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Practice Management New Appointment Algorithm Helps Clinicians Manage Time Better

New Appointment Algorithm Helps Clinicians Manage Time Better

Patient no-shows cost clinicians time and money. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University believe they may have found an answer to the problem.

Practice Management Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed

Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed

Researchers discuss the acquisition of physician practices by private equity firms based on a review of the literature and interviews with 21 knowledgeable individuals.

Practice Management Social Media and the Spread of Misinformation: Taking Back Public Health

Social Media and the Spread of Misinformation: Taking Back Public Health

Public health misinformation is often amplified within information silos and echo chambers.

Practice Management Musculoskeletal, Neurologic Diseases Constitute Largest Portion of Health System Cost

Musculoskeletal, Neurologic Diseases Constitute Largest Portion of Health System Cost

The health expenditure was greater for a person with 2 diseases simultaneously than for the diseases separately.

Practice Management ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate

ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty is unlikely to destabilize the individual market in California but could roll back coverage gains.

Practice Management Machine Learning Models May Predict Emergency Admissions

Machine Learning Models May Predict Emergency Admissions

Machine learning models incorporated into electronic health records may predict the risk for emergency hospital admissions.

Practice Management Racial Disparities May Have Widened After Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Implementation

Racial Disparities May Have Widened After Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Implementation

Racial disparities may be widening within safety-net hospitals for non-HRRP-targeted conditions.

Practice Management Sexual-Minority Patients Prefer Nonverbal Data Collection

Sexual-Minority Patients Prefer Nonverbal Data Collection

Sexual- or gender-minority patients report greater comfort and improved communication with nonverbal collection of sexual orientation and gender identity information in the emergency department.

Practice Management Many Adults in 50s, Early 60s Worried About Health Insurance

Many Adults in 50s, Early 60s Worried About Health Insurance

Many adults aged 50 to 64 years are concerned about being unable to afford the cost of health insurance.

Practice Management Using Telemedicine in Rheumatology: Outcomes, Costs, and Patient Satisfaction

Using Telemedicine in Rheumatology: Outcomes, Costs, and Patient Satisfaction

Patient-reported outcomes for care delivered using telemedicine were similar to usual care, with significant cost and distance savings.

Practice Management Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages

Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages

The lowest-priced generic drugs are more likely to experience shortages.

Practice Management Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries

Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries

An institutional gender equity initiative can reduce gender-based salary gaps among medical school faculty.

Practice Management Time Management: 8 Tips for Clinicians

Time Management: 8 Tips for Clinicians

Hefty patient loads and numerous administrative tasks make time management a challenge for rheumatologists. Here are 8 tips to better manage your time.

Practice Management Growth in Use of Telemedicine Seen From 2005 to 2017

Growth in Use of Telemedicine Seen From 2005 to 2017

From 2005 to 2017, there was a substantial increase in telemedicine use, although use was still uncommon in 2017.

Practice Management Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

Despite numerous difficulties, early figures show that sign-ups for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act are higher than expected.

Practice Management Failure of Timely Stop to Certain Prescription Drugs Is Common

Failure of Timely Stop to Certain Prescription Drugs Is Common

Legacy prescribing of certain drugs, such as antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors, is common.

Practice Management Exclusion of Physicians From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

Exclusion of Physicians From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

From 2007 to 2017, the number of physicians excluded from Medicare and state public insurance programs increased.

Practice Management Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

Direct-to-consumer television advertising may not be the best place to provide cost information on prescription drugs and biologic products.

Practice Management Examining the Evolution of the Patient-Physician Relationship

Examining the Evolution of the Patient-Physician Relationship

As patients continue to equip themselves with knowledge gleaned from sources outside the exam room, physicians must reassess their role.

Practice Management Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

Physicians have a moral obligation to protect their patients from both physical and financial harms associated with pharmaceutical therapies.

Practice Management Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-reported outcome measures can be useful for measuring symptoms in primary care clinics if clinicians use these measures to improve care.

Practice Management Discrimination Against Physician Mothers a Widespread Issue

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers a Widespread Issue

Key themes identified included issues with gendered job expectations, financial inequalities, and limited advancement opportunities, among others.

Practice Management Flaws, Potential Solutions for Physician Incentive Programs Examined

Flaws, Potential Solutions for Physician Incentive Programs Examined

Physician incentive programs have not been proven helpful in improving patient outcomes.

Practice Management 2017 Saw Slowing in National Healthcare Spending

2017 Saw Slowing in National Healthcare Spending

National healthcare spending slowed in 2017.

Practice Management Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

False beliefs are common in society and have permeated the healthcare industry.

Practice Management Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

The "Christmas Effect" has been linked to increased risks in patients discharged from the hospital during the December holiday season.

Practice Management Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Therapeutic misconception is an important type of false belief in medical research and medical practice.

Practice Management HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians

HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians

Stress related to use of health information technology is common and predictive of burnout among physicians.

Practice Management AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

Health information is widely available online, yet the quality of that information can be dubious at best.

Practice Management Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017.

Practice Management "Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

"Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

There is substantial discussion in the United States regarding the use of public accommodation laws to legislate bathroom access for transgender individuals.

Practice Management Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

An educational intervention can improve patients' ability to self-manage their chronic diseases.

Practice Management Knit One, Purl One: The Health Benefits of Knitting

Knit One, Purl One: The Health Benefits of Knitting

Knitting is both process- and product-oriented, encompassing repetitive tasks that can exercise physical and cognitive skills

Practice Management Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Prescription Delivery Service With FedEx

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Prescription Delivery Service With FedEx

Currently, same-day delivery is available only in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale; this program will be expanded in 2019.

Practice Management Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Only 15.4% of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions, with larger practice size being an important correlate of telemedicine use.

Practice Management HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

The US Department of Health and Human Services has developed a draft strategy to reduce the health information technology burden.

Practice Management Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

Practice Management AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Practice Management Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of "e-health" sources.

Practice Management Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

Office visits to primary care physicians declined from 2012 to 2016, but visits to nurse practitioners and physician assistants increased.

Practice Management Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Many healthcare organizations are trying a new tactic to reduce rates of burnout: gratitude.

Practice Management FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process

FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process

A major update of the United States' system for approving medical devices was announced yesterday by the FDA.

Practice Management Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians have a responsibility to engage in initiatives that improve the quality of health information available online.

Practice Management How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

Assuming blame for a medical error may help patients and families heal.

Practice Management Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Rates of health information breaches are increasing despite legal and moral obligations to protect patient information.

Practice Management ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Affect Labor Markets

ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Affect Labor Markets

Millions of workers gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act without adverse effects on labor markets.

Practice Management The Future of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Practice Management Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

The American Heart Association and others are urging the court to reconsider changes to short-term limited-duration insurance plans.

Practice Management Cleaning Up "Fake News" in Health Care

Cleaning Up "Fake News" in Health Care

Inaccurate health claims have become a public health issue.

Practice Management Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

Practice Management Poorer Health, Health Behaviors Increase Risk for Hospital Readmission

Poorer Health, Health Behaviors Increase Risk for Hospital Readmission

Older patients with poor health, health behaviors, social support, and self-efficacy are more likely to have an unexpected readmission to the hospital.

Practice Management Anti-Immigration Laws Have Negative Health Effects on Undocumented Youth

Anti-Immigration Laws Have Negative Health Effects on Undocumented Youth

Dreamers have expressed lower self-esteem and higher rates of chronic disease after the repeal of DACA.

Practice Management Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Health and social service utilization decreased in immigrant communities after the 2016 presidential election.

Practice Management Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults still delay medical care due to cost despite having access to insurance coverage.

Practice Management Making the Case for Donor-Funded Research

Making the Case for Donor-Funded Research

Research funded by private donors in exchange for research-related benefits has long been criticized as a "pay to play" research model.

Practice Management Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

When is enough enough when it comes to health metrics?

Practice Management #MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

Researchers are concerned that the increased focus on sexual harassment resulting from the #MeToo campaign may cause negative health outcomes.

Practice Management Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Medicare costs may be contained by incentivizing multisector health activities, according to researchers.

Practice Management Poor Health Outcomes Associated With Fear of Crime, Violence Among College Students of Color

Poor Health Outcomes Associated With Fear of Crime, Violence Among College Students of Color

College students of color report an increased fear of crime and violence on college campuses.

Practice Management Does Neighborhood Gentrification Affect Long-Term Health Outcomes?

Does Neighborhood Gentrification Affect Long-Term Health Outcomes?

A neighborhood's "phase" of gentrification may be predictive of certain health disparities among residents.

Practice Management FDA Proposes New Restrictions on Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

FDA Proposes New Restrictions on Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

The announcement comes in the wake of results from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey which showed a 78% increase in current e-cigarette use among high school students from 2017 to 2018.

Practice Management AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

By collecting data on suicides by medical students, residents, and fellows, the AMA hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among doctors-in-training.

Practice Management Online Patient Reviews of EDs and Urgent Care Centers Inform Care Delivery

Online Patient Reviews of EDs and Urgent Care Centers Inform Care Delivery

Publicly available online ratings of emergency departments and urgent care centers provide important insights for health systems.

Practice Management Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement.

Practice Management FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

The FDA has launched the MyStudies App, a mobile application aimed at supporting the collection of "real world" data and evidence for medical use.

Practice Management 5-Step Guide to Activity Tracker Use for Patients With Rheumatic Diseases

5-Step Guide to Activity Tracker Use for Patients With Rheumatic Diseases

Patients with rheumatic diseases may benefit from the use of activity trackers. Here's how you can help them get the most out of their devices.

Practice Management One-Third of Pediatric Medication Errors Due to Usability Issues

One-Third of Pediatric Medication Errors Due to Usability Issues

More than one-third of pediatric patient safety reports in 2012 to 2017 that were related to EHR use were attributed to usability issues.

Practice Management HHS: Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Released

HHS: Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Released

This guidance, updated for the first time since 2008, provides evidence-based recommendations for children (ages 3-17) and adults.

Practice Management Progress Toward Goals in Global Health Is Slowing

Progress Toward Goals in Global Health Is Slowing

Global progress in health has slowed, and improvements in health have been unevenly distributed.

Practice Management Patients Using GoFundMe Platform to Raise Funds for Scientifically Unsupported Medical Treatments

Patients Using GoFundMe Platform to Raise Funds for Scientifically Unsupported Medical Treatments

GoFundMe, one of the largest crowdfunding sites, reported that medical campaign funding has increased $2 billion from 2015 to 2016.

Practice Management The Positives of Publishing Negatives: Are Researchers Obligated to Share Negative Trial Results?

The Positives of Publishing Negatives: Are Researchers Obligated to Share Negative Trial Results?

Evidence-based medicine is the cornerstone of clinical practice.

Practice Management Medicaid Expansion Approved in 3 Republican-Leaning States

Medicaid Expansion Approved in 3 Republican-Leaning States

Hundreds of thousands more low-income Americans could get health insurance after voters in 3 Republican-leaning states approved Medicaid expansion in the midterm elections.

Practice Management What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

Practice Management How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

Employer-sponsored wellness programs can put physicians in an unenviable position.

Practice Management Majority of Internists Still Have Financial Ties to Industry

Majority of Internists Still Have Financial Ties to Industry

A majority of internists still report financial ties to industry.

Practice Management Individual vs Community Needs: Should Hospitals Subsidize Expensive Lifesaving Care for Foreign Patients?

Individual vs Community Needs: Should Hospitals Subsidize Expensive Lifesaving Care for Foreign Patients?

Experts debate whether it is ethically permissible to provide life-saving treatment to a non-US citizen who does not have health insurance.

Practice Management Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

The modern American diet is widely recognized as a major determinant of morbidity and mortality.

Practice Management Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority resident physicians report incidences of microaggression, occasional racism, and challenges in integrating their cultural identity into the workplace.

Practice Management Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries identified as "high cost" were likely to stay high cost over a 3 year period.

Practice Management Community Health Worker Intervention Beneficial

Community Health Worker Intervention Beneficial

A standardized community health worker-delivered intervention improves patient-perceived quality of care and reduces hospitalizations for low-income patients with chronic diseases.

Practice Management ACR/ARHP 2018 Annual Meeting: An Overview

ACR/ARHP 2018 Annual Meeting: An Overview

The annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology was held from October 19 to 24 in Chicago and attracted approximately 17,000 participants from around the world.

Practice Management The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The progression from personalized medicine to wellness genomics as mapped by researchers began with pioneering work on the molecular genetic code.

Practice Management Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

Practice Management An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

The "deep learning" approach to artificial intelligence allows computers to perform diagnostic tasks with accuracy comparable to that of trained medical professionals.

Practice Management Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Researchers found a limited association between the ranking of a physician's medical school and patient mortality or readmission rates.

Practice Management Medical Advocacy Groups Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

Medical Advocacy Groups Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Practice Management Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Between the double shifts and stressful days, keeping energy up and eating right can seem like an insurmountable challenge.

Practice Management E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

Electronic medical visits (e-visits) trigger additional clinic visits, rather than serving as an office visit substitute.

Practice Management Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

Practice Management Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Career choice regret, specialty choice, and anxiety in medical school have been linked with elevated rates of burnout in resident physicians

Practice Management Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states.

Practice Management The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Practice Management Substandard, Falsified Medicines Create an Understudied Economic Burden

Substandard, Falsified Medicines Create an Understudied Economic Burden

The impact of poor-quality medicines is an understudied problem requiring further vigorous economic analyses.

Practice Management Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

Practice Management Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

The overall well-being of a geographically defined population was inversely associated with the amount Medicare spent on its fee-for-service beneficiaries.

Practice Management When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that sexual harassment is a problem across all fields of science.

Practice Management High-Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

High-Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

Universal health coverage has been proposed as a way of improving access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

Practice Management Price Hikes Noted in Small Subset of Generic Drugs

Price Hikes Noted in Small Subset of Generic Drugs

A small but growing subset of generic drugs experienced sudden large price increases from 2007 to 2013.

Practice Management Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

Despite Veterans Affairs scholarship support, costs for veterans attending medical school are high.

Practice Management Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

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