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ACA: Surge in TV Ads Linked to Drop in Uninsured Rates

ACA: Surge in TV Ads Linked to Drop in Uninsured Rates

County-level health insurance coverage increased based on the volume of Affordable Care Act (ACA) television advertisements.

Privacy and Accountability: Corrective Action Plans to Correct HIPAA Breaches

Privacy and Accountability: Corrective Action Plans to Correct HIPAA Breaches

The Department of Health and Human Services may impose a corrective action plan (CAP) in response to a particularly egregious HIPAA breach.

On-Site Hospital Surveys Lead to Reduced Mortality

On-Site Hospital Surveys Lead to Reduced Mortality

Patients admitted during Joint Commission on-site inspections have lower 30-day mortality vs those admitted during non-survey weeks.

American Diabetes Association Voices Concern Over American Health Care Act

American Diabetes Association Voices Concern Over American Health Care Act

The American Diabetes Association has released a statement in opposition of the forthcoming American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Diagnostic Accuracy of X-rays Interpreted Using Cell Phone App

Diagnostic Accuracy of X-rays Interpreted Using Cell Phone App

Researchers found that diagnostic accuracy via cell phone app was on par with traditional digital imaging and internet-based workstation viewing.

ACA: Replacement Plan Formally Introduced by GOP

ACA: Replacement Plan Formally Introduced by GOP

The GOP-proposed plan will remove President Obama's mandate for health insurance, instead offering tax incentives to encourage Americans purchase coverage.

Do Patient Outcomes Differ With Internists Graduating from US vs International Med Schools?

Do Patient Outcomes Differ With Internists Graduating from US vs International Med Schools?

In an observational study, the 30-day mortality rate for patients treated by international doctors was 11.2%.

ACP Asks Congress to Reconsider Repealing Obamacare

ACP Asks Congress to Reconsider Repealing Obamacare

The 115th US Congress is wasting no time considering reforms to the outgoing president's signature healthcare legislation.

Medicare Readmission Rates Drop With Penalties Under Affordable Care Act

Medicare Readmission Rates Drop With Penalties Under Affordable Care Act

Passage of the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program under the Affordable Care Act is associated with a more rapid decrease in 30-day risk-standardized readmission rates.

Personal Health Care Spending Continues to Climb in the United States

Personal Health Care Spending Continues to Climb in the United States

The highest spending was for diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and low back and neck pain in 2013.

Health Care Spending on Children Increased From 1996 to 2013

Health Care Spending on Children Increased From 1996 to 2013

Health care spending on children increased from 1996 to 2013 in the United States.

Structured Rounding Tools Beneficial for Multidisciplinary Rounds

Structured Rounding Tools Beneficial for Multidisciplinary Rounds

The use of structured rounding tools improves time allocation per patient and communication breakdowns during hand-offs in multidisciplinary rounds.

Is Outcomes-Based Pricing for New, Costly Drugs Beneficial?

Is Outcomes-Based Pricing for New, Costly Drugs Beneficial?

Outcomes-based pricing for novel and expensive biopharmaceuticals is supported in an Ideas and Opinions piece published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Survey: Factors Influencing Physician Recruitment

Survey: Factors Influencing Physician Recruitment

Factors that influence whether an internal medicine physician will accept a position include opportunities for improved work-life balance as well as compensation.

Adverse Drug Events Are Common Cause of ER Visits

Adverse Drug Events Are Common Cause of ER Visits

Anticoagulants, antibiotics, and diabetes agents were implicated in an estimated 46.9% of emergency department visits.

Searching for Pricing Influences Choice of Health Care Facility

Searching for Pricing Influences Choice of Health Care Facility

Patients who viewed price estimates chose health care facilities with lower relative price estimates.

Strategies Proposed for Mitigating Physician Burnout

Strategies Proposed for Mitigating Physician Burnout

Effective strategies for managing physician burnout include mindfulness and stress-management training.

Narrow-Network Plans Have Lower Monthly Premiums

Narrow-Network Plans Have Lower Monthly Premiums

Extra-small-network plan has less expensive monthly premium than large-network plan.

Medicaid Revenue Increased in States With Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Revenue Increased in States With Medicaid Expansion

There was increased Medicaid revenue and improved profit margins for hospitals in 19 states with expansion.

Copay Assistance Programs: Part of the Problem?

Copay Assistance Programs: Part of the Problem?

Despite offering assistance to those who cannot afford medications, copay assistance programs create broader problems.

AMA Module Developed to Identify Distressed Physicians

AMA Module Developed to Identify Distressed Physicians

Module includes steps to identify doctors at risk, such as talking about risk factors, and warning signs for suicide.

Doctors' Political Beliefs May Affect Treatment Decisions

Doctors' Political Beliefs May Affect Treatment Decisions

Republican vs Democratic doctors offered different guidance on abortion, guns, and marijuana.

Increasing Amount of Money Spent on Health IT

Increasing Amount of Money Spent on Health IT

Costs increased by 40% between 2009 and 2015 and are expected to continue increasing.

Acceptance of Single-Blind vs Double-Blind Manuscripts

Acceptance of Single-Blind vs Double-Blind Manuscripts

Reviewers more likely to recommend acceptance when prestigious names and institutions were visible.

Empathetic Listening Can Help Clinicians Forge Deeper Connections With Patients

Empathetic Listening Can Help Clinicians Forge Deeper Connections With Patients

Empathetic listening can help physicians navigate difficult situations and forge deeper connections with patients, leading to greater professional satisfaction and joy.

Medicaid Expansion Did Not Affect Hospital Length of Stay, Mortality

Medicaid Expansion Did Not Affect Hospital Length of Stay, Mortality

State Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not associated with length of stay (LOS) or in-hospital mortality among general medicine patients.

Patent Monopolies Likely Responsible for Soaring Drug Prices

Patent Monopolies Likely Responsible for Soaring Drug Prices

Letting Medicare and Medicaid negotiate pricing would likely help bring costs down, researchers contend.

Legal Issues Impeding Telehealth Implementation

Legal Issues Impeding Telehealth Implementation

Telehealth technologies can allow delivery of high-quality care at a lower cost, especially in underserved areas, but there is currently no uniform legal approach to telehealth.

More Than Half of US Hospitals Have Language Services

More Than Half of US Hospitals Have Language Services

Overall, 68.8% of hospitals offer language services, with the proportion increasing with level of need..

Spending on Compounded Drugs Has Soared

Spending on Compounded Drugs Has Soared

Government spending on compounded drugs has skyrocketed, raising concerns of fraud and overbilling, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.

Total Drug Expenditures Expected to Increase in 2016

Total Drug Expenditures Expected to Increase in 2016

Total drug expenditures are expected to increase by 11% to 13% in 2016.

Many Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Progress of Former Patients

Many Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Progress of Former Patients

The practice is common and raises privacy issues, but it is overall is beneficial, researchers noted.

Medical Spending Increasing for Middle-, High-Income Americans

Medical Spending Increasing for Middle-, High-Income Americans

While overall US medical spending growth slowed between 2004 and 2013, expenditures rose for middle- and high-income Americans.

Burnout and Stress May Have Serious Personal and Professional Consequences

Burnout and Stress May Have Serious Personal and Professional Consequences

Stress and burnout are increasingly prevalent among physicians, with serious personal and professional consequences, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

Growth in US Health Spending Expected to Average 5.8% for 2015 to 2025

Growth in US Health Spending Expected to Average 5.8% for 2015 to 2025

By 2025, health spending is expected to account for 20.1% of the economy.

Physician Fee Schedule Changes Proposed by CMS

Physician Fee Schedule Changes Proposed by CMS

Changes have been proposed to the Physician Fee Schedule to transform how Medicare pays for primary care, focusing on improvements in pay for care coordination and planning.

Salary Differs for Male, Female Faculty Physicians

Salary Differs for Male, Female Faculty Physicians

For physicians with faculty appointments at 24 US public medical schools there are significant salary differences between men and women, even after adjustment for confounding variables.

Burnout Syndrome Affects Many Critical Care Professionals

Burnout Syndrome Affects Many Critical Care Professionals

Critical care health care professionals have one of the highest rates of burnout syndrome, compared with other health care professionals.

Medication Organization Devices May Be Related to Adverse Events

Medication Organization Devices May Be Related to Adverse Events

Medication organization devices may cause medication-related adverse events in unintentionally nonadherent older people.

Many Clinical Trials Not Listed at Clinical Study Data Request Website

Many Clinical Trials Not Listed at Clinical Study Data Request Website

Only about half of trials registered at ClinicalTrials.gov are listed in the largest data-sharing repository.

Is EHR Use Associated With Physician Burnout?

Is EHR Use Associated With Physician Burnout?

Survey found those who have to use electronic health records and computerized physician order entry report more burnout and job dissatisfaction.

Report Highlights Need for Strategy to Address Impending Physician Shortage

Report Highlights Need for Strategy to Address Impending Physician Shortage

AAMC promotes multipronged approach including federal support, technology, care delivery changes

A 'Reset Room' May Help Mitigate Physician Burnout

A 'Reset Room' May Help Mitigate Physician Burnout

The creation of a reset room is one of several solutions that can help physicians and medical providers address burnout.

One-Third of Female Doctors Experienced Sexual Harassment

One-Third of Female Doctors Experienced Sexual Harassment

About two-thirds also report experiencing gender bias in the workplace.

Doctors Reducing Work Hours Due to Burnout, Lack of Job Satisfaction

Doctors Reducing Work Hours Due to Burnout, Lack of Job Satisfaction

Full-time physicians are reporting worsening burnout or decreasing job satisfaction more likely to cut hours.

Telemedicine Visits Increasing, But Not Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

Telemedicine Visits Increasing, But Not Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

Telemedicine visits are up from 2004 to 2013; only 0.7% of rural beneficiaries received visit in 2013.

Decreasing Brand-Name Drug Use Could Significantly Reduce Health Care Costs

Decreasing Brand-Name Drug Use Could Significantly Reduce Health Care Costs

The United States spends more on medications than any other country.

Good Physician Leadership May Help Counteract Burnout

Good Physician Leadership May Help Counteract Burnout

Leadership ratings strongly linked to employee burnout and satisfaction

Report Details Why Health Care Costs Are Lower in Europe vs US

Report Details Why Health Care Costs Are Lower in Europe vs US

The main reason for price the difference is a national system that negotiates with medical providers.

More Research Needed on Addressing Workplace Violence in Health Care Settings

More Research Needed on Addressing Workplace Violence in Health Care Settings

Workplace violence is often underreported, and the health care sector is among the industries most subject to violence.

Record Highs for Registrants, Matching in 2016 Match for Medical Students

Record Highs for Registrants, Matching in 2016 Match for Medical Students

A total of 30 750 positions were available, with an overall match rate 96.2% and 96.3% of first-year positions filled.

Tips for Addressing Overlooked Details in Practice

Tips for Addressing Overlooked Details in Practice

Positive impression can be created in the waiting room, front desk, hallway, and examination room.

Medicare Spending Decreased for 2012 Accountable Care Organization Entrants

Medicare Spending Decreased for 2012 Accountable Care Organization Entrants

First full year of Medicare Shared Savings Program contracts is linked to an early drop in Medicare spending.

Health Care Quality Varies Considerably for Virtual Visits

Health Care Quality Varies Considerably for Virtual Visits

For 6 common acute illnesses, significant variation was seen across companies and by condition.

Addressing the Wage Gap Among Female Physicians

Addressing the Wage Gap Among Female Physicians

Female physicians should lobby for transparency to reduce gender wage disparity.

Model Developed to Help Combat Physician Burnout

Model Developed to Help Combat Physician Burnout

The model considers 3 factors that physicians need: choice, social connectedness, and excellence.

Spending on Prescription Medications Increased About 5% in 2015

Spending on Prescription Medications Increased About 5% in 2015

Researchers found an increase due to increased medication use and higher prices, with an increase about half that of 2014.

Guidance for Negotiating Higher Rates from Payers

Guidance for Negotiating Higher Rates from Payers

Compiling the information needed to approach insurance companies is time consuming.

E-Consultations May Improve Patient Care

E-Consultations May Improve Patient Care

Median days to a review for an e-consultation was 5 days vs 24 days for traditional visit.

Health Care Spending Not Increased With Retail Clinics

Health Care Spending Not Increased With Retail Clinics

More than half of retail clinic visits for 11 low-acuity conditions represent new utilization.

Privacy Policies for Health Care Apps Are Lacking

Privacy Policies for Health Care Apps Are Lacking

Many apps have no policies and may share data with third parties, researchers found.

Employment Contracts Influence Physicians' Patient Care, Professionalism

Employment Contracts Influence Physicians' Patient Care, Professionalism

Problematic clauses in contracts include blanket confidentiality clauses and termination without cause.

Education Level of Physician's Spouse May Influence Decision to Work in Rural Practice

Education Level of Physician's Spouse May Influence Decision to Work in Rural Practice

Physicians with spouses who have a higher education level may be less likely to work in rural underserved areas.

Many Patients Do Not Inform PCP About Personal Genetic Testing Results

Many Patients Do Not Inform PCP About Personal Genetic Testing Results

Many individuals who undergo direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing do not share the results with their primary care provider.

Researchers Suggest Ways to Optimize Effectiveness of Practice Feedback

Researchers Suggest Ways to Optimize Effectiveness of Practice Feedback

In an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.

Many Medical Schools Need to Update Disability Accommodations on Website

Many Medical Schools Need to Update Disability Accommodations on Website

Only one-third of medical schools have technical standards that detail accommodations for students with disabilities.

CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons Decreased in United States

CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons Decreased in United States

The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Increasing Cost of Generics Prompts Concern Among Physicians

Increasing Cost of Generics Prompts Concern Among Physicians

Pennsylvania physicians have called for state- and national-level medical associations to take an active role in addressing the issue of increasing generic drug prices.

AMA: Medical Liability Reforms on the Horizon

AMA: Medical Liability Reforms on the Horizon

Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Physicians Discuss Benefits, Drawbacks of Electronic Health Records

Physicians Discuss Benefits, Drawbacks of Electronic Health Records

Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records in a third town hall meeting on the subject.

Seven Tips from Business Operations Data Can Improve Practice Revenue

Seven Tips from Business Operations Data Can Improve Practice Revenue

Understanding key business data is essential to a successful practice.

Video Games Provide New Method for Training Medical Students

Video Games Provide New Method for Training Medical Students

Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

Addressing Inefficiencies in Medical Billing

Addressing Inefficiencies in Medical Billing

Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system.

Patient Engagement, Addressing Barriers May Improve Treatment Adherence

Patient Engagement, Addressing Barriers May Improve Treatment Adherence

Tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans include patient engagement and addressing barriers to adherence, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

Text Messaging May Improve Medication Adherence for Chronic Illnesses

Text Messaging May Improve Medication Adherence for Chronic Illnesses

Mobile telephone text messaging may be a promising new way to improve adherence to medications for chronic diseases, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Patients, Families Believe Nurse Practitioners Are Valuable

Patients, Families Believe Nurse Practitioners Are Valuable

Patients and their families believe that teams in acute and primary care are more effective when they include nurse practitioners.

Demand for Medical Office Space Increasing

Demand for Medical Office Space Increasing

Demand for medical office space for ambulatory care is at a high point and looks likely to continue increasing, according to an article published in Forbes.

Small Number of Physicians Account for One-Third of Malpractice Claims

Small Number of Physicians Account for One-Third of Malpractice Claims

Only a few doctors account for a large number of paid malpractice claims.

Some Changes Possible for Health Care Legislation in 2016

Some Changes Possible for Health Care Legislation in 2016

Given the current political climate and issues of bipartisan concern, 2016 could see certain changes to health care legislation.

Poll Indicates Increasing Patient Satisfaction With Doctors

Poll Indicates Increasing Patient Satisfaction With Doctors

More Americans than ever are satisfied with their visits to the doctor, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll in September.

Physicians Less Likely to Request Surgery and Aggressive Care at End of Life

Physicians Less Likely to Request Surgery and Aggressive Care at End of Life

Data from two research studies suggest that physicians are less likely to choose aggressive care towards end of life.

Researchers Note Push for Greater Transparency in Clinical Research

Researchers Note Push for Greater Transparency in Clinical Research

Greater transparency is being promoted in clinical research, according to a health policy brief published in Health Affairs.

Patients With High Deductibles Undergo Fewer Diagnostic Imaging Tests

Patients With High Deductibles Undergo Fewer Diagnostic Imaging Tests

US patients whose health insurance plans have high deductibles undergo fewer diagnostic imaging tests, according to a study published in Medical Care.

Affordable Care Act Improving Health Care Coverage

Affordable Care Act Improving Health Care Coverage

Hospital reimbursements up and births among young women more often privately covered with the Affordable Care Act, according to 2 research letters.

Decision to Suspend Aspects of Maintenance of Certification Program Extended

Decision to Suspend Aspects of Maintenance of Certification Program Extended

The American Board of Internal Medicine is extending through 2018 its decision not to require internists to complete various controversial parts of its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to retain certification status.

Attending Physician Workload Associated With Teaching Effectiveness

Attending Physician Workload Associated With Teaching Effectiveness

Attending physician workload is associated with lower teaching effectiveness, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Researchers Discuss Benefits of Annual Check-Ups

Researchers Discuss Benefits of Annual Check-Ups

Arguments against the time-honored practice of routine physical exams are flawed, according to two researchers.

Email Communication May Improve Health in Patients With Chronic Conditions

Email Communication May Improve Health in Patients With Chronic Conditions

Online communications reduced the need for phone calls and office visits for many patients, according to new data.

Satisfaction of Patients' Families Improved With Unrestricted Visiting Hours

Satisfaction of Patients' Families Improved With Unrestricted Visiting Hours

A change from minimally restricted to unrestricted visitation hours is associated with improved satisfaction among patients' family members.

Oregon Law Allows Women to Obtain Birth Control Without Doctor's Prescription

Oregon Law Allows Women to Obtain Birth Control Without Doctor's Prescription

Oregon has become the first state to allow women to obtain birth control without a doctor's prescription.

Hawaii Is First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Hawaii Is First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Lawmakers hope increasing the smoking age to 21 will make it more difficult for adolescents to start the habit.

AMA: Physician Burnout Is a Top Issue in 2015

AMA: Physician Burnout Is a Top Issue in 2015

More than half of physicians report at least 1 symptom of burnout, according to the AMA, and efforts are being undertaken to address burnout.

Hospital Prices Higher in 'Monopoly Markets'

Hospital Prices Higher in 'Monopoly Markets'

Hospital prices are positively associated with indicators of hospital market power.

Tips for Preventing ICD-10 Denials

Tips for Preventing ICD-10 Denials

In order to prevent denials, it is important to code correctly within the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), with specificity matching documentation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

Affordability, Access to Medical Care Improved With Affordable Care Act

Affordability, Access to Medical Care Improved With Affordable Care Act

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has improved access to care and affordability of care for many adults.

Pay-for-Performance May Improve Disease Management in Primary Care

Pay-for-Performance May Improve Disease Management in Primary Care

Pay-for-performance measures have an overall positive effect on disease management, according to new data.

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Increasing, NIH Research Decreasing

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Increasing, NIH Research Decreasing

An analysis found that studies paid for by private sector are increasing, while U.S.-sponsored trials are declining.

New Care Model May Improve Outcomes in Medical, Surgical Units

New Care Model May Improve Outcomes in Medical, Surgical Units

A new model aims to improve interprofessional collaboration, data-driven decisions, and provide leadership.

Percentage of Graduates Entering Graduate Medical Education Stable

Percentage of Graduates Entering Graduate Medical Education Stable

Despite an increase in number of U.S. medical school graduates, there has been no change in graduate medical education placement.

Newly Certified Physicians Aim for Broader Scope of Practice

Newly Certified Physicians Aim for Broader Scope of Practice

The intended scope of practice is broader than the actual scope of practice reported by current practitioners.

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