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Physician suicide: 4 ideas to address the public health epidemic

Two of the men Pamela Wible, M.D., a family practice physician, dated in medical school took their own lives. Eight physicians in her small town committed suicide. Writ large, physician suicide is a public health issue: More than one million patients lose their physicians each year because those physicians take their own lives. In a recent interview with Christine Sinsky, M.D., from the American Medical Association, posted on the KevinMD blog, Wible offered several steps the medical community can take to help prevent additional physician suicides.

How docs' emotional intelligence affects outcomes

While medicine clearly requires a high intellect and vast clinical and technical knowledge, emotional intelligence plays a critical role in how effectively physicians communicate and establish relationships with patients, Alan H. Rosenstein, M.D., an internist, educator and consultant in healthcare management, said during a Nov. 17 webinar reported by Becker's Hospital Review.

Engage patients to better manage chronic conditions

You've seen the same patients year in and year out, and you've given them the same round of warnings and advice every year, but you can't seem to get them to do anything about it. Increased emphasis on how your patients can improve their lives rather than dire warnings about why they ought to change course could be a deceptively simple way to improve the odds of success, according to an article at PennLive.

Why 2016 will be pivotal in practices' transition to value-based care [Interview]

The past year has been full of changes that will affect physician practices for years to come. For insights into what will matter most to practices in 2016, we turned to Reid Blackwelder, M.D., immediate past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In an exclusive interview with FiercePracticeManagement, Blackwelder shared his thoughts on the impact of the shift to value-based care in general and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in particular.

3 ways docs can help prevent gun-related harm

Although physicians can't solve the problem of firearm violence, they can be part of the solution, according to a Boston-based emergency physician, who spoke to Medscape Medical News following a presentation on the subject at the American Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

Docs must be more leery of off-label prescribing

Off-label prescribing is a common practice for physicians, particularly when treating some of their sickest patients for whom other remedies have failed, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal. But the incidence of side effects also rises sharply when drugs are given to patients for other than their intended purposes, new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed, spurring a call for physicians to monitor their off-label prescribing more closely.

Interview: What it takes for physicians and retail clinics to team up

In an exclusive interview with FiercePracticeManagement, Glen Stream, M.D., president and board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, discusses the role of the primary care office in medical neighborhoods.


Deeper understanding of healthcare violence needed to prevent it

Rather than being reactive, healthcare professionals must understand the various reasons workplace violence occurs, according to an article by StatNews.

Prescribing generic drugs lowers cost, ups patient adherence

Approximately 88 percent of prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs--and they account for only 28 percent of expenditures, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. Within a year of a generic version of a drug coming on the market, its price falls 80 percent or more, according to the organization. That's great news for bending the cost curve in healthcare. Here are some additional reasons that physicians should consider prescribing generic medications.

Expiring Medicare bonus incentive puts increased pressure on physicians' margins

The expiration of a Medicare incentive program aimed at primary care physicians will hurt margins in some practices, according to an article in Kaiser Health News, though the overall effect on the Medicare market remains unclear.

Patient email and texting: How to keep data safe

Patients may be hungry for easy electronic communications with their doctors, such as text messages and email, but practices are wise to consider the risks before they proceed.

The fine print: No raise for Medicare docs in 2016

If physician executives and hospital leaders have not yet read all 1,358 pages of Medicare's 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, there is one finding that is essential for them to understand, writes Kent Bottles, M.D., a lecturer at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health and chief medical officer of PYA Analytics, in a post for Hospital Impact.

How to tailor your management technique to employees' personalities

While different personality types bring different strengths and weaknesses, managers must vary their strategies to bring out individual employees' best qualities and overcome challenges. Here are three ways to manage the introverted and extroverted team members at your practice.

5 keys to an efficient physician practice redesign

It's becoming more and more apparent that physician practices must make some strategic changes to stay viable. But given the time, expense and disruption that practice reinvention creates, you want to make sure you get it right. Bruce Bagley, M.D., senior advisor to the professional satisfaction and practice sustainability effort at the American Medical Association, offers 5 ways to make make stratefic changes with greater efficiency. 

New addiction treatment options offer reasons for hope, skepticism

New treatment options provide additional avenues for opioid addicts to get clean, but some have begun to question the trajectory and duration of the paths offered by some popular clinics, according to an NPR story.

3 reasons telehealth is ready for primetime

Although telemedicine has been more of a promise than a reality for the last several years, Jason Gorevic, chief executive officer of Teladoc, told Forbes, the time may finally be right for virtual care to take off.

Doc: Why the 15-minute office visit has to go

In a commentary for the Washington Post about the scourge of the 15-minute office visit, an internist calls for change to prevent time pressure from undermining good care. 

CMS proposal discourages PSA testing by linking it to quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to tie physicians' recommendations for screenings for the prostate-specific antigen for non-recommended patients to their quality scores.

Physician leaders key to bridge the quality information gap

New tools have emerged in the fight to close the information gap dogging consumers in the U.S. healthcare marketplace. But according to a recent white paper from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, it's going to take buy-in from physician leaders to get those methodologies into wide enough use to move the needle.