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1. Interstate licensure compact gets enough state support to proceed

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

Enough states have signed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to trigger the formation of a commission that will implement the initiative. The Federation of State Medical Boards developed model legislation for a pathway to expedite licensure and remove barriers to allow physicians to practice in multiple states. AAFP News (06/01)

2. NYC medical school teaches nonscience majors to be doctors

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Mount Sinai's medical school in New York City has a program that allows students who major in humanities, such as English or history, to gain admission without taking the medical college admission test. Dean of medical education David Muller said traditional science requirements in pre-med often filter out people who would make excellent physicians. Study data show students in the school's humanities in medicine program were more likely to choose primary care or psychiatry as their specialty. (05/28)

3. Osteoporosis drugs may not deliver on promise of fewer fractures

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

Billions of dollars have been spent on drugs to address osteoporosis, but the treatments have little effect on risk of hip fractures while causing side effects, according to a study in BMJ. To avoid a single case of a broken hip, 175 female patients would have to use the bone-strengthening drugs for three years. The study suggests a problem with the inability to predict which patients will fall and a dearth of evidence that bone-strengthening drugs will protect the most fragile patients when they do fall. Bloomberg (05/28)

4. HHS initiative to help small practices improve heart health

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

The HHS said it would allot $112 million in grants through its EvidenceNOW initiative to help up to 300 small primary care physician practices improve patients' heart health. The funding will go toward creating seven regional cooperatives that will use multidisciplinary teams to provide quality improvement services AAFP News (05/29)

5. Experts: Medicare's success, popularity come with rising costs

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Medicare is increasingly popular and has expanded benefits over the years, reducing the proportion of elderly patients without insurance from 48% before it was passed in 1965 to 2% currently. However, health care industry experts at an Alliance for Health Care Reform meeting said there is concern that Medicare is not addressing rising cost issues. AAFP News (05/26)

6. Family physician sees resurgence of house call practice model

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Family physician Thomas Cornwell, M.D., helped begin a home-based primary care model in the Chicago area in 1993 and has now logged almost 32,000 visits to more than 4,000 patients. Cornwell said changes in health care, including an aging population, costs and payment reform efforts, are creating a "perfect storm" for a resurgence in home-based visits. AAFP News (05/26)

7. Adherence to Mediterranean diet tied to reduced endometrial cancer risk

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Women who regularly ate seven to nine of the components of the Mediterranean diet had a 57% reduced risk of endometrial cancer, compared with 46% in women who ate six of the components and 34% in those who consumed five, according to a study in the British Journal of Cancer. Researchers found no significant reduced cancer risk among women who ate less than five components of the diet. Medical News Today (05/27)

8. Study: No tie between topical vaginal estrogen and cancer risk

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

A database review found that using topical vaginal estrogen is not linked to a greater risk of getting endometrial hyperplasia or cancer. Overall incidence rates of the diseases were 9.96 for every 10,000 women who had at least four vaginal estrogen prescriptions filled, 10.25 per 10,000 among women who filled one to three prescriptions and 9.96 per 10,000 among those who did not have any prescriptions filled, according to findings presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists annual meeting. Family Practice News (05/26)

9. AAFP urges Senate to remove Medicare pay cut from trade bill

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The AAFP sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders objecting to provisions in a new trade bill that would impose an additional 0.25% cut in Medicare payments from October 2024 to March 2025. AAFP Board Chair Reid Blackwelder, M.D., said the cuts would hurt family physicians, who may have 25% of their patient base covered by Medicare, and called for a move to value-based payments. AAFP News (05/27)

10. Study links new oral contraceptives to higher clotting risk

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

A study in the journal BMJ found that novel oral contraceptives, such as those that include the synthetic hormones drospirenone or cyproterone, were associated with a risk of venous thromboembolism that is up to 1.8 times greater than the risk associated with older contraceptive pills. The findings were based on an analysis of data involving more than 50,000 women in the U.K. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (05/27) (05/26)

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