Practice Management

Implications of the Regulatory Accountability Act on Public Health

Implications of the Regulatory Accountability Act on Public Health

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The aim of the Regulatory Accountability Act is to minimize federal regulations in health and medicine.

Digitial Medicine Innovations Expand Access to Rural, Low-Income Communities

Digitial Medicine Innovations Expand Access to Rural, Low-Income Communities

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Innovations in digital health applications are contributing to expanding medical care to low-income or isolated environments.

Burnout Prevalence High Among Physicians in Single Health System

Burnout Prevalence High Among Physicians in Single Health System

There is a high rate of burnout among physicians, affecting over one-third of physicians in a single health system.

Expert Insight: Discussing Sensitive Topics With Patients

Expert Insight: Discussing Sensitive Topics With Patients

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Many physicians avoid asking patients about sensitive topics such substance abuse or sexual activity during routine medical histories.

Treating Violence as a Contagious Health Problem

Treating Violence as a Contagious Health Problem

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Violence may be best understood if it is treated as an epidemic health problem.

Then and Now: The Crisis of Physician Suicides

Then and Now: The Crisis of Physician Suicides

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Over the past few decades, physician suicide has become a staggering public health crisis that has largely been ignored.

Participation in 340B Drug Pricing Program Increases Physician-Hospital Consolidation

Participation in 340B Drug Pricing Program Increases Physician-Hospital Consolidation

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Hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program have increased outpatient provision of parenteral drugs in hematology-oncology and ophthalmology.

Poll: Clinicians Should Not Be Allowed to Refuse to Treat Patients Based on Moral Grounds

Poll: Clinicians Should Not Be Allowed to Refuse to Treat Patients Based on Moral Grounds

Most people do not believe that healthcare providers should be allowed to refuse treatment based on their conscience or beliefs.

ACR Encourages Biosimilar Use for Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases

ACR Encourages Biosimilar Use for Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases

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The ACR encourages healthcare providers to incorporate biosimilar drugs into treatment plans of patients with rheumatic diseases.

Standardized, Widespread Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Needed in Manuscripts

Standardized, Widespread Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Needed in Manuscripts

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Researchers argue that medical journals should require article authors to include conflict-of-interest statements.

Asking Patients About Sexual Orientation in Healthcare Settings

Asking Patients About Sexual Orientation in Healthcare Settings

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This article shared the arguments from 2 different clinicians on whether or not sexual orientation should be asked about during health care encounters.

Premium Costs, Out-of-Pocket Spending Quantified Among ACA Participants

Premium Costs, Out-of-Pocket Spending Quantified Among ACA Participants

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Patients under the ACA are still struggling with premium and out-of-pocket spending on coverage expansions.

Are Clinicians Being Misled by Interim Publication of Clinical Trial Results?

Are Clinicians Being Misled by Interim Publication of Clinical Trial Results?

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Interim analyses are often reported without justification, and may mislead clinicians about whether a drug or therapy is beneficial or not.

Medical Malpractice Payment Redistribution Patterns Examined

Medical Malpractice Payment Redistribution Patterns Examined

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The HR 1215 bill proposes many changes to malpractice liability rules, including a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages.

Safety Implications of the Proposed Federal Right-to-Try Legislation

Safety Implications of the Proposed Federal Right-to-Try Legislation

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The federal "right-to-try" legislation will restrict the FDA's oversight of access to investigational drugs for patients with life-threatening illnesses.

 What Role Should Clinicians Play in Firearm Counseling?

What Role Should Clinicians Play in Firearm Counseling?

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Patient counseling about firearms in their home is essential when there is potential harm involved.

Congress Urged to Reverse CMS Policy Linking Clinician Payments to Part B Drug Costs

Congress Urged to Reverse CMS Policy Linking Clinician Payments to Part B Drug Costs

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Many healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to reverse the new CMS policy.

Health Care Providers Who Share Email Addresses With Patients Have Higher Satisfaction Scores

Health Care Providers Who Share Email Addresses With Patients Have Higher Satisfaction Scores

Physicians who provide their email address to their patients have higher satisfaction, however it does not impact the patient.

 Do Hospital Performance Financial Incentives Reduce Mortality Rates?

Do Hospital Performance Financial Incentives Reduce Mortality Rates?

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Hospitals receiving financial incentives to improve performance for more than a decade did not have reduced patient mortality rates.

Reexamining the Role of Concierge Medicine in Primary Care

Reexamining the Role of Concierge Medicine in Primary Care

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During the last decade, the number of medical students choosing internal or family medicine has dropped by approximately 80%.

Rise in Health Care Costs: Are Physician Salaries the Cause?

Rise in Health Care Costs: Are Physician Salaries the Cause?

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Are rising health care costs related to physician salaries?

Researchers May Be Targeted by Pharmaceutical Companies for Undesirable Outcomes

Researchers May Be Targeted by Pharmaceutical Companies for Undesirable Outcomes

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When researchers publish unfavorable reviews of a product, they are the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical companies.

Mortality Rates Do Not Differ When Treated by Locum vs Non-Locum Tenens

Mortality Rates Do Not Differ When Treated by Locum vs Non-Locum Tenens

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Hospitalized patients treated by locum tenens physicians compared to non-locum tenens physicians had similar rates of 30-day mortality.

Lab Test Payments Reduced Beginning January 1, 2018

Lab Test Payments Reduced Beginning January 1, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, payments for testing services in physician office-based labs are being reduced.

Medical Practices May Need More Cybersecurity to Prevent Against Cyberattacks

Medical Practices May Need More Cybersecurity to Prevent Against Cyberattacks

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The AMA highlighted the seriousness of cyberattacks in healthcare.

Spouses of Physicians: Adjustments and Professional Achievements

Spouses of Physicians: Adjustments and Professional Achievements

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

Wearable Fitness Trackers: Are We Placing Too Much Faith in Them?

Wearable Fitness Trackers: Are We Placing Too Much Faith in Them?

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The utility and effectiveness of wearable fitness devices are discussed in a clinician's opinion piece.

Costs Associated With Observation Care vs Short-Stay Hospitalization Examined

Costs Associated With Observation Care vs Short-Stay Hospitalization Examined

The cost of observation care has increased, but is still cheaper than spending on short-stay hospitalizations.

Optimizing Patient Care With an Interdisciplinary Disease-Based Peer Review

Optimizing Patient Care With an Interdisciplinary Disease-Based Peer Review

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Patients who are referred to physicians with a specific specialty may experience bias toward that specialty.

Medical Professionals Must Understand Ethical, Legal Obligations of Informed Consent

Medical Professionals Must Understand Ethical, Legal Obligations of Informed Consent

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Healthcare professionals need to know applicable law policy when complying with law enforcement demands.

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