Practice Management

Large Numbers of Negative Trial Results Impede Progress in Critical Care Medicine

Large Numbers of Negative Trial Results Impede Progress in Critical Care Medicine

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Excessive numbers of negative clinical trials — many of which may be false-negative trials — are a major impediment to the advancement of critical care medicine.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

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

Is a Physician Liable When a Patient Fails to Follow Discharge Instructions?

Is a Physician Liable When a Patient Fails to Follow Discharge Instructions?

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Dr C was determined to fight this case, and his defense attorney was supportive after looking at the detailed notes and documented calls to the patient which were never returned.

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

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Standard pen needles have an outer cover and removable inner needle cover, while safety pen needles have an outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection.

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

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Mandatory genetic testing may also constitute an undue threat to employee autonomy and privacy.

Scribes Improve Physician Workflow, Patient Interaction

Scribes Improve Physician Workflow, Patient Interaction

Use of medical scribes is associated with decreased physician documentation burden, improved work efficiency, and improved patient interactions,

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

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The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

Generic Substitutes, Therapeutic Interchange Can Save Money

Generic Substitutes, Therapeutic Interchange Can Save Money

Considerable savings estimated with use of generic substitutes for brand-name combo medications.

 Electronic Health Record Review Can Measure Diagnostic Uncertainty

Electronic Health Record Review Can Measure Diagnostic Uncertainty

Retrospective review of clinician documentation in the EHR can help identify diagnostic uncertainty with moderate reliability.

Failures in using personal protective equipment are commonly observed

In this qualitative study, active failures in infectious agent transmission precaution practices were observed frequently.

Infection Prevention Differs Between Small, Large Hospitals

Infection Prevention Differs Between Small, Large Hospitals

Small and large hospitals differ in infection preventionist (IP) staffing and infection prevention and control resources.

FDA Transparency on Drug Applications

FDA Transparency on Drug Applications

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The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.

Infection Prevention Staffing Needs May Be Underestimated

Infection Prevention Staffing Needs May Be Underestimated

A comprehensive assessment of health care organization composition and structure is necessary before determining infection preventionist staffing needs.

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

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Despite good intentions, HIPAA is shrouded in myth and misapplication that does more harm than good for both patients and physicians.

Trials Supporting FDA Approval of Breakthrough Drugs Examined

Trials Supporting FDA Approval of Breakthrough Drugs Examined

Pivotal trials supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals granted Breakthrough Therapy designation often lack randomization, double-blinding, and control groups.

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

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CMS issued a proposal to update payment policies, quality provisions, and payment rates for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019.

Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

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The White House says this shift will address the "fragmented federal oversight" of food safety and public health.

EHR With Voice Recognition Features May Reduce Clinician Fatigue

EHR With Voice Recognition Features May Reduce Clinician Fatigue

Yale Medicine is effectively targeting electronic health record use and functionality as a way to improve physician job satisfaction and reduce burnout.

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Understanding patients' complaints about practice can be instructive for physicians.

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

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Being someone's emergency contact may mean even more as researchers use this information to study the heritability of various conditions.

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency in Clinical Trials

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency in Clinical Trials

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Research findings suggest the need for greater adherence to a standardized set of policies aimed at improving transparency among clinical trial funders.

So You Want to Be a Physician-Blogger: What It's Really Like to Write About Medicine Online

So You Want to Be a Physician-Blogger: What It's Really Like to Write About Medicine Online

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Blogging has become a powerful tool for physicians to share their expertise, build better relationships with their patients, and make connections online.

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Access Clinician for Consultation

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Access Clinician for Consultation

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Results - including the date you were checked and a list of what you were checked for - can be shared by users through text, e-mail or on dating profiles.

Idaho Pharmacists Able to Prescribe Certain Medications on July 1

Idaho Pharmacists Able to Prescribe Certain Medications on July 1

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The new rule allows pharmacists to prescribe medications for cold sores, seasonal influenza, strep throat, and urinary tract infections, as well as statins for patients with diabetes.

AMA Policy Addresses Ongoing National Drug Shortages

AMA Policy Addresses Ongoing National Drug Shortages

At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis.

Healthy Research Volunteers Require a Unique, Specific Compensation Model

Healthy Research Volunteers Require a Unique, Specific Compensation Model

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Volunteers for clinical research are "renting" out their bodies to help discover how the human body reacts to a device, drug, or therapeutic strategy.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

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Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

FDA Expanded Access Programs Improve Drug Availability

FDA Expanded Access Programs Improve Drug Availability

Over the past two decades, close to 100 U.S. FDA-approved drugs and biologics were made available before FDA approval through expanded access programs.

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

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CVS Pharmacy is now offering home delivery nationwide for prescription drugs, for a service charge of $4.99.

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

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Barriers to challenge studies include ethical guidelines indicating that the generation of scientific knowledge should never supersede the rights and interests of research subjects.

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