EHRs costly if practices do not adjust, study finds
Physician practices lose money when they adopt EHRs but do not change the way they work to take advantage of the systems, a study in Health Affairs found. "Practices with a positive return on investment realized savings by eliminating paper medical records, as well as dictation and billing services and positions of, or hours worked by, staff members who were performing services no longer required after EHR adoption," the researchers said. Larger practices were more likely to realize gains. MedPage Today (free registration)
Hospitals prescribe anger management for misbehaving doctors
Some hospitals are taking steps such as mandating anger management classes to address disruptive behavior by doctors. Up to 5% of doctors can exhibit inappropriate displays of anger, experts say, and this article cites a surgeon who injured a technician by slamming down a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Regulations adopted in 2009 require hospitals to have policies addressing disruptive behavior. Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post
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Polycaprolactone injections can smooth nasolabial folds
Polycaprolactone gel injections smoothed nasolabial folds better than hyaluronic acid injections in a 40-patient, single-center trial, researchers report. Polycaprolactone microspheres in a glycerin-water gel matrix may stimulate collagen production. Researchers used less polycaprolactone than hyaluronic acid to achieve desired results in the split-face study. MedPage Today (free registration)
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