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Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic

Following a six-month learning period to implement an electronic medical record system, outpatient orthopedic clinics return to pre-implementation efficiency, but there may be other lasting effects on productivity.

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

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The use of medical scribes for electronic health record documentation reduced primary care physician burden.

Understanding the Blame Game: Why Are Voluntary Event Reporting Rates So Low?

Understanding the Blame Game: Why Are Voluntary Event Reporting Rates So Low?

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Does a hospital's blame culture — "nonpunitive response to error" according to researchers — influence medical error reporting rates?

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

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A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that sexual harassment is a problem across all fields of science.

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Curtains surrounding patient beds become progressively contaminated with bacteria.

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Medical practices can take steps to avoid problems related to use of social media by staff members.

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

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Despite Veterans Affairs scholarship support, costs for veterans attending medical school are high.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

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Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

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Physician employment contracts include a number of bonuses and benefits that can be included or negotiated.

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Physicians

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Physicians

Having a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.

Hospitals Charge 479% of Cost of Drugs on Average

Hospitals Charge 479% of Cost of Drugs on Average

On average, hospitals mark up drugs by 479% of their cost.

Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use

A considerable proportion of clinicians and patients report having recorded a clinic visit for the patient's personal use.

AMA Opposition to the CVS-Aetna Vertical Merger Grows With Statement to DOJ

AMA Opposition to the CVS-Aetna Vertical Merger Grows With Statement to DOJ

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The American Medical Association has released a statement urging the US Department of Justice to block the CVS-Aetna merger.

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information include laboratory results and medication lists.

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

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Grateful patient philanthropy — donations often made "in response to excellent medical care" — comprises approximately $10 billion in charitable giving to health care centers per year.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

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The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

Is Team-Based Health Care the Model of the Future?

Is Team-Based Health Care the Model of the Future?

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High-functioning team-based health care models have the ability to change the healthcare landscape, particularly with regard to clinician well-being.

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

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Gamification approaches may have benefits that supplement those of traditional classroom learning.

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

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A recent study found that practice size can play a role in whether or not a physician experiences burnout.

Addressing the Restrictive Effect of the MCAT on the Minority Physician Workforce

Addressing the Restrictive Effect of the MCAT on the Minority Physician Workforce

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The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that numerous recruiting initiatives have failed to achieve the desired increase in underrepresented minorities in the physician profession.

Tips for When It's Time to Go: How to Leave Your Practice

Tips for When It's Time to Go: How to Leave Your Practice

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It's not unusual for physicians to move between practices or to leave an established practice to start their own.

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

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The reasons for physicians' discomfort with conversations about dying are as much cultural, social, and systemic as they are personal.

Data Age in Clinical Trials Is About 3 Years at Publication

Data Age in Clinical Trials Is About 3 Years at Publication

The median data age in clinical trials in journals with a high impact factor is about 3 years at publication.

Challenges Associated With Proposed Changes to CMS Fee Structure

Challenges Associated With Proposed Changes to CMS Fee Structure

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A proposed restructuring of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Physician Fees may lead to an increase in required documentation and associated workload.

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

HIPAA Concerns Reign as Data Companies Enter the Healthcare Market

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With its expansion into the healthcare industry, Amazon has taken one more step towards total domination.

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

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Health care is a leading producer of environmental pollutants, but there's reason to be hopeful this will change.

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

Fundamental Institutional Change Is Needed to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released 15 recommendations for university staff, students, legislators, and professional organizations to eliminate sexual harassment.

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

Cochrane Data Release and the Case for "Open Science"

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Cochrane's current policies allow only specific individuals with full library access to view and reuse data reports in their entirety.

Adding Pharmacists to Team-Based Care Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Adding Pharmacists to Team-Based Care Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Integration of pharmacists into team-based care practice models can improve patient outcome, especially in chronic diseases.

Broader Scope of Practice Linked to Lower Rates of Burnout

Broader Scope of Practice Linked to Lower Rates of Burnout

Early-career family physicians who practice inpatient medicine or obstetrics have reduced odds of burnout.

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