Practice Management

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

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Despite good intentions, HIPAA is shrouded in myth and misapplication that does more harm than good for both patients and physicians.

Hospital-Owned Practices Associated With Positive Workplace Perceptions Among Staff

Hospital-Owned Practices Associated With Positive Workplace Perceptions Among Staff

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Findings suggest that staff may be critical to building overall practice adaptive reserve and for providing the energy for continuing quality improvement.

Primary Care Physicians Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Primary Care Physicians Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Over 85% of primary care physicians feel unable to adequately address needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency, Increase Reimbursement

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency, Increase Reimbursement

Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement.

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Putting Patients in the Physician's Seat: Smartphone Technology Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

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Apple recently rolled out a new addition to its Health app, granting hundreds of patients access to their medical history.

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

There is moderately high interest in genetic testing for melanoma risk among the general population.

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Complaints from patients were categorized into 3 groups: rudeness, rushing, and reproach.

Disrupting the Status Quo: Improving Emergency Care for Transgender Patients Is a Medical Necessity

Disrupting the Status Quo: Improving Emergency Care for Transgender Patients Is a Medical Necessity

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Stigma and harassment in a medical setting are not uncommon in the 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming. It's time for healthcare providers to change the status quo.

Transference in the Age of #MeToo: What Counts as Harassment From a Patient?

Transference in the Age of #MeToo: What Counts as Harassment From a Patient?

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The psychological effect on psychiatrist victims should be acknowledged even when the behavior of the perpetrator can be explained by diagnosis.

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

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Results still indicate a trajectory toward stricter infection prevention at hospitals in general, and highlight a possible need for increased vaccine mandates.

Primary Care Physicians Report Top Administrative Hassles

Primary Care Physicians Report Top Administrative Hassles

Primary care physicians report experiencing difficulty with obtaining and following up on specialty care for patients.

How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?

How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?

Business associate agreements should be prioritized; collaborative policies can help patch attacks

A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

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Ranking or otherwise gauging physician quality isn't just a way to assign bragging rights — performance metrics can be used to set reimbursement levels, tailor insurance, and identify physicians who are falling behind.

Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care

Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care

Stigmatizing language used in medical records to describe patients can influence medical students and residents in terms of their attitudes towards the patient and their clinical decision-making.

Current Performance Measures Lack Appropriate Validity for Clinical Use

Current Performance Measures Lack Appropriate Validity for Clinical Use

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Currently there are 2500 performance measures for US physicians listed by the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

PCP eConsult Specialty Referral System Improves Care Access but Increases Workload

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Although the eConsult system expedites patient access to specialty services, it can lead to increased workload — and subsequent burnout — among physicians.

Talking Politics With Patients

Talking Politics With Patients

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Sooner or later, everyone in the healthcare field will have to think about how to approach a politically divisive conversation with a patient.

Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

Eighty-six percent of physicians reported that prior authorization burdens increased over the past 5 years.

Improved Care Efficiency Requires a More Manageable System

Improved Care Efficiency Requires a More Manageable System

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As technologic tools in clinical practice becomes more standard, it is easy for physicians to become burdened.

Does Immunity from Medical Malpractice Lead to Improved Patient Care?

Does Immunity from Medical Malpractice Lead to Improved Patient Care?

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Results showed that the average post-SI incidence rate of harmful events at JMH was 13% lower compared to the 2 pre-SI years on record.

Linguistic Barriers Continue to Create Care Concerns, Affect Patient Outcomes

Linguistic Barriers Continue to Create Care Concerns, Affect Patient Outcomes

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Language education and assistance services can increase 2-way communication between physicians and non-native English speaking patients.

Transactional Roles vs Personalized Care: Is a Shift Needed to Improve Patient Care?

Transactional Roles vs Personalized Care: Is a Shift Needed to Improve Patient Care?

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Tasks like data gathering and entry can take away from the time physicians spend on patient care.

Clinicians With Alzheimer Disease: Reframing Perceptions

Clinicians With Alzheimer Disease: Reframing Perceptions

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Approximately 4600 actively licensed physicians in the US are practicing with Alzheimer disease.

With Uber Health Launch, Ride-Sharing Service Sets Its Sights on Office Visits

With Uber Health Launch, Ride-Sharing Service Sets Its Sights on Office Visits

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Uber Health hopes to reduce the frequency of — and revenue loss ¬associated with — missed physician appointments.

A Clinician Weighs In: Discussing Sensitive Topics WIth Patients

A Clinician Weighs In: Discussing Sensitive Topics WIth Patients

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Patients must feel that their physicians are empathetic and non-judgmental, particularly when discussing sensitive topics.

Survey Reveals Top Concerns With Physician-Patient Relationship

Survey Reveals Top Concerns With Physician-Patient Relationship

Although 95% of patients are satisfied with their primary care physicians, many patients expressed concerns.

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

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Hiring a manager to assist with handling the responsibilities of running a medical practice can be beneficial, but there are a few factors to consider before deciding to do so.

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Authors of recent position papers provide their opinion on the legalization of physician assisted suicide.

Clear Communication Essential When Apologizing for Medical Errors

Clear Communication Essential When Apologizing for Medical Errors

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Investigators noticed distinct themes and characteristics that appear to underlie all medical error apologies.

Female HCPs, Longer Consultations Associated With Higher Empathy Scores

Female HCPs, Longer Consultations Associated With Higher Empathy Scores

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Higher empathy ratings were observed in studies that had more female than male practitioners.

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