Practice Management

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.

AAFP proposes primary care-based payment model

AAFP proposes primary care-based payment model

The American Academy of Family Physicians has submitted a detailed plan in response to a request for proposals from the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee.

The ACA: Clinicians weigh in on whether to repeal or preserve

The ACA: Clinicians weigh in on whether to repeal or preserve

Three health care clinicians discuss the advantages and disadvantages of repealing the Affordable Care Act and how the change would impact their practice.

Managing new technology in medicine

Managing new technology in medicine

Incorporating new technology in medical practices to manage outpatient medical records can sometimes be a challenge.

Pharmacy chains continue to develop primary care venues

Pharmacy chains continue to develop primary care venues

Retail medical sites like CVS and Walmart have established primary care clinics, which are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Second opinion results in a different diagnosis for 1 in 5 patients

Second opinion results in a different diagnosis for 1 in 5 patients

The data showed that 21% of cases received final diagnoses that were distinctly different than referral diagnoses.

Working with multiple attending physicians in the emergency department

Working with multiple attending physicians in the emergency department

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Working with a large number of attending physicians can be one of the biggest difficulties of being an advanced practice provider.

Valvular heart disease: 2017 updated guideline from the AHA/ACC

Valvular heart disease: 2017 updated guideline from the AHA/ACC

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The updated guideline includes recent advances in diagnostic imaging and improvements in catheter-based and surgical interventions for patients with valvular heart disease.

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

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Canada's educational training programs are some of the most innovative in the world and use techniques that promote the skills that future clinicians need.

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.

First-year residents will be able to work 24-hour shifts

First-year residents will be able to work 24-hour shifts

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The ACGME announces that residency programs can increase shift hours for first-year residents from 16 to 24 hours.

Lifestyle modifications vs pharmacologic treatment for patients with diabetes

Lifestyle modifications vs pharmacologic treatment for patients with diabetes

Applying necessary lifestyle changes as well as incorporating pharmaceutical drugs will improve diabetes in patients compared to drugs alone.

Life expectancy for some may exceed 90 years by 2030

Life expectancy for some may exceed 90 years by 2030

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Researchers report that women and men in the United States will have lower life expectancy gains, compared with those in other countries.

When the PA becomes the patient

When the PA becomes the patient

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A physician assistant's stay in the hospital provides a new perspective of a patient's experience in the emergency department.

Mortality rate lower in US patients treated by foreign-educated internists

Mortality rate lower in US patients treated by foreign-educated internists

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Researchers observed a somewhat lower mortality among patients treated by international graduates.

Counseling patients about annual Pap smears

Counseling patients about annual Pap smears

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Counseling patients on the difference between a Pap smear and a pelvic exam will help them realize the importance of following up with a gynecologist for an annual visit.

Clinical officers improve health care in Kenya

Clinical officers improve health care in Kenya

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Clinical officers outnumber physicians working in Kenya, and tend to work in rural areas where the need for health care is greatest.

Earwax: a clinical practice guideline for management and treatment

Earwax: a clinical practice guideline for management and treatment

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The guideline aims to help clinicians identify patients with cerumen impaction who may benefit from intervention.

ACA increased coverage and access for patients with chronic illness

ACA increased coverage and access for patients with chronic illness

Researchers found that nearly 1 in 7 of those with a chronic disease still lack coverage.

The future of PA practice authority

The future of PA practice authority

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The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.

What is the future of health care under President Trump?

What is the future of health care under President Trump?

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act could endanger the health of tens of millions of Americans.

The importance of sleep hygiene

The importance of sleep hygiene

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Read these tips that could help patients improve their sleep hygiene.

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

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Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

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Spending on diabetes, IHD, and lower back and neck pain account for the highest amounts of spending by disease category.

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Treating lacerations properly requires benzoin, Steri-Strips, and a Dermabond to cover.

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms in your head is easier than you think.

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