Practice Management Archive

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

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

Hospital Groups Launch Own Generic Drug Company

Hospital Groups Launch Own Generic Drug Company

Three U.S. health care foundations and seven hospital groups have formed a generic drug company to combat high prices and chronic shortages of medicines.

Better Training Needed to Boost LGBTQ Patient Health Care

Better Training Needed to Boost LGBTQ Patient Health Care

High-quality health care needs to be provided to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) patients, and improved training is necessary to deliver that care.

Medicaid Work Requirements Don't Impact Many Enrollees

Medicaid Work Requirements Don't Impact Many Enrollees

Medicaid work requirements will only impact a small proportion of persons and may only generate minimal savings.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Has Uncertain Future

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Has Uncertain Future

Uncertainty surrounds the future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Enrollment in High-Deductible Health Plans Increase From 2007 to 2017

Enrollment in High-Deductible Health Plans Increase From 2007 to 2017

Enrollment in high-deductible health plans has increased among adults with employment-based insurance coverage.

Child Participation in Medicaid, CHIP Up From 2013 to 2016

Child Participation in Medicaid, CHIP Up From 2013 to 2016

From 2013 to 2016 there was an increase in children's participation in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Clinicians Should Learn to Engage With Transgender Patients

Clinicians Should Learn to Engage With Transgender Patients

Issues to consider include how to address patients, obtaining inclusive history, and unique clinical challenges.

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacist roles include helping with insulin treatment, virtual consults, and diabetes management.

Financial Preparedness Report Highlights Top Resident Physician Concerns

Financial Preparedness Report Highlights Top Resident Physician Concerns

An annual survey of resident physicians conducted by AMA Insurance found that the top financial concern of current residents is paying off medical school loans.

Medical Bills in Collections Decrease With Patient Age

Medical Bills in Collections Decrease With Patient Age

Medical collections decrease substantially with age, possibly because of increased health insurance coverage and incomes.

No Meaningful Increase in Physician Compensation Last Year

No Meaningful Increase in Physician Compensation Last Year

The average change in median compensation was 1.2% in 2017 for all medical specialties.

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

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

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

Appropriate and standardized regulation of mobile medical applications may enable faster adoption and integration of these technology platforms in the health care environment

Marketplace Premiums Increase More With Monopolist Insurers

Marketplace Premiums Increase More With Monopolist Insurers

Affordable Care Act Marketplace premiums increase more in areas with monopolist insurers.

AMA Adopts Policy Promoting Health Equity As a Goal

AMA Adopts Policy Promoting Health Equity As a Goal

House of Delegates adopts policy stating that health equity is a goal toward which the AMA should work.

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Newer, Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Newer, Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

More than half of the new approvals of Breakthrough Therapy drugs were based on a single pivotal trial.

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.

Experts Address Loss of the National Guideline Clearinghouse

Experts Address Loss of the National Guideline Clearinghouse

The demise of the National Guideline Clearinghouse in July 2018 is likely to impact evidence-based health care around the world.

Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Medicine

Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers opportunities for early detection, triage, and diagnostics.

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

Practices should conduct risk analysis to evaluate product deficiencies, create corrective measures.

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

Medical comic books may be an acceptable form of patient education material, but clinicians should assess and honor patient preferences before providing these materials.

TEDMED: TED Talks Help Reignite Physicians' Passions for Medicine

TEDMED: TED Talks Help Reignite Physicians' Passions for Medicine

Watch one of these healthcare-focused TED Talks and reignite your passion for medicine.

Doctors' Intuition Linked to Number of Imaging Tests Ordered

Doctors' Intuition Linked to Number of Imaging Tests Ordered

Negative sentiment linked to increased utilization of imaging, especially at start of ICU stay.

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers are vulnerable to identity theft.

Doctors Often Not Discussing Risk Factors With Patients

Doctors Often Not Discussing Risk Factors With Patients

Patients report that doctors are routinely not discussing known risk factors for common causes of death.

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

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.

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

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

Experts Offer Tips for Provider Appeal of Denied Medical Claims

Experts Offer Tips for Provider Appeal of Denied Medical Claims

Knowing payer policies and regulatory requirements is critical to appealing denials.

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

There is a lack of correlation between physician scores and those of others for physician-patient communication.

Genetic Screening in Preventive Care: Advances and Challenges

Genetic Screening in Preventive Care: Advances and Challenges

Approximately 1% of individuals in the United States have a genetic predisposition to cancer or heart disease, and these individuals could be ideal candidates for genetic screening.

Declines in Life Expectancy in Many High-Income Countries

Declines in Life Expectancy in Many High-Income Countries

Life expectancy has declined in recent years in some high-income countries, and in the United States, midlife mortality has increased due to several causes.

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

The logo should be simple, easy to identify, and should send a message about the medical practice.

Republican Opposition to Obamacare: What's Done, What's to Come

Republican Opposition to Obamacare: What's Done, What's to Come

Republicans who have fought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for years are at a crossroads after their opposition largely failed.

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Provider-reported rates of burnout may be lower in small independent primary care practices than in larger practices.

Steps Provided for Discharging Patient From Practice

Steps Provided for Discharging Patient From Practice

Certain steps should be taken when discharging a patient for failure or inability to meet financial obligations.

Knowing Patients' Social Needs Helps Clinicians Tailor Care

Knowing Patients' Social Needs Helps Clinicians Tailor Care

Clinicians report that knowing patients' social needs changes care delivery and improves communication for many patients.

6 Factors Related to Inclusion in Health Care Workplace Identified

6 Factors Related to Inclusion in Health Care Workplace Identified

There are six broad factors that can affect inclusion within health care organizations.

Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

Consolidating software allows practices to save time and money, make fewer mistakes, protect privacy.

Bundling Doesn't Cut Medicare Payments for Medical Conditions

Bundling Doesn't Cut Medicare Payments for Medical Conditions

Bundling of payments for five common medical conditions is not associated with changes in Medicare payments per episode or health outcomes.

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

Health-related AI solutions in the pipeline or currently available should enhance physician and patient decision-making to advance improved health outcomes.

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

A new policy opposing lockout provisions that block Medicaid patients from the program for lengthy periods and instead supporting allowing patients to reapply immediately for redetermination was adopted by the American Medical Association House of Delegates during the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Practices that don't have specific cyber insurance often have some limited coverage through their malpractice.

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Clinicians will have more opportunity to use technology with extra codes approved by CPT Editorial Panel.

Cohesive Teams Can Help Blend Clinical Care With Education

Cohesive Teams Can Help Blend Clinical Care With Education

Building cohesive teams in teaching clinics can help blend clinical care with education for residents.

Better Care Quality Needed for Universal Health Coverage

Better Care Quality Needed for Universal Health Coverage

In order to achieve universal health coverage, stakeholders must focus on the quality of health services.

Gender-Based Salary Inequalities Pervasive in Internal Medicine

Gender-Based Salary Inequalities Pervasive in Internal Medicine

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

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.

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

There are large coverage gaps in short-term health plans that were approved Wednesday by the Trump administration.

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

In recent years, more healthcare professionals are choosing to work for organizations rather than starting their own practice.

Learning to Change Important for Improving Practice

Learning to Change Important for Improving Practice

Although physicians typically struggle with change, relying on habits created in their practice, learning to change is important in order to improve practices.

Front Desk Staff Can Set Up a Practice for Successful Billing

Front Desk Staff Can Set Up a Practice for Successful Billing

Allowing front desk staff adequate time and an uninterrupted environment to focus on billing can prevent problems later on.

Steps Can Be Taken by Doctors to Minimize Risk of Lawsuits

Steps Can Be Taken by Doctors to Minimize Risk of Lawsuits

Targeted steps can be taken to minimize future risks of lawsuits.

Few Published Programs Address Medical Trainee Mistreatment

Few Published Programs Address Medical Trainee Mistreatment

There are very few published descriptions of programs that address the mistreatment of medical trainees.

Four Strategies Help Doctors Make Personal, Professional Gains

Four Strategies Help Doctors Make Personal, Professional Gains

In an article published in Physicians Practice, four strategies are presented to help physicians make personal and professional gains.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.

Sound Healing May Be A Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

Sound Healing May Be A Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

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

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

Insurers May Be Underpaying Doctors

Insurers May Be Underpaying Doctors

Insurance companies sometimes underpay doctors the contracted amount for a service or procedure.

Reducing Computers in Rounds May Cut Communication Barriers

Reducing Computers in Rounds May Cut Communication Barriers

Reducing the number of computers on wheels in a surgical intensive care unit can reduce barriers to communication during patient presentations.

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

Overcoming the Productivity Paradox in Digital Health Care

As of 2018, fewer than 10% of hospitals are without an electronic health record (EHR) system.

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

The zero tolerance immigration policy implemented by the Trump Administration in spring 2018 resulted in divisive political commentary that further delineated the line between parties.

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Practices and physicians should prepare for emergency situations, such as natural disasters, network communications failures, and active shooter situations.

VA MISSION Act May Up Costs, Lower Vet Health Care Quality

VA MISSION Act May Up Costs, Lower Vet Health Care Quality

The Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION) Act may increase costs and reduce quality of health care for veterans.

Medical Organizations Must Address Sexual Harassment

Medical Organizations Must Address Sexual Harassment

Medical institutions and organizations need to ensure there are proactive interventions to transform the workplace in order to address sexual harassment and discrimination.

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

In an era of larger-scale studies and increased data digitization, the question of which information is appropriate to disclose has become a focal point in medical ethics.

Embezzlement Not Uncommon in Medical Practices

Embezzlement Not Uncommon in Medical Practices

Embezzlement occurs frequently in medical practices and steps should be taken to prevent it.

Increased Coverage in States With Medicaid Expansion

Increased Coverage in States With Medicaid Expansion

Coverage rates and access to care are significantly higher in states with Medicaid expansion, compared with non-expansion states.

Patients Care About the Clothes Doctors Wear

Patients Care About the Clothes Doctors Wear

New findings show that attire influenced satisfaction with clinical care.

Trump White House Freezes Billions Earmarked for Insurers Through ACA

Trump White House Freezes Billions Earmarked for Insurers Through ACA

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

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

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

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

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

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

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

Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers

Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers

Criminals are sending fake U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone.

FDA: Some Rx Drugs May Become Available Without Seeing a Doctor

FDA: Some Rx Drugs May Become Available Without Seeing a Doctor

The FDA says patients could use a mobile-phone app to help determine if they're able to obtain a medication without a prescription.

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

A peer-based education program can improve the efficiency of electronic health record use.

As Immigration Policies Tighten, Physician Shortage Concerns Grow

As Immigration Policies Tighten, Physician Shortage Concerns Grow

The travel ban on citizens from several Middle Eastern countries has affected several faculty members and students, some of whom were in the process of completing courses or exams that would allow them to apply for residencies.

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

CMS issued a proposal to update payment policies, quality provisions, and payment rates for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019.

eCare Plan Set to Improve Doctor/Pharmacist Relationship

eCare Plan Set to Improve Doctor/Pharmacist Relationship

The Pharmacist eCare Plan is designed to improve communication between pharmacists and physicians by allowing documentation to be available via EHRs.

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the ACA by making marketplace plans more affordable.

When Physicians Become Patients: Challenges in Seeking Health Care

When Physicians Become Patients: Challenges in Seeking Health Care

Physicians who are caring for other physicians should treat them as they would any other patient and not allow them to take control of their illness.

Government and Industry Lead the Way in Funding USPSTF Systematic Reviews

Government and Industry Lead the Way in Funding USPSTF Systematic Reviews

Researchers sought to assess the frequency of specific government agencies and organizations in their funding for the review studies.

International Group Develops Best Practices for Drug Packaging

International Group Develops Best Practices for Drug Packaging

Medical safety organizations and advocates from over 20 countries address the use of technologies to reduce errors and establish an international barcode standard for drug labeling and packaging.

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Eighty-six percent of PCP's surveyed report feeling unable to address the needs of chronic care patients adequately; 28 percent say this happens often.

The Future of Food and Drug Regulation: Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

The Future of Food and Drug Regulation: Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

The White House says this shift will address the "fragmented federal oversight" of food safety and public health.

AMA Calls for Inclusive Family, Medical Leave Policies

AMA Calls for Inclusive Family, Medical Leave Policies

The AMA calls for inclusive family and medical leave policies to support LGBTQ workers who care for relatives, spouses, and partners.

Intensive Management Program Benefits High-Risk Patients

Intensive Management Program Benefits High-Risk Patients

Access to intensive management program results in more outpatient care with no increase in total costs.

Blister Packs for Several Meds Recalled Due to Risk of Harm to Children

Blister Packs for Several Meds Recalled Due to Risk of Harm to Children

The recall affects approximately 470,000 units that include drugs packaged with 3 to 10 tablets per blister card. The blister packs were developed for use in hospitals, however some were sent to retail pharmacies and were likely dispensed for in-home use.

AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency

AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency

AMA calls for greater manufacturer transparency in order to prepare for disasters and mitigate shortages.

AMA Seeks to Make Long-Term Care Services More Affordable

AMA Seeks to Make Long-Term Care Services More Affordable

Delegates recognize soaring costs threaten both Medicaid and family budgets.

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Continued improvement in payment reporting mechanisms is crucial to meet the benchmarks set by the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Doctors Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Doctors Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Most doctors see value in EHRs, but almost half believe they detract from clinical effectiveness

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

How Is Attending Physician Supervision Linked to Resident, Intern Medical Error Rate?

How Is Attending Physician Supervision Linked to Resident, Intern Medical Error Rate?

Researchers recommended that residency programs reconsider the balance of patient safety, learning needs, and resident autonomy.

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy is now offering home delivery nationwide for prescription drugs, for a service charge of $4.99.

Led by AG Sessions, DOJ Declines to Defend ACA Against Federal Lawsuit

Led by AG Sessions, DOJ Declines to Defend ACA Against Federal Lawsuit

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged to lead the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Does Maintenance of Certification Status Affect Patient Care?

Does Maintenance of Certification Status Affect Patient Care?

Researchers used administrative data to compare effectiveness measures in physicians who either did or did not maintain certification in the 20 years following their initial certification.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Physicians should recognize the challenges associated with informal caregiving and the impact that caregiver burnout can have on patient care.

National Academy of Medicine Identifies Key Care Approaches for High-Need Patients

National Academy of Medicine Identifies Key Care Approaches for High-Need Patients

Approximately 5% of patients in the United States contribute to half of total healthcare spending.

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