And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- According to a survey conducted by analytics company Vennli, physicians prefer positive patient outcomes and user-friendliness over cost and design when purchasing medical devices, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology. Among the least important aspects doctors considered when buying medical gadgets are recommendations by key opinion leaders (62 percent) and education and training (66 percent). More than 9,000 American clinicians responded to the survey.
- During a press briefing at Internal Medicine Meeting 2018, the American College of Physicians (ACP) provided an update regarding its Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction initiative and the related Patients Before Paperwork project. As stated in an ACP Newsroom release, increasing physician well-being and curbing administrative burdens are paramount among the national organization of internal medicine physicians’ priorities.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is being urged to reduce the reporting period allotted for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), reports MedPage Today. Forty medical organizations—including the American Medical Association (AMA) and Infectious Diseases Society of America—have written to CMS Administrator Seema Verma to encourage her to shorten the requirement from a full calendar year to 90 consecutive days.
- An aging population and rise in rheumatic disease have placed additional pressures on clinicians specializing in rheumatic disease, states a Medical Express news item. To meet the demands, the American College of Rheumatology has developed a formal curriculum for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) that can serve as a tool when bringing these advanced practitioners into clinical rheumatology practice.
- A recent AMA Wire post looks at the findings of a Virginia-based clinic’s survey on physician burnout and employee engagement. The clinic, which serves roughly one million patients, polled all physicians, residents and fellows, advanced practitioners, and medical students in its system. In response to the startling results, its leaders devised seven innovative concepts and initiatives, which have been outlined in an AMA STEPS Forward