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Recent Features

Rx Pain Drugs Surveying Practices & Beliefs

Rx Pain Drugs Surveying Practices & Beliefs | Opinion Article

According to current estimates, the clinical use of prescription opioids nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. As more patients have been prescribed these medications, there has been an increase in the incidence of opioid abuse, addiction, injury, and death. “More recently, the medical community has started to pay greater attention to the mounting epidemic of prescription opioids,” says G.…

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon

Dealing With the Aging Surgeon | Feature

Rather than push for mandatory retirement ages for surgeons, innovative programs for aging surgeons may help balance patient safety and liability risks with the dignity of the surgeon and their value as a resource to society.

Keeping Claims from Becoming Denials in ICD-10

Keeping Claims from Becoming Denials in ICD-10 | Feature

One of the most important medical billing practices to adopt is to catch potential denials before those claims ever get submitted.

Screening Colon Cancer With sDNA

Screening Colon Cancer With sDNA | Feature

According to published data, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, but is also among the most preventable. Studies have found that in more than 60% of all cases, colorectal cancer is not detected until its late stages, making treatment difficult and survival rates low.…

Managing Dysuria, Chlamydia, & UTIs in EDs

Managing Dysuria, Chlamydia, & UTIs in EDs | Opinion Article

Chlamydia is among the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections in the United States, with more than 1.4 million cases being reported in 2012. “Most chlamydia cases are asymptomatic, but the infection can also present with dysuria and may resemble urinary tract infections (UTIs),” explains James W.…

Examining the Use of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Examining the Use of Minimally Invasive Surgery | Feature

A study has found that minimally invasive surgery is being used infrequently in many hospitals throughout the United States. Increasing the use of minimally invasive surgery may help hospitals decrease surgical complication and readmission rates.

SCAI 2015

SCAI 2015 | Feature

New research was presented at SCAI 2015, the annual scientific sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, from May 6 to 9 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Working on the Night Shift in Emergency Medicine

Working on the Night Shift in Emergency Medicine | Feature

Emergency physicians who work night shifts report that they experience fatigue, have poor quality of sleep, and suffer from a depressed mood. Efforts are needed to increase job satisfaction for those working night shifts.

Preoperative Frailty Screening & Palliative Care

Preoperative Frailty Screening & Palliative Care | Feature

Frail surgery patients are at greater risk of death and poor outcomes after their procedure than other patients. Recognition of frailty and its associated risks is important because it can inform shared decision making and may help identify candidates for palliative care consultation.…

Examining Vaccination Rates in Women

Examining Vaccination Rates in Women | Feature

A national survey has found that the majority of adult women in the United States do not believe they are up to date on vaccinations to protect them against many preventable diseases. Efforts are needed to educate women and raise awareness about the importance of vaccinations.

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