Medicare Part D could be used to limit opioid prescribing formularies | Men get AFib 10 years earlier than women, weight is a risk factor | American Family Physician has compiled a collection of journal articles related to the screening, diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation.
Medicare Part D formulary restrictions could be one way to reduce opioid prescribing, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Robert Rich, M.D., the AAFP representative on the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, said while restrictions could reduce opioid prescriptions, they also could have negative effects on family physicians and pain care for patients.
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An American Heart Association report published in the journal Circulation found men were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation after age 50 and women were more likely to see symptoms after age 60, and body mass index was a significant risk factor, especially for men.
US researchers found a 15% lower risk of type 2 diabetes among those who had the highest magnesium intake, compared with those with the lowest magnesium intake, and the association held true even when the participants ate a poorer quality of carbohydrate foods. The findings in Diabetes Care showed that each additional magnesium intake of 50 mg per day was associated with a 4% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections decreased while an 18-month behavioral intervention was ongoing but rose after the intervention ceased, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The results suggest that prescribing interventions should be continued long-term, the researchers wrote.
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CMS released an online tool allowing physicians in the Advanced Alternative Payment Model for 2017 to check their status as a qualifying participant. Physicians who meet specific criteria are considered qualifying participants in AAPMs and are excluded from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
A study in the journal Family Medicine found the psychosocial BATHE intervention, which stands for background, affect, trouble, handling and empathy, increases hospital inpatient satisfaction scores. The technique lets patients share psychological or life problems with clinicians, and data showed patients who participated gave their physicians an average score of 4.77, compared with a 4.0 score given by patients receiving standard care.
The Future of Food Allergies Can you answer the question, "How many people have a food allergy"? A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine found that we don't have an accurate answer. The report identified several areas that are key to better understanding and management of food allergies in the future, including accurately diagnosing, preventing and reversing food allergies.
Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., are said to be putting the finishing touches on legislation to overhaul -- but not repeal -- the Affordable Care Act, while Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., also intends to introduce a bill to change the ACA. President Donald Trump issued an executive order last week halting federal cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, creating further unrest in the individual plan market.
Malpractice suits related to EHR use rose from two in 2007 to 2010 to 161 in 2011 to December 2016, according to a study released by The Doctors Company. Researchers found that there were more EHR-related malpractice claim events in patient rooms than in hospital clinics/doctors' offices, emergency rooms, ambulatory/day/surgery centers, or labor and delivery rooms, as well as an 8% increase in system factors and a 6% decrease in user factors that contributed to these claims.
The CDC is providing $2.2 million to UF Health Jacksonville to set up a telemedicine program for patients with HIV in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant, which will extend over three years, is said to be the first such funding for telehealth in an urban setting.
Register now to master hierarchical condition category coding via the AAFP's new HCC Crash Course: Absorbing the Impact webinar on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m. CST. Learn what you need to know about HCC coding, how to plot an HCC map, and gain practical application techniques to ensure payments are adjusted to represent the risk of the patients you treat from HCC experts Samuel Church, M.D., M.P.H., C.R.C., and Barbie Hays, C.P.C., C.P.M.A. Watch the webinar with the 2017 Coding Flash Cards handy and make sure you and your practice are compensated fairly for the care you deliver.
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