Business of Medicine Perspective

 
 
  • Should You Help Depressed People End Their Lives?   As more states move to legalize physician-assisted dying, which patients should be granted their last wish is the subject of heated debate. The European experience is problematic, an ethicist notes.
  • A History of Presidential Healthcare Proposals In consideration of President Trump's first address to Congress this week, we review the history of presidential healthcare proposals, starting with Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Does the Fear of Being Sued Promote Quality? A long-held malpractice/defensive medicine belief is scrutinized.
  • Should Physicians Be Subject to Random Drug Testing?   Will random drug testing protect patients, or is an intrusion on physicians with no drug problems? Art Caplan discusses the pros and cons with a bioethicist and a physician in recovery.
  • What's At Risk in Repealing the ACA? How Will It Affect You? Repeal of the ACA will potentially have widespread effects, but what will they really be, and how will they affect your practice?
  • Tell Patients When Religion Will Affect a Hospital's Care?   Religious hospitals may not consent to abortion, contraception, infertility treatment, or physician-assisted dying where it is legal, and patients may not know it. Is it your job to inform them?
  • Doctors Describe Their Toughest Ethical Dilemmas Physicians wrestle with difficult issues regarding life and death, money, patients, and colleagues. Read about what keeps them up at night.
  • Repealing the ACA: A Close Look at What Could Happen A partial or full repeal of the Affordable Care Act could create widespread changes in healthcare delivery. Here's what's at risk and what the repercussions could be.
  • Medicaid Under Trump: Some May Win, Some May Lose Physicians across the country are wary of potential changes to the country's safety net for the poor and the disabled.
  • How to Take a Break From Medicine These three doctors managed to take respites from practice without sacrificing their careers.
  • Are More Physicians Cherry-Picking Patients? As the healthcare system moves toward paying doctors on the basis of outcomes and care budgets, some physicians are thinking twice about which patients they'll accept. Is this ethical? You decide.
  • Fast Five Business Quiz: Revenue and Reimbursement How much do you know about reimbursement, billing and payment, whether by private insurance, the government, or other entities? Take this short quiz and find out.
  • Binding Arbitration Gets Shot Down State high court shoots down an arbitration agreement; a good deal for injured patients may soon disappear; court allows details of mega-settlement to become public.
  • In Defense of Physician-Assisted Dying   Art Caplan speaks with right-to-die pioneer Howard Grossman about new state laws that allow physician-assisted death and the safeguards that keep them from sliding toward euthanasia.
  • Encourage Even HIV Patients to Become Organ Donors?   With organs for transplant in short supply, it's vital to talk to patients--even if they are elderly or have a disease like HIV--about the prospect of becoming donors, an ethicist says.
  • Women Physicians Who Changed the Course of American Medicine In honor of National Women Physician Day, which falls on the 196th birthday of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, Medscape brings you career highlights of some of the most inspiring women in the history of US medicine.
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 Conference Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from HIMSS 2017.
  • Time to Let Dentists Give Flu Shots   Doctors may consider it a turf issue, but nurses already give flu shots in drug stores, and letting dentists, who see more patients than anyone else, do it is in the public interest, an ethicist says.
  • What Technology Changes Will Affect Your Practice Soon? Remote patient monitoring; predictive analytics; blockchain; virtual reality. Many new technologies are here--or coming--some more important than others to doctors. Here's a guide to which is which.
  • A Cure for the Documentation Blues This physician says that listening to certain types of music can help him plow through staggering amounts of documentation. What kind of music? The answer will probably surprise you.