Business of Medicine Perspective

 
 
  • Clinical Psychoeconomics: Money Matters in Psychiatric Assessment Psychiatrists Joel Yager and Jerald Kay note that many practitioners skirt around financial issues; and they offer 4 issues that should be 'routinely assessed and factored into' treatment plans.
  • Ruminations on Healthcare Spending Neurologist Allan Block notes that in the past 3 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services spent $18 billion on drugs "for which there's no proof of significant clinical benefit."
  • Charting Practices to Protect Against Malpractice Incomplete and inaccurate medical documentation leaves physicians vulnerable to malpractice claims. This article offers charting strategies to help minimize the risk.
  • Women Hold Up Half the Sky: At What Cost? Women have struggled to balance personal and professional responsibilities, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges. This editorial discusses the issues.
  • Expanded Access for TPOXX for Monkeypox: An Explainer The TPOXX program departs from the typical expanded-access scenario.
  • Like Texting and Driving: The Human Cost of AI Enthusiastic presentations on the use of AI in medicine at a recent conference left this cardiologist concerned about the potential loss of human interaction.
  • Dos and Don'ts of Handling a Physician Departure Notifying patients that a physician is departing can create a struggle between physician and employer. But it doesn't have to.
  • Infographic: Sliding Hospital Visits Limit RN and LPN Pay Gains Average compensation rebounded nicely for doctors last year, but not so for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. A downturn in hospital visits has restrained recovery in nursing salaries.
  • Accepting Obesity Shouldn't Stop Us From Warning of Its Dangers   A bioethicist says overweight people need emotional support and acceptance, but clinicians should not stop conveying that obesity is a dangerous disease.
  • Physicians: Want Streaming Glory? Know These Legal Tips If you are thinking of becoming a YouTuber or podcaster, before you put your reputation on the line, be aware of these important tips from a healthcare attorney.
  • How Anthem Gets Away With Nonpayment and Denials   Dr Robert Glatter and Dr Andrew Fenton join Andrew Selesnick and James Blakeman to discuss a disturbing pattern of nonpayment and denials by the insurer Anthem.
  • The Catch-22 of the Nursing Shortage Baby boomers are retiring, and nurses are leaving the field for less stressful jobs. Are we in danger of running out of nurses in the hospitals?
  • The Dubious Value of Online Reviews Neurologist Allan Block describes online reviews of doctors by patients as "the wild west," with minimal rules and little if any oversight ― and argues that both good and bad ratings "mean nothing."
  • Workplace Efficiency: How to Get More Time Back Establishing clear expectations with your healthcare team and patients along with efficient charting can help ease the burden of paperwork and other time drains.
  • Reporter Finds a Simple, No-Cost Solution for Sleep Apnea An industry has grown up around sleep apnea, stirring concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
  • The Private Market Is No Place for COVID-19 Countermeasures The US will stop funding vaccines but says it wants equitable access. That’s not possible in a predatory system.
  • Why I'm Back to Seeing Kids and Pregnant Patients Dr Kenny Lin is going back to family basics and caring for entire families again. Why, and how did he do it?
  • Losing and Preserving Dignity "We push to reduce backlogs, offer same-time virtual care, work to reduce costs. We've driven medicine to the efficient and left little of the dignity it seems," observes Jeffrey Benabio, MD, MBA.
  • No Such Thing as an Easy Fix Neurologist Allan Block notes that although it's common for people to look for shortcuts, there's no easy fix when it comes to research — and life in general.
  • Side Gigs: What Canadian Physicians Do in 2022 Physicians with side gigs are looking for ways to build additional income streams but also cite frustrations such as time and fatigue.