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January 3, 2013
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  • AAFP calls for SGR repeal, solution to sequestration cuts
    Congress included a one-year fix for the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula in its fiscal cliff bill, stopping a 26.5% physician pay cut. AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., called it a "temporary patch" and pushed for repeal of the SGR and for Congress to find a solution to pending Budget Control Act sequestration cuts, which would reduce Medicare payments by 2%. AAFP News Now (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Providers may be missing out on childhood obesity diagnosis
    Extremely obese children showed higher rates of diagnosis and health education during visits compared with their less obese and overweight peers, suggesting that health care professionals may rely more on the visual characteristics of obesity than actual diagnosis. A well child visit is a good opportunity to talk about healthy lifestyles and body weight in children, authors wrote in the International Journal of Obesity. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cases of open-angle glaucoma in U.S. rise 22% in a decade
    Open-angle glaucoma cases grew by more than 22% in the past decade, affecting more than 2.7 million Americans age 40 years and older, according to a report from Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute. Blacks had a fivefold increased risk of the eye condition. Statins may prevent the disease or halt its progression when it is detected early. News (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Psychiatric problems tied to domestic violence
    Men and women diagnosed with mental health disorders had a greater likelihood of being victims of domestic violence than those in the general population, an analysis of 41 studies showed. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, suggest a bidirectional link between abuse and mental health problems. HealthDay News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Does greater spending lead to better outcomes?
    An analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed 21 of the 61 studies reviewed found a connection between higher health care spending and better patient outcomes. However, researchers noted that 18 studies linked higher spending on care to worse outcomes, while 22 studies were unable to document a clear relationship between spending and quality. Reuters (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Immunization, preventive care among top AAFP issues in 2012
    The AAFP had an important role in recommendations for immunizations and preventive care issued in 2012, a year in which family physicians also found themselves dealing with multiple disease outbreaks. The Academy increased its efforts to stop opioid abuse and joined the White House to aid returning military veterans who have PTSD, depression and traumatic brain injuries. AAFP News Now (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More docs are likely to leave Medicare in 2013
    Many frustrated physicians are likely to abandon Medicare this year over its unpredictable funding despite the decision to delay for one year a cut in Medicare payments for doctors, according to medical associations and physicians. "The Medicare program has become unreliable and its instability undermines efforts by physicians to implement new health care delivery models that stand to improve value for seniors and other beneficiaries through better care coordination, chronic disease management, and keeping patients healthy," the American Medical Association told doctors. Forbes (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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