Patient Care & Outcomes

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Docs' role in end-of-life talks with parents and their dying children

It's the conversation no physician--or parent--wants to have. Still, physicians have a role to play as coach when a parent needs to have an end-of-life conversation with a child who's dying, according to  STAT News.

Report: PAs increase access to care for underserved patient populations

The doctor shortage and the industry shift toward value-based care have generated a trend toward broader use of nonphysician practitioners to provide care in team-based settings. By taking advantage of the ethnic diversity among physician assistants, care teams have an additional avenue for increasing patient access to care, according to a new report from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Mobile phone prompts help keep patients active

Mobile phone reminders may help people become more active, according to a short-term study published in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Florida non-profit hospital is first to earn integrated care certification

The Joint Commission has awarded its first Integrated Care Certification to Titusville, Florida's Parrish Medical Center.

Going beyond telemedicine: USC picks eight partners for Virtual Care Clinic

The University of Southern California has picked eight partners to participate in its Virtual Care Clinic.  

Mental healthcare initiatives come to ERs' rescue

As more mentally ill patients seek care in emergency rooms, hospitals across the country are taking steps to shift the care burden to other settings.

Joseph Kvedar: Healthcare industry needs to double down on patient engagement

Patients' ability to track their health is easier than ever--but that doesn't mean they'll stay engaged with the wearable, app or device.

Health insurers tackling the opioid epidemic

Several health insurance companies in Massachusetts are taking steps to counter the growing opioid epidemic, including hiring social workers to help support patients who are in recovery, according to a  NPR  report.

Report: 'Patchwork of state laws' on medical marijuana fails patients

State medical marijuana programs received poor grades for meeting patient needs, according to a report published by the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.

Telemedicine may improve care for teens

Pediatricians, who are often tasked to work with very little or vague information from their young patients, may want to consider the benefits of offering various forms of telemedicine to teenagers, according to a blog post from The New York Times.