Practice Management

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

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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.

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

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

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

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

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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.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

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In addition to a better work-life balance, concierge medicine can reduce the number of patients a physician needs to see in order to make a living.

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

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Medical comic books may be an acceptable form of patient education material, but clinicians should assess and honor patient preferences before providing these materials.

Factors of Inclusivity Promote Workforce Wellness and Engagement

Factors of Inclusivity Promote Workforce Wellness and Engagement

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An inclusive organizational culture, or the lack thereof, affects employee job performance, emotional well-being, and workforce engagement.

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Healthcare Facility

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Healthcare Facility

Adhering to a "secure, preserve, fight" strategy is recommended for health care professionals working with a vulnerable patient population.

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Data breaches can happen to small medical practices, but staff can take steps to prevent them.

Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

Patient portals have not taken off as expected.

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

Practice names and logos should be carefully designed to emphasize what is unique about a practice.

Family-support intervention does not significantly improve surrogates' psychological symptoms: The PARTNER trial

Family-support intervention delivered by an interprofessional intensive care unit (ICU) team did not significantly reduce anxiety and depression among surrogates of critically ill patients.

Steps Provided for Discharging Patients From Practice

Steps Provided for Discharging Patients From Practice

Certain steps should be taken when discharging a patient for failure or inability to meet financial obligations.

Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

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How should a clinician act on personal values when those values clash with their employers?

Six Factors Related to Inclusion in Healthcare Workplace Identified

Six Factors Related to Inclusion in Healthcare Workplace Identified

There are 6 broad factors that can affect inclusion within healthcare organizations.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

The growing threat of hacking is increasing the number of physicians buying cyber insurance.

Advance Care Planning Doesn't Aid Quality of Life

Advance Care Planning Doesn't Aid Quality of Life

Advance care planning in frail older adults does not increase patient activation or quality of life.

Parity Legislature Associated With Financial Protections for Youths With Mental Illness

Parity Legislature Associated With Financial Protections for Youths With Mental Illness

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MHPAEA enforcement was positively associated with lower spending for mental illness treatment among those with parity-associated policies.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

A new policy opposing lockout provisions that block Medicaid patients from the program for lengthy periods was adopted by the AMA House of Delegates.

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Additional codes have been approved by the CPT Editorial Panel for chronic care remote physiologic monitoring and internet consultations.

Cohesive Teams Can Help Blend Clinical Care With Education

Cohesive Teams Can Help Blend Clinical Care With Education

Building cohesive teams in teaching clinics can help blend clinical care with education for residents.

Female Internists Consistently Earn Less Than Men

Female Internists Consistently Earn Less Than Men

Female internists earn less than men, across many demographic and employment indicators.

Variation in Specialty Drug Coverage Across Health Plans

Variation in Specialty Drug Coverage Across Health Plans

There is considerable variation in specialty drug coverage across commercial health plans.

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