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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.

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.

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.

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

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Although the conversations may be difficult, residency program leadership must do its part to elevate the voices of female trainees.

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

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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.

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

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In addition to a better work-life balance, concierge medicine can reduce the number of patients a physician needs to see in order to make a living.

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

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

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.

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

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

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

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Study investigators found that baseline scores of knowledge for radiation exposure were low overall, except in the case of participants who were radiologists.

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