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February 4, 2013
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  • Family physicians lead the way in EHR adoption, study shows
    A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found family physicians have a higher rate of electronic health record adoption than other office-based physicians, with data showing a 68% implementation rate among family physicians in 2011. Jason Mitchell, M.D., director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT, said family physicians were early adopters of EHRs because they "embraced the idea that electronic health records were essential to providing safe, high-quality and efficient care." AAFP News Now (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Flu particularly dangerous for seniors this year, CDC data show
    Although influenza is beginning to taper nationwide, the outbreak remains serious and seniors are at particular risk, CDC epidemiologist Michael Jhung reported Friday. Jhung said the rate of deaths associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 116 per 100,000 cases among patients older than 65. "We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse," Jhung said. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review finds lack of efficacy for nondrug ADHD therapies
    A review of 54 studies in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed little evidence that nonpharmacological treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, such as psychological or dietary interventions, can reduce symptoms. Parents should not be discouraged because the findings only "demonstrate that what we once thought worked is more limited and more questionable," study co-author Dr. Emily Simonoff said. WebMD/HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study cites health issues for teens linked to energy drinks
    Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar contain about 160 milligrams of caffeine in a 16-ounce can and can pose health risks to teens, including rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and obesity, according to report in the journal Pediatrics in Review. Daily intake of more than 100 mg of caffeine is considered unhealthy for teens, lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson said. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Medicare payers use pre-pay audits to look for billing errors
    Medicare auditors are targeting primary care physicians and specialists for prepayment audits of high-intensity patient office visits to look for billing errors. AAFP president-elect Reid Blackwelder, M.D., said these reviews create an additional administrative burden, lead to undercoding to avoid raising a red flag and could cause physicians to send more complex patient cases to a hospital emergency department. American Medical News (free content) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mostashari: Care coordination, payment and value fuel HIE growth
    Most groups that already are exchanging health data cite business value for patients and doctors as the key driver for HIEs. On the whole, HIEs are "trending toward care coordination, trending to the arc of payment, trending toward value, not volume," National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari said during a joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees hearing. Government Health IT online (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS on Friday released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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