Practice Management

Diabetic Neuropathy: Updated ADA Position Statement

Diabetic Neuropathy: Updated ADA Position Statement

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The ADA updated recommendations on prevention methods and pain management for 2 forms of diabetic neuropathy.

Physician Opioid Prescribing Practices Linked to Long-Term Patient Use

Physician Opioid Prescribing Practices Linked to Long-Term Patient Use

The top quarter of emergency department doctors prescribed opioids to almost 25% of their patients.

FDA Issues Guidance on Medical Product Marketing Communication

FDA Issues Guidance on Medical Product Marketing Communication

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The FDA has released draft guidance documents for appropriate marketing communication on medical products and devices.

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%.

Resident Handoffs: Improved Strategies for Better Inpatient Care

Resident Handoffs: Improved Strategies for Better Inpatient Care

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Recent research shows that end-of-rotation transitions in care are associated with a significantly higher risk for in-hospital mortality.

Obesity Prevention, Treatment Underrepresented on Medical Licensing Exams

Obesity Prevention, Treatment Underrepresented on Medical Licensing Exams

The most important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment are not adequately represented on the US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step examinations.

Business Associate HIPAA Violations Can Have Costly Ramifications

Business Associate HIPAA Violations Can Have Costly Ramifications

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HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.

How Can We Use the "Wow" Factor to Improve Patient Care?

How Can We Use the "Wow" Factor to Improve Patient Care?

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The natural curiosity provoked by looking at research and clinical care with a sense of wonder may help us find new ways to deal with old problems.

Endocrinologists Need More Training in Transgender Care

Endocrinologists Need More Training in Transgender Care

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Outside of hormone therapy, endocrinologists reported having low confidence in their knowledge about caring for transgender patients.

The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology - 1/13/17

This week, GOP leaders express concerns about repealing Obamacare, the Endocrine Society debuts its first open access journal, the FDA warns of cybersecurity issues with cardiac devices, and more.

ACP Asks Congress to Reconsider Repealing Obamacare

ACP Asks Congress to Reconsider Repealing Obamacare

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

Culture of Medical Training and Student Well-Being

Culture of Medical Training and Student Well-Being

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Changing the learning environment and reforming programs is important to improving the well-being of medical students.

Trump Administration and Health Care Policy: The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Trump Administration and Health Care Policy: The Future of the Affordable Care Act

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The ACA is likely to be partially or fully repealed, though it is uncertain how physician practices and the benefits of the 20 million newly-insured will be affected.

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.

Q&A: Maximizing Revenues and Preparing for Payor Changes

Q&A: Maximizing Revenues and Preparing for Payor Changes

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Keeping abreast of changing payment models and regulations is key to maximizing your practice's finances.

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.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

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Artificial intelligence has many potential applications in medicine, but there are delays in implementation.

Patient EHR Access: Benefits and Barriers

Patient EHR Access: Benefits and Barriers

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The increase in direct patient access to online health records confers multiple benefits, though disparities in access should be addressed.

Medical Education: Improving Learning and Evaluation for Residents

Medical Education: Improving Learning and Evaluation for Residents

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In a recent issue of JAMA focused on medical education, researchers and physicians explore what's working and what's not in medical education.

The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology - 12/23/16

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This week, the FDA pushed through several approvals of expanded indications for diabetes drugs and devices, and one physician shares her experience with opting out of Medicare.

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.

A Physician's Perspective on Opting Out of Medicare

A Physician's Perspective on Opting Out of Medicare

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Katherine A. Roberts, MD, FACE, ECNU, discusses her experience with opting out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

First Round of HIPAA Audits: Are Providers Missing the Mark?

First Round of HIPAA Audits: Are Providers Missing the Mark?

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Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.

Deductibles Reduce Diabetes Follow-up Visits in Lower-Income Insured Patients

Deductibles Reduce Diabetes Follow-up Visits in Lower-Income Insured Patients

For low-income patients with diabetes, high deductibles decrease specialty visits, potentially resulting in patients forgoing needed medical services.

Smartphone Apps May Enhance Study of Cardiovascular Health

Smartphone Apps May Enhance Study of Cardiovascular Health

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The use of smartphone apps may help expand study of cardiovascular health and behaviors by engaging large numbers of participants and facilitating data collection.

Primary Care Workload Directly Associated With Quality of Diabetes Care

Primary Care Workload Directly Associated With Quality of Diabetes Care

Primary care physicians with heavier workloads in ambulatory patient practices delivered lower-quality diabetes care.

The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology - 12/9/16

This week, read about the US Surgeon General's report on increased use of e-cigarettes among youths, the Senate's vote on the 21st Century Cures Act, and more.

USPSTF: PCPs Should Encourage Heart-Healthy Habits in Low-Risk Patients

USPSTF: PCPs Should Encourage Heart-Healthy Habits in Low-Risk Patients

USPSTF encourages primary care professionals to individualize this counseling on lifestyle habits to prevent heart disease.

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