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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
'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 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.
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.
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...