Practice Management Archive

Evidence on ED Diversion Strategies Inconclusive

Evidence on ED Diversion Strategies Inconclusive

There is insufficient evidence to recommend the implementation of diversion protocols as effective strategies to address emergency department overcrowding.

Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

Despite numerous difficulties, early figures show that sign-ups for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act are higher than expected.

Examining the Evolution of the Patient-Physician Relationship

Examining the Evolution of the Patient-Physician Relationship

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

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

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

Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

From 2007 to 2017, the number of physicians excluded from Medicare and state public insurance programs increased.

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

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

5 Ways Working Long Hours Affects Your Productivity and Health

5 Ways Working Long Hours Affects Your Productivity and Health

The average psychiatrist works 48 hours a week. We explore how working long hours can affect your productivity and health.

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers A Widespread Issue

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers A Widespread Issue

Key themes identified included issues with gendered job expectations, financial inequalities, and limited advancement opportunities, among others.

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up.

Mentoring Women in the #MeToo Era: Expert Roundtable

Mentoring Women in the #MeToo Era: Expert Roundtable

Despite record numbers of women working in medicine, instances of gender discrimination and sexual harassment continue to proliferate.

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Issues that affect employees in all industries are compounded by a unique set of additional concerns that affect employees of medical practices.

Continuity of Care Tied to Lower Expenditures, Hospitalization

Continuity of Care Tied to Lower Expenditures, Hospitalization

Continuity of care scores are significantly associated with lower expenditures and hospitalization rates.

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

False beliefs are common in society and have permeated the healthcare industry.

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

The "Christmas Effect" has been linked to increased risks in patients discharged from the hospital during the December holiday season.

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Therapeutic misconception is an important type of false belief in medical research and medical practice.

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

An educational intervention can improve patients' ability to self-manage their chronic diseases.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

Health information is widely available online, yet the quality of that information can be dubious at best.

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

For many physicians, working during the holiday season is simply part of the job.

"Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

"Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

There is substantial discussion in the United States regarding the use of public accommodation laws to legislate bathroom access for transgender individuals.

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Only 15.4% of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions.

Knit One, Purl One: The Health Benefits of Knitting

Knit One, Purl One: The Health Benefits of Knitting

Knitting is both process- and product-oriented, encompassing repetitive tasks that can exercise physical and cognitive skills

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of "e-health" sources.

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Many patients intentionally withhold information from clinicians.

Overcoming the Barriers to Including Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials

Overcoming the Barriers to Including Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials

Pregnant women are considered a "vulnerable" population in the eyes of clinical researchers.

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Can Examining Marginalization Identify Gaps in Medical or Nutritional Care?

Can Examining Marginalization Identify Gaps in Medical or Nutritional Care?

Healthcare interventions should assess the multiple layers of a person's life, rather than simply classifying marginalized groups as vulnerable.

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

Assuming blame for a medical error may help patients and families heal.

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

The American Heart Association and others are urging the court to reconsider changes to short-term limited-duration insurance plans.

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Better Work Environment Tied to Better Patient Safety

Better Work Environment Tied to Better Patient Safety

The results of a recent survey of thousands of nurses and patients show that hospital patient safety remains a serious concern.

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

Poor Health Outcomes Associated With Fear of Crime, Violence Among College Students of Color

Poor Health Outcomes Associated With Fear of Crime, Violence Among College Students of Color

College students of color report an increased fear of crime and violence on college campuses.

Does Neighborhood Gentrification Affect Long-Term Health Outcomes?

Does Neighborhood Gentrification Affect Long-Term Health Outcomes?

A neighborhood's "phase" of gentrification may be predictive of certain health disparities among residents.

Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in US Drug Spending

Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in US Drug Spending

Rising drug spending in the United States is being fueled by expensive name-brand prescription medicines.

CDC: 8.8 Percent Uninsured in US in First Half of 2018

CDC: 8.8 Percent Uninsured in US in First Half of 2018

In the first 6 months of 2018, 8.8% of US individuals of all ages were uninsured, which was not significantly different from 2017.

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults still delay medical care due to cost despite having access to insurance coverage.

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

When is enough enough when it comes to health metrics?

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

Researchers are concerned that the increased focus on sexual harassment resulting from the #MeToo campaign may cause negative health outcomes.

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Medicare costs may be contained by incentivizing multisector health activities, according to researchers.

Technological Breakthroughs in Medicine Move Physician-Patient Interactions From The Computer Screen Back to the Exam Room

Technological Breakthroughs in Medicine Move Physician-Patient Interactions From The Computer Screen Back to the Exam Room

While technological breakthroughs have had positive effects in the corporate world, they have led to exacerbated physician burnout in the medical field.

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement.

Improving access to mental health services through electronic referral and follow-up

Improved mental health appointment show rates were seen after the launch of an electronic referral system to mental health or social work services and social work follow-up protocol.

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

The FDA has launched the MyStudies App, a mobile application aimed at supporting the collection of "real world" data and evidence for medical use.

Raising Expectations: How One Organization Is Revamping Hospital Food

Raising Expectations: How One Organization Is Revamping Hospital Food

If there's one thing hospitals are not known for, it's culinary success.

Stakeholders Must Consider All Aspects of Produce Prescription Programs

Stakeholders Must Consider All Aspects of Produce Prescription Programs

There are several concerns associated with produce prescription programs, despite the benefits to patients.

Psychiatric Screening Tool for EMS Aims to Reduce Emergency Department Burden

Psychiatric Screening Tool for EMS Aims to Reduce Emergency Department Burden

The researchers noted that counties should consider increasing funding for mobile crisis teams staffed by professionals who can direct patients to medical emergency departments or psychiatric emergency service units depending on their evaluation.

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

Employer-sponsored wellness programs can put physicians in an unenviable position.

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

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.

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

The modern American diet is widely recognized as a major determinant of morbidity and mortality.

Healthcare Professionals Have Key Role in Advocating for Better Food Procurement System

Healthcare Professionals Have Key Role in Advocating for Better Food Procurement System

Systemic interventions are needed to address the "broad spectrum" of issues and challenges facing the food system in the United States.

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among Clinical Practice Guideline Authors

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among Clinical Practice Guideline Authors

There is a high prevalence of financial conflicts of interest among authors of clinical practice guidelines related to high-revenue medications and in gastroenterology.

Diagnoses, Treatment of Mental Health Conditions Up in College

Diagnoses, Treatment of Mental Health Conditions Up in College

Among college students, self-reported diagnoses and treatment of mental health conditions are increasing.

Trick-or-Treating Pedestrian Fatalities: Awareness, Safety Interventions Can Reduce Risks

Trick-or-Treating Pedestrian Fatalities: Awareness, Safety Interventions Can Reduce Risks

Trick-or-treating is a rite of passage for some, but has the potential to become deadly.

Is Weight Stigma Worse Than Obesity? How to Provide More Compassionate Care

Is Weight Stigma Worse Than Obesity? How to Provide More Compassionate Care

Obesity rates are nearly 40% among US adults, but traditional treatment methods are found to contribute to weight stigma, creating a population that's unhealthier than ever.

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

In an effort to cut high drug costs, the prices paid by Medicare for certain prescription drugs would be based on those in other advanced industrial nations.

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Researchers found a limited association between the ranking of a physician's medical school and patient mortality or readmission rates.

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

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

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.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

The "deep learning" approach to artificial intelligence allows computers to perform diagnostic tasks with accuracy comparable to that of trained medical professionals.

High Cost of Clinical Trials Under FDA Pediatric Exclusivity Program Examined

High Cost of Clinical Trials Under FDA Pediatric Exclusivity Program Examined

The costs to patients are high when trials are carried out under the FDA's pediatric exclusivity program.

Designing the Therapeutic Space: Using Layout, Color, and Other Elements to Get Patients in the Right Frame of Mind

Designing the Therapeutic Space: Using Layout, Color, and Other Elements to Get Patients in the Right Frame of Mind

While there is no single way to design a conducive therapeutic room, mental health professionals can help ensure that clients have a comfortable therapeutic experience by keeping the area a welcoming, cozy, warm, and safe environment for emotionally vulnerable individuals.

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Between the double shifts and stressful days, keeping energy up and eating right can seem like an insurmountable challenge.

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

The use of medical scribes for electronic health record documentation reduced primary care physician burden.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in Mobile Health

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in Mobile Health

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.

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

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

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

Understanding the Cause is Necessary to Treating Physician Burnout

Understanding the Cause is Necessary to Treating Physician Burnout

There is no widespread understanding of the pathophysiology of burnout, or conclusions about how it should be measured.

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

Farris K. Timimi, MD, and Lee Aase from the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network shared their views on the role of social media in physician practice.

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Racial insensitivity, stereotyping, and racially based decisions continue to occur in medical school admissions, recruitment, and management, as well as patient care.

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

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?

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.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Physicians

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Physicians

Having a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Physician employment contracts include a number of bonuses and benefits that can be included or negotiated.

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Medical practices can take steps to avoid problems related to use of social media by staff members.

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Whether you're interested in writing for healthcare blogs or dabbling in a subject outside the realm of medical care, there's something for anyone with an interest in a side hustle.

Socioeconomic Status Lower Among US Sexual Minorities

Socioeconomic Status Lower Among US Sexual Minorities

Sexual minorities are of lower socioeconomic status than their heterosexual counterparts.

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

Following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-related medication nonadherence significantly decreased among adults who survived stroke.

Psychiatric Adverse Effects of Disease-Modifying Therapies Assessed in MS Patients

Psychiatric Adverse Effects of Disease-Modifying Therapies Assessed in MS Patients

The primary outcome measure of the study was the frequency of any adverse psychiatric effect observed during treatment with one of these agents.

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Although there are many demands on residents, taking advantage of paid vacation time is one of the perks and should be maximized.

AMA Opposition to the CVS-Aetna Vertical Merger Grows With Statement to DOJ

AMA Opposition to the CVS-Aetna Vertical Merger Grows With Statement to DOJ

The American Medical Association has released a statement urging the US Department of Justice to block the CVS-Aetna merger.

Uncertainty as a Form of Violence: Current Immigration Policy and Crisis

Uncertainty as a Form of Violence: Current Immigration Policy and Crisis

Uncertainty can be a form of violence, particularly when it is related to immigration status and constantly changing immigration policies.

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts.

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

The use of an artificial intelligence algorithm could become valuable for medical decision-making processes.

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Grateful patient philanthropy — donations often made "in response to excellent medical care" — comprises approximately $10 billion in charitable giving to health care centers per year.

US Senate Passes Opioids Bill

US Senate Passes Opioids Bill

The Senate passed legislation aimed at curbing the nation's ongoing opioid addiction crisis.

Medicaid Benefits for Addiction Treatment Expanded After ACA

Medicaid Benefits for Addiction Treatment Expanded After ACA

The ACA may have prompted state Medicaid programs to expand addiction treatment benefits in alternative benefit plans.

Physician burn out linked to patient safety incidents, professionalism concerns, and low patient satisfaction

In this meta-analysis of available studies, physician burnout was linked to an increased risk for patient safety incidents, professionalism issues, and reduced patient satisfaction.

Symptoms of burnout and career regret prevalent among U.S. resident trainees

In this prospective cohort study, trainees in specialties such as urology, neurology, emergency medicine, and general surgery were all associated with a higher relative risks of reported burnout symptoms during residency.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

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.

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program promises to forgive any remaining federal loan debt for employees at governmental or nonprofit institutions following 10 years of loan repayments.

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

The reasons for physicians' discomfort with conversations about dying are as much cultural, social, and systemic as they are personal.

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