Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Orthopedics 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.
USPSTF Favors Osteoporosis Screening to Prevent Fracture
THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures for women aged ≥65 years and for postmenopausal women aged <65 years at increased risk of osteoporosis. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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.
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.
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.
Various Factors Affect Progress in Back-Related Leg Pain, Sciatica
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In back-related leg pain and sciatica patients, belief in a long recovery and the number of other symptoms attributed to the pain are independently negatively associated with improvement, according to a study published in the June issue of The Spine Journal.
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.
Greater Weight Loss Linked to Superior Outcomes in Knee OA
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For overweight and obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA), greater weight loss is associated with superior clinical and mechanistic outcomes, according to a study published online June 18 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Binge Drinking Tied to Poorer Bone Health in Young Females
FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking in adolescence may prevent girls from reaching their peak bone mass (PBM), according to a study published online June 13 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Negative Pressure Wound Tx No Benefit for Lower Limb Open Fx
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Use of a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for severe open fracture of the lower limb is not associated with improved self-rated disability at 12 months, compared with standard wound dressing, according to a study published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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.
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).
Benefit of Liposomal Bupivacaine for Pain in TKA Questioned
MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Liposomal bupivacaine use in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty is not associated with clinically meaningful reductions in inpatient opioid use, resource utilization, or opioid-related complications, according to a study published online May 21 in Anesthesiology.
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