Practice Management

Four Best Practices Identified to Help Prevent Healthcare Cyberattacks

February 14, 2018

Health care execs should ID potential inefficiencies in cybersecurity, ensure systems backed up

What Should Practices Prioritize to Meet Value-Based Care Requirements

February 13, 2018

Patient portals do not represent patient engagement, while value-based care requirements need direct and interactive exchange with patients. Finally, EHRs cannot support the complexity needed for fee-for-value workflows.

Majority of Patients Feel They Don't Have Enough Time With Physician

February 12, 2018

The researchers found that although 95% of patients are satisfied with their primary care physicians they expressed concerns and only 11% of patients reported having all the time they needed with their physician.

Physicians' Top Concerns Regarding IT Adoption Identified

February 05, 2018

According to the report, few papers talked about provider adoption, with only 57 studies out of more than 3,000 papers mentioning provider adoption. Key facilitators of digital health adoption include resources and training, access to accurate data

The Major Challenges Facing Pharmacists in 2018

January 31, 2018

Drug affordability, nonadherence, and pharmacist compensation are major challenges for the year

Pharmacist-Led Feedback, Education Effective for Reducing Rx Writing Errors

January 29, 2018

The researchers found that prescription writing errors were significantly reduced in the pharmacist education group (P<0.001).

Retirements, Layoffs Could Lead to Under-Staffing at Public Health Departments

January 24, 2018

At least 65,000 staff will leave their organizations during fiscal years 2016 to 2020, with up to 100,000 staff leaving (if all planned retirements occur by 2020).

ACA Implementation Decreased Mean Out-of-Pocket Spending by 11.9%

January 23, 2018

The researchers found that ACA implementation was correlated with an 11.9% decrease in mean out-of-pocket spending in the full sample and with decreases of 21.4, 18.5, and 12.8% in the lowest-, low-, and middle-income groups, respectively.

Benefits of 24-Hour Primary Care Clinics Highlighted in New Report

January 22, 2018

A 24-hour primary care clinic with multiple doctors offering round-the-clock care would actualize better and more sustainable care.

Discussing Sexual Orientation: Should All Patients Be Asked?

January 18, 2018

According to Ma, professionals should ask patients how they define their sexuality at every encounter; asking these questions will allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients to access better health care.

Can E-Mail Use Improve Patient-Provider Communication?

January 18, 2018

In addition, the overall satisfaction scores for providers who made their e-mail addresses available to patients were significantly higher than those who did not. Individual satisfaction domains did not differ significantly.

Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: An Interview With Dike Drummond, MD

By January 12, 2018

The term "compassion fatigue" was originally coined by Joinson,1 a nurse researching burnout in the emergency department.

Study Reveals Why Women Leave Medicine More Often Than Men

January 05, 2018

More women are entering medical school but still there are more male doctors.

Payment Cuts for Office-Based Point-of-Care Testing Take Effect Jan. 1, 2018

December 18, 2017

CMS Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule to result in drop in payments for physician office-based tests

AMA: Cyberattacks Are a Big Problem for Medical Practices

By December 12, 2017

Phishing, the practice of sending fraudulent e-mails in an attempt to gain sensitive information, was chosen most often (55%) as the most common type of cyberattack.

ASHP: Immediate Action Needed From Congress on Drug Shortages

December 07, 2017

Specifically, the organizations provide a call to action for Congress to determine how manufacturers should handle disclosing drug shortages to the medical community.

Pharmacists Role in Preparing for Disastrous Events

December 05, 2017

According to one of the presenters, keeping it simple and sticking to being prepared, responding appropriately, and evaluating lessons learned are all key elements in providing effective responses to disastrous events.

How the CVS-Aetna Merger May Impact Office-Based Clinicians

December 05, 2017

More health services will likely move out of doctors' offices to store-based providers

How to Manage Shortages of Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions

December 05, 2017

The fact sheet also urges health care organizations to assess SVP solution supply, direct current supply to areas of greatest need, use premixed solutions when possible, and only compound SVP solutions when all other options have been exhausted.

Most Multi-Med Patients Have Not Discussed Possible Drug Interactions

November 30, 2017

In terms of who is responsible for talking to patients about possible drug interactions, 11, 26, and 63% felt that the pharmacist, doctor, and both doctor and pharmacist are responsible, respectively.

Clinician Denial of Certain Requests Tied to Worse Patient Satisfaction

By November 28, 2017

Denials for requests of referral (adjusted mean percentile difference -19.75), pain medication (-10.72), other new medication (-20.36), and laboratory test (-9.19) were linked to worse satisfaction compared with fulfillment.

Physician Burnout Associated With Significant Financial Costs

November 22, 2017

Economic loss at Stanford over two years expected to range from 15.5 million to 55.5 million

Should Patients Co-Produce, Contribute to Medical Notes?

November 16, 2017

The researchers conducted 30-minute, in-depth, one-on-one telephone interviews with 29 of 30 invited health care experts to solicit ideas about the concept of OurNotes.

Legal, Ethical Issues Involved in Voluntary Refusal to Eat and Drink

November 07, 2017

Patients, families, clinicians must consider clinical, ethical, legal aspects of VSED to hasten death.

ACP: Recommendations for Improving Patient Safety in Ambulatory Settings

By November 06, 2017

The paper, Patient Safety in the Office-Based Practice Setting is available online.

Four in 10 HCPs Work While Experiencing Flu-Like Illness, Says Survey

By November 01, 2017

The most common reasons for HCPs to opt from taking sick leave included feeling that s/he could still preform his/her job duties; not feeling "bad enough" to stay home.

Exam Room Computer Use May Impact How Patients View Physicians

October 27, 2017

The researchers found that after watching the first video, patients rated compassion scores, communication skills, and professionalism better for the face-to-face clinical encounter.

The 'Choosing Wisely' Campaign: What Are the Next Steps?

By October 24, 2017

To date, the Choosing Wisely lists include over 500 tests, scans, prescription drugs, and medical devices that clinicians should avoid along with respective evidence to demonstrate that they are unnecessary for certain patients.

AMA Discuss Ways to Optimize EHR Functionality

October 19, 2017

The use of third-party consultation was raised, with consultants often engaged to help with configuration and training relating to EHR use, resulting in differently configured tools across the same underlying EHR product.

Password Sharing Among Medical Staff Common, Says Study

October 19, 2017

Almost three-fourths of survey respondents report having used a colleague's password to access EMRs