AAFP to co-sponsor webinar on tobacco control and PCMHs | Study: Chronically lonely older adults visit physicians more often | Gender is factor in how weight loss affects BMD, study says

April 10, 2015
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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 (4/9)
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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 (4/7)
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Gender is factor in how weight loss affects BMD, study says
Women who lost weight tended to show decreases in bone mineral density while men on the same diets showed an increase in BMD in the spine, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study included adults who were overweight or obese and found that the parts of the body affected by BMD changes varied by gender. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (4/8)
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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 (4/9)
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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 (4/7)
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Practice Management
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) (4/9)
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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 (4/9)
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Health Policy & Legislation
Congressmen to revive 2 telemed bills
Lawmakers will reintroduce measures in Congress designed to encourage clinicians to offer more telemedicine services. The bills would increase the number of sites that offer telehealth services and would gradually license more health care professionals, starting in low-population areas. The measures also would expand the types of telehealth services that can be supported by Medicare. mHealth News (4/6)
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Calif. bill on personal belief exemption for vaccines advances
A bill that would prohibit parents from choosing not to participate in school immunizations because of personal beliefs passed the California Senate Health Committee 6 to 2 Wednesday. The bill would still allow children with medical disorders to be exempted from vaccinations. Reuters (4/9), The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (4/9)
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Urban Institute cuts health spending forecast through 2019 by $2.5T
The U.S. will spend about 11% less on health care from 2014 until 2019 than was estimated in 2010, a report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says. The economic recession, sluggish income growth, consumer-directed health plans, state Medicaid spending limits and the Affordable Care Act will keep spending in check, the report says. CNBC (4/8)
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