRI Isotope in the United States

A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided.

Medical Journals Should Require Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures

Medical Journals Should Require Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures

Medical journals should require article authors to include conflict-of-interest statements as a way to enhance transparency.

Palliative Care for COPD: Physicians' Views and Treatment Patterns

Palliative Care for COPD: Physicians' Views and Treatment Patterns

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Researchers conducted an anonymous survey of medical trainees with a case vignette to determine attitudes regarding palliative care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Physician-Hospital Consolidation May Increase With 340B Drug Pricing Program Participation

Physician-Hospital Consolidation May Increase With 340B Drug Pricing Program Participation

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Physician-hospital consolidation may increase with 340B drug pricing program participation.

Characteristics Associated With Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

Characteristics Associated With Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

Patient, practice, and provider characteristics are associated with inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing in the outpatient setting.

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

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Patients who received provider-ordered influenza testing were more likely to be younger and present with fever and "influenza-like illness."

Influenza Vaccination Rates May Increase With Reminder, Recall Systems

Influenza Vaccination Rates May Increase With Reminder, Recall Systems

Patient reminder and recall systems seem to be effective for improving receipt of immunizations.

Patient and Provider Experiences With Electronic Communication

Patient and Provider Experiences With Electronic Communication

Providers who give patients their e-mail addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to affect patient satisfaction.

Researchers Publishing "Unfavorable" Results May Face Legal Action From Pharmaceutical Companies

Researchers Publishing "Unfavorable" Results May Face Legal Action From Pharmaceutical Companies

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Researchers continue to be the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical companies when their studies frame products in an unfavorable light.

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

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The FDA announced a new enforcement strategy to regulate drug products labeled as homeopathic.

Practicing Defensive Medicine to Avoid Litigation: How Far Should We Go?

Practicing Defensive Medicine to Avoid Litigation: How Far Should We Go?

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Evaluating the pros and cons of defensive medicine, the practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation.

Solving Medical Problems Using Conscious and Unconscious Thinking

Solving Medical Problems Using Conscious and Unconscious Thinking

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Evaluating the difference between unconscious and conscious problem solving in medicine.

Wearable Fitness Technology: One Tool Among Many for Better Health

Wearable Fitness Technology: One Tool Among Many for Better Health

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Evaluating the benefits of wearable fitness technology.

Computerized Decision Support Systems Aid Clinicians in Initial Diagnoses

Computerized Decision Support Systems Aid Clinicians in Initial Diagnoses

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Evaluating the use of computerized decision support systems in medical practice.

Complying With Law Enforcement While Also Protecting Patient Rights

Complying With Law Enforcement While Also Protecting Patient Rights

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Healthcare professionals must be well versed in law and institutional policy when complying with law enforcement demands for evidence from patients.

The Conundrum of the Streetlight Effect in Clinical Research

The Conundrum of the Streetlight Effect in Clinical Research

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Evaluating clinician bias in clinical research.

Addressing Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

Addressing Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

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Evaluating contributing factors to healthcare inequality in the United States.

Medical Research Set to Comply With New Code of Ethics in 2018

Medical Research Set to Comply With New Code of Ethics in 2018

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Clinical trial research is set to comply with a new code of ethics in 2018.

Patient Satisfaction Affected by Clinician Denial of Certain Requests

Patient Satisfaction Affected by Clinician Denial of Certain Requests

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Patient satisfaction was reportedly worse when clinicians denied certain requests.

Older Patients Often Experience Hospital Discharge Discrepancies

Older Patients Often Experience Hospital Discharge Discrepancies

Frequent discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the discharge prescriptions were found at a regional hospital in Australia.

Hospital Readmissions May Be Predicted by Reported Post-Discharge Symptoms

Hospital Readmissions May Be Predicted by Reported Post-Discharge Symptoms

Post-discharge symptoms self-reported by frail, elderly adults may predict 30-day hospital readmission visits.

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

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At a research seminar held by the European Respiratory Society in February 2017, a group of investigators discussed how precision medicine may improve treatment in asthma and COPD.

US Physician Salaries and Rising Healthcare Costs

US Physician Salaries and Rising Healthcare Costs

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Evaluating US physician salaries and their effect on rising healthcare costs.

Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program: First Year Results

Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program: First Year Results

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

Pharmacist Presence in Medical Home Practices May Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacist Presence in Medical Home Practices May Improve Patient Outcomes

Integrating clinical pharmacists into primary care medical home practices helps patients achieve better disease management for high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus.

Healthcare Spending Trends in 2016

Healthcare Spending Trends in 2016

Healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016 compared to faster growth in 2014 and 2015.

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