We should eliminate voice mail from the practice of medicine. It's inefficient, annoying, inconvenient, and expensive and there are other more efficient tools available that are better, smarter, and cheaper.
Physicians train long and hard to learn how to treat patients' symptoms, but they often leave medical school without a firm grasp on how to speak to patients clearly and compassionately. That skill gap can have consequences, both clinical and financial.
As the Greek government rejects the terms of a proposed European Union bailout, physicians from Greece are rejecting the instability and moving elsewhere. That story, plus a look at a new trove of doctor payment data, in this week’s PMD Critical List.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), frequently utilized by emergency medicine physicians and designed to help identify patients who "doctor shop" for prescriptions, are used to guide clinical decisions and opioid prescribing, as well as to facilitate discussions and provide patient education.