Business of Medicine Perspective

 
 
  • Was Matt Lauer Too Naive About Patient-Doctor Confidentiality?   When someone discusses sensitive matters, such as sex, with a physician or therapist outside of the office and asks for privacy, does patient confidentiality apply?
  • It's Not Easy Being Green--Or Is It? You don't have to install solar panels on your office's roof to save money and respect the environment, this doctor says. Here's how to reduce your carbon footprint and trim your energy bills.
  • Sports Physicians Face Ethics Challenges How do you face corruption and scandals observed in athletics? What are the true costs and setbacks of obtaining a winner's edge? Dr Mandelbaum offers his insights to sports physicians.
  • Should Doctors Hug Their Patients? Many physicians feel close to their patients and sometimes want to offer support or comfort. But in today's environment, is that wise?
  • Should You Honor a DNR Tattoo?   If an incapacitated patient has a 'do not resuscitate' request tattooed on his or her body, should a physician comply with the request?
  • Why Do Some Docs Rake in More Cash Than Others? From business know-how to choosing high-paying cases, Medscape physicians have thoughts on why some make more money than others.
  • Using Social Media to Attract New Patients and Build Loyalty Whether or not you personally use social media, chances are your patients do. Here's how to reach them and keep them connected to your practice.
  • Want More Referrals? Here's How Getting referrals and developing a referral network have grown more difficult. Physicians have to work harder to cultivate referring relationships. Here are effective ways to get more referrals.
  • Do Plaintiffs Have a Right to Get Adverse-Incident Reports? Do plaintiffs have a right to adverse-incident reports, or would that enable litigants to access information that was not intended for them? A doctor who is a serial complainant strikes again.
  • Censoring the CDC Is Scary and Crazy, Says Ethicist It's been claimed that the Trump administration has told the CDC to avoid using seven particular words in its budget formulation process. Bioethicist Art Caplan says this is a terrible move.
  • Hospital Holiday Decorations 'Tis the season to deck the hospital wards with decorations only a medical professional would love.
  • Should You Tell Elderly Patients to Stop Driving?   Should physicians be responsible for telling elderly drivers that they should no longer be driving? What alternatives are there for patients who still want to remain mobile?
  • Spending the Holidays Working Many physicians who work through the holidays find that it's still a special time of the year.
  • How Your EHR Can Make Work Less Stressful and Help You More Rather than rail against your EHR, you can make it work for you. There's plenty you can do now to make your system more useful than you probably can imagine.
  • The State of Play: Healthcare Reform in 2017 Is there a path to move forward in healthcare reform in 2017?
  • Legal Risks of Delegating Informed Consent to an NP or PA Some physicians delegate all or part of the informed consent process to their nurse practitioner or physician assistant. But this could create problems for the physician.
  • A Doctor Tells: How to Save More of Your Money Putting your family on a spending 'diet' and adopting a more frugal approach can provide you with financial freedom down the road. But it takes discipline today to reap those benefits tomorrow.
  • Books That Doctors Would Like to Give (or Receive!) Medscape's advisors and contributors tell us which books they are planning to give to a colleague or family member this holiday season.
  • Will Pig Organs Be Used for Transplants?   Immunosuppression and the fear of transmitting diseases that animals have to people have impeded pig organ transplants in humans. Will new scientific advances enable pig organ transplants?
  • ASCP's 2015 Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories in the US How do your wages stack up to others in your field? Are salaries generally up for laboratory professionals? Read the results of this comprehensive biennial survey in this report.