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November 6, 2012
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  • Cain: Congress must stop SGR pay cut during lame duck session
    The CMS' 2013 Medicare physician payment final rule makes it imperative that Congress replace the "dysfunctional" sustainable growth rate formula, according to AAFP president Jeffrey Cain, M.D. The rule includes a 26.5% cut in physician pay in January based on the SGR. Cain called on lawmakers to act during the lame duck session to prevent the reduction and work during the new Congress to reform the system. AAFP News Now (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Men don't see heart benefits from daily multivitamins
    An analysis of data from the Physicians' Health Study II involving almost 15,000 men found that taking multivitamins regularly for about 11 years did not significantly reduce the odds of heart attack, stroke or death from heart conditions. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Heart Association meeting. WebMD (11/5) , (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cardiovascular polypill could boost adherence, lower costs
    A pill that combines aspirin with a generic statin and two generic antihypertensive drugs increased adherence in a study of more than 2,000 people at risk for heart disease and already taking some type of medication. The patients given the polypill had greater reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those who bought the four drugs separately. The polypill was free to patients in the study group. Bloomberg (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low-dose aspirin may help prevent blood-clot recurrence, study says
    Low-dose aspirin helps reduce the risk of recurrence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, according to an Australian study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. "For every 1,000 patients treated for one year, aspirin can be expected to prevent about 20 to 30 episodes of recurrent major thrombotic events at the cost of about three significant bleeding episodes," said Dr. John Simes of the University of Sydney. The Times of India/Indo-Asian News Service (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lupus may double risk of developing preeclampsia
    Researchers assessed the pregnancies of nearly 225,000 women in British Columbia and found that those diagnosed with lupus had twice the risk of experiencing preeclampsia. No statistically significant link was found between prenatal use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and preeclampsia. The findings appear in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. HealthDay News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • CDC says vaccine storage recommendations are just guidelines
    A CDC official said interim vaccine storage and handling guidelines are just recommendations, not regulations, and will not be enforced. The guidelines call for storing vaccines in stand-alone refrigerators that constantly monitor temperature. Jamie Loehr, M.D., the AAFP's CDC liaison on the issue, said the recommendations are sound. AAFP News Now (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A physician's lack of experience raises costs, study says
    Rand Corp. researchers who analyzed insurance claims for more than 1 million Massachusetts residents found costs were 13% higher when physicians had less than 10 years experience, compared with doctors who had 40 or more years in the profession. The report was published in Health Affairs. HealthDay News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HealthTap develops platform to allow users to rate docs
    A two-part doctor rating platform has been created by HealthTap to assist consumers in making more informed decisions. The firm accepts votes from patients on their experiences with physicians on such metrics as personality and bedside conduct. The platform can also be used by physicians to rate their colleagues' knowledge of medicine. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report lists 10 biggest perils tied to health tech in 2013
    The ECRI Institute has issued a report detailing its list of the 10 key health technology hazards for 2013, including mismatches of patient records in health IT systems as well as failed interoperability between HIT tools and medical devices. Given these potential risks, the report urges health groups to put a greater focus on HIT when planning safety efforts for next year. Health Data Management (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Taking family medicine's message to Washington
    Barring congressional action, physicians face a 27% reduction in the Medicare payment rate on Jan. 1. In addition, the Budget Control Act's sequestration provision would cut the Medicare payment rate by 2% on Jan. 2. AAFP leaders recently gathered in Washington to meet with White House staff, congressional staff and representatives of federal agencies to discuss this looming crisis and other issues vital to family medicine. See the video blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAFP kicks off AAFP social media campaign to promote family medicine
    Throughout the month of November, the AAFP is inviting members to participate in a social media campaign to promote family medicine. By using social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, members can promote themselves, their practices and the specialty by giving thanks for what they love most about being a family physician. Get started now with this kit of campaign materials. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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