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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

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