Patient Care & Outcomes

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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.

CBO report: Feds can't sustain Medicare spending

Due to the increase in life expectancy and baby-boomers reaching the age of 65, Medicare spending will likely skyrocket so much that the federal government will have to either reduce spending or increase taxes, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.

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.

How patient-centered care helped an Arkansas hospital cut readmissions by 90%

One Arkansas hospital system has cut readmissions nearly 90 percent by addressing both direct and indirect contributing factors, according to Executive Insight.

Health system uses mHealth to sustain dialogue with patients, reduce readmissions

A San Diego-based health system is using a mobile coaching program to keep patients from being readmitted to the hospital. At Sharp HealthCare's Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, the text-messaging solution helps keep patients engaged with their care long after a hospital stay.

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.

'Flying ICUs': Medical helicopters provide advanced care for rural patients

Medical helicopters so well-equipped that one hospital leader calls them "flying intensive care units" are helping people in the rural upper Midwest get emergency medical care that otherwise would be out of reach, the  Duluth  (Minnesota)  News Tribune  reported.

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.