Practice Management

Patients Satisfied With Telemedicine Primary Care Visits

Patients Satisfied With Telemedicine Primary Care Visits

Main cited benefits include convenience and decreased costs.

Suggested Plan to Reduce Health Care Costs

Suggested Plan to Reduce Health Care Costs

The 9-point plan includes streamlining in billing, reduction in high facility fees, and reducing drug costs.

CDC: Decline in Number of Uninsured Adults is Slowing

CDC: Decline in Number of Uninsured Adults is Slowing

The uninsured rate was 9% in 2016, compared with 9.1% in 2015.

Physician Assistants May Help Fill Rheumatology Workforce Shortage

Physician Assistants May Help Fill Rheumatology Workforce Shortage

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The gap between supply and demand for rheumatologists is expected to widen substantially by 2030.

Tips to Help Physicians Plan for Retirement

Tips to Help Physicians Plan for Retirement

Strategies to save for retirement should be adapted throughout physicians' careers.

Congressional Acts Threaten National Infectious Disease Health Initiatives

Congressional Acts Threaten National Infectious Disease Health Initiatives

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Passage of the 2017 budget, along with congressional approval of the AHCA, leaves large holes in the funding of the proposed national approach to infectious disease control.

Challenges, Impacts of Medical Liability Reform

Challenges, Impacts of Medical Liability Reform

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

EHR Documentation May Reduce Preventable Harm in Hospitals

EHR Documentation May Reduce Preventable Harm in Hospitals

An EHR-based initiative was tied to an over 30% reduction in harm for hospital-acquired infections.

Six Institutional Areas Tied to Physician Burnout

Six Institutional Areas Tied to Physician Burnout

Physician burnout factors include control, whether there is time to deliver excellent care, and whether the workplace is fair.

ICER Concludes Targeted Immunomodulators Are Overpriced: Advocacy Organizations Express Concern

ICER Concludes Targeted Immunomodulators Are Overpriced: Advocacy Organizations Express Concern

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ICER found TIMs to be efficacious overall but did not find them to be cost-effective.

Different Technologies in Medicine: Friends or Foes?

Different Technologies in Medicine: Friends or Foes?

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Today's voice-recognition capability is phenomenal for medical providers.

Price Transparency Intervention Doesn't Reduce Lab Test Orders

Price Transparency Intervention Doesn't Reduce Lab Test Orders

There were no significant changes in overall test-ordering behavior or associated fees in adjusted analyses.

Retail Medical Sites Will Begin Providing Primary Care

Retail Medical Sites Will Begin Providing Primary Care

CVS and Walmart have established primary care clinics with nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Doctors Need to Be Mindful of Personal Posts on Social Media

Doctors Need to Be Mindful of Personal Posts on Social Media

Investigators found many examples of unprofessional, 'potentially objectionable' behavior online.

Increased Costs Associated With Specialists Providing Primary Care

Increased Costs Associated With Specialists Providing Primary Care

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Nearly 4 million adults 65 years of age and older with multimorbidity were studied.

ACA: Did Medicaid Expansion Increase State Spending?

ACA: Did Medicaid Expansion Increase State Spending?

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Although the Medicaid expansion led to an 11.7% increase in overall spending, state budgets were insulated due to federal funding.

Excessive Computer Work Leads to Physician  Burnout

Excessive Computer Work Leads to Physician Burnout

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Study shows that physicians devote nearly 3.08 hours a day to face-to-face office visits and 3.17 hours to desktop medicine.

Enhanced Patient-Centered Communication Key To Giving Bad News

Enhanced Patient-Centered Communication Key To Giving Bad News

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Use of enhanced patient-centered communication positively impacts a patient's psychological state when given bad news.

MACRA Changes Will Affect Physician Payments

MACRA Changes Will Affect Physician Payments

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Changes made by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act have affected the government's approach to physician payment.

Medicaid: Improvement Under the Affordable Care Act

Medicaid: Improvement Under the Affordable Care Act

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Thirty-one states and Washington DC have signed legislation to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Physicians Work Around Cost of Prescription Medications

Physicians Work Around Cost of Prescription Medications

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A physician in Maine built an autoinjector device to work around the price hikes of EpiPens.

AMA Survey: Majority of US Physicians Satisfied With Career

AMA Survey: Majority of US Physicians Satisfied With Career

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The American Medical Association conducted a survey of 1200 doctors, residents and medical students to determine their career choice satisfaction.

Health Literacy Toolkit Essential for Shared Decision Making

Health Literacy Toolkit Essential for Shared Decision Making

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Use of the Health Literacy Universal Precaution toolkit created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is essential in improving patient-clinician communication.

Uninsured Rate Drops as Obamacare TV Ads Increase From 2013 to 2014

Uninsured Rate Drops as Obamacare TV Ads Increase From 2013 to 2014

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Researchers found that counties exposed to more television ads on the Affordable Care Act had lower rates of uninsured between 2013 and 2014.

Malpractice Claims Lowered by Half From 1992 to 2014

Malpractice Claims Lowered by Half From 1992 to 2014

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The rate of malpractice claims paid on behalf of physicians decreased as mean compensation amounts increased from 1992 to 2014.

Evolution of Informed Consent in Medical Research: An Expert Interview

Evolution of Informed Consent in Medical Research: An Expert Interview

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New approaches to informed consent using technology advances are changing the way participants are informed and how researchers obtain their permission.

HIPAA Fines May Lead to Corrective Action Plans

HIPAA Fines May Lead to Corrective Action Plans

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HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose such a plan on providers receiving HIPAA fines to lower risk of future data loss incidents.

Lower Spending Seen In Practices With More High-Needs Patients

Lower Spending Seen In Practices With More High-Needs Patients

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Practices with a higher proportion of high-needs patients achieve lower spending and utilization.

Proportion of Women Among Academic Grand Rounds Speakers Well Short of Workforce Numbers

Proportion of Women Among Academic Grand Rounds Speakers Well Short of Workforce Numbers

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Amidst academic grand rounds speakers, women are found to be underrepresented.

ACGME: First-year Residents Can Work 24-hour Shifts

ACGME: First-year Residents Can Work 24-hour Shifts

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Residency programs can increase shift hours for first-year residents from 16 to 24 hours, ACGME says.

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