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November 15, 2012
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  • AAFP summarizes how 2013 fee schedule affects primary care
    The AAFP has created a summary of Medicare's final 2013 physician fee schedule rule showing how it affects primary care and family physicians. The summary says the 2012 physician fee conversion factor is $34.04, which will decline to $25 if Congress does not block a 26.5% pay cut set for January. AAFP News Now (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Research: BMI better than cholesterol for predicting CVD risk
    BMI may be better than total cholesterol levels for estimating 10-year cardiovascular disease risk, researchers at the University of Zurich reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study team said obesity screening had a stronger scientific foundation and that lifestyle changes that promote weight loss or prevent weight gain "may improve health more strongly than lipid-lowering treatment." MedPage Today(free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports probiotics for antibiotic-related C. diff
    An analysis of 20 clinical trials showed a 66% decline in antibiotic-related Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea among patients using probiotics. Researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto said because probiotics are not expensive and do not lead to adverse effects, "there seems little reason not to encourage the use of probiotics in patients receiving antibiotics who are at appreciable risk for CDAD." Medscape (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart risk is higher for relatives of young cardiac death victims
    Relatives of young people who died suddenly from heart conditions were more likely to develop heart disease than the general population, Danish researchers found. The risks were particularly high among first-degree relatives ages 34 and younger. The study appeared online in the European Heart Journal. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Primary care practices sought for health literacy study
    A dozen primary care practices are being sought to participate in an AAFP National Research Network study on implementing parts of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. In collaboration with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the study will look at how the toolkit helps family physicians make office changes and create strategies that help patient improve their understanding of health information. AAFP News Now (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests physicians need to change hand-off protocols
    Changing hand-off protocols among physicians and nurses between shifts could lead to better care and lower mortality, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. University of Michigan researchers who studied 23 shift hand-off sessions found physicians spent too much time talking about the first patients on the list and rushed through cases at the end, even though those patients may have needed more attention. HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside the AAFP 
  • AAFP Foundation looking for volunteers to help Sandy victims
    The AAFP Foundation is providing aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through its partner organizations Heart to Heart International and International Medical Corps. Family physicians who are licensed in New York and who would like to volunteer can e-mail the Foundation at for more information. As of Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Foundation had raised more than $8,000 in donations to help with disaster relief. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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