Practice Management

Older Patients More Likely to Leave Hospital Against Medical Advice

Older Patients More Likely to Leave Hospital Against Medical Advice

Race/ethnicity and poverty increase risks in elderly patients leaving the hospital against medical advice.

AMA Encourages More Transparency in Prescription Drug Pricing

AMA Encourages More Transparency in Prescription Drug Pricing

The American Medical association is calling for more transparency in prescription drug pricing.

AMA Calls to Improve BP Measurement Education for Medical Students

AMA Calls to Improve BP Measurement Education for Medical Students

Skills necessary for accurate blood pressure measurement were frequently not achieved by medical students.

Can Beta-Blockers Reduce Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction Without Heart Failure?

Can Beta-Blockers Reduce Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction Without Heart Failure?

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In patients with acute myocardial infarction without heart failure, beta-blockers did not reduce mortality risk at 1 year.

Daily Text Messaging Beneficial for Rx Adherence, Monitor AEs

Daily Text Messaging Beneficial for Rx Adherence, Monitor AEs

Daily bidirectional text-message can monitor adherence and adverse events in patients with breast cancer receiving endocrine therapy.

How Accurate Are Home Blood Pressure Monitor Readings?

How Accurate Are Home Blood Pressure Monitor Readings?

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New reports found that 70% of home blood pressure monitor readings are inaccurate.

Medical Weight Management Program: Covered vs Self-Pay

Medical Weight Management Program: Covered vs Self-Pay

Paying out-of-pocket for a weight management program is not associated with significant weight loss difference compared to those with insurance coverage.

Anticoagulant Recall:  Incorrect Dose Discovered in Bottle

Anticoagulant Recall: Incorrect Dose Discovered in Bottle

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Bristol-Myers Squibb is recalling one lot of Eliquis after finding that 1 of the bottles contained the wrong dosage.

Refill Synchronization Beneficial for Medication Adherence

Refill Synchronization Beneficial for Medication Adherence

Appointment-based models improve medication-taking behavior.

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Guidelines on Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Guidelines on Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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The American Association for Thoracic Surgery has developed evidence-based guidelines on the use of surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Effect of Obesity Paradox on Venous Thromboembolism Risk in Atrial Fib

Effect of Obesity Paradox on Venous Thromboembolism Risk in Atrial Fib

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A meta-analysis was conducted to examine concerns surrounding direct oral anticoagulant therapy in patients with extreme high or low body weight.

Does NSAID Use Impact the Risk of MI?

Does NSAID Use Impact the Risk of MI?

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The link between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk for myocardial infarction has been found.

New Model Predicts Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Anticoagulated Patients

New Model Predicts Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Anticoagulated Patients

A new model can help predict acute gastrointestinal bleeding, associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality.

Predicted Risk of Venous Thromboembolism May Warrant Restarting Anticoagulation

Predicted Risk of Venous Thromboembolism May Warrant Restarting Anticoagulation

Treating patients with at least a 17.5% predicted one-year venous thromboembolism risk may cost-effective.

Increasing Diversity in the Medical Community

Increasing Diversity in the Medical Community

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An opinion piece published in JAMA states increasing diversity at medical institutions is everyone's responsibility in the medical community.

Medicaid Standards For Elderly/Disabled Patients Takes Effect 2022

Medicaid Standards For Elderly/Disabled Patients Takes Effect 2022

Federal standards that mean states will need to deliver care to elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees in home and community-based settings will take effect in 2022.

Exercise Capacity in Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction Not Improved With Iron Supplementation

Exercise Capacity in Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction Not Improved With Iron Supplementation

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Patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and iron deficiency do not benefit from iron supplementation.

Acute Heart Failure Mortality Increased With Morphine

Acute Heart Failure Mortality Increased With Morphine

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Patients with acute heart failure who received intravenous morphine in the emergency department had higher mortality compared with patients who did not receive morphine.

Clinician Opinion: The American Health Care Act

Clinician Opinion: The American Health Care Act

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After the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4th, the true impact and cost of the plan remains unknown.

Hospitals Must Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

Hospitals Must Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

As hackers increasingly target hospitals, researchers believe hospitals must prepare for ransomware attacks.

Ivabradine in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

Ivabradine in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

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Ivabradine did not improve exercise capacity, diastolic function, or NT-proBNP levels in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

Cardiovascular Disease: A Major Global Burden

Cardiovascular Disease: A Major Global Burden

Researchers find that cardiovascular disease is a major global burden despite declines in mortality rates.

Wait Times Vary Between Medicaid and Private Insurance

Wait Times Vary Between Medicaid and Private Insurance

Medicaid patients have slightly longer wait times at medical appointments.

Therapeutic Hypothermia May Improve Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest

Therapeutic Hypothermia May Improve Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia minimizes risk of brain injury in patients with cardiac arrest.

Oral Anticoagulation Treatment Benefits From Electronic-Health-Based Management

Oral Anticoagulation Treatment Benefits From Electronic-Health-Based Management

Fewer adverse events were linked to electronic-health-based management of oral anticoagulation therapy.

Congressional Budget and American Health Care Act Threaten Health Initiatives

Congressional Budget and American Health Care Act Threaten Health Initiatives

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The repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has stirred concern with a number of national health initiatives.

Kawasaki Disease: Updated AHA Guidelines

Kawasaki Disease: Updated AHA Guidelines

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The AHA's statement focused on the epidemiology, genetics, pathogenesis, and long-term outcomes of Kawasaki disease.

Preeclampsia Screening: Updated Recommendations From USPSTF

Preeclampsia Screening: Updated Recommendations From USPSTF

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Pregnant women should be screened for preeclampsia by measuring blood pressure at each prenatal care visit.

Reported Muscle-Related Adverse Events Increase When Aware of Statin Use

Reported Muscle-Related Adverse Events Increase When Aware of Statin Use

Muscle-related adverse event reports increase when patients and doctors know that statins are being used.

Heart Failure Society of America Joins ACC and AHA to Update Heart Failure Guidelines

Heart Failure Society of America Joins ACC and AHA to Update Heart Failure Guidelines

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The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Failure Society of America joined forces to update the previous 2013 heart failure treatment guidelines.

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