Practice Management

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.

Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

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An FNP reflects on the lessons he has learned in practice throughout the year.

FDA bans powdered surgeon's and patient examination gloves

FDA bans powdered surgeon's and patient examination gloves

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The FDA has issued a final ruling to ban powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove.

Clinician burnout negatively affects health care quality and safety

Clinician burnout negatively affects health care quality and safety

Healthcare provider burnout was negatively linked to quality and safety of health care.

Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

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Patients increase their chances of carbon monoxide exposure during the winter months.

Primary care clinician volume tied to quality of diabetes care

Primary care clinician volume tied to quality of diabetes care

Higher ambulatory volume was linked to lower quality of care and quality increased with higher diabetes-specific volume.

Palliative care: a guide for clinicians

Palliative care: a guide for clinicians

By initiating a conversation, primary care providers can identify specific end-of-life needs and goals, manage symptoms, and coordinate care.

VA grants veterans direct access to APRN care

VA grants veterans direct access to APRN care

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The VA ruled to grant veterans direct access to advanced practice registered nurses who work in the VA healthcare system.

Integrating nurse practitioners into intensive care units

Integrating nurse practitioners into intensive care units

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Ensuring successful integration of nurse practitioners into intensive care units includes orientation programs and leadership teams.

Team-based medicine, freeway style

Team-based medicine, freeway style

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Citizen responders assess and comfort patients in the aftermath of a car accident.

Life expectancy in United States declined in 2015

Life expectancy in United States declined in 2015

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From 2014 to 2015, the age-adjusted death rate for the total US population increased 1.2%.

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Nurse practitioners make history with the first FAA-approved drone delivery of medications in the United States.

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