Practice Management

Many Receive Surprisingly High Bills After In-Network ER Visits

Many Receive Surprisingly High Bills After In-Network ER Visits

Although a hospital may be in an insurance network, the treating physician may not be.

5 Strategies To Reduce Risk of Medical Lawsuits

5 Strategies To Reduce Risk of Medical Lawsuits

The strategies include documenting everything, being transparent with patients, and showing empathy.

Tips for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

Tips for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

Doctors should respond quickly, validate patient complaints, and demonstrate a willingness to take action.

Women Doctors' Lower Pay May Be Related To Coding

Women Doctors' Lower Pay May Be Related To Coding

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A study suggests that female physicians use fewer codes than their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.

Concerns of Fraud as Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrockets

Concerns of Fraud as Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrockets

The number of Medicare beneficiaries getting compounded drugs is up 281% since 2006.

Locked Wards May Not Prevent Inpatient Suicide, Absconding

Locked Wards May Not Prevent Inpatient Suicide, Absconding

Treatment on open wards was linked to lower odds of suicide attempts and to absconding with and without return.

'Walking Meetings' Feasible For Improving Employee Wellness

'Walking Meetings' Feasible For Improving Employee Wellness

Converting just 1 meeting per week to a walking meeting can increase on-the-job activity levels for white-collar workers.

Medicare Spending Higher for Decedents vs Survivors

Medicare Spending Higher for Decedents vs Survivors

The average per capita spending for Medicare beneficiaries who died was 4-fold higher than for survivors.

Number of Practicing Psychiatrists Falling

Number of Practicing Psychiatrists Falling

These findings may explain patient reports of poor access to mental health care.

Assessing Clinician Knowledge of Patient Sexual Self Identification

Assessing Clinician Knowledge of Patient Sexual Self Identification

There is room for improvement in the delivery of culturally competent healthcare.

Is Compassion Missing From the Medical Curriculum?

Is Compassion Missing From the Medical Curriculum?

Compassion, empathy, and sympathy are necessary for delivery of ethical medical care.

Innovation Needed to Meet Mental Health Needs in Higher Education

Innovation Needed to Meet Mental Health Needs in Higher Education

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Budget cuts and institutions' financial challenges may complicate meeting students' needs and require creative and innovative ways to serve them.

Affordable Care Act May Have Fewer Choices in 2017

Affordable Care Act May Have Fewer Choices in 2017

UnitedHealth's exit from most marketplaces highlights the growing pains of health exchanges.

Primary Care Businesses Improving Financially

Primary Care Businesses Improving Financially

Alternative payment models appear to be more advantageous than those operating on a fee-for-service basis.

Deadline Looms for Sunshine Act Disputes

Deadline Looms for Sunshine Act Disputes

Physicians have until May 15th to report disputes relating to their financial relationships with drug and/or medical device manufacturers.

Health-Related Racial and Ethnic Inquality Lessening, but Still Present

Health-Related Racial and Ethnic Inquality Lessening, but Still Present

Although strides have been made in bridging health-related racial and ethic gaps, disparities persist.

EHRs Present Challenges in Patient-Physician Relationship

EHRs Present Challenges in Patient-Physician Relationship

Electronic health records continue to present challenges to patients and physicians alike.

TrendMD: Effectively Navigating the Biomedical Research Landscape

TrendMD: Effectively Navigating the Biomedical Research Landscape

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New platform helps clinicians bridge the gap in translation of knowledge from bench to bedside.

Addressing Overlooked Details in Practices

Addressing Overlooked Details in Practices

Small details in the waiting room, front desk, hallway, or examination room can create either positive or negative impressions.

Improved Cognitive Assessment Test to Screen for Dementia

Improved Cognitive Assessment Test to Screen for Dementia

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Administration time for cognitive assessment screenings is currently suboptimal in many clinical settings.

FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Can Mislead Doctors

FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Can Mislead Doctors

Many believe that medications labelled "breakthrough" are supported by stronger evidence than the law requires for them to achieve that designation.

Improving the Relationship Between ER Physicians and Psychiatrists

Improving the Relationship Between ER Physicians and Psychiatrists

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Discussion with practitioners from either side elicits arguments about the shortcomings of the other. How can disputes be mitigated?

CDC Confirms Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

CDC Confirms Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

Evidence now confirms that infection during early pregnancy leads to a severe form of microcephaly.

Approaching Death With Dignity

Approaching Death With Dignity

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Hesitation to discuss dying can lead to a lack of understanding on how to help patients achieve a "good death."

AMA Outlines Elements of Team-Based Care Model

AMA Outlines Elements of Team-Based Care Model

The patient visit should follow a structure that optimizes team members and their expertise.

E-prescribing Linked With Fewer Medication Errors and Adverse Effects

E-prescribing Linked With Fewer Medication Errors and Adverse Effects

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For practitioners who are interested in implementing an e-prescribing system, Dr Hurford suggests that they seek feedback from colleagues.

Antipsychotics Ineffective for Delirium During Hospitalization

Antipsychotics Ineffective for Delirium During Hospitalization

No significant effect was found for preventing or treating delirium during hospitalization with antipsychotic medications.

Many Don't Understand Zika Virus Transmission

Many Don't Understand Zika Virus Transmission

Thirty-one percent of respondents believed that Zika is transmitted through coughing and sneezing.

ACP Recommendations Against Skyrocketing Costs of Prescriptions

ACP Recommendations Against Skyrocketing Costs of Prescriptions

The ACP recommends transparency in relation to pricing, costs, and comparative value.

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