Practice Management

Patient Portals Do Not Appear to Have Much Traction

August 17, 2018

Patients not accessing them, physicians not using full range of features

Steps Provided for Discharging Patient From Practice

August 16, 2018

A letter must be sent to the patient to advise them of their discharge; at least 30 days' notice should be provided. During the notice period, the practice should continue to offer emergency care and necessary treatment and to fill prescriptions.

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

August 14, 2018

Will promote development of high-quality AI that is transparent, aims to address bias, safeguards privacy

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

August 10, 2018

In order to reduce gender bias, the AMA was directed to recommend elimination of the question of prior salary information from job applications, create an awareness campaign to inform physicians of their rights, and establish educational programs to empower all genders to negotiate for equitable compensation.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

August 09, 2018

Practices that don't have specific cyber insurance often have some limited coverage through their malpractice or general business policies.

Assessing, Improving Patient Satisfaction Cuts Malpractice Risk

July 27, 2018

Patient satisfaction can be improved by reducing long wait times, improving communication

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

July 25, 2018

Helpful strategies include developing a plan, knowing who will implement the plan, and staying flexible

Should You Record Your Patient Encounters? An Interview With Dr James Ryan

By July 24, 2018

Patients are increasingly recording physician visits on their phones, should physicians do the same. MPR spoke with physician who advocates for recording in clinical practice.

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

July 17, 2018

Physicians reporting errors were more likely to also report burnout, fatigue, recent suicidal ideation

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

July 16, 2018

Lawyer recommends physicians should not bring Siri and Alexa to the office

Error Rate 7.4% in Speech Recognition-Assisted Notes

July 10, 2018

Overall, 15.8, 26.9, and 25.9% of errors at the SR, MT, and SN stages, respectively, involved clinical information, while 5.7, 8.9, and 6.4%, respectively, were clinically significant.

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

July 09, 2018

86 percent of PCPs feel unable to adequately address needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions

Clinicians With Tattoos, Piercings: Does Body Art Impact Perception of Care?

July 05, 2018

Survey finds body art does not impact patients' perceptions of competence, professionalism

More Cash-Pay Patients Mean Docs Need Billing Strategies

July 02, 2018

Trend is requiring providers to proactively develop comprehensive policies

Direct Primary Care Can Be Beneficial to Patients

July 02, 2018

Conversion to direct primary care models can allow better patient care at reasonable cost

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

By June 19, 2018

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

By June 19, 2018

CVS Pharmacy is now offering home delivery nationwide for prescription drugs, for a service charge of $4.99.

Primary Care Physicians Report Top Administrative Hassles

June 11, 2018

Other administrative burdens relate to patient records, which focus on charting for billing and coding based on preventing malpractice, rather than communicating the details of patient care.

Does Political Affiliation Influence Patient Care? An Interview With Anupam B. Jena, MD

By June 07, 2018

To shed further light on the study's implications, MPR interviewed lead author Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

By June 07, 2018

To investigate whether physician attire can affect a patient's experience, researchers performed a cross-sectional study on 10 academic hospitals spanning the 4 main geographical regions of the US.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

June 07, 2018

The researchers found that allied health providers had higher median overall satisfaction scores (4.5) versus physicians in medical specialties (4.0) and surgical specialties (4.2; P<.001).

CDC: Office-Based Physician Visit Rates Vary by Patient Age, Sex

June 06, 2018

The primary expected source of payment for the majority of visits by children aged younger than 18 years and adults aged 18 to 64 years was private insurance; the primary expected source of payment for most visits by adults aged 65 years and older was Medicare.

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

May 16, 2018

"We found that overall patients regarded EHRs as a really positive presence in the exam room," Lee said, according to the article.

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

May 09, 2018

Other countries using EHR software report satisfaction, cite it as tool improving efficacy.

Practices Should Be Aware of Correct Way to Fire Employees

May 02, 2018

Practices should be aware of basic employment laws in their state, which vary with number of employees

New Clinic Satisfaction Tool Provides Real-Time Feedback

April 30, 2018

The tool was used to assess all clinic encounters for patient satisfaction with the clinic experience, including physician communication score.

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

April 24, 2018

Better compassion, communication skills, and professionalism scores were also seen for the F2F visit after crossover analysis. Seventy-one percent of patients preferred the F2F physician.

Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than &#36;500 Billion Annually

April 16, 2018

After initial Rx use, average cost of individual having treatment failure, new medical problem over 2,000

Does Immunity from Medical Malpractice Lead to Improved Patient Care?

By April 11, 2018

Results showed that the average post-SI incidence rate of harmful events at JMH was 13% lower (estimate=-0.1368, RR-0.8721, P=0.0109) compared to the 2 pre-SI years on record.

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

April 11, 2018

EHR users should ascertain where time is being wasted; most systems can show where physician time is being spent in the software. The EHR can be customized to workflow and specialty; customization improves physician satisfaction.