Practice Management

Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage

Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage

Association health plans will provide small businesses with more choices, access, and coverage options, although critics warn that they may undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released 15 recommendations for university staff, students, legislators, and professional organizations to eliminate sexual harassment.

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

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A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

Gains in Insurance Coverage Seen for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Adults

Gains in Insurance Coverage Seen for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Adults

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults report continued problems affording care despite coverage gains offered by the Affordable Care Act.

Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making

Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making

How a situation is framed and the language used to describe risks can influence patients' decision-making.

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

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Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

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Cochrane's current policies allow only specific individuals with full library access to view and reuse data reports in their entirety.

Shift Seen From EDs to Urgent Care for Low-Acuity, Acute Care

Shift Seen From EDs to Urgent Care for Low-Acuity, Acute Care

From 2008 through 2015, there was a substantial shift in venue in which acute care for low-acuity conditions was sought.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

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The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

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Health care is a leading producer of environmental pollutants, but there's reason to be hopeful this will change.

Medical Schools Phase Out Lectures as Education Shifts Outside the Classroom

Medical Schools Phase Out Lectures as Education Shifts Outside the Classroom

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Medical students are choosing to forego lectures to use the time studying for the Step 1 exam instead.

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts.

Hospitals Using Two Strategies to Improve Quality, Lower Costs

Hospitals Using Two Strategies to Improve Quality, Lower Costs

Hospitals receiving bundled payments are reducing skilled nursing facility (SNF) use and improving care integration to improve quality and control costs.

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Doctors can use Twitter to build networks and learn more about research in real time.

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

With its expansion into the healthcare industry, Amazon has taken one more step towards total domination.

Physicians, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

Physicians, Consumers Agree on Benefits of Virtual Care

Physicians and consumers agree on the benefits of virtual care, but physician adoption of virtual care technologies is low.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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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

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

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