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HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

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With its expansion into the healthcare industry, Amazon has taken one more step towards total domination.

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

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Health care is a leading producer of environmental pollutants, but there's reason to be hopeful this will change.

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released 15 recommendations for university staff, students, legislators, and professional organizations to eliminate sexual harassment.

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

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Cochrane's current policies allow only specific individuals with full library access to view and reuse data reports in their entirety.

Adding Pharmacists to Team-Based Care Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Adding Pharmacists to Team-Based Care Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Integration of pharmacists into team-based care practice models can improve patient outcome, especially in chronic diseases.

Broader Scope of Practice Linked to Lower Rates of Burnout

Broader Scope of Practice Linked to Lower Rates of Burnout

Early-career family physicians who practice inpatient medicine or obstetrics have reduced odds of burnout.

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.

Medical Boards May Contribute to Mental Health Stigma for Physicians

Medical Boards May Contribute to Mental Health Stigma for Physicians

The AMA House of Delegates amended existing policy to encourage state licensing boards to require disclosure of physical or mental health conditions only when the condition currently impairs the physician's judgment.

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

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Although the conversations may be difficult, residency program leadership must do its part to elevate the voices of female trainees.

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

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Authorship of perspective-type articles in high-impact pediatric journals showed fewer female physician first authors despite women outnumbering their male colleagues in the pediatric specialty.

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

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In addition to a better work-life balance, concierge medicine can reduce the number of patients a physician needs to see in order to make a living.

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Healthcare Facility

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Healthcare Facility

Healthcare facilities are high-risk targets and must be prepared as potential sites of active-shooter incidents.

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

To prevent National Provider Identifiers theft and resulting health care fraud, there are steps providers can take.

Factors of Inclusivity Promote Workforce Wellness and Engagement

Factors of Inclusivity Promote Workforce Wellness and Engagement

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An inclusive organizational culture, or the lack thereof, affects employee job performance, emotional well-being, and workforce engagement.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

cyber insurance covers losses and damages resulting from patient data being stolen, exposed, held for ransom, or improperly shared as a result of both deliberate actions, and accidents.

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Patients and physicians independently completed a questionnaire including seven items assessing communication quality immediately post-appointment.

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

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Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to patients based on genetic testing results.

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

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Study investigators found that baseline scores of knowledge for radiation exposure were low overall, except in the case of participants who were radiologists.

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

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For physicians working in the US, the prospect of practicing medicine abroad can be both exciting and daunting.

Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

Both anecdotal reports from physicians and some government reports have found that few patients are actually using them.

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

Physician practice names should be memorable and evoke a positive emotion.

Survey Says: Perspectives From Women in Health Care

Survey Says: Perspectives From Women in Health Care

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Spurred by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, women's issues have come to the forefront across a wide array of disciplines.

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

The AMA House of Delegates pledged to advocate policies that promote transparency in defining criteria for physician compensation and advocate pay structures based on objective, gender-neutral criteria.

Steps Can Be Taken by Physicians to Minimize Risk of Lawsuits

Steps Can Be Taken by Physicians to Minimize Risk of Lawsuits

In order to reduce the risks of lawsuits, practices should be mindful of legal obligations and show genuine concern for patients and staff.

Insurers May Be Underpaying Physicians

Insurers May Be Underpaying Physicians

There are not exact numbers as to how often or by how much insurance companies underpay, but experts say it occurs frequently enough that doctors should constantly monitor their reimbursements against each payer's contract.

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Physicians are not as prepared to handle emergencies as they should or could be.

Gender-Based Salary Inequalities Pervasive in Internal Medicine

Gender-Based Salary Inequalities Pervasive in Internal Medicine

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Gender-based salary differences were the same regardless of whether or not the respondent was a parent.

Accountable Care Organization Growth Associated With Reduced Physician Work Hours and Self-Employment

Accountable Care Organization Growth Associated With Reduced Physician Work Hours and Self-Employment

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Well-performing ACOs make more efficient use of physician time by shifting tasks to other hospital team members.

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

Short-term health plans are meant to be a low-cost alternative to Obama-era plans with high premiums, but they don't have to cover existing medical conditions and they provide limited benefits.

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.

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