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Opioid crisis legal ramifications: How to protect your healthcare organizationOverprescribing by just one practitioner can lead to an untoward outcome that may readily affect the entire healthcare facility.
Study: Patients combine toxic medications with ‘alarming frequency’A new study uses population health analytics to identify potential opioid abuse, and the study findings are troubling.
Revenue boostersDermatologists trying to boost practice revenue might add a device in hopes of making a profit on a cosmetic option or a skincare product line sold through the practice.
OD Q&A: Philip Aitsebaomo, OD, PhD, FAAORunning for office, diversity in optometry, and mentoring students
How often do you prescribe glasses in very young children?The glasses prescribing patterns of a pediatric ophthalmology group differed from the guidelines issued by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for infants less than age 1 year but were similar for children age 1 to 3 years, a study found. The study also demonstrated the efficacy of using electronic medical records for assessing physician decision-making.
Doctors writing fewer painkiller RxsNinety percent of primary care doctors recently surveyed said they are concerned about prescription drug abuse—and nearly half of those surveyed said they are less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers than just a year ago.
Prescribing decisions affected by student interaction with marketersMedical trainees who spend more time with pharmaceutical marketing representatives are less likely to make evidence-based choices when prescribing, according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
New York ODs seek expanded scope of practiceNew York is one of the two states that have yet to allow optometrists to prescribe certain oral medications, but the state’s ODs are looking to change that.
Co-prescription of benzodiazepines and opioids has increased over the last 10 yearsBenzodiazepines and opioid medications have dangerous synergistic effects. The use of both has climbed in the last decade, and so has co-prescription.
Antibiotic requests: Tips for physicians dealing with patient demandsPhysicians are being called on to change patient expectations about antibiotic use, and experts say it’s about communication.