Practice Management

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

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A providers' capacity to feel compassion is affected in part by the practice environment.

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

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In recent years, more healthcare professionals are choosing to work for organizations rather than starting their own practice.

Ban the Phones? Addressing Patient Privacy in the Smartphone Age

Ban the Phones? Addressing Patient Privacy in the Smartphone Age

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There are arguments for and against pulmonology practices prohibiting medical staff from using smartphones while working. Where do you stand on this issue?

Nurse Navigators Can Help to Improve Oncology Care

Nurse Navigators Can Help to Improve Oncology Care

Nurse navigators include registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who work together in pairs

Lay Health Workers Can Improve End-of-Life Cancer Care

Lay Health Workers Can Improve End-of-Life Cancer Care

Incorporating lay health workers into cancer care increases goals-of-care documentation and patient satisfaction.

Assessing, Improving Patient Satisfaction Cuts Malpractice Risk

Assessing, Improving Patient Satisfaction Cuts Malpractice Risk

Patient satisfaction can be improved by reducing long wait times and improving communication.

Cross-Continuum Communication Beneficial After Hospital Discharge

Cross-Continuum Communication Beneficial After Hospital Discharge

Hospitals should have strong processes for communicating with post-acute-care providers.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Require More Out-of-Pocket Spending

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Require More Out-of-Pocket Spending

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Medicare beneficiaries spent more out of pocket for generic medications used to treat cardiovascular disease than patients using standalone prescription drug plans.

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness travel comes in many forms: from coastal bike rides to weeklong workout programs with celebrity trainers.

10 Tips to Hire the Right Employees for Your New Pulmonology Practice

10 Tips to Hire the Right Employees for Your New Pulmonology Practice

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Hiring the right people for your pulmonology practice will help it grow. How can you assemble an all-star staff?

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physicians reporting errors were more likely to also report burnout, fatigue, and recent suicidal ideation.

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

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The draft guidance, Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products, applies to drugs under the New Drug Application (NDA) process and "is intended to extend that NDA pathway to include therapeutic indications that have not, historically, been available for use without a prescription," said Gottlieb in a press statement.

FDA: Scammers Sending Fake Warning Letters to Consumers

FDA: Scammers Sending Fake Warning Letters to Consumers

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"Consumers who aren't involved in manufacturing or distributing FDA regulated products should be on alert that if you get an FDA warning letter, it's probably fake, and probably a scam," said Gottlieb.

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

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Gottlieb said "The charge to this new task force is to look for holistic solutions to addressing the underlying causes for these [drug] shortages."

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

These solutions improve electronic health record user interface with easier login identification and voice recognition.

Patient Complaints Related to Rushing, Rudeness, and Reproach

Patient Complaints Related to Rushing, Rudeness, and Reproach

Patient complaints of rudeness vary from being verbally attacked by receptionists to feeling insulted by physicians.

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Many primary care physicians feel unable to adequately address needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions.

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

American Medical Association says medical students and residents should undergo training with evaluative feedback.

Growing Your Pulmonology Practice: 10 Strategies for the Newly Minted Pulmonologist

Growing Your Pulmonology Practice: 10 Strategies for the Newly Minted Pulmonologist

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How can you grow your new pulmonology practice? Here are 10 key strategies for the newly minted pulmonologist.

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

The Human Diagnosis Project, also known as Human Dx, aims to provide more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all.

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

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Being someone's emergency contact may mean even more as researchers use this information to study the heritability of various conditions.

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency, Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency, Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

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Research findings suggest the need for greater adherence to a standardized set of policies aimed at improving transparency among clinical trial funders.

Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer Support Programs for Healthcare Employees

Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer Support Programs for Healthcare Employees

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Healthcare providers traumatized by an adverse patient event are commonly referred to as "second victims" and may benefit from institutional and peer support to assist in recovery.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

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Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Most physicians see value in electronic health records, but almost half believe they detract from clinical effectiveness.

Clinical Trials in PAH: Interpreting Risk Reduction With Caution

Clinical Trials in PAH: Interpreting Risk Reduction With Caution

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Researchers raise issues regarding interpretation of clinical trial results in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

 USPSTF Does Not Recommend Electrocardiography Screening in Low-Risk CVD

USPSTF Does Not Recommend Electrocardiography Screening in Low-Risk CVD

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography in asymptomatic individuals at low risk for cardiovascular disease events.

A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

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Ranking or otherwise gauging physician quality isn't just a way to assign bragging rights — performance metrics can be used to set reimbursement levels, tailor insurance, and identify physicians who are falling behind.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Burnout can have harmful effects for both patients and caregivers if left unaddressed.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Improves Care Delivery

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Improves Care Delivery

Reduction in Medicare spending associated with the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative was not enough to cover care management fees.

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