Addressing Workplace Violence Against Phyisicans

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Phyisicans

Once revered and idolized by society and patients, physicians are increasingly being subjected to verbal and physical violence at work.

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

Farris K. Timimi, MD, and Lee Aase from the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network shared their views on the role of social media in physician practice.

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

The reasons for physicians' discomfort with conversations about dying are as much cultural, social, and systemic as they are personal.

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

Because they're busy looking in different directions, "innocent until proven guilty" and "first, do no harm" don't always get along.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Several notable medical societies have issued ethical statements discouraging physicians from treating family members and friends.

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

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

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.

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

While ICD-10-CM may be an improvement on an old process, big data is the revolution that has the potential to change health care forever.

Expert Insight: Discussing Sensitive Topics With Patients

Expert Insight: Discussing Sensitive Topics With Patients

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

Then and Now: The Crisis of Physician Suicides

Then and Now: The Crisis of Physician Suicides

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

Medical Malpractice Payment Redistribution Patterns Examined

Medical Malpractice Payment Redistribution Patterns Examined

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

What Role Should Clinicians Play in Firearm Counseling?

What Role Should Clinicians Play in Firearm Counseling?

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

Reexamining the Role of Concierge Medicine in Primary Care

Reexamining the Role of Concierge Medicine in Primary Care

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

Practice Managers Can Help Physician Group Grow, Thrive

Practice Managers Can Help Physician Group Grow, Thrive

Practice managers can either be beneficial to a practice, or add unneeded stress.

Targeted Interventions Effectively Address Medical Overuse

Targeted Interventions Effectively Address Medical Overuse

Medical overuse can be reduced by involving patients in shared-decision making.

Is it Time for the Independent Physician to Stop Fighting the System?

Is it Time for the Independent Physician to Stop Fighting the System?

Independent physicians need to stop fighting the system.

Practice Options in Health Care Need to Be Evaluated

Practice Options in Health Care Need to Be Evaluated

The practices in healthcare today need to be reevaluated.

Ethical Aspects of Futility in Emergency Medical Care

Ethical Aspects of Futility in Emergency Medical Care

Clear communication between patients and caregivers with regard to treatment futility or the perception of treatment futility is important.

Clinicians' Take on the Pros and Cons of Medical Scribes

Clinicians' Take on the Pros and Cons of Medical Scribes

The use of scribes has garnered a generally positive research base for being effective in improving clinician satisfaction, productivity, and physician-patient interactions.

Examining "Willful Blindness" in Medicine

Examining "Willful Blindness" in Medicine

In surgery, a common example of unknown knowns is continuing to perform a procedure even in the face of evidence that it's either outdated or of little benefit.

The Unknown Impact of What You Say to Patients

The Unknown Impact of What You Say to Patients

Years into the practice of medicine, I have spoken millions of words in the exam room and forgotten the majority of them.

A Physician's First Lesson in Humility

A Physician's First Lesson in Humility

Every physician experiences humility.

Is it Worth Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings?

Is it Worth Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings?

Healthcare systems are expanding based on the number of people covered, and the care quality they receive.

What Is the Point of a Pager's Alarm?

What Is the Point of a Pager's Alarm?

As far as I could tell, the only function of this rattling, chirping, and beeping barrage was to drive doctors crazy.

Assisting Patients Outside of the Clinic Setting With the Help of Modern Technology

Assisting Patients Outside of the Clinic Setting With the Help of Modern Technology

One should be careful when told that a child has a fever and a rash: it could be meningococcemia.

Physicians Should Be Mindful of Sharing Clinical Information Over Text

Physicians Should Be Mindful of Sharing Clinical Information Over Text

80% of physicians use texting to share clinical information.

Higher Premiums — Why the Affordable Care Act Isn't to Blame

Higher Premiums — Why the Affordable Care Act Isn't to Blame

Republicans have capitalized on the misunderstood concept that the ACA is responsible for rising health premiums.

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — What Worked for Me

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — What Worked for Me

I'm sure you already know the usual burnout-prevention protocols offered in self-help articles — but they may not work for you!

Is The American Health Care Act The Best We Can Do?

Is The American Health Care Act The Best We Can Do?

"My intent is not to promote the Democratic agenda, but rather to make explicit the point that Republicans are not looking at the problems with the ACA, nor are they trying to find real solutions."

Opinion: Video as a Medical Educational Tool

Opinion: Video as a Medical Educational Tool

An endocrinologist shares his experience teaching medical students with concept videos.

Challenges, Impacts of Medical Liability Reform

Challenges, Impacts of Medical Liability Reform

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

Different Technologies in Medicine: Friends or Foes?

Different Technologies in Medicine: Friends or Foes?

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

Medicaid: Improvement Under the Affordable Care Act

Medicaid: Improvement Under the Affordable Care Act

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

Evolution of Informed Consent in Medical Research: An Expert Interview

Evolution of Informed Consent in Medical Research: An Expert Interview

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

Exploring the Legal Implications of Curbside Consults in Clinical Practice

Exploring the Legal Implications of Curbside Consults in Clinical Practice

Some legal cases have upheld that a physician-patient relationship exists even when the patient has not been physically examined by the physician.

HIPAA Fines May Lead to Corrective Action Plans

HIPAA Fines May Lead to Corrective Action Plans

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

GOP Health Care Law a Mixed Bag for Rheumatologists, Patients

GOP Health Care Law a Mixed Bag for Rheumatologists, Patients

The American College of Rheumatology's head of government affairs dissects the AHCA proposal and explains what it means for rheumatologists and their patients.

WHO, NIH, FDA Concerned Negative Data Lacking in Clinical Trial Results

WHO, NIH, FDA Concerned Negative Data Lacking in Clinical Trial Results

Researchers find that 29% of data from trials went unreported from 1999 to 2009.

Medical Device Safety: Strategies for Improvement

Medical Device Safety: Strategies for Improvement

Following multiple recalls, new strategies are needed to monitor the safety and performance of medical devices.

AMA, ACP Voice Opposition to GOP Healthcare Reform Bill

AMA, ACP Voice Opposition to GOP Healthcare Reform Bill

Responses come after House leadership introduces the American Health Care Act, the proposed replacement for Obamacare.

Meaningful Healthcare Reform Efforts: Dead on Arrival

Meaningful Healthcare Reform Efforts: Dead on Arrival

Healthcare reform must be based on common sense and shared responsibility — not on more layers of administrative burden.

FDA Developing Guidance on Medical Product Marketing

FDA Developing Guidance on Medical Product Marketing

The US Food and Drug Administration has released 2 draft guidance documents for appropriate marketing communication on medical products and devices.

Strategies for Better Inpatient Care During End-of-Rotation Transitions

Strategies for Better Inpatient Care During End-of-Rotation Transitions

End-of-rotation transition in care has been linked to significantly higher in-hospital mortality. Clinicians highlight the issue, and offer ways to reduce the problem.

Conflicts of Interest in Patient Advocacy Groups

Conflicts of Interest in Patient Advocacy Groups

One researcher shares insight into the prevalence of industry funding of advocacy groups and what clinicians should consider when interpreting research outcomes.

Are Business Associate HIPPA Violations Costing Your Practice?

Are Business Associate HIPPA Violations Costing Your Practice?

HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.

Medical Schools Face Student Mental Health Crisis

Medical Schools Face Student Mental Health Crisis

Changing the learning environment and reforming programs is important to improving the well-being of medical students.

A Promising Future: Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Care

A Promising Future: Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Care

Despite the potential benefits it can provide, the implementation and use of artificial intelligence technology lags.

Maximizing Practice Revenues: An Expert Q&A

Maximizing Practice Revenues: An Expert Q&A

With billing and reimbursement requirements constantly in flux, clinicians must stay vigilant to ensure continued--and correct--payment.

Examining the Validity of Milestone-Based Medical Resident Ratings

Examining the Validity of Milestone-Based Medical Resident Ratings

Researchers and physicians explore what works and what needs improvement in evaluating medical resident training and education.

Impending Lawsuits: When Information Breaches Violate HIPAA

Impending Lawsuits: When Information Breaches Violate HIPAA

Wrongful disclosure of HIPAA-protected health information can lead to patient lawsuits.

Can Differences in Coding Explain the Income Disparity Between Male and Female Physicians?

Can Differences in Coding Explain the Income Disparity Between Male and Female Physicians?

New available research suggests that female physicians may not be coding for as many billable services as their male counterparts, which could explain part of the gender reimbursement gap.

CMS Chronic Care Program: One Clinician's Personal Thoughts

CMS Chronic Care Program: One Clinician's Personal Thoughts

One clinician reflects on the financial incentives provided by the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program of CMS.

Are You Appropriately Encrypting Protected Patient Information?

Are You Appropriately Encrypting Protected Patient Information?

Certain parts of the legislation related to HIPAA are optional and recommended, while others are mandatory

Complying With HIPAA De-Identification Rules When Sharing Clinical Data

Complying With HIPAA De-Identification Rules When Sharing Clinical Data

Including the 18 patients identifiers that must be removed from charts before sharing with HIPAA-covered entities.

The Largely Ignored Problem of Workplace Violence in Healthcare

The Largely Ignored Problem of Workplace Violence in Healthcare

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines workplace violence as "violent acts, including physical assaults and threats of assault, directed toward persons at work or on duty."

From Bench to Bedside: New Digital Tool to Bridge the Gap Between Publication and Clinical Application

From Bench to Bedside: New Digital Tool to Bridge the Gap Between Publication and Clinical Application

Traditional forms of media are proving incapable of meeting the requirements of modern developments in knowledge creation, sharing, and capture. A new digital platform may help clinicians bridge the gap in translation of knowledge from bench to bedside.

Clinical Data Sharing: The Case for Full Transparency

Clinical Data Sharing: The Case for Full Transparency

The case for full transparency has been argued from public health, human rights, and economic perspectives. US federal government agencies have proposed several recommendations to facilitate clinical data sharing, but the details are currently being defined through public consultation.

Management of Rheumatic Disease: The Interface between Primary Care and Rheumatology

Management of Rheumatic Disease: The Interface between Primary Care and Rheumatology

The role of the primary care physician has been gradually shifting from "gatekeeper" to greater responsibility in diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases.

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