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February 6, 2013
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  • HHS secretary calls for acceptance of new payment models
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called for wider acceptance of new payment models among health care providers, adding that the models can help curb the fast rise of health care costs and spending. Sebelius also praised changes in Medicare and Medicaid coverage, saying, "History shows that innovations in how we pay for care often can begin with Medicare and then spread to the private insurance industry." MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Study raises concerns about chronic disease among boomers
    Despite their longer life spans, adults born between 1946 and 1964 are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol than those born a generation earlier, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows. Baby boomers are also less likely to exercise and more prone to obesity, researchers wrote. Experts warn of the high health care costs that accompany such chronic diseases but say boomers can still make changes to improve their health. ABC News/Medical Unit blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Taking calcium may raise men's risk of death from heart disease
    Taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium supplement per day increased a man's risk of dying from heart disease by 20%, but did not have the same effect in women, according to an analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. Calcium from diet, however, was not associated with an increased risk. The study followed more than 388,000 men and women age 50 to 71. HealthDay News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S., including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mentally ill adults more likely to smoke, CDC reports
    The smoking rate for adults with a mental condition in the U.S. was about 70% higher than for other adults, according to a report by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. On average, smokers with mental disorders smoked more cigarettes than smokers without mental conditions. Reuters (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Many practices treating children don't meet medical home standards
    A survey of pediatric, family and general practices that treat children found that on average they met less than 40% of the elements required to become medical homes, according to research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The report in Pediatrics said most practices met requirements for enhanced access and continuity, and for providing self-care support and community resources, but less than half met standards for planning and managing care, tracking and coordinating care, and measuring and improving performance. Medscape (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Docs recommend mobile apps to patients
    Doctors are using mobile health applications to access medication data at the point of care and ensure that the drugs they prescribe won't hurt patients, according to a study by Epocrates. The survey also found that more than 40% of doctors are recommending mobile apps to patients, often for patient education, healthy lifestyle tools and chronic disease management. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Majority of docs unaware of Sunshine Act requirements
    A survey from technology firm MMIS showed more than 50% of responding doctors were not aware that the Sunshine Act requires drug and medical device companies to make physician compensation data available to the public on an annual basis, and 63% expressed deep concern about the provisions. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Report: GME reforms needed to boost primary care training
    A 2003 law that called for redistributing graduate medical education positions to increase the number of primary care physicians did not work because it lacked a monitoring system and medical schools had a financial incentive to train subspecialists, according to a report published in Health Affairs. The report said stronger safeguards are needed to maintain levels of primary care training, along with additional GME reforms to "address the priority physician workforce needs of the nation." AAFP News Now (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Interested in global health? Join like-minded colleagues at Wonca 2013 Conference
    The 20th world conference of the World Organization of Family Doctors, known as Wonca, is scheduled for June 25 to 29 in Prague, Czech Republic. The theme of this year's conference, "Care for Generations," spotlights the full scope of family medicine practice throughout the lifespan. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, is among featured speakers for the event. The conference has been reviewed and is eligible for up to 20.25 AAFP Prescribed credits. Wonca direct members who register for the conference by Feb. 19 save $90. The AAFP is a Wonca member organization. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou,
American author and poet


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