AAFP's Wergin tells lawmakers EHRs can be burdensome, expensive
Family physicians see the potential of electronic health records to improve patient care, but implementation can be expensive and burdensome, AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said that although EHRs were aimed at improving care and coordination and reducing costs, "evidence suggests these goals haven't been reached." AAFP News
|Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters|
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.
Study warns antipsychotics are dangerous for patients with dementia
Researchers found that antipsychotic drugs may raise the risk of premature death among patients with dementia more than previously thought, and risk is correlated with dose among newer antidepressants. The study was reported in JAMA Psychiatry. "The harms associated with using these drugs in dementia patients are clear. ... These results should raise the threshold for prescribing further," study author Donovan Maust said. HealthDay News
Weight gain after gestational diabetes may predict future type 2 diabetes risk
Obese women who gained more than 11 pounds after having gestational diabetes were 43 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life than those who were not obese and had less weight gain after gestational diabetes, according to a study in the journal Diabetologia. For each point increase in BMI after developing gestational diabetes, the likelihood of type 2 diabetes rose by 16%. DailyRx.com
CDC: Gains in fight against tuberculosis are coming more slowly
Tuberculosis incidence in the U.S. was a little over 9,400 cases in 2014, an estimated three cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The numbers show a nearly 2% decrease compared with the rate of tuberculosis in 2013, the lowest recorded decrease in over 10 years. CDC researchers recommend improving awareness, especially among high-risk groups, and boosting the testing and treatment of the disease to prevent the rate of decline from further slowing. HealthDay News
|5 tips for managing negative online comments|
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.
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Funding problem causes cutbacks at community-based residency program
Funding shortages mean the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago can only afford to have six medical residents instead of its usual eight, which will result in 3,600 fewer patient visits during the training period. The health center is part of a community-based residency program that could lose funding without congressional action. Erie's family medicine residency program director Dr. Deborah Edberg calls the dwindling financial support an "extremely dire" situation. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)
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