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Study: Nurse practitioners are a hit with patients
TeleManagement
Patients have been quick to appreciate the introduction of nurse practitioners into primary care, according to a study. A nurse practitioner is a qualified and experienced nurse who takes on some of the jobs traditionally carried out only by doctors — such as prescribing drugs and carrying out certain forms of surgery. Many primary care practices have a nurse practitioner on staff, and researchers in Bristol, U.K., wondered how patients were reacting to the new trend.
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Medical malpractice: 10 common slip-ups that can get you sued
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
"In my experience and in my review of recent malpractice cases, I've seen the same mistakes being made time and again. Here are the top 10 to guard against," William Landess writes.
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Physician services billed by NPs, PAs draw extra scrutiny from HHS
Medical Economics
Medical services that are billed at physician reimbursement levels but are performed by nonphysicians are drawing extra scrutiny from the federal government because they may be vulnerable to overutilization and expose patients to subpar care.
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Misplaced nerve blocks frustrate efforts at prevention
Anesthesiology News
Although not as sensational or disastrous as wrong-site surgeries, wrong-site peripheral nerve blocks are potentially dangerous, and according to a 10-year analysis by Pittsburgh researchers, 10 times more common than their surgical counterparts. Yet the problem can be largely — if not entirely — avoided with better planning, vigilance and engagement by the various members of the care team.
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Bracing for Obamacare: Nurse practitioners fill doc shortage gap
NBC News
Nurse practitioners across the U.S. are girding for the onset of reforms put in place by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which offers some 32 million Americans new access to health insurance — but no guarantee of access to care. If newly insured Americans are going to get care under the federal health overhaul, it's nurse practitioners who will have to help fill the gap, analysts say.
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High-deductible plans mean more hospital red ink
MedPage Today
As employers and insurance companies shift more health costs into workers' pockets, hospitals are making a discovery. The pockets aren't bottomless. "The number of accounts that we're seeing that relate to these high-deductible plans has been building, and it has been putting pressure on our bad debt levels," Tenet Healthcare financial chief Daniel Cancelmi told stock analysts.
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Developing expertise — it's harder than you think
By Mike Wokasch
Why is it so apparent when we see or hear expertise? Don't we all perform our jobs at some level of expertise? I guess the answer is yes, to some extent. However, I would suggest to you that most people perform at an acceptable level of competence that is probably "good enough" or maybe just slightly better. Expertise goes well beyond basic knowledge and competence. There is an element of being among the best at what you do, delivering results you don't expect from somebody without expertise. True expertise implies there are few who know as much about or perform the job better.
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Anesthesia, surgery linked to doubling of dementia risk
Medscape Today
Older patients who undergo anesthesia and surgery have a significantly increased risk for dementia, a large population-based study shows. Investigators at Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan found that patients older than 50 years who underwent anesthesia for the first time had nearly a two-fold increased risk for dementia, mainly Alzheimer's disease, compared with nonanesthetized patients.
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Is expensive anesthesia for colonoscopy worth it?
Reuters
Given a choice, most doctors and nurses who perform colonoscopy would choose to be fully anesthetized when undergoing the procedure themselves — unless they had to pay full price for the anesthesia, a new study finds.
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