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February 18, 2013
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  • CMS issues final rule for Physician Payments Sunshine Act
    CMS issued a final rule implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act that requires drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report certain payments or gifts to physicians and other providers. Responding to concerns by the AAFP and other groups, the CMS exempted speaker fees for accredited and certified CME programs. Carly Harrington, the AAFP's manager of CME credit systems and compliance, said CMS acknowledged that CME accrediting and certifying bodies, such as AAFP, already have high standards for transparency and conflict-of-interest resolution. AAFP News Now (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.

  Clinical News 
  • CDC: Flu activity continues downward trend
    CDC data from the week ending Feb. 9 showed that flu activity in many states continued to drop. Eleven states and New York City reported high levels of flu activity, and 10 states reported moderate activity. Adults aged 65 and older account for more than half of total flu-related hospitalizations, and 64 children have died so far this flu season, the CDC said. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links cardiometabolic risk factors to premature death
    Researchers looked at data on 9,245 people ages 12 to 39 and found that cardiometabolic risk factors such as central obesity, smoking and hyperglycemia were associated with a higher risk of death before age 55. Analysis also showed a higher risk of all-cause death related with hypertension and high total and non-HDL cholesterol in women, but not in men. The study appeared online in the journal Pediatrics. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes patients show improvements in disease care
    Nineteen percent of diabetes patients in 2010 met or exceeded three measures of good disease care, compared with only 2% in previous decades, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found nearly 53% of patients attained an A1C of less than 7%, while 51% were able to achieve their blood pressure goals and 56% met their cholesterol goals in 2010. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight-loss program safe, effective among senior women
    Older obese women who underwent a lifestyle intervention had lost as much weight as middle-age participants at six and 18 months, according to a study in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging. Older women did not show higher risk of adverse events than middle-aged women, researchers noted, and better improvements in blood pressure were seen among the older women. DailyRx.com (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Practice Management 
 
  • Motivational interviewing may help patients change behaviors
    Convincing patients to change lifestyle behaviors to improve their health can be frustrating, physicians say, but using alternative communication models that focus less on instructions and more on questions can help. Dr. Frank Domino, a family medicine professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, said motivational interviewing is a way for physicians to begin to get patients to identify what they want to do to improve their health. American Medical News (free content) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pregnancy, fitness apps are very popular, report finds
    A report released by Citrix ByteMobile found that 47% of mobile health application subscribers use pregnancy-related apps, while 39% use fitness apps. The report found fitness apps generate more data traffic on wireless networks than pregnancy apps. Other popular apps include those that offer calorie counters, medical information, sleep tracking and relaxation tools. MobiHealthNews.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Deadline ends with 26 states choosing federal-run exchange
    Twenty-six states have opted to let the federal government run their health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act with the passing of Friday's deadline. States that opted not to operate their own exchanges can still change their decisions for 2015, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Director Gary Cohen said. The Washington Times (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS offers grants to boost prenatal care
    HHS on Friday introduced an initiative, Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns, aimed at lowering the number of premature births under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Communities with high rates of premature birth will be given funding to improve prenatal care. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Wis. sees increase in use of medical home model
    Wisconsin medical groups are adopting the patient-centered medical home model to improve quality of care and reduce costs. Froedtert Health Medical Group tested the model at its Jackson Clinic and physician Peter Cornelius said moving to team-based care allows him to spend more time with patients. "I don't want to go back to the way I practiced before the medical home," he said. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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