Practice Management

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

Opinion: How Clinicians Can Help Reduce Firearm-Related Violence

October 18, 2017

Making a public commitment is encouraged as a positive action that physicians can take.

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