Five minutes of a doctor’s time could cost patients $50
Cleveland Clinic begins charging for doctors’ time spent responding to some electronic messages.
CDC updates opioid prescribing guidelines
Revisions to 2016 document focus on provider flexibility and unique circumstances of every prescribing decision.
Inequality in care access is getting worse
Problem extends beyond costs of care and health insurance, study finds.
Texting found more effective than phone calls for hospital discharge follow-ups
In study, use of text messages reduced post-discharge ED admissions and hospital readmissions.
Burnout among doctors continuing to rise, survey finds
Despite prevalence, few institutions have formal programs for addressing burnout.
Survey shows brutal impact of pandemic on physician well-being
A new study reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the already significant problem of burnout among doctors and other health care workers (HCWs).
Report summarizes state of interoperability among office-based physicians
Doctors have increased their use of electronic health information exchange (HIE) in recent years, but still face significant hurdles in using the technology to its full potential.
Medical schools must do more to help poor and marginalized students graduate
A study finds higher attrition rates among those with low incomes or from groups underrepresented in medicine.
Physicians groups urge fuller integration of behavioral health, primary care
Stress created by COVID-19 pandemic strengthens need for “whole-person care,” they say.
Medicaid expansion hasn’t lessened race-based care disparities, study finds
Black enrollees receive lower spending, have fewer primary care visits than white enrollees.
Internists career choices point to more primary care availability woes
Most younger doctors now going into hospital medicine, study finds.
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine prevented more than 100,000 US deaths in 2021
Nearly 9 million symptomatic cases also avoided.
Reducing burnout could also improve staff retention, survey finds
Dissatisfaction with EHRs also tied to clinician turnover.
Why patients sue their doctors
Bob White, COO of The Doctors Company, says most lawsuits occur due to patient frustration with not getting answers to their questions regarding an unexpected outcome.
Family, internal medicine residency matches fall
Decrease comes despite rise in number of positions offered.
Starting pay differences reduce earning potential for women in academic medicine
After 10 years women’s median earnings are 9% less than men’s.
Study finds telehealth use after pandemic uncertain
Americans want the technology available, but most prefer in-person visits.
Doctors using more mental health services during pandemic
First-time visits up sharply, study finds.
Work-life conflict, mental stress due to COVID-19 pandemic more common for female clinicians
Pandemic’s impact could worsen gender divide in income and career prospects, study finds.
Telemedicine preference may be waning
Two possible explanations for declining contentment with live video calls as a form of care delivery.
Female physicians seeing more work-life conflict, mental stress due to COVID-19 pandemic
The pandemic’s impact could worsen gender divide in income and career prospects, study finds.
Under-insured patients: What physicians need to know
A discussion about what affect under-insured patients will have on health care.
Reducing burnout requires an organization-wide response
A new study suggests that reducing burnout requires an organization-level response — creating medical practice cultures that value qualities such as teamwork, open communications and process improvement.
More than $2 billion spent on COVID-19 hospitalization costs for unvaccinated this summer
185,000 adults with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were hospitalized in June and July. Of those, 182,000, or 98.3%, had not been vaccinated for the disease.
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