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February 14, 2013
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  • AAFP issues Speak Out alert on sequestration cuts
    The AAFP issued a Speak Out alert to rally physicians in a renewed grass-roots campaign to block the Budget Control Act's sequestration cuts to physician pay and primary care programs, such as Medicare funding for graduate medical education. An AAFP Speak Out letter for members to send their legislators urges lawmakers to pass legislation to eliminate the sequestration provision. AAFP News Now (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • High calcium intake may add to women's risk of cardiac death
    Daily dietary intake and/or supplementation of more than 1,400 milligrams of calcium was linked to an almost twofold increased risk of dying from heart problems, Swedish researchers reported in the journal BMJ. They noted that women whose calcium intake was less than 600 milligrams also appeared to be at increased risk. HealthDay News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at human metapneumovirus in hospitalized children
    Hospital records from three U.S. counties from 2003 to 2009 showed that 6% of 3,490 hospitalized children had human metapneumovirus and 7% of 3,001 pediatric emergency department visits were linked to the virus. Children infected with the virus were more likely to have pneumonia or asthma, require oxygen treatment and have longer stays in intensive care units, researchers said. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Survey finds varied practice patterns for type 2 diabetes
    A survey of family physicians and other practitioners who treat patients with type 2 diabetes shows varied practice patterns and knowledge gaps, researchers reported in the journal Clinical Diabetes. The study found while most practitioners followed evidence-based guidelines, they had different levels of understanding or opinions in areas such as guidelines, insulin and incretin therapies, and appropriate reasons for referral. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using AI models may boost patient outcomes, curb costs
    The use of artificial intelligence algorithms in health care resulted in significantly better patient outcomes at a lower cost, researchers at Indiana University found. "The framework here easily outperforms the current treatment-as-usual, case-rate/fee-for-service models of health care," said researcher Casey C. Bennett. Computerworld (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • AAFP welcomes focus on health care in State of Union speech
    AAFP President Jeff Cain, M.D., responded to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address by saying the Academy "welcomes the continued focus President Obama put on the health and safety of all Americans." Obama said changes in how Medicare pays for care will reduce health care costs and should be based on quality of care. AAFP News Now (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • States prepare to market health coverage to the uninsured
    States faced with the prospect of bringing millions of people into health insurance exchanges are developing strategies such as partnering with local celebrities and athletes to reach the 30 million uninsured Americans who will soon be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "We have to look at doing things a lot differently than what's been done in the past because this is a very unique audience, and we're marketing a product that's never been marketed before," said Michael Marchand of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. The Wall Street Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AAFP vaccine fellowship presents tremendous opportunity
    The current AAFP liaison to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, James Loeher, M.D., invites his FP colleagues to apply for one of two AAFP vaccine science fellowship openings for 2013-14. Designed to develop a cadre of family physician vaccine experts, the program helps selected fellows learn about the vaccine-manufacturing process from start to finish, introduces them to the complexities of developing vaccine policy, and provides training that allows them to assist the AAFP in reviewing vaccine recommendations from federal and state public health agencies. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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