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December 19, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Lifestyle changes lead to diabetes remission in study
    More than 11% of diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet and exercise program attained partial disease remission at one year, compared with only 2% in the non-intervention group, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients with a shorter diabetes duration, greater weight loss or stronger fitness gains were more likely to see improvements in blood glucose, researchers said. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black, Hispanic children show higher diabetes risk
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed children with high-risk A1C levels were more likely to be black, have a family history of diabetes and have higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels than children with A1C levels of less than 5.7%. Researchers also found impaired fasting glucose was more likely to occur in Hispanic children, those with higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels and those with hypertension and higher average triglyceride rates, compared with children who had lower plasma glucose levels. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Update 
  • Patient-centered programs may boost doctor-patient communication
    Health care providers and patients who took part in patient-centered programs attained improvements in patient satisfaction, health status and the medical consultation process, according to a review in The Cochrane Library. The results suggest providers "can acquire skills to enhance their communication with patients about their concerns and treatment options," said Drs. Francesca Dwamena and Robert Smith, the review authors. Health Behavior News Service (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Study emphasizes patient-centered approach, health IT in ACOs
    Data from a Commonwealth Fund report showed that the hospital-based organizations researchers examined were "modestly" prepared to move to accountable care, with patient-centered organizations and those well versed in health IT deployment showing the greatest success in the ACO transition. Researchers also stressed the importance of health IT tools that allow "integration of disparate data, analysis of data across a patient population, stratification of financial and clinical risk in the population, and measurement of the impact of targeted interventions." Healthcare Informatics online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CCHIT plans to create IT model for transitioning to ACOs
    An IT strategy for building accountable care organizations is being created by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. The goal is to determine the health IT elements needed to ensure provider groups operate effectively in an ACO environment and address issues that would hinder them from achieving their ACO objectives. Healthcare IT News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Get CME credits by participating in the Simulation Case Program – Ends Dec. 31st
    The ADA Simulation Case Program, powered by TheraSim, is a case simulation program designed to evaluate and reinforce best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diabetes. During the program, participants are able to engage in a physician/patient interview, review patient history, order lab tests, make a diagnosis and design a treatment strategy. The resulting feedback is delivered instantly. Learn more about this module and other educational opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian

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