AAFP to co-sponsor webinar on tobacco control and PCMHs
The AAFP and the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence will co-sponsor a free webinar on April 16 on how tobacco control programs complement the patient-centered medical home model. AAFP member Adam Goldstein, M.D., said PCMH practices can make a business case for smoking cessation by showing the value of evidence-based programs to payers, employers and other stakeholders. Smoking cessation data can also be included in meaningful use programs, Goldstein said. AAFP News
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Study: Chronically lonely older adults visit physicians more often
A study in the American Journal of Public Health of more than 3,500 American seniors showed those who self-identified as lonely had an increased number of doctor visits but not an increased number of hospitalizations. Researchers said health care costs and physician visits may be reduced by improving social connections among older adults. HealthDay News
Fewer U.S. youths are diagnosed with melanoma
An analysis of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results registry found an 11.58% annual decline in new cases of pediatric melanoma in the U.S. from 2004 to 2010. The incidence among youths aged 15 to 19 declined by about 11% between 2003 and 2010. The findings appear in the Journal of Pediatrics. Family Practice News
Placenta can serve as biomarker of arsenic exposure in babies
Arsenic exposure in infants may be measured by screening their mother's placenta, according to a study in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. The findings showed that arsenic concentrations detected in the placenta correlated with those from the mothers' urine and toenails and the toenail clippings from the infants. HealthDay News
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Blackwelder: Patients benefit when physicians, pharmacists build relationships
Physicians and pharmacists must develop relationships and collaborate to provide high-quality, patient-centered care, AAFP Board Chair Reid Blackwelder, M.D., told attendees of the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting. Blackwelder said when physicians and pharmacists do not communicate and hold onto perceptions of having separate responsibilities, it causes care fragmentation that leads to poor outcomes. "The time you spend creating a face-to-face connection, or connection over the phone, inevitably saves you time down the road," Blackwelder said. Medscape (free registration)
Report: PCMH can help physicians handle meaningful use, accountable care
The patient-centered medical home model can help practices with health care reforms such as meaningful use reporting and accountable care, according to a HealthITAnalytics report. PCMHs stress coordinating care and maintaining patient contact, and have work flow systems and strategies to manage patient population groups, which are important to meaningful use and ACO development, the report says. Health IT Analytics
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