Practice Management

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.

How Often Do Hospitalized Patients Perceive Breakdowns in Care?

How Often Do Hospitalized Patients Perceive Breakdowns in Care?

Hospitalized patients frequently reported breakdowns in care.

Growing Your Physician Practice by Managing Referrals and Payers

Growing Your Physician Practice by Managing Referrals and Payers

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Tracking and nurturing your referral resources, reaching out to referring physicians, and referring patients covered by a broad spectrum of payers are just a few of the ways you can grow your practice.

Medical Discrimination of Overweight Patients has Detrimental Effects

Medical Discrimination of Overweight Patients has Detrimental Effects

Medical discrimination based on patient size can be stressful for patients and have a detrimental effect on their health.

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

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No strategies are perfect for completely protecting hospital systems from ransomware attacks, but following best practices is key for prevention and protection.

Spending Patterns in Training Impact Future Physician Practice

Spending Patterns in Training Impact Future Physician Practice

There was a significant annual, per-beneficiary spending difference for physicians trained in high- and low-cost HSAs.

New Program Developed to Help Transition Primary Care Into Patient-Centered Practice Model

New Program Developed to Help Transition Primary Care Into Patient-Centered Practice Model

This study describes a cognitive task analysis training program that may help transition care into a more patient-centered practice model.

Maximize Patient Care Time by Streamlining Revenue-Related Processes

Maximize Patient Care Time by Streamlining Revenue-Related Processes

By employing a practice management system that streamlines revenue cycle management processes, doctors can spend more time with their patients, the AMA says.

Pros and Cons of Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Pros and Cons of Patient Satisfaction Surveys

When you're a medical provider, the customer isn't always right. Letting patients dictate the scope of service, as is done in fields such as retail, results in dangerous situations and potentially poor outcomes.

Political Correctness in Diverse Workplace Fosters Creativity

Political Correctness in Diverse Workplace Fosters Creativity

People may associate political correctness with conformity, but new research finds it also correlates with creativity in work settings.

New ICD-10 Coding System May Cloud Hospital Safety

New ICD-10 Coding System May Cloud Hospital Safety

Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under the latest international disease classification system (better known as the ICD-10 codes) may complicate the assessment of hospital safety, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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