Practice Management

Heart Failure Guideline Adherence in Hospitals

Heart Failure Guideline Adherence in Hospitals

Hospital adherence to heart failure guidelines might be the best quality measure.

Cardiovascular Medication Adherence Effectively Tracked With New Test

Cardiovascular Medication Adherence Effectively Tracked With New Test

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

Diabetes Care Consultation Model Creates Patient-Centered Approach

Diabetes Care Consultation Model Creates Patient-Centered Approach

A consultation model that facilitates person-centered diabetes care results in more patient involvement.

Healthcare Spending Increased in 2016 Despite Less Use

Healthcare Spending Increased in 2016 Despite Less Use

Americans younger than 65 who were insured through their employer spent more than ever before on health care in 2016.

Improving Continuity of Care With 24-Hour Primary Care Facilities

Improving Continuity of Care With 24-Hour Primary Care Facilities

A 24-hour primary care clinic with multiple doctors offering round-the-clock care would actualize better and more sustainable care.

Hypertension Redefined: A Closer Look at the 2017 ACC/AHA Guidelines

Hypertension Redefined: A Closer Look at the 2017 ACC/AHA Guidelines

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The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for managing high blood pressure modify hypertension definitions and goals.

Emergency Care in Rural Areas Improved With Telemedicine

Emergency Care in Rural Areas Improved With Telemedicine

Telemedicine cuts emergency department door-to-provider time in rural hospitals.

Deportation Worry Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risk

Deportation Worry Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risk

Worry about deportation is significantly tied to higher levels of known cardiovascular risk factors.

Nutrition Science Course for Physicians Offered by AMA

Nutrition Science Course for Physicians Offered by AMA

The AMA is offering a 3-hour online nutrition course for physicians to help patients make the nutritional changes they need to prevent and help treat heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

ACC Releases Decision Pathway on Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction

ACC Releases Decision Pathway on Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction

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The American College of Cardiology released a decision pathway addressing 10 pivotal issues in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

Acute MI Mortality Is Related to Medicare Costs

Acute MI Mortality Is Related to Medicare Costs

Medicare expenditure growth is linked to reduced 180-day case fatality in patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction.

Practicing Defensive Medicine to Avoid Litigation

Practicing Defensive Medicine to Avoid Litigation

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Defensive medicine is known as a practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation.

Effect of Wearable Fitness Technology on Weight Loss

Effect of Wearable Fitness Technology on Weight Loss

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A clinician examines wearable fitness technology's effect on weight loss and other markers of health.

Discrepancies in Electronic Discharge Summaries and Prescriptions for Older Patients

Discrepancies in Electronic Discharge Summaries and Prescriptions for Older Patients

Frequent discrepancies were found between electronic discharge summaries and discharge prescriptions at a regional hospital.

Clinicians Denying Certain Requests May Lead to Worse Patient Satisfaction

Clinicians Denying Certain Requests May Lead to Worse Patient Satisfaction

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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

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

Electrocardiogram Preliminary Diagnosis by Computerized Support Systems

Electrocardiogram Preliminary Diagnosis by Computerized Support Systems

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Evaluating the accuracy of electrocardiogram results by computerized decision support systems.

Cardiologists May Have Gender Bias When Treating Suspected CAD

Cardiologists May Have Gender Bias When Treating Suspected CAD

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

The Streetlight Effect in Clinical Research

The Streetlight Effect in Clinical Research

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Evaluating the streetlight effect behavior within clinical research.

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

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

Clinical Research Must Comply With New Regulations in 2018

Clinical Research Must Comply With New Regulations in 2018

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There are new rules and regulations to be followed when conducting clinical research in 2018.

Changing the Public's Perception of Adult Vaccinations

Changing the Public's Perception of Adult Vaccinations

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Vaccines are known to prevent disease in infants and children, however it is less obvious how important they are in adults.

Electrocardiogram Use for Afib, CVD Prevention Reviewed by USPSTF

Electrocardiogram Use for Afib, CVD Prevention Reviewed by USPSTF

Current evidence is inadequate to assess benefits and harms of ECG screening for atrial fibrillation.

Clinicians Must Submit Minimum MACRA Report to Avoid Medicare Penalties

Clinicians Must Submit Minimum MACRA Report to Avoid Medicare Penalties

Clinicians must report on at least one patient and one measure by December 31 in order to avoid a Medicare payment penalty.

US Healthcare Inequality: Causes and Solutions

US Healthcare Inequality: Causes and Solutions

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Uninsurance, underinsurance, Medicaid, private insurance, and geographical access all contribute to healthcare inequality in the United States.

Rising Healthcare Costs: Are Physicians' Salaries to Blame?

Rising Healthcare Costs: Are Physicians' Salaries to Blame?

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A cardiologist argues tackling the larger problems that plague the US healthcare system before cutting physician salaries.

Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program: Performance and Participation

Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program: Performance and Participation

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure Outcomes With Pharmacist Presence in Medical Home Practices

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure Outcomes With Pharmacist Presence in Medical Home Practices

Integrating pharmacists into medical home practices helps patients with better disease management for hypertension and diabetes.

Atrial Fibrillation-Related Hospital Deaths Vary by Geographic Area

Atrial Fibrillation-Related Hospital Deaths Vary by Geographic Area

In patients with atrial fibrillation, in-hospital mortality is higher in rural hospitals vs urban hospitals.

American Medical Societies to Congress: Preserve Part B Therapy Access

American Medical Societies to Congress: Preserve Part B Therapy Access

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

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