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March 19, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Mammograms every other year lower false-positive results
    Women aged 50 to 74 who got a mammogram every other year did not have an increased risk of advanced breast cancer compared with those who received annual mammography, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Yearly mammography was associated with higher rates of false-positive results. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's guidelines from 2009 call for biennial mammography starting at 50. (3/18), Reuters (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Daily alcohol use raises mortality risk in HCV
    Moderate drinking raises mortality risks for chronic hepatitis C patients, both from liver disease and all causes, according to researchers at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Data showed HCV patients who had three or more drinks per day had a fivefold higher risk of mortality and those who had up to two drinks daily faced double the risk, compared with people who did not have HCV. Reuters (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Being white, male raises diabetes amputation risk, study says
    A British study found an increased risk of lower-limb amputation for diabetes patients who were white, male or lived in deprived communities. White men in poorer areas who have diabetes should have their feet checked annually, receive education on foot ulcers and understand the importance of seeking care for foot problems early, researchers said at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference. (U.K.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exercise may lower cardiac mortality risk in diabetes
    Norwegian researchers found adults with diabetes were two to three times as likely as those without the condition to die from cardiovascular disease. However, diabetes patients who reported one to two hours of weekly exercise had a similar risk as inactive adults who didn't have diabetes, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AANP leader: NPs will be needed more as coverage increases
    Limits on nurse practitioners' scope of practice will become unsustainable as the need for primary care increases with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act, AANP President Angela Golden said at a briefing hosted by Politico. Donna Shalala, a former HHS secretary, said professional frameworks of standards govern the way health professionals including nurse practitioners operate. Watch video highlights from the briefing. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Mold contamination prompts FDA warning on specialty meds
    The FDA warned hospital managers and doctors about a nationwide recall of treatments made by Med Prep Consulting, a New Jersey drug compounder, due to potential mold contamination. Mold was discovered in five magnesium sulfate bags distributed to a hospital in Connecticut. The recall includes painkillers and antibiotics as well as treatments used in labor and surgery. USA Today/The Associated Press (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Many long-term care residents take antibiotics for too long
    Researchers looked at antibiotic use at long-term care facilities in Ontario and found that nearly 78% of 66,901 elderly residents were given a course of antibiotics in 2010 and almost 45% of those prescriptions were to be taken for more than a week. The findings suggest that many elderly residents in long-term care facilities are taking antibiotics longer than necessary. The study appeared online in JAMA Internal Medicine. (Canada) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • EHR payments reach $12.3B, CMS reports
    CMS has issued about $12.3 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to 219,000 health care providers from the start of the program through last month. "We expect that February number will continue to grow as we process them through the month. We're already seeing some providers come in for 2013," said Robert Anthony of CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. Government Health IT online (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • CMS notifies some providers about MU incentive pre-payment audits
    CMS is notifying some providers who were chosen at random that the agency will audit their Medicare and Medicaid billing activities to be sure EHR incentives have been given to the right people. "EPs, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals should retain all relevant supporting documentation in either paper or electronic format, [including] documentation to support attestation data for meaningful use objectives and quality measures for six years post-attestation," according to CMS. EHR Intelligence (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Learning about osteoarthritis from other chronic diseases
    What if the trigger for treating heart disease were a first heart attack, or for treating hypertension, a stroke? For some patients, these debilitating symptoms are the first signs of trouble. The treatment goal for chronic conditions is to detect and modify risk factors, before symptoms appear, so the diseases devastating outcomes can be prevented. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Searching for the ideal NP job?
    It's likely posted on AANP CareerLink right now! For the first time ever, we have surpassed 1,000 posted jobs on our online career center. Find the job that's right for you by browsing this expansive list of NP jobs across the country. Browse the job listings quickly by searching with keywords, location, specialty and more. We're confident you'll find a job that piques your interest. If not, AANP CareerLink is averaging 300 new jobs posted every month so be sure to register and keep checking back for you dream job! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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