Practice Management

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017.

Many Americans Unaware of the Potential of Personalized Medicine

Many Americans Unaware of the Potential of Personalized Medicine

Medical science has made tremendous advances in personalized medicine.

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Prescription Medication Delivery With FedEx

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Prescription Medication Delivery With FedEx

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Currently, same-day delivery is available only in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale; this program will be expanded in 2019.

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?

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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?

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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.

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.

Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers Expose Individuals to Long-Term Care Insurance Denial

Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers Expose Individuals to Long-Term Care Insurance Denial

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Approximately 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer disease or dementia.

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

Many patients in a workers' compensation cohort have persistent opioid use.

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices

In an effort to cut high drug costs, the prices paid by Medicare for certain prescription drugs would be based on those in other advanced industrial nations.

Opinion: Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?

Opinion: Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?

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Benjamin Frush MD, a resident in internal medicine-pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, argues in favor of a role that physicians can play in integrating religion into their clinical practice. Rob Poole MB, FRCPsych, contends that physicians should never incorporate a religious element into clinical practice.

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.

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.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

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

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.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

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Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

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.

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.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

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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.

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