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How the Election
Could Impact Physicians

Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

When John McCain and Barack Obama talk about their respective plans for healthcare reform, they understandably focus almost exclusively on how patients will be affected. But what about physicians and other providers within the healthcare system? [Read More]
  October 9, 2008

 
Editor's Picks
Crisis of confidence
Despite performing equally to their male peers, female medical students report lower self-confidence in their work and appear less confident to patients, according to a recent study. Male medical students, on the other hand, tended to overestimate their own performance. The study was conducted with third-year students and individuals simulating patients, so it's hard to say if these trends translate into practice. But the authors suggest medical schools look at issues of confidence when training future physicians. [Read More]
Doctors know little about consumer-directed plans
A new survey suggests few doctors are prepared to help patients navigate consumer-directed health plans. Forty-three percent of doctors said they have heard little, if anything, about these plans, and some surveyed knew they were treating patients in the plans but didn't understand the cost-sharing involved. The consumer-directed approach is based on providing patients with information, but only about half of doctors were comfortable advising patients about the costs of radiological studies, specialist consultations, and hospitalizations. And only 8% of doctors think patients can trust the information provided on insurers' Web sites. That doesn't leave many places for patients to turn. [Read More]
Stating the obvious
That doctors would be more likely to tell patients about obvious medical errors seems like a rather, well, obvious observation. What's surprising about this study is that only about one-third of doctors were willing to report an error that wasn't as blatant, even though it caused complications. The doctors were presented with two scenarios: In one, a child receives an overdose of insulin and is admitted to the intensive care unit, and in the other, a doctor overlooks a lab test and the child is hospitalized for a serious infection. Which would you report? [Read More]
Economic troubles = More doctor visits?
In last week's column I referenced a couple of news stories that suggested patient visits might decline during tough economic times. And that seems to be holding true for electives, like cosmetic surgery. But this article paints a different picture; it suggests doctor visits may increase, particularly for stress-related conditions like ulcers and heart attacks. The most interesting quote comes from cardiologist Ramin Oskoui: "I work in close proximity to Fannie Mae; I work in close proximity to the World Bank. I can't tell you how many individuals I've seen from those institutions who have come in with chest pains recently." [Read More]
 
Business Rx
Improve Results Reporting to Keep Patients Happy:
Following up on test results may be a procedural headache for your practice, but it is a highly emotional experience for patients and therefore pivotally important. Patients are often unclear about whether they will be notified or have to contact the medical practice for their results. [Read More]
 
Physician News
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We need docs, not blocks
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In 'sweetie' and 'dear,' a hurt for the elderly
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No one knows what the future holds, but several scenarios could significantly alter the healthcare landscape. Get ready. [Read More]
 
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Will Primary Care Be Re-Empowered by an Ailing Economy? Contributors Richard Reece, MD, and Brian Klepper, PhD, offer examples of how businesses, rather than government agencies, are leading the way in healthcare reform. The current financial crisis, they argue, might push reform forward even faster, but only after causing further damage to healthcare markets. [Read More]
 
Audio Feature

Doc the Vote: Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, associate professor of health policy and politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses the healthcare reform proposals offered by Senators McCain and Obama and analyzes how they could impact physician practices and the overall healthcare system. [Listen Now]
 
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