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Iora Health hopes to expand primary-care model with $100M raise
Iora Health, a company that aims to reconfigure primary-care practices, has announced a $100 million fundraise to allow it to open more sites. Investors in theSeries E round include .406 Ventures, Devonshire Investors, F-Prime Capital, Flare Capital Partners, GE Ventures, Humana, Khosla Ventures, Polaris Partners and Temasek. Including the recent raise, Iora has raised $223 million to date. The 350-person company has created a differen t primary-care model, focusing on patients over the age of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Iora Health hopes to expand primary-care model with $100M raise
Iora Health, a company that aims to reconfigure primary-care practices, has announced a $100 million fundraise to allow it to open more sites. Investors in theSeries E round include .406 Ventures, Devonshire Investors, F-Prime Capital, Flare Capital Partners, GE Ventures, Humana, Khosla Ventures, Polaris Partners and Temasek. Including the recent raise, Iora has raised $223 million to date. The 350-person company has created a differen t primary-care model, focusing on patients over the age of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Cincinnati Children ’s Hospital expanding in Indiana
Cincinnati Children ’s Hospital is looking to expand its operations in Indiana, according to the Batesville Herald-Tribune. The hospital system has operated a primary care practice, called Children’s Health Care, in Margaret Mary Physician Center in Batesville, Ind. As Margaret May Health is looking to expand in its own building, Cincinnati Children’s is looking to develop a 10,000-square foot medical office building on a 1-acre site. Verus Partners will develop the medical office building… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

International tech firm brings health app into Alabama
An Alabama primary care practice has partnered with a tech company to launch a new health and wellness app in the Rocket City. Integrity Family Care in Madison is working with K Health Inc. to use artificial intelligence to offer free health information to customers in Huntsville, according to AL.com. A provider at Integrity Family Care can look at a user's information if so desired. The app generates a report that provi des advice, a prescription or a visit. K Health is based in New York City… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 3, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Hanno van der Bijl Source Type: news

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care
Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in anAnnals of Family Medicine supplement. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mastering Rheumatoid Arthritis: 5 Key Challenges for Primary Care Practice
RA can be managed in primary care but comes with unique challenges. Here, strategies outlined at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - April 19, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Musculoskeletal Disorders Source Type: news

Leadership and adaptive reserve are not associated with blood pressure control
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Primary care leadership and practice resilience can strengthen organizational culture. In small primary care practices, however, practice adaptive reserve and leadership capability are not associated with baseline blood pressure control. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Use of quality improvement strategies among US primary care practices
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Small- to medium-sized practices with quality improvement systems (e.g., registries) are most likely to use quality improvement strategies. Practices with fewer major disruptions are more likely to use quality improvement strategies to improve cardiovascular preventive services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital ownership of practice may reduce physician burnout
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Among staff in small- to medium-sized primary care practices, hospital ownership is associated with positive perceptions of work environment and lower burnout. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality releases early findings from EvidenceNOW
(American Academy of Family Physicians) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today released early findings from EvidenceNOW, a multi-million dollar initiative to help primary care practices across the country more rapidly improve the heart health of Americans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canvas Medical bumps total funding above $3M, launches administrative platform
Alongside the launch of its administrative software designed specifically for independent primary care practices, San Francisco-based Canvas Medical has announced that it has raised more than $3 million in total funding with its most recently closed round. The latest fundraising was led by Upfront Ventures, with participation from iSeed Ventures, Village Global, and other unnamed angel investors. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Factors influencing the implementation of screening and brief interventions for alcohol use in primary care practices: a systematic review protocol - Ros ário F, Santos MI, Angus K, Pas L, Fitzgerald N.
INTRODUCTION: Alcohol is a leading risk factor contributing to the global burden of disease. National and international agencies recommend evidence-based screening and brief interventions in primary care settings in order to reduce alcohol consumption. How... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Confidential survey into southwestern Ontario suicide: implication for primary care practice - Shah R, Eynan R, Heisel MJ, Eden D, Jhirad R, Links PS.
OBJECTIVE: To describe sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of suicide decedents and to explore the pattern of clinical and suicide risk assessment in primary care settings. METHODS: A 3-year case series of consecutive suicides (January 1,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Moving away from the tip of the pyramid: screening and brief intervention for risky alcohol and opioid use in underserved patients - Venner KL, Sanchez V, Garcia J, Williams RL, Sussman AL.
This study aimed to describe SBI-related attitudes, practic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Aldosterone ’s Resurgence in Hypertension: a Primary Care Primer
Since aldosterone has become a pivotal hypertensive hormone, screening with or without confirmation should be part of primary care practice. Here's a straightforward approach. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 2, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Gregory W. Rutecki, MD Tags: Diabetes Diabetes and Endocrinology Hypertension Source Type: news

Primary care medical practices: are community health care providers ready for disasters? - Peters RM, Hipper TJ, Chernak ED.
This study seeks to determine the capacity of community primary care practices to meet the needs of patients during public health emergencies and to identify the barriers and resources necessary to participate in a coordinated response with publ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care
A grant initiative dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized primary care practices across the country use the latest evidence to improve heart health. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Supporting nurse mentors to reduce the barriers to implementing alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice (IBA) in primary care
Conclusion This project indicates that by supporting nurse mentors in leading on the implementation of IBA there is potential for reducing alcohol-related harm within the existing resources of the surgery. This could support primary care in the practical implementation of an evidence based cost effective intervention which has experienced patchy uptake. References 1 Her Majesty’s Government (2012) The Government’s Alcohol Strategy -2012 2 House of Commons Health Committee, 29012, Government’s Alcohol Strategy 3 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2012) Alcohol-use disorders: prevention Guid...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Strategies to Recruit a Diverse Low-Income Population to Child Weight Management Programs From Primary Care Practices
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Providing Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Providing Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
This brief report details how one center successfully integrated Office-Based Opioid Treatment with buprenorphine into their primary care practice.Annals of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

A Model for Improving Preventive Care in Rural Counties A Model for Improving Preventive Care in Rural Counties
This study evaluated the feasibility of a sustainable, rural community-based patient outreach model for preventive care provided through primary care practices.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

New chronic kidney disease audit published
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups and primary care practices must all work together to improve outcomes for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), according to the national Chronic Kidney Disease Audit published today. The Audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and conducted by the Informatica Systems, the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine, UCL (University College London) and Queen Mary University of London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Proposed CVS-Aetna Deal Should Scare Primary-Care Practices
The CVS-Aetna $69 billion merger is going to cause a lot of headaches for primary-care physician practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Blog Patients Practice Models Physician Productivity Source Type: news

STEADI: CDC's approach to make older adult fall prevention part of every primary care practice - Sarmiento K, Lee R.
INTRODUCTION: Primary care providers play a critical role in protecting older adult patients from one of the biggest threats to their health and independence-falls. A fall among an older adult patient cannot only be fatal or cause a devastating injury, but... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Primary-Care-Led Weight Loss Strategy Could Lead to Diabetes Remission
A weight-loss intervention in primary care may lead to type 2 diabetes remission, suggests a Lancet study. Nearly 50 U.K. primary care practices were... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

List of area ’s top doctors
Looking for a list of the best restaurants? Turn to Trip Advisor. Want to know which vehicles are the safest? Consumer Reports has you covered. But if you’re searching for the best doctor in your community, you’re out of luck. Until now. CDPHP has released a list of the area’s top-performing primary care practices. The group – all part of the CDPHP Enh anced Primary Care program – has been measured against the plan’s rigorous set of quality and efficiency standards. In addition to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 29, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

List of area ’s top doctors
Looking for a list of the best restaurants? Turn to Trip Advisor. Want to know which vehicles are the safest? Consumer Reports has you covered. But if you’re searching for the best doctor in your community, you’re out of luck. Until now. CDPHP has released a list of the area’s top-performing primary care practices. The group – all part of the CDPHP Enh anced Primary Care program – has been measured against the plan’s rigorous set of quality and efficiency standards. In addition to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 29, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

Use Field-tested Tactics to Improve Care, Reduce Costs
New research published inAnnals of Family Medicine reveals 13 attributes that are frequently found in high-value primary care practices. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

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