Practice Management

Little Evidence to Support Doctor, Patient Electronic Communication Guidelines

Little Evidence to Support Doctor, Patient Electronic Communication Guidelines

There is not a lot of evidence available for guidelines on electronic communication between patients and providers.

Early Discharge Services Reduce Hospital Stay, Disability After Stroke

Early Discharge Services Reduce Hospital Stay, Disability After Stroke

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Early supported discharge services may also help care facilities better manage their need for hospital beds and conventional hospital stay costs.

Physicians Should Encourage Online Feedback From Patients

Physicians Should Encourage Online Feedback From Patients

Many patients use online reviews as their first step to finding a new doctor.

How to Prevent Medical Practice Billing Errors

How to Prevent Medical Practice Billing Errors

Having strategies can help prevent errors in medical practice billing.

The Current State of Medical Malpractice

The Current State of Medical Malpractice

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Many in the medical field are wondering whether now may be the right time for medical malpractice reform.

Sharing Notes With Patients May Be Beneficial

Sharing Notes With Patients May Be Beneficial

Patient engagement is increased when they are able to read visit notes a provide feedback.

Improved Patient-Centered Communication Reduces Physician Burnout

Improved Patient-Centered Communication Reduces Physician Burnout

Improved patient-physician communication can reduce burnout and improve care.

Market Competition Influences Generic Drug Price

Market Competition Influences Generic Drug Price

The changes in price of generic drugs is being influenced by market competition levels.

Physicians See Nearly 3% Rise in Compensation

Physicians See Nearly 3% Rise in Compensation

In 2016, 77% of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation, with an overall weighted average increase of 2.9%.

 WHO Makes Revisions to Essential Medicines List

WHO Makes Revisions to Essential Medicines List

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WHO has updated its Essential Medicines List to include new recommendations for which drugs should be used in common infections and serious conditions.

Tips for Electronically Communicating With Patients

Tips for Electronically Communicating With Patients

When conveying electronic messages to patients, sensitivity and care should be taken into account.

Most Americans Don't Have Advance Directives

Most Americans Don't Have Advance Directives

The researchers found that 36.7% of those in the studies had completed an advance directive, including 29.3% with living wills.

FDA Makes Push to Improve Generic Drug Availability

FDA Makes Push to Improve Generic Drug Availability

The FDA will give priority reviews to new generic drugs until there are at least 3 on the market.

Hospice Care Quality Varies Among Minorities

Hospice Care Quality Varies Among Minorities

Black and Hispanic patients may receive worse end-of-life care.

Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings: Is It Worth It?

Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings: Is It Worth It?

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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are increasingly taking responsibility for health care management, record-keeping, and payment.

Pharmacy, Primary Care Combo Favored Among Patients

Pharmacy, Primary Care Combo Favored Among Patients

Most payer reimbursement decision-makers indicate their organization would reimburse this model.

Eligibility, Payment Issues Plague Home Health Care Utilization

Eligibility, Payment Issues Plague Home Health Care Utilization

The importance of home health care services, including skilled care and personal care, is increasing in discharge planning and transitional care.

Former Pharma Salesmen Help Insurers Push Low-Cost Drugs to Prescribers

Former Pharma Salesmen Help Insurers Push Low-Cost Drugs to Prescribers

Former pharma reps are educating doctors about costs of meds, encouraging use of generics.

Age Impacts Likelihood of Discharge Against Medical Advice

Age Impacts Likelihood of Discharge Against Medical Advice

Race/ethnicity and poverty are more pronounced as risk factors for DAMA in elderly inpatients.

Online Profiles for the Medical Professional: Dos and Don'ts

Online Profiles for the Medical Professional: Dos and Don'ts

Physicians need to improve information available online, including on HealthGrades, Yelp, and ProPublica.

Six Risk Factors for Physician Burnout

Six Risk Factors for Physician Burnout

A tool gauging burnout focuses on the 6 institutional areas of workload, control, rewards, community, fairness, and values.

Strategies for Reducing Health Care Costs

Strategies for Reducing Health Care Costs

A nine-point plan to reduce health care costs by 28 percent has been developed.

Number of Female Neurosurgeons On the Rise

Number of Female Neurosurgeons On the Rise

The number of female neurosurgeons in academic leadership positions remains low.

Helpful Tips to Plan for Your Retirement

Helpful Tips to Plan for Your Retirement

Strategies to save for retirement should be adapted throughout different career stages.

Persons of Color Less Likely to See a Neurologist

Persons of Color Less Likely to See a Neurologist

Without access to outpatient care, individuals may face much higher medical costs.

Challenges of Medical Liability Reform

Challenges of Medical Liability Reform

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A hostile medical litigation climate is one of the major problems with the existing malpractice insurance system, driving significant losses of access to quality health care.

Female Physicians More Likely to Leave Medical Practice

Female Physicians More Likely to Leave Medical Practice

Reasons for women leaving medical practice may include burnout, pay gap, and difficulty returning after leaving to raise a family.

Half of US Doctors Receive Payments From Pharma Industry

Half of US Doctors Receive Payments From Pharma Industry

They also found that market share for brand-name drugs decreased at hospitals with sales restrictions.

New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

The fact sheets are meant to help those already participating in or those considering the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Using E-Management to Improve Oral Anticoagulation Tx

Using E-Management to Improve Oral Anticoagulation Tx

E-health-based coagulation service was linked to lower frequency of adverse events, including thromboembolism, bleeding, and death.

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