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Residents form the 'front line' of hospital care
Crain's Detroit Business
The usual workday starts before 7 a.m. for internal medicine residents Ali Hassan and Justin Di Rezze and emergency medicine resident Dan LaLonde at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Hassan and Di Rezze start out with a good breakfast and coffee, then they review any overnight admits and begin the day's first round of their patients on the wards.
Emergency medicine residents like LaLonde, who just completed his third and final year last month, have more regular eight- to 12-hour shifts because of the fast pace of ERs.
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Proposed rule clarifies disclosure regs for physician-owned hospitals
A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would modify current Stark Law regulations for physician-owned hospitals. Federal law has required physician-owned providers to disclose their physician-owned status on public websites or advertising since 2011.
Physicians voice dissatisfaction with EHRs at AMA town hall
Health Data Management
At a town hall meeting last night in Atlanta hosted by the American Medical Association, physicians expressed widespread discontent with electronic health records and the federal government’s Meaningful Use program. As the nation’s largest physician organization, AMA held the meeting to give voice to provider dissatisfaction with EHRs and to encourage doctors to share their experiences with EHR technology.
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Reform to resident physicians' work hours does not improve surgical patient safety
Work hour restrictions for resident physicians, revised nationally four years ago largely to protect patients against physician trainees' fatigue-related errors, have not had the desired effect of lowering postoperative complication rates in several common surgical specialties, according to new study results. The study was published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication later this year.
12 Top reasons for summer ER visits
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Physician's Money Digest
It is well documented that Emergency Room visits spike during the summer months. From the first signs of the days getting longer until school is back in session visits to the ER increase by 15-27 percent. Factors like increased time outdoors and doing chores that can only be done during the warm weather months increase the likelihood of accidents, burns, and other injuries.
Alternative approach to treat fatal blood clots found to be more effective in patients
Potentially fatal blood clots account for thousands of emergency room visits each year and often those patients are admitted to the hospital, treated with an injectable anticoagulant and monitored for a few days. In companion studies published in Academic Emergency Medicine, an alternative approach was found to be more effective, less costly and allowed patients to go home the same day.
Hospitals open emergency rooms specifically for senior citizens
There was a time when it was rare to see a patient over the age of 85 in an emergency room.
But on one recent day, Dr. David John had five 95-year-olds in his Connecticut emergency department — at one time.
Hospitals across the country are adding geriatric emergency departments or bringing their emergency rooms in compliance with elder care guidelines.
The goal is to better serve the aging U.S. population and meet the demands of a rapidly growing demographic.
Emergency rooms test new ways to help minority children with uncontrolled asthma
The study, called the CHICAGO trial (Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes), aims to test patient-centered interventions delivered in emergency departments to improve outcomes in low income and minority children seeking care in the emergency room for uncontrolled asthma.
Physician pay increases 2.8 percent in 2014: 5 more compensation survey findings
Becker's Hospital Review
Physicians saw an overall average increase of 2.8 percent in their compensation in 2014, according to the American Medical Group Association's "2015 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey." The survey data was gathered from 251 medical groups, representing more than 73,000 providers, 134 physician specialties and 27 other provider specialties.
Patients are still skeptical about telemedicine
Health Data Management
Telemedicine may hold plenty of promise in bringing more accessible and specialized care to more people, but patients are still skeptical about it, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by consultancy TechnologyAdvice, revealed nearly 65 percent of respondents nationwide said they would be somewhat or very unlikely to choose a virtual appointment, while only 35.4 percent stated the opposite.
Hospitals say they subsidize graduate medical education, but cost-benefit unknown
Graduate medical education at teaching hospitals traditionally has fulfilled two goals: training thousands of young doctors and providing lower-cost, front-line daily patient care as part of a medical team that includes higher-paid practicing physicians and nurses.
The goals are still important, but despite more than $1 billion annually in graduate medical education funds supporting those programs, some of the Michigan's 50 teaching hospitals say they're subsidizing the programs.
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