Making Sense of MACRA: The AAFP's Top 10 FAQs Making Sense of MACRA: The AAFP's Top 10 FAQs
Confused about the Quality Payment Program? The answers to these 10 frequently asked questions can help you successfully participate.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Video-conferencing with therapists can help patients with anxiety
Talk therapy for anxiety disorders can be effective even when done via video-conference, a new study confirms. This finding could be especially helpful for patients in underserved and rural areas, researchers write in Family Practice. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

August 2018 Briefing - Family Practice
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for August 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UNC Rockingham physicians practices join UNC Physicians Network
UNC Rockingham Health Care's six physician practices in Eden and western Rockingham County have become part of UNC Physicians Network. The move brings the expertise and services of the larger UNC Health Care System's network of specialty care providers to the Rockingham County, according to Dana Weston, president of UNC Rockingham. The practices involved in the transition will change their names: Morehead Family Practice to UN C Family Medicine at Eden Morehead Neurospine to UNC Neurosurgery… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John Joyce Source Type: news

Education on insulin use is lacking in doctors
According to research, published inBMC Family Practice, primary care physicians lack appropriate knowledge on the correct use of insulin to treat type-2 diabetes.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - August 8, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

99213 or 99214? Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum 99213 or 99214? Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum
These two codes account for a large proportion of FP office visits--but one pays more than the other. How do you decide which one to use?Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach
What should be covered in a comprehensive geriatric assessment, and how is it best accomplished in a family practice office setting?American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

How we are celebrating the NHS turning 70
 Valeria Fiore speaks to three different practice managers about what they are doing to honour the service’s landmark birthday Veg on prescription Alvanley Family Practice, Stockport: Practice manager Kay Keane and health champion David Chorlton will launch a practice allotment on 5 July 2018, to celebrate the NHS turning 70. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - July 4, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Practice management Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

June 2018 Briefing - Family Practice
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for June 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Med First Urgent Care and Family Practice at Wendover Commons will be complete by fall
Med First Urgent Care and Family Practice at Wendover Commons will finish its interior construction by September after a six-month delay, a company spokesman told Triad Business Journal. The 3,200-square-foot clinic is on West Wendover Avenue near I-73 and will employ about a dozen people. In the fall of 2017, Med First put up a sign announcing its arrival at Wendover Commons near Academy Sports and Haverty's Furniture store. Company spokesman Matt Mumpower said he's unsure what caused the delay. Med… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rebecca Ayers Source Type: news

Why Would an NP Choose Family Practice?
(MedPage Today) -- Let me count the ways (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 8, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

May 2018 Briefing - Family Practice
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for May 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process
How should deprescribing be approached for patients taking multiple unnecessary medications? The authors present four key steps in managing polypharmacy.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

L.A. healthcare startup raises $20 million for doctor house calls
Heal has raised another $20 million for its tech spin on retro healthcare. The Los Angeles startup, which enables on-demand doctor house calls, will use the new funding to pursue new markets, explore new business models and advance its technology. Heal connects users with fully vetted pediatricians and family practice doctors who can arrive at a patient’s home within a couple of hours or by appointment. Doctor hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 365 days a year, including all holidays. The service is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 22, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Annlee Ellingson Source Type: news

April 2018 Briefing - Family Practice
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for April 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sports Physicals for Tween/Teen Athletes
Treatment TermsSports medicine Sub-Title Available in Durham, Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs Overview Does your child need a sports physical? If he or she plans to work out with the middle or high school team this summer, participate in a summer sport, or try out for a sport any time in the upcoming school year, now is the time to make sure your forms are up to date. Content Blocks School Sports Physicals for $10.00 Per Person (Cash Only)Duke Health will offer school sports physicals tostudent-athletes  in sixth grade through high school for $10 per person (cash only).  Student-athletes should arrive ...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Is Your Diagnosis Coding Ready for Risk Adjustment? Is Your Diagnosis Coding Ready for Risk Adjustment?
Learning how to correctly incorporate Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) codes can have positive effect on payment as well as present a more accurate picture of patient health status.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

March 2018 Briefing - Family Practice
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for March 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Don't Forget Puerto Rico -- We Didn't
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a Fort Collins, Colo., family practice created two jobs for displaced workers. John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., shares their stories in this Leader Voices Blog post. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Don't Forget Puerto Rico -- We Didn't
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a Fort Collins, Colo., family practice created two jobs for displaced workers. John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., shares their stories in this Leader Voices Blog post. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018 Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018
What coding changes are most likely to affect the way your practice gets paid in 2018? Review the most important changes in this article.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Practice launches digital patient participation group on Facebook
A GP practice is launching a virtual patient participation group (PPG) to run alongside with its regular face-to-face meetings. Adelaide Street Family Practice in Blackpool hopes that the existence of a digital group on Facebook will encourage more people to become active participants and contribute to the practice’s PPG. The digital group is launching on 20 March, but the practice will be running a test session before the official release date.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 9, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

EHR Time Exceeds Patient Face Time in Family Practice Visits EHR Time Exceeds Patient Face Time in Family Practice Visits
Average total time spent in one visit and average time spent on EHR work varied little among residents and faculty physicians, but multiple other factors played a role.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

New chief medical officer for El Dorado hospital
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital has a new chief medical officer.   The organization announced Tuesday Dr. Jennifer Pharris will serve in that capacity beginning March 1. This will be a part-time role, allowing Pharris to continue practicing medicine through the SBA Medical Group family practice clinic in Augusta. The hospital is in El Dorado.  This was the o ne remaining C-suite position that needed to be filled amid a recent leadership shuffle, beginning with Jim Kirkbride taking over for Gayle… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 6, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Josh Heck Source Type: news

New chief medical officer for El Dorado hospital
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital has a new chief medical officer.   The organization announced Tuesday Dr. Jennifer Pharris will serve in that capacity beginning March 1. This will be a part-time role, allowing Pharris to continue practicing medicine through the SBA Medical Group family practice clinic in Augusta. The hospital is in El Dorado.  This was the o ne remaining C-suite position that needed to be filled amid a recent leadership shuffle, beginning with Jim Kirkbride taking over for Gayle… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 6, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Josh Heck Source Type: news

Opting Out of Medicare: How to Get Out and Stay Out Opting Out of Medicare: How to Get Out and Stay Out
Is opting out of Medicare a viable option for family physicians? It can be, but only if you do it correctly--and doing it wrong can be costly.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Depression in intimate partner violence victims in Slovenia: a crippling pattern of factors identified in family practice attendees - Gucek NK, Selic P.
This multi-centre cross-sectional study explored associations between prevalence of depression and exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) at any time in patients' adult life in 471 participants of a previous IPV study. In 2016, 174 interviews were per... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

GP practice wins the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2017
A GP practice has been awarded the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2017 at the National Apprenticeship Awards that took place on 18 January at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The Alvanley Family Practice, a small practice with more than 5000 patients in Woodey, Stockport is also the regional winner of the Apprenticeships National Awards 2017.   Practice manager,Kay Keane said her practice was the only NHS practice to be awarded the prize.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 19, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Practice management Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

Cells to Society: New Hypertension Guidelines / Caregiver-Researcher/ Research News
This study investigates whether improved communication and evidence-based recommendations for handover yield positive patient outcomes.     Read more   Family ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - January 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The importance of anxiety and depression in family practice - Torzsa P, Hargittay C, Kalabay L.
Representative studies indicate that prevalence of anxiety disorders among adults is between 12.6-17.2%, while in Hungary it is 17.7%. According to both international and national studies the point prevalence of diagnosed major depression requiring treatme... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

New Surgical Option for Serious Rotator Cuff Tears
Treatment TermsOrthopaedicsRotator Cuff TearsShoulder pain and injuries Overview If you have a severe rotator cuff tear that can ’t be mended, or if a previous repair didn’t bring relief, superior capsule reconstruction may help. Content Blocks Header About Rotator Cuff Tears and Repairs ContentYour shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that help keep the ball at the top of your upper-arm bone centered in your shoulder socket. It also helps you lift and rotate your arm.When your rotator cuff tears -- either from a sudden injury or long-term wear-and-tear -...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

NEA Baptist Adds Two to Jonesboro Teams (NEA Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Mahesh Aradhya has joined the cardiology team at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro while Dr. Nicole Akers has joined NEA Baptist’s Windover Clinic Family Practice. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

In conversation with... Kay Keane
Kay Keane is business manager at the Alvanley Family Practice, which has more than 5000 patients. Q: How do you keep your practice thriving?Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice management Featured Articles Personal Practice Source Type: news

An Orthopaedic Family: On the Go with Drs. Jocelyn Wittstein and Tally Lassiter (Video)
Treatment TermsOrthopaedicsSports medicineKnee pain and knee injuryShoulder Dislocation and InstabilityRotator Cuff TearsShoulder pain and injuries SEO Keywordssports medicine Author Erin Hull Overview Jocelyn  Wittstein, MD, and Tally Lassiter, MD, are orthopaedic surgeons in Raleigh who practice what they preach. Content Blocks Section Features Images/Media Text Content CTA Image CTA LinkSoutheastern Orthopedics Shoulder Center Section Features Call To Action Section Features Text Content Header An Orthopaedic Family ContentAt work, the husband and wife treat children and adults with knee, sho...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Features - December 8, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: efh7 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Direct Primary Care Lets Me'Be the Doctor I Wanted to Be'Direct Primary Care Lets Me'Be the Doctor I Wanted to Be '
Giving up a systems job for direct primary care helped Dr Julie Gunther revive her spirit for family practice.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Physician Employment Contracts: Do Your Benefits Measure Up? Physician Employment Contracts: Do Your Benefits Measure Up?
Employment contracts aren't just about salaries and bonuses--benefits are a crucial component. Are yours fair and competitive?Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Worse than liquor for your liver
Most people think liver disease only happens to alcoholics. But the truth is that being overweight or obese actually puts you at a much higher risk for liver damage than alcohol. In fact, alcohol contributes to only 6% of liver damage. But obesity contributes to 52% of liver disease. And if you’re obese, you’re 400% more likely to develop liver damage than a normal-weight individual.1 That’s why about 30% of people in America have some form of chronic fatty liver disease. It’s called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD causes painful swelling and scarring of the liver.  And I blame...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Weight Loss Source Type: news

Determine Your Personal and Professional Priorities Determine Your Personal and Professional Priorities
Family practice resident Dr Lauren Williams explains how setting priorities and saying no helps her manage her busy personal and professional life.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

3 Steps to Minimize Burnout 3 Steps to Minimize Burnout
Dr Melton describes three ways to avoid burnout that he learned during his lengthy family practice career in rural Virginia.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Opioid prescribing in rural family practices: a qualitative study - Click IA, Basden JA, Bohannon JM, Anderson H, Tudiver F.
BACKGROUND: Rural Tennessee, especially rural East Tennessee has seen a dramatic increase in rates of controlled drug prescriptions and controlled drug overdose deaths in recent years. However, little is known about the individual decisions to prescribe or... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Which Quality Measures Should You Report? Which Quality Measures Should You Report?
What factors should you consider when selecting and reporting quality measures, and how might each affect your score? Read this primer to maximize your success under MIPS.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

GPs quit NHS in England at rate of 400 a month 
Rising workload and falling income blamed for early retirements and reluctance to join family practice (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - August 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

PeakMed nabs $5.5 million to fund expansion, new staff and technology
PeakMed, a company that seeks to provide affordable family practice medicine through a monthly membership model, has raised new funds to the tune of $5.5 million, led by ASI Capital. The financial backing will support PeakMed ’s expansion, which includes new LifeCenters, telemedicine technology, vehicles for house calls, and additional staff.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Get Paid for Providing Chronic Care Management Services
A supplement in the latest issue of Family Practice Management offers instruction on how to implement chronic care management. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women
Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) - Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid Cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery increases risks and recovery time. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Luteolin: How To Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
More than 100 women die of breast cancer in the U.S. every day. It's the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. But in my opinion, many of those women really die of a tragic medical error. Let me explain… Millions of women in the U.S. have taken Big Pharma's hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Their doctors prescribe it to try to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and weight gain. But what the drug companies try to pass off as hormones are actually synthetic concoctions. They are fake versions of the estrogen and progesterone that your body makes ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 23, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare Announces Partnership With Aledade
UnitedHealthcare on Monday announced its partnership with national accountable care organization Aledade to provide high-quality care to Medicare Advantage members through its network of primary care doctors in Arkansas. ACOs are networks of doctors who work together to better coordinate care under a system that rewards them for quality of care and patient health outcomes rather than volume of services delivered, the companies said. The Aledade Arkansas ACO includes nine independent primary care practices, and the partnership could benefit more than 15,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare health plans, ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - June 19, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Developer lands tenant for Vandalia office park
The first tenant has been announced for Mills Development's latest office project. PriMed Physicians Family Practice will occupy the first building at 40 West, the Beavercreek developer's new $12 million office park in Vandalia. The new 7,300-square-foot building on West National Road will break ground on Saturday and should be completed in January of 2018. This medical office will replace PriMed Physicians Family Practice’s existing Vandalia office at 1 E. National Road, according to a press… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kaitlin Schroeder Source Type: news

White River Health Adds Two to Clinic Affiliates (Movers & Shakers)
Robin Kerr has joined Batesville Med PACC/Med Aesthetics as a family nurse practitioner. She previously worked at the White River Medical Center Family Practice Clinic in Batesville. Dr. Melissa Yawn has joined Newport Diagnostic Center in Newport. Yawn earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She continued her education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and completed her residency through the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. She previously worked at St. Bernards First Care Clinics in Jonesboro. Keith O...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Dayton-area medical group adds online doctor appointments
One of the largest local medical groups is adding online doctor visits to its offices, in another new foray into online-based health care. Moraine-based Providence Medical Group began offering online doctor appointments via live video last week, starting with its Beavercreek Commons Family Practice. The new service lets patients meet with a doctor over secure video, thus saving them the need to make a trip into the office. “Patien ts don’t always have the option to go to their doctor’s office,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 17, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tristan Navera Source Type: news