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It may seem obvious that certain medical specialties are sued more often than others (think neurosurgery vs. rhinology). However, there are also physician behaviors that can result in a higher claims rate, according to a recent study reported by The New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Simon has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award–Basic Domain by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in honor of his contributions to cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Simon, who is President of University Hospital’s (UH) Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, was recognized for his achievements on April 4, during the ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago.
The implementation of a ketogenic diet (KD) to treat intractable childhood epilepsy has ancient origins. As elements of the treatment have advanced over the centuries, clinicians are hopeful the diet’s uses can be expanded to address other neurological disorders.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology establish recommendations for current care. Clinicians must know the past chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment timeline. This will allow the clinician to know if the patient is having breakthrough, delayed or refractory nausea/emesis. Categorically, antiemetic drugs control nausea and vomiting however they will only work with the right clinical presentation.
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. While hardly the sexiest of investment choices, dividend-paying stocks may offer a difficult-to-beat combination — good quality and a history of typically lower volatility than the overall market. Wren cites an impressive number in this regard. During the past 80 years, about half of the market’s growth, as measured by the S&P 500, has come from dividend-paying stocks.
In today’s environment, you don’t know whether the equity markets are going up or down, money in your bank account is earning nothing, and you want to diversify your investments. A friend or a relative comes to you and suggests pooling your money together to buy a rental property. You are going to pay cash for the place so, without a monthly mortgage payment, the rent should generate a nice return on your investment after paying for property taxes, insurance and maintenance. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Most healthcare practitioners probably give little thought to what constitutes a medical record or where they keep patient records. When a patient requests his or her records, the staff copies the patient’s chart or prints out electronic records and provides them to the patient. However, a recent case decided by the Ohio Supreme Court demonstrates recent efforts by patients (and patients’ attorneys) to broaden the definition of “medical record” to obtain more ammunition for potential lawsuits.
Go the extra mile. That’s the mission for all service-based businesses. For LifeCare Medical Services, it’s a way of life.
Retinal disorders are among the most common causes of visual impairment and blindness for people over 55 in the United States. One such disorder, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), affects at least 35 percent of all people over 75 — more than 10 million Americans. As the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people with age-related eye diseases is expected to double.
The incidence of brain tumors is on the rise. Or is it? 
Opioid prescription and addiction are serious problems. Consider these facts from the CDC: In the last 15 years, prescriptions for opioids have quadrupled. During that same time period, more than 165,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. In 2014 alone, nearly 2 million Americans were addicted to or abused opioid medications.
Early detection improves outcomes. This is true for all diseases. For abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), early detection saves lives. AAA, however, is usually asymptomatic. When it is discovered, it’s usually by accident — during diagnostic imaging for gastrointestinal problems, for example.
Morbid obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A staggering 68 percent of adults over the age of 20 are overweight (with a Body Mass Index [BMI] of 25–29.9), and more than 35 percent are obese (BMI of 30 or higher), according to an ongoing CDC-supported study. A number of serious health problems are linked to obesity including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
Servant’s heart, owner’s mind and a passion to make a difference. This has been the recipe for success for Dominic Bagnoli, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, and the company he co-founded more than 20 years ago — Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP). It’s also the foundation for U.S. Acute Care Solutions (USACS), a new company he launched last year.
It's one of the fastest-growing types of ID theft, and it can involve a patient’s health information or a physician’s professional identifiers.
“America’s doctors are facing an epidemic.” That’s the headline on the Association of Independent Physicians’ website. Their statistics confirm this: In 2000, well over half (57 percent) of all physicians in the United States worked for themselves. Now, that number (36 percent) is closer to one in three.
New physicians, expanded services and upgraded facilities took the spotlight in 2015 during St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s 150th anniversary year. Several other projects are still in the works for 2016, including one announced last month: St. Vincent’s has launched the first bariatric surgery program in the nation with the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN) through the Pacific Business Group on Health. The ECEN is comprised of Fortune 500 companies which have banded together to secure the finest surgical care for their employees at the most reasonable cost.
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery have long been the three pillars of cancer care. Since the turn of the century, interventional oncology has been recognized as the fourth pillar. Often a complementary or pre-treatment, interventional oncology is also used when other therapies have failed or are deemed unsafe for certain patients.
There are genetic tests that are best ordered by those who have the experience to do so. However, given the large number of genetic tests available and their increased use in general practice, more and more clinicians will find themselves in the position of ordering from the genetic test menu. 
Chronic pelvic pain is a complex diagnosis, encompassing multiple different conditions and many organ systems. Treatment of chronic pain is challenging due to an incomplete understanding of pain processing.