Practice Management

Failure to Encrypt Devices Leads to Huge Settlement

Failure to Encrypt Devices Leads to Huge Settlement

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The case involving a major health care organization involved a laptop stolen from an employee's home and 2 lost USB devices.

Putting Behavioral Economics to Work in Patient Care

Putting Behavioral Economics to Work in Patient Care

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The health care field is looking to behavioral economics because of the understanding that behavior is the 'final pathway through which all of our interventions act.'

Make Conversations With Patients More Meaningful

Make Conversations With Patients More Meaningful

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For valid informed consent to exist, patients have to understand the information physicians give them about a proposed treatment or procedure.

Are Patient Portals Right For Your Practice?

Are Patient Portals Right For Your Practice?

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Factors to consider before allowing patients online access to their medical information.

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

AMA House of Delegates has adopted policy to study, act for, advocate gender equity in medicine.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

Patient data hacking is a risk even for small practices.

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Docs will have more opportunity to use technology with extra codes approved by CPT Editorial Panel.

Insurers May Be Underpaying Doctors

Insurers May Be Underpaying Doctors

Practices need to incorporate efforts to double check reimbursement against contracts

5 Tips to Hire a Great Staff for Your Nephrology or Urology Practice

5 Tips to Hire a Great Staff for Your Nephrology or Urology Practice

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Hiring the right people is key to growing your nephrology or urology practice. How can you assemble a top-notch staff?

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Physicians and Practices Should Prepare for Emergencies

Helpful strategies include developing a plan, knowing who will implement the plan, and staying flexible.

Remote Monitoring Offers Opportunity to Improve Patient Care

Remote Monitoring Offers Opportunity to Improve Patient Care

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Tracking patients may improve treatment for chronic conditions.

Embezzlement Not Uncommon in Medical Practices

Embezzlement Not Uncommon in Medical Practices

Employees should undergo detailed background checks; practices should have zero-tolerance for theft.

5 Key Steps to Grow Your New Nephrology or Urology Practice

5 Key Steps to Grow Your New Nephrology or Urology Practice

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The moment is here: You're opening your own nephrology or urology practice. How can you make it grow?

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

Additional training, reimbursement may foster these critical conversations, authors say.

Strategies to Cut Medication Costs

Strategies to Cut Medication Costs

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Buying larger quantities of drugs and decreasing drug waste are among the options that can help practices adjust to the rising price of pharmaceuticals.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Ratings also differ significantly by specialty group.

Boosting Revenue by Seeing More—or Fewer—Patients

Boosting Revenue by Seeing More—or Fewer—Patients

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Medical practices have a variety of strategies they can employ to boost revenue.

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

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Identifying a patient's preferences and goals leads to a care plan that can reflect those goals, and this may improve patient satisfaction.

Clinical Pharmacists Are an Option for Chronic Disease Management

Clinical Pharmacists Are an Option for Chronic Disease Management

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Clinical pharmacists help manage complex patients because they look at medications with a different eye than a doctor.

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients perceive F2F physicians as more compassionate and better communicators.

Put Yourself in Your Patients' Shoes

Put Yourself in Your Patients' Shoes

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Patients want to be listened to and well informed about the care they will receive.

Top Patient Concerns About Physicians

Top Patient Concerns About Physicians

Concerns relate to time with physicians; technology detracting from patient care; rising costs

Hiring Scribes, Delegating Tasks Can Help Ward Off Burnout

Hiring Scribes, Delegating Tasks Can Help Ward Off Burnout

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Among other factors, electronic medical records may be contributing to physician dissatisfaction because it leads to decreased face-to-face time with patients.

Managing Difficult Patient Encounters

Managing Difficult Patient Encounters

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Practices need to create protocols for dealing with office triggers, such as patient or provider lateness to an appointment, that may contribute to difficult patient interactions.

CROWNWeb Reporting Gets Up to Speed With Implementation of Dashboard

CROWNWeb Reporting Gets Up to Speed With Implementation of Dashboard

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The CROWNWeb dashboard improves users' ability to submit required data in a timely manner.

Women Working the Night Shift Have Higher Risks of Some Cancers

Women Working the Night Shift Have Higher Risks of Some Cancers

Dose-response pattern seen, with increased risk of breast cancer for every five years of night shift work.

Why Physicians Are Delaying Retirement

Why Physicians Are Delaying Retirement

Many older physicians feel that they are providing a useful service, desire part-time or occasional work.

Pay Cuts for Physician Office Lab Tests Start Jan 1, 2018

Pay Cuts for Physician Office Lab Tests Start Jan 1, 2018

Jan 2018 marks the start of significant pay cuts for physician office-based labs.

3 in 4 Patients Prescribed 'End of Life Option Act' Drugs Take Them

3 in 4 Patients Prescribed 'End of Life Option Act' Drugs Take Them

Suffering existentially, loss of independence, and incapability to enjoy life were some reasons patients pursued EOLOA.

Forcing Insurers to Participate in Marketplaces May Improve Access

Forcing Insurers to Participate in Marketplaces May Improve Access

Greater insurance viability may be possible if government enforces insurers to participate in the Marketplace.

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