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November 19, 2012
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  • AAFP's Cain weighs in on postelection issues facing doctors
    The re-election of President Barack Obama assured many physicians that health reform is here to stay, but questions about health insurance exchanges continue. AAFP President Jeffrey Cain, M.D., said physicians also are concerned with permanently fixing the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula and extending a temporary pay increase for treating Medicaid patients. "We know if we can give people insurance, even if it's Medicaid, and we give them a primary care physician, they'll be healthier" and less expensive to treat, Cain said. American Medical News (free content) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

  Clinical News 
  • Halting asthma drug use might exacerbate disease in some patients
    A study found 38% of patients who discontinued their inhaled corticosteroids after having stable asthma for four or more weeks suffered an attack within six months, compared with 16% of those who continued their medications. "Treating patients with the least amount of medicines that controls their symptoms and reduces asthma attacks to an acceptable level is the best way to manage asthma over the long term," lead researcher Dr. Matthew Rank said. Medscape (free registration) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children in poorer areas have higher obesity risk
    A study in Social Science & Medicine found that children living in middle-class areas were 17% more likely to become obese and those in poor communities had a 28% increased risk of obesity compared with children in more affluent neighborhoods. Neighborhoodwide initiatives and individual-level programs are necessary to help address childhood obesity, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air pollution may weaken older adults' mental functioning
    Researchers looked at the records of more than 14,000 people ages 50 and above in the U.S. and found that those who lived in highly polluted areas scored worse on tests of mental abilities including memory and language. Test scores dropped 0.36 points per each 10-point increase in levels of fine particulate air matter. The findings were to be presented at a meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. HealthDay News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Practice Management 
  • Heart association seeks to standardize ABI measurements
    The American Heart Association released a scientific statement to help physicians standardize how they measure and interpret the ankle-brachial index, which diagnoses lower-extremity peripheral artery disease and can be a marker for other cardiovascular diseases. The study authors called for faster and easier ways to measure the ABI so it can be more broadly implemented in primary care. Medscape (free registration) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency asks for public comment on proposed stage 3 MU measures
    CMS seeks public input on potential stage 3 meaningful use measures developed by Mathematica Policy Research and the National Committee for Quality Assurance to be used by health care professionals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The proposed measures will evaluate key parts of the yearly wellness visit benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • GAO: Getting Medicaid doctors can be a challenge for states
    More than half of U.S. states and territories surveyed by the Government Accountability Office from February to May said it was hard to find sufficient dentists, primary care doctors, specialists or other health care providers for Medicaid patients. Among Medicaid officials for the states, five territories and Washington, D.C., 30 said it was a challenge ensuring enough dentists were participating in Medicaid, and 17 said the same for primary care providers. The GAO reported low Medicaid payment and a shortage of providers as main factors affecting provider participation. Modern Healthcare(free registration) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga., Ohio, Wis. among states announcing they won't run exchanges
    Wisconsin, Ohio and Georgia joined more than 12 other states in rejecting a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law that urges states to establish online health insurance markets. "Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents," Gov. Scott Walker said. Ohio "will not run an Obamacare health exchange, but will instead leave that to the federal government to do," Gov. John Kasich said. Georgia would not set up an exchange because of "the one-size-fits-all approach and high federal burden imposed on states," Gov. Nathan Deal said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16) , Reuters (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • AAFP members speak as one voice against SGR cuts
    Today a not-so-small group of thoughtful, committed citizens -- the 105,900 AAFP members -- is working to make a change that will benefit you and your patients. Without congressional action on the sustainable growth rate formula, physicians face a nearly 27% reduction in Medicare payments on Jan. 1. Additionally, the Budget Control Act's sequestration provision would cut the Medicare payment rate by an additional 2%. Learn how you can get involved. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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