Practice Management Feature Archive

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

FOSTA-SESTA Threatens Sex Worker Livelihoods: What Mental Health Providers Should Know

FOSTA-SESTA Threatens Sex Worker Livelihoods: What Mental Health Providers Should Know

Sex workers already operate at the social and economic margins. SESTA-FOSTA makes it increasingly difficult for them to advertise and screen clients safely, deeply cutting into their incomes and threatening their livelihoods.

Medical Clearance of Psych Patients in the ED: Consensus Recommendations

Medical Clearance of Psych Patients in the ED: Consensus Recommendations

An AAEP task force created recommendations for medical evaluation of psychiatric patients presenting to the ED.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Several notable medical societies have issued ethical statements discouraging physicians from treating family members and friends.

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.

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.

Navigating the Waters of Medical Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

Navigating the Waters of Medical Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

Malpractice liability reform would best be analyzed on a specialty-by-specialty basis.

The Crisis of Physician Suicides: Past and Present

The Crisis of Physician Suicides: Past and Present

This article discusses the issue of physician suicide trends, then and now.

Expert Interview: Coping With Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Expert Interview: Coping With Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

"Compassion fatigue" is understood to affect workers across the spectrum of helping professions, and to be extremely prevalent among physicians.

Telehealth Technology: Addressing Desirable Social Physician-Patient Goals

Telehealth Technology: Addressing Desirable Social Physician-Patient Goals

More than 60% of healthcare institutions in the US are using electronic communication to exchange patient medical information.

Avoiding Litigation With Defensive Medicine: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Avoiding Litigation With Defensive Medicine: Where Do We Draw the Line?

The principal driver of practicing defensive medicine is the desire to avoid litigation.

Will Lowering the P-Value Improve Quality of Research Standards?

Will Lowering the P-Value Improve Quality of Research Standards?

Should the statistical significance of the P-value be lowered?

When Patients Are Pathological Liars: Implications For Psychiatrists

When Patients Are Pathological Liars: Implications For Psychiatrists

The concept that lying is more cognitively draining than telling the truth has found considerable support in clinical studies.

emPATH Units as a Solution for ED Psychiatric Patient Boarding

emPATH Units as a Solution for ED Psychiatric Patient Boarding

Mental health patients with urgent symptoms may be assisted by emPATH units.

Malware: A Race Between Hackers and Security Experts

Malware: A Race Between Hackers and Security Experts

The malware race is a battle between hackers and security experts.

How Will Accountable Care Organizations Reshape the Healthcare System?

How Will Accountable Care Organizations Reshape the Healthcare System?

Healthcare systems are expanding in the numbers of people covered and in the care across lifespan.

How Can Men Be Encouraged to Seek Help for Mental Health?

How Can Men Be Encouraged to Seek Help for Mental Health?

Men, including male physicians, are less likely than female physicians to seek medical treatment for their own health conditions.

Strategies To Support Non-Monogamous, Polyamorous Patients

Strategies To Support Non-Monogamous, Polyamorous Patients

Non-monogamy can have rules and meanings as varied as the clients who practice it.

National ID Health Initiatives Threatened by Changes to Legislation

National ID Health Initiatives Threatened by Changes to Legislation

The FY2017 appropriations bill raised serious concerns about significant reductions in funding for many proposed programs by the NIH and the CDC.

Challenges of Medical Liability Reform in a Rapidly Changing Healthcare Environment

Challenges of Medical Liability Reform in a Rapidly Changing Healthcare Environment

A new bill aimed specifically at limiting medical liability was passed by Congress on March 1, 2017.

Aging LGBTQ Patients and Barriers to Care

Aging LGBTQ Patients and Barriers to Care

Elderly LGBTQ individuals are more likely to be depressed and have poor general health than non-LGBTQ seniors.

Antibiotic Resistance Problem Addressed in New Congressional Bill

Antibiotic Resistance Problem Addressed in New Congressional Bill

New classes of antibiotics are vital to ensure that effective treatment of patients with multidrug-resistant infections is available.

Medical Malpractice and the Current State of Reform

Medical Malpractice and the Current State of Reform

Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, discusses key issues surrounding medical liability, and why now is the right time to address malpractice reform in a meaningful fashion.

Body Image in Gay Men: When and How to Intervene

Body Image in Gay Men: When and How to Intervene

Nearly 15% of all gay men report dealing with anorexia or bulimia during their lifetime.

Challenges for Medicaid Consumers Under the Affordable Care Act

Challenges for Medicaid Consumers Under the Affordable Care Act

Medicaid patients experienced increased wait times for appointments to see healthcare providers.

Challenges For a Proper Transition from Pediatric Care to Adult Care

Challenges For a Proper Transition from Pediatric Care to Adult Care

Planning for transitioning from pediatric care to adult care beings when the patients is a child or adolescent.

New Informed Consent Advances Lead to Increased Opportunities

New Informed Consent Advances Lead to Increased Opportunities

Technological advances have permitted us to improve the process by which informed consent is obtained.

Corrective Action Plan Can Be Severe Penalty in Addition to HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plan Can Be Severe Penalty in Addition to HIPAA Fines

Corrective action plans ares intended to prevent HIPAA violation fines from recurring.

Ethical Concerns With Non-Reporting of Negative Clinical Trial Results

Ethical Concerns With Non-Reporting of Negative Clinical Trial Results

Non-reporting of negative results contributes to a body of knowledge that is at best, incomplete, and at worst, wrong.

Active Medical Device Safety Surveillance: A New Imperative

Active Medical Device Safety Surveillance: A New Imperative

The development of new device technologies points to the need for new strategies to monitor their continuing safety and efficacy.

Psychosocial Care Addressed by ADA in First Published Recommendations

Psychosocial Care Addressed by ADA in First Published Recommendations

Providing care for the mental and physical health of people with diabetes will simultaneously improve both outcomes.

FDA Drafts Offer Guidance for Medical Product Marketing Language

FDA Drafts Offer Guidance for Medical Product Marketing Language

The FDA will consider electronic or written queries and comments submitted before April 19, 2017 to the final guidance documents to be completed.

Depression High Among Medical Students

Depression High Among Medical Students

Effort must be made to create a more supportive medical education environment.

Health Care Providers Fined for Outdated Vendor Agreements

Health Care Providers Fined for Outdated Vendor Agreements

HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.

PLISSIT Model: Introducing Sexual Health in Clinical Care

PLISSIT Model: Introducing Sexual Health in Clinical Care

The PLISSIT model offers a method for introducing sexual health into the clinical conversation.

How to Maximize Revenues and Prepare for Payor Changes

How to Maximize Revenues and Prepare for Payor Changes

Practices must remain current, compliant, and efficient to respond to shrinking reimbursements, pay-for-performance payment models, stricter compliance regulations, and narrower margins

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Medicine: Interview with Expert Dr Isaac Kohane

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Medicine: Interview with Expert Dr Isaac Kohane

Artificial intelligence applications have been used in cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, and more.

Medical Education Improvement Steps Considered

Medical Education Improvement Steps Considered

More research is needed to show that medical residents' ability to provide high-quality. efficient patient care is accurately measured.

Patient EHR Access Offers Benefits, Barriers

Patient EHR Access Offers Benefits, Barriers

Disparities in direct patient access to EHR need to be addressed.

PRECISION Trial Measured Efficacy of Celecoxib

PRECISION Trial Measured Efficacy of Celecoxib

A PRECISION trial tested cardiovascular risks of COX-2 inhibitors and NSAIDs.

TrendMD: Effectively Navigating the Biomedical Research Landscape

TrendMD: Effectively Navigating the Biomedical Research Landscape

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

Improving the Relationship Between ER Physicians and Psychiatrists

Improving the Relationship Between ER Physicians and Psychiatrists

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

Telepsychiatry is Rising in Popularity, Despite Hurdles

Telepsychiatry is Rising in Popularity, Despite Hurdles

Telepsychiatry could help with the major shortage of psychiatrists in the US.

How Nutritional Interventions Can Help Improve Mental Illnesses

How Nutritional Interventions Can Help Improve Mental Illnesses

Although not usually considered as part of primary treatment, nutrition addresses the crucial link between food and brain functioning.

Racial Discrimination Linked with Worse Mental Health

Racial Discrimination Linked with Worse Mental Health

Facing racial discrimination has been shown to increase depression among African Americans in particular.

The Psychiatrist's Role in Treating Unseen Diseases

The Psychiatrist's Role in Treating Unseen Diseases

September 28 through October 2 is Invisible Illness Awareness Week, which includes conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Scalable and Quantifiable Mental Health Signals

Scalable and Quantifiable Mental Health Signals

Automated analysis can play a valuable role in improving patient mental health-related outcomes.

Research Domain Criteria: A Matrix With Research, Clinical Implications

Research Domain Criteria: A Matrix With Research, Clinical Implications

The NIMH has proposed the use of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) matrix to identify the neurobiological basis of mental and substance-use disorders.

Stigmatizing Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Stigmatizing Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Many clinicians believe that BPD patients are often treatment resistant and overly demanding.

The Use and Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts

The Use and Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts

Mental health courts can successfully provide treatment instead of jail for some mentally ill defendants.

What's Driving Patient Satisfaction in Inpatient Hospitals?

What's Driving Patient Satisfaction in Inpatient Hospitals?

Although patient satisfaction is associated with positive outcomes, measuring it accurately can often prove difficult.

The Importance of EHR Interoperability to Mental Health Treatment

The Importance of EHR Interoperability to Mental Health Treatment

Sharing electronic health record data among providers will allow better, more integrated mental health care.

The Benefits of Telepsychiatry: An Interview With John Fortney, PhD

The Benefits of Telepsychiatry: An Interview With John Fortney, PhD

Telepsychiatry is already proven to benefit patients in rural settings, and better reimbursement will help it expand.

Top 10 Psychiatry Advisor Articles of 2014

Top 10 Psychiatry Advisor Articles of 2014

An opinion piece arguing how attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is found in other illnesses but is often left untreated was the most popular article of 2014.

Managing Liability Risk When Treating Suicidal and/or Violent Patients

Managing Liability Risk When Treating Suicidal and/or Violent Patients

Conducting a patient risk assessment and maintaining documentation of treatment decisions can protect against malpractice actions.

Roger McIntyre, MD, Discusses Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology

Roger McIntyre, MD, Discusses Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology

A Psychiatry Advisor Editorial Board member discusses mood disorders, medical comorbidities and cognitive decline associated with depression.

Perspectives on the Psychiatric Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Perspectives on the Psychiatric Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Practitioners should be aware of risk factors specific to LGBT mental health in order to provide the best treatment possible in this population.

New Strategies to Reduce Psychiatric Patient Boarding in ERs

New Strategies to Reduce Psychiatric Patient Boarding in ERs

Improvements can be made to prevent scourge of psychiatric patients languishing in hospital emergency departments for long hours.

Primary Care Clinicians Should Keep Eye Out for Depression

Primary Care Clinicians Should Keep Eye Out for Depression

A patient may visit their doctor due to physical complaints that may be related to underlying depression.

7 Twitter Feeds Psychiatrists Should Follow

7 Twitter Feeds Psychiatrists Should Follow

Clinicians can keep abreast of medical developments, improve their practice, or follow health policy by following Twitter feeds.

Q&A: Marc Avery, MD, of the Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center

Q&A: Marc Avery, MD, of the Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center

A collaborative care program at the University of Washington is improving mental health outcomes.

Integrated Care Teams Incorporate Behavioral Health in Primary Care

Integrated Care Teams Incorporate Behavioral Health in Primary Care

Closer collaboration between psychiatry and primary care leads to better outcomes and lower costs.

Useful Psychiatry Apps

Useful Psychiatry Apps

Apps have potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery, though clinical validation remains a challenge.

Understanding the 
changes in DSM-5

Understanding the 
changes in DSM-5

The latest revision of the diagnostic manual does away with the complex 
multiaxial organization in favor of a simpler chapter order of disorders.

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