Practice Management

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Physicians Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Although PCPs see value in EHRs, they want substantial improvements, and generally agree on what these improvements should be.

How Is Attending Physician Supervision Linked to Resident, Intern Medical Error Rate?

How Is Attending Physician Supervision Linked to Resident, Intern Medical Error Rate?

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Researchers recommended that residency programs reconsider the balance of patient safety, learning needs, and resident autonomy.

Led by AG Sessions, DOJ Declines to Defend ACA Against Federal Lawsuit

Led by AG Sessions, DOJ Declines to Defend ACA Against Federal Lawsuit

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged to lead the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Does Maintenance of Certification Status Affect Patient Care?

Does Maintenance of Certification Status Affect Patient Care?

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Maintenance of Certification status has been positively linked with physician performance scores.

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

Digital Detoxing Linked to Improved Physical and Mental Well-Being

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One suggestion for digital detoxing is to remove any distractions that don't involve work, family, friends, or health, which means muting any extra notifications or alerts.

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

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Clinician attire is an important factor for a significant number of patients, and can influence the perception of care they receive.

CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups

CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups

The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively, but differ by specialty.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Improves Care Delivery

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Improves Care Delivery

Introducing the CPC Initiative improves primary care delivery but does not reduce Medicare spending enough to cover care management fees.

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations

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Study investigators asked physicians whether they perceived specific clinical examples as an ethical dilemma.

Widespread Lack of Understanding of Disease Risk Factors, Research Needs in Incarcerated Populations

Widespread Lack of Understanding of Disease Risk Factors, Research Needs in Incarcerated Populations

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Incarcerated individuals are underrepresented in health research, resulting in poor understanding of risk factors for disease

Greater Credibility Needed in Investigations of Scientific Misconduct Reports

Greater Credibility Needed in Investigations of Scientific Misconduct Reports

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There are substantial limitations to depending only on institutional investigations of scientific misconduct.

Prompts May Increase Goals-of-Care Dialogues at Outpatient Visits

Prompts May Increase Goals-of-Care Dialogues at Outpatient Visits

A patient-specific preconversation communication-priming intervention targeting patients and clinicians is associated with an increase in goals-of-care discussions among patients with serious illness.

Health Care in Low-Income Settings Leads to Ethical, Financial Dilemmas

Health Care in Low-Income Settings Leads to Ethical, Financial Dilemmas

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Difficult trade-offs are often necessary in low-income areas where health care is paid for out of pocket.

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

About half of older adults report setting up a patient portal.

Health System Expansions Place Patients at Risk for Safety Concerns

Health System Expansions Place Patients at Risk for Safety Concerns

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System expansions in the current healthcare environment are making clear impacts on clinical care and patient safety.

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

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The American College of Physicians has released 7 position statements supporting equality in healthcare for women.

Global Variation in Personal Healthcare Access and Quality

Global Variation in Personal Healthcare Access and Quality

There is considerable global variation in access and quality of personal health care.

Using Buddhism-Based Compassion Training to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Using Buddhism-Based Compassion Training to Combat Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion fatigue can lead to decreased quality of patient care and increases in medical errors.

Clinical Trials in Rheumatology: Assessing Trends of Informed Consent

Clinical Trials in Rheumatology: Assessing Trends of Informed Consent

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Investigators evaluated trends in the length and readability of informed consent forms for industry-sponsored clinical trials in rheumatology.

Medical School Enrollment Projected to Surpass Recommended Target

Medical School Enrollment Projected to Surpass Recommended Target

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The current report includes enrollment projections only for the 151 institutions that grant MD degrees.

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.

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