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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.

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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CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide


CVS Pharmacy is now offering home delivery nationwide for prescription drugs, for a service charge of $4.99.

AMA Seeks to Make Long-Term Care Services More Affordable

The American Medical Association House of Delegates has adopted a policy to make long-term care insurance simpler, more affordable, more innovative, and part of automatic enrollment for current employees and retirees.

Doctors Want Substantial Improvements in EHRs

Although primary care physicians see value in electronic health records, they want substantial improvements, and generally agree on what these improvements should be.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Physicians have a role to play in caring for caregivers to help prevent burnout, according to a guide for physicians published by the American Medical Association.

How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?

Noting that every successful breach against a health care system constitutes a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation, which must be reported, the authors discuss the importance of keeping an eye on business partners that might be compromised.

Greater Credibility Needed in Investigations of Scientific Misconduct Reports


There are substantial limitations to depending only on institutional investigations of scientific misconduct.

National Academy of Medicine Identifies Key Care Approaches for High-Need Patients


Approximately 5% of patients in the United States contribute to half of total health care spending.

CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups

Researchers estimated the prevalence of having no health care coverage by occupation using data from the 2013 to 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Researchers sought to assess whether distributions of consumer ratings differ across specialties and to provide specialty-specific data to assist consumers and clinicians in interpreting ratings.

Direct Supervision by Attendings Doesn't Reduce Medical Errors

Direct supervision in which attending physicians join work rounds does not reduce the rate of medical errors.

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations


Study investigators asked physicians whether they perceived specific clinical examples as an ethical dilemma.

Defining Normal: An Ethical Responsibility in Surgery


In the past few years, Snapchat has allowed plastic surgeons to showcase labiaplasty surgical procedures to a large audience, which has led to ethical concerns.

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

About half of older adults report having set up a patient portal, according to survey results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients

Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate.

Global Variation in Personal Health Care Access and Quality

Researchers used the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016 to examine personal health care access and quality with the Healthcare Access and Quality Index for 195 countries and territories, as well as subnational locations.

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in U.S. in 2017

Overall, 9.1 percent of individuals in the United States were uninsured in 2017, which was not significantly different from the level in 2016.

Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care

Stigmatizing language used in medical records to describe patients can influence medical students and residents in terms of their attitudes towards the patient and their clinical decision-making.

White House Unveils Plan to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs


FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb MD, said, "The FDA shares the goal of ensuring that American patients have access to quality and affordable care that meets their needs."

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best practices have been developed for using electronic health records to enhance patient-centered care.

Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs

Regulatory requirements are likely to be an important aspect of physician dissatisfaction with electronic health records that is driving burnout.

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