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February 11, 2013
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  • Physician groups ask states to move quickly on parity pay
    The AAFP joined other physician groups in signing an AMA letter asking governors and Medicaid directors to file state plan amendments as soon as possible to implement the Medicaid-Medicare parity provision for physician payments. The groups also want a streamlined process for physicians to use to self-attest to being board-certified in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics, which is a requirement for the payments. AAFP News Now (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC: Flu season appears to be waning
    CDC officials report that in much of the U.S., flu season is starting to wind down, according to data from the week ending Feb. 2. Widespread flu activity was reported in 38 states, down from 42, and mortality attributed to influenza also was down. Nineteen states recorded high levels of flu activity, the agency said. USA Today (2/8) , U.S. News & World Report (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC report finds continued decline in U.S. teen birth rate
    The teen birth rate in the U.S. declined by 8% between 2010 and 2011, with just over 3% of teens ages 15 to 19 giving birth during the study period, a CDC study found. Rates of premature birth and low birth weight continued to drop, but the infant mortality rate remained unchanged, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data analysis shows vitamin C may reduce duration of colds
    Analysis of data from 72 trials found that regular use of vitamin C supplements may reduce the duration of colds but does not prevent them for most people, according to a report on the website of the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. Researchers from the University of Helsinki said the supplements led to about an 8% reduction in the duration of cold symptoms for adults and a 14% reduction for children. Medscape (free registration) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties high bone mass to higher BMI among women
    Women who had high bone mass were nearly 20 pounds heavier and had a 4.5% lower percentage of lean body mass than those in the control group of a study that suggests high bone mass may be linked with BMI. Researchers noted "a particular tendency toward central adiposity" among patients with high bone mass and suggested that the relationship is a causative one, but more study is needed. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Obesity counseling is affected by physician perceptions
    Physicians who see overeating as the cause of obesity were more likely to tell patients to cut back on portion sizes and calorie consumption, while those who believe sugary drinks cause the condition were more likely to urge patients to reduce intake, a study found. The results in Preventive Medicine suggest that doctors' perception of obesity causes may influence their weight-loss advice, and that education for physicians may help improve the nutritional counseling they provide. HealthDay News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Early adopters make up more than half of private practices
    Data from a WhiteSpace Health Care study showed 55% of private practice managers and doctors say their practices follow an "early adopter" approach to operating decisions. Researchers also found 23% of respondents perceived their practices as "innovators," while 19% felt they were "late adopters" and 3% reported being "laggard" practices. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health exchanges are favored by 55% of the public, poll finds
    Fifty-five percent of U.S. adults see the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges as a top priority for state leaders, according to a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The public is not divided on the issue because "people like the idea," Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman said. United Press International (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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