Why virtual primary care is here to stay
As an evolution of telehealth, virtual primary care is the equivalent of visiting your primary care practice, but digitally. The power of technology gives patients accessible face time with their primary care provider, virtually via phone, tablet, or computer. In one of our recent insights, we noted that employees often avoid seeking primary care due to multiple barriers such as costs, health insurance confusion, inconvenient access to a doctor, and limited time to visit a physician. However, skipping… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 28, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Healthgram Source Type: news

How COVID-19 Long Haulers Could Change the U.S. Disability Benefits System
When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S. in March 2020, McKale Santin was working at a nursing home in Burlington, Vermont. She and her coworkers didn’t yet know how deadly the virus would become, but she remembers feeling nervous as the first patients got sick and she was asked to examine them with only a surgical mask, not the more protective N95 mask that she wore to test for conditions like tuberculosis. One day, a patient pulled down her own mask to sneeze while Santin was conducting a respiratory assessment. Soon after, the woman became one of Vermont’s first people to die from COVID-19—and Santin...
Source: TIME: Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

Primary care practice characteristics make little impact on unplanned hospital admissions
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Given the aging world population, there is international interest in helping older people live longer and healthier lives. Avoiding unplanned hospital admissions is an important aspect of care for older people. Palapar et al focused on the way primary care practice characteristics influence outcomes such as unplanned hospitalizations, function and well-being. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Commonwealth Care Alliance launches $7.5M renovation, rebrand of primary care
Following rapid growth, Medicare and Medicaid health care provider Commonwealth Care Alliance has announced it will expand its primary care practices, undertaking a $7.5 million renovation of its facilities and rebranding the service. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 3, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

The Future of Family Medicine in the Coming Techno-World The Future of Family Medicine in the Coming Techno-World
The authors present a possible scenario for how technology might completely change the face of primary care practice in the near future. What are the potential ramifications for family medicine?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

In a Possible First, Primary Care Practice Opens in Cancer Center In a Possible First, Primary Care Practice Opens in Cancer Center
The Graham Cancer Center in Delaware has taken a plunge and set up a small practice with the hope that enough patients will want the serviceMedscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - May 21, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Changes in Primary Care Could Improve Blood Pressure Outcomes Changes in Primary Care Could Improve Blood Pressure Outcomes
Operational changes are linked to improvements in smoking and blood pressure outcomes in primary care practice settings, new research indicates.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - May 12, 2021 Category: Cardiology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Nonprofit healthcare provider expanding to Huber Heights
A Dayton-based nonprofit that provides primary care and preventive health services to medically underserved populations will open its seventh office this year at a building it recently purchased in Huber Heights. Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton (CHCGD) will open the primary care practice at 6255 Chambersburg Road in fall 2021. Extensive renovations are planned for the 4,800-square-foot building, which was built in 1967 and previously housed Northeast Family Practice and Wayne Medical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 28, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jacob Fisher Source Type: news

Nonprofit healthcare provider expanding to Huber Heights
A Dayton-based nonprofit that provides primary care and preventive health services to medically underserved populations will open its seventh office this year at a building it recently purchased in Huber Heights. Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton (CHCGD) will open the primary care practice at 6255 Chambersburg Road in fall 2021. Extensive renovations are planned for the 4,800-square-foot building, which was built in 1967 and previously housed Northeast Family Practice and Wayne Medical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 28, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jacob Fisher Source Type: news

Tampa primary care practice acquired by Coral Gables health care company
A Tampa-based primary care practice has been acquired a Coral Gables health care company for an undisclosed amount. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 10, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Brendan Ward Source Type: news

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Primary Care Practices
Researchers examines how policymakers can learn from primary care providers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic to better support community-based health providers. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care - February 3, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Corlette S Tags: Public and Community Health Source Type: news

Arkansas Clinics Losing Both Patients, Patience
Without money from the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program, Dr. Scott Winston of Sheridan doesn’t know if his independent primary care practice will stay open. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 18, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Niagara Falls Memorial closing primary care practice site
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is closing one of its off-campus physician offices in a realignment of its primary care network. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 21, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Six ways primary care " medical homes " are lowering health care spending
(American Academy of Family Physicians) New analysis of 394 U.S. primary care practices identifies the aspects of care delivery that are associated with lower health care spending and lower utilization of emergency care and hospital admissions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New primary care tool to prescribe referrals for community health and social services
This study evaluated the implementation of CommunityRx-H3 through the perspective of primary care practice facilitators. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Practice Support and Patient Engagement to Improve CV Care Practice Support and Patient Engagement to Improve CV Care
Might these interventions help improve the quality of cardiovascular care in primary care practices?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

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:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 24, 2020 Category: Biotechnology 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:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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