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December 28, 2012
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  • Medicaid pay rates to rise for primary care docs
    Medicaid reimbursement rates for qualifying primary care physicians are estimated to rise 73% over the next two years, according to a survey by the Urban Institute and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Physicians certified in internal, family or pediatric medicine subspecialties who use certain evaluation and management and vaccination codes to make Medicaid claims are among those eligible for higher reimbursement under new CMS guidance. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC: 12 states now report high flu activity
    Flu activity increased last week, with 12 states reporting high flu activity, according to the CDC. New York City and five states reported moderate flu activity, while 33 states reported low activity. The U.S. flu season is off to an early start, but it is too soon to tell how severe the season will be, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement. HealthDay News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hypertension, diabetes linked to risk of cancer recurrence
    Colon cancer patients and survivors who had diabetes or hypertension had an 8% greater risk of cancer recurrence in five years compared with those who did not have either condition, according to a study reported in the journal Cancer. Researchers also noted lower survival in cancer patients with either condition. DailyRx.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Deadline approaches to report EHR meaningful use
    The deadline for Medicare EHR meaningful use reporting and attestation this year is Dec. 31. The CMS website describes the process for reporting and attesting to EHR meaningful use and lists state attestation deadlines for doctors and other eligible professionals participating in the Medicaid MU program. AHA News Now (12/19) , BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. health plan to unveil telemedicine service
    Anthem Blue Cross in California is set to unveil a Web-based telemedicine system known as LiveHealth Online early next year. The system will allow physicians and member patients to connect via two-way video to discuss nonemergency health issues, and data can, with permission, be shared with patients' primary care doctors. Healthcare Informatics online (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • More hospitals, physicians receive EHR incentive payments
    Three-quarters of eligible hospitals and one-third of doctors and other eligible professionals have received incentive payments for EHR system adoption, data from CMS reveal. A total of $9.3 billion has been released since the incentive program launched, with $6.1 billion going to eligible hospitals and $3.1 billion directed to doctors and other eligible professionals, the agency's November report shows. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Enhance your clinical knowledge, earn up to 24 AAFP prescribed credits per year, and prepare for the ABFM board exam all at the same time thanks to FP Audio. FP Audio is a monthly subscription, with each edition containing one hour of content that includes one or more clinical topics, Journal Notes and more. Your subscription also gives you online access to MP3 files and quizzes. The December FP Audio contains highlights from the North American Primary Care Research Group's 2011 annual meeting, plus information on corneal abrasions, crying infants and health risks in modern life. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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