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February 22, 2013
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  • AAFP offers new recommendations to Choosing Wisely campaign
    The AAFP gave a second list of recommendations to the Choosing Wisely campaign, which on Thursday added 90 tests and procedures that are overused or should not be used in certain patient populations. The Academy collaborated with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for language in two recommendations concerning elective inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries. "Tests and procedures that lack evidence of their effectiveness put our patients at risk and drive up the cost of care," said AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D. AAFP News Now (2/21) , MedPage Today (free registration) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • CDC calls for better tools to protect against influenza
    Data on 2,697 children and adults showed this year's flu vaccine has been effective in 56% of people who were vaccinated. The vaccine provided better protection against influenza B, and better protection against influenza A among younger people compared with older people. Just 9% of those 65 and older who were vaccinated were protected against influenza A. The findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlight the need for a better and longer-lasting vaccine against flu, CDC officials said. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC report shows racial, gender differences in cancer incidence
    The number of people in the U.S. who were diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2009 was 1.5 million, with prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer accounting for more than 50% of all cases, a CDC report showed. Researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that men were more likely to have malignancies than women and that blacks were at greater risk for cancer than whites. They also found geographic disparities in cancer incidence, with the South recording higher caseloads of colon and lung cancers. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll reveals inaccurate views on IUD use
    U.S. researchers surveyed more than 1,600 women ages 18 to 50 in Pennsylvania and found that only about 20% correctly said that intrauterine devices are more effective than the birth control pill in preventing pregnancy. More than 50% of the respondents correctly said that IUD use doesn't carry a greater risk for sexually transmitted disease compared with the pill. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • AAFP initiative helps FPs optimize smoking-cessation efforts
    The AAFP's Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project achieved its goal of making tobacco cessation a priority in participating physician practices, data showed. Practices increased documentation of patients' tobacco use status from an average of 88.1% to 92.7% of patients and the number of patients offered help to stop using tobacco went from 35.7% to 74.1%. AAFP News Now (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supply of children's Tamiflu continues to drop in U.S.
    Supplies of Genentech's Tamiflu OS, a flu drug approved for children 2 weeks and older, remain limited nationwide. All quantities of the drug have been shipped to distributors and no additional supplies will be available for the 2012-2013 flu season, Genentech spokeswoman Tara Iannuccillo said. WebMD (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E-prescribing curbs drug errors, but adoption remains modest
    Electronic prescribing in U.S. hospitals helped prevent 17.4 million drug mistakes in one year, and wider adoption of the practice could eliminate more than 50 million errors annually, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. However, e-prescribing adoption remains modest despite its apparent efficacy, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • 25 states to evaluate Medicaid savings, quality models
    HHS said Thursday it will fund programs in 25 states that evaluate new approaches to curbing medical costs and improving health care quality in Medicaid. Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont were the first states to receive State Innovation Model support. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Will docs go where evidence leads?
    The number of physicians doing screenings that aren't recommended -- and getting paid for it -- is simply depressing. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends -- based on an evidence report -- that annual screening for cervical cancer is unnecessary. Yet, scores of women who had a Pap smear last year will be getting a reminder from their physician to schedule another one this year. Why? Some physicians continue to do some tests more often than is needed -- and others that are of questionable value -- out of fear. Certain screenings are expected by patients and their families. So we do it, lest we expose ourselves to the threat of a lawsuit when a patient gets sick -- or worse. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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