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Reverse Recommendation; Hire Well; Hacker's Delight

Reverse Recommendation; Hire Well; Hacker's Delight

Stat: 48

Percentage of physicians who use a combination of a smartphone, tablet, and laptop/desktop in a professional capacity, according to a recent mobile trends report.

Source: Epocrates

Reverse Recommendation

"Well, I am here to apologize. ...I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis."

Sanjay Gupta, MD, announcing his reversal of a long-standing opposition to medical marijuana in an article for CNN.com.

Stressful Work

"Some days I find myself facing patients and feeling more like a harried airline clerk than a real doctor."

Internist and University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine educator John Henning Schumann, in a written article for NPR.

Great CPA? Check!

Physicians think about a lot of things on a day-to-day basis, but business essentials aren't always among them. However, there are at least two dozen business-related resources physicians should be using, writes legal/business expert Ike Devji, in a recent Practice Notes blog. Topping the list in the third installment of his "Doctor's Business-Planning Checklist"? A professional accounting service. "A 'good' [CPA] tells you what you owe; a 'great' one proactively looks for ways to help make that number as small as the law allows," notes Devji. "Taxes and payroll are just the beginning. Today's demanding business climate means you must have a sophisticated fiduciary who proactively offers solutions and shows you legal tax-avoidance options in addition to the exacting administrative and reporting functions we rely upon them for." For more must-have business resources, see http://bit.ly/docbizlist3.

Hire Well

The hiring process for medical practices can be costly and time consuming. That's why it's especially important to have a great employee pre-screening system in place, writes P.J. Cloud-Moulds, a medical practice consultant, in her regular column for Practice Notes. Her first tip: When placing your employment ad, consider the team you have in place. Is there a skill set you are missing that might round out your team? Are you planning to reorganize your department? Do you have a leader? Craft your ad according to your needs. For additional guidance, see http://bit.ly/hirepracticetips.

Ignoring Recommendations

Despite numerous guidelines on how physicians can manage routine back pain, docs are not following advice, says a recent study published on the JAMA Internal Medicine website. Using national survey data, Harvard Medical School researchers identified nearly 24,000 outpatient visits between 1999 and 2010 during which the patients' main symptom was back or neck pain. The study found that the number of physicians who doled out non-recommended remedies, such as advanced imaging, referrals to other physicians, and prescriptions for narcotics, increased, Modern Healthcare reported. Donald Casey Jr., a member of the New York University School of Medicine's department of population health, suggested in an editorial accompanying the study that physicians may not have followed guidance due to greater availability of imaging facilities and the fear of being sued for "missing something."

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