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Expert Reflects on the Crisis of Physician Suicides

Expert Reflects on the Crisis of Physician Suicides

Every year, suicide takes the lives of close to 400 physicians and takes medical care from as many as 1 million patients.

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Drug Copayments Often Cost More Than Prescription Drugs

Drug Copayments Often Cost More Than Prescription Drugs

Researchers examined the frequency of overpayments by comparing copayments with the national average reimbursements received by pharmacies for the same prescription for commercially insured patients.

Telemedicine Expands Access to Rural, Low-Income, Isolated Communities

Telemedicine Expands Access to Rural, Low-Income, Isolated Communities

Innovations in digital health and medicine applications are contributing to expanding medical care, particularly among individuals in rural, low-income, or isolated environments.

Improving Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making

Improving Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making

Academic detailing is an approach to help minimize "irrational" clinical decision making and involves educational outreach professionals who meet with physicians to discuss specific medication use scenarios.

AMA Develops Module to Address Medication Nonadherence

AMA Develops Module to Address Medication Nonadherence

Understanding nonadherence in patients and encouraging a change in attitude toward patients and their medication can improve medication adherence.

Early Trial Results Often Report Exaggerated Treatment Effects

Early Trial Results Often Report Exaggerated Treatment Effects

Trials to evaluate drugs or devices used to treat chronic medical conditions that are published early in the chain of evidence often show an exaggerated treatment effect compared with subsequent trials.

Percentage of Uninsured Americans Unchanged From 2016 to 2017

Percentage of Uninsured Americans Unchanged From 2016 to 2017

Report provides updated health insurance estimates from selected states using 2017 National Health Interview Survey data.

Prior Authorizations Are Creating a Challenge for Clinicians

Prior Authorizations Are Creating a Challenge for Clinicians

One physician shares his experience in dealing with the challenge of prior authorizations for medications and diagnostic imaging, which he calls "a thorn in the side of the practice of medicine."

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.

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