Practice Management

National NP Week 2017 highlights profession's efforts to expand health care in US

National NP Week 2017 highlights profession's efforts to expand health care in US

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners celebrates National NP Week from November 12-18.

Where's the databank of biased providers?

Where's the databank of biased providers?

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A national databank is necessary and would include names of medical providers who have publicly expressed opinions indicating biases about certain populations.

Prioritizing health care for older LGBT individuals

Prioritizing health care for older LGBT individuals

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have specific health needs that become increasingly important as they age and should become an important part of primary care.

Depressive symptoms increase during internship year for physicians

Depressive symptoms increase during internship year for physicians

Depressive symptoms increase during the internship year for training physicians, with a greater increase among women.

FDA guidelines for a safe and happy Halloween

FDA guidelines for a safe and happy Halloween

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The FDA has provided guidelines for a safe Halloween that include injury prevention from costumes and contact lenses and illness from sweet treats.

Halloween tips for children with diabetes

Halloween tips for children with diabetes

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With a little creativity, children with diabetes can enjoy the festivities of Halloween.

Infection prevention in ambulatory settings: A policy statement from the AAP

Infection prevention in ambulatory settings: A policy statement from the AAP

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The AAP has updated guidelines on infection prevention and control that include the endorsement of immunization for healthcare personnel and guidance during outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Robotically assisted surgical device for laparoscopic procedures cleared by FDA

Robotically assisted surgical device for laparoscopic procedures cleared by FDA

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The FDA has cleared the Senhance System, which allows surgeons to control robotic arms for gynecologic and colorectal procedures.

Conflict of interest reporting at medical conferences often misleading

Conflict of interest reporting at medical conferences often misleading

The length of time these statements were presented was shorter if the slide contained only a conflict of interest statement vs a slide that contained other information or data.

Divergent views on the ACP position statement on physician-assisted suicide

Divergent views on the ACP position statement on physician-assisted suicide

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The ACP proposes that efforts should focus on improving end-of-life care, as through palliative and hospice care.

National PA Week 2017 celebrates during the profession's 50th anniversary

National PA Week 2017 celebrates during the profession's 50th anniversary

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More than 115,500 PAs will celebrate their contributions to healthcare during National PA Week.

AAPA: Wage gap remains between female and male PAs

AAPA: Wage gap remains between female and male PAs

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Although the disparity has improved, female PAs are still paid 11% less than men.

ACP calls for firearm policy after Las Vegas shooting

ACP calls for firearm policy after Las Vegas shooting

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The ACP emphasizes the need for an "assault" weapons ban after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Clinician characteristics predict low-value back and headache imaging

Clinician characteristics predict low-value back and headache imaging

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Clinician predictors of low-value imaging include ordering low-value imaging on a prior patient, high rates of low-value imaging in another clinical scenario, and ownership of imaging equipment.

Are your colleagues continuing to perform unnecessary arthroscopies?

Are your colleagues continuing to perform unnecessary arthroscopies?

Unknown knowns are ideas that we're aware of on some level but, for whatever reason, choose not to admit to ourselves.

Please stop filming me: Smartphones in the emergency department

Please stop filming me: Smartphones in the emergency department

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A hospital policy to prevent video recording in the emergency department helps to prevent patients from recording clinicians without their permission.

Treating patients with a fracture: Engage an expert

Treating patients with a fracture: Engage an expert

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It is essential for healthcare professionals to collaborate with other experts from all specialty areas.

FDA: Some liquid pharmaceuticals recalled due to possible bacterial contamination

FDA: Some liquid pharmaceuticals recalled due to possible bacterial contamination

The FDA has announced a recall of liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections.

Forty percent of hospitalized patients report breakdowns in care

Forty percent of hospitalized patients report breakdowns in care

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Hospital patients reported breakdowns in care, which included information exchange, medications, delays in admission, team communication, providers' manner, and discharge.

Completing the antibiotic course: Is it necessary?

Completing the antibiotic course: Is it necessary?

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Completing the antibiotic course increases the chance of patients developing antibiotic resistance, according to the authors.

Accountable Care Organizations: Do they save money?

Accountable Care Organizations: Do they save money?

ACOs have potential for success in improving the quality of and access to care, and these models promise to provide sustainable reform of healthcare costs for the future.

Small procedures, lasting impact

Small procedures, lasting impact

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The Mitrofanoff procedure is a simple yet ingenious concept that creates a passageway for the easy removal of urine in patients who self-catheterize.

A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

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The House of Delegates discussed the recertification process for PAs and the future of the PA profession.

AANP 2017: Teaching strategies to enhance intergenerational learning

AANP 2017: Teaching strategies to enhance intergenerational learning

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Understanding the different attitudes and skills that different generations and professions bring to relationships can increase working confidence and self-efficacy.

AMA calls for transparency in drug pricing

AMA calls for transparency in drug pricing

The American Medical Association adopted new policies on drug pricing to protect patients.

The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

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Public opinion polls support the views of professional organizations, with 60% of Americans opposing the new American Health Care Act, 31% supporting it, and 9% undecided.

Tips for adjusting to the night shift

Tips for adjusting to the night shift

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Working through the night and sleeping during the day can be a difficult adjustment.

Patients treated by older physicians have higher mortality than those cared for by younger physicians

Patients treated by older physicians have higher mortality than those cared for by younger physicians

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Researchers found that patients treated by older physicians had higher 30-day mortality than those cared for by younger physicians, despite similar patient characteristics.

Strategies to help physicians plan for retirement

Strategies to help physicians plan for retirement

Crafting a debt management plan that includes loan repayment with building retirement savings is crucial for doctors starting their career path.

Patients report satisfaction with telehealth primary care visits

Patients report satisfaction with telehealth primary care visits

All patients reported overall satisfaction with video visits and most reported being interested in continuing use of video visits as an alternative to in-person visits.

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