International Medical Graduates’ Burgeoning Role in U.S. Health Care

Approximately 25 percent of physicians in the United States who are actively engaged in patient care are international medical graduates (IMGs), the AMA Journal of Ethics noted in a 2016 commentary.

Walking the Hospital Security Tightrope

A well-trained team of armed security personnel may improve safety in healthcare facilities, experts say. However, this approach carries risks, and analysts emphasize the need for a multipronged approach to security.

Study Finds Marked Increase in Marijuana Use among Pregnant Women

Use of marijuana by expectant mothers in the United States rose 62 percent from 2002 through 2014, raising concerns among researchers even as legalization of pot has spread.

A Push for Drug Price Transparency

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in 2015 suggested nearly three-fourths of Americans consider drug prices unjustifiably high. Citing concerns about negative perceptions of drug pricing, the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians recently offered recommendations...

Motivating Factors: Potential Drivers of Future EHR Adoption

The EHR adoption rate among physicians in the United States is high — greater than 80 percent, according to federal government data — but with federal meaningful use (MU) incentives drying up, what will it take to get the holdouts on board?

Time-stealing Recruitment Scams

Job recruitment scams are common, and even if savvy physicians and other healthcare workers pull back the moment a phony recruiter requests bank account information, they can’t recoup time lost pursuing non-existent positions.

Technological Acumen Increasingly Vital to Physician Success

Reinvention is the name of the game in medicine today, as expanded regulations force physicians to remain nimble in the face of constant change.

Tapping into Telemental Health to Address a Provider Shortage

Despite a number of barriers, industry observers and clinicians say telemental health is an effective method both for delivering care and dealing with the dearth of mental health service providers.

Protecting Patient Information in a Facebook World

Social media offer great potential for engaging with patients. But with Facebook, Twitter and other social media forming an integral part of both the professional and personal lives of high numbers of young medical professionals in particular, opportunities for disclosing protected health information (PHI) have multiplied.

Waiting Room Wi-Fi Access: Promise and Peril

Protecting patient information is the driving force behind HIPAA. However, with Wi-Fi access in physician office waiting rooms offering the prospect of increased patient satisfaction, practice management teams may want to consider furnishing that amenity — so long as it’s properly separated from servers that store patient data.