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February 20, 2013
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  • Report finds little progress in reducing inappropriate care
    Significant improvement was seen from 1999 to 2009 in providing underused care, but only limited reductions were made in the use of inappropriate care, suggesting it has not been a focus of quality improvement efforts, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors recommended using practice guidelines and performance measures to ensure appropriate care and said the AAFP-supported Choosing Wisely campaign was one example of physician collaboration that promotes quality, cost-effective care. AAFP News Now (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News 
 
  • Study shows growing heart disease awareness among women
    U.S. researchers surveyed more than 1,200 women in 2012 on the leading causes of death and found that 56% of them named heart disease as the top killer, up from 30% in 1997. However, that knowledge on heart disease remained low among black, Hispanic and younger women. The findings will appear in the journal Circulation. Nurse.com (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research explores age, mortality and obesity
    Although previous research has suggested the connection between obesity and mortality becomes less important with age, researchers at Columbia University found the link between obesity and death risk grows stronger as age increases. The findings appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hip implants fail more often in women than men, study finds
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 35,000 hip replacement surgeries and found that the rate of implant failure five years after the procedure was higher in women than men. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that gender differences in outcomes for hip replacements should be considered in patient management as well as device development. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood vessel damage found in brains of people with Alzheimer's
    Researchers compared the brains of people with and without Alzheimer's disease and found that those with Alzheimer's had greater areas of blood vessel damage than those without the condition. They also found blood vessel damage in people suffering from mild memory problems. The study appeared online in JAMA Neurology. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
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  Practice Management 
 
  • USPSTF cites lack of evidence for glaucoma recommendation
    A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says there is not enough evidence to evaluate the benefits and risks of screening adults without vision symptoms for primary open-angle glaucoma in a family medicine setting. The task force's statement agrees with AAFP's 2005 recommendation that also found a lack of evidence to make a recommendation on screening adults for glaucoma. AAFP News Now (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Legislation 
 
  • ONC voluntary guidelines for HIE will be issued in coming months
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will release voluntary guidelines for health information exchange in the first half of 2013. The guidelines, given instead of a formal rule, will allow for feedback and sharing of best practices in the health care community. The ONC will update guidelines periodically in an effort to "get something out to reduce uncertainty and let people know what we're thinking," said ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside the AAFP 
  • Residencies face barriers to teaching PCMH
    If the patient-centered medical home is the future of health care, then residents need to learn about the PCMH model. And the process needs to begin sooner rather than later because starting in 2015, residencies will be required to teach population management. Although population management may sound big and broad, the reality is that the PCMH is the most likely model to fill that accreditation requirement. However, the cost of implementing some aspects of the model -- particularly electronic health record systems -- is prohibitive for many residencies. But help may be on the way. Read more in the latest AAFP Leader Voices Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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