And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- Federal News Radio announced that a rule permitting Veterans Affairs (VA) providers to deliver care to patients across state lines via telehealth has been finalized. The new rule supersedes states’ laws and enables the VA to formally grow its telehealth program. To learn more, listen to the Federal Newscast on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. (Subscribe to PodcastOne or Apple Podcasts to hear the broadcast on a mobile device. Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are recommended for the best listening experience on a desktop.)
- New doctors can become homeowners even while paying off sizeable medical school debt, according to a recent Student Loan Hero post. Banks offer these loans, which have special, favorable terms, to physicians right out of residency, reports the online resource for managing and eliminating student loans and personal debt. Those who wish to apply must have proof of their medical degree, a signed contract that shows they have a job as a physician that begins within 60 to 90 days, a FICO score of roughly 700, deferred student loans, and a debt-to-income ratio of 45 percent or less (not including student loans).
- As stated in an OPEN MINDS news report, by 2025, it is expected that roughly 27 percent of family practice/primary care clinicians will be nurse practitioners (NPs). This forecast, according to federal workforce projections, is an 8.5 percent increase from the percentage of the family practice/primary care provider workforce that NPs represented five years ago.
- Becker’s Hospital Review shares news about a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that reveals emergency medicine physicians may consider methodical cross-checking to cut the risk of patient harm and decrease adverse events in the emergency department. The resource for hospital and health system executives highlights several items its audience should know about the study’s findings, which include the benefits of patients having the ability to receive a second opinion and a reduction in the rate of medical errors.
- The results of a survey commissioned by growth-focused marketing platform PatientPop indicate 80 percent of healthcare professionals regard their online reputation as very or extremely important, conveys MobiHealthNews. Moreover, while 90 percent of the survey respondents were concerned about the risks of negative feedback, less than 50 percent intended to employ resources to improve their reputation the following year.