Practice Management

The Crisis of Physician Suicides: Past and Present

The Crisis of Physician Suicides: Past and Present

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

Half of Veterans in Need of Mental Health Care Not Utilizing VA Services

Half of Veterans in Need of Mental Health Care Not Utilizing VA Services

Many veterans are not accessing mental health care within or outside the Veterans Affairs health system.

Frustrations With Prior Authorization: A Thorn in the Side of Clinicians

Frustrations With Prior Authorization: A Thorn in the Side of Clinicians

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Prior authorizations and diagnostic imaging continue to be a frustration in the practice of medicine.

American Psychiatric Association Proposes 5 Changes to <i>DSM-5</i>

American Psychiatric Association Proposes 5 Changes to DSM-5

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These proposals represent 5 key discrepancies between current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, coding and language and what the Steering Committee believes the coding and language should be amended to.

Firearms in the Home: What Physicians Need to Tell Patients

Firearms in the Home: What Physicians Need to Tell Patients

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Physicians should counsel patients about firearms in their homes, especially when there is the potential for harm.

Expert Interview: Coping With Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Expert Interview: Coping With Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

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

Healthcare Spending Rising Despite Reduced Use of Services

Healthcare Spending Rising Despite Reduced Use of Services

According to the report, total spending per person is growing at a faster rate than in previous years, with growth of 4.6% in 2016 compared with 4.1% in 2015 and sub-3% growth from 2012 to 2014.

Practitioners Disagree on NHS Recommendation to Ask Patients About Sexual Orientation

Practitioners Disagree on NHS Recommendation to Ask Patients About Sexual Orientation

The NHS recommends that professionals ask their patients about their sexual orientation, although there is disagreement about this recommendation.

What the CVS/Aetna Merger Means for Primary Care

What the CVS/Aetna Merger Means for Primary Care

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Aetna will gain data on pharmaceutical usage patterns that will enable the company to carefully parse the insurance risks it takes on.

Physician Burnout: 7 Recommended Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps

Physician Burnout: 7 Recommended Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps

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Seven online tools and mobile apps were recommended in order to help healthcare workers reduce stress, burnout, depression, and suicidal behaviors.

Tips to Improve EHR Tasks Without Compromising Patient Encounters

Tips to Improve EHR Tasks Without Compromising Patient Encounters

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EHRs can improve healthcare, however research suggests that the burgeoning number of tasks required by the EHR can compromise patient encounters.

Telehealth Technology: Addressing Desirable Social Physician-Patient Goals

Telehealth Technology: Addressing Desirable Social Physician-Patient Goals

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

American Medical Association Surveys Physicians for Cyberattacks Against Medical Practices

American Medical Association Surveys Physicians for Cyberattacks Against Medical Practices

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Research conducted by the AMA highlights the seriousness of cyberattacks in healthcare.

Physician Salaries and Rising Health Care Costs: Is There an Association?

Physician Salaries and Rising Health Care Costs: Is There an Association?

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There is a question of whether or not physician salaries are linked to rising health care costs.

Risk of Legal Action From Pharmaceutical, Device Companies High for Researchers

Risk of Legal Action From Pharmaceutical, Device Companies High for Researchers

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Pharmaceutical companies will often make researchers who have framed their products in a negative light, the targets of legal action.

Female Physicians' Spouses Work Outside The Home More

Female Physicians' Spouses Work Outside The Home More

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Spouses of female physicians are more likely to work outside of the home than spouses of male physicians.

Rural Hospitals Need Improved Communication to Avoid Medication Discrepancies

Rural Hospitals Need Improved Communication to Avoid Medication Discrepancies

There are often discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the NIMC for older patients discharged from a regional hospital.

Payments Reduced for Office-Based Laboratory Testing Services

Payments Reduced for Office-Based Laboratory Testing Services

The CMS has released the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, which is meant to reduce payments for testing services in office-based labs.

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

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

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

Statistical vs Clinical Significance: Evaluating Bias in Research

Statistical vs Clinical Significance: Evaluating Bias in Research

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Statistical vs clinical significance is a battle royale being constantly waged throughout all facets of medical research.

Healthcare Inequality in America: Senator Bernie Sanders's Advisors on Causes and Solutions

Healthcare Inequality in America: Senator Bernie Sanders's Advisors on Causes and Solutions

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Income inequality is at it's highest level in the US since the 1920s.

Code of Ethics and New Regulations for Human Clinical Research

Code of Ethics and New Regulations for Human Clinical Research

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There are new regulations and ethics that need to be followed when conducting human research.

Healthcare Professionals Must Understand Legal Policy in Regard to Patient Rights

Healthcare Professionals Must Understand Legal Policy in Regard to Patient Rights

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When it comes to complying with law enforcement demands for evidence from patients, healthcare professionals need to know applicable law policies.

Medical Societies Unite Against Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Adjustments

Medical Societies Unite Against Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Adjustments

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Congress is being called by 11 medical societies to preserve patient access to Part B therapies by preventing the CMS from applying MIPS adjustments.

Essentia Health Fires Employees Who Refused to Receive Influenza Vaccination

Essentia Health Fires Employees Who Refused to Receive Influenza Vaccination

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In Minnesota, about 50 health care employees have been fired for refusing to receive the influenza vaccination.

AHA Releases Concerns in Regard to Senate Tax Reform Bill

AHA Releases Concerns in Regard to Senate Tax Reform Bill

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The AHA released a statement targeted at their concerns with the Republican tax reform bill.

Health Care Systems Address Provider Burnout, Accommodate Change Fatigue

Health Care Systems Address Provider Burnout, Accommodate Change Fatigue

Burnout among health care team members needs to be addressed with new solutions.

Part B Drugs CMS Rule Could Cut Payments for Some Specialists

Part B Drugs CMS Rule Could Cut Payments for Some Specialists

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There could be significant payment adjustments for specialists who administer Part B durgs.

Burnout in Surgical Residents Associated With Depression, Stress, Suicidal Ideation

Burnout in Surgical Residents Associated With Depression, Stress, Suicidal Ideation

Surgical residents have higher levels of stress, depression and suicidal ideation which leads to higher risk of burnout.

Workplace Sexual Harassment a Continuing Occupational Health Problem

Workplace Sexual Harassment a Continuing Occupational Health Problem

Sexual harassment is a continuing problem in work environments.

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