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January 4, 2013
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  • New payment models, PCMHs gained momentum in 2012
    Testing of new payment models for family physicians gained momentum in 2012 through planning for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and patient-centered medical homes gained importance as a care delivery model. More physicians in 2012 used electronic health records, and administrative burdens from the federal government increased. AAFP News Now (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • More U.S. women are getting Pap tests as recommended
    CDC researchers found that more women aged 30 and younger are getting Pap tests in accordance with the national guidelines for cervical cancer screening. However, in a separate study, they reported that about 60% of women get Pap tests despite having a total hysterectomy, which is unnecessary in cases when the hysterectomy was performed for noncancerous reasons. Both studies were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/3) , Nurse.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Metformin outperforms glipizide in preventing CVD events in diabetes
    Long-term metformin treatment was associated with fewer cardiovascular events than glipizide therapy in type 2 diabetes patients with a history of coronary artery disease, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Data on 304 patients showed 35.1% of glipizide-treated patients experienced cardiovascular events at five years, compared with 25% of metformin-treated patients. Modern Medicine/Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women who walk more have lower stroke risk, study finds
    A European study in the journal Stroke revealed women who walked at least three hours weekly were less likely to suffer stroke than those who walked less, or those who did not walk at all. "The message for the general population remains similar: regularly engaging in moderate recreational activity is good for your health," said lead author Jose Maria Huerta from Spain. Yahoo/Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Expert calls for balancing patients and computers
    The focus on electronic health records means that computers are showing up in more and more medical exam rooms. Clinicians should make sure that entering information does not detract from connecting with patients, cautions Dr. Kenneth Bertka. If possible, clinicians should sit facing patients even while at the computer. Bertka also recommends that practices be specific about who is responsible for data entry. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Obama signs "fiscal cliff" bill delaying SGR fee cuts
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff" legislation. The measure delays for one year an almost 27% cut in doctor fees under the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula. The bill, however, compensates for the temporary SGR fix with budget cuts in other areas, including $800 million in fee cuts in radiology and $300 million in cuts in radiation oncology. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS grants conditional approval of HIEs in 8 more states
    HHS announced its conditional approval for the health insurance exchange applications of eight more states. California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah will have state-run exchanges, while Arkansas will have a federal-state partnership exchange. A total of 20 states have now been given conditional approval to run health exchanges. USA Today (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meaningful use, ACOs among key trends for health IT this year
    The health IT industry is expected to strengthen its focus on patient involvement this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The new year also will see a greater emphasis on data analytics and interpretation, more provider groups in accountable care organizations and tougher, more complex meaningful use requirements, according to this article. Government Health IT online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Physician workforce issues were a key AAFP focus in 2012
    When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012 it added to pressures to train more primary care physicians, and medical schools responded by adding departments of family medicine. The AAFP made graduate medical education payment issues a key focus last year. The year also saw more physicians choose salaried employment over private practice. AAFP News Now (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Updated graduate medical education data available (2000-10)
    In the U.S., teaching hospitals and associated ambulatory settings provide graduate medical education for resident physicians. These hospitals provide three services simultaneously: patient health care; graduate medical training; and, commonly, medical research services. In the training of residents, teaching hospitals incur significant costs and expenses beyond those customarily associated with providing patient care or performing medical research. The Medicare program makes GME payments to teaching hospitals for a portion of these costs. The Robert Graham Center has created an easily accessible database on GME payments to individual teaching institutions. Visit the Graham Center website for the most current data, and explore how GME funding compares across programs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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British poet, critic and playwright


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