With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new re search conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Reported cases of infectious diseases ranging from measles to Eb ola are on the rise in the United States, and medical practices must follow established protocols when handling cases and suspected cases.
Although physicians nationwide repo rt signs of struggle, there are pockets of the country where practicing medicine is more pleasant than average. Mississippi leads the pack for the second year in a row, a ccording to this year's Best States to Practice re port from Physicians Practice.
While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is still embroiled in objections f rom physician groups, including the American Medical Association, over the accuracy of the rating system used on its Physician Compare website, others criticize that the database contains information on too few physicians to be useful in helping consumers find doctors, according to an ar ticle from USA Today.
It's officially fall. And if we didn't feel so already, the earlier and earlier sunset reminds us that there are hardly enough hours in a day to accomplish everything on our lists. For me, with work and home life all jumbled under one roof, some days I need to put all of my energy into achieving the bare minimum (i.e., meeting the day's deadlines and keeping the kids in one piece).
Physicians rely heavily on information from patients to make correct diagnoses and treatment recommendations, but up to half of patients admit that they don't always tell their doctors everything they should. There are a number of common reasons patients intentionally or unintentionally obscure the truth, a ccording to a new report from Software Advice, and a corresponding arsenal of tools physicians can use to help patients be more forthcoming.
Physician offices and hospitals across the country face an unusual late summer/early fall spike in respiratory illnesses, many of which are due to the spread of the typically rare enterovirus 68. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed more than 100 pediatric cases since last month, the true number of infections is unknown because only some healthcare facilities can test for the virus, while even fewer are equipped to do typing.
Roughly 23,000 people die from incurable, antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States each year. But despite the severity of the problem, office-based physicians are up against a multitude of challenges--from pressure to appease patients to lack of time to provide education--in curbing unnecessary prescriptions.
I'm not sure if I love it or hate it when this happens, but today's issue of FiercePracticeManagement is an example of one that includes more discussion points than clear-cut advice. Many questions raised by these stories surround the idea of influence--identifying it, disclosing it and attempting to control it.
How much should patients know about their physicians? Transparency should go further than some doctors say is necessary, Leana Wen, M.D., founder of the Who's My Doctor blog, to ld the Boston Globe.