PRACTICE NEWS
Nurses’ Overtime Can Negatively Impact Collaborative Practice
 

Working overtime may negatively influence nurses’ collaboration with other health care providers in the acute care setting, according to research in the Journal of Nursing Administration. Among the nurses studied, the researchers found that both working overtime and longer overtime hours were associated with lower collaboration at the unit level. However, no association was seen between shift length and collaboration.


Tue, 22 May 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care
 

Best practices have been developed for using electronic health records (EHRs) to enhance patient-centered care, according to an article in Medical Economics. Researchers distilled their ideas into the acronym HUMAN LEVEL, and focus on ways the physician can engage the patient with the EHR.


Wed, 16 May 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Novel Purchasing Strategy Could Cut Medicaid Costs for HCV Meds
 

A novel purchasing strategy could dramatically reduce the costs of medications for hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to the Annals of Internal Medicine. Noting that new treatments could reduce HCV by 90% by 2030, but that these treatments are unaffordable for most, the authors suggest a strategy whereby the state makes a lump-sum payment deal with a drug manufacturer. In return, the manufacturer would provide a 100% rebate on drug purchases for the state’s Medicaid recipients.


Wed, 16 May 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction With EHRs
 

Regulatory requirements are likely to be an important aspect of physician dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs) that is driving burnout, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “We believe that platform improvements are essential but will be insufficient to address a key cause of physician burnout: our outdated regulatory requirements,” the authors write.


Tue, 15 May 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Primary Care Providers Have Mixed Views on Genetic Tests
 

Primary care providers view tests for genetic risks of common diseases as useful, but lack confidence in interpreting results, according to a study published in the May issue of Health Affairs. Many participants expressed concern that genetic testing might lead to insurance discrimination and also lacked trust in genetic testing companies.


Mon, 14 May 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Regulatory Requirements Drive Dissatisfaction with EHRs
 

Regulatory requirements are an important aspect of physician dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs), according to an opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors note that physicians abroad who use the same vendor software as the U.S. were more likely to report satisfaction with EHRs. The EHR tends to be much briefer in other countries, omitting much of the compliance and reimbursement documentation. Simplifying regulations around documentation and billing would likely benefit the health care system and patients.


Wed, 09 May 2018 BREAKING NEWS