Business of Medicine Perspective

 
 
  • 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.
  • Medscape Nurse Career Satisfaction Report 2016 While most nurses are glad they became nurses, many would do things differently if they had the chance. Learn more about both the gratification and dissatisfaction of being a nurse.
  • Is It Time to Retire the Hippocratic Oath? The traditional oath is conceptually so far removed from the realities of patient care that most doctors-to-be are now pledging to something else. Should we mourn its dwindling use, or is it overdue?
  • Estimating Risk/Benefit: Facts Are a Basic Requirement A recent study finds that clinicians are often wrong when estimating benefits and harms of a medical intervention.
  • Doctors Named to 'Fraud Hall of Shame' Eleven physicians committed criminal schemes to line their pockets--and they were caught.
  • Should Doctors Lie to Protect a Colleague? A retired surgeon recently admitted he wasn't truthful under oath 15 years ago in a case involving his colleague. Was his behavior typical for physicians? Was it justifiable? Our readers weigh in.
  • 12 Reasons Why 2017 Could Be a Better Year for You! A new administration in Washington, including a new secretary of HHS, is expected to usher in sweeping changes that will lessen regulatory burdens and affect the way you get paid.
  • Medscape Family Physician Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout Medscape surveyed family physicians and asked about their race and ethnicity, biases, and burnout, as well as aspects of their lifestyle outside the office.
  • Medscape Internist Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout Medscape surveyed internists and asked about their race and ethnicity, biases, and burnout, as well as aspects of their lifestyle outside the office.
  • Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout Medscape surveyed physicians and asked about their race and ethnicity, biases, and burnout, as well as aspects of their lifestyle outside the office.
  • Consumer Technology Association 2017 Digital Health Summit Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from CES 2017.
  • Healthcare and Healthcare Ethics in the Trump Era   If such changes as limiting coverage of preexisting conditions, outlawing abortion, and setting caps on healthcare benefits occur, the doctor-patient relationship will change, an ethicist predicts.
  • Why Doctors Need to Be Gutsy Physicians are overwhelmed by regulations and requirements, and it's likely to continue until docs stand up and express their dissatisfaction, says this internist.
  • Bias, Burnout, Race: What Physicians Told Us About the Issues This year's Medscape Lifestyle Report included responses to questions on physicians' race or ethnicity and whether these relate to burnout, bias, and health.
  • Guidelines for Business of Medicine Article Submissions Suggestions and guidelines for Business of Medicine articles and editorials.
  • Gripping Interview: How One Addicted Doctor Recovered   Cheryl Karcher, MD, was a prominent dermatologist when she was publicly 'outed' as an addict. In this interview, she talks about her recovery, her return to a successful practice, and what keeps her clean.
  • When Is It Okay to Date a Patient? Most doctors still say never, Medscape's 2016 Ethics Report found, but 25% of male physicians and 20% of female physicians were for flexibility for consenting adults in certain situational contexts.
  • Sperm Banking: Buyer Beware   Legitimate reasons for using a sperm bank exist. The technology is sound. But the industry is underregulated, and tragic mix-ups have occurred that your patients should be aware of, an ethicist says.
  • Gear Up Now to Get Higher Medicare Payments in 2019 The meaningful use measures have been revamped as the Advancing Care Information requirements of MIPS. Here's how you can increase your payments by achieving the highest possible scores.