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Most states fail on physician quality information for second year

Nearly 90 percent of states received a failing grade for transparency of information on physician quality, according to a new report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

Why the physician-patient relationship is not one-on-one

There's a coincidental theme running through a few of this week's top stories, and it has to do with the challenge of relating to patients when they're not quite themselves. Let's...

How to address drug-seeking patients

Although physician practices seem to have made so me progress  in the fight against prescripti on painkiller abuse, drug-seeking and drug-addicted patients remain part of many medical offices' daily reality, according to an arti cle  from  Physicians Practice.

4 paths to smoother patient collections

Patient co llections  represent a burgeoning financial and administrative challenge for practices. Fortunately, a recent co lumn  from  Medical Economics  editorial advisory board member Robert C. Scroggins, offers four simple yet underused strategies for streamlining this process

What not to say when telling patients they are dying

Although patient-physician conversations about end-of-life care  have become more common in recent years, many physicians hesitate to tell patients that they are dying, according to an art icle  from the  Philadelphia Inquirer.

'Vaccine friendly' docs don't push shots

When it comes to pediatric immuniz ations, some practices take a cut-and-dried approach that essentially mandates parents vaccinate th eir children if they want them to belong to the practice. There's another subset of physicians, however, who are "vaccine friendly," which means that they don't push vaccines on patients, if they offer the shots at all, according to a  report  from the  Boston Globe.

The gift you owe your patients to give to yourself

'Tis the season for wish lists. But in a rare yet crucial exception to the advice I usually give here, I'd like you to set aside the needs and desires of your patients for a moment--and...

Should exercise time be a vital sign?

Should the amount of time a patient spends exe rcising  be a vital sign? Thanks to efforts of Exercise is Medicine, a program overseen by the American College of Sports Medicine, a growing number of clinicians seem to think so, according to an artic le  in the  Wall Street Journal.

'Slow medicine' concept continues to simmer

The idea of spending more quiet time conversin g with patients  versus darting through checklists  seems to be catching on. In fact, an entire movement known as "slow medicine" has gained physician devotees from various career stages,  NPR  rep orted.

Expert Q&A: Craig M. Wax, D.O., on physician self-care and role-modeling

As we've discussed a great deal recently, today's physicians are held more accountable than ever before for motivating their patients to behave in ways that improve their health, especially...