In the Journals

ACP calls for revision of physician performance measurements

April 18, 2018
In Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, most ambulatory internal medicine quality measures are not compliant with ACP…
In the Journals

Two-week methotrexate hiatus after flu vaccine improves vaccine effect

April 13, 2018
Temporarily ceasing methotrexate for 2 weeks following seasonal influenza vaccination improves the vaccine’s immunogenicity, without increasing…
Perspective

ACR disappointed by CMS final rule on essential health benefits

April 12, 2018
The American College of Rheumatology has issued a statement expressing concern over a CMS final rule that, among other provisions, would allow…
Meeting News

Consider purposeful steps physicians can take to gain patient trust, reduce bias

April 11, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. — A presenter here at Hospital Medicine 2018 encouraged attendees to be aware of their subconscious bias and to connect with…
In the JournalsPerspective

Experts express concerns about FDA precertification program for health apps

April 10, 2018
In a new commentary published in Annals of Internal Medicine, experts suggest that the FDA’s Digital Health Software Precertification Program…
In the Journals

More than $500 billion wasted in nonoptimized prescriptions

April 9, 2018
The estimated yearly cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality caused by nonoptimized medication therapy — those prescriptions that are…

4 ways to address the #MeToo era in health care

April 6, 2018
In the first entry to our Healio Legal Perspectives resource center, experts from Epstein Becker and Green discuss how to inoculate a health care

Nearly half of Americans forgo medical care because of cost

March 27, 2018
Due to high costs of health care, 44% of people in the United States avoid visiting the doctor’s office when sick or injured, and approximately…
In the Journals

Few patient harm events linked to electronic health record usability

March 27, 2018
Less than 1% of patient harm events from 2013 to 2016 were attributable to electronic health record usability, data recently published in JAMA
Feature

How to handle medical advice requests from friends, family

March 27, 2018
Friends and family members will ask doctors for medical advice for a variety of reasons: curiosity, needing help in a situation that is unfamiliar…

Controversial CDC pick draws mixed reactions

March 22, 2018
The Trump administration’s selection of longtime AIDS researcher Robert R. Redfield, MD, to be the next CDC director drew mixed reactions from…
In the Journals

Education, care time unaffected by limited work shifts for trainees

March 20, 2018
Limited shifts and workweeks for internal medicine trainees and interns, compared with flexible models that allow first-year residents to work longer…

Music soothes burnout, increases empathy

March 19, 2018
Medical students who temporarily put down a medical instrument and picked up a musical one, say doing so helped alleviate their burnout symptoms and…
In the Journals

Alzheimer’s patients at no greater risk for hip fracture with long-term PPI use

March 16, 2018
The use of proton pump inhibitors over a long period did not increase the risk for hip fracture in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according…
In the Journals Plus

Bisphosphonate holiday may decrease fracture risk in women

March 14, 2018
Women on bisphosphonates for at least 3 years who took a drug holiday for at least 12 months do not appear to have an increased risk for any…
In the Journals

US health care spending double other countries, use rates similar

March 13, 2018
The United States spent almost twice as much as other high-income countries on health care, but the use of health care in the U.S. closely aligned…
FDA News

FDA: PDX Aromatics recalls kratom-containing powder products for risk of Salmonella

March 12, 2018
The FDA has announced that PDX Aromatics of Portland, Oregon, has begun a recall of products containing kratom powder, an unregulated herbal…

Deadline approaching for submitting data to CMS

March 12, 2018
Eligible clinicians have until March 31 to submit their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, data to CMS. Clinicians should decide now…
In the Journals Plus

No increased fracture risk identified with sarcopenia

March 9, 2018
Adults with pre-sarcopenia or sarcopenia are no more likely to sustain a fracture than adults with osteoporosis without sarcopenia, according to…

Cigna acquires Express Scripts, AMA expresses concern

March 8, 2018
Cigna Corporation and Express Scripts Holding Company announced a definitive agreement in which Cigna will acquire Express Scripts for approximately…