Practice Management News Archive
By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?
When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.
By collecting data on suicides by medical students, residents, and fellows, the AMA hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among doctors-in-training.
Rising drug spending in the United States is being fueled by expensive name-brand prescription medicines, a new study shows.
Older adults with untreated hearing loss have increased total health care costs and an increased risk for medical comorbidities.
In the first 6 months of 2018, 8.8% of US individuals of all ages were uninsured, which was not significantly different from 2017.
Data from patient- and family-reported error narratives indicate that problems related to patient-physician interactions are major contributors to diagnostic errors.
A majority of internists still report financial ties to industry.
A pharmacist-led intervention has the potential to reduce prescriptions for inappropriate medication in older adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.
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 describe burdens associated with race/ethnicity, including microaggressions and bias on a daily basis.
Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future.
The number of health data breaches has steadily increased since 2010.
In preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures.
From 2016 to 2017, there was an increase in the number of uninsured non-elderly Americans.
More than half of physicians experience burnout, and many do not seek treatment for burnout.
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.
Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.
Having a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.
Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret are prevalent among US resident physicians.
Following an educational intervention, residents from pediatrics and med-ped residency programs have an increase in total emotional intelligence.
Simplifying an internet-based decision support tool could result in selection of lower-cost plans.
A considerable proportion of clinicians and patients report having recorded a clinic visit for the patient's personal use.
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 was associated with gains in insurance among low-income adults with substance use disorders, but corresponding treatment gains were not seen.
Although there are many demands on residents, taking advantage of paid vacation time is one of the perks and should be maximized.
Use of medical scribes is associated with decreased physician documentation burden, improved work efficiency, and improved patient interactions.
How a situation is framed and the language used to describe risks can influence patients' decision-making.
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults report continued problems affording care despite coverage gains offered by the Affordable Care Act.
Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts.
Medicaid work requirements will only impact a small proportion of persons and may only generate minimal savings.
Doctors can use Twitter to build networks and learn more about research in real time.
Hospitals receiving bundled payments are reducing skilled nursing facility use and improving care integration to improve quality and control costs.
Formal mindfulness-based stress reduction appears to be both feasible and acceptable to surgical interns.
Medical practice staff can effectively handle negative online reviews by staying calm and positive, looking for solutions, apologizing, and thanking the reviewers.
Artificial intelligence in health care offers opportunities for early detection and triage, diagnostics and personalized medicine, and medical decision-making.
Few participants in clinical trials have strong concerns about the risks of data sharing.
The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a policy that sets health equity as a goal for the US health care system.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits.
Adhering to a "secure, preserve, fight" strategy is recommended for health care professionals working with a vulnerable patient population.
Knowing payer policies and regulatory requirements is critical to appealing denials.
Data breaches can happen to small medical practices, but staff can take steps to prevent them.
National Provider Identifiers are vulnerable to identity theft.
Provider-reported rates of burnout may be lower in small independent primary care practices than in larger practices.
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.
Retrospective review of clinician documentation in the EHR can help identify diagnostic uncertainty with moderate reliability.
First-year residents experience worsening sleep duration and quality as well as daytime sleepiness.
The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a new policy to study, act for, and advocate to advance gender equity in medicine.
Consolidating EHRs and practice management software allows practices to save time and money, make fewer mistakes, and reduce the risk of privacy breaches.
More than half of women who have a baby during surgical residency express some type of career dissatisfaction.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates has adopted a policy on augmented intelligence.
Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress.
There is considerable variation in specialty drug coverage across commercial health plans.
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.
The growing threat of hacking is increasing the number of physicians buying cyber insurance.
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.
By understanding three indices and metrics, physicians can change the financial outcome of their medical practice.
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."
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.
Targeted steps can be taken to minimize future risks of lawsuits.
Although physicians typically struggle with change, relying on habits created in their practice, learning to change is important in order to improve practices.
In order to achieve universal health coverage, stakeholders must focus on the quality of health services.
Four strategies are presented to help physicians make personal and professional gains.
Insurance companies sometimes underpay doctors the contracted amount for a service or procedure.
Medical institutions and organizations need to ensure there are proactive interventions to transform the workplace in order to address sexual harassment and discrimination.
Coverage rates and access to care are significantly higher in states with Medicaid expansion, compared with non-expansion states.
Embezzlement occurs frequently in medical practices and steps should be taken to prevent it.
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 electronic health records is associated with a reduction in mortality rates in US hospitals.
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.
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, fatigue, and work-unit safety grades are independently associated with medical errors.
A lawyer recommends physicians should not bring Siri and Alexa to the office.
Overlooking women in medicine can have far-reaching consequences.
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.
A patient experience officer is an increasingly important new role in physician practices.
A peer-based education program can improve the efficiency of electronic health record use.
Use of EHR tools in isolation improves medication reconciliation but does not improve systolic blood pressure among patients with hypertension.
The AMA calls for inclusive family and medical leave policies to support LGBTQ workers who care for relatives, spouses, and partners.
Gottlieb said "The charge to this new task force is to look for holistic solutions to addressing the underlying causes for these [drug] shortages."
Yale Medicine is effectively targeting electronic health record use and functionality as a way to improve physician job satisfaction and reduce burnout.
Cumulative reductions in federal payments to hospitals from 2010 to 2028 are estimated to reach $218.2 billion.
Understanding patients' complaints about practice can be instructive for physicians.
Patients do not appear to mind if doctors have tattoos or piercings.
The AMA is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record training into their curricula.
Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients.
Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were less likely to die in acute care hospitals in 2015 than in 2000.
More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy.
While nearly all physicians say end-of-life conversations are important, many report lacking the training to have such conversations.
The AMA recently adopted a policy aimed at improving physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide.
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.
The issue of gun violence must be addressed by the physician leadership scientifically, in an evidence-based manner.
American Psychological Association says multi-faceted approach is needed to cut suicide rate.
CVS Pharmacy is now offering home delivery nationwide for prescription drugs, for a service charge of $4.99.
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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