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Lower cost, higher quality primary care practices are distinguished by six attributes
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Exploring attributes of high-value primary care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Side-by-Side Comparison: Medicare Medical Home Models
An interactive chart comparing Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice, Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice, and Comprehensive Primary Care. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Topical Silver Diamine Fluoride for Dental Caries Arrest in Preschool Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial and Microbiological Analysis of Caries Associated Microbes and Resistance Gene Expression
ConclusionAverage proportion of arrested caries lesions in the silver diamine fluoride group was higher (0.72; 95% CI; 0.55, 0.84) than in the placebo group (0.05; 95% CI; 0.00, 0.16). Confirmatory analysis using generalized estimating equation log-linear regression, based on the number of arrested lesions and accounting for the number of treated surfaces and length of follow-up, indicates the risk of arrested caries was significantly higher in the treatment group (relative risk, 17.3; 95% CI: 4.3 to 69.4). No harms were observed. RNA sequencing analysis identified no consistent changes in relative abundance of caries-asso...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 30, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Humana, Iora Health open two more practices
For the fourth year in a row, Humana and Iora Health have expanded their partnership. They are adding two more Iora Primary Care practices to Humana's Medicare Advantage Plan network in Arizona. Now Humana Medicare Advantage members in Arizona, Colorado and Washington have access to Iora's 18 primary care practices, with seven in the metro Phoenix area, two in Tucson, five in Denv er and four in Seattle. One primary care practice at 13940 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, opened this week, while… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 5, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Humana, Iora Health open two more practices
For the fourth year in a row, Humana and Iora Health have expanded their partnership. They are adding two more Iora Primary Care practices to Humana's Medicare Advantage Plan network in Arizona. Now Humana Medicare Advantage members in Arizona, Colorado and Washington have access to Iora's 18 primary care practices, with seven in the metro Phoenix area, two in Tucson, five in Denv er and four in Seattle. One primary care practice at 13940 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, opened this week, while… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 5, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Primary care practices use 4 complementary methods to identify high-risk patients
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Risk stratified care management -- assigning a patient to a risk category on which care is based -- is increasingly viewed as a way to improve care and reduce costs. This research appears in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CGM in Primary Care: Too Much Information or Excellent Tool? CGM in Primary Care: Too Much Information or Excellent Tool?
Continuous glucose monitoring seems geeky and intimidating, but it can easily be accomplished in primary care practice and the data are invaluable, a diabetes expert tells Dr Shubrook.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Rural PREP
The Collaborative for Rural Primary care Practice, Research, Education and Practice (Rural PREP) project's mission is to improve and sustain rural health through community engagement and research in primary care health professions education. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care
Join the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for a webinar to explore how practice facilitators can help primary care practices become learning health care systems—organizations that systematically collect, analyze, and use evidence to improve care. Join speaker Lyndee Knox, PhD, and practice facilitation leaders from EvidenceNOW as they share experiences and insights about how to foster a culture of learning and quality improvement in small- and medium-sized primary care practices. Creating a Learning Health Care System: The Role of Practice Facilitators in Primary Care Wednesday, August 2, 12:00-1:00 ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - July 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Education Health Professionals Source Type: news

How Good Is the Evidence to Support Primary Care Practice? How Good Is the Evidence to Support Primary Care Practice?
This study found that for primary care physicians, only a minority of recommendations are based on high-quality, patient-oriented studies.Evidence-Based Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

HCV Birth Cohort Screening in Hospital-Based Primary Care HCV Birth Cohort Screening in Hospital-Based Primary Care
This study describes the impact of an HCV screening and link-to-care program within the primary care practices of an urban New York City hospital.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Independent Health launches another for-profit company
Evolve Practice Partners will provide supports and services to primary care practices in the Western New York region. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 26, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Evaluation of CMS's Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice (APCP) Demonstration
An independent evaluation of the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice (APCP) Demonstration for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The evaluation studied the processes and challenges involved in transforming FQHCs into patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and assessed the effects of the FQHC APCP Demonstration model on access, quality, and cost of care provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries served by FQHCs. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

CMS Selects Four New Regions to Expand CPC+ Initiative
Primary care practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and part of New York can apply for round two of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Can primary care practices help address the health crisis fueled by prescription opioids? - Edelman EJ, Fiellin DA.
Despite internists' landmark contributions to the treatment of opioid use disorder, most internists do not provide such treatment. Fifty years ago, the internist Vincent Dole, citing growing heroin use, called on the medical profession to develop a new att... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Have You Mastered Patient, Family Engagement?
Take advantage of a new resource that helps primary care practices create a culture of patient and family engagement throughout every step of care delivery. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical Assistants Play Vital Role in Innovative Practices
Don't overlook your MAs. A new study found that they can take on numerous important roles in a team-centered primary-care practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Careers Staff Staff Salary Survey Survey Results Operations Source Type: news

Primary care hepatitis C treatment program shows promise for success, broader implementation
(Boston University Medical Center) By employing a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care, Boston Medical Center's (BMC) Adult Primary Care Practice successfully treated 66 patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), or one-fifth of those referred into the program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Is Therapy So Expensive?
After a bout of breakup-induced anxiety and depression, 31-year-old New York City resident Emily Taylor decided to look for a therapist. But finding a mental health professional to accept her Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plan proved to be nearly impossible. “I spent days looking for therapists near me that were covered by my insurance,” Taylor said. “For the very few I did find, I spent over five hours on the phone trying to get appointments, [only] to find that they were either not accepting new patients or the wait time was two months.” Taylor was able to locate plenty of highly rev...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Direct Primary Care Model Gains Momentum in Multiple States
State legislatures are making it easier for both physicians and patients to choose the direct primary care practice model. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Blue KC bolsters payments for 800 area doctors by at least $125M
A new program will bring substantial new funding to primary-care practices in the Kansas City area. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is partnering with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to bring primary-care providers an additional $25 million to $30 million annually for the next five years. “When you infuse that sort of capital into primary care, it really is a ba sis for change,” said Greg Sweat, Blue KC's chief medical officer. “We have not seen something like… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Transitioning Primary Care Group Practices to New Models Transitioning Primary Care Group Practices to New Models
This study examined the human factors of stress and role adjustment of team members.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Glens Falls Hospital maps out new strategy for Wilton medical campus
Glens Falls Hospital will reorganize part of its Wilton Medical Arts Campus in Saratoga County, New York and expand its behavioral health unit. The transition is part of Glens Falls Hospital's strategy to integrate behavioral health and primary care practices in four locations — Wilton, Greenwich, Granville and Cambridge. The strategy will be funded using the $3.2 million in capital funds that Glens Falls Hospital was awarded last year through the state Department of Health's capital restructuring… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 3, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Robin K. Cooper Source Type: news

Depression Screening in Primary Care Still Rare Depression Screening in Primary Care Still Rare
Despite recommendations supporting universal depression screening, only 4% of primary care practices report they routinely provide it.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

New On-Demand Videos Highlight CPC Practice Achievements
CMS'Center for Medicare& Medicaid Innovation has posted new videos that highlight innovations in three primary care practices. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Small Primary Care Practices Make Gains in Health IT Adoption, Use
New research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine indicates that small primary care practices have made strides in adopting and using health information technology. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 25, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Meet 10 Women Who Rushed To Get An IUD Before Inauguration Day
Since the morning of November 9, when it was clear that Donald Trump would become the 45th president, droves of women have gone to their gynecologists seeking low-cost, long-acting reversible contraception before Trump’s inauguration ― and before the GOP dismantles the Affordable Care Act.  Planned Parenthood reports that the demand for IUDs has gone up 900 percent since the election. And women’s health care providers say they have heard from women who are frightened about what the next four years will bring for their reproductive rights.  Some got their IUDs and implants months ago, and others...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

​St. Vincent’s plans Trussville facility
A new primary health care clinic is coming to Trussville. St. Vincent’s Health System, which is a part of Ascension, will build an outpatient and diagnostic clinic at 7201 Happy Hollow Road. The proposed 31,753-square-foot clinic will be built by Harbert Realty Services to include a primary care practice, after hours/urgent care, wellness services and physical therapy where a number of specialist physicians can locate. Construction will begin in the coming months, with anticipated opening of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephanie Rebman Source Type: news

Medical Home Implementation in Small Primary Care Practices Medical Home Implementation in Small Primary Care Practices
Can small practices successfully adopt elements from a payer-based PCMH program? This focus group study examines providers'motivations, attitudes, and perceived barriers to implementation.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Premier plans new Piqua medical practice
Premier Health plans to open a new medical practice in Piqua. The hospital group says it is expanding medical services in Miami County with a new practice, Upper Valley Family Medicine, which will be a primary care practice that serves northern areas of the Miami Valley. It will open in early 2017 in part of the Upper Valley Medical Center's Outpatient Care Center-North building at 280 Looney Road. “The health of our community extends to all facets of care, including preventive checkups and emergent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 16, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tristan Navera Source Type: news

Arkansas Program Illustrates Promise of Practice Transformation
Transforming the way physicians are paid was never billed as an easy task, yet one Medicaid official says that many primary care practices in Arkansas have already completed the difficult steps of changing how they deliver care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 12, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Chronic Pain in Primary Care: Practice Update
(Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - December 7, 2016 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Steven A. King, MD, MS Tags: Special Report Pain Source Type: news

Patients not attached to new primary care practices receive lower quality care, research suggests
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - November 14, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

EliteHealth and Humana add primary care practices in South Florida
Medicare beneficiaries, EliteHealth and Humana have partnered to add two primary care practices as a part of Humana ’s Medicare Advantage Plan networks in South Florida, US. (Source: Hospital Management)
Source: Hospital Management - October 31, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Why Physicians Are Embracing DPC Practices
Direct primary care practices are growing in popularity, according to this year's GAP Survey. Why is that the case? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 28, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Janet Kidd Stewart Tags: Great American Physician Survey Healthcare Reform Patients Practice Models Source Type: news

Startup Carbon Health launches patient-facing app, opens private clinic to pilot end-to-end health system
A new healthcare startup is taking two approaches to improving the patient experience – by launching a web platform and app that provides telemedicine, appointment scheduling, prescription refills and more, and also opening an actual brick and mortar private primary care practice.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 14, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

New model of care offers MACRA advantage
Applications are due on Sept. 15 for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) five-year primary care medical home model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). This model builds on experience with an ongoing five-year pilot model by making significant improvements that could help participating physician practices succeed —and it could also help your practice during the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) transition. Under MACRA, physicians can either participate in the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). Qualifying APM...
Source: AMA Wire - September 7, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Extending primary care hours is linked to fewer emergency department visits
Keeping primary care practices open for more hours on nights and weekends was linked to a reduction in patient-initiated emergency department visits for minor problems, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study leads to insulin injection recommendations
(Reuters) – Many people who inject themselves with insulin to control diabetes are improperly performing this vital task, according to a large new study. Based on the results, experts have crafted recommendations for people who use insulin that touch on everything from what type of needle to use to where the shot should be administered. “Insulin injection has been assumed to be simple and require little training, but that’s not the case,” senior author Dr. Kenneth Strauss wrote to Reuters Health in an email. Insulin users “may have been injecting for years and yet have had little or no trainin...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Diabetes Source Type: news

Some Colorado doctors won ’t take insurance
In the 18 years since he completed his residency, Dr. Michael Keller worked for a hospital and joined a traditional family-medicine practice, but he always felt there was an unnecessary hindrance on his ability to provide care. So, in October, he opened his own one-man Summit Primary Care practice — and refused to accept public or private health insurance. While the business model may seem suicidal at a time when the federal Affordable Care Act has mandated everyone get insurance, Keller has attracted… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 18, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Treating substance use disorder as a family physician
Patients with substance use disorders may experience stigma that can interfere with treatment options. But when substance use disorders are recognized and treated as a chronic disease, that stigma can be reduced.   Treating patients with substance use disorders in a family medicine setting can be a unique situation because physicians are often treating other members of the patient ’s family as well. At first, patients may be reluctant to discuss substance use but once the condition is out in the open, having the family involved can be beneficial.“I really think it’s an advantage,” said Sarah F...
Source: AMA Wire - August 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Health Extension Toolkit
Intended for a wide audience and designed as a tool for states to use as they collaborate to improve the quality of primary care practices as well as community health, using a model based on the agricultural Cooperative Extension Service. Includes chapters on engagement, the Health Extension model, primary care, population health, and sustainability, and features profiles on lead states Pennsylvania, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. -- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - August 9, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Primary care’s rising role in behavioral health requires specialty partnerships
Amid rising suicide rates and a raging opioid crisis, the key to improving behavioral health care services nationally is to structure primary care practices for collaborative care, according to... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - August 8, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CMS Picks Arkansas for CPC+ Model; Practices Can Apply Through Sept. 15
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that Arkansas has been selected as one of 14 regions nationwide where primary care practices can participate in a new five-year multi-payer payment model called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). The model will launch in January. Practices that serve Medicare patients (ages 65-plus) can apply through Sept. 15 for the public-private partnership program. According to CMS, with CPC+, Medicare, state Medicaid agencies and private insurance companies partner to support primary care practices, moving the health care system away from a one-size-fits-a...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 5, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

9 Pointed Questions on Lichenoid Eruptions
You will likely see these rashes in the course of primary care practice. Take this quick quiz to see what you know. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 3, 2016 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: Quiz Skin Diseases Source Type: news

Creating a Sustainable Direct Primary Care Practice
Making the jump to direct primary care isn't going to generate changes overnight, but this doctor says it was worth it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 3, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Robert Lamberts, MD Tags: Pearl Patient Relations Pearls Practice Models Physician Compensation Source Type: news

CMS Announces next Phase in Largest-ever Initiative to Improve Primary Care in America
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services opened the application period for practices to participate in the new nation-wide primary care model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus. CPC+ is a five-year primary care medical home model beginning January 2017 that will enable primary care practices to care for their patients the way they think will deliver the best outcomes and to pay them for achieving results and improving care. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 2, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Montefiore, Einstein and Columbia Awarded $3 Million for HIV Prevention
July 26, 2016 & mdash;(BRONX, NY) & mdash;Researchers at Montefiore , Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center have been awarded nearly $3 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to increase the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) & mdash;a medication that reduces the risk of contracting HIV. The intervention will integrate PrEP into Montefiore primary care practices throughout the Bronx, a borough with one of the highest HIV rates in the nation. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - July 27, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Montefiore, Einstein and Columbia Awarded $3 Million for HIV Prevention
July 27, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Researchers atMontefiore,Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center have been awarded nearly $3 million from theNational Institute of Mental Health to increase the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—a medication that reduces the risk of contracting HIV. The intervention will integrate PrEP into Montefiore primary care practices throughout the Bronx, a borough with one of the highest HIV rates in the nation. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - July 27, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news