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  • Little Evidence for Government-Mandated Sepsis MeasureTo meet the government-mandated bar of SEP-1, physicians have to perform up to 141 tasks and 5 interventions for a single patient. A study finds the evidence used to impose such a burden lacks rigor.
  • Billing Costs Consume 14.5% of Primary Care Visit RevenueA time-based study in a large academic center with a certified EHR shows that for each PCP, it takes $99,000 in administrative work per year just to get paid. For emergency department visits, billing was 25.2% of revenue.

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  • When Missing a 'Zebra' Can Land You in Court Physicians are generally unlikely to face a malpractice suit for misdiagnosing a rare disease, which affects about 1 in 10 people. But the results of a delayed or wrong diagnosis can be devastating or lethal.
  • To Hug or Not: Physicians Differ on What's the Right Behavior Some physicians want to offer patients support; others say hugs have no business in the medical office. In today's environment, do doctors think hugs are appropriate?

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