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Many Doctors Worry About EHR Adoption; Do You?

Even though transitioning toward meaningful use with the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) provides physicians with incentives, many physicians find the move challenging. A recent study found EHR implementation problems were the most concerning technological issues for doctors. While the government offers incentives and assistance for doctors learning how to use EHRs, it also can fine and publicly name the doctors or healthcare systems who fail to keep patient privacy safe. A recent U.S. Health & Human Services Department report revealed that since 2009, nearly 32 million Americans had their healthcare records breached.

Are you overwhelmed with adopting EHRs in your practice?

Read the article and take our poll.


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Will You Replace the Handshake With a Fist Bump?Specialty Spotlight

Hospitals across the nation are considering many solutions to reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections. Evidence suggests handshakes could be one of the culprits behind the spread, and some physicians are urging hospitals to ban the gesture in high-risk areas. They suggest to instead implement alternative gestures, like bowing, waving or even fist bumping. UCLA is going to try establishing a “handshake-free zone” pilot program in a neonatal intensive care unit, which has already caused a lot of criticism among doctors.

Do you agree the handshake should be banned in hospitals?

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Do you have concerns about EHR adoption in your practice?

Adopting and implementing electronic health records can be a stressful, costly and overwhelming experience for physicians. While the government offers incentives and assistance for doctors learning how to use EHRs, it also can fine and publicly name the doctors or healthcare systems who fail to keep patient privacy safe.

Are you overwhelmed with adopting EHRs in your practice?


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Jackson Healthcare Reveals Profile of Physicians’ Practice Environments

A recent survey from Jackson Healthcare provides details on the practice environments of physicians. Most notably, the research shows more physicians are shifting from private practice to employment due to high overhead costs, reimbursement cuts, lack of resources to comply with Affordable Care Act requirements and administrative hassles. Also interesting in the report is that 86 percent of physicians who own their own practice said they accept new Medicare patients, but only 60 percent are accepting new Medicaid patients. The survey also asked doctors about their practice capacity and workload, call rotation, patient access and patient mix.

Read more about Jackson Healthcare’s findings here.

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