Practice Management

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.

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

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Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

Rates and causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events

Rates and causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events

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Data regarding adverse drug events in the United States could help to focus medication safety initiatives in outpatient settings.

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

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Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.

2016 NP Week focuses on increasing access to healthcare

2016 NP Week focuses on increasing access to healthcare

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The AANP celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week from November 13-19, 2016.

Tips for addressing negative reviews in patient care

Tips for addressing negative reviews in patient care

Doctor's responses should demonstrate willingness to take action to address the complaint.

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

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Prescription drug monitoring programs allow prescribers to perform a statewide search to determine when a patient last had a controlled substance prescribed.

Telecommunicating with patients

Telecommunicating with patients

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Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

DEA reverses plan to ban potential opioid alternative kratom

DEA reverses plan to ban potential opioid alternative kratom

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After public opposition, the DEA has withdrawn its plan to classify the kratom plant as a schedule 1 substance.

New clinical practice guidelines for red blood cell transfusion

New clinical practice guidelines for red blood cell transfusion

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The AABB evaluated studies that examined hemoglobin thresholds for red blood cell transfusion and red blood cell storage duration.

Quality of outpatient care not consistently improving

Quality of outpatient care not consistently improving

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The quality of clinical outpatient care has not consistently improved throughout the past decade.

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

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Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

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Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

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Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

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Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

The risk of writing informal prescriptions

The risk of writing informal prescriptions

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When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

Study cites factors behind the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States

Study cites factors behind the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States

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A peer-review analysis identified the source of increasing drug prices in the United States.

Team-based care may be more effective than traditional practice management in primary care

Team-based care may be more effective than traditional practice management in primary care

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Researchers compared quality of care, acute care use, and program investment costs of team-based care and traditional practices.

Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

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Some patients may be reluctant to seek care after sustaining an injury.

Unchecked MRI results

Unchecked MRI results

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A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.

Implicit biases in the exam room

Implicit biases in the exam room

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In the last few years, clinicians have overwhelmingly moved to recognize the implicit biases in their practice of medicine.

Is a primary care panel size of 2500 patients reasonable?

Is a primary care panel size of 2500 patients reasonable?

Panel size has been equated with the level of care that patients receive.

<i>Lancet</i> series highlights need for understanding and improving health care in transgender community

Lancet series highlights need for understanding and improving health care in transgender community

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The Lancet aims to provide a framework to improve the health and lives of members of the transgender community across the globe.

Making appointments for emergency department visits

Making appointments for emergency department visits

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As the volume of patients in emergency departments across the country rise, more EDs are experimenting with appointment reservation systems.

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Reduced antibiotic prescribing may lead to increase in pneumonia, peritonsillar abscess cases

Reduced antibiotic prescribing may lead to increase in pneumonia, peritonsillar abscess cases

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General practices that prescribe fewer antibiotics may encounter slightly higher incidences of pneumonia and peritonsillar abscess.

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

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Clinicians can help patients by providing information on pharmacies that offer discounts, coupons, and affordable prescriptions.

Improving health literacy


Improving health literacy


Rather than identify patients as having low health literacy, it is recommended that clinicians use Universal Health Literacy Precautions.

Updated guidelines for safe sedation of pediatric patients

Updated guidelines for safe sedation of pediatric patients

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Updated guidelines for safely sedating pediatric patients have been released by the AAP and AAPD.

Keep misconceptions in mind when recommending probiotics

Keep misconceptions in mind when recommending probiotics

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When recommending probiotics to patients, NPs should remember that different strains have different health benefits.

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