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November 8, 2012
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  • AAFP calls for Congress, president to ensure access to care
    AAFP president Jeff Cain, M.D., said the Academy looks forward to working with President Barack Obama and the new Congress to ensure everyone has access to health care, and he called on lawmakers to permanently fix the Medicare physician payment formula. He also said Congress and the president should support medical education policies to increase the number of primary care physicians. AAFP News Now (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Diabetes patients on metformin have lower heart risk
    Type 2 diabetes patients who were on metformin treatment were 21% less likely to be hospitalized for cardiovascular complications compared with those who took sulfonylureas, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. However, researchers said it is still unclear whether the findings would apply to other ethnic groups and women, as 75% of participants were white and 97% were men. HealthDay News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Standard anticoagulant dose not right for all patients
    Most patients taking the anticoagulants clopidogrel and prasugrel at standard doses may not be getting the right dose for themselves, according to a study presented at a heart association meeting. For both drugs, only a quarter of patients were getting the proper dose. Researchers said a blood test to determine whether blood is clotting properly may help in the development of individualized dosing. HealthDay News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • West Nile cases hit highest mark since 2003
    Through Tuesday, 5,054 cases have been reported in this year's outbreak of the West Nile virus, the most for that period since 2003, CDC officials said on Wednesday. Ten states account for most of the cases, with Texas reporting more than any other state, and 228 deaths have been recorded. HealthDay News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data show cardio risk factors are common among Hispanic adults
    Data on more than 16,000 Hispanic adults in the U.S. showed 80% of men and 71% of women have at least one major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. U.S. researchers said Hispanics born in the U.S. were more likely to have multiple risk factors, compared with those born in other countries. HealthDay News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Engage patients in decision-making, experts tell conference
    Engaging patients and families in the decision-making process was a recurring theme at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative conference. Physician burnout also was covered, and study data on work flow showed the top challenge for practices was chaotic patient visits and overfull agendas. AAFP News Now (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 behavioral health standards receive NQF endorsement
    The National Quality Forum board of directors has approved 10 quality standards related to behavioral health, which cover problems such as substance abuse and mental illness. "These endorsed measures will be integral to this effort, giving providers new tools to ensure patients receive appropriate, compassionate, and high-quality care," NQF official Helen Burstin said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician guidelines cover research, industry collaborations
    Guidelines to help physicians decide whether to participate in medical research, education or industry collaborations were published by the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators in the journal Endocrine Practice. The guidelines define "fair value" compensation, call for increased scrutiny in areas such as formulary committees and institutional review boards, and reject the term "conflict of interest" regarding physician disclosures. Medscape (free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Governors, legislatures to decide ACA's future
    Governors in Texas, Florida and elsewhere have refused to set up insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, Missouri voters passed a ballot measure prohibiting the state from doing so without the Legislature's approval, and some states are considering running their exchanges in partnership with the federal government. Officials in other states, such as New Jersey and Virginia, have laid the groundwork for insurance exchanges but were waiting to announce plans until after the election. Leaders of 11 states and Washington, D.C., said they will expand their Medicaid programs, six said they won't, and some are negotiating with HHS on the scope of expansion. Yahoo/The Associated Press (11/9) , Kaiser Health News (11/7) , The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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