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What are the top financial concerns for physicians?
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Practicing medicine continues to be complex and challenging — often to the detriment of physicians' personal financial matters. In fact, 50 percent of physicians believe their profession has more complicated financial needs than other professions for a variety of reasons, including a late career start and concerns about malpractice and liability. AMA Insurance's 2014 Report on U.S. Physicians' Financial Preparedness surveyed more than 1,000 employed physicians and tracked key personal financial areas and employee retirement savings.
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Physician burnout is on the rise
The state of our healthcare system depends, in part, on the state of our healthcare providers. But research over the last few years has shown that physician burnout is on the rise. Mark Linzer, director of the division of general internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, has been studying physician burnout since 1996. Burnout, he says, is a long-term stress reaction that includes emotional exhaustion, a sense of depersonalization, and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment.
Adding HIE information to EHR data raises medication accuracy to 91 percent
EHRs fare significantly better with the help of community health information exchange (HIE) resources when it comes to medication list accuracy, finds a new study in the American Journal of Managed Care. While the EHRs at two sample hospitals captured an average of 80 percent of medications accurately, the addition of commercial database information and data from a community-based HIE was able to improve that number by 11 percent. The additional accuracy can be a crucial advantage during transitions of care, which are highly vulnerable to negative patient safety events.
CDC announces new guidelines for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola. The new guidelines "provide an increased margin of safety," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a conference call with reporters. Frieden added that they represented a "consensus" by the health care workers who have treated people with Ebola in the United States, including those workers at hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska that have treated Ebola without further transmission. The CDC is, of course, reacting to what happened at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where two nurses caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, contracted the virus.
Hospitals across New Jersey learn from Ebola drills
Hospitals around New Jersey did well in unannounced drills to see how they would handle the arrival of a patient like the man who came to a Dallas hospital with a history of travel from West Africa and contact with a patient sickened by Ebola, the hospital association said. "The main goal of an emergency drill is to find out where you can improve your response," said Kerry McKean Kelly, vice president of the New Jersey Hospital Association, which is preparing a summary of the reports for the state health commissioner. "It was a very good preparedness exercise."
Urgent care clinics defer to hospitals for Ebola testing
The Associated Press via Physician News Digest
Urgent care clinics for many people have become de-facto emergency rooms. They are not, however, equipped like hospitals to treat serious illnesses, such as Ebola, nor do they have isolation units.
Clinics are urging potential patients to get checked for the highly contagious virus at a hospital.
The Generation Y physician
The Huffington Post
Tech-savvy. Attention-craving. Lazy, good-for-nothings. These are a few of the many traits that have been commonly bestowed upon those born around the last two decades of the 20th century. Commonly known as Generation Y, this demographical cohort of 20-30-somethings has certainly sparked mixed reviews from its Gen X and Baby Boomer elders.
But what defines the particular subgroup of young physicians that are currently clawing their way through medical training and beyond?
What can be said about the Generation Y physician?
Top 10 hospitals in New Jersey paying high price for high readmission rates
New Jersey has the nation's highest percentage of hospitals having their Medicare reimbursements reduced because they failed to meet Affordable Care Act targets for reducing the number of patients readmitted after treatment. New Jersey's dubious distinction is included in a state-by-state list contained in a report by Kaiser Health News.
Overdose deaths rise in New Jersey, Pennsylvania
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have started taking more aggressive action to prevent drug overdoses.
New federal statistics suggest that the action is overdue. Both states had among the biggest increases in overdose deaths nationally between 2010 and 2012, even as mortality appears to have leveled off in some other parts of the country.
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