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January 22, 2013
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  • AAFP supports Obama's orders on gun safety, violence
    An AAFP letter to President Barack Obama said the Academy supports his executive order making it clear the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not ban physicians from talking with patients about gun safety. AAFP President Jeff Cain, M.D., said the Academy also supports executive orders signed by the president to allow the CDC to study gun violence and to begin a national dialogue on mental health. AAFP News Now (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • USPSTF: Docs should screen female patients for domestic violence
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has called on primary care physicians to screen all women of childbearing age for indications of domestic violence and make treatment referrals if needed. Screening can identify domestic violence in 62% to 96% of cases, and data show women who are screened are more apt to discuss the issue with their doctors. The recommendations appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine. AAFP News Now (1/22) , HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. children don't get immunizations on schedule
    A study in JAMA Pediatrics of more than 300,000 children born between 2004 and 2008 found the percentage who were late on at least one vaccine rose from 42% to 54%. More than 1 in 8 children were undervaccinated because of their parents' choices, researchers said. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts see uptick in ADHD diagnosis among U.S. children
    A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among children increased 24% between 2001 and 2010. According to the data, 5.6% of white children were diagnosed with ADHD, compared with 4.1% of black children, 2.5% of Hispanic children and 1.2% of of Asian/Pacific Islander children. Boys had triple the risk of ADHD compared with girls, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hearing loss associated with cognitive decline in study of seniors
    Baseline hearing loss among older adults was linked to 32% to 41% greater cognitive decline annually based on test scores that measured executive and global function, respectively, compared with peers with normal hearing, according to a study to be published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. "Further research is needed to investigate what the mechanistic basis of this observed association is and whether such pathways would be amendable to hearing rehabilitative interventions," researchers wrote. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Patient education may curb excessive use of antibiotics
    The rate of antibiotic use to treat uncomplicated acute bronchitis among teens and adults decreased from 80% to 68% in clinics that provided printed materials on the condition, and from 74% to 61% at practices that provided a computer alert to nurses, a study of 33 primary care practices found. The results suggest that patient education may help prevent antibiotic overuse, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Report: Primary care could help cut $2 trillion in health costs
    The U.S. can reduce health expenditures by $2 trillion over 10 years through an increased use of primary care and the patient-centered medical home, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. "The commission is saying that primary care is really central to the health care system," commission vice president and executive director Stuart Gutterman said. AAFP News Now (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medicaid expansion will boost access to mental health care
    States that chose to expand Medicaid will be able to offer more mental health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government will pay the entire costs of new Medicaid enrollees for the first three years and will cover 90% beyond 2020. A Congressional Budget Office report finds that 13 million more Americans would receive mental health coverage via Medicaid if all states were to adopt the expansion. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Medical education model may reduce physician shortage
    The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program has supplied valuable training in EHR utilization, team-based care and quality improvement, researchers report in Academic Medicine. The program provides up to $230 million over five years to train more medical residents in community-based health centers to help curb physician shortages in underserved communities. American Medical News (free content) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMA offers support to forward-thinking medical schools
    Medical schools that develop innovative programs addressing topics such as patient safety and team-based care may receive a share of $10 million in competitive grants from the American Medical Association. "Rapid changes in healthcare require a transformation in the way we train future physicians," said AMA president Jeremy Lazarus. Institutions have until Feb. 15 to submit a letter of intent. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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