Business of Medicine Perspective

 
 
  • 'Medical Speak'--Guess the Meaning of These 10 Slang Terms How many of these medical slang terms do you know?
  • Should We Try to Predict Child Abuse--and Proactively Prevent It?   A New Zealand study forecast the chance that a child would suffer parental abuse. If the chance exists, should we intervene, even if an abuse event has not happened?
  • Parents vs Doctor: Who Is Really in Charge?   In most cases, medical treatment decisions for children are made without much conflict between parents and physicians. Sometimes, however, there is an issue. Should parental authority be overridden?
  • Should Physicians Pray With Patients? Many patients want physicians to pray with them. Some physicians may not want to participate, while others don't see any problem with this type of interaction. Does prayer belong in the exam room?
  • The Physician's Role in Reporting Sexual Abuse   The sexual abuse of members of the US gymnastics team underscores why such events should be reported. Here's why it's also important to tell patients what to expect during a physical examination.
  • The Future of Medicine From a Leader in Biosensors   Dr Eric Topol talks with pioneering researcher John Rogers about how his flexible electronic devices are being used in medicine and what further developments lie ahead.
  • Tired of Medicine? 20 Nonclinical Career Options If you are a doctor who is frustrated with medicine, there are many second career choices. Despite the hurdles, it's possible to make the leap. Here are 20 options.
  • 8 Potent Ways to Attract Younger Patients and Why You Want Them Millennial patients are crucial to the long-term success of a medical practice. There are many ways physicians can make their practices more appealing to younger patients. Here are key strategies.
  • Quiz: How to Work Effectively With Recruiters There are two types of recruiters who can be instrumental in helping doctors find jobs. How much do you know about working effectively with recruiters?
  • Former Aetna Medical Director Didn't Look at Medical Records   A former Aetna CMO said in his deposition that he never looked at patients' medical records in reviewing appeals for coverage. Should there be more transparency when coverage decisions are made?
  • America's Love/Hate Relationship With Doctors When physicians are placed on a pedestal, often anything they do puts them in a 'can't win' situation. Here's how to temper expectations and ultimately mend the doctor/patient relationship.
  • 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?
  • Speak Out Without Getting Into Trouble Many physicians who work in large groups, hospitals, or healthcare organizations dislike some of the policies. How can they express their dissatisfaction without being labeled 'disruptive'?
  • Amputee From Flesh-Eating Bacteria Can't Receive Cash Award Woman with limbs amputated needs special legislation to collect her award; patients have longer to submit a malpractice claim; one state throws out med-mal caps.
  • Do Free Drug Rep Lunches Sway Doctors? See What Physicians Say The Open Payments website requires physicians to report free lunches and some gifts. What do physicians say about whether these lunches and gifts influence their prescribing habits?
  • Your Legal Risks When Patients Don't Speak English Well When patients don't speak English well -- or at all -- the physician should get a translator, or incur clinical and legal risks. Here's how to comply most efficiently.
  • Are You Scared to Show Warmth to a Patient?   In light of the #MeToo movement, physicians may be wondering whether it is ever acceptable to hug a patient.
  • To Err Is Homicide in Britain: The Case of Dr Bawa-Garba Saurabh Jha, a US-based, British-trained medic who worked in the NHS for 4 years, discusses the case of a UK trainee pediatrician convicted of homicide for the death of a child from sepsis.
  • What to Do? Elderly Patients Sexually Harass Healthcare Staff Sexual abuse of patient care staff by geriatric patients has been a secret. The #MeToo movement is changing that perception.