Practice Management

The Language Gap: Are Some Patients Underserved?

By October 17, 2017

Researchers analyzed data from >60,000 physician respondents who are based in the largest 50 metropolitan areas and compared this with U.S. census data.

Physician Online Ratings vs. Specialty-Specific Performance Scores

October 17, 2017

The researchers found that across ratings platforms, there was no significant association between mean consumer ratings and specialty-specific performance scores, primary care physician scores, or administrator scores.

ACG: Prevalence of Burnout Examined Among Gastroenterologists

October 16, 2017

Factors associated with burnout include female sex, spending more hours on domestic chores, child care

Medication Review Reveals Patient Was on Wrong Drug for 10 Years

By October 13, 2017

The case involved a 69-year old patient with paranoid schizophrenia who was brought to the emergency department following violent behavior against the staff at the nursing facility he resided in.

Do Electronic Health Records Present Increased Burden on Ophthalmologists?

October 13, 2017

The researchers found that the mean total ophthalmologist examination time was 11.2 minutes per patient, of which 27% was spent on EHR use, 42% on conversation, and 31% on examination.

Are Physician Salaries on the Decline?

October 12, 2017

"Overall, physician incomes are flat, and even at our low 2 to 3 percent rate of inflation, physician income buying power is declining."

Low-Cost Health Services Contribute Most to Unnecessary Spending

October 12, 2017

Costs associated with low-cost, low-value health services nearly twice as high as high-cost services

Here's Why Physicians Are Delaying Retirement

October 06, 2017

Many older physicians feel that they are providing a useful service, desire part-time or occasional work

Practice Embezzlement: What Should Clinicians Look Out for?

October 02, 2017

Red flags include employee being secretive about their work, working late, not wanting to share tasks

FDA Issues Report on Counseling Patients about Drugs with a REMS

By September 29, 2017

The Agency notes that these recommendations will be most effective if they are learned and implemented consistently across all healthcare settings.

Medical Scribes: A Promising Strategy for Reducing Physician Burnout?

September 28, 2017

In the study the sribes drafted all relevant documentation, which was reviewed by a physician before attestation and signing.

Physicians Spend Almost Six Hours a Day on EHR Tasks, Study Says

September 15, 2017

The researchers found that clinicians spent 355 minutes (5.9 hours) of an 11.4-hour workday in the EHR per weekday for each 1.0 clinical full-time equivalent: 269 and 86 minutes during and after clinic hours, respectively.

Nondisclosure Requests in Pediatrics: An Ethical Analysis

September 06, 2017

Evidence from Middle East literature suggests variability in practices, preferences of truth telling

Disparity in Hours Worked Among Dual-Physician Couples with Kids

August 22, 2017

Findings from a national sample of dual-physician couples

Report Highlights Tips for Preventing Medical Billing Errors

August 11, 2017

Practices should have a compliance plan and policy and someone responsible for enforcing it

Patients Who Read Visit Notes Report Greater Engagement

July 26, 2017

Patients value confirming and remembering next steps, quicker access and results, sharing information

Physician Salaries Continue Upward Trend in 2016

July 25, 2017

Overall, 77% of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation

New AMA Module Aims to Help Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration

July 24, 2017

"Strategies such as embedding a clinical pharmacist within the practice and building a collaborative relationship with a community retail pharmacist can provide what is missing to get better results for patients," according to the AMA.

AMA: Physician Online Presence Important but Exercise Caution

July 06, 2017

Speakers in educational session urge caution in online behavior

Clinicians Urged to Take Care with Electronic Messages to Patients

June 30, 2017

Sensitive information should be discussed in person or over the phone

Demand for PCP Services Expected to Increase 18% by 2023

June 19, 2017

About half of increase in demand due to overall population growth, with aging also playing role

Reasons for Patient Dismissal Among Primary Care Practices

May 22, 2017

Reasons include inappropriate behavior toward staff, violation of Rx policies, repeatedly missed appointments

Physician Burnout: An Issue to be Addressed at Organizational Level?

April 28, 2017

Organizations need to demonstrate a long-term commitment - at least 6 months - to the process of improving in areas that contribute to burnout.

Potential Benefits, Risks of OpenNotes Discussed

April 19, 2017

Benefits include improved patient engagement, while risks include avoidance of writing candidly

Pharmacy Chains Expanding Primary Care Services

April 18, 2017

CVS, Walmart have established primary care clinics, with nurse practitioners/physician assistants

How Often Do Second Opinions Differ from Referral Diagnoses?

April 05, 2017

In study, 21 percent of cases received final diagnoses that were distinctly different than referral diagnoses

Survey Reveals Top 3 Challenges for Physicians

April 03, 2017

According to the results of the AMA survey, administrative burden, stress, and lack of time are the top three concerns that challenge doctors.

Factors Linked to Primary Care Coordination Gaps

March 31, 2017

Increased likelihood of poor care coordination for patients with chronic care conditions, 65 years

ACP: Excessive Administrative Tasks Have Serious Consequences

March 28, 2017

American College of Physicians details policy recommendations to reduce administrative burden

'Co-Washing' May Improve Clinic Hand Washing

March 21, 2017

Patients endorsed importance of hand washing 98.7 percent of the time