Practice Management

AMA Urges Physicians to Update Online Information

AMA Urges Physicians to Update Online Information

The AMA is urging physicians to take advantage of the Internet and update their online information.

Emphasis on Patient Harm Increases Physician Support of Financial Penalties

Emphasis on Patient Harm Increases Physician Support of Financial Penalties

Physicians who receive information about patient harms are more likely to support financial penalties targeting inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

 High-Deductible Health Plans Rising Among Employer-Sponsored Coverage

High-Deductible Health Plans Rising Among Employer-Sponsored Coverage

High-deductible health plans are becoming more common among US adult with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage.

Proposed Bill Repeals Ban on Construction of Physician-Owned Hospitals

Proposed Bill Repeals Ban on Construction of Physician-Owned Hospitals

A new bill introduced to the House of Representatives would repeal the law banning the construction of physician-owned hospitals.

Does Physician Age Contribute to Patient Outcomes?

Does Physician Age Contribute to Patient Outcomes?

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Patients have a higher 30-day mortality when treated by older physicians compared to patients treated by younger physicians.

 Medication Nonadherence May be Due to Side Effects in Chronic Disease

Medication Nonadherence May be Due to Side Effects in Chronic Disease

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Data cited unpleasant side effects as the only statistically significant factor that influenced medication nonadherence in patients with chronic diseases.

Teaching vs Non-Teaching Hospitals: Mortality Rates Compared

Teaching vs Non-Teaching Hospitals: Mortality Rates Compared

Major teaching hospital status was associated with lower mortality rates for common conditions compared with non-teaching hospitals among hospitalizations for US Medicare beneficiaries.

Nearly 23 Million People Could Lose Insurance Under the AHCA

Nearly 23 Million People Could Lose Insurance Under the AHCA

The American health Care Act will lead 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance coverage.

Addressing Challenges of Medical Liability Reform

Addressing Challenges of Medical Liability Reform

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Medical liability remains a troubling issue today, placing a burden on patients and a financial burden of medical practitioners and insurance providers.

Substantial Proportion of US Physicians Receive Payments From Industry

Substantial Proportion of US Physicians Receive Payments From Industry

Half of United States doctors received payments from pharmaceutical and medical device industries in 2015.

Online Health Information Lowers Parental Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Online Health Information Lowers Parental Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Online health information can change a parent's views on advice given from a pediatrician.

Addressing Medical Malpractice Reform: Is Now the Right Time?

Addressing Medical Malpractice Reform: Is Now the Right Time?

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An interview with medical malpractice expert, Michelle Mello, JD, PhD.

Medical Curbside Consultations: What Are the Legal Risks?

Medical Curbside Consultations: What Are the Legal Risks?

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Elisabeth Aron, MD, MPH, takes a look at the legal risks of providing medical curbside consultations.

TV Ads During ACA Enrollment Period Increased Insurance Coverage

TV Ads During ACA Enrollment Period Increased Insurance Coverage

A decline of uninsurance rates occurred with the increase of insurance advertisements during the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period.

No Significant Increases in State Spending Due to ACA Medicaid Expansion

No Significant Increases in State Spending Due to ACA Medicaid Expansion

No significant increases in spending from state funds as a result of the expansion, nor any significant reductions in spending on education or other programs.

What Behaviors of ICU Attending Physicians Do Residents Value?

What Behaviors of ICU Attending Physicians Do Residents Value?

Behaviors, such as expression of empathy, explanation of clinical reasoning, and qualities of professionalism, were commonly seen in esteemed teaching attending physicians.

Helping Patients Make the Transition From Pediatric to Adult Care

Helping Patients Make the Transition From Pediatric to Adult Care

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Using available transition tools, preparing and empowering patients and families to actively participate in their care early, and maintaining good health are the first steps to ensuring good transitions.

Physicians Spend Equal Hours on Computer Work as Meeting With Patients

Physicians Spend Equal Hours on Computer Work as Meeting With Patients

Physicians devoted 3.08 hours a day to face-to-face office visits (average 15 minutes each) and 3.17 hours to desktop medicine, according to study.

Health Literacy Tools Help Promote Shared Decision Making

Health Literacy Tools Help Promote Shared Decision Making

Use of the health literacy tool kit created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality promotes patient-clinician communication and shared decision making.

Responding to Online Reviews Can Result in HIPAA Violation

Responding to Online Reviews Can Result in HIPAA Violation

Physician responses to negative health care reviews could potentially result in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation.

Reporting Negative Clinical Trial Results Integral to Research

Reporting Negative Clinical Trial Results Integral to Research

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WHO, NIH, and FDA call for the negative or inconclusive results of clinical studies to be published or made publicly available.

Cost-related Behaviors are Imprinted on Physicians in Training

Cost-related Behaviors are Imprinted on Physicians in Training

Physicians practicing in low-cost hospital service areas (HSAs) were more likely to have trained in low-cost HSAs, and those practicing in high-cost HSAs were more likely to have trained in high-cost HSAs.

Improving Care for Medicaid Consumers Under the Affordable Care Act

Improving Care for Medicaid Consumers Under the Affordable Care Act

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Despite the increase in coverage under the ACA, data suggest Medicaid patients often had increased wait times for appointments to see healthcare providers.

ACP: Reduce Administrative Burden for Better Patient Care

ACP: Reduce Administrative Burden for Better Patient Care

The American College of Physicians published a position paper with recommendations to reduce administrative burden on clinicians.

Informed Consent in Medical Research in the Digital Age

Informed Consent in Medical Research in the Digital Age

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Technological advances have changed the way researchers obtain informed consent from participants.

Medical Device Safety: More Active Surveillance Needed

Medical Device Safety: More Active Surveillance Needed

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The development of new device technologies points to the need for new strategies to monitor their continuing safety and efficacy.

Rate of Paid Malpractice Claims Decreased by Half in US

Rate of Paid Malpractice Claims Decreased by Half in US

Mean compensation amounts and the percentage of paid claims exceeding $1 million increased, with wide differences in rates and characteristics across specialties.

Improving Resident Handoffs to Enhance Inpatient Care

Improving Resident Handoffs to Enhance Inpatient Care

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Recent research found that end-of-rotation transition in care was linked to significantly higher in-hospital mortality.

 Opposition Voiced Against Republican-led Healthcare Reform

Opposition Voiced Against Republican-led Healthcare Reform

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The AMA and ACP voice their opposition after House leadership proposes a new health care act in replacement of Obamacare.

CMS Proposes Rule Changes to Increase Health Insurance Choices

CMS Proposes Rule Changes to Increase Health Insurance Choices

The new rule proposes a variety of policy and operational changes to stabilize the healthcare insurance marketplace.

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