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As many of us already know, our nation’s youth is in a mental health crisis , as recently reported by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. This crisis has been developing for years. The pandemic did not cause a mental health crisis among our nation’s children but exasperated it while exposing challenges that existed prior to adding COVID-19 to the mix. The challenge to address and improve children’s mental health is urgent. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in 5 U.S. children has a diagnosable mental health disorder . For our nation's teens this has been significant. While factors like teen sex and school bullying are down and LGBTQ acceptance ...
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Posted on behalf of co-authors and MSVPAC Board Members Trisha Anest, MD and Robert Glasgow, PA-C, MPAS, MPH -- When you need to make an important decision but you’re not familiar with the subject area, what do you do? You consult an expert to get the details you need to help you make an informed decision. The goal of MSV’s nonpartisan Political Action Committee (MSVPAC) is to do just that: provide legislative decision-makers with the information, data, and details they need to make informed decisions about healthcare-related issues and policies. Despite the fact that healthcare issues are at the top of the agenda for our legislators here in ...
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“I want to eat healthy, but I just don’t have the time.” Sound familiar? For National Nutrition Month, it’s important to recognize that time is the one thing we never have enough of. Just like you, your patients have long to-do lists and busy schedules. Unfortunately, when time is short, healthy eating often goes out the window. You know diets high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar can lead to conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. In fact, most of the sodium we consume comes from restaurant, processed, packaged, and store-bought food — the very things we reach for when we’re in a hurry. It’s important ...
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I am sharing the latest MSV blog post written by Nicole Franklin, MS, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company When casually or carelessly conducted, telephone communications can lead to diagnostic errors and misunderstandings that may culminate in professional malpractice claims. Mitigate Malpractice Risk: Telephone Communication with Patients Creating comprehensive, clear guidelines for telephone encounters with patients is critical in mitigating risk. Establish practice guidelines and ensure that all office and clinical staff are trained on their roles in communicating with patients by telephone. Protect yourself ...
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I am sharing the latest MSV blog post written by Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company and TDC Group Retail medicine and private equity are important drivers of primary care delivery in the U.S., and they are poised to become even more so. Corporate entities have always been involved in healthcare, but now mega corporations—from outside the medical space—are entering the field. The involvement of these large non-legacy corporate entities in healthcare is growing and is challenging—and while this trend brings some benefits, it will also impact how all clinicians provide healthcare. In a single quarter ...
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There’s no question COVID-19 has up-leveled physician stress and burnout — which you know all too well was already a challenge for medical professionals. Quarantines. Increased patient loads. Staff absences and shortages. Fear of exposure. Supply anxiety. New PPE protocols. Vaccinations and vaccination status concerns. Decreased practice revenue and increased costs (link is external) . Patient fear. Misinformation. Telehealth visits and their related technology demands. Delayed patient health screenings and treatment. The list goes on. And that’s all on top of issues already facing physicians and PAs every day before the pandemic. We’ve all ...
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Virginia’s students head back to school during COVID-19 for the second year in a row. Variants like delta, lambda, and now mu continue making news. With mask protocols in place for students and vaccine availability evolving for children, it’s a lot for parents and students to keep up with. This blog is for you to share with your pediatric patients and their families to help them navigate the current COVID-19 landscape. COVID-19 VACCINE VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious outcomes for those who get sick with the virus, including severe ...
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