Greater Engagement for Patients Who Read Visit Notes

Greater engagement is reported by patients who read notes and submit feedback, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Study authors developed a patient feedback tool linked to OpenNotes as part of a pilot quality improvement initiative. Patients valued note content for confirmation and remembering next steps, quicker access and results, positive emotions, and sharing information with care partners. Patients used the notes and feedback tool for accuracy, bidirectional communication and education.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Average Increase in Physician Compensation 2.9% in 2016

The AMGA 2017 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey reports that 77% of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation in 2016, with an overall weighted average increase of 2.9%. PCPs saw an increase of 3.2%, while medical specialties saw an average increase of 2.8%.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 PRACTICE NEWS
With Pence as Tie-breaker, Senate Votes to Debate Obamacare Overhaul

With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to overhaul Obamacare. Only two Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both centrists — voted against the measure. The 51-50 vote was simply procedural, allowing the Senate to begin debate on revisions of major provisions of Obamacare, the controversial health reform law that was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
AMA Module Offers Help for Adding Pharmacist to Practice

In a new module, the AMA outlines how to determine the pharmacy needs for your practice, the role a pharmacist can play, and how to know if you could share a pharmacist with another practice. Strategies outlined also include finding the ideal match and setting expectations.

High Court Rules Against Interstate Medical Liability

A recent ruling by the Washington State high court confirms that malpractice cannot cross state lines, according to the American Medical Association, which filed an amicus brief in the case. The justices ruled that courts do not have jurisdiction over physicians in other states.

Medicaid Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Health Care

Medicaid enrollees are largely satisfied with their health care, and most can access the care they need, research in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Medicaid enrollees rated their overall health care at 7.9, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the “best possible” care. Eighty-four percent of enrollees said they were able to get all the care they or their physician deemed necessary within the past six months, while 83% reported having a usual source of care.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS