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February 15, 2013
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  • CMS proposed rule would eliminate burdensome regulations
    The CMS proposed a rule to eliminate regulations that are burdensome and unnecessary and redefine others to make Medicare and Medicaid more efficient, potentially saving the programs hundreds of millions of dollars. Of specific interest to family physicians is the removal of requirements involving mandatory biweekly face-to-face physician visits to critical-access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers. AAFP News Now (2/14)
  Clinical News 
  • CDC: Synthetic pot linked to 16 cases of kidney injury
    Sixteen teens and adults aged 15 to 33 in six states were diagnosed with acute kidney injury last year following the use of synthetic marijuana products, CDC officials wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. While most of the patients recovered within three days after their serum creatinine peak, five needed hemodialysis and four were given corticosteroids. Family Practice News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Diclofenac's heart risks warrant caution
    Diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, was associated with an up to 63% higher risk of cardiovascular events, and should be eliminated from essential-medicines lists, according to a meta-analysis published online in PLoS Medicine. Diclofenac was the most widely used NSAID in 15 countries, and its heart risk was comparable to that of rofecoxib, which was withdrawn from the market due to its cardiovascular toxocicty. TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. women are using morning-after pill in past decade
    CDC researchers looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth and found that 11% of women between ages 15 and 44 reported using the morning-after pill from 2006 to 2010, up from about 4.2% in 2002. They noted that 23% of the users were young women ages 20 to 24 and that users were more likely to be non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women than non-Hispanic black women. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study examines link between EHR use, health service referrals
    Providers using EHRs are more likely to refer women for mammograms and other preventive care, including pelvic and breast examinations, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers without EHRs had the lowest referral rates for all but two tests involving women's health, researchers found. HealthImaging.com (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Legislative committee hears ideas on replacing SGR
    A House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing Thursday discussed issues surrounding a potential repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, including concerns about how to pay for eliminating the SGR and how to measure and reward quality. Committee members and other health experts questioned whether models such as accountable care organizations, which tie pay to quality and outcomes, will work for rural or small-practice physicians. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IOM: Tracking system needed to curb sales of fake drugs
    The Institute of Medicine has called for a national drug-tracking system following an FDA warning on counterfeit Avastin. Such a system might utilize barcodes or electronic tags to confirm the authenticity of a medication and the ingredients used during its production, an expert said. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg lauded the report. CBS News/The Associated Press (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Questionnaire helps jump-start conversations about nutrition
      
    Family physicians know all too well that many Americans don't get enough potassium, calcium and vitamin D from the foods they eat. And certain groups of people may not get as much iron, folate or vitamin B-12 as they need. Now, FamilyDoctor.org has a tool that can help your patients see if they're getting enough of these nutrients from their diet. Download the Nutrient Deficiency Risk Questionnaire developed by the AAFP's AIM-HI initiative and ask your patients to complete it. Then use the completed form to start a conversation about nutrition. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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