Practice Management

Hospital Prices Growing Faster Than Physician Prices

Hospital Prices Growing Faster Than Physician Prices

Growth in hospital prices and payments outpaced growth in physician prices and payments through 2014.

Emergency Department Care More Expensive in Full Medicaid Expansion States

Emergency Department Care More Expensive in Full Medicaid Expansion States

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Lower uninsured rates and higher per-visit costs for self-pay and privately insured individuals drive this higher cost.

Do Value-Based Incentive Programs Reduce UTI Rates in Intensive Care Settings?

Do Value-Based Incentive Programs Reduce UTI Rates in Intensive Care Settings?

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Data from the National Healthcare Safety Network database to assess the association between value-based incentive programs and catheter-associated UTIs in ICU settings.

Burnout Predicts Clinician Turnover in Primary Care

Burnout Predicts Clinician Turnover in Primary Care

The prevalence rates of burnout, low engagement, and turnover are all high among primary care clinicians and staff.

Many Systematic Reviews Do Not Fully Report Adverse Events

Many Systematic Reviews Do Not Fully Report Adverse Events

Eight percent of protocols excluded adverse event outcomes entirely, while adverse event outcomes were partially reported or changed in the remaining 27% of protocols.

Overcoming Aftershock: Six Ways You Can Prepare to Return to Work After a Long Absence

Overcoming Aftershock: Six Ways You Can Prepare to Return to Work After a Long Absence

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As with any profession, returning to work after long-term absence because of illness or injury can be daunting for healthcare providers.

Identifying Ways to Increase Trust in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Identifying Ways to Increase Trust in the Patient-Physician Relationship

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Patient-physician relationships have been unintentionally deprioritized in current clinical practice.

The Good, the Bad, and the Legal Questions: Examining Common Issues in Curbside Consultation Practice

The Good, the Bad, and the Legal Questions: Examining Common Issues in Curbside Consultation Practice

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Curbside consults are commonplace in both hospital and ambulatory settings.

Experience, Judgment May Offset Cognitive or Technical Declines in Older Surgeons

Experience, Judgment May Offset Cognitive or Technical Declines in Older Surgeons

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Both functional age and surgical ability, rather than chronologic age, should be used to determine the competency of an aging surgeon.

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Reduce Readmission Rates

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Reduce Readmission Rates

A pharmacist-led, postdischarge structured telephone follow-up intervention can reduce 30-day and 90-day readmission rates for polypharmacy patients.

Should Mental Health Screenings for Physicians Be Standard Procedure?

Should Mental Health Screenings for Physicians Be Standard Procedure?

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The suicide rate among physicians far exceeds that of the general population.

Medicare Payment Trends May Hinder Access to Dermatology Services

Medicare Payment Trends May Hinder Access to Dermatology Services

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The median total charges submitted to Medicare increased, but there was not a significant increase in the actual amount paid from Medicare.

Effect of Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Examined

Effect of Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Examined

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The HRRP has increased the risk for 30-day post-discharge mortality in Medicare beneficiaries.

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

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Compared with wait times at VA health centers, wait times in the private sector remained static.

Weighing the Consequences of Self-Disclosure as an Undocumented Clinician

Weighing the Consequences of Self-Disclosure as an Undocumented Clinician

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Clinicians must weigh the benefits and challenges linked with self-disclosure of immigration status.

Examining the Diversity Problem in Dermatology

Examining the Diversity Problem in Dermatology

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Dermatology is ranked the second least diverse medical field, following only behind orthopedics.

Discrimination, Inflexible Work Hours Keep Women Away From Careers in Surgery

Discrimination, Inflexible Work Hours Keep Women Away From Careers in Surgery

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Although 55% of UK medical school students are women, only 28% of these women go on to pursue a career in surgery.

In the Spotlight: How Racism Affects the Healthcare Workforce

In the Spotlight: How Racism Affects the Healthcare Workforce

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Racism is embedded in all US institutions, including medicine — so what steps are being taken to improve the well-being of the healthcare workforce?

ACR Calls for Safeguards Against Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

ACR Calls for Safeguards Against Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

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The ACR is urging CMS to adopt safeguards to protect Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from step therapy.

Characteristics of Physicians Excluded from Medicare Reimbursement Programs Examined

Characteristics of Physicians Excluded from Medicare Reimbursement Programs Examined

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Older male physicians who practice family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, or surgery were more likely to have been excluded from insurance reimbursement participation.

Banding Together Against Boards: How Physicians Are Fighting the MOC Program

Banding Together Against Boards: How Physicians Are Fighting the MOC Program

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A group of physicians has banded together to file a class-action lawsuit against the American Board of Internal Medicine and the organization's monopolization on the process of board certification.

Paid Family Leave Policies Inadequate for Resident Physicians

Paid Family Leave Policies Inadequate for Resident Physicians

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Between 2016 and 2017, the mean paid childbearing leave for faculty physicians at 12 top United States medical schools was just 8.6 weeks.

Physician-Patient Relationships: The Benefits of Long-Term Medical Practice

Physician-Patient Relationships: The Benefits of Long-Term Medical Practice

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Long-term physician-patient relationships are increasingly rare in the era of electronic documentation.

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

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Talking to sick patients about their future health prospects is a challenge.

Price of Alirocumab Would Have to Be Further Reduced to Be Cost-Effective

Price of Alirocumab Would Have to Be Further Reduced to Be Cost-Effective

For patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome receiving a statin, the price of alirocumab would have to be reduced to be cost-effective.

Can Competency-Based Assessments Identify Residents With Educational Difficulties?

Can Competency-Based Assessments Identify Residents With Educational Difficulties?

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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

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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

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

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

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

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

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

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