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November 2, 2012
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  • CMS raises Medicare, Medicaid rates for family physicians
    Final rules issued by the CMS will increase Medicare rates for family physicians 7% in 2013 and raise Medicaid rates closer to Medicare payments through 2014. Much of the Medicare payment increase will come from additional payments for patient care coordination following a hospital or skilled nursing facility discharge. AAFP president Jeffrey Cain, M.D., said states should quickly implement the Medicaid rule because it "will do much to enable physicians to care for Medicaid patients." AAFP News Now (11/2) , MedPage Today(free registration) (11/1) , Modern Healthcare(free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Diabetes mortality rate among U.S. children declines 61%
    An analysis of data from the National Vital Statistics System showed a 61% decline in the rate of children and teens age 19 and younger dying from diabetes-related causes from 1968 to 2009. Improved treatment, greater awareness of symptoms and better disease management education may have contributed to the drop in deaths, CDC researchers said. The findings appear in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Osteoporosis drug helps prevent fractures in men, study says
    Zoledronic acid reduced the risk of vertebral fractures by 67% in men with osteoporosis, compared to a placebo, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said the drug also reduced rates of moderate-to-severe fractures and height loss. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic conditions linked to increased odds of sepsis later in life
    Middle-aged adults diagnosed with chronic lung, kidney or heart diseases were more than twice as likely to have sepsis, a study in the journal PLOS ONE found. Sepsis risk rose among stroke and diabetes patients by 85% and 71%, respectively. Researchers noted greater likelihood of sepsis among men and whites compared with women and blacks. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reduced risk of dementia is seen with caffeine intake, exercise
    A study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine found that caffeine consumption may reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease because of its ability to bind to cerebral adenosine receptors. Another study, published in the journal Stroke, showed that regular exercise in seniors can reduce the chance of developing vascular-related dementia by 40% and cognitive impairment by 60%. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)/Vital Signs blog (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Specialists offer tips for communicating with elderly patients
    Doctors who treat elderly patients must make themselves aware of each patient's limitations while being careful to avoid stereotyping, the Gerontological Society of America says in a new report. The group offers guidelines for improving communication with elderly patients, including minimizing background noise, monitoring and controlling gestures and other nonverbal behavior when talking with patients, facing patients when speaking, and reinforcing verbal information and instructions with easy-to-understand printed materials. American Medical News (free content) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Pediatric hospitalists use text messages to communicate
    Almost 60% of 106 pediatric hospitalists reported receiving work-related text messages and 12% said they sent more than 10 messages every shift, a survey showed. However, a majority of work communications still involve face-to-face and phone contact. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference. Family Practice News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Info exchange rules may bolster health system efficiency
    A set of ACA-mandated operating rules created by the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange helped health care providers attain a 10% to 12% reduction in eligibility-related claim denials and a 24% growth in electronic eligibility verifications. HHS has also adopted the CAQH CORE electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice operating rules in an interim final rule to ease the provider payment delivery process. Executive Insight (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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