A nurse inspired by a young chemotherapy patient’s courage posts a photo on her personal Facebook page, being careful not to use the patient’s name. A practice manager posts a photo of an office party on Instagram; a stack of patient files is in the background. A nurse writes an angry blog post about an alleged cop-killer who is being treated at the hospital where she works, but does not name the patient, victim, or her employer. What do all of these scenarios have in common? They are all examples of HIPAA violations that led to a healthcare professional being reprimanded, fined, or fired.Read More

In health care today, it’s not uncommon to find four generations working together. Baby Boomers and even some pre-Boomers occupy many of the leadership positions in hospitals and medical practices, but are rapidly reaching retirement age. Many Generation X physicians are moving into leadership roles, but shun the “workaholic” tendencies of older doctors in favor of the work-life balance prized by younger generations. And while Generation Y, also known as Millennials, often get a bad rap for not being team players, they are also the largest generation – more than 80 million strong – and the most comfortable with technology.Read More

The health care job market is booming. In 2015, the industry added an average of 40,000 jobs a month, almost double the 2014 rate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). What does this mean for your medical practice? To hire and retain the best staff in this competitive market, you need to make sure you’re doing everything you can to provide an appealing work environment for your employees. Read on to find out how.Read More

In the U.S., with a population of 300 million, patients undergo around 15 million nuclear medicine scans, 100 million CT and MRI scans, and almost 10 billion laboratory tests each year. “Often, these are fishing expeditions,” writes Atul Gawande, New Yorker staff writer, surgeon, and public health researcher.Read More

Most doctors have encountered them at some point: a patient’s complaining spouse, controlling daughter, or aggressive son-in-law who questions every care decision. Dealing with difficult caregivers is a common issue. There are 93 million family caregivers in the U.S., and four in ten adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues. Many of those caregivers report having high levels of stress, difficulty balancing work and family responsibilities, and little time to take care of themselves and their own health. All that stress and pressure can add up to an unhappy person who’s hard to deal with. Here’s some advice for doctors on how to handle these challenging caregivers while giving their patients the care they need.Read More