Can improved communication lead to a decrease in defensive medicine?
"There is just this lack of communication between the patient and the physician, and because of this communication gap, we have physicians practicing defensive medicine -- ordering those extra tests out of fear they might miss something. This has paralyzed medicine. When something bad happens, no one talks."
As Medicare moves to develop a national physician P4P program, two assumptions underpin successful implementation: that claims data can be used to retrospectively assign patients to physicians or practices with primary responsibility for their care, and that physicians can be held responsible for a meaningful percentage of the patients they treat and the visits they bill for.
Ultimately, the payment of primary care physicians might be a blend of fee for service, monthly fees for practices serving as patient-centered medical homes, and additional bonuses for meeting quality and efficiency performance goals. Primary care physicians could instead be paid a monthly fee per patient (adjusted for the case mix), along with a bonus for performance. Such payment methods are more likely ...
This report would suggest so, as it looks at evening newcasts in 2006:
The Business & Media Institute (BMI) has found a recurring network news bias against the pharmaceutical industry, treating drugs as an entitlement rather than an expensive-to create product, refusing to credit and often ignoring entirely the companies that made the medicine. Even when one new drug was hailed as a "major advance in combating breast cancer" and ...
Yes, I have job security and I'm grateful for the chance to serve those living with this vile disease. Wouldn't it be something, though if I was put out of business before being put out to pasture? Now that's a dream worthing staying awake for. Let us hope scores of budding physicians agree.
Although the increased risk of death is small, roughly 5 percent higher in the month after an attack occurs, it can mean potentially thousands more deaths in the United States annually. The study indicated that weekend patients waited longer for angioplasty and other procedures, probably because of reduced staffing.
Although both men and women look at the image of George Brett when directed to find out information about his sport and position, men tend to focus on private anatomy as well as the face. For the women, the face is the only place they viewed.
This image of George Brett was part of a larger page with his biographical ...
I recently received a copy of this book. Yours truly, as well as several other medical bloggers, is interviewed within its pages.
Clear Blogging takes a comprehensive look at the blogging world, with tips on getting started, building an audience, and monetizing your blog. Interviews with bloggers from a variety of fields are included for added ...
A series of articles discussing the issues of patient privacy and medical blogging.
Is Dr. Blogger telling too much? "Hundreds of doctors across the country are writing Internet diaries that sometimes include harsh judgments of patients, coarse observations and distinct details of some cases.
Critics say the blogs cross into an ethical gray area and threaten patient privacy while posing liability risks for health workers and their employers."