Practice Management

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.

Variations Identified in Free-Text Directions in E-Prescriptions

April 04, 2018

Substantial variability was displayed in Sig strings, including in those that expressed apparently simple and straightforward concepts; 832 permutations of words and phrases used to convey the concept of "take one tablet by mouth once daily" were identified.

EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

March 28, 2018

Of the 557 reports, harm level analysis showed that the patient was reached and potentially required monitoring to preclude harm, potentially caused temporary harm, potentially caused permanent harm, and could have necessitated intervention to sustain life or could have resulted in death (84, 14, 1, and <1%, respectively).

Provider Self-Perception of Opioid Prescribing Often Inaccurate, Says Study

By March 27, 2018

Results showed that 65% of those in the intervention group underestimated their opioid prescribing.

Ethical Duties ID'd for Short-Term Global Health Experiences

March 27, 2018

The authors note that in short-term global health experiences, a physician's primary ethical obligation is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities; the physician's primary ethical obligation is to the welfare of individual patients, not their own interests.

Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

March 23, 2018

Institute of Safe Medication Practices indicates risks such as abbreviations, autocorrection

National Task Force to Develop Blueprint on Combating Physician Burnout

March 21, 2018

"I'm hopeful that our blueprint team will offer avenues for organizations to actually do the work that's going to make the difference in the long run," Maples said in the article.

Hospital Recycling Found to Contain Personally Identifiable Health Information

March 21, 2018

Researchers found that 802 of items contained information that was considered low sensitivity, 843 medium sensitivity, and 1,042 high sensitivity. At all hospitals, PII and PHI were found in the recycling. The most items (1,449) were recovered at physicians' offices, and physicians' offices also had the highest proportion of PHI and PII recovered

AMA: PA Process Delays Care, Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

March 20, 2018

According to the results of the survey, 64% of respondents reported waiting at least one business day for a PA decision from health plans, with 30% waiting at least three business days.

Drug Copayments Frequently Exceed Prescription Costs, Says Study

March 14, 2018

Researchers found that 22.94% of the 9.5 million claims involved overpayments. The rate was significantly higher for generic versus brand drugs (28.17 versus 5.95%). There was a mean overpayment of $7.69, with 17.15% exceeding $10.

Practice Doubles Physician Engagement Through Three-Pronged Approach

March 13, 2018

The final aspect of improving physician engagement relates to helping staff to cultivate an individual resilience approach. The approach uses scientific evidence for resilience by drawing on common practices from other cultures, such as meditation, cultivating gratitude, and engaging in activities beyond the self.