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Should Doctors “Stay in Their Lane..”?

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 30, 2018 6:00:00 AM

A recent uproar in the media was the National Rifle Association telling doctors in a tweet to “stay in their lane” when addressing the issue of gun violence. As you know, doctors see the aftermath of gun violence; you have to tell the family whether their loved one is alive or dead from this senseless act of violence. An immediate tweet back to the NRA from the Annals of Internal Medicine simply said: “Doctors are in our lane.” In addition to this, the AIM also decided to collaborate with the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM) to fund new research supporting new practice recommendations.

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Topics: Doctor-Patient Relationships, Ask the Doctor, News, Prevention

Reasons for Patients Ignoring Physician Advice

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

It is a known fact among all of our members that patients often do not do what their physician advises them to after seeing them. As frustrating as it can be, it is important to us at Emerald Coast Medical Association to make our members know that this is not a failure on your part, as you can only do so much. Our meetings are open for our members to discuss these frustrations without judgment, and allow them to discuss among each other how to better address these types of situations.

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Topics: Doctor-Patient Relationships, Patient Education, Prevention, Insider

Arming Ourselves Against Physician Burnout

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Sep 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals everywhere are experiencing burnout due to stress related factors. The suicide rate among physicians is more than double that of the general population. Burnout and depression can lead to medical error, something no patient wants to experience.

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Topics: Prevention, Doctor-Patient Relationships, Mental Health, Medical Malpractice

CMS Proposal Aims to Improve Doctor-Patient Relationships

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jul 20, 2018 9:20:42 AM

In May, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told us that he planned to use his pen to make significant and hopefully positive changes to the healthcare industry in the United States. Staying true to his word, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposal that could have a drastic, positive impact on doctor-patient relationships in the U.S.

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Topics: Medicare, Doctor-Patient Relationships, Affordable Healthcare

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