PRACTICE NEWS
AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency
 

At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis. Many of the drugs currently in shortage are required for patient care in all medical settings, including sterile intravenous products containing saline or other fluids.


Thu, 28 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies
 

High-deductible health plans and lack of coverage certainty are driving more patients to pay for health care with cash. To prepare, your practice should have transparent prices that are easily available for patients. Also consider designating a team member to manage cash-pay and answer questions.


Fri, 22 Jun 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
Considerable Costs Associated With Switching EHR
 

Switching electronic health record (EHR) systems can result in increased efficiency and productivity gains, but there are significant costs associated with the switch, according to Medical Economics. “Like any project, switching EHRs can result in unanticipated costs no matter how well a practice thought through an implementation plan,” according to the article.


Thu, 21 Jun 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Many Drugs Made Available Via FDA Expanded Access Programs
 

Over the past two decades, close to 100 FDA-approved drugs and biologics were made available before FDA approval through expanded access programs, a study in JAMA Network Open suggests. Researchers evaluated the timing and duration of expanded access and compassionate use programs for investigational medicines initiated before FDA approval. “[T]hese findings suggest that the FDA and pharmaceutical industry have established a balance between investigational new drug access and protection of patients from therapies without established safety,” the authors write.


Wed, 20 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care
 

A new AMA policy aims to improve physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide. The policy helps to ensure physicians can seek care without fear of punitive treatment or licensure and career restrictions.


Tue, 19 Jun 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
AMA President Calls Physicians to Lead in Addressing Gun Violence
 

The issue of gun violence must be addressed by the physician leadership scientifically, in an evidence-based manner, according to remarks issued by the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) at the organization’s annual meeting.


Fri, 15 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS