During his presidential address at the AMA House of Delegates meeting, Gerald E. Harmon, MD, outlined five actions that he said policymakers must take to better support physicians.
Medical assistants are an essential part of any medical office or clinic. Performing both clinical and administrative duties, medical assistants provide support for physicians, and do a variety of tasks. Right now, there appears to be a sizeable demand for medical assistants over the next decade to keep up with demand. Advances in medical technology are helping improve and evolve the work that medical assistants do daily .
Results presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting showed virtual visits may provide similar patient and encounter-specific satisfaction as in-person visits among pediatric patients.
Telemedicine visits accounted for more than 60% of patient care at New York community health centers during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, finds a new study by researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health. While video visits have their advantages, telephone visits accounted for a larger proportion of telemedicine care and are critical for providing access and addressing the “digital divide,” according to the study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
Healthcare News of Note: 53% of U.S. adults say they prefer in-person healthcare to telehealth visits moving forward, survey says
A majority of U.S. adults said they prefer an in-person visit with their physician over a telehealth visit moving forward, according to a survey. There is a clear disconnect in the information being shared and understood when patients and doctors are together, according to results of another survey.
Although high ratings of patient care and experience can be achieved through both virtual and in-patient visits, results showed patients undergoing spine surgery favored in-person care, particularly for first-time appointments.
In this video from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Kirk A. Campbell, MD, FAAOS, discussed patient satisfaction with care using telehealth vs. in-person office-based visits for follow-up care after arthroscopic meniscus surgery.
It’s always been hard to get a good read on how telehealth would ultimately fare in the urgent care industry. There have been proponents who argued that anything that increases access to medical care—which telehealth does, undeniably—would ultimately be good for the patient and any operator smart enough to seize the opportunity.
New research suggests a letter may be all that it takes to lower the number of telehealth no-shows among older patients, even during a pandemic.
With the increase in February 2020 of COVID-19 cases and the need for social distancing practices, telehealth became a CDC-recommended format for health care providers and facilities to use for clinical services. Research published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed the number of telehealth visits increased by 50% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.