Redesigning Primary Care to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic Redesigning Primary Care to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
The authors present a roadmap for reinventing primary care practices to care for patients during a pandemic, using the recent COVID-19 pandemic as a learning experience.Annals of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Independent physician-owned practices adopt more quality improvement strategies
(George Mason University) Quality improvement (QI) strategies play an essential role in transforming primary care practices to improve population health, enhance patient experiences and outcomes, reduce costs, and improve provider experience. New research led by Dr. Tulay Soylu found that primary care practices are willing to change but have concerns about the pace of change and how to manage the internal politics of change. How practices tackle quality improvement depends in part on their structure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Troy startup Aptihealth signs biggest deal yet
The Troy startup Aptihealth has made its biggest deal yet. The behavioral health telemedicine platform said today that it has signed a contract with Glens Falls Hospital, giving patients at the hospital's seven primary care practices access to the service. It’s the company’s first hospital contract, according to Dan Pickett, Aptihealth CEO. Previous ly signed contracts have been with small and large physician practices. About 20 health plans have agreed to cover the service. And there are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Justin Dawes Source Type: news

Troy startup Aptihealth signs biggest deal yet
The Troy startup Aptihealth has made its biggest deal yet. The behavioral health telemedicine platform said today that it has signed a contract with Glens Falls Hospital, giving patients at the hospital's seven primary care practices access to the service. It’s the company’s first hospital contract, according to Dan Pickett, Aptihealth CEO. Previous ly signed contracts have been with small and large physician practices. About 20 health plans have agreed to cover the service. And there are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 24, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Justin Dawes Source Type: news

The feasibility and impact of a suicide risk screening program in rural adult primary care: a pilot test of the ask suicide-screening questions toolkit - LeCloux MA, Weimer M, Culp SL, Bjorkgren K, Service S, Campo JV.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and impact of a suicide risk screening program in a rural West Virginia primary care practice. METHODS: Patients presenting for routine and sick visits were asked to participate in el... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Rural and Agricultural Issues Source Type: news

The five phases of pandemic care for primary care
(American Academy of Family Physicians) The authors present a roadmap for necessary primary care practice transformations to care for patients and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

LGBT-friendly medical practices improve STD/HIV screening rates for vulnerable populations
This report--describing the first national quality improvement collaborative focused on providing culturally affirming care for LGBT people--finds that making primary care practices more LGBT-friendly and inclusive may improve STD and HIV screening rates among this vulnerable population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Participants in CPC+ are diverse but not representative of all primary care practices
This study analyzes patterns of participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative which is the largest voluntary primary care payment and delivery reform model tested to date. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PCP Practices May Lose About $68K Per Physician This Year PCP Practices May Lose About $68K Per Physician This Year
Primary care practices will lose about $68,000 per full-time physicians this year, as care is delayed and appointments cancelled, experts say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - July 2, 2020 Category: Dermatology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Large Losses Anticipated for Primary Care Practices in 2020
MONDAY, June 29, 2020 -- Primary care practices are estimated to lose more than $67,000 in gross revenue per full-time physician over the course of 2020 due to COVID-19, according to a report published online June 25 in Health Affairs. Sanjay Basu,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pandemic Hits Primary Care Practices Hard
Huge declines in patient visits during the coronavirus pandemic have slashed U.S. primary care doctors' revenues, a new study finds. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pandemic Hits Primary Care Practices Hard Across the U.S.: Study
FRIDAY, June 26, 2020 -- Huge declines in patient visits during the coronavirus pandemic have slashed U.S. primary care doctors'revenues, a new study finds. As a result of decreases in office visits and fees for services from March to May during... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 26, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A pilot QI primary care practice program to help reduce infant mortality risks - Gittelman MA, Fluitt K, Anzeljc S, RajanBabu A, Carle AC, Arnold MW, Mahabee-Gittens EM.
The objective of our quality improvement (QI) program was to increase primary care provider (PCP) screening and counseling for T... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Will Primary Care Physicians Be COVID-19's Next Victims? Will Primary Care Physicians Be COVID-19's Next Victims?
Dr Tom Frieden discusses his recent editorial outlining his fear that primary care practices may be the next to succumb to the coronavirus pandemic.Georgetown University Family Medicine (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - June 18, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Interview Source Type: news

AAFP, Others Warn Azar of Imminent Primary Care Closures
Funding to independent and community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid participants, must come soon, the AAFP and other groups told HHS this week. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Primary Care Practices Struggle to Survive Despite Visit Rebound Primary Care Practices Struggle to Survive Despite Visit Rebound
A Commonwealth Fund study warns that primary care could collapse, asks for government aid dedicated to these practices.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Primary care physicians experience more burnout and anxiety than other health professions
(George Mason University) Health care professionals experience high rates of anxiety and burnout, a growing public health concern, particularly in light of projected physician shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic. New research led by Dr. Debora Goldberg of George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services before the COVID-19 pandemic found that primary care physicians reported burnout at twice the rate of other health care professionals in primary care practices. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Testing expanded to 27+ more sites in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua
A group of 10 community health centers and primary care practice organizations have been approved for funding to expand Covid-19 testing to 17 priority ZIP codes in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties. The funds will add 27 more sites and three mobile units where individuals can be tested for the virus, and receive referrals for primary care at the same time. Funding comes from Erie County Medical Center Corp., which redirected $2.3 million in funds from the Delivery Service Reform Incentive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

To Stay Afloat in the Pandemic, Doctors' Offices Turn to GoFundMe To Stay Afloat in the Pandemic, Doctors' Offices Turn to GoFundMe
Small primary care practices are turning to crowdfunding to survive. If they don't make it, it's a loss for all of us.Undark (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Dr. Ellen Flaherty, prestigious Henderson lecturer, sets sight on key priority for us all
(American Geriatrics Society) The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health& Aging, will deliver the society's prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture. Dr. Flaherty will deliver her talk, Leveraging the Potential of Interprofessional Teams in Primary Care Practice, at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) in Chicago, Ill. (May 12-15, 2021). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AAFP Delivers Pointed Congressional Briefing on COVID-19
A recent virtual briefing that included the founders of the Primary Care Caucus laid out sobering new data on threatened primary care practices and advocated for legislative solutions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Reinventing the Medical Assistant Staffing Model Reinventing the Medical Assistant Staffing Model
The authors describe how they reorganized the existing medical assistant staffing model in a primary care practice in order to improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and job satisfaction.Annals of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Planning and Implementing a Transgender Health Program Planning and Implementing a Transgender Health Program
This article outlines the steps needed to effectively implement a transgender health program within a primary care practice.Annals of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Certified Medical Homes Tied to Better Diabetes Outcomes
FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2020 -- Primary care practices certified as medical homes have more practice systems and higher performance on diabetes care versus uncertified practices, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cincinnati doctor ’s concept expands to another city
Dr. Lisa Larkin, who operates a Mariemont practice that includes concierge primary care for women, intends to expand her Ms.Medicine concept to a city in Michigan. It will be the second affiliated practice outside of Greater Cincinnati and the third in the country. Laurie Birkholz, MD,& Associates will open as a Ms.Medicine primary care practice in May in Holland, Mich. “We are thrilled to expand our reach and welcome Dr. Birkholz to the Ms.Medicine team,” said Larkin, CEO and founder of the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

More Patients Turning to 'Direct Primary Care'
DPC Frontier, which tracks the number of direct primary care practices nationally, estimates there are 1,219 practices in 48 states and Washington, D.C. They range in size from solo practitioners to corporate, multisite direct primary care organizations with thousands of doctors. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

East Memphis gains Regional One primary care practice
Regional One Health ’s primary care practice arm now has an East Memphis location. Kirby Primary Care, a family medicine practice at 2725 Kirby Road, opened Monday, Feb. 3. The practice is the sixth primary care location in Regional One’s system, joining other practices in Downtown, Midtown, and South and North Memphis. Kirby Primary Care’s patients will be seen by Dr. Cecilia Dowsing-Adams, and certified family nurse practitioners (FNPs) Amanda Best, Carol Simmons, and Jeff Stricklin. Access… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Walgreens Primary Care Partner VillageMD Gobbling More Doctor Practices
Fast-growing VillageMd, which already has a partnership and investment from Walgreens, said it is acquiring an Arizona primary care practice for an undisclosed sum as the privately held venture expands into new markets across the U. S. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

New Dartmouth Study Explores Prevalence of Drug Promotions in Primary Care Practices
A new Dartmouth study finds that pharmaceutical companies’ promotional access to outpatient practices that deliver primary care in the U.S. is substantial, especially in smaller practices, those outside of healthcare systems, and those without academic affiliation, possibly impacting prescribing quality and cost. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - January 27, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Timothy Dean Tags: News Press Release The Dartmouth Institute Source Type: news

Las Vegas ’ Healor Primary Care Practice Offers Affordable Care
Healor Primary Care announces the arrival of affordable medical care with economic wellness plans and a wholesale drug pharmacy. The unique concept offers access to complete medical services for...(PRWeb January 18, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/las_vegas_healor_primary_care_practice_offers_affordable_care/prweb16840801.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Children's of Alabama names new COO
Children ’s of Alabama has named Tom Shufflebarger senior executive vice president and COO.  Shufflebarger is responsible for overseeing the hospital’s daily operations and policy decisions. He is now directing the development and operations of Children’s Physician Services, including the Pediatric Practice Solutions (Children’s primary care practices), Hospital Ambulatory Care Services and business relationships with Health Services Foundation and hospital-based physicians, according… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Many UK Children With Kidney Disease May Be Prescribed Nephrotoxic Drugs Many UK Children With Kidney Disease May Be Prescribed Nephrotoxic Drugs
Primary care practices in the UK seem to be prescribing nephrotoxic drugs to many children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a retrospective analysis reveals.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Niagara county practice joins Catholic Health group
After more than a year of talks, a Niagara County primary care practice is merging into Catholic Health ’s physician practice network. Niagara Family Medicine Associates will transition by February into Trinity Medical WNY P.C., adopting the new name Trinity Niagara Family Medicine. Founded in 1985 as a two-physician practice, Niagara Family Medicine has grown to become one of the largest primary care groups in Niagara County. The practice is led by Dr. Melvin Dyster, who began practicing in Niagara… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

As his 'membership medicine' model thrives, this CEO thinks his insurance product is just what the doctor ordered
Dr. James Pinckney II, founder and CEO of Diamond Physicians and part of TV program "Chasing the Cure," has a passion for providing health care that doesn ’t work with insurance through his concierge practice — something he calls a "direct primary care practice." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rob Schneider Source Type: news

Premier Health plans renovations to Piqua medical facility
One of the largest health networks in Miami Valley hopes to soon revitalize an outpatient primary care practice north of Dayton. Premier Health plans to renovate the patient access and registration area at Outpatient Care Center North — a satellite Upper Valley Medical Center facility in Piqua. The project is currently in the evaluation and planning stages, and Premier Health does not yet have a timetable or cost estimat e for the renovations, site director Gail Peterson told the Dayton Business… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jacob Fisher Source Type: news

Community health workers’ focus on prevention brings dividends
Primary care practices best placed to monitor immunisation and disease (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - August 27, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The development of a brief suicide screening and risk assessment training webinar for rural primary care practices - LeCloux M.
Although primary care practices have the potential to be crucial intervention points for suicide prevention in rural areas of the United States, primary care staff are often underequipped to deal with suicide and have limited access to high-quality trainin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

As his 'membership medicine' model thrives, this CEO thinks his insurance product is just what the doctor ordered
Dr. James Pinckney II, founder and CEO of Diamond Physicians and part of TV program "Chasing the Cure," has a passion for providing health care that doesn ’t work with insurance through his concierge practice – something he calls a "direct primary care practice." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 9, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rob Schneider Source Type: news

Ten tips for advancing a culture of improvement in primary care.
Embracing practice-based quality improvement (QI) represents one way for clinicians to improve the care they provide to patients while also improving their own professional satisfaction. But engaging in care redesign is challenging for clinicians. In this article, we describe our experience over the last 7 years transforming the care delivered in our large primary care practice. We reflect on our journey and offer 10 tips to healthcare leaders seeking to advance a culture of improvement. This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. (...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nonphysican Practitioners Filling Post-ACA Primary Care Gap
TUESDAY, July 23, 2019 -- Primary care practices may be relying on advanced practitioners (APs) to accommodate new Medicaid beneficiaries following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study published in the July/August issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 23, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Exclusive: Jefferson Health to open its first direct primary care practice next week
The model eliminates copayments and provides greater access and longer appointments with doctors in return for a monthly fee. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

St. Mary opens $3 million health center in Feasterville
St. Mary Health expanded its presence in Lower Bucks County with the opening of the $3 million St. Mary Health Feasterville. The 14,000-square-foot health center, operated by St. Mary Physicians Group, allowed the health system to consolidate three primary care practices it previously operated — in Northampton, Southampton and Warminster — at one site that can offer both expanded hours and walk-in appointments. "W hen we look at primary care, we are looking outside the hospital walls," said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

St. Mary opens $3 million health center in Feasterville
St. Mary Health expanded its presence in Lower Bucks County with the opening of the $3 million St. Mary Health Feasterville. The 14,000-square-foot health center, operated by St. Mary Physicians Group, allowed the health system to consolidate three primary care practices it previously operated — in Northampton, Southampton and Warminster — at one site that can offer both expanded hours and walk-in appointments. "W hen we look at primary care, we are looking outside the hospital walls," said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 8, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Does Ownership Make a Difference in Primary Care Practice? Does Ownership Make a Difference in Primary Care Practice?
What similarities and differences exist among physician-owned, health system, and Federally Qualified Health Centers models of primary care ownership?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Inappropriate Prescribing Leads to Poor Outcomes in Older Adults
WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 -- Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) is tied to increased health care utilization and poor outcomes among older individuals seen in primary care practices, according to a review published in the May/June issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 29, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Serious adverse outcomes from respiratory tract infection are rare but predictable
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In routine primary care practice, serious adverse outcomes occur in only 1% of adult patients with lower respiratory tract infection, but such outcomes may be predicted with moderate accuracy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HHS To Implement Pay-For-Performance Models For Primary Care Practices Serving Medicare
The ultimate purpose of the Primacy Cares Initiative, according to the Director of HHS, Alex Azar, is to move primary care from a fee-for-service to a value-based system, predicated on paying for healthcare outcomes rather than numbers of procedures. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

Survey of pediatricians and family physicians assesses HPV vaccine delivery practices
(Pediatric Academic Societies) Current primary care practices and experiences with the delivery of HPV vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

General Physician PC grows with addition of Lancaster Medical
General Physician PC is growing with the addition of another primary care practice. Lancaster Medical LLC has merged into the organization, bringing two physicians and five mid-level providers into General Physician’s primary care practice group.  Founded in 2010, General Physician PC is one of the region’s largest multi-specialty medical groups and an affiliate of Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health. The primary care group has more than 30 physicians operating from 20 practice sites. Lancaster… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 23, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Telemedicine and walk-in clinics have future of family doctor in flux
Telemedicine and walk-in clinics are attracting people because of their convenience. Primary care practices are shifting as patients visit elsewhere. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news