Practice Management

Patients Report Major Concerns With Physicians

Patients Report Major Concerns With Physicians

The Physicians Foundation commissioned a survey of health care consumers to examine attitudes on the physician-patient relationship, the cost of health care, social determinants, and lifestyle issues.

Rising Health Care Costs to Blame for Increased Spending

Rising Health Care Costs to Blame for Increased Spending

From 2012 to 2016, cumulative spending growth was 15% and was primarily due to price increases, especially for administered drugs, emergency room visits, and surgical hospital admissions.

Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Coverage, Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Coverage, Out-of-Pocket Expenses

States that expanded Medicaid cut the probability of non-elderly near-poor adults being uninsured and lowered average out-of-pocket spending.

Physicians Prefer Communication With Patients via Email

Physicians Prefer Communication With Patients via Email

Providers who give patients their e-mail addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to impact patient satisfaction.

New Nutrition Science Course Available for Physicians From AMA

New Nutrition Science Course Available for Physicians From AMA

The American Medical Association is offering a 3-hour online nutrition course for physicians to help patients make the nutritional changes they need to prevent and help treat heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Do Computerized Decision Support Systems Have a Place in Medicine?

Do Computerized Decision Support Systems Have a Place in Medicine?

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Decision support systems in clinical settings can dramatically decrease the time and manpower needed to perform a variety of tasks, but do they cause more harm than good?

Limitations of Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

Limitations of Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

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Evaluating the pros and cons of medical machine learning algorithms in medicine.

Advisors to Senator Bernie Sanders Weigh in on Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

Advisors to Senator Bernie Sanders Weigh in on Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

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Several factors contribute to healthcare inequalities in the United States. David Himmelstein, MD, from the City University of New York School of Urban Public Health at Hunter College, weighs in on the issue.

Changes to the Common Rule and Modern Clinical Research

Changes to the Common Rule and Modern Clinical Research

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The 2017 revisions to the Common Rule deal largely with improving the transparency and clarity of intended uses under the current standard of informed consent while introducing a new concept of "broad consent" that can significantly expand the reach of research that continues to yield new and important information.

Statistical vs Clinical Significance: Examining the Streetlight Effect in Medical Research

Statistical vs Clinical Significance: Examining the Streetlight Effect in Medical Research

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Evidence of the streetlight effect can be found across several fields, where investigators draw conclusions from analysis of irrelevant or most readily available data.

Call Upon Congress to Prevent Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems to Part B Therapies

Call Upon Congress to Prevent Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems to Part B Therapies

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The current Part B drug payment structure already makes it difficult for some providers, particularly those in small practices or working in rural settings, to procure and administer expensive Part B drugs

Wide Variation Noted in Total, Partial Thyroidectomy Rates by US Region

Wide Variation Noted in Total, Partial Thyroidectomy Rates by US Region

A 6.2-fold variation in thyroidectomy rates was noted throughout the US.

AMA: Encouraging Patients to Explore Diabetes Risk Through Tablet Use

AMA: Encouraging Patients to Explore Diabetes Risk Through Tablet Use

One clinic shares results after replacing magazines with tablets allowing patients to examine their risk of developing diabetes.

AMA Guidelines for Physicians Creating an Online Presence

AMA Guidelines for Physicians Creating an Online Presence

The American Medical Association recommends physicians take advantage of the internet to reach patients, but exercise caution in their online presence.

Medicaid: Enrollee's Satisfied With Health Care Overall

Medicaid: Enrollee's Satisfied With Health Care Overall

Few Medicaid enrollee's feel that their insurance is a major barrier to receiving care.

Sizeism, Fat Shaming in Medical Settings Leads to Poor Physical Outcomes

Sizeism, Fat Shaming in Medical Settings Leads to Poor Physical Outcomes

Patients stigmatized based on size experience poor psychological and physical health.

Reducing Physician Burnout By Improving Communication Skills

Reducing Physician Burnout By Improving Communication Skills

Good communication between patient and physician can improve care and reduce burnout.

Will ACOs Be Effective in Reducing Healthcare Costs?

Will ACOs Be Effective in Reducing Healthcare Costs?

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Accountable Care Organizations have potential to improve the quality of and access to care, with continued evaluation and adaptation.

Overweight, Obesity Increases Costs in Health Care Settings

Overweight, Obesity Increases Costs in Health Care Settings

Median increases in health care costs were 12% and 36% for people with overweight and obesity.

Link Between Diabetes and Hospital Readmission Rates

Link Between Diabetes and Hospital Readmission Rates

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Patients with diabetes had higher hospital readmission rates compared with patients who did not have diabetes.

Poll: Type 2 Diabetes Medications

Poll: Type 2 Diabetes Medications

Take a moment to participate in this poll on medications you prescribe to your patients with type 2 diabetes.

North American Menopause Society Releases New Guidelines for Hormone Therapy

North American Menopause Society Releases New Guidelines for Hormone Therapy

The North American Menopause Society released updated guidelines for hormone therapy use in women who are postmenopausal.

Acceptable Variability With Novel Sensor for Glucose Monitoring in T2D

Acceptable Variability With Novel Sensor for Glucose Monitoring in T2D

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One hundred fifteen patients used the FreeStyle Libre Pro sensor to monitor interstitial fluid glucose for 14 days.

Positive Outcomes Associated With Regular Depression Screening in T2D

Positive Outcomes Associated With Regular Depression Screening in T2D

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Undiagnosed depression in type 2 diabetes can lead to elevated hemoglobin A1c levels, frequent hospital admissions, and poor patient quality of life.

Liraglutide, Metformin, and Gliclazide Compared in Comorbid Type 2 Diabetes and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Liraglutide, Metformin, and Gliclazide Compared in Comorbid Type 2 Diabetes and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Liraglutide and metformin yielded higher reductions in HbA1c levels when compared with gliclazide.

Patient Preferences Affect Efficacy of Diabetes Care

Patient Preferences Affect Efficacy of Diabetes Care

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Patients were surveyed to determine their personal preferences when receiving diabetes education and self-management direction.

Exercise Protocol Improves Outcomes in T2D

Exercise Protocol Improves Outcomes in T2D

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Exercise regimens were prescribed based on individual disease states: diabetes without complications, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic autonomic neuropathy, or diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

AHA: Promoting Self-Management in CVD Through Education

AHA: Promoting Self-Management in CVD Through Education

The most effective approaches to CVD self-management were tailored to individual patient needs and incorporated a multidisciplinary approach.

Improving Glycemic Control in T2D With Text Message Intervention

Improving Glycemic Control in T2D With Text Message Intervention

Three-times daily text messages over a 6 month period were found to improve glycemic control vs usual care.

Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes Does Not Benefit Glycemic Control

Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes Does Not Benefit Glycemic Control

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There were no significant differences in hemoglobin A1c across the 3 self-monitoring blood glucose groups.

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