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November 7, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • AAFP adds, updates resources on Medicare, PCMH issues
    The AAFP has created resources for family physicians to use to understand new Medicare initiatives and to implement a patient-centered medical home. The AAFP also updated its PCMH "house" graphic to include the terms "quality care" rather than "quality measures" and "patient-centered care" instead of "patient experiences." AAFP News Now (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News 
  • Study finds widespread heart disease risks among U.S. adults
    U.S. adults, both male and female, face at least a 55% overall risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Heart Association meeting. The findings, based on an analysis of data from five studies conducted between 1964 and 2008, highlight "the large public health burden and opportunities for prevention of total [cardiovascular disease]." U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miscarriages are associated with risk of heart problems
    Women who experienced one or more miscarriages had a greater likelihood of suffering a heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and renovascular hypertension than those who had no miscarriages, a Danish study found. The findings, based on data from more than 1 million women, were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Practice Management 
  • Survey shows how patients use Web for health care
    A Manhattan Research survey revealed 54% of respondents turn to the Internet to determine the services they may need and the right health care personnel to provide them. Data also showed 79% of patients diagnosed with chronic disease in the past three months went online for their health care decisions, compared with 53% of patients diagnosed a year earlier. However, only 20% of Internet-savvy patients use the Web to choose a primary care physician, researchers said. American Medical News (free content) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Obama's win helps secure future of Affordable Care Act
    President Barack Obama's re-election has secured the survival of the Affordable Care Act, but challenges to his signature health law remain, experts say. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to roll back the planned expansion of Medicaid benefits to more low-income adults, and Republican governors in some states have pledged not to implement the act's state health-insurance exchanges. However, "There's sort of an immediate acceptance that this law will stay in place in some meaningful way," said Chris Jennings, a health care adviser to former Democratic President Bill Clinton. Reuters (11/7) , The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Primary care physician jobs take longer to fill, data show
    An aging population and a growing emphasis on primary care contributed to an increase in the number of days it takes to fill primary care physician positions from 125 in 2010 to 151 in 2011, according to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. Data also showed family physicians are less likely to move their practices than doctors in other specialties. American Medical News (free content) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll examines physicians' views on health care
    A Merritt Hawkins survey revealed 45.8% of female physicians and 40.5% of male physicians were optimistic about the future of their profession, while more than 30% of both groups characterized their morale as positive. Researchers also found 24.7% of female doctors and 16.2% of male doctors believe EMRs will improve care. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Family of family medicine consolidates in Washington
    Moving family medicine organizations under one roof should improve communication and planning, and that is what happened recently in Washington. The AAFP, the AAFP's Robert Graham Center, the American Board of Family Medicine and the Council of Academic Family Medicine all have new offices in our nation's capital. AAFP President-elect Reid Blackwelder, M.D., has the details in the latest AAFP Leader Voices Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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