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February 19, 2013
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  • Support professionals can help family physicians improve care
    Practice facilitators and care managers can help family physicians improve patient care by optimizing workflow and processes, aiding in quality improvement efforts and coordinating care services, according to an article in the Annals of Family Medicine. However, the report by Mathematica Policy Research found small and midsize primary care practices are less likely to use such support professionals. AAFP News Now (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Diet and exercise curb weight gain in obese pregnant women
    Obese pregnant women who underwent weekly weight-management sessions gained 7 pounds less during pregnancy and had lost all of their pregnancy weight at three weeks post-delivery compared with those in the control group, a study showed. Another study revealed that 78% of obese pregnant women who followed a calorie-restricted diet and exercise program met the Institute of Medicine's guidelines on gestational weight gain, compared with 30% of the control group. The results were presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Acupuncture offers short-term allergy help, study says
    Patients with seasonal allergies saw short-term benefits from an eight-week acupuncture regimen, German researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Patients reported slightly better quality of life and less need for rescue medications, but researchers said the short duration of the effects made the clinical value of the therapy questionable. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Family instability may increase children's risk for chronic conditions
    Children whose families had been investigated by child welfare agencies were up to twice as likely to suffer from a chronic health problem as peers in the general population, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that older children, boys and children using special education services were at a greater risk of being diagnosed with a chronic condition. DailyRx.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gift bans influence prescribing of brand-name drugs, studies find
    Physicians who attended medical schools that restricted industry-provided meals and gifts were less likely to prescribe brand-name drugs than those whose schools did not implement such restrictions, a study in BMJ revealed. Another study published in Medical Care supported the findings, noting lower prescribing of widely promoted, brand-name drugs after gift bans in residency programs became common. American Medical News (free content) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More than half of U.S. patients live in ACO areas
    Fifty-two percent of U.S. patients reside in regions served by accountable care organizations, up from 45% in August, data from an Oliver Wyman analysis show. Researchers also found 28% or more of patients live in areas with at least two ACOs, an increase from 17% in August. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Exchanges will be ready by Oct. 1, HHS tells Congress
    HHS official Gary Cohen assured a Senate panel that all 50 state health insurance markets would meet the enrollment deadline on Oct. 1. Senators from both parties raised concerns about how affordable plans on the exchanges will be. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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