Protecting Your Practice From Data Breaches: An Expert Interview


To shed light on issues of cybersecurity in medical practices, MPR spoke to Michael J Sacopulos, JD, CEO of Medical Risk Institute (MRI), a firm that provides "proactive counsel" to the healthcare community to identify where liability risks originate and to reduce or remove those risks.

Coping With Challenges When Working the Holidays

By Nicola Davis, PhD

For many physicians, working during the holiday season is simply part of the job.

Opinion: Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?


Benjamin Frush MD, a resident in internal medicine-pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, argues in favor of a role that physicians can play in integrating religion into their clinical practice. Rob Poole MB, FRCPsych, contends that physicians should never incorporate a religious element into clinical practice.

Should You Record Your Patient Encounters? An Interview With Dr James Ryan


Patients are increasingly recording physician visits on their phones, should physicians do the same. MPR spoke with physician who advocates for recording in clinical practice.

Pay-Per-Care in Dermatology, Part 2: Alternative Pay Practices Make Their Case


Advocates of direct-pay models have pointed to ways in which out-of-pocket costs of noninsurance accepting practices are often lower than what would be charged under insurance because of copays, deductibles, and stratification of coverage that often excludes all or portions of treatment.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In


Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Pay-Per-Care in Dermatology: Exploring Why and How Dermatologists Are Flipping the Script on Insurance Payments


Dermatology Advisor asked 3 practitioners from different regions of the United States how and why they chose their particular practice models.

A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

By Tafari Mbadiwe, MD, JD

Ranking or otherwise gauging physician quality isn't just a way to assign bragging rights — performance metrics can be used to set reimbursement levels, tailor insurance, and identify physicians who are falling behind.

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients


Communication with older patients can be complicated for several reasons.

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment


No single solution to address sexual harassment in medicine exists, but physicians of all genders must come together to make progress.

Conflict of Interest in Dermatology: Is the AAD Doing Enough?


The suggestion of bias in the development of dermatology clinical practice guidelines emerging from the study by Checketts and colleagues has attracted several critical responses including methodological flaws, limitations of the OPD as the data source, and data analysis that is inconsistent with the available evidence.

The Little Guy vs Big Data: Is ICD-10 Coding Still Valuable in Health Care?


While ICD-10-CM may be an improvement on an old process, big data is the revolution that has the potential to change health care forever.

Prioritizing Telemedicine Research: More Evidence Needed to Increase Adoption


The adoption of telehealth technology continues to expand, but requires further research to fully realize the potential it has to address socially desirable goals such as improving the patient experience of care.

Combatting Compassion Fatigue and Burnout


Compassion fatigue can affect workers across the spectrum of helping professions, and it is extremely prevalent among physicians.

How to Manage EHRs While Not Compromising Patient Care


Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH, Associate Chief Health Informatics Officer for Ambulatory Services, shares her insight on how to best manage the challenge of staying on top of electronic health record requirements while also optimizing patient encounters.

Next Steps Toward Machine Learning in Dermatology


Improved accuracy in the diagnosis of dermatologic conditions may be achieved through machine learning technology.

How Can We Improve Campaigns Supporting Adult Vaccination?


Educational campaigns regarding the value of vaccines should go beyond facts and statistics to integrating social psychological considerations with health communication principles.

Countertransference: How to Set Aside Emotions for Sound Clinical Decision-Making


Recognizing the existence of transference and countertransference is critical for clinicians because both positive and negative feelings for patients can result in poor clinical decision-making.

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