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February 12, 2013
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  • Patient satisfaction is key part of primary care, expert says
    Health care is being driven by more informed patients who demand from primary care and other physicians the type of service they have come to expect in retail, says Warren Skea of PwC, which released its annual "Top Health Industry Issues" report. Skea says payment models are being linked to patient satisfaction and in population health models, primary care physicians are "very much the quarterbacks, the coordinators of care." American Medical News (free content) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News 
 
  • Chronic stress raises risk of developing diabetes
    Chronic stress can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study by Swedish researchers published in the journal Diabetic Medicine. Scientists studied 7,000 men who initially had no history of diabetes, stroke or heart disease and found over the course of the 35-year study that those who reported permanent stress were 45% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than men who reported periodic episodes of stress or no stress. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Following sodium limits would save thousands of lives
    Cutting back on salt intake from current levels to 2,300 milligrams a day -- the upper end of the federal guideline -- could save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next 10 years, according to research published in the journal Hypertension. Even a more gradual reduction in salt content among restaurant and processed foods could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives in 10 years, largely by reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aspirin plus clopidogrel lowers risk of stroke recurrence
    Researchers tracked 5,170 minor stroke or transient ischemic attack survivors in China and found that those who received aspirin and clopidogrel were 32% less likely to suffer a second stroke in 90 days than those who took aspirin alone. The two groups both had comparably low rates of intracerebral bleeding, death and myocardial infarction. The study was presented at the International Stroke Conference. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADHD treatments don't reduce symptoms in most children
    U.S. researchers monitored 186 3- to 5-year-olds with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found that 90% of them still had symptoms six years following their diagnosis and ongoing therapy. Two-thirds of the children were taking medications for ADHD and their symptoms were just as serious as the children not taking any form of medication, according to the study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Study analyzes data to find better PSA screening strategies
    A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine analyzed 35 prostate-specific antigen-based screening strategies to identify strategies that reduce the risks associated with the test. However, family physician Michael LeFevre, M.D., co-vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommended against routine PSA-based screening because of uncertain efficacy and safety, said the new study data do not add anything to what physicians and researchers already know about PSA testing benefits and risks. AAFP News Now (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group releases recommendation for better post-discharge care
    The American Medical Association has released five patient safety principles for transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient care. "Patients leaving the hospital too often return to ambulatory care settings that are not well connected to the hospital team and this can result in inefficient, confusing and sometimes unsafe conditions," the report's authors wrote. Evaluating patient heath, supporting self-management and medication management, as well as goal-setting were among the responsibilities outlined in the report. HealthLeaders Media (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Spending on health care rose 4.3% in 2012
    Research by the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending found that health care spending in 2012 went up 4.3%. "While slightly above the flat three-year experience of 3.9%, our data demonstrates continued historically low health care spending growth," Altarum's Charles Roehrig said. Health care prices rose the least since 1998, inching up 1.7% from December 2011 to December 2012. BenefitsPro.com (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • U.S. readmission rates show little improvement, report finds
    A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found hospital readmission rates in the U.S. did not show significant progress between 2008 and 2010. Researchers also noted regional variation in 30-day readmissions, with readmission rates following postsurgical discharge as low as 7.6% in Bend, Ore., and as high as 18.3% in Bronx, N.Y. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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