Tag: physician assistants

Nursing Shortages Affect Safety During Labor and Delivery

Nursing shortages are the biggest safety risk for patients in labor and delivery units, according to a recent survey of obstetricians. Just over 58% of...

Physicians Wearing White Coats Rated More Experienced

Physicians wearing white coats were rated as significantly more experienced and professional than peers wearing casual attire. Regardless of their attire, however, female physicians were...

Medicare Proposes Direct Payments to PAs, Telehealth Expansion

Medicare intends next year to allow physician assistants (PAs) to begin directly billing for their work and to expand coverage of telehealth services. It also...

Resident Pay, Relationships Stay Steady Amid Uncertainty of COVID

Medical residents faced a challenging year in 2021; they were called upon to navigate the front lines of a pandemic while working to complete their...

FDA Approves New Asparaginase Product for Leukemia

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new version of asparaginase for use in children and adults who have developed hypersensitivity to...

Dad, Mom, and 7 Kids, All Docs or Nurses, Go Viral With Photo

All the siblings in the Okpaleke family pursued careers in medicine. From left to right: Okway Okpaleke, MD; Chinelo Okpaleke, PA; Nkiru Osefo, MD; Ifeoma...

Little Impact of Private Equity on Dermatology Practices

A new study suggests that private investor ownership of dermatology practices has little impact on spending, but does result in a small increase in the number...

Race, Socioeconomics: Barriers to Migraine Care

Race and socioeconomic status can hinder and delay patient access to migraine treatment and result in poorer outcomes, according to a study published in the...

Dramatic Rise in Use of Drugs for Opioid-Induced Constipation

A call for more appropriate use of a new class of drugs for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) has been issued by researchers who...

Multidisciplinary Approach Touted for Atopic Dermatitis

Bringing pharmacists, allergists, and dermatologists together to discuss patient care can improve outcomes for children with atopic dermatitis, researchers say. “I think we really gained...

Quicker Fertility Rebound in Young Women With Breast Cancer

For a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, the prospect that the treatment needed for the cancer may irreversibly impair fertility piles on distress. A...

Negative Results When Immunotherapy Was Added Onto Radiation

The early halt of a phase 3 trial of avelumab (Bavencio) plus chemoradiotherapy for the treatment of squamous cell head and neck cancer raises a...

TBI Beats Chemoconditioning for ALL Transplants in Children

For now at least, total body irradiation (TBI) plus etoposide remains the conditioning regimen of choice for children undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant for...

Views on Ethical Issues Shifting in Family, Internal Medicine

Internal medicine physicians’ and family physicians’ attitudes have changed in recent years on several ethical issues, according to the Medscape Internal Medicine Ethics Report 2020...

HHS Will Drop Buprenorphine Waiver Rule for Most Physicians

Federal officials on Thursday announced a plan to largely drop the so-called X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions for physicians in a bid to remove an...

Differences in Right vs Left Colon in Black vs White Individuals

The right colon appears to age faster in Black people than in White people, perhaps explaining the higher prevalence of right-side colon cancer among Black...

Cancer Rates on the Rise in Adolescents and Young Adults

Rates of cancer increased by 30% from 1973 to 2015 in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) (persons aged 15–39 years) in the United States, according...

Medicare Finalizes 2021 Physician Pay Rule With E/M Changes

Medicare officials stuck with their plan to increase payments for office visits for primary care and several other specialties that focus on helping patients manage...

For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three...

Painful Ethical Choices in 2020 vs 2010: How Has Thinking Changed?

Much has changed in the 10 years since Medscape’s first survey on what physicians would do when faced with painful choices in patient care. A...

Primary Care Workforce Expanding, but Mostly in Cities

The number of primary care providers is increasing per capita in the United States, but they are still disproportionately concentrated in urban centers, researchers say....

Fauci’s Daughters Won’t Visit Him for Thanksgiving

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Dr. Anthony Fauci says his adult daughters will not be visiting...

Opioid Use Reduced by 20%, but What About Patients With Cancer?

Regulations to curb opioid abuse might be blocking legitimate access by cancer patients who need opioids for pain, according to a review of Medicare prescription...

Patients Usually Understand and Agree With Physicians’ Notes

Given an opportunity to see physicians’ notes about their visits, patients mostly understand and agree with them, a survey shows. Overall, 93% of respondents said...

Physician Shortage Grows in Latest Projections

Fifteen-year projections for the shortage of primary care and specialty physicians in the United States grew to between 54,000 and 139,000 in the latest annual...