Physicians

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October 2017

Physicians spend more than half their time on EHR tasks

Editor's Note Primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday typing data on a computer screen and completing other electronic health record (EHR) tasks, this study from the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association finds. During a typical 11.4-hour workday, physicians spent nearly 6 hours on…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 20, 2017
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Successful onboarding of surgeons makes good business sense

Perioperative staff complete a thorough orientation to ease their transition into a new job, but what about surgeons? How are they onboarded into a new OR? This isn’t an academic question—effective onboarding is key to the success, including financial success, of the OR. “To have someone walk through the door…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2017
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Causes of malpractice lawsuits against surgical residents

Editor's Note This database review of malpractice lawsuits against surgical residents highlights the importance of perioperative management, particularly among junior residents, and the importance of appropriate supervision by attending physicians as targets for education on litigation prevention. During a 10-year period, 87 malpractice cases involving surgical residents were identified. Results…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 6, 2017
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Effectiveness of intraop teaching course for surgeons

Editor's Note In this study, a half-day faculty development course designed to equip surgical educators with frameworks shown to promote learning in the OR helped faculty members deliver improved instruction as perceived by surgical residents. A total of 19 faculty members completed the course. Associate professors demonstrated improved briefing, debriefing,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2017
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Study: Concurrent surgeries not linked to adverse outcomes

Editor's Note In this study using data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), concurrent surgical procedures were not found to increase the risk for adverse outcomes. The analysis included 1,430 surgeons from 390 hospitals who performed 12,010 concurrent surgical procedures from 2014 to…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2017
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From Collision to Collaboration–Creating Partnerships with Physicians and Anesthesiologists

When it comes to introducing new practices and innovative strategies in the perioperative environment, collaboration between nurses, anesthesiologists, and physicians is critically important. Because collaboration is founded on shared influences and mutual respect, you must work together to create something new in support of a shared vision. This type of…

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Survey: Half of practices spend $40K per physician to comply with federal regs

Editor's Note A new Medical Group Management Association survey of 750 physician group practices finds that nearly half spend more than $40,000 per physician each year to comply with federal regulations, the August 10 FierceHealthcare reports. Respondents say the most burdensome regulation is Medicare’s new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 16, 2017
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'Strong for Surgery' program reduces preop smoking rates

Editor's Note A new study finds a big drop in smoking rates when surgeons get involved in helping patients quit before surgery through the "Strong for Surgery" program. The study was presented July 23 at the 2017 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference. Strong for Surgery is…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2017
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Survey finds compensation key to physician retention

Editor's Note In the annual Physician Practice Preference & Relocation Survey from The Medicus Firm, nearly 3 in 10 physicians say concerns about appropriate compensation is the primary reason they would consider a career change, the July 5 FierceHealthcare reports. More than 17% of respondents say they will “likely” or…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2017
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Cost data persuade surgeons to be more frugal

Surgeons usually don’t have a high awareness of costs, partly because they haven’t had an easy way to know them. An unfortunate byproduct of this lack of knowledge can be higher OR costs. “Imagine what it’s like if, when you go to the grocery store, there are no price tags,…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2017
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Physician practice ownership drops below 50%

Editor's Note For the first time, less than half of physicians have an ownership stake in their practices, according to a study by the American Medical Association. Surgical sub-specialties have the highest share of physician owners (59.3%), followed by radiology (56.3%). Emergency medicine has the lowest share of owners (27.9%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2017
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Development Teams: A Partnership Between Surgical Services and Physicians

have made it possible to reduce intracase utilization, saving $16.8 million in 2013 and $43 million in 2014. This session will focus on the value of development teams. Learning objectives • Identify the key team composition and criteria for selecting a physician champion to lead effective change. • Describe how…

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