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November 30, 2012
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  • Experts discuss ways to boost Rx adherence
    Health plan managers and researchers are trying various ways to get patients to take medications as prescribed, including sending reminders and even free prescriptions, according to experts involved in a National Coalition on Health Care panel discussion on the topic. What makes an intervention successful will vary by patient, but all interventions should come from a trusted source, emphasize why the drug is necessary, target patients at risk of nonadherence and reward adherence. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Study: Tdap vaccine as safe and effective as Td vaccine in seniors
    The tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine was comparable in safety and efficacy with tetanus and diphtheria vaccine in patients ages 65 and older, according to a study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Tdap vaccine users showed no increased risk of adverse reactions including meningitis and encephalitis compared with Td users. Seniors who received the Tdap vaccine, however, were nearly four times more likely to develop generalized reaction and anaphylaxis and were more likely to need medical attention for allergic or inflammatory reactions within six days of vaccination. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links smoking, drug and alcohol abuse to early stroke
    Researchers looked at the medical records of nearly 1,200 stroke patients ages 54 and younger in the U.S. and found that in 2005, the most recent year covered, more than half of them were smokers, while 1 in 5 used illicit drugs. Researchers also found that 13% of them had used alcohol or drugs within a day of their stroke. The study appeared in the journal Stroke. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aspirin tied to lower risk of liver cancer, death from liver disease
    An analysis of data about aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use by more than 300,000 people appears to indicate that using aspirin was linked to a 41% lower risk of liver cancer and a 45% reduced chance of dying from chronic liver disease. Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use was linked to a 26% lower risk of dying from liver disease, it did not curb the likelihood of liver cancer, researchers said. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy behavior may reduce heart risks in chronic kidney disease
    U.S. researchers tracked 3,670 patients with mild to moderate kidney disease and found that those who adopted a healthy lifestyle were 35% to 45% less likely to suffer from a cardiovascular problem or death. The study, presented at Kidney Week, revealed that healthy habits did not significantly lower the odds of chronic kidney disease progression. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Physicians are divided on EMRs
    A study in Health Affairs showed more than 69% of primary care physicians in the U.S. are using electronic medical records this year, up from 46% in 2009, but that still lags behind usage by doctors in other countries. Even though U.S. doctors have surpassed EMR goals set by the government, the technology is among the reasons why some physicians are giving up private practice for hospital employment, according to an Accenture report. HealthLeaders Media (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Agency sets comment period for stage 3 MU measures
    Comments on the CMS draft recommendations for stage 3 meaningful use objectives for the EHR incentive program may be submitted until Jan. 14, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Health care groups and providers may give input on objectives for meaningful use, quality metrics, and privacy and security measures. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Calif. faces challenges recruiting primary care physicians
    California is a desirable place to live, but Jeff Luther, who heads up the family medicine residency program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, says the high cost of living in some areas makes it difficult to attract medical students into primary care. Callie Langton of the California Academy of Family Physicians says there are state limits on family medicine residency slots that also contribute to a shortage of primary care physicians in the state. The group holds an annual Family Medicine Residency Fair to help recruit new doctors. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Network designed to boost telemedicine across New England
    A new telemedicine network connecting more than 400 health care organizations across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine will be formed to help strengthen the New England Telehealth Consortium. The venture is supported by FairPoint Communications. "The network will provide health care providers with quick and convenient access to the latest research and medical advances, speed the sharing of medical records and provide access for remote medical diagnostics and surgery, dentistry and behavioral health treatment," said NETC president Brian Thibeau. Healthcare Informatics online (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • CareerLink offers job search resources
    AAFP CareerLink is a powerful, interactive job search engine dedicated to family physicians. Browse jobs or post a position. Connect with leading hospitals, universities, private practices and institutions. Upload your CV to CareerLink, and your information will be visible to participating employers. Start now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New members of Congress get orientation from AAFP
    The AAFP brought together more than a dozen new members of Congress and other health care groups this week to educate the new lawmakers on issues like Medicare payment reform and the need to protect graduate medical education. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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