Practice Management

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.

Dementia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Increases With Delayed Anticoagulation

Dementia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Increases With Delayed Anticoagulation

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The delayed start of anticoagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation has been linked to an increase risk for dementia.

Improving Stroke Diagnosis Accuracy: An Expert Interview

Improving Stroke Diagnosis Accuracy: An Expert Interview

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An interview with David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, on reducing the frequency of misdiagnoses.

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators Safe, Effective for Pediatric Patients

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators Safe, Effective for Pediatric Patients

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All arrhythmic episodes were successfully converted, and no deaths were reported.

Implantable Cardiac Devices, Abandoned Leads Pose Little Risk in MRI

Implantable Cardiac Devices, Abandoned Leads Pose Little Risk in MRI

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Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be safe in patients with implantable cardiac devices and abandoned leads.

Sexism Continues to Persist in Modern Medicine: Q&A

Sexism Continues to Persist in Modern Medicine: Q&A

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An interview with Elise Barney, DO on sexism in the medical workplace.

How Can Physicians Overcome the Challenges of Medical Liability Reform?

How Can Physicians Overcome the Challenges of Medical Liability Reform?

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Two new bills for the reform of existing medical liability laws have been brought to the United States Congress.

Sudden Cardiac Death/Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

Sudden Cardiac Death/Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

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The annual risk of sudden cardiac death/ventricular arrhythmias was higher in patients with atrial fibrillation vs patients without atrial fibrillation.

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Predicted by Plasma Catecholamines

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Predicted by Plasma Catecholamines

The composite preoperative adrenergic plasma marker was associated with a 4-fold increase of developing postoperative atrial fibrillation.

EHR Documentation Reduces Preventable Harm

EHR Documentation Reduces Preventable Harm

Electronic health record documentation can help reduce preventable harm in hospitals.

HEART Score Impact for Patients with Chest Pain in ED

HEART Score Impact for Patients with Chest Pain in ED

Using the History, Electrocardiogram, Age, Risk factors, and initial Troponin (HEART) score is safe but has a limited effect on health care resource among emergency room patients with chest pain.

Single High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T Measurement Could Rule Out Acute Myocardial Infarction

Single High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T Measurement Could Rule Out Acute Myocardial Infarction

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Sensitivity of the acute myocardial infarction risk classification ranged from 87.5% to 100%, and the pooled sensitivity estimate was 98.7%.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Improves Diagnosis in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Improves Diagnosis in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

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Cardiac magnetic resonance was superior to transthoracic echocardiogram in identifying a pathologic substrate in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Errors Reduced with Electronic Medication Administration Record App

Errors Reduced with Electronic Medication Administration Record App

Clinicians can reduce instances of medication errors with use of an electronic drug administration record app.

Antihypertensive Use In Pregnancy Linked With Congenital Heart Defects

Antihypertensive Use In Pregnancy Linked With Congenital Heart Defects

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Antihypertensive use in the month prior to conception through the third month of pregnancy resulted in an increased risk for congenital heart defects.

Q&A: Health Law Expert on Medical Malpractice and Malpractice Reform

Q&A: Health Law Expert on Medical Malpractice and Malpractice Reform

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Medical malpractice expert Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, talks malpractice reform in a changing political landscape.

Web-Based Patient Education Tools Provide Health Resources

Web-Based Patient Education Tools Provide Health Resources

Myhealthfinder and Prevent Diabetes STAT offer education and personalized recommendations to patients.

Time Spent on Computer Tasks Increasing For Physicians

Time Spent on Computer Tasks Increasing For Physicians

During the 4-year study, time spent working in electronic health records rose, while time with patients declined.

How to Effectively Transition Patients from Pediatric to Adult Care

How to Effectively Transition Patients from Pediatric to Adult Care

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The transition process can be challenging for patients and families, requiring a great deal of preplanning by providers.

Major Health Organizations Concerned Over Lack of Negative Clinical Trial Data

Major Health Organizations Concerned Over Lack of Negative Clinical Trial Data

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Health organizations like WHO, FDA, and NIH have raised ethical challenges about the way clinical trial data is reported.

Hospital Mortality Rates Decrease During Joint Commission On-Site Inspections

Hospital Mortality Rates Decrease During Joint Commission On-Site Inspections

A significant reversible decrease in 30-day mortality was observed during survey vs non-survey weeks.

Online Reviews Open Clinicians To HIPAA Violations

Online Reviews Open Clinicians To HIPAA Violations

Steps for responding to negative patient reviews include taking control of unclaimed online profiles and encouraging unhappy patients to discuss the problem by phone.

Patient-Clinician Communication Key in Managing Heart Disease Treatment

Patient-Clinician Communication Key in Managing Heart Disease Treatment

Two studies examined the positive outcomes of clear patient-clinician communication on management and treatment of heart disease.

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