Practice Management

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

Talking to sick patients about their future health prospects is a challenge.

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescription Common in Privately Insured

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescription Common in Privately Insured

Only 12.8 and 35.5% of fills were appropriate, potentially appropriate in outpatients.

Missed General Practice Appointments Linked To Increased Morbidity, Mortality

Missed General Practice Appointments Linked To Increased Morbidity, Mortality

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For patients with both physical and mental health-related long-term conditions, missing healthcare appointments is associated with an increased risk of multimorbidity.

Paid Family Leave Policies Inadequate for Resident Physicians

Paid Family Leave Policies Inadequate for Resident Physicians

Between 2016 and 2017, the mean paid childbearing leave for faculty physicians at 12 top United States medical schools was just 8.6 weeks.

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

Manual focuses on patient-physician relationship in different scenarios, including telemedicine.

When Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Become Rules

When Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Become Rules

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Understanding the current opioid prescribing rules is necessary for clinicians to safely and effectively treat patients with chronic pain conditions.

Fired for Refusing a Flu Shot

Fired for Refusing a Flu Shot

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A nurse practitioner sues her former employer after being fired for refusing to get a flu shot.

Growth in Use of Telemedicine Seen From 2005 to 2017

Growth in Use of Telemedicine Seen From 2005 to 2017

Significantly faster increase in use of telemental health services seen in counties with no psychiatrists.

Is Bed Rest Necessary in Pregnancy?

Is Bed Rest Necessary in Pregnancy?

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Although bed rest was once frequently advised in pregnancy, clinicians today routinely warn against bed rest for most pregnant patients due to potential negative effects.

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

For many physicians, working during the holiday season is simply part of the job.

Primary Care Consultation Patterns Potential Predictors of Psychosis Diagnosis

Primary Care Consultation Patterns Potential Predictors of Psychosis Diagnosis

Primary care consultation patterns for a prespecified set of symptoms may be used to identify patients who later develop a psychotic illness.

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

Once revered and idolized by society and patients, physicians are increasingly being subjected to verbal and physical violence at work.

Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

From 2007 to 2017, the number of physicians excluded from Medicare and state public insurance programs increased.

Alleged HIPAA Violation or Termination for Taking FMLA?

Alleged HIPAA Violation or Termination for Taking FMLA?

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A court must choose whether to accept a hospital's explanation that a nurse was fired for violating HIPAA or let a jury decide whether the hospital's action was merely a pretext for firing the nurse for taking advantage of FMLA.

Patient Management During the Holiday Season: What Clinicians Should Know

Patient Management During the Holiday Season: What Clinicians Should Know

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Although the holiday season may be joyous for some, others may feel the sting of depression; therefore, it is important to monitor patients during this time of year.

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Usefulness of PROs varies based on how much doctors value, prioritize, and use them.

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

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The "Christmas Effect" has been linked to increased risks in patients discharged from the hospital during the December holiday season.

HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians

HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians

Odds of burnout up with report of poor/marginal time for documentation, time spent on EHR at home.

Intervention by Pharmacists May Effectively Reduce Use of Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly

Intervention by Pharmacists May Effectively Reduce Use of Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly

An intervention by community pharmacists consisting of sending elderly patients educational information on deprescribing of inappropriate medications resulted in higher levels of discontinuation of inappropriate medications within 6 months compared with those in patients who received usual care.

Increased Nurse Workload Linked to Missed Care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Increased Nurse Workload Linked to Missed Care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Nurse staffing ratios and subjective workload were found to be directly associated with missed care in a NICU.

AMA <i>Code of Medical Ethics</i> Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

Health information is widely available online, yet the quality of that information can be dubious at best.

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

Improvement seen in patients' ability to manage disease, medical students' ability to educate them.

USPSTF Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment

USPSTF Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force has updated their 2013 recommendations for clinician interventions to prevent maltreatment in children.

Measures of Maximum BMI, Weight History Linked to All-Cause Mortality

Measures of Maximum BMI, Weight History Linked to All-Cause Mortality

Gauging weight history in clinical practice may help identify patients at risk for weight-related mortality.

Guidance for Antibiotic Use in Patients With Myasthenia Gravis

Guidance for Antibiotic Use in Patients With Myasthenia Gravis

As infection may also lead to worsening symptoms in patients with myasthenia gravis, clinicians must balance prompt and adequate treatment of infection with the risk that some antibiotics can aggravate the condition.

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Reasons for nondisclosure include not wanting to be judged or lectured, being embarrassed.

Obesity Medicine: Time for a Paradigm Shift?

Obesity Medicine: Time for a Paradigm Shift?

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Overweight patients often experience bias from the medical community, which may prevent them from seeking medical attention, even when it's necessary.

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