Practice Management News Archive

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

By collecting data on suicides by medical students, residents, and fellows, the AMA hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among doctors-in-training.

Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in US Drug Spending

Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in US Drug Spending

Rising drug spending in the United States is being fueled by expensive name-brand prescription medicines, a new study shows.

Health Care Costs, Use Up for Untreated Hearing Loss

Health Care Costs, Use Up for Untreated Hearing Loss

Older adults with untreated hearing loss have increased total health care costs and an increased risk for medical comorbidities.

CDC: 8.8% Uninsured in US in First Half of 2018

CDC: 8.8% Uninsured in US in First Half of 2018

In the first 6 months of 2018, 8.8% of US individuals of all ages were uninsured, which was not significantly different from 2017.

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Data from patient- and family-reported error narratives indicate that problems related to patient-physician interactions are major contributors to diagnostic errors.

Majority of Internists Still Have Financial Ties to Industry

Majority of Internists Still Have Financial Ties to Industry

A majority of internists still report financial ties to industry.

Pharmacist-Led Effort Cuts Inappropriate Rx in Older Adults

Pharmacist-Led Effort Cuts Inappropriate Rx in Older Adults

A pharmacist-led intervention has the potential to reduce prescriptions for inappropriate medication in older adults.

One-Third of Peds Medication Errors Due to Usability Issues

One-Third of Peds Medication Errors Due to Usability Issues

More than one-third of pediatric patient safety reports in 2012 to 2017 that were related to electronic health record use were attributed to usability issues.

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement.

Medicaid Expansion Approved in 3 Republican-Leaning States

Medicaid Expansion Approved in 3 Republican-Leaning States

Hundreds of thousands more low-income Americans could get health insurance after voters in 3 Republican-leaning states approved Medicaid expansion in the midterm elections.

Spending Often Persists in High-Cost Medicare-Medicaid Eligible

Spending Often Persists in High-Cost Medicare-Medicaid Eligible

More than half of patients who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and are designated as high-cost in one year remain persistently high-cost over three years.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Two bills that allow US pharmacists to disclose drug prices to customers to help them save money are expected to be signed today by President Donald Trump.

Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race/Ethnicity

Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race/Ethnicity

Minority residents describe burdens associated with race/ethnicity, including microaggressions and bias on a daily basis.

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future.

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

The number of health data breaches has steadily increased since 2010.

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

In preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures.

More Non-Elderly Americans Uninsured in 2017 vs 2016

More Non-Elderly Americans Uninsured in 2017 vs 2016

From 2016 to 2017, there was an increase in the number of uninsured non-elderly Americans.

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

More than half of physicians experience burnout, and many do not seek treatment for burnout.

Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Following a six-month learning period to implement an electronic medical recordsystem, outpatient orthopedic clinics return to pre-implementation efficiency, but there may be other lasting effects on productivity.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

Having a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.

Burnout, Career Choice Regret Prevalent in US Residents

Burnout, Career Choice Regret Prevalent in US Residents

Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret are prevalent among US resident physicians.

Education Can Up Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Education Can Up Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Following an educational intervention, residents from pediatrics and med-ped residency programs have an increase in total emotional intelligence.

Simplifying Medicare Plan Finder Improves Plan Selection

Simplifying Medicare Plan Finder Improves Plan Selection

Simplifying an internet-based decision support tool could result in selection of lower-cost plans.

Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

A considerable proportion of clinicians and patients report having recorded a clinic visit for the patient's personal use.

Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents

Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents

Physician burnout is associated with increased risk of patient safety incidents, poorer quality of care due to low professionalism, and reduced patient satisfaction.

Medicaid Expansion Linked to Gains in Insurance Coverage

Medicaid Expansion Linked to Gains in Insurance Coverage

Medicaid expansion was associated with gains in insurance among low-income adults with substance use disorders, but corresponding treatment gains were not seen.

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Although there are many demands on residents, taking advantage of paid vacation time is one of the perks and should be maximized.

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.

Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making

Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making

How a situation is framed and the language used to describe risks can influence patients' decision-making.

Gains in Insurance Coverage Seen for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Adults

Gains in Insurance Coverage Seen for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Adults

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults report continued problems affording care despite coverage gains offered by the Affordable Care Act.

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts.

Medicaid Work Requirements Don't Impact Many Enrollees

Medicaid Work Requirements Don't Impact Many Enrollees

Medicaid work requirements will only impact a small proportion of persons and may only generate minimal savings.

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Doctors can use Twitter to build networks and learn more about research in real time.

Hospitals Using Two Strategies to Up Quality, Lower Costs

Hospitals Using Two Strategies to Up Quality, Lower Costs

Hospitals receiving bundled payments are reducing skilled nursing facility use and improving care integration to improve quality and control costs.

Mindfulness Training Acceptable Among Surgical Interns

Mindfulness Training Acceptable Among Surgical Interns

Formal mindfulness-based stress reduction appears to be both feasible and acceptable to surgical interns.

Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

Medical practice staff can effectively handle negative online reviews by staying calm and positive, looking for solutions, apologizing, and thanking the reviewers.

Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Medicine

Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Medicine

Artificial intelligence in health care offers opportunities for early detection and triage, diagnostics and personalized medicine, and medical decision-making.

Most Research Participants Not Concerned About Data Sharing

Most Research Participants Not Concerned About Data Sharing

Few participants in clinical trials have strong concerns about the risks of data sharing.

AMA Adopts Policy Promoting Health Equity As a Goal

AMA Adopts Policy Promoting Health Equity As a Goal

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a policy that sets health equity as a goal for the US health care system.

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits.

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Health Care Facility

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Health Care Facility

Adhering to a "secure, preserve, fight" strategy is recommended for health care professionals working with a vulnerable patient population.

Experts Offer Tips for Provider Appeal of Denied Medical Claims

Experts Offer Tips for Provider Appeal of Denied Medical Claims

Knowing payer policies and regulatory requirements is critical to appealing denials.

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Data breaches can happen to small medical practices, but staff can take steps to prevent them.

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers are vulnerable to identity theft.

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Provider-reported rates of burnout may be lower in small independent primary care practices than in larger practices.

NYU Becomes First Medical School to Cover All Tuition

NYU Becomes First Medical School to Cover All Tuition

The NYU School of Medicine has announced that it is offering full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD degree program, regardless of need or merit.

EHR Review Can Measure Diagnostic Uncertainty

EHR Review Can Measure Diagnostic Uncertainty

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

Residents' Sleep Deteriorates During Training

Residents' Sleep Deteriorates During Training

First-year residents experience worsening sleep duration and quality as well as daytime sleepiness.

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a new policy to study, act for, and advocate to advance gender equity in medicine.

Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

Consolidating EHRs and practice management software allows practices to save time and money, make fewer mistakes, and reduce the risk of privacy breaches.

Childbearing Surgical Residents Often Feel Career Dissatisfaction

Childbearing Surgical Residents Often Feel Career Dissatisfaction

More than half of women who have a baby during surgical residency express some type of career dissatisfaction.

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

The American Medical Association House of Delegates has adopted a policy on augmented intelligence.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Steps Can Be Taken by Doctors to Minimize Risk of Lawsuits

Steps Can Be Taken by Doctors to Minimize Risk of Lawsuits

Targeted steps can be taken to minimize future risks of lawsuits.

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

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.

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.

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.

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

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.

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

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

Patients Comfortable With Doctors Having Tattoos, Piercings

Patients Comfortable With Doctors Having Tattoos, Piercings

Patients do not appear to mind if doctors have tattoos or piercings.

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

The AMA is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record training into their curricula.

Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction

Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction

Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients.

Decline in Medicare Patients Who Die in Acute Care Hospitals

Decline in Medicare Patients Who Die in Acute Care Hospitals

Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were less likely to die in acute care hospitals in 2015 than in 2000.

More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies

More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies

More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy.

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

While nearly all physicians say end-of-life conversations are important, many report lacking the training to have such conversations.

AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care

AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care

The AMA recently adopted a policy aimed at improving physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide.

AMA Seeks to Make Long-Term Care Services More Affordable

AMA Seeks to Make Long-Term Care Services More Affordable

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a policy to make long-term care insurance simpler, more affordable, more innovative, and part of automatic enrollment for current employees and retirees.

AMA President Calls Physicians to Lead in Addressing Gun Violence

AMA President Calls Physicians to Lead in Addressing Gun Violence

The issue of gun violence must be addressed by the physician leadership scientifically, in an evidence-based manner.

APA: Suicide Prevention Should Be a Public Health Priority

APA: Suicide Prevention Should Be a Public Health Priority

American Psychological Association says multi-faceted approach is needed to cut suicide rate.

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

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

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

Clinician attire is an important factor for a significant number of patients, and can influence the perception of care they receive.

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