PRACTICE NEWS
Understanding Rx Nonadherence Can Improve Adherence
 

Physicians should be aware that forgetfulness or access/cost accounts for only a small amount of nonadherence. Most nonadherence is intentional and based on personal beliefs. Physicians and their teams should understand why patients decide not to take their medication, and develop a blame-free environment in order to discover nonadherence.


Tue, 27 Feb 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Patients Want Physicians to Have Greater Connectivity
 

Most patients want greater connectivity, online tools and text messaging, as well as more time with their physicians, according to Medical Economics. With the increasing responsibility being accorded to patients for managing their care, their expectations of physicians are changing. Patients want experiences tailored to their preferences, and want a physician who is engaged in health care and easy to reach.


Tue, 20 Feb 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Poll: Personal Beliefs Shouldn’t Allow Doctors to Refuse to Treat
 

More than eight of 10 Americans surveyed do not believe doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers should be allowed to use their conscience or beliefs to refuse care, according to a recent HealthDay/The Harris Poll.


Fri, 09 Feb 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Greater Prior Authorization Requirements Seen for PCSK9i Rx
 

Prior authorization (PA) requirements are greater for proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9is) than for other cardiometabolic drugs, according to research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Scripted Callbacks Do Not Prevent 30-Day Returns of ER Discharges
 

A telephone follow-up with older adults discharged home from the ED doesn't improve outcomes, research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds. Patients 65 or older who were read a scripted questionnaire to identify obstacles to successful transition fared no better than patients given a satisfaction survey.


Thu, 04 Jan 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Legal Aspects to Consider in Voluntary Refusal to Eat, Drink
 

Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is a course that patients may choose to hasten their death, although there are clinical, ethical, and legal aspects to consider, according to a special communication published in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Tue, 07 Nov 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS