Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies From Pancreatic Cancer Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies From Pancreatic Cancer
The 87-year-old diminutive but fiery jurist was a three-time cancer survivor and became the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court when President Bill Clinton appointed her in 1993.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - September 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Alert Source Type: news

Practices handed one-month opt-out window as revamped network DES unveiled
NHS England has unveiled a revamped DES package for 2020/21 confirming new targets, funding and recruitment options for primary care networks (PCNs). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 18, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Many Americans Still Concerned About Access to Health Care Many Americans Still Concerned About Access to Health Care
Nationally, 23.8% of respondents said that they were very concerned about being able to receive care during the pandemic, and another 27.4% said that they were somewhat concerned.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

RCGP facing legal action over stance on assisted dying
The RCGP is facing legal action over its decision to remain opposed to assisted dying - with senior GPs accusing the college of failing to listen to its membership. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 18, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Medico-legal Source Type: news

Primary Care Networks: Amendment to the network contract directed enhanced service for 2020/21
Following discussion and agreement with GPC England, NHS England and NHS Improvement has published an amendment to the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service for 2020/21. The amended DES updates the terms of the 2020/21 Network Contract DES, and applies from 1 October 2020 to all practices who are signed up to the DES. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Walmart Health, the retailer's primary care service, is coming to Tampa
Walmart Inc. is planning to bring its primary care services to Tampa. The retail giant said Thursday that it is "beginning conversations" to bring Walmart Health to Orlando and Tampa. Walmart Health, which offers primary care services as well as dental care, optometry, counseling services and X-rays, is set to debut in Florida in Jacksonville with seven locations to open there in 2021. The company did not disclose any potential locations for Tampa. It has dozens of locations throughout the Tampa… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Source Type: news

GPs face wave of abuse and complaints after NHS England face-to-face appointments claims
GP practices have faced a wave of abuse and complaints after a letter from NHS England that triggered damaging media coverage about access to face-to-face appointments, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs delivered huge rise in face-to-face consultations in week before NHS England letter
GPs delivered a huge increase in face-to-face appointments in the week before NHS England triggered a 'media onslaught' with a letter suggesting practices were refusing to see patients in person, GPonline can reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 17th September 2020)
This resource provides advice to GP practices on adjusting to changes in their practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Broad US Rollout of Coronavirus Vaccine Could Happen Mid-2021: CDC Broad US Rollout of Coronavirus Vaccine Could Happen Mid-2021: CDC
A COVID-19 vaccine could be broadly rolled out in the United states by the middle of next year or a little later, the head of the federal government's disease control agency said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Medeconomics Live aims to help practices thrive under the new GP contract
The one-day, virtual Medeconomics Live conference aims to provide practices with the practical advice you need to thrive under the new GP contract while tackling COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: About Source Type: news

Expansion of NHS 111 service could see direct GP booking extended
Plans to expand NHS 111 under measures to prepare the health service for winter could see practices required to keep large numbers of appointments free for direct booking from the phone service. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government denies plan to make GPs 'gatekeepers' of COVID-19 testing
The government has denied plans to make GPs 'gatekeepers' of the struggling COVID-19 testing system after doctors' leaders warned the move could overwhelm practices. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Systematic review and meta-analysis of intervention studies with general practitioner involvement focused on falls prevention for community-dwelling older people - Mackenzie L, Beavis AM, Tan ACW, Clemson L.
OBJECTIVES: Falls are a significant health problem for the ageing population. This review aimed to identify effective falls prevention interventions with involvement of general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: Systematic review of randomised controlle... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

NICE indicator menu 2020
NICE have published new indicators for general practice on the NICE website. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Effective management of HR issues and challenges in primary care
This three module programme delivered using our Zoom platform provides information and advice relevant and applicable to the day-to-day running of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Disaster Declaration Issued for Oregon Wildfires Disaster Declaration Issued for Oregon Wildfires
President Donald Trump has issued an emergency declaration for Oregon because of the deadly wildfires that have burned across the state.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Signature in Gut Microbiome May Flag CVD Risk Signature in Gut Microbiome May Flag CVD Risk
Fecal microbiota composition may serve as a convenient diagnostic screening method for cardiovascular disease, according to early research.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Good Lifestyle Choices Prevent Kidney as Well as CV Disease Good Lifestyle Choices Prevent Kidney as Well as CV Disease
Many of the same lifestyle choices recommended for cardiovascular disease prevention now shown to also prevent chronic kidney disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Kelsey-Seybold to expand occupational medicine service line for employers, hires new medical director
The expanded program will offer on-site and near-site primary care clinics for employers; consulting services, including environmental assessments and employee health and safety; and comprehensive occupational medicine services. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Samora Source Type: news

Physician Reimbursement 2021: Who Are the Big Winners? Physician Reimbursement 2021: Who Are the Big Winners?
A close look at the proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program in 2021 shows that some physicians will see an increase in pay; others may earn less money.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

GPs demand priority COVID-19 testing to secure workforce in second wave
GPs should be among NHS staff prioritised for COVID-19 tests, the RCGP has warned - with hundreds of doctors off work as the government's testing system struggles to cope with a rise in demand. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government must tackle racism and health inequality, doctors warn
The government has a moral duty to tackle racism and health inequality exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement, doctors have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Equality Source Type: news

BMA to poll members on industrial action over real-terms pay cuts
BMA leaders have instructed the union to survey members on possible industrial action over real-terms pay cuts in recent years. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Erased Decades of Progress on Childhood Vaccination
While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, children across the globe are going without shots already known to be life-saving. With the world in disarray due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children vaccinated this year against infections like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles and pneumococcal disease has fallen to levels not seen since the 1990s, according to a new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “In other words,” the report reads, “we’ve been set back about 25 years in about 25 weeks.” That stark figure comes from the Gates Foundation’s annual Goalkee...
Source: TIME: Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Covid-19 driving adoption of telemedicine for primary care and other visits
This pandemic called for changes in the way that we access health care in order to minimize the transmission of Covid-19 and reduce the impact of patient surges on medical facilities and resources. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, trends showed some increased interest in use of telehealth services, but adoption was slow. However, recent policy changes have reduced barriers to telehealth access and have promoted the use of telehealth as a way to deliver acute, chronic, primary and specialty care. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 15, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jim Molis Source Type: news

BMA demands greater protection for doctors as it remembers COVID-19 deaths
The government must offer better protection to doctors ahead of a second potential coronavirus spike, the BMA has warned as it paid tribute to the 34 doctors who have died as a result of COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS England ’s top GP apologises after 'offensive' face-to-face appointments letter
NHS England medical director for primary care Dr Nikki Kanani has apologised for ‘any hurt’ caused by a letter reminding GPs of their responsibility to offer face-to-face appointments, after a furious backlash from GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Disseminated Enterovirus Infection With Rituximab/Ibrutinib Disseminated Enterovirus Infection With Rituximab/Ibrutinib
This case underscores the risk for severe and potentially life-threatening immune-related side effects with combined therapy with rituximab and ibrutinib.Journal of Medical Case Reports (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

COVID-19 testing fiasco forcing GPs and hospital doctors to stay off work
'Clear capacity problems' with the government's COVID-19 testing regime are undermining the NHS workforce across primary and secondary care - forcing doctors to stay off work because they or family members cannot access tests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus 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

September/October 2020 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed, indexed research journal that provides a cross-disciplinary forum for new, evidence-based information affecting the primary care disciplines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Telehealth supports collaborative mental health care in the needs of rural patients
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Traditionally, primary care clinics connect patients who have mental health care needs to specialists like psychiatrists in a collaborative care model. However, rural clinics often lack the workforce capacity to provide collaborative behavioral health services. In a new qualitative study, rural Washington primary care clinics adopted telehealth methods to connect remotely with specialists. The study found that telepsychiatric collaboration prepared primary care physicians and rural clinic staff to deliver high quality mental health care in underserved areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - So...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canadian researchers identify four barriers to use of 'gold-standard' abortion pill
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Canada is the first country to facilitate provision of medical abortion in primary care settings through evidence-based deregulation of mifepristone, which is considered the 'gold standard' for medical abortion. A Canadian study investigated the factors that influence successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion services among Canadian health professionals and how these factors relate to abortion policies, systems and service access throughout the country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expenditures for primary care may affect how primary care is delivered
This study looks at trends in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for visits to primary care physicians. Using the 2002-2017 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), the authors described changes in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for primary care visits for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. If current trends continue, the authors would expect increasing difficulty with primary care physician access, particularly for Medicaid patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Patient access to after-hours primary care could prevent some less urgent ER visits
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Patients who receive in-home nursing care have lower emergency room utilization if they have access to after-hours primary care. Previous research found that home nursing patients in Ontario, Canada, have an increased risk of visiting the ER after normal clinic hours on the same day they receive a home nursing visit. These ER visits may be linked to the visiting nurse identifying a health issue they are unable to appropriately address during the visit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

An effective way to increase capacity for mental health
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Researchers at UW Medicine found that primary-care physicians and rural clinic staff felt more skilled in delivering mental health care if they used a model known as collaborative care.In the model, primary-care physicians retain primary responsibility to treat behavioral health disorders with the support of two team members: a care manager (e.g., social workers, therapists, nurses) and a consulting psychiatrist. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says
After hearing the evidence, the advisory committee agreed the abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin cuts rate of snorting and injection of the drug -- in one study by up to 50% -- but not overall abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Two-year deadline for women in top BMA roles as 'network of elected women' launched
A network to build 'strong female leadership' within the BMA launched last week - and the top GP behind the scheme wants it to deliver women in top roles within the association in two years. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Equality Source Type: news

BMA call for COVID-19 public inquiry 'can send powerful message to government'
Doctors can send a powerful message to the government over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by backing calls for a public inquiry, a top BMA GP has said ahead of its 2020 annual conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Medicine shortages spark GP call for laws to let pharmacists alter prescriptions
GP leaders have called for legislation to let pharmacists change prescriptions when medicines are out of stock - warning that current rules are adding to practice workload and slowing down patient care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Prescribing Source Type: news

Socio-demographic co-relates of depression among housewives in rural area of district Ludhiana - Urvashi, Girdhar S, Chaudhary A, Gupta S, Monga S.
BACKGROUND: Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in general practice. It is much more common among women than men, with female/male ratio roughly 2:1. In today's hectic life, stress is increasing in housewives. Very few data is available on d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Breach of contract threat 'insult to GPs' delivering 300,000 face-to-face appointments a day
GP practices have been urged to remind patients that face-to-face appointments remain available during the pandemic, in a letter from NHS England warning that failure to offer appropriate access may constitute a breach of contract. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GMC fitness to practise advice changed to factor in COVID-19 pandemic
GMC guidance for staff investigating complaints against doctors has been updated to fit the 'extraordinary circumstances' of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

Real-terms GP partner income down 10% over past decade
Real-terms GP partner income in 2018/19 was 10% below the figure recorded a decade earlier in 2008/9, official data for England show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Readers Predict Biggest Medical Breakthroughs by 2045 Readers Predict Biggest Medical Breakthroughs by 2045
As part of Medscape's 25th anniversary, readers were asked what they predict will change medicine in the next 25 years. Gene therapy advances and cancer cures topped the list.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - September 11, 2020 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

BMA chair urges GPs to be open about mental health amid COVID-19 pressure
GPs must be open about mental health concerns and seek help if they need it as COVID-19 drives up pressure on the workforce, the BMA chair has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Effective management of HR issues and challenges in primary care
This three module programme delivered using our Zoom platform provides information and advice relevant and applicable to the day-to-day running of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

De-implementing prolonged rest advice for concussion in primary care settings: a pilot stepped wedge cluster randomized trial - Silverberg ND, Otamendi T, Panenka WJ, Archambault P, Babul S, MacLellan A, Li LC, Canadian TBI Research Consortium.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a de-implementation intervention to support return-to-activity guideline use after concussion. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Family physicians in community practice (n = 21 at 5... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Insulin Pumps Used Less in Black Children, Even With Insurance Insulin Pumps Used Less in Black Children, Even With Insurance
Attributed to implicit racial bias, disparities in insulin pump use unrelated to socioeconomic status have persisted over the past 15 years.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news