Practice Management

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

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The American Heart Association has published a statement in opposition of the latest Senate healthcare bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

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Interested in specializing in critical care? You may want to reconsider.

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.

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

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A providers' capacity to feel compassion is affected in part by the practice environment.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

The AMA policy came in response to recently approved state Medicaid waivers that block patients from Medicaid for up to six months for not meeting deadlines or paperwork requirements.

Mistreatment Programs Reviewed for Reducing Abuse of Medical Trainees

Mistreatment Programs Reviewed for Reducing Abuse of Medical Trainees

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The development of a theoretical framework can help prevent the pervasive abuse, harassment, discrimination, and mistreatment of medical trainees.

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.

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act by making marketplace plans more affordable.

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk for Medical Errors

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk for Medical Errors

Physician burnout, fatigue, and work-unit safety grades are independently associated with medical errors.

Alternative Payment Models Should Include Precision Medicine

Alternative Payment Models Should Include Precision Medicine

The American Medical Association has committed to working to integrate precision medicine into alternative payment models.

Sound Healing May Be A Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

Sound Healing May Be A Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

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Sound healing — a meditation technique that focuses on the power of sound — may offer a solution to physician burnout.

Avoiding Negligence and Malpractice While On Call: Guidelines for Physicians

Avoiding Negligence and Malpractice While On Call: Guidelines for Physicians

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Untimely responses to messages by on-call physicians may make physicians liable for patient death or injury.

Multiple Strategies Help Practices Manage Staff Time Off

Multiple Strategies Help Practices Manage Staff Time Off

Several strategies can be implemented to help address management of staff time off, allowing mutual respect for the employee and employer requests.

Same-Day Appointment System Implemented in Health Network

Same-Day Appointment System Implemented in Health Network

Lessons learned included committing to constant evolution to match the changing needs of the customers.

Trump White House Freezes Billions Earmarked for Insurers Through ACA

Trump White House Freezes Billions Earmarked for Insurers Through ACA

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The White House announced earlier this month a plan to freeze billions of dollars of risk-adjustment payments scheduled to go to insurers through the Affordable Care Act.

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

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Wellness travel comes in many forms: from coastal bike rides to weeklong workout programs with celebrity trainers.

Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices

Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices

Focusing on the patient experience can produce great results for a health care practice.

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

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Despite good intentions, HIPAA is shrouded in myth and misapplication that does more harm than good for both patients and physicians.

Hospital-Owned Practices Associated With Positive Workplace Perceptions Among Staff

Hospital-Owned Practices Associated With Positive Workplace Perceptions Among Staff

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Findings suggest that staff may be critical to building overall practice adaptive reserve and for providing the energy for continuing quality improvement.

Primary Care Physicians Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Primary Care Physicians Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Over 85% of primary care physicians feel unable to adequately address needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

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Apple recently rolled out a new addition to its Health app, granting hundreds of patients access to their medical history.

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency, Increase Reimbursement

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency, Increase Reimbursement

Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement.

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

There is moderately high interest in genetic testing for melanoma risk among the general population.

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Complaints from patients were categorized into 3 groups: rudeness, rushing, and reproach.

Measuring Perceptions of Cardiology Among Internal Medicine Trainees

Measuring Perceptions of Cardiology Among Internal Medicine Trainees

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A recent study examined trends in career preference for and perception of cardiology among internal medicine trainees.

Disrupting the Status Quo: Improving Emergency Care for Transgender Patients Is a Medical Necessity

Disrupting the Status Quo: Improving Emergency Care for Transgender Patients Is a Medical Necessity

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Stigma and harassment in a medical setting are not uncommon in the 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming. It's time for healthcare providers to change the status quo.

Medicaid-Insured Patients Less Likely to Receive Guideline-Recommended Treatment

Medicaid-Insured Patients Less Likely to Receive Guideline-Recommended Treatment

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Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the percentage of uninsured Americans from 20.3% to 12.6%, differences in quality of care still persist.

Decline in Medicare Recipients Who Die in Acute Care Hospitals

Decline in Medicare Recipients Who Die in Acute Care Hospitals

The proportion of deaths that occurred in an acute care hospital decreased from 32.6% to 19.8% among Medicare fee-for-service decedents.

Residents Exceeding Duty Hour Requirements Rarely Report Coercion

Residents Exceeding Duty Hour Requirements Rarely Report Coercion

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Although most hour flexibility was used voluntarily, resident programs should remain vigilant in preventing coercion from senior personnel.

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