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March 5, 2013
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  • AAFP: GOP plan needs more support for family physicians
    The AAFP said House Republicans don't do enough to bolster primary care in their draft proposal to eliminate the sustainable growth rate formula and reform Medicare's fee-for-service system. A letter to House GOP leaders from AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., said while the Academy supports the overall direction of the plan, it should include a pay increase for family physicians, and needs to make permanent the primary care incentive payment and a Medicaid parity regulation from the health care reform law. AAFP News Now (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study finds MRSA infection linked to season, age
    Children face a higher risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection during the summer, while older people are at greater risk of infection in winter, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed. Although the findings failed to explain the seasonal- and age-related risk patterns, researchers suggest increased antibiotic use in the winter could play a role. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADHD symptoms can persist into adulthood
    Nearly 30% of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder continued to have the disorder at age 27, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Childhood ADHD also was linked to at least one other adult psychiatric disorder in almost 57% of cases, researchers said. USA Today (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
 
  • Report IDs 6 primary areas of focus for ACO metrics
    A report by MedeAnalytics found that accountable care organization metrics fall into six major categories including pediatric, ambulatory and acute care. Researchers also report that commercial ACOs were more likely to focus on ambulatory processes and cost reduction, while Medicare ACOs were more focused on quality outcomes. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • CMS data show 70,000 fewer readmissions in 2012
    CMS data show 30-day readmission rates for Medicare patients dropped to 17.8% late in 2012 from an average of 19% over the preceding five years. The 70,000 fewer readmissions for 2012 show the Affordable Care Act is improving quality and slowing the growth in spending, Jonathan Blum, a CMS deputy administrator, told the Senate Finance Committee. Bloomberg (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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