Practice Management

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

There is considerable variation in the quality of free-text patient directions in electronic prescriptions.

Agile Implementation Speeds Initiation of Health Care Solutions

Agile Implementation Speeds Initiation of Health Care Solutions

Case study demonstrates effectiveness of collaborative care model for dementia care.

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

Institute of Safe Medication Practices indicates risks such as abbreviations and autocorrection.

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?

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While ICD-10-CM may be an improvement on an old process, big data is the revolution that has the potential to change health care forever.

Prior Authorization Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

Prior Authorization Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

Ninety-two percent of doctors state that PA process delays access to care; burden up over past five years.

2013 to 2016 Saw No Change in Antibiotic Prescribing Practices

2013 to 2016 Saw No Change in Antibiotic Prescribing Practices

No significant change in individual or overall annual antibiotic prescribing rates during study period.

Drug Copayments Often Exceed Prescription Drug Costs

Drug Copayments Often Exceed Prescription Drug Costs

Overpayments affect 23 percent of all prescriptionsand are more common with generic drugs.

US Health Care Utilization Costs Double That of Other Developed Countries

US Health Care Utilization Costs Double That of Other Developed Countries

The US has much higher health care spending rates than other high-income counties.

Strategies for Improving Physician Engagement

Strategies for Improving Physician Engagement

The three-pronged approach successfully improved physician engagement at one practice.

Understanding Behaviors That Contribute to Medication Nonadherence

Understanding Behaviors That Contribute to Medication Nonadherence

Medication adherence may be imrpoved by understanding nonadherence in patients and encouraging a change in attitude toward medication.

Uber Health Transports Patients to Appointments

Uber Health Transports Patients to Appointments

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Uber has a new system that allows physician offices to book rides for patients up to 30 days in advance.

How Artificial Intelligence May Help Prevent Burnout

How Artificial Intelligence May Help Prevent Burnout

Artificial intelligence may be able to reduce physicians' burdens by saving them time and energy.

Navigating the Waters of Medical Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

Navigating the Waters of Medical Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

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Malpractice liability reform would best be analyzed on a specialty-by-specialty basis.

Despite Burnout, Neurosurgery Residents Still Satisfied With Career

Despite Burnout, Neurosurgery Residents Still Satisfied With Career

Burnout rates and career satisfaction are both high among neurosurgery residents.

Preventing Health Care Cyberattacks: Best Practices

Preventing Health Care Cyberattacks: Best Practices

These are the 4 best practices to help prevent health care cyberattacks.

EHRs May Not Guarantee Success of Value-Based Health Care

EHRs May Not Guarantee Success of Value-Based Health Care

EHRs do not necessarily capture information needed, as interoperability is poor and analytics are often incomplete.

Clinicians Should Not Refuse Treatment Based on Personal Beliefs

Clinicians Should Not Refuse Treatment Based on Personal Beliefs

Most people do not believe that professionals including health care providers should be able to refuse service based on their beliefs.

Regulators Focus on Reducing EHR Burden

Regulators Focus on Reducing EHR Burden

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is trying to address some issues relating to physician EHR burden.

Pharmacist Education Initiative May Reduce Prescription Errors

Pharmacist Education Initiative May Reduce Prescription Errors

Feedback and education for pharmacists is effective at reducing prescription writing errors by junior doctors.

Call for Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures in Manuscripts

Call for Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures in Manuscripts

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Conflict-of-interest statements should be included in medical journals in order to enhance transparency.

Rising Health Care Costs Driving Up Spending

Rising Health Care Costs Driving Up Spending

Health care spending is rapidly increasing.

Online Tools to Address Physician Burnout: AMA

Online Tools to Address Physician Burnout: AMA

New tools have been developed in order to help address physician burnout.

Are Clinician Salaries Driving Up Health Care Costs?

Are Clinician Salaries Driving Up Health Care Costs?

Decreasing physicians' salaries may discourage individuals from entering the healthcare field.

7 Online Tools to Help You Reduce Burnout and Stress

7 Online Tools to Help You Reduce Burnout and Stress

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Researchers came up with 7 online tools and apps to help health care professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Applying Conscious vs Unconscious Thinking in Your Medical Practice

Applying Conscious vs Unconscious Thinking in Your Medical Practice

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This clinician discusses the application of conscious vs unconscious thinking in a medical practice.

Managing EHRs Without Compromising Patient Care

Managing EHRs Without Compromising Patient Care

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EHRs can improve health care, however they also can compromise patient encounters.

Common Causes of Chronic Pain Management Malpractice Claims

Common Causes of Chronic Pain Management Malpractice Claims

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There is a growing emphasis on provider responsibility with the increasing focus of the overprescribing of opioids.

Medical Practices Face Increased Risk of Cyberattacks

Medical Practices Face Increased Risk of Cyberattacks

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Cyberattacks in healthcare are serious, and more cybersecurity is needed.

Decision Support Systems: Helpful or Harmful?

Decision Support Systems: Helpful or Harmful?

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The automated diagnosis suggestion at the top of the EKG strip is the output of what is known as a decision support system.

Defensive Medicine: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Defensive Medicine: Where Do We Draw the Line?

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The scourge of defensive medicine — the practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation — is discussed in this opinion piece.

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