Practice Management

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress.

Variation in Specialty Drug Coverage Across Health Plans

Variation in Specialty Drug Coverage Across Health Plans

There is considerable variation in specialty drug coverage across commercial health plans.

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

This move has allowed for greater use of technology by providing a pathway for physicians to be paid for nonface-to-face patient care activities.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

The growing threat of hacking is increasing the number of physicians buying cyber insurance.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

A new policy opposing lockout provisions that block Medicaid patients from the program for lengthy periods and instead supporting allowing patients to reapply immediately for redetermination was adopted.

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

There are large coverage gaps in short-term health plans that were approved Wednesday by the Trump administration, and are described by critics as "junk insurance."

Three Financial Metrics Can Improve Practice Performance

Three Financial Metrics Can Improve Practice Performance

By understanding three indices and metrics, physicians can change the financial outcome of their medical practice.

Updated Staffing Data Lowers Ratings for Many Nursing Homes

Updated Staffing Data Lowers Ratings for Many Nursing Homes

Star ratings for staffing levels at nearly 1,400 nursing homes across the United States were lowered by Medicare when updated ratings were released on July 25.

Learning to Change Important for Improving Practice

Learning to Change Important for Improving Practice

Although physicians typically struggle with change, relying on habits created in their practice, learning to change is important in order to improve practices.

Better Care Quality Needed for Universal Health Coverage

Better Care Quality Needed for Universal Health Coverage

In order to achieve universal health coverage, stakeholders must focus on the quality of health services.

Four Strategies Help Doctors Make Personal, Professional Gains

Four Strategies Help Doctors Make Personal, Professional Gains

Four strategies are presented to help physicians make personal and professional gains.

Insurers May Be Underpaying Doctors

Insurers May Be Underpaying Doctors

Insurance companies sometimes underpay doctors the contracted amount for a service or procedure.

Medical Organizations Must Address Sexual Harassment

Medical Organizations Must Address Sexual Harassment

Medical institutions and organizations need to ensure there are proactive interventions to transform the workplace in order to address sexual harassment and discrimination.

Increased Coverage in States With Medicaid Expansion

Increased Coverage in States With Medicaid Expansion

Coverage rates and access to care are significantly higher in states with Medicaid expansion, compared with non-expansion states.

Embezzlement Not Uncommon in Medical Practices

Embezzlement Not Uncommon in Medical Practices

Embezzlement occurs frequently in medical practices and steps should be taken to prevent it.

Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers

Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers

Criminals are sending fake US Food and Drug Administration warning letters to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone.

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Adoption of electronic health records is associated with a reduction in mortality rates in US hospitals.

2001 to 2015 Saw Decline in Self-Employment in Health Care

2001 to 2015 Saw Decline in Self-Employment in Health Care

From 2001 to 2015 there was a decrease in the percentage of health care professionals who are self-employed and a decrease in the earning gap between self-employed and employed health care professionals.

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

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The FDA has released new guidance for drug developers that could potentially lead to the approval of a wider range of nonprescription drug products, allowing patients to "self-treat" some acute conditions and possibly chronic ones as well.

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physician burnout, fatigue, and work-unit safety grades are independently associated with medical errors.

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

A lawyer recommends physicians should not bring Siri and Alexa to the office.

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Overlooking women in medicine can have far-reaching consequences.

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the ACA by making marketplace plans more affordable.

Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices

Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices

A patient experience officer is an increasingly important new role in physician practices.

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

A peer-based education program can improve the efficiency of electronic health record use.

AMA Calls for Inclusive Family, Medical Leave Policies

AMA Calls for Inclusive Family, Medical Leave Policies

The AMA calls for inclusive family and medical leave policies to support LGBTQ workers who care for relatives, spouses, and partners.

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

EHR Tools Improve Medication Reconciliation in Hypertension

Use of EHR tools in isolation improves medication reconciliation but does not improve systolic blood pressure among patients with hypertension.

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

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Gottlieb said "The charge to this new task force is to look for holistic solutions to addressing the underlying causes for these [drug] shortages."

EHR Functionality Changes May Improve Clinician Job Satisfaction

EHR Functionality Changes May Improve Clinician Job Satisfaction

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

Hospitals Face $218B in Federal Payment Cuts From 2010 to 2028

Hospitals Face $218B in Federal Payment Cuts From 2010 to 2028

Cumulative reductions in federal payments to hospitals from 2010 to 2028 are estimated to reach $218.2 billion.

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