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February 13, 2013
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  • Official urges doctors to be leaders in creating new pay models
    Physicians should not sit on the sidelines as private and public payers decide new payment models, such as accountable care organizations, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovations senior adviser Nancy Nielsen, M.D., told an American Medical Association conference. "I think this is a tremendous opportunity for physicians to take leadership roles," she said, and cautioned that failure to do so may leave them with models that are not doctor-friendly. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • High BP during pregnancy may mean higher risk later in life
    High blood pressure during pregnancy means a greater risk of heart disease, kidney problems and diabetes later in life, even with only one or two high blood pressure readings, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Women whose blood pressure returned to normal after pregnancy were still 1.6 to 2.5 times more likely to develop subsequent high blood pressure requiring hospitalization or treatment. HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal intake of folic acid may reduce autism risk
    Taking folic acid supplements before conception and early in pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of having children with autism, according to a Norwegian study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The effects of folic acid on genes and DNA repair may explain its role in brain development disorders in babies, including autism, researchers said. Reuters (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hours in ED may put heart patients in danger of PTSD
    Patients who waited in the emergency department for more than 11 hours with a heart attack or severe chest pain were at greater risk of heart disease-related post-traumatic stress disorder in the month after hospitalization, a study found. The findings, based on 135 heart patients admitted at a New York City hospital between 2009 and 2011, were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds varying vitamin D levels in supplements
    The content of vitamin D supplements varies widely across samples, with some offering too little to address vitamin D deficiency, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine says. Researchers said vitamin D content ranged from as low as 9% to as high as 140% of the doses described on the label. USA Today (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Agency to award grants for stage 3 MU studies
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will award grants of as much as $250,000 in support of research designed to assess the implementation of proposed stage 3 meaningful use objectives among health care providers and facilities. The deadline for submission of applications is March 28. Health Data Management (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • President vows to contain health spending in State of the Union
    President Barack Obama promised to seek to further reduce health care spending while praising the Affordable Care Act during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. "We'll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors," Obama said. "We'll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare." Republicans in the Senate responded by pointing to reports of job losses and higher premiums attributed to Obama's signature health law. The Huffington Post (2/12) , The Washington Times/Inside Politics blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS encourages e-patients
    HHS announced plans to create a broad shift to a less hierarchical health care system and give patients and families a greater role in their own care. A new initiative aims to expand patients' access to electronic health records, mobile health applications and devices, and secure electronic messaging between patients and providers, according to an article published in the journal Health Affairs. "Engaged patients ... are more likely than others to participate in preventive and healthy practices, self-manage their conditions and achieve better outcomes," said Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT at HHS. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • AAFP members discuss medical debt concerns with Md. congressman
    A group of AAFP members from the mid-Atlantic area told Rep. Jim McDermott, M.D., D-Wash., that solving the nation's physician shortage problem means finding ways to deal with high medical school debt, which discourages students from pursuing careers in primary care. McDermott, who has sponsored a bill to create a state-based scholarship program for primary care medical students, said school debt is the worst part of medicine and encouraged AAFP members to develop contacts with elected officials and talk to them about challenges facing family physicians. AAFP News Now (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Share your global health expertise
    Calling practicing physicians, faculty, residents, and students with interests or experience in international activities and/or global health: Help leave a global legacy. Submit an abstract for poster and peer sessions for this year's AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, Oct. 10 to 12 in Baltimore. This year's workshop theme is "Global Health through Family Medicine: Reflecting on the Past, Preparing for the Future." Submit your abstract by June 15. Health professionals beyond the specialty of family medicine are also welcome to submit abstracts. Online registration for the workshop will be available soon. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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