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
Burnout Found Prevalent Among Doctors in Single Health System
 

Burnout is prevalent among physicians, affecting over one-third of physicians in a single health system, and is associated with health care delivery, a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Researchers examined correlates of burnout overall, and for emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, and found correlations for emotional exhaustion with increased likelihood of leaving the organization.


Wed, 21 Feb 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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
Four Best Practices Outlined to Prevent Health Care Cyberattacks
 

To protect against cyberattacks, perform an audit to identify potential inefficiencies, and develop an emergency response plan. Also check that third party partners have adequate cybersecurity measures in place, and regularly backup your computer systems.


Wed, 14 Feb 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
EHRs Not Sufficient to Ensure Success in Value-Based Care
 

Electronic health records (EHRs) are not sufficient to ensure success in value-based care, according to an article published in Medical Economics. To meet reporting requirements, improve operational efficiency, and increase revenue, according to the authors, practices should prioritize the following: data aggregation and analysis to allow a holistic patient view; care coordination and management to positively influence drivers of cost and quality; and revenue cycle management focusing on alternative payment models and risk.


Tue, 13 Feb 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
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