Practice Management

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

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Physicians should prepare for an increasing number of older patients by developing a greater understanding of this population.

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in US in 2017

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in US in 2017

Overall, 9.1% of individuals in the United States were uninsured in 2017, which was not significantly different from the level in 2016.

Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care

Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care

Stigmatizing language used in medical records to describe patients can influence medical students and residents in terms of their attitudes towards the patient and their clinical decision-making.

Not Prepared for an In-Flight Medical Emergency? There's an App for That

Not Prepared for an In-Flight Medical Emergency? There's an App for That

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Many physicians and healthcare professionals don't have sufficient knowledge of in-flight emergency stabilization or protocols.

Primary Care Providers Have Mixed Views on Genetic Tests

Primary Care Providers Have Mixed Views on Genetic Tests

Primary care providers view tests for genetic risks of common diseases as useful, but lack confidence in interpreting results.

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best practices have been developed for using electronic health records to enhance patient-centered care.

Direct Primary Care Rivals Fee-for-Service Models in Improving Care Quality and Costs

Direct Primary Care Rivals Fee-for-Service Models in Improving Care Quality and Costs

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The direct primary care model is a potential alternative to the traditional fee-for-service payment model.

White House Unveils Plan to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

White House Unveils Plan to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

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FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb MD, said, "The FDA shares the goal of ensuring that American patients have access to quality and affordable care that meets their needs."

Making Alternative Payment Plans Mandatory: Inherent Risks and Pitfalls in Reducing Healthcare Costs

Making Alternative Payment Plans Mandatory: Inherent Risks and Pitfalls in Reducing Healthcare Costs

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The CMMI program was created by the ACA to identify and test new strategies for reimbursement in an effort to reduce growing healthcare costs.

Rheumatology Curriculum Outline Aims to Train and Integrate NPs and PAs

Rheumatology Curriculum Outline Aims to Train and Integrate NPs and PAs

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The ACR/ ARHP created a rheumatology curriculum outline that can be used to create more efficient integration of NPs and PAs into rheumatology practice.

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

Challenges in Defining Normality in Precision Medicine and Big Data

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The definition of "normal" is being debated as precision medicine becomes more common.

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.

Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements

Many Organizations Not Meeting Trial Reporting Requirements

Many organizations are not meeting the trial registration and results reporting requirements clarified by "The Final Rule."

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

Communication Breakdown: Using Social Media in Medicine

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Social media has proven to be an important tool across all professional fields, including medicine.

Current Performance Measures Lack Appropriate Validity for Clinical Use

Current Performance Measures Lack Appropriate Validity for Clinical Use

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Currently there are 2500 performance measures for US physicians listed by the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.

Medicine and Conscience Intersect at the Department of Health and Human Services

Medicine and Conscience Intersect at the Department of Health and Human Services

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The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the HHS Office of Civil Rights.

Managing Medical Requests From Family and Friends

Managing Medical Requests From Family and Friends

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Fielding medical requests from friends and family can be a complex issue for physicians to navigate.

Underreporting of Conflicts of Interest Likely at FDA Advisory Committee Meetings

Underreporting of Conflicts of Interest Likely at FDA Advisory Committee Meetings

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Approximately one-quarter of public speakers presenting at the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisor Committee Meetings have conflicts of interest.

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

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Although the eConsult system expedites patient access to specialty services, it can lead to increased workload — and subsequent burnout — among physicians.

Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

Hospitals in the United States will have to post their standard prices online and make it easier for patients to access their electronic medical records.

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

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April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

Net Neutrality Repeal Stands to Disrupt Medical Education, Clinical Training

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Following the repeal of net neutrality regulations, public focus has been on consumer internet use, but medical education may also suffer.

ACP: Shifting Focus to Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Patient Care

ACP: Shifting Focus to Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Patient Care

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The ACP is focusing its efforts on improving health outcomes through the assessment of patients' social determinants of health.

Retail Clinics Aim to Improve and Transform Healthcare Access

Retail Clinics Aim to Improve and Transform Healthcare Access

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Retail clinics can be more economically feasible for patients when compared with traditional medical clinics.

Patients Prefer Physicians Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients Prefer Physicians Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients prefer physicians who engage in face-to-face clinic visits, rather than those using an examination room computer.

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

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As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Talking Politics With Patients

Talking Politics With Patients

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Sooner or later, everyone in the healthcare field will have to think about how to approach a politically divisive conversation with a patient.

Expert Q&A: Effects of Collaborative Care Models on Patient Satisfaction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Expert Q&A: Effects of Collaborative Care Models on Patient Satisfaction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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John M. Davis III, MD, MS, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jennifer Gorman, MD, MPH, from The Polyclinic in Seattle, Washington, discuss the evolving collaborative care therapy model in RA.

Charter Outlines Principles of Physician Well-Being

Charter Outlines Principles of Physician Well-Being

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The Charter on Physician Well-being is intended to outline specific principles that can be used to address well-being throughout a physician's entire career.

Recommendations Developed on Gender Equity in Medicine

Recommendations Developed on Gender Equity in Medicine

Recommendations were provided aimed at addressing gender equity in physician compensation and career advancement opportunities.

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