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December 6, 2012
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  • Speak Out alerts call for campaign to protect primary care
    The AAFP issued three Speak Out alerts asking members to rally to protect primary care programs and graduate medical education from budget cuts and to oppose a House plan to cut a health law provision that raises Medicaid payments to Medicare levels for two years. "We must insist that (legislators) protect critical family medicine programs," the AAFP said in calling for a grass-roots campaign. AAFP News Now (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Study: Children with psoriasis more likely to have high BMI
    Northwestern University researchers reported U.S. children with psoriasis are four times as likely to be overweight or obese as peers without psoriasis. The study in the Archives of Dermatology said it is not clear whether a high BMI is a precursor to psoriasis or if it is the other way around. AAFP News Now (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hormone disorder plus contraceptive use raises women's clot risk
    The risk of venous thromboembolism was two times higher in women with polycystic ovary syndrome who took oral contraceptives compared with other women who used oral contraceptives. Researchers looked at records from a health insurance database that includes 43,500 women with polycystic ovary syndrome. The study appeared online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans consider obesity a major health concern
    A Gallup survey found that Americans consider access to and the cost of health care to be the most urgent problems. Researchers also found that more Americans find obesity to be a major issue, with 16% saying it is an urgent medical problem, compared with only 1% in 1999. Gallup.com (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Expert: Maine leads effort to reduce repeat admissions
    Maine is "on the cutting edge" of figuring out how to reduce the number of patients who make costly return trips to the hospital, says Jeffrey Brenner, director of the Institute of Urban Health at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J. Maine's quality-improvement efforts include creating patient-centered medical homes, community care teams, and a pilot project using primary care physicians to identify and treat super-utilizers with multiple chronic illnesses. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Platform allows patient monitoring via live video chat
    AT&T has unveiled a cloud-based remote-patient-monitoring platform designed to enable physicians to better monitor their patients' chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, via video chat. Video chatting may allow clinicians to observe signs of problems such as mood and skin color changes that they would not be able to note through a phone conversation, according to an AT&T official. eWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Agencies issue proposed changes to MU criteria
    CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have released a proposed rule that makes some changes to meaningful use criteria, including an alternative criterion regarding electronic transmission of structured lab data between hospitals and providers of ambulatory care. The proposed rule also included a change to the 2014 EHR certification criteria. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • AAFP asks Congress not to cut GME programs to reduce deficit
    The AAFP and the Council of Academic Family Medicine sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate asking lawmakers not to cut graduate medical education funding to reduce the deficit. The letter said if that is not possible, any cuts made should be to secondary certification programs and not residency programs for initial certification. AAFP News Now (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Tell Congress to Preserve Medicaid Parity Payments
    House Republicans would like to offset the cost of extending the sustainable growth rate formula by eliminating Medicaid parity payments. In the latest AAFP Leader Voices Blog, Academy president Jeff Cain, M.D., says the proposal is bad for patients and physicians and urges family physicians to contact your members of Congress. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Web page makes AAFP social media accounts easy to find
    Did you know there are more than two dozen ways you can connect with the AAFP through social media? You now can find links to all those accounts -- including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Flickr -- on one Web page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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