Practice Management

How Has the Medicaid Expansion Affected Patients Hospitalized With Acute MI?

How Has the Medicaid Expansion Affected Patients Hospitalized With Acute MI?

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While recent Medicaid expansion has reduced uninsured rates among patients with AMI, it has not improved quality of care or patient outcomes.

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donations

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donations

The holidays, winter weather, and the flu season have all prompted a blood shortage.

Food Supply in United States May Be at Risk Due to Government Shutdown

Food Supply in United States May Be at Risk Due to Government Shutdown

Food inspections have declined due to the partial shutdown of the US government.

Social Media and the Spread of Misinformation: Taking Back Public Health

Social Media and the Spread of Misinformation: Taking Back Public Health

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Public health misinformation is often amplified within information silos and echo chambers.

Many Female Health Care Workers Lack Health Insurance

Many Female Health Care Workers Lack Health Insurance

Many U.S. female health care workers, particularly women of color, live in poverty and lack health insurance.

ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate

ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty is unlikely to destabilize the individual market in California but could roll back coverage gains.

Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Experience Shortages

Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Experience Shortages

The lowest-priced generic drugs are more likely to experience shortages.

Initiative Can Reduce Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries

Initiative Can Reduce Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries

An institutional gender equity initiative can reduce gender-based salary gaps among medical school faculty.

EMS Response Time in Low- vs High-Income Neighborhoods

EMS Response Time in Low- vs High-Income Neighborhoods

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Patients from the poorest neighborhoods experienced longer ambulance response and transport times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Update on Medical Overuse Highlights Practices That May Harm More Than Help

Update on Medical Overuse Highlights Practices That May Harm More Than Help

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The review, which was the fifth annual update discussing medical care overuse, aimed to identify and highlight research articles and literature published in 2017 related to medical overuse in adult patients.

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

Legal and Public Health Issues in Drug Advertising Pricing Examined

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Direct-to-consumer television advertising may not be the best place to provide cost information on prescription drugs and biologic products.

EHR Data Identifies Differences in HTN Control Across Health Systems

EHR Data Identifies Differences in HTN Control Across Health Systems

An analysis of electronic health record data reveals considerable differences in hypertension control across health systems.

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

Challenges in Weighing Costs, Therapeutic Benefits of Expensive Pharmaceuticals

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Physicians have a moral obligation to protect their patients from both physical and financial harms associated with pharmaceutical therapies.

Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

Stethoscopes in the intensive care unit (ICU) have high levels of bacterial contamination.

Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly

Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly

Medication errors in acute care that result in death occur most often in patients older than 75 years, with the most common error category being omitted medicine or ingredient.

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Patient-reported outcome measures can be useful for measuring symptoms in primary care clinics if clinicians use these measures to improve care.

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up.

US Medical Schools Increase in Diversity After Implementation of Accreditation Standards

US Medical Schools Increase in Diversity After Implementation of Accreditation Standards

After implementation of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education diversity accreditation standards, US medical schools saw increasing percentages of female, black, and Hispanic matriculants.

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

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Issues that affect employees in all industries are compounded by a unique set of additional concerns that affect employees of medical practices.

FDA: E-Liquids Found to Contain Undeclared Sildenafil and Tadalafil

FDA: E-Liquids Found to Contain Undeclared Sildenafil and Tadalafil

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Sildenafil and tadalafil can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals May Outperform Non-VHA Hospitals

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals May Outperform Non-VHA Hospitals

VHA hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals for 14 of 15 outcome measures in 121 regions.

EMS Times Longer for Patients From Poorest Neighborhoods

EMS Times Longer for Patients From Poorest Neighborhoods

Patients with cardiac arrest from the poorest neighborhoods have longer emergency medical service times.

Most Patients With Health Insurance Not Using Online Portals

Most Patients With Health Insurance Not Using Online Portals

Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017.

Do Hospitals With High Ratings for Cardiovascular Care Have Improved Outcomes?

Do Hospitals With High Ratings for Cardiovascular Care Have Improved Outcomes?

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Top-ranked hospitals for CV care have lower 30-day mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction.

Is It Your Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine?

Is It Your Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine?

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It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Prescription Medication Delivery Service With FedEx

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Prescription Medication Delivery Service With FedEx

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Currently, same-day delivery is available only in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale; this program will be expanded in 2019.

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

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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?

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

FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process

FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process

A major update of the United States' system for approving medical devices was announced yesterday by the FDA.

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