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November 12, 2012
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  • Physicians face penalties for avoiding quality initiatives
    Physicians who do not report Medicare quality measures or use e-prescribing and EHRs next year will take a financial hit, experts said. The AAFP estimated participating in the programs could help physicians avoid $19,000 in penalties. AAFP medical director for quality improvement Bruce Bagley, M.D., said it is wise for physicians to participate in these initiatives because penalties could go up and commercial payers could also decide to require them. American Medical News (free content) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Infant acetaminophen use linked with childhood asthma risk
    Children who received more acetaminophen as babies had a greater likelihood of suffering asthmalike symptoms in preschool than those who were less likely to be treated with the drug, a Danish study shows. Although the findings, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, demonstrated an association between use of the drug and later asthma risk, it did not demonstrate a causal relationship. Reuters (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies: Egg allergies can be tolerated
    U.S. researchers looked at 36 children with a hen-egg allergy and found that 56% of them were able to tolerate baked eggs. Another study involving 40,104 children showed that those with milk and egg allergies were more likely to develop tolerance compared with those with other food allergies. Both studies were presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting. News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Poll reveals providers' attitudes toward concussion management
    Most pediatric and emergency care providers said they referred an injured patient to a concussion specialist following the initial screening due to lack of resources or feelings of inadequacy in managing concussions, a poll showed. Primary care respondents were more likely to refer concussion patients to neurologists, but less likely to refer them to a trauma surgeon or clinic compared with emergency providers. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Family Practice News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physicians, patients don't always have same treatment goals
    Physicians may not understand or may ignore what patients want for medical treatment, Dartmouth researchers reported in the journal BMJ. For example, a study showed dementia patients put less emphasis on staying alive with declining mental functions than did their physicians, and another study found patients may change their minds about treatments when they can weigh the benefits and risks. HealthDay News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • AMA delegates back Medicare defined contribution plan
    Delegates at the American Medical Association Interim Meeting indicated support for a Medicare plan that would give seniors more choice, including traditional Medicare, but pay for it with a defined-contribution system. Delegates also are considering policy proposals regarding physicians working as employees and the applicability of genomic-based technologies. American Medical News (free content) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Colleges look at Utah for setting up new medical schools
    Private colleges are considering locating medical schools in Utah or sending their medical students to train at state hospitals. Utah has above-average rates of students applying to both traditional and osteopathic medical schools but the University of Utah's medical school cut its annual admissions and more than 400 students leave the state each year to obtain a medical degree. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Western N.C. physicians talk about ways to reduce shortage
    Primary care physicians have an increasing role in managing patient care, but Western North Carolina faces a shortage, experts told a physician's conference. Mission Health CEO Ronald Paulus said primary care physicians are struggling and need help, which means sharing more data, providing a better infrastructure and support, and recruiting and retaining more family physicians. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • AAFP ensures CME is what you need
    Did you know that the AAFP CME Credit Systems and Compliance Department – with help from family physician volunteers – reviews more than 5,000 CME activities from roughly 2,500 organizations each year to ensure those activities meet your needs? Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease."
--John Donne,
British poet, satirist, lawyer and cleric

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