Practice Management

Medicaid Expansion Approved in Republican-Leaning States

Medicaid Expansion Approved in Republican-Leaning States

Voters supported Medicaid expansion in Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho.

Would A Change in Nomenclature for Intensive Care Units Promote Less Aggressive Care?

Would A Change in Nomenclature for Intensive Care Units Promote Less Aggressive Care?

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The term "intensive care unit" (ICU) was meant to refer to the intensity of the resources allocated to patient care.

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

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The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test can detect 33 variants for multiple genes, corresponding to more than 50 commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter products.

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

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Beneficiaries identified as "high cost" were likely to stay high cost over a 3 year period.

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

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Minority resident physicians report incidences of microaggression, occasional racism, and challenges in integrating their cultural identity into the workplace.

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices

The US Department of Health and Human Services study shows Medicare pays 80% more than other countries for certain prescription drugs.

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

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More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

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Universal health coverage has been proposed as a way of improving access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

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The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

Respiratory Tract Infection Telemedicine Visits Shorter When Antibiotics Prescribed

Respiratory Tract Infection Telemedicine Visits Shorter When Antibiotics Prescribed

Findings may highlight physician difficulty explaining to patients why antibiotics are not required.

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

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Standard pen needles have an outer cover and removable inner needle cover, while safety pen needles have an outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

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Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Gender Inequality in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Gender Inequality in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

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Disproportionate familial duties, few women in positions of leadership, a low retention rate of women, and unequal compensation contribute to gender inequality in the fields of pulmonary medicine, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Staff social media accounts should be strictly personal, with no info about patients or employees.

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

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Mandatory genetic testing may also constitute an undue threat to employee autonomy and privacy.

Components of Pharmacist-Led Discharge Counseling Vary

Components of Pharmacist-Led Discharge Counseling Vary

Use of a dosage schedule and teach-back technique more commonly reported in studies outside the United States.

Physician-Group ACOs Generate Medicare Savings

Physician-Group ACOs Generate Medicare Savings

Savings grew with longer participation and were significantly higher than hospital-integrated accountable care organizations.

In 2016, Proportion of Uninsured Americans Down to 10%

In 2016, Proportion of Uninsured Americans Down to 10%

Larger reductions in uninsured rate were seen in Medicaid expansion states, from 15.3% to 7.6%.

Hospitals Charge 479% of Cost of Drugs on Average

Hospitals Charge 479% of Cost of Drugs on Average

About 17% of hospitals charge 7 times the price of medications, and 8% have a markup of more than 1000%.

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

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Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

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The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

Poor, Non-English Speaking Cancer Patients Need Support

Poor, Non-English Speaking Cancer Patients Need Support

Serving patients' specific needs, such as referral to socioeconomic support, can improve care.

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacist roles include helping with insulin treatment, virtual consults, and diabetes management.

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Lack of correlation between physician scores of doctor-patient communication vs patient scores.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

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Compassion and communication for both patients and families are among the most important factors involved in providing end-of-life care.

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

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More than half of the new approvals of Breakthrough Therapy drugs were based on a single pivotal trial.

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

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Appropriate and standardized regulation of mobile medical applications may enable faster adoption and integration of these technology platforms in the health care environment

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

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Medical teams that are willing to engage with and be informed by patients' religious worldviews are able to more effectively make clinical decisions.

NYU Becomes First Medical School to Cover All Tuition

NYU Becomes First Medical School to Cover All Tuition

Full-tuition scholarships, regardless of need, will be offered to all new and current medical students at NYU.

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.

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