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No easy answers: Practicing medicine amid the push and pull of healthcare

I'm not sure if I love it or hate it when this happens, but today's issue of  FiercePracticeManagement  is an example of one that includes more discussion points than clear-cut advice. Many questions raised by these stories surround the idea of influence--identifying it, disclosing it and attempting to control it.

Even after lawsuit, doc says defensive medicine harms care

Involvement in a malpractice lawsuit forever changed the way Ruth Kannai, M.D., evaluated her patients' health risks, she wrote in an article published in the  Annals of Family Medicine.  The family physician compared the way she would handle a situation before the family of a deceased patient sued her versus after--which almost always involved more tests, follow-up and caution than her training or experience taught her was necessary.

Competing pressures put docs between a rock and a hard place

The pressures to reduce costs, avoid lawsuits and please patients increasingly put doctors between a rock and a hard place, according to a recent  arti cle  from  Medscape.

AMA framework looks to improve EHR usability

The American Medical Association, concerned about current electronic health record design, has released a new framework outlining eight priorities to improve the usability of the systems.

3 potential physician shortage fixes

FierceHealthcare explores potential technological, legislative and educational fixes to the primary care physician shortage.

RAND: EHR usability a 'unique and vexing' challenge to doc satisfaction

The RAND Corporation has released a new study warning that electronic health records worsen physicians' satisfaction, which in turn may adversely affect patient care.

Obama to send 3,000 troops to help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

President Barack Obama will announce an allocation of military and medical resources to combat the deadly Ebola virus' spread in West Africa today, The New York Times reported.

Risk calculators aid shared decision-making

Making a major medical decision is challenging for patients, with an increasingly complex list of factors to weigh, including everything from quality of life to financial expense. And while this process is highly influenced by  patients' emotions, new tools for physicians can use data to fairly accurately weigh the risks and benefits of many treatments and procedures.

Marketing technique hospitals can use to improve patient satisfaction

In a world where patients and consumers can look up healthcare prices and hospital ratings online, the industry faces increased competition and transparency, and must enhance patient experience to stay relevant, according to a recent  Forbes  piece.

Industry experts: Expand patient access, education to personal health info

Patients increasingly have access to their health records, and that means finding ways to improve access and ensure patients know how to use the information, according to panelists at a health summit Monday.