When a physician has a "difficult" encounter with a patient, he or she is apt to attribute the problem to particular characteristics of the patient. However, a new study demonstrates that not only patient characteristics are associated with "difficult" encounters; certain physician factors also predict a difficult interaction.
An analysis of data from 6,391 physicians in the 2004-2005 Community Tracking Study showed that during this period ob/gyns' mean hourly wages were $83.
Lower earnings, higher malpractice insurance premiums and longer work weeks—last year was a tough year for ob/gyns, according to Medical Economics' 2010 Exclusive Survey.
The author's suggested reading is a thin book titled, Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care, which he says has the potential to change one's professional life.
Because some practices have been slow to adopt electronic health records, scant evidence exists to support the commonly held notion that EHRs help mitigate liability risk, according to a published report in American Medical News.
I recall I took some comfort in that adage during my residency. However, such bravado was representative of a different era, a time when 36-hour calls, 120-hour workweeks, and 1 weekend off a month were seen as rites of passage crucial to the creation of competent physicians.
Changes recently proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2010 e-prescribing incentive program should make the initiative even more attractive to physicians.
A new study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (9/9/09) supports the Obama administration's claim that improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery would make it possible to cover the uninsured without rationing needed care or raising taxes.
More than 63% of ob/gyns have made changes to their practice because of the risk or fear of liability claims or litigation, and 60% have made such changes because liability insurance is either unavailable or unaffordable.
New breach notification rules have been in effect that call for immediate notification of a patient if her personal data are leaked.