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Data shows Wisconsin among best states for doctors, for now

Wisconsin is a great place to live. The breadth of nature on display through all four seasons and the long continuum of cultural and entertainment experiences available make it attractive. It's also a great place to work, as we noted in a post earlier this year on opportunities for nurses. Is it any wonder that the same source that informed that post finds the same applies to doctors?

However, those with experience in the business and legal facets of health care are aware that just because the numbers seem to add up to a positive environment doesn't mean it is always smooth sailing. The health care seas are always changing, meaning that navigating choppy waters isn't restricted to the Great Lakes and myriad smaller bodies of water that abound in our state. Still, the results of this research are encouraging.

Is the time ripe for the 'gig economy' in health care?

There are few who would argue the health care system in the United States wouldn't benefit from some shaking up. What form that shaking should take is the $64,000 question. Unfortunately, no clear answers have surfaced and debate continues.

Many stakeholders contribute to the discussion – doctors, nurses and other medical professionals not the least among them. And one of the most pressing concerns they likely have is about how any given business model will address the medical and legal hurdles they face in delivering effective care. Medicine is a complicated mix of science and art to begin with and economic realities only add to that complexity.

The opioid crisis in Wisconsin: What will come next?

The opioid epidemic has caused many things to come under scrutiny. This includes the opioid prescription practices of doctors. Across the country, various steps have been taken related to such practices to try to help address the opioid crisis.

What has been done in Wisconsin on this front? For one, the state’s medical examining board issued a special set of guidelines for doctors related to the prescribing of such medications.

Survey: Many female doctors have fairness concerns regarding contract negotiations

What terms their employment contract ends up containing can have major impacts on a doctor’s future. It can have major implications for both their personal and professional goals. So, what happens during contract negotiations can be of great significance for a physician.

Now, there are a range of concerns a doctor might have going into such negotiations. Among these are concerns about whether they will be treated fairly during the process. A recent survey suggests that such fairness concerns, including concerns about gender bias, may be quite common among female doctors.

Report: EHR use high among Wisconsin doctors

Doctors from different states vary in many ways. This includes in how common the use of electronic health records is among them. While EHR use has been growing in prominence over the past several years here in the U.S., it hasn’t done so at a uniform pace across the country.

How do Wisconsin doctors compare to physicians in the rest of the U.S. when it comes to EHR use? According to a recent report, EHR use is particularly high among Wisconsin’s physicians. The report was from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

How much time does EHR work take up for primary care doctors?

Among the common tasks for doctors these days are those related to keeping electronic health records (EHRs). These tasks can take up a fair amount of a doctor’s time. Just how much time? A recent study suggests that it is typical for primary care physicians to use almost half of their work day on EHR-related matters.

The study focused on 140 Wisconsin primary care doctors. These doctors all had an association with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers looked at the EHR use of these physicians. The study found that, on average, about 45 percent of the doctors’ work day was taken up by EHR tasks.

Wisconsin nurses especially overworked?

How much stress a nurse is feeling can impact them considerably, both at work and at home.

One thing that could create a lot of stress for a nurse is having to deal with an especially heavy workload. A recent study indicates that workloads might be particularly heavy for nurses here in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin ranked No. 1 in healthcare system quality

Doctors work hard to provide high-quality health care to their patients. What is the overall quality of Wisconsin’s healthcare system? A study points to it being the highest quality system in the whole country.

The study ranked the various state healthcare systems in America, and gave Wisconsin the No. 1 ranking. Patient safety, acute care and chronic care were among the areas that the state’s healthcare system was found to be especially strong in.

Survey: Desire to keep working prevalent among older doctors

It is important for doctors to properly address the legal matters that arise in relation to their career, such as contract matters. This is true whatever stage of their career they are in. Health law attorneys can assist doctors with dealing with the legal issues particular to where they are within their professional career.

One set of practice-related legal matters that an increasing number of physicians might be navigating these days are the issues that come up in connection to continuing to practice deep into one’s career. This is because, as a recent survey suggests, a desire to continue working may be very common among today’s physicians who are approaching retirement age.

Communication issues in home health care

There are many ways nurses serve patients here in America. Some nurses are involved in providing home care services to patients. For some patients, such services play a very critical role in their life.

Now, there are some things that could get in the way of a home care nurse’s ability to serve their patients. One are license issues. One thing such issues could arise in connection to are disciplinary hearings with the state for alleged care shortcomings. What happens with such issues can have long-term implications for a home care nurse’s career and their overall goals regarding helping patients. So, when legal issues come up in which they could potentially be facing a temporary or permanent loss of their nursing license, quality legal guidance on their situation can be an important thing for a nurse to seek out.

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