Practice Management

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 and instead supporting allowing patients to reapply immediately for redetermination was adopted by the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor or Fair Health

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor or Fair Health

Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress.

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

The American Medical Association House of Delegates has adopted a new policy to study, act for, and advocate to advance gender equity in medicine.

Errors in Clinical Notes Generated by Speech Recognition Are Not Uncommon

Errors in Clinical Notes Generated by Speech Recognition Are Not Uncommon

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Discharge summaries demonstrated higher mean speech recognition error rates.

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

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A providers' capacity to feel compassion is affected in part by the practice environment.

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.

Prioritizing Rest in Hospital Settings: Poor Sleep Increases Costs, Complications, and Mortality

Prioritizing Rest in Hospital Settings: Poor Sleep Increases Costs, Complications, and Mortality

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Study results serve as an important impetus for physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and others involved in the care of hospitalized patients to optimize sleep in the hospital setting.

A Physician's Guide to Incorporating Patient Spirituality in Practice

A Physician's Guide to Incorporating Patient Spirituality in Practice

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Knowledge of a patient's spiritual beliefs can help physicians better tailor interventions to the individual patient while providing a deeper level of respect for their patients.

Ethical Navigation of Patient Refusal of Treatment for Religious Reasons

Ethical Navigation of Patient Refusal of Treatment for Religious Reasons

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While physicians must respect patient autonomy, they have a professional commitment to provide medical intervention when possible.

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 Current Procedural Terminology 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.

Gender-Based Salary Inequalities Pervasive in Internal Medicine

Gender-Based Salary Inequalities Pervasive in Internal Medicine

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Gender-based salary differences were the same regardless of whether or not the respondent was a parent.

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Practices and physicians should prepare for emergency situations, such as natural disasters, network communications failures, and active shooter situations.

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

There are large coverage gaps in short-term health plans that were approved Wednesday by the Trump administration, and are described by critics as "junk insurance."

Groups Urge CMS to Reconsider Suspending Risk Adjustment

Groups Urge CMS to Reconsider Suspending Risk Adjustment

Twenty-eight medical organizations, including the AMA, sent a letter regarding the decision to suspend billions of dollars in annual payments to insurers as required under the program.

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.

Three Financial Metrics Can Improve Practice Performance

Three Financial Metrics Can Improve Practice Performance

By understanding 3 indices and metrics, physicians can change the financial outcome of their medical practice.

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

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In recent years, more healthcare professionals are choosing to work for organizations rather than starting their own practice.

Addressing Modern Difficulties in Supporting Biomedical Research

Addressing Modern Difficulties in Supporting Biomedical Research

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The past 2 decades of biomedical research have seen a substantial increase in "hypercompetition" for funding.

Strategies for Increasing Physician-Scientist Recruitment to Research Careers

Strategies for Increasing Physician-Scientist Recruitment to Research Careers

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From 2003 to 2015, funding for the National Institutes of Health declined by 22% due to a nationwide decrease in biomedical research support.

Four Strategies Help Doctors Make Personal, Professional Gains

Four Strategies Help Doctors Make Personal, Professional Gains

Four strategies were presented to help physicians make personal and professional gains.

The Value of Social Network Data for Surrogate Decision Making

The Value of Social Network Data for Surrogate Decision Making

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Surrogate decision making for patients without decision-making capabilities or advance directives can be a challenging task to take on.

Better Care Quality Needed for Universal Health Coverage

Better Care Quality Needed for Universal Health Coverage

Governments, policymakers, health system leaders, patients, and clinicians should work together to ensure a high-quality health workforce.

Assessing, Improving Patient Satisfaction Cuts Malpractice Risk

Assessing, Improving Patient Satisfaction Cuts Malpractice Risk

Assessing and improving patient satisfaction can help physicians avoid being sued for malpractice.

Developing a New Set of Standards for Clinical Research Site Accreditation

Developing a New Set of Standards for Clinical Research Site Accreditation

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Can groups with varying viewpoints come together to agree on a set of standards for the accreditation process?

Sound Healing May Be a Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

Sound Healing May Be a Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

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Sound healing — a meditation technique that focuses on the power of sound — may offer a solution to physician burnout.

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

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As of 2018, fewer than 10% of hospitals are without an electronic health record (EHR) system.

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

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The zero tolerance immigration policy implemented by the Trump Administration in spring 2018 resulted in divisive political commentary that further delineated the line between parties.

Avoiding Negligence and Malpractice While On Call: Guidelines for Physicians

Avoiding Negligence and Malpractice While On Call: Guidelines for Physicians

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Untimely responses to messages by on-call physicians may make physicians liable for patient death or injury.

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

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In an era of larger-scale studies and increased data digitization, the question of which information is appropriate to disclose has become a focal point in medical ethics.

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