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Anticoagulation Post-Surgery; ARDS Tx: It's PodMed Double T (with audio)

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:35:04 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Also: dermatology consults for cellulitis in the hospital, and avoiding delirium in the ICU (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Glaucoma Drainage Devices Linked to Lower QOL

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Timely diagnosis and preoperative discussions about potential psychosocial effects are key (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



The Financial Toll of Physician Burnout

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Must reads about the latest news and trends in healthcare careers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



iMedicalApps: This Week's Top Apps for iPhones and iPads

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Nursing certification and pulmonology apps are must-downloads this week (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



AAFP Advises ONC, Continues Fight for Interoperability

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:21:00 +0100

The AAFP recently offered suggestions to the federal government on a draft document that lays out a plan to prioritize nationwide health IT interoperability. (Source: AAFP News)



Things Doctors Should Not Do

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:35:03 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- ... like attacking their nurses, for example (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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FDA Approves Novel Blood Test to Detect Concussion

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:19:00 +0100

On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool. (Source: AAFP News)



CMS, State Evaluations of Medicaid Pilots Are Weak, GAO Says CMS, State Evaluations of Medicaid Pilots Are Weak, GAO Says

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:17:44 +0100

States often get federal approval to test new approaches to improve Medicaid services or expand coverage. But the GAO study found that too often these efforts are not adequately evaluated or the results are not available in a timely manner.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Pancreatitis Raises Risk of Later Cancer

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Likelihood of pancreatic cancer increased beyond 5 years after the acute episode (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



UK Junior Doctor Strikes'Hit Patient Care'UK Junior Doctor Strikes'Hit Patient Care '

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:12:57 +0100

A series of strikes by junior doctors in England in 2016 had a"significant" impact on healthcare for patients, according to a study.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



FY 2018 Announcement of Anticipated Availability of Funds for Family Planning Services Grants

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:55:25 +0100

This notice solicits applications from public and private nonprofit entities, including comprehensive primary care providers, hospitals, health collaboratives, and womens'health centers to establish and operate voluntary family planning projects to serve the United States and its territories. (Source: PHPartners.org)

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How BCBSNC plans to use its tax savings

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:28:56 +0100

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina plans to put $40 million in tax savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act toward a $50 million investment in community health initiatives. The state's largest insurer said Thursday that the $50 million investment will focus on addressing the following areas: North Carolina's opioid epidemic ($10M), early childhood development ($10M), social determinants of health ($15M) and primary care ($15M). "As a practicing pediatrician, I know investments to improve… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Government runs GP indemnity poll as state-backed scheme detail to be revealed in May

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:11:00 +0100

The government plans to survey GPs shortly to build 'an informed and up-to-date view of the GP indemnity market' as it prepares to unveil more detail in May on a proposed state-backed indemnity scheme. (Source: GP Online News)



AP Cardiology: The End of PCI?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- In this podcast, cardiologists discuss the recent ORBITA trial (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



EHR Time Exceeds Patient Face Time in Family Practice Visits EHR Time Exceeds Patient Face Time in Family Practice Visits

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:48:51 +0100

Average total time spent in one visit and average time spent on EHR work varied little among residents and faculty physicians, but multiple other factors played a role.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Anonymous Reporting May Help in Spotting Disruptive Physicians Anonymous Reporting May Help in Spotting Disruptive Physicians

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:13:15 +0100

Many medical professionals fear repercussions from reporting physicians for hostile actions, despite efforts in recent years by influential groups to address disruptive behavior, a consultant said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Anonymous Reporting May Help Spot Disruptive Physicians Anonymous Reporting May Help Spot Disruptive Physicians

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:09:58 +0100

Many medical professionals fear repercussions from reporting physicians for hostile actions, despite efforts in recent years by influential groups to address disruptive behavior, a consultant said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



GPs face greater prescribing scrutiny under plans to cut medication errors

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:22:21 +0100

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt will today unveil a new system for tracing GP prescribing errors, after a review commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) estimated that 627 deaths a year are caused by medication mistakes in primary care. (Source: GP Online News)



Patient experience finalist: Vivianne Griffiths

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:00:00 +0100

Vivianne Griffiths is adult nurse practitioner, primary care, Family Health Centers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:02:00 +0100

Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk. (Source: AAFP News)

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AI Solution Detects Autism in Toddlers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:20:38 +0100

A digital healthcare startup is using an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to help aid in the detection of autism. Palo Alto, CA -based Cognoa said FDA has classified the algorithm-powered solution as a Class II diagnostic medical device. The FDA designation gives the company a path to get full clearance as a medical diagnostic for autism. “The goal actually is this summer to submit to the FDA to get full clearance under a de novo as a medical diagnostic,” Sharief Taraman, vice president of medical at Cognoa, told MD+DI. “I think we should be able to get that at the end of the year or by 2019.” Network with your colleagues in medtech at ADM Cleveland, March 7–8, 2018.   The company said the average age of autism diagnosis is 4.1 years, which falls after the critical early...



KDIGO Releases CKD-MBD Guidelines, Targets PCPs, Nephrologists KDIGO Releases CKD-MBD Guidelines, Targets PCPs, Nephrologists

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:58:22 +0100

KDIGO released new guidelines on chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder for nephrologists and primary care physicians, many of whom care for patients with chronic kidney disease themselves.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)






AAFP, Chapters Caution HHS on Changing Medicaid Eligibility

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:42:00 +0100

The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries. (Source: AAFP News)



How to Better ID Brain Cysts from Pork Tapeworm

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:15:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Neurocysticercosis requires neuroimaging, serologic testing (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Former CMS Chiefs Debate Drug Prices

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Slavitt, McClellan square off (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Flu levels remain high across UK, as Scotland sees fresh spike in cases

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:23:37 +0100

Flu levels remain high across all four UK nations, with consultation rates above baseline thresholds and a rise in cases in Scotland over the past week, latest official data show. (Source: GP Online News)



Benzodiazepine Harms Overlooked, Especially in Older Adults Benzodiazepine Harms Overlooked, Especially in Older Adults

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:07:33 +0100

International survey shows modest reductions among people aged 65 years or older, but rates of use in this population are still too high, authors say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Investigation into clinical correspondence handling in the NHS

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:50:01 +0100

In October 2017 NHS England informed the Committee of Public Accounts that it had discovered a backlog of 162,000 items of clinical correspondence that had not been redirected. NHS England stated that a small proportion of GPs had not been complying with guidance and had erroneously been sending clinical correspondence and other material to Capita, the current provider of primary care support services for NHS England. Capita has no contractual responsibility for redirecting clinical correspondence. This investigation sets out the facts around the backlog of unprocessed correspondence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Improving physical healthcare for people with severe mental illness in primary care: guidance for CCGs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:42:03 +0100

This guidance highlights the responsibilities of CCGs to commission services that deliver comprehensive physical health assessments and follow up care to people on the severe mental illness register in primary care, addressing the premature mortality experienced by people with SMI compared to the general population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

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Government review must revitalise incentives for GPs to become partners, says GPC

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:31:17 +0100

A government review of the GP partnership model must deliver incentives to keep existing partners in post and to persuade younger doctors to take on the role, BMA officials have warned. (Source: GP Online News)



Ambulance handover delays worst since first week of 2018 as NHS pressures continue

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:04:24 +0100

Handover delays for patients arriving at hospital by ambulance rose last week to the highest point since the start of 2018, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)



Submit rural oral health care articles for NRHA journal

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:29:28 +0100

NRHA'sJournal of Rural Health is seeking articles on the integration of rural oral health care into primary care, including rural oral health access, quality of care, integration, innovation in reimbursement, and collaboration models. Submissions are due by April 1, 2018. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Chronic Cough: Evaluation and Management Chronic Cough: Evaluation and Management

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:14:49 +0100

Chronic cough--defined as cough lasting more than 8 weeks--can have many underlying causes. Review its assessment and management in this article.American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



In massive restructuring, 800,000 MassHealth members automatically moved to new plans

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:47:46 +0100

Next week, MassHealth will undergo a massive reorganization in which more than 800,000 MassHealth members will be moved to new insurance plans. MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program for low-income individuals, automatically enrolled members in plans based on their primary care physician, so members should be able to keep their primary care doctors. But members may discover that as of March 1, their specialists are no longer in their in surance network or they have to use a new pharmacy. The change… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:51:00 +0100

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs. (Source: AAFP News)



Mobile health program improved addiction outcomes despite low clinician engagement

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:55:20 +0100

Integration of a practitioner-developed mobile health system within a primary care setting was well-received by substance use disorder (SUD) patients and generally improved outcomes, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. (Source: mobihealthnews)



Trauma Care While Bullets Fly

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Christopher Tedeschi, MD, MA, discusses civilian'tactical medicine'(Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Help Identify QPP Reporting Burdens, Get 2018 MIPS Credit

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:50:00 +0100

Join a study examining the burden of quality measure reporting and qualify for credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System improvement activity performance category. (Source: AAFP News)

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Immigration agency asked GP to deliver deportation notice to patient

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:06:07 +0100

A GP in Liverpool received an 'unprecedented' request from immigration officials to deliver a notice of deportation to a patient on his practice list who had a mental health problem, GPonline has learned. (Source: GP Online News)



LMCs to demand public warning over 'mounting threat to general practice'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:40:20 +0100

Anger that governments across the UK are not doing enough to tackle pressure on general practice will dominate next month's UK LMCs conference, the BMA's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)



Health care convenience comes at a price

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:41:07 +0100

Stop me if you ’ve heard this one … You’ve worked all week while nursing what you think is bronchitis. Unable to take the time off work, you skip a trip to your primary care doctor and cross your fingers that the ailment clears on its own. By the time Friday afternoon rolls around, your condition begins to deteriorate and it’s now time to see the doctor. Only problem? Your family practitioner is now closed for the weekend.   Fortunately for you, the capital region is home to a plethora… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Perspectives About Antipsychotics for Symptoms of Dementia Perspectives About Antipsychotics for Symptoms of Dementia

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:15:29 +0100

Why do primary care physicians continue to prescribe antipsychotics and benzodiazepines to treat dementia in seniors, despite evidence of only modest benefit and proven severe risk?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Pediatric Acute Asthma Exacerbation Severity Assessment Tool Pediatric Acute Asthma Exacerbation Severity Assessment Tool

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:02:41 +0100

An evidence-based asthma assessment tool provides guidance for the assessment and treatment of acute asthma exacerbation in the pediatric primary care setting.Journal of Pediatric Health Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Creating a smokefree NHS: how e-cigarettes can help

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

PHE explains the role ECs can play in helping create a smokefree NHS but stresses there is no 'one size fits all ’ approach when it comes to developing vaping policies Related items fromOnMedica Doctors should encourage smokers to switch to vaping Vaping may boost pneumonia risk, preliminary findings suggest Smoking cessation Headlines saying ‘vaping might cause cancer’ are wildly misleading Hospitals 'must' become tobacco-free (Source: OnMedica Views)



USPSTF Posts Draft Recs for Treatment of Adults With Obesity USPSTF Posts Draft Recs for Treatment of Adults With Obesity

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:05:11 +0100

Adults with obesity should be referred to multicomponent behavioral interventions for weight loss, although evidence reveals modest effects, the task for said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:03:00 +0100

The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies. (Source: AAFP News)



AMD Treat-and-Extend Regimens OK: Ophthalmology Times

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Also, gene therapy approved for retinal dystrophy (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Billing Costs Consume 14.5% of Primary Care Visit Revenue Billing Costs Consume 14.5% of Primary Care Visit Revenue

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:56:18 +0100

A time-based study in a large academic center with a certified EHR shows that for each PCP, it takes $99,000 in administrative work per year just to get paid. For emergency department visits, billing was 25.2% of revenue.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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The U.S. healthcare system needs more skills for paying bills, study shows

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:45:00 +0100

Healthcare in the United States is really expensive, and one of the reasons is that managing healthcare bills is really, really expensive.Just how expensive? At one large academic medical center, the cost of collecting payments for a single primary-care doctor is upward of $99,000 a year.And... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



NHS England invests £8.7m to digitally improve primary care

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:31:46 +0100

Ten companies will benefit from a£8.7m investment to help them develop boost innovation in general practice.  The shortlisted companies convinced a panel of experts that they have recognised which barriers technology faces in general practice and have looked into how to revolutionise the way it will be delivered in the future, according to the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare, which provided the funding.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)



When Missing a'Zebra' Can Land You in Court When Missing a'Zebra' Can Land You in Court

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0100

Physicians are generally unlikely to face a malpractice suit for misdiagnosing a rare disease, which affects about 1 in 10 people. But the results of a delayed or wrong diagnosis can be devastating or lethal.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



A Conversation with Mark Deutchman

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Discussion includes oral health and primary care integration, oral health access in rural areas, and the importance of primary care providers in rural areas, among other things. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Care gaps for thousands of patients who choose GP away from home

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

There may be gaps in primary care for more than 14,000 people who are registered with GP practices outside their area, HSJ has found. GPs warned it highlights a safety risk. (Source: HSJ)

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Researchers use data to look 'upstream' to see what makes patients sick

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Indiana University) Researchers at IUPUI and the Regenstrief Institute have successfully used data to predict primary care patients' needs for social service referrals, a finding that may potentially help shift the focus of health care from caring for ill people to preventing patients from getting sick. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Primary Care, ED Docs Discuss Addiction Tx Challenges

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Team approach can work, but it takes time (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)



Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:35:00 +0100

A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men. (Source: AAFP News)



Providing Care to Those Who Can't Get It Anywhere Else

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:12:00 +0100

Sarah Nosal, M.D., has devoted her career to giving uninsured patients " the care and respect they deserve " and passing those values on to the medical students she trains. (Source: AAFP News)



Inappropriate use of medication by elderly, polymedicated, or multipathological patients with chronic diseases - P érez-Jover V, Mira JJ, Carratala-Munuera C, Gil-Guillen VF, Basora J, Lopez-Pineda A, Orozco-Beltran D.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

The growth of the aging population leads to the increase of chronic diseases, of the burden of multimorbility, and of the complexity polypharmacy. The prevalence of medication errors rises in patients with polypharmacy in primary care, and this is a major ... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Predicting suicidal ideation in primary care: an approach to identify easily assessable key variables - Jordan P, Shedden-Mora MC, Lowe B.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To obtain predictors of suicidal ideation, which can also be used for an indirect assessment of suicidal ideation (SI). To create a classifier for SI based on variables of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and sociodemographic variables, an... (Source: SafetyLit)



Responding to intimate partner violence: healthcare providers' current practices and views on integrating a safety decision aid into primary care settings - Alvarez C, Debnam K, Clough A, Alexander K, Glass NE.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

Supportive care for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) remains limited in primary care settings. Low-income and Spanish-speaking survivors of IPV are even more disadvantaged, given the dearth of linguistically and culturally appropriate intervent... (Source: SafetyLit)



To Hug or Not: Physicians Differ on What's the Right Behavior To Hug or Not: Physicians Differ on What's the Right Behavior

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0100

Some physicians want to offer patients support; others say hugs have no business in the medical office. In today's environment, do doctors think hugs are appropriate?Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



NHSPS to deliver new GP surgery by the end of 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:33:54 +0100

Works for a new purpose-build GP practice that will be delivered by NHS Propery Services (PS) have begun last Friday (16 february), after local residents saw their former practice closed in 2015. The£2.3m development will rise in Bow Fell, Brownsover after the Brownsover Medical Practice did not see its contract with NHS England renewed back in 2015.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)



Morning Break: NSCLC Approval; School Nurses;'Human-Sheep Hybrids'?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Overcoming Negative Reviews

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Is there value in trying? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



NHS England gives companies £8.7m to develop new technologies to help GPs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:45:33 +0100

NHS England has awarded £8.7m to 10 companies that are developing new technologies aimed at 'future-proofing' general practice. (Source: GP Online News)



What a Knockout

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Working as a perianesthesia nurse (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Out of Limbo Into Bomb Scare

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:35:03 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Ida Moberg, MD, deploys to central Africa with M é decins Sans Fronti è res (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Tips for Building Strong Business Relationships

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Aligning goals can strengthen professional alliances (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Treatment Initiation for Depression Low in Primary Care

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Minorities and elderly more unlikely to start depression treatment in the primary care setting (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:55:00 +0100

The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the President and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic. (Source: AAFP News)



Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:34:00 +0100

CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students'ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record. (Source: AAFP News)



Action Alert: Report 2017 MIPS Performance Data by March 31

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:53:00 +0100

Family physicians who need to submit data for the 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System must do so by March 31 to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019. (Source: AAFP News)



Azar Promises to Address Gun Violence and Opioids, Empower States

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:35:03 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- New HHS Secretary shares few details about plans during subcommittee hearing (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Ready to Start Your Own Practice? Ready to Start Your Own Practice?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:38:31 +0100

Needing a practice change but don't know where to start? Dr Julie Gunther has been there and offers her advice.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Patients Want More Information Before Imaging Tests Patients Want More Information Before Imaging Tests

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:18:48 +0100

Half of survey respondents said they had to find information on their own. Authors say communication may focus too much on results and radiation exposure and not enough on the test itself.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Portland health IT startup enlists two major health systems for broad rollouts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:17:39 +0100

Providence Health& Services is making Bright.md ’s virtual care platform available to all of the health system’s primary care patients in Oregon, representing another leap forward for the Portland health IT startup. Another major health system, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, is also making SmartExam available to its patients in New Mexico , Bright.md announced. And Presbyterian will be the first to introduce Bright.md’s new medically certified Spanish translation services in New Mexico,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



BMA demands 2% GP pay rise for 2018/19

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:58:01 +0100

The BMA has called for GP funding in 2018/19 to deliver a 2% pay rise on top of the RPI rate of inflation - currently running at 4% - in evidence to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB). (Source: GP Online News)



Idaho Blue Cross Unveils Plans That Bypass ACA Rules Idaho Blue Cross Unveils Plans That Bypass ACA Rules

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:10:01 +0100

Focus turns to whether the Trump administration will challenge Idaho ’ s move to allow such plans to be sold to individuals.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Spatial competition and quality: evidence from the English family doctor market

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

A paper from York University examines whether general practice in England responds to local competition by improving on clinical performance and patient satisfaction. (Source: NHS Networks)



Making integrated care happen

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Michael Macdonnell, national director of health system transformation at NHS England, discusses integrated care and building on the work from the vanguard programme Related items fromOnMedica How vanguards are increasing healthy life expectancy in Nottinghamshire Ealing ’s integrated care journey: learning from international models Approaches to integrated care ‘too top down’, says health alliance Integrated health and social care workforces is the future Stick with STPs, government and NHS urged (Source: OnMedica Views)



Med Students Need Mentors

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:35:03 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- People are more important than curricula and milestones, says Robert Centor, MD (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Azar Grilled on Idaho's Defiance of ACA

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:30:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Senate Dems urge new HHS Secretary to defend Obamacare rules (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Do You Really Need My Signature on That?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:15:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- All this unnecessary paperwork is interfering with patient care (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Stress-Reducing Techniques Lead to Fewer Seizures (CME/CE)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Muscle relaxation, focused attention help patients with medication-resistant epilepsy (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



FDA Investigating Misuse, Abuse of Gabapentinoids

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:49:46 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Problem'may be growing,'FDA commissioner says (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Flu Vaccine Just 25% Effective Against Dominant Strain This Year Flu Vaccine Just 25% Effective Against Dominant Strain This Year

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:39:02 +0100

CDC advised everyone age 6 months or older to get vaccinated and urged early use of antivirals for very sick or high-risk patients who present with flu symptoms.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)



Three quarters of GP partners say their practice has struggled to cope this winter

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:06:05 +0100

More than three in four GP partners say their practice has struggled to cope this winter as the worst flu outbreak in seven years and the freeze on elective care in England added to existing pressure. (Source: GP Online News)



Government backs cap on legal fees in clinical negligence cases

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:48:09 +0100

The government is to set up a working group to examine how to introduce a cap on legal fees in clinical negligence cases involving claims of up to £25,000. (Source: GP Online News)

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One in four GPs have seen patients harmed by NHS winter pressure

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:33:33 +0100

Almost one in four GPs have seen patients at their practice come to harm this winter - with some reporting patients have died - because of extreme pressure on the health service, a GPonline poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)



EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:29:29 +0100

A grant initiative dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized primary care practices across the country use the latest evidence to improve heart health. (Source: HSR Information Central)



GPs remain under pressure as flu rates begin to fall

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:29:08 +0100

GP practices continue to face high rates of consultations for flu, but the number of cases is beginning to fall in most parts of the UK. (Source: GP Online News)



General practice lost more than 700 GP partners in 2017

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:15:21 +0100

Numbers of full-time equivalent (FTE) GP partners in England fell by 708 in 2017 - 3.4% of the total at the start of the year, according to official NHS data published on Thursday. (Source: GP Online News)



Practices are not receiving funding based on local needs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:15:02 +0100

The allocation of primary care funding in England does not take into consideration local needs, a study published today has found. Theresearch, which has been published on the BMC Medicine, has found that practices in London receive more funding despite serving a population with the lowest health needs in the country.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)

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Doctors Don't Need to Redocument Students' EHR Entries: CMS Doctors Don't Need to Redocument Students' EHR Entries: CMS

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:49:55 +0100

Medicare will still require that teaching physicians verify students'documentation but will not ask them to redocument their work.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on Health

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on HealthCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/14/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Mens Health General)



The Commissioner: The forward view that was left behind

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable insight for commissioners. This week by HSJ primary care and community services correspondent Rebecca Thomas. (Source: HSJ)



Healthcare Spending Accelerating, 19.7% of Economy by 2026 Healthcare Spending Accelerating, 19.7% of Economy by 2026

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:54:02 +0100

Currently, the sector makes up 17.9%, according to a new CMS report. Among reasons for the increase are baby boomers enrolling in Medicare and price growth for medical products and services.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Premature Death Risk Seen in Single Dads (CME/CE)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Higher rates than both single moms and partnered fathers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Public health dentists offer recommendations to better integrate oral health and primary care

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:33:08 +0100

In practice, policy and education, oral health care and primary health care have traditionally been considered separate. In an effort to change that, a group of public health dentists has issued recommendations on improving the integration of the two with a goal to influence policymakers, clinicians, educators and health researchers.In apaper, commissioned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine ’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, experts found that additional work is needed to integrate primary care and oral health to provide more comprehensive and improved access to care.The authors, from theUCLA School of Dentistry and the University of North Carolina, also found that the amount of time devoted to oral health in health-professional training programs remains low a...