Practice Management

Healthcare Spending Per Person Increased to $5641 in 2017

Healthcare Spending Per Person Increased to $5641 in 2017

Spending per person increased 4.2% from 2016 to 2017 and utilization increased 0.5%.

Cancer Drug Company Payments May Influence Prescribing Practices

Cancer Drug Company Payments May Influence Prescribing Practices

Payment consistency, high amount, and compensation payments were tied to cancer drug prescribing practices.

Overcoming Aftershock: Six Ways You Can Prepare to Return to Work After a Long Absence

Overcoming Aftershock: Six Ways You Can Prepare to Return to Work After a Long Absence

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As with any profession, returning to work after long-term absence because of illness or injury can be daunting for healthcare providers.

Counterpoint: Dietary Supplements Are Largely Unnecessary

Counterpoint: Dietary Supplements Are Largely Unnecessary

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In Part 2 of this article, Erin D. Michos, MD, shares her thoughts on why dietary supplements are largely unnecessary.

Point: Dietary Supplements Can Mitigate Poor Diet, Improve Health

Point: Dietary Supplements Can Mitigate Poor Diet, Improve Health

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Although it is estimated that more than 166 million Americans use dietary supplements, many healthcare providers are unfamiliar with how these substances are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

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The FDA has announced a new plan to significantly modernize the regulation and oversight of dietary supplements.

Johnson & Johnson to Provide Drug Prices in TV Ads

Johnson & Johnson to Provide Drug Prices in TV Ads

Drug list prices and typical out-of-pocket costs will appear on the screen at end of commercials.

World Health Organization: Five-Year Plan to Address 10 Biggest Global Health Threats

World Health Organization: Five-Year Plan to Address 10 Biggest Global Health Threats

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In an effort to effectively address global health concerns, the WHO has announced the 13th General Programme of Work, a 5-year strategic plan spanning from 2019 to 2023.

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Lower Readmission Rates

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Lower Readmission Rates

Intervention for polypharmacy patients was linked to improved readmission rates and time to readmission.

Receipt of Primary Care Associated With More High-Value Care

Receipt of Primary Care Associated With More High-Value Care

Increasing investment in primary care may improve value in the US healthcare system.

5 Steps for Managing a Clinic Efficiently

5 Steps for Managing a Clinic Efficiently

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If you're constantly running behind schedule, try these tips to make your practice more efficient.

Unique Total-Body Imaging Scanner uEXPLORER Cleared by FDA

Unique Total-Body Imaging Scanner uEXPLORER Cleared by FDA

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The uEXPLORER combines positron emission tomography (PET) with X-ray computed tomography (CT) allowing for imaging of the entire body at the same time.

Assure Slide Available for Patients With Medication Swallowing Difficulties

Assure Slide Available for Patients With Medication Swallowing Difficulties

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Assure Slide, a swallowing aid, has been made available by Arkray USA for patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets, capsules, and powders.

FDA Down to 5 Weeks of Funding to Review New Drug Applications

FDA Down to 5 Weeks of Funding to Review New Drug Applications

The FDA cannot accept new fees or applications until the government shutdown is over.

<i>ICD-10-CM</i> Codes: How Medical Documentation Can Improve Health Care for Trafficking Victims

ICD-10-CM Codes: How Medical Documentation Can Improve Health Care for Trafficking Victims

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Gaps in previous iterations of ICD codes failed to allow clinicians to accurately identify victims of human trafficking.

Struggles in Managing Iatrogenic Polypharmacy: Case Study

Struggles in Managing Iatrogenic Polypharmacy: Case Study

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Even the use of as few as 2 concomitant drugs can introduce the risk for drug interactions and subsequent adverse effects.

Emergency Department Overcrowding Could Be Reduced By Expanding Pharmacist Role

Emergency Department Overcrowding Could Be Reduced By Expanding Pharmacist Role

Benefits could be seen for frequent complaints like cough, dermatitis, and inflammation of ear, nose, and throat.

FDA: Food Inspections to Resume Despite Ongoing Funding Lapse

FDA: Food Inspections to Resume Despite Ongoing Funding Lapse

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The news comes after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD announced last week a plan to recall some furloughed workers to conduct inspections.

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

The manual focuses on patient-physician relationship in different scenarios, including telemedicine.

How the Government Shutdown Affects FDA Activities

How the Government Shutdown Affects FDA Activities

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The consequence of the shutdown means the budget appropriated by Congress for the Agency is on hold, resulting in ~7000 of it's 17,000 employees being furloughed.

Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries

Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries

Overall mean salary gap by gender decreased from -2.6% to -1.9% after a decade of an institutional gender equity initiative.

Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages

Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages

Shortages were associated with modest increases in price, ranging from 6% to 14%.

Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

The nurse practice environment was the best predictor of poor-quality end-of-life care.

Telemedicine Use Grew From 2005 to 2007

Telemedicine Use Grew From 2005 to 2007

The use of telemental health services increased significantly faster in counties with no psychiatrists.

Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

As of last Saturday's ACA enrollment deadline, 8.5 million people in 39 states had enrolled.

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

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Direct-to-consumer television advertising may not be the best place to provide cost information on prescription drugs and biologic products.

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

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Physicians have a moral obligation to protect their patients from both physical and financial harms associated with pharmaceutical therapies.

Examining the Evolution of the Patient-Physician Relationship

Examining the Evolution of the Patient-Physician Relationship

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As patients continue to equip themselves with knowledge gleaned from sources outside the exam room, physicians must reassess their role.

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

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Once revered and idolized by society and patients, physicians are increasingly being subjected to verbal and physical violence at work.

Failure of Timely Stop to Certain Prescription Drugs Is Common

Failure of Timely Stop to Certain Prescription Drugs Is Common

So-called legacy prescribing can contribute to overmedication and adverse drug events.

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