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AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

Heart to Heart: Challenges of Providing Cardiac Care Abroad

Heart to Heart: Challenges of Providing Cardiac Care Abroad

Each year when Team Heart touches down in Kigali, Rwanda, they become one of the only medical groups in the country to offer heart surgery.

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test can detect 33 variants for multiple genes, corresponding to more than 50 commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter products.

AHA Expresses Concern Over Latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Guidance

AHA Expresses Concern Over Latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Guidance

More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The progression from personalized medicine to wellness genomics as mapped by researchers began with pioneering work on the molecular genetic code.

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges With Mobile Health

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges With Mobile Health

The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that sexual harassment is a problem across all fields of science.

Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Racial insensitivity, stereotyping, and racially based decisions continue to occur in medical school admissions, recruitment, and management, as well as patient care.

Do Brand-Name Combination Medications Decrease Medicare Spending?

Do Brand-Name Combination Medications Decrease Medicare Spending?

The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Current data on the state of undergraduate and graduate medical education must be rigorously evaluated rigorously to influence change in the current medical education system.

Uninsured Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Reduced in States With Medicaid Expansion

Uninsured Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Reduced in States With Medicaid Expansion

Choosing to expand Medicaid during the ACA implementation significantly reduced the number of uninsured hospitalizations.

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

Compassion and communication for both patients and families are among the most important factors involved in providing end-of-life care.

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

Medical teams that are willing to engage with and be informed by patients' religious worldviews are able to more effectively make clinical decisions.

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

FDA Seeks to Standardize Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

Appropriate and standardized regulation of mobile medical applications may enable faster adoption and integration of these technology platforms in the health care environment

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Newer, Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

Study Finds Clinical Trials for Newer, Breakthrough Therapies Lacking

More than half of the new approvals of Breakthrough Therapy drugs were based on a single pivotal trial.

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

For physicians working in the US, the prospect of practicing medicine abroad can be both exciting and daunting.

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

Study investigators found that baseline scores of knowledge for radiation exposure were low overall, except in the case of participants who were radiologists.

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

More Healthcare Professionals Choose Employment With Organizations Over Self-Employment

In recent years, more healthcare professionals are choosing to work for organizations rather than starting their own practice.

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

A providers' capacity to feel compassion is affected in part by the practice environment.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Require More Out-of-Pocket Spending

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Require More Out-of-Pocket Spending

Medicare beneficiaries spent more out of pocket for generic medications used to treat cardiovascular disease than patients using standalone prescription drug plans.

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness travel comes in many forms: from coastal bike rides to weeklong workout programs with celebrity trainers.

Virtual Reality Technology: Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine

Virtual Reality Technology: Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine

Virtual reality technology has been applied in cardiology-related education, preprocedural planning, intraprocedural visualization, and patient rehabilitation.

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

The draft guidance, Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products, applies to drugs under the New Drug Application (NDA) process and "is intended to extend that NDA pathway to include therapeutic indications that have not, historically, been available for use without a prescription," said Gottlieb in a press statement.

FDA: Scammers Sending Fake Warning Letters to Consumers

FDA: Scammers Sending Fake Warning Letters to Consumers

"Consumers who aren't involved in manufacturing or distributing FDA regulated products should be on alert that if you get an FDA warning letter, it's probably fake, and probably a scam," said Gottlieb.

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

Gottlieb said "The charge to this new task force is to look for holistic solutions to addressing the underlying causes for these [drug] shortages."

Measuring Perceptions of Cardiology Among Internal Medicine Trainees

Measuring Perceptions of Cardiology Among Internal Medicine Trainees

A recent study examined trends in career preference for and perception of cardiology among internal medicine trainees.

Medicaid-Insured Patients Less Likely to Receive Guideline-Recommended Treatment

Medicaid-Insured Patients Less Likely to Receive Guideline-Recommended Treatment

Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the percentage of uninsured Americans from 20.3% to 12.6%, differences in quality of care still persist.

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Address Challenges Among Uninsured

The Human Diagnosis Project, also known as Human Dx, aims to provide more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all.

Addressing the Gender Wage Gap in Cardiology

Addressing the Gender Wage Gap in Cardiology

A woman will begin earning an average of $21,900 less in gross income compared with a man during the first year of employment.

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

Research findings suggest the need for greater adherence to a standardized set of policies aimed at improving transparency among clinical trial funders.

Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer Support Programs for Healthcare Employees

Evaluating the Efficacy of Peer Support Programs for Healthcare Employees

Healthcare providers traumatized by an adverse patient event are commonly referred to as "second victims" and may benefit from institutional and peer support to assist in recovery.

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Being someone's emergency contact may mean even more as researchers use this information to study the heritability of various conditions.

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

The American College of Physicians has released 7 position statements supporting equality in healthcare for women.

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Why is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

While overall gender diversity has improved in the healthcare profession, female physicians are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Ride Sharing Service May Address Transportation Barriers for Patients

Ride Sharing Service May Address Transportation Barriers for Patients

Uber has launched Uber Health, a web-based platform for healthcare organizations in the United States.

Cardiovascular Medication Adherence Effectively Tracked With New Test

Cardiovascular Medication Adherence Effectively Tracked With New Test

Aegis Sciences announced the launch of KardiAssure, a first-of-its-kind urinalysis to help healthcare providers track cardiovascular medication adherence in their patients.

Clinicians Denying Certain Requests May Lead to Worse Patient Satisfaction

Clinicians Denying Certain Requests May Lead to Worse Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction was measured in terms of clinician denial vs fulfillment for referrals, pain medications, antibiotics, other new medications, laboratory tests, radiology tests, or other tests.

Researchers May Be Legal Targets for Pharmaceutical Companies When Publishing "Unfavorable" Results

Researchers May Be Legal Targets for Pharmaceutical Companies When Publishing "Unfavorable" Results

Clinical researchers become targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device and nutraceutical companies when publishing unfavorable studies.

Cardiologists May Have Gender Bias When Treating Suspected CAD

Cardiologists May Have Gender Bias When Treating Suspected CAD

Gender bias within cardiologists explains gender differences in clinical decision-making for suspected CAD.

Patient Evidence vs Patient Rights: What Clinicians Need to Know About Complying With Law Enforcement

Patient Evidence vs Patient Rights: What Clinicians Need to Know About Complying With Law Enforcement

Healthcare professionals must know applicable law and policies when complying with law enforcement demands for patient evidence.

American Medical Societies to Congress: Preserve Part B Therapy Access

American Medical Societies to Congress: Preserve Part B Therapy Access

Medical societies are urging Congress to enforce the preservation of part B therapy access.

AHA Does Not Support Healthcare Cuts in Tax Reform Bill

AHA Does Not Support Healthcare Cuts in Tax Reform Bill

The American Heart Association released a statement calling Republican tax reform bill problematic for health care.

Flu Vaccine Refusal Leads to Terminations

Flu Vaccine Refusal Leads to Terminations

Several employees fired from a Minnesota-based hospital chain for refusing to receive the flu vaccine.

Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care

Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care

About 40% of hospitalized patients report a breakdown in their care including delays in admission and team communication.

Serious Physician Shortage in the United States Within the Next Decade

Serious Physician Shortage in the United States Within the Next Decade

Unless serious measures are taken, there will be a serious shortage of physicians in the next decade.

Increasing Diversity in the Medical Community

Increasing Diversity in the Medical Community

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

Do Non-Selective NSAIDs Increase Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Risk

Do Non-Selective NSAIDs Increase Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Risk

Researchers found that use of NSAIDs like naproxen and ibuprofen were linked to increased out-of-hospital cardiac arrest risk.

Online Tool Predicts When Tests Are Needed for Chest Pain

Online Tool Predicts When Tests Are Needed for Chest Pain

An online tool accurately predicts which patients with chest pain are likely to have normal non-invasive test results.

American College of Physicians Fights Affordable Care Act Repeal

American College of Physicians Fights Affordable Care Act Repeal

American College of Physicians asserted that repealing the Affordable Care Act would lead to many uninsured patients and coverage loss for those with preexisting conditions.

Smartphone App May Improve Cardiovascular Health Studies

Smartphone App May Improve Cardiovascular Health Studies

MyHeart Counts, an app created by Apple, served as administration for a cardiovascular health study.

Pinpointing Potentially Preventable Acute MI and HF Hospital Readmissions

Pinpointing Potentially Preventable Acute MI and HF Hospital Readmissions

Researchers studied patients with acute MI or heart failure to determine if any postdischarge readmissions were potentially preventable.

Physician Incentive Payments Did Not Improve Quality of Care

Physician Incentive Payments Did Not Improve Quality of Care

Incentive payments to primary care physicians for providing comprehensive care to medically complex patients did not improve quality of care.

Single Patient-Reported Outcome System for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Single Patient-Reported Outcome System for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Patient-reported data revealed 6 symptoms that are important to adult patients across the spectrum of congenital heart disease.

Echocardiography Underused in the United States Despite Performance Increase

Echocardiography Underused in the United States Despite Performance Increase

Despite a recent increase in performance, echocardiography may still be underused in critical care.

Transfusions Associated With Lower Hospital Mortality in ICU Patients With Cardiac Disease

Transfusions Associated With Lower Hospital Mortality in ICU Patients With Cardiac Disease

Transfusion during ICU admission was associated with lower hospital mortality in patients with cardiac disease, particularly those with acute myocardial infarction.

Cardiologists' Yearly Salary Reached $542,000 in 2014

Cardiologists' Yearly Salary Reached $542,000 in 2014

Cardiologists' salary reached $542,000 in 2014 but still fell short of the $548,000 high in 2012.

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