Practice Management

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

Identifying a patient's preferences and goals leads to a care plan that can reflect those goals, and this may improve patient satisfaction.

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Regulatory requirements are likely to be an important aspect of physician dissatisfaction with EHRs that is driving burnout.

Early Readmissions More Preventable Than Later Ones

Early Readmissions More Preventable Than Later Ones

General medicine readmissions within 7 days were more amendable to hospital-based interventions.

Asthma Care Program Improves Provider Documentation, Clinical Measures

Asthma Care Program Improves Provider Documentation, Clinical Measures

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An asthma care program improved implementation of guidelines as well as provider documentation in 65 community centers in 4 states that serve patients with asthma.

Pediatric Asthma Outcomes With Physician Cultural Communication Training

Pediatric Asthma Outcomes With Physician Cultural Communication Training

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Physician asthma care education Plus training resulted in improvements in provider confidence, perceived skill in communicating cross culturally, and short-term asthma-specific outcomes.

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

The new clinic satisfaction tool also improved communication and satisfaction between physicians and patients.

Improvement in Race-Based Disparities in Years of Life Lost

Improvement in Race-Based Disparities in Years of Life Lost

Decline was observed in race-based disparities in years of life lost in the United States from 1990 to 2014.

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

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April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

No single solution to address sexual harassment in medicine exists, but physicians of all genders must come together to make progress.

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

While overall gender diversity has improved in the healthcare profession, female physicians are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Why is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

During the cold and flu season, the use and over-dosing of paracetamol is common, and may partially be driven by higher use of over-the-counter combination medications for the treatment of upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms.

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

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The culture of bullying — widespread across the medical field — has been linked to poorer patient outcomes. So why can't physicians stop bullying in its tracks?

Polypharmacy More Likely for Cancer Survivors

Polypharmacy More Likely for Cancer Survivors

More cancer survivors prescribed 5 or more unique medications, including medications with abuse potential.

Polypharmacy Linked to Poorer Cognitive, Physical Capability

Polypharmacy Linked to Poorer Cognitive, Physical Capability

Researchers found stronger negative associations for participants with polypharmacy between the ages of 60 and 64 years and at 69 years.

ACA Marketplaces Expand Coverage for Chronically Ill

ACA Marketplaces Expand Coverage for Chronically Ill

Enrollees have more chronic conditions and health care use vs other privately insured individuals.

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

While ICD-10-CM may be an improvement on an old process, big data is the revolution that has the potential to change health care forever.

Prevent Treatment Nonadherence in Asthma, COPD: Build Strong Patient Relationships

Prevent Treatment Nonadherence in Asthma, COPD: Build Strong Patient Relationships

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Patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have especially high rates of nonadherence, even in comparison with other chronic diseases.

Meeting Patients' Expectations for Asthma, Allergy Testing Improves Satisfaction

Meeting Patients' Expectations for Asthma, Allergy Testing Improves Satisfaction

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When patients visiting an allergy/immunology outpatient clinic had expectations met regarding diagnosis and testing, they were more likely to be satisfied with their visit.

Asthma in Primary Care: Spirometry Underused in Diagnosis

Asthma in Primary Care: Spirometry Underused in Diagnosis

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Spirometry may be underused for the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma in the primary care setting.

COPD Prevalence, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in Rural Areas

COPD Prevalence, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in Rural Areas

Rural areas have a significantly higher prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Infused Chemotherapy Trends During 10-Year Period

Infused Chemotherapy Trends During 10-Year Period

During a 10-year period, there was an increase in the rate of commercially insured patients receiving infused chemotherapy in hospital outpatient departments.

Asthma Guideline Adherence: Improvement Needed in Both Specialists, PCPs

Asthma Guideline Adherence: Improvement Needed in Both Specialists, PCPs

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Although adherence to asthma guidelines tended to be higher in specialists, both specialists and primary care physicians had low adherence to specific core recommendations.

EHRs Fall Short on Analytics and Interoperability

EHRs Fall Short on Analytics and Interoperability

Many physicians are concerned about using electronic health records, noting that they were designed for a fee-for-service healthcare model and do not capture information needed to report for alternative payment models.

Preventing Health Care Cyberattacks: What You Need to Know

Preventing Health Care 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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Every year, suicide takes the lives of close to 400 physicians, 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.

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