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Viruses excel at mutating for one, simple reason--they want to survive. Although not technically classified as a "living" organism, viruses rise from the dead when they encounter a living host cell, attach their surface proteins to a cell's membrane and inject genetic elements (either RNA or DNA) into the cell.  Within RNA/DNA material are instructions "telling" the host cell to manufacture more viruses, which rapidly spread and infect as many host cells as possible.

Seventy-three percent of baby boomer caregivers are attending all or nearly all of the doctor appointments for a senior loved one. Family members who are angry, aggressive or otherwise disruptive during the patient’s visit interfere with your patient’s care. Use these tips to handle disruptive family members so you can focus on your patients:

Patient no-shows can be costly to medical practices. If a typical patient visit generates $150, just four missed appointments per day result in a loss of $144,000 per year (assuming a five-day work week, 48 weeks per year). Considering that it costs $9,800 in labor costs to schedule, reschedule and handle the paperwork associated with missed appointments, the loss for a single physician is more than $150,000 annually. Many medical practices don’t even know what their no-show rate is, let alone understand the reasons for their missed appointments.

A new study published in Health Affairs suggests small physician practices provide better care than their larger counterparts. The researchers defined a small practice as one with fewer than seven physicians. Under this criterion, almost two-thirds of all U.S. physician practices are small. The researchers sought to learn whether the frequent assumption that large practices, with their often more abundant resources, provide better care is true.

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are becoming a popular strategy to increase the number of patients a practice can see in a day and to streamline a practice's schedule. These appointments usually take place for a group of patients with the same diagnosis, and are often for the purpose of medical education more than examination.

Practicing medicine is a rewarding career, but it comes with a high risk of burnout. According to Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and the director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the University of North Carolina Center for Women's Mood Disorders, half of all physicians in practice experience burnout, Becker's Hospital Review reported. Elements of physicians' work that lead to burnout include loss of control and autonomy, demands of computer documentation, intensity of workload and a decrease in face-to-face contact with patients

According to the Medical Group Management Association, median compensation for primary care physicians rose to $232,989 in 2013, while compensation for specialists rose to $402,233. Part of this increase is due to the uptick in value-based reimbursement as a payment model across the country. Most doctors still operate under a fee-for-service model, according to Forbes, but insurers and the government are both slowly moving toward value-based models.

Jackson Healthcare recently released statistics on how physician compensation impacts practitioners. As background to this information, the organization stated only 12 percent of physicians surveyed reported compensation increases from 2013 to 2014, while 45 percent reported a decrease in the same time period. The effect of this downward trend in physician compensation is stark.