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January 31, 2013
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  • AAFP calls for policies to support primary care
    The AAFP's testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's subcommittee on primary care called for public and private sector policies that support primary care medicine and increase the number of family physicians. The AAFP said primary care physicians need a 20% increase in average income and that medical schools should support primary care and include family physicians in their training programs. AAFP News Now (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Obesity linked to heightened multiple sclerosis risk in girls
    The risk of pediatric multiple sclerosis was slightly greater among overweight and moderately obese teen girls than their normal-weight peers, according to a study in the journal Neurology. Extremely obese girls were three to four times more likely to develop the condition. The link between childhood obesity and MS was not found in boys, researchers said. Reuters (1/30) , (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Child abuse may put black women at risk of uterine fibroids
    Black women who were sexually or physically abused as children were 34% and 16% more likely to develop uterine fibroids, respectively, a study showed. Researchers noted that having higher coping skills was associated with lower odds of uterine fibroids. The findings, which appear in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, failed to establish a causal relationship between childhood abuse and uterine fibroids. News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Myo-inositol may lower gestational diabetes risk
    Taking myo-inositol supplements may reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes among pregnant women at risk for the condition, according to a small study in Diabetes Care. Data on 220 pregnant women with a family history of type 2 diabetes showed 6% of those who took myo-inositol supplements in addition to folic acid developed gestational diabetes, compared with 15% of those only given folic acid. Reuters (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • 6 key factors that determine ACO readiness
    An accountable care organization's readiness is determined by six primary factors, according to an in-depth review of 59 groups operating 88 different hospitals. These include existing relationships with other providers, an advanced EHR system coupled with a health information exchange adoption strategy and clinical integration across the entire spectrum of care. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Experts: Higher Medicaid copays may lead to deferred care
    Some health care experts believe a proposal to allow states to charge Medicaid beneficiaries higher copays for some services may lead the poorest people to delay getting needed care until their health condition becomes dire. The plan would give states a tool to discourage patients from seeking care at emergency departments for nonemergent issues and likely would affect hospital-based physicians more than office-based doctors, consultant Jennifer Kowalski of Avalere Health said. American Medical News (free content) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC issues reports on services that will back HIE operations
    A series of reports has been issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to make health care providers more familiar with the different high-impact services that support health information exchange. The themes covered include master data management, query-based exchange and consumer participation in HIE. Healthcare IT News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Ohio initiative reduces hospitalizations, saves $20 million
    The Better Health quality improvement program in northeastern Ohio reduced hospitalizations for cardiovascular conditions by 10.7% in 2011, with three-year program savings totaling more than $20 million. The program uses primary care physicians to improve the quality of care for multiple chronic conditions. Healthcare Finance News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Don't miss out on this valuable self-study CME option
    If you're not subscribing to FP Essentials, you're missing out on this month's edition, "Health Care Reform." Specific sections cover:
    • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    • Accountable Care Organizations.
    • Incentives for Reform: Pay for Performance.
    • The Family Physician and Health Care Reform.
    Available only via a monthly subscription -- in print and online -- FP Essentials allows subscribers to earn up to 60 AAFP Prescribed credits per year. Each edition covers one topic in a multi-year family medicine curriculum. Enhance your clinical knowledge, earn CME credit and prepare for the ABFM board exam … all at the same time. Subscribe today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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