Practice Management

MACRA Changes How Medicare Will Pay Doctors

MACRA Changes How Medicare Will Pay Doctors

The new approach pays providers based on quality, value, and results delivered, but questions remain.

Concerns Arise Over Reporting of Negative Clinical Trial Data

Concerns Arise Over Reporting of Negative Clinical Trial Data

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The main objection to nonreporting of negative results is that it contributes to a body of knowledge that is at best, incomplete, and at worst, wrong.

Paid Malpractice Claims Halved From 1992 to 2014 in US

Paid Malpractice Claims Halved From 1992 to 2014 in US

However, there was an increase in mean compensation amounts and the percentage of paid claims exceeding 1 million.

Q&A: Strategies for Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Care

Q&A: Strategies for Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Care

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The transition process can be challenging for patients and families, requiring a great deal of preplanning by providers.

Patient Advocacy Groups and Conflict of Interest: Should You Be Wary?

Patient Advocacy Groups and Conflict of Interest: Should You Be Wary?

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A survey showed 67.3% of patient advocacy organizations received industry funding, while 11.9% received more than half of their funding from industry.

FDA Warns of Experimental Procedure to Treat Autonomic Dysfunction

FDA Warns of Experimental Procedure to Treat Autonomic Dysfunction

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For the second time, the US FDA is warning physicians and patients to be aware of an experimental procedure that is being promoted as a treatment in autonomic dysfunction.

Medical Device Approval and Safety: Raising Our Standards

Medical Device Approval and Safety: Raising Our Standards

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The large number of recalls of medical devices has pointed to a need for more active monitoring of product performance from the standpoints of both safety and efficacy.

Past Behavior Influences Prescribing of Insomnia Drugs

Past Behavior Influences Prescribing of Insomnia Drugs

A doctor who prescribed a particular insomnia medication in the past was 3 times as likely to continue prescribing the same drug

Physician Burnout Challenges Sense of Professional Calling

Physician Burnout Challenges Sense of Professional Calling

Physicians who were completely burned out had lower odds of finding their work rewarding, seeing their work as one of the most important things in their lives, or thinking that their work makes the world a better place.

Drug Use Affecting Central Nervous System Increasing Among Seniors

Drug Use Affecting Central Nervous System Increasing Among Seniors

Nearly half of seniors taking these drug combinations didn't have a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition, insomnia, or pain condition.

How To Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

How To Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

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Patients were 10% to 30% less likely to acquire a multidrug-resistant organism or C difficile if enhanced disinfection strategies were used in hospitals.

Affordable Care Act Repeal: Most Physicians Aren't On Board

Affordable Care Act Repeal: Most Physicians Aren't On Board

Though many would support changes, only 15% want the law completely repealed.

New Policy for Using Telemedicine in Stroke, Cardiovascular Care

New Policy for Using Telemedicine in Stroke, Cardiovascular Care

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Using telestroke to evaluate patients with acute ischemic stroke eligible for thrombolysis provided access to acute stroke care in underserved areas.

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

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Katherine A. Roberts, MD, FACE, ECNU, discusses her choice to opt out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

Quality Improvement Measures Improve Health Care Utilization in Epilepsy

Quality Improvement Measures Improve Health Care Utilization in Epilepsy

Quality improvement measures help to reduce emergency department visits, inpatient hospitalizations, and health care claims.

Excessive Physician Charges Create Patient Burden

Excessive Physician Charges Create Patient Burden

Excessive charges negatively impact patients who are privately and uninsured.

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

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The FDA instituted widespread updates to product labeling for opioid medications in December, 2016.

FDA Regulatory Processes Driving High Drug Prices

FDA Regulatory Processes Driving High Drug Prices

Lengthy drug approval processes dampen competition, helping drive drug prices sky-high.

Expert Q&A: How to Maximize Revenues and Prepare for Payor Changes

Expert Q&A: How to Maximize Revenues and Prepare for Payor Changes

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Keeping abreast of changing payment models and regulations is key to maximizing your practice's finances.

Burnout Has Negative Impact On Health Care, Quality

Burnout Has Negative Impact On Health Care, Quality

Health care provider burnout has been negatively linked to health care quality and safety.

Integrated Neurology Care Helps Curb Health Care Costs

Integrated Neurology Care Helps Curb Health Care Costs

Integrating neurology practice in a primary care medical home can reduce unnecessary testing and tertiary consults.

Naloxone Price Hike May Have Negative Impact on Overdose-Related Deaths

Naloxone Price Hike May Have Negative Impact on Overdose-Related Deaths

Investigators have identified several strategies for ensuring the drug's availability at an affordable price.

Depression, Suicide Ideation Prevalent in Medical Students

Depression, Suicide Ideation Prevalent in Medical Students

Prevalence of depression or depressive symptoms was 27.2% while suicide ideation was 11.1%.

Human Resource Practices Linked to Patient Care Quality

Human Resource Practices Linked to Patient Care Quality

Human Resource Practices Linked to Patient Care Quality

Five Tips for Reducing Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits

Five Tips for Reducing Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits

Objectivity and good patient-doctor communication are key.

5 Tips for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

5 Tips for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

You should respond quickly and demonstrate a willingness to rectify the situation.

Collaborative Care Improves Clinical Outcomes, Costs in Pediatric Neurology Patients

Collaborative Care Improves Clinical Outcomes, Costs in Pediatric Neurology Patients

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Integration of care across specialists helps to improve the overall patient/family experience.

New AMA Module To Help Identify Physician Distress

New AMA Module To Help Identify Physician Distress

The module includes steps to identify doctors at risk, such as talking about risk factors and warning signs for suicide.

Health Information Technology a Significant Practice Cost

Health Information Technology a Significant Practice Cost

Health IT costs increased by 40 percent between 2009 and 2015 and are expected to continue increasing.

Stigma Stands in the Way of Physician Mental Health Care

Stigma Stands in the Way of Physician Mental Health Care

Perceived stigma, fear of career repercussions kept many physicians from seeking treatment or reporting mental health problems.

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