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Shared decision-making: 4 lessons learned

Physicians can learn some lessons in shared decision-making from the care one oncologist provided a patient with terminal metastatic cancer, writes Peter Ubel, M.D., a physician and behavioral scientist at Duke University, in a commentary in  Forbes.

Zika: Birth defects associated with virus may be 'tip of the iceberg'

The birth defects associated with the Zika virus may be just the beginning of the impacts of the disease on infants, officials said at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies on Sunday.

Honest feedback can improve the patient experience

Patients are looking for a doctor who's competent, caring and attentive, writes Greg A. Hood, M.D., an internist in Lexington, Kentucky, in  Medscape. His challenge to doctors: Serve your patients well, or another doctor will.

Health economist: Competitive Medicare Advantage bidding could save gov't billions

Lack of a competitive bidding process in Medicare Advantage costs the government billions in overpayments. But plans to introduce it are probably doomed, according to a New York Times columnist....

Researchers: Telehealth 'no holy grail' for COPD patients

Research has not shown a strong case for telemedicine as a means to improve quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a literature  review  published in the  International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Patient dangers persist post-discharge

In the ongoing struggle to prevent patient harms and preventable readmissions, many providers overlook one of the most dangerous legs of the process: the discharge and post-discharge process.

Survey offers a peek at the state of primary care practice finances

Average salaries among primary care practitioners generally showed a modestly positive trend, while sentiments about the overall state of practice finances remained largely in line with those expressed in previous years, according to an article released by  Medical Economics.

2 Indian Health Service hospitals agree to make changes to improve quality of care

A pair of government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota have agreed to make significant updates to improve the quality of care offered, and in return the two facilities will continue to receive needed federal funding.

Report: Canadian ambulatory care clinics reap $200M in benefits from EHRs

Canadian doctors in ambulatory care settings are reaping $200 million in annual value related to their electornic health record use, according to a new report released by Canada Health Infoway.

As urgent care grows, the new twist is specialty clinics, franchises

As it grows, urgent care is evolving with the latest twists involving specialty clinics, franchises, and hospitals and health insurance companies getting into the action, according to an article in the  Orlando Sentinel.