Practice Management

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

Evaluating Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings

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MACRA sets standards for annual flat fee updates, with a 2-track fee schedule update called the Quality Payment Program.

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.

With Drug Costs Increasing, Some Physicians Are Inventing Solutions

With Drug Costs Increasing, Some Physicians Are Inventing Solutions

Rising drug costs are forcing some physicians to take matters into their own hands.

Computer Tasks Taking Away From Clinic Time

Computer Tasks Taking Away From Clinic Time

Over the course of the study, face-to-face time with patients declined while time spent completing EHRs increased.

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.

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