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Hospitalist Career Articles of Interest
Technology is Changing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Source: The Washington Post
Whether they are ready or not, physicians must accept that technology is altering their relationships with patients. Almost 75 percent of adults in the U.S. search for health information online and many prefer to have access to their online health records. Due to changes by CMS, about two-thirds of physicians and most hospitals use electronic medical records (EMRs) now that they are provided with financial incentives, while only 18 percent of physicians used EMRs in 2001. While most have switched to the use of EMRs, many physicians are overwhelmed with keeping up with the data. This sometimes leads to physicians spending more time staring at their computer or tablet screen during appointments instead of focusing on the patient. Physicians need to remember patients are constantly researching health issues online and want more transparency with their records.
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Patient Satisfaction Rates Drop to Worst in Nine Years
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
The overall healthcare score for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in 2015 is 75.1 percent, which is the lowest it has been since 2006. Last year the score was 77.6 percent and 80 percent in 2013, according to the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index. The index’s managing director states the “rising demand” of the newly insured is “outpacing supply, coupled with increasing healthcare costs” which leads to lower satisfaction. There was also a 10-point decline for emergency room satisfaction.
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What do you do with your earned miles and hotel points from traveling?
Most people join rewards programs to earn miles or points to be used for traveling. Points can be cashed in for free flights or hotel stays. This can be particularly beneficial for locum tenens physicians, who could potentially earn points while traveling on someone else’s dime. If you are part of a rewards program, how do you use your points?
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