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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.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Change in Shelter Eligibility Policy Tied to More ED Visits

A policy change to Massachusetts' shelter eligibility was tied to increased pediatric emergency department visits for homelessness and substantial health care costs.

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states.

2006 to 2015 Saw Decrease in Medicare Beneficiary ICU Use

From 2006 to 2015, there was a significant decrease in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

Active Pharmaceuticals ID'd in >700 Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements often include active pharmaceuticals, even after warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Multicomponent Intervention Can Reduce Sitting Time at Work

A multicomponent intervention (Stand More At [SMArT] Work) can reduce sitting time over the short, medium, and long terms.

Spending Often Persists in High-Cost Medicare-Medicaid Eligible

More than half of patients who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and are designated as high-cost in one year remain persistently high-cost over three years.

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Two bills that allow U.S. pharmacists to disclose drug prices to customers to help them save money are expected to be signed today by President Donald Trump.

Accepted Manuscripts Meet More Criteria for Research Reporting

Accepted manuscripts for observational studies have better adherence to the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) checklist compared with rejected manuscripts.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race/Ethnicity

Minority residents describe burdens associated with race/ethnicity, including microaggressions and bias on a daily basis.

Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies

Industry employees are often involved in the design, conduct, and reporting of industry-funded trials in high-impact journals.

Price Hikes Noted in Small Subset of Generic Drugs

A small but growing subset of generic drugs experienced sudden large price increases from 2007 to 2013.

Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year

Just over three-quarters of health care personnel received a flu vaccine last season.

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future.

Uninsured Rate at 8.8 Percent in First Quarter of 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, the uninsured rate was 8.8 percent, not significantly different from a year earlier.

For Employer-Based Plans, Spending Across Services Steady

Despite large health policy changes, the distribution of spending across service areas has remained fairly consistent over the past 10 years for those enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance.

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

In preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures.

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

Health plans had most records breached from 2010 to 2017, but providers breached most often.

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.

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Curtains surrounding patient beds become progressively contaminated with bacteria.

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