Medicus Megabytes: Link Roundup, 7/25/16

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Today, we bring you the findings of a technology report geared to medical practices, new resources that can provide valuable tips throughout your travels, and hospice care information for primary care physicians.

  • Physicians Practice has released it first-ever Tech Report, which highlights its yearly technology survey and tech-related content showcasing “must haves” and offering a glimpse into the doctor’s office of the future. The online resource for physicians surveyed 1,568 professionals—including doctors, advanced practice providers, and practice administrators—for the annual study, which reveals that while nearly three out of four practices have adopted an electronic health record system, they are still working out how to make the most of the technology.
  • As reported by Luxury Daily, Travel + Leisure has launched a new mobile application and highly curated collection of digital travel guides. Both resources can give clinicians working locum tenens access to expert advice during every step of their journeys. “The app has two key features that make it especially friendly for usage when you’re in a destination looking for great things to do,” says Nathan Lump, editor of the publication. “You can create your own custom itinerary to follow based on the places you’re most interested in, and you can download the guide to use while you’re not connected—perfect for those trying to conserve their data.”
  • In a recent article, Medical Economics looks at significant points primary care doctors should be aware of regarding hospice care. In addition to the new payment policies for the Medicare hospice benefit established earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), hospices are now required to submit data on National Quality Forum-approved measures. CMS has indicated that it intends to begin sharing this information with the public next year via a “hospice compare” website.
  • Earlier this month, JAMA Internal Medicine published an article underscoring research that analyzed salary information for academic physicians at two dozen public medical schools in 12 states, along with data on clinical and research efficiency. As announced in a EurekAlert! press release, the study, which was conducted by Harvard Medical School, Boston and coauthors, found female academic physicians have lower average salaries than their male colleagues, a difference influenced only in part by age, experience, medical specialty, faculty rank, and other elements.

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