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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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Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Provider-reported rates of burnout may be lower in small independent primary care practices than in larger practices.

Peer Comparisons Can Decrease Risky Prescribing Patterns

Letters targeting high prescribers of quetiapine (Seroquel), an antipsychotic with potentially harmful side effects in the elderly, significantly reduces the number of prescriptions for patients in the Medicare program.

6 Factors Related to Inclusion in Health Care Workplace ID'd

There are six broad factors that can affect inclusion within health care organizations.

Knowing Patients' Social Needs Helps Clinicians Tailor Care

Clinicians report that knowing patients' social needs changes care delivery and improves communication for many patients.

Bundling Doesn't Cut Medicare Payments for Medical Conditions

undling of payments for five common medical conditions is not associated with changes in Medicare payments per episode or health outcomes.

AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted a policy on augmented intelligence.

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

The American Medical Association House of Delegates has adopted a new policy to study, act for, and advocate to advance gender equity in medicine.

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress.

Cyber Insurance Recommended for All Physician Practices

The growing threat of hacking is increasing the number of physicians buying cyber insurance.

Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

Additional codes have been approved by the Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel for chronic care remote physiologic monitoring and internet consultations.

Cohesive Teams Can Help Blend Clinical Care With Education

Building cohesive teams in teaching clinics can help blend clinical care with education for residents.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

A new policy opposing lockout provisions that block Medicaid patients from the program for lengthy periods and instead supporting allowing patients to reapply immediately for redetermination was adopted by the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

Variation in Specialty Drug Coverage Across Health Plans

There is considerable variation in specialty drug coverage across commercial health plans.

Groups Urge CMS to Reconsider Suspending Risk Adjustment

Medical organizations are urging reconsideration of the decision to suspend payments to insurers as required under the Affordable Care Act's risk-adjustment program.

Three Financial Metrics Can Improve Practice Performance

By understanding three indices and metrics, physicians can change the financial outcome of their medical practice.

Health Affairs Announces Launch of New Three-Year Initiative

A council on health care spending and value has been established.

How Doctors Receive Feedback Is Key for Antimicrobial Programs

Anticipation of how providers will receive feedback is important for antimicrobial stewardship programs to consider in informing educational messaging.

New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

There are large coverage gaps in short-term health plans that were approved Wednesday by the Trump administration, and are described by critics as "junk insurance."

Learning to Change Important for Improving Practice

Although physicians typically struggle with change, relying on habits created in their practice, learning to change is important in order to improve practices.

National Guideline Clearinghouse Offline Due to Funding Cuts

The mission of the NGC was to offer a source of objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use by health care professionals.

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