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Can Competency-Based Assessments Identify Residents With Educational Difficulties?

Can Competency-Based Assessments Identify Residents With Educational Difficulties?

A competency-based achievement system may help identify medical residents who are experiencing educational difficulties.

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers A Widespread Issue

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers A Widespread Issue

Key themes identified included issues with gendered job expectations, financial inequalities, and limited advancement opportunities, among others.

Mentoring Women in the #MeToo Era: Expert Roundtable

Mentoring Women in the #MeToo Era: Expert Roundtable

Despite record numbers of women working in medicine, instances of gender discrimination and sexual harassment continue to proliferate.

Medical Schools in US See Increase in Diversity

Medical Schools in US See Increase in Diversity

United States medical schools saw increasing percentages of female, black, and Hispanic matriculants.

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

For many physicians, working during the holiday season is simply part of the job.

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

False beliefs are common in society and have permeated the healthcare industry.

Flaws, Potential Solutions for Physician Incentive Programs Examined

Flaws, Potential Solutions for Physician Incentive Programs Examined

Physician incentive programs have not been proven helpful in improving patient outcomes.

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Issues that affect employees in all industries are compounded by a unique set of additional concerns that affect employees of medical practices.

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHA Hospitals

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHA Hospitals

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals for 14 of 15 outcome measures in 121.

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous healthcare visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017.

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Larger practice size is an important correlate of telemedicine use.

Hospital Ranking Linked to Mortality Rates, Patient Satisfaction

Hospital Ranking Linked to Mortality Rates, Patient Satisfaction

Top-ranked hospitals for CV care have lower 30-day mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction.

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

Healthcare providers, practice managers, and hospitals have reported challenges with EHR system designs.

Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

Among patients with employer-sponsored insurance, there was a decline in visits to primary care physicians from 2012 to 2016.

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Many healthcare organizations are trying a new tactic to reduce rates of burnout: gratitude.

Anomalous Times and Billing Practices of Anesthesia Practitioners Examined

Anomalous Times and Billing Practices of Anesthesia Practitioners Examined

There are concerns that physician discretion in billing may be used inappropriately.

Mental Healthcare Services for Medical Students: An Approach From the University of Pittsburgh

Mental Healthcare Services for Medical Students: An Approach From the University of Pittsburgh

Medical students experience a significantly elevated risk for depression, suicidality, and burnout during their education, even if they matriculate in relatively good health.

CDC: 8.8% Uninsured in United States in First Half of 2018

CDC: 8.8% Uninsured in United States in First Half of 2018

In the first 6 months of 2018, 8.8% of United States individuals of all ages were uninsured, which was not significantly different from 2017.

Switching to High-Deductible Insurance Delays Diabetes Care

Switching to High-Deductible Insurance Delays Diabetes Care

Switching from low- to high-deductible insurance delayed testing and care for macrovascular symptoms in people with diabetes.

AAP Responds to Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border

AAP Responds to Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a statement responding to the use of tear gas on families and children seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border.

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

The American Heart Association and others are urging the court to reconsider changes to short-term limited-duration insurance plans.

ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets

ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets

Millions of workers gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act without adverse effects on labor markets.

Why is Gender-Based Harassment So Pervasive in Medicine?

Why is Gender-Based Harassment So Pervasive in Medicine?

Women in medical school were 220% more likely to report sexual harassment by faculty or staff than their counterparts in STEM.

Anti-Immigration Laws Have Negative Health Effects on Undocumented Youth

Anti-Immigration Laws Have Negative Health Effects on Undocumented Youth

Dreamers have expressed lower self-esteem and higher rates of chronic disease after the repeal of DACA.

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Health and social service utilization decreased in immigrant communities after the 2016 presidential election.

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Medicare costs may be contained by incentivizing multisector health activities, according to researchers.

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Assessing Insurance Coverage Trends in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the Post-ACA Era

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults still delay medical care due to cost despite having access to insurance coverage.

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Physicians-in-Training

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Physicians-in-Training

The American Medical Association hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among physicians-in-training.

Online Patient Reviews of EDs and Urgent Care Centers Inform Care Delivery

Online Patient Reviews of EDs and Urgent Care Centers Inform Care Delivery

Publicly available online ratings of emergency departments and urgent care centers provide important insights for health systems.

Six-Step Analysis Can Help Improve Practice Logistics

Six-Step Analysis Can Help Improve Practice Logistics

A six-step analysis can help redesign and improve the outpatient health care process.

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Going without medical care is common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid.

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among Clinical Practice Guideline Authors

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among Clinical Practice Guideline Authors

There is a high prevalence of financial conflicts of interest among authors of clinical practice guidelines.

Would A Change in Nomenclature for Intensive Care Units Promote Less Aggressive Care?

Would A Change in Nomenclature for Intensive Care Units Promote Less Aggressive Care?

The term "intensive care unit" (ICU) was meant to refer to the intensity of the resources allocated to patient care.

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries identified as "high cost" were likely to stay high cost over a 3 year period.

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority resident physicians report incidences of microaggression, occasional racism, and challenges in integrating their cultural identity into the workplace.

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

In an effort to cut high drug costs, the prices paid by Medicare for certain prescription drugs would be based on those in other advanced industrial nations.

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Researchers found a limited association between the ranking of a physician's medical school and patient mortality or readmission rates.

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

Lack of Standardized Definitions Creates Challenges in Identifying Prevalence of Burnout

Lack of Standardized Definitions Creates Challenges in Identifying Prevalence of Burnout

Researchers systematically reviewed clinical trial databases for published studies on burnout prevalence in practice physicians.

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Career choice regret, specialty choice, and anxiety in medical school have been linked with elevated rates of burnout in resident physicians

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

n preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures.

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

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

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.

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

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

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

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Curtains surrounding patient beds become progressively contaminated with bacteria.

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.

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.

Understanding the Cause is Necessary to Treating Physician Burnout

Understanding the Cause is Necessary to Treating Physician Burnout

There is no widespread understanding of the pathophysiology of burnout, or conclusions about how it should be measured.

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

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

Education Can Up Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Education Can Up Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Residents from pediatrics and med-ped residency programs have an increase in total emotional intelligence.

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

The same traits that help physicians excel at their profession are likely to make them experience burnout.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

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

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

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.

Uncertain Future for Health Laws After Supreme Court Crisis Pregnancy Center Ruling

Uncertain Future for Health Laws After Supreme Court Crisis Pregnancy Center Ruling

The recent Supreme Court decision on crisis pregnancy centers is expected to complicate the future of some health laws.

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.

Medicaid Expansion Programs Improve Women's Access to Reproductive Services

Medicaid Expansion Programs Improve Women's Access to Reproductive Services

One-third of the women enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program reported improved access to birth control and family planning services.

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Current data on the state of undergraduate and graduate medical education must be rigorously evaluated rigorously to influence change in the current medical education system.

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

Following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-related medication nonadherence significantly decreased among adults who survived stroke.

Uninsured Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Reduced in States With Medicaid Expansion

Uninsured Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Reduced in States With Medicaid Expansion

Choosing to expand Medicaid during the ACA implementation significantly reduced the number of uninsured hospitalizations.

Formal Mindfulness Training Feasible, Useful for Surgery Interns

Formal Mindfulness Training Feasible, Useful for Surgery Interns

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training is a feasible and acceptable method to combat stress and burnout experienced by medical interns.

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

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

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage

Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage

Association health plans will provide small businesses with more choices, access, and coverage options, although critics warn that they may undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Drug Prices Seem Not to Be Influenced by Their Value

Drug Prices Seem Not to Be Influenced by Their Value

For commonly prescribed cardiovascular drugs, there is no evidence that drug prices are influenced by their value.

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

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

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

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program promises to forgive any remaining federal loan debt for employees at governmental or nonprofit institutions following 10 years of loan repayments.

Ethical Concerns Arise in Clinical Trial Enrollment as Number of Uninsured and Underinsured Americans Skyrockets

Ethical Concerns Arise in Clinical Trial Enrollment as Number of Uninsured and Underinsured Americans Skyrockets

Until universal access to healthcare is ensured as a human right, researchers must keep important ethical concerns in mind when designing future clinical trials.

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

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

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

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

Challenges Associated With Proposed Changes to CMS Fee Structure

Challenges Associated With Proposed Changes to CMS Fee Structure

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.

Hospital Groups Launch Own Generic Drug Company

Hospital Groups Launch Own Generic Drug Company

Three US health care foundations and 7 hospital groups have formed a generic drug company to combat high prices and chronic shortages of medicines.

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

The American Heart Association has published a statement in opposition of the latest Senate healthcare bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

Assessing the Environmental Impact of the Healthcare Industry

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

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"

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

New White House Rule Could Create Serious Health Concerns for Immigrants

New White House Rule Could Create Serious Health Concerns for Immigrants

The latest proposed change to immigration policy from the White House may have serious effects on health care.

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.

Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

Medical practice staff can effectively handle negative online reviews by staying calm and positive, looking for solutions, apologizing, and thanking the reviewers.

Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

Despite a reversal of the Trump administration family separation policy, more than 2000 children are still separated from their parents or legal guardians.

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Interested in specializing in critical care? You may want to reconsider.

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits.

Medical Boards May Contribute to Mental Health Stigma for Physicians

Medical Boards May Contribute to Mental Health Stigma for Physicians

The AMA House of Delegates amended existing policy to encourage state licensing boards to require disclosure of physical or mental health conditions only when the condition currently impairs the physician's judgment.

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

Authorship of perspective-type articles in high-impact pediatric journals showed fewer female physician first authors despite women outnumbering their male colleagues in the pediatric specialty.

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Healthcare Facility

Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Healthcare Facility

Healthcare facilities are high-risk targets and must be prepared as potential sites of active-shooter incidents.

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

To prevent National Provider Identifiers theft and resulting health care fraud, there are steps providers can take.

Factors of Inclusivity Promote Workforce Wellness and Engagement

Factors of Inclusivity Promote Workforce Wellness and Engagement

An inclusive organizational culture, or the lack thereof, affects employee job performance, emotional well-being, and workforce engagement.

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

Because they're busy looking in different directions, "innocent until proven guilty" and "first, do no harm" don't always get along.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

cyber insurance covers losses and damages resulting from patient data being stolen, exposed, held for ransom, or improperly shared as a result of both deliberate actions, and accidents.

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

The US Drug Enforcement Administration rescheduled hydrocodone-containing analgesics from schedule III to schedule II in October 2014.

Should Brand-Name Drug Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Counterparts?

Should Brand-Name Drug Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Counterparts?

Both generic and brand manufacturers are protected from legal liability from failure-to-warn claims in most jurisdictions.

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Physicians Rate Communication During Visit Lower Than Patients

Patients and physicians independently completed a questionnaire including seven items assessing communication quality immediately post-appointment.

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to patients based on genetic testing results.

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