Health IT professionals report high salaries, job satisfaction | Health Data Management
Health IT workers made an average of $87,443 in 2015 and 83% reported being satisfied with their jobs, according to the second annual HealthITJobs.com salary survey. Job satisfaction is up from 80% 2014, although the average salary slipped a bit from last year's survey, when the average was $89,873. Despite the reported satsifaction with their jobs, over half of the survey respondents said they felt they were not paid what they deserved.
Jobs for medical scribes are rising rapidly but standards lag | Kaiser Health News
As physicians come to grips with requirements for electronic health records, many are employing medical scribes to shadow them and keep notes on patient encounters. Nearly 20% of physicians employ scribes and the field is still growing, but there is no licensing or rigorous training requirement for the field yet. Federal restrictions limit what kinds of work scribes can do—for instance prohibiting them from entering orders for prescriptions and x-rays—but some worry that with no oversight, scribes may face pressure from their time-crunched employers to go beyond their training.
Public health experts worldwide now urge curbs on antibiotic overuse but patients haven't gotten the memo and are less satisfied by care from doctors who prescribe less, according to a new study. The study looked at prescribing rates for 95% of all general practices in England and compared them to a patient satisfaction survey that is used to determine physician pay. Antibiotic prescribing was a "significant positive predictor of all 'doctor satisfaction' and 'patient satisfaction' scores," according to the study published Monday in the British Journal of General Practice.
Jumps in the price of a 40-year-old antibiotic used to treat infections including acne, pnuemonia and Lyme disease have spawned an investigation by the Justice Department's antitrust unit, which has subpoenaed information on the pricing of Mylan's generic version of the drug. The request is part of an ongoing inquiry by the unit into generic drug pricing, Reuters reports.