Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for June 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency
FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement, according to an article published in Dermatology Times.
AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training
FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into their curricula.
Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction
THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Health care communication technology is a determinant of patient satisfaction in younger patients, according to a report published by Black Book Market Research LLC.
AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism
TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new ethical guidelines on medical tourism to help physicians understand their responsibilities when interacting with patients who seek or have received medical care outside the United States.
Thinner Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Tied to Worse Cognitive Function
TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For individuals without neurodegenerative disease, a thinner retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) is associated with worse cognitive function and increased likelihood of future cognitive decline, according to a study published online June 25 in the JAMA Neurology.
AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency
MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis.
Corneal Abnormalities Seen With Down Syndrome
MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Patients with Down syndrome (DS) have steeper and thinner corneas and more corneal aberrations than patients without DS, according to a study published online June 21 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus
FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Aedes mosquitoes in California can spread the Zika virus, according to a study published online June 21 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Considerable Costs Associated With Switching EHR
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Switching electronic health record (EHR) systems can result in increased efficiency and productivity gains, but there are significant costs associated with the switch, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
AMA Vows to Improve Access for Docs Seeking Mental Health Care
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a policy aimed at improving physician access to mental health care in response to physician depression, burnout, and suicide.
Amblyopia, Strabismus May Slow Test Performance in Children
THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with certain eye conditions — amblyopia or strabismus — require more time to fill out multiple-choice answer forms, according to a study published online June 14 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
How Do Business Partner Data Breaches Affect Your Practice?
TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Data breaches affecting health care systems or their partners need to be addressed quickly, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Time Spent in Education Is Causal Risk Factor for Myopia
THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More time spent in education seems to be a causal risk factor for myopia, according to a study published online June 6 in The BMJ.
Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research published in the June 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
CDC: Office-Based Physician Visit Rates Vary by Patient Age, Sex
TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is considerable variation in office-based physician visit rates by patient age and sex, according to a June data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Multisensory Interventions Cut Pain in Preterm Infant Eye Exams
FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The addition of multisensory pain-reducing interventions to topical anesthetic (TA) reduces pain in eye examinations of preterm infants, according to research published online June 1 in Pediatrics.
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