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Patient experience finalist: Vivianne Griffiths
Vivianne Griffiths is adult nurse practitioner, primary care, Family Health Centers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 23, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Patient experience finalist: Vivianne Griffiths
Vivianne Griffiths is adult nurse practitioner, primary care, Family Health Centers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 23, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk
Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AI Solution Detects Autism in Toddlers
A digital healthcare startup is using an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to help aid in the detection of autism. Palo Alto, CA -based Cognoa said FDA has classified the algorithm-powered solution as a Class II diagnostic medical device. The FDA designation gives the company a path to get full clearance as a medical diagnostic for autism. “The goal actually is this summer to submit to the FDA to get full clearance under a de novo as a medical diagnostic,” Sharief Taraman, vice president of medical at Cognoa, told MD+DI. “I think we should be able to get that at the end of the year or by 201...
Source: MDDI - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Medical Device Business Digital Health Source Type: news

KDIGO Releases CKD-MBD Guidelines, Targets PCPs, Nephrologists KDIGO Releases CKD-MBD Guidelines, Targets PCPs, Nephrologists
KDIGO released new guidelines on chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder for nephrologists and primary care physicians, many of whom care for patients with chronic kidney disease themselves.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Most Adults Diagnosed With Depression in Primary Care Don ’ t Start Treatment Most Adults Diagnosed With Depression in Primary Care Don ’ t Start Treatment
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

AAFP, Chapters Caution HHS on Changing Medicaid Eligibility
The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Former CMS Chiefs Debate Drug Prices
(MedPage Today) -- Slavitt, McClellan square off (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Flu levels remain high across UK, as Scotland sees fresh spike in cases
Flu levels remain high across all four UK nations, with consultation rates above baseline thresholds and a rise in cases in Scotland over the past week, latest official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine Harms Overlooked, Especially in Older Adults Benzodiazepine Harms Overlooked, Especially in Older Adults
International survey shows modest reductions among people aged 65 years or older, but rates of use in this population are still too high, authors say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Investigation into clinical correspondence handling in the NHS
In October 2017 NHS England informed the Committee of Public Accounts that it had discovered a backlog of 162,000 items of clinical correspondence that had not been redirected. NHS England stated that a small proportion of GPs had not been complying with guidance and had erroneously been sending clinical correspondence and other material to Capita, the current provider of primary care support services for NHS England. Capita has no contractual responsibility for redirecting clinical correspondence. This investigation sets out the facts around the backlog of unprocessed correspondence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improving physical healthcare for people with severe mental illness in primary care: guidance for CCGs
This guidance highlights the responsibilities of CCGs to commission services that deliver comprehensive physical health assessments and follow up care to people on the severe mental illness register in primary care, addressing the premature mortality experienced by people with SMI compared to the general population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government review must revitalise incentives for GPs to become partners, says GPC
A government review of the GP partnership model must deliver incentives to keep existing partners in post and to persuade younger doctors to take on the role, BMA officials have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Ambulance handover delays worst since first week of 2018 as NHS pressures continue
Handover delays for patients arriving at hospital by ambulance rose last week to the highest point since the start of 2018, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Chronic Cough: Evaluation and Management Chronic Cough: Evaluation and Management
Chronic cough--defined as cough lasting more than 8 weeks--can have many underlying causes. Review its assessment and management in this article.American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

In massive restructuring, 800,000 MassHealth members automatically moved to new plans
Next week, MassHealth will undergo a massive reorganization in which more than 800,000 MassHealth members will be moved to new insurance plans. MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program for low-income individuals, automatically enrolled members in plans based on their primary care physician, so members should be able to keep their primary care doctors. But members may discover that as of March 1, their specialists are no longer in their in surance network or they have to use a new pharmacy. The change… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Shira Schoenberg Source Type: news

In massive restructuring, 800,000 MassHealth members automatically moved to new plans
Next week, MassHealth will undergo a massive reorganization in which more than 800,000 MassHealth members will be moved to new insurance plans. MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program for low-income individuals, automatically enrolled members in plans based on their primary care physician, so members should be able to keep their primary care doctors. But members may discover that as of March 1, their specialists are no longer in their in surance network or they have to use a new pharmacy. The change… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Shira Schoenberg Source Type: news

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mobile health program improved addiction outcomes despite low clinician engagement
Integration of a practitioner-developed mobile health system within a primary care setting was well-received by substance use disorder (SUD) patients and generally improved outcomes, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Trauma Care While Bullets Fly
(MedPage Today) -- Christopher Tedeschi, MD, MA, discusses civilian'tactical medicine'(Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Help Identify QPP Reporting Burdens, Get 2018 MIPS Credit
Join a study examining the burden of quality measure reporting and qualify for credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System improvement activity performance category. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Immigration agency asked GP to deliver deportation notice to patient
A GP in Liverpool received an 'unprecedented' request from immigration officials to deliver a notice of deportation to a patient on his practice list who had a mental health problem, GPonline has learned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

LMCs to demand public warning over 'mounting threat to general practice'
Anger that governments across the UK are not doing enough to tackle pressure on general practice will dominate next month's UK LMCs conference, the BMA's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Health care convenience comes at a price
Stop me if you ’ve heard this one … You’ve worked all week while nursing what you think is bronchitis. Unable to take the time off work, you skip a trip to your primary care doctor and cross your fingers that the ailment clears on its own. By the time Friday afternoon rolls around, your condition begins to deteriorate and it’s now time to see the doctor. Only problem? Your family practitioner is now closed for the weekend.   Fortunately for you, the capital region is home to a plethora… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

Perspectives About Antipsychotics for Symptoms of Dementia Perspectives About Antipsychotics for Symptoms of Dementia
Why do primary care physicians continue to prescribe antipsychotics and benzodiazepines to treat dementia in seniors, despite evidence of only modest benefit and proven severe risk?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Pediatric Acute Asthma Exacerbation Severity Assessment Tool Pediatric Acute Asthma Exacerbation Severity Assessment Tool
An evidence-based asthma assessment tool provides guidance for the assessment and treatment of acute asthma exacerbation in the pediatric primary care setting.Journal of Pediatric Health Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Creating a smokefree NHS: how e-cigarettes can help
PHE explains the role ECs can play in helping create a smokefree NHS but stresses there is no 'one size fits all ’ approach when it comes to developing vaping policies Related items fromOnMedica Doctors should encourage smokers to switch to vaping Vaping may boost pneumonia risk, preliminary findings suggest Smoking cessation Headlines saying ‘vaping might cause cancer’ are wildly misleading Hospitals 'must' become tobacco-free (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Posts Draft Recs for Treatment of Adults With Obesity USPSTF Posts Draft Recs for Treatment of Adults With Obesity
Adults with obesity should be referred to multicomponent behavioral interventions for weight loss, although evidence reveals modest effects, the task for said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed
The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AMD Treat-and-Extend Regimens OK: Ophthalmology Times
(MedPage Today) -- Also, gene therapy approved for retinal dystrophy (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Billing Costs Consume 14.5% of Primary Care Visit Revenue Billing Costs Consume 14.5% of Primary Care Visit Revenue
A time-based study in a large academic center with a certified EHR shows that for each PCP, it takes $99,000 in administrative work per year just to get paid. For emergency department visits, billing was 25.2% of revenue.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

The U.S. healthcare system needs more skills for paying bills, study shows
Healthcare in the United States is really expensive, and one of the reasons is that managing healthcare bills is really, really expensive.Just how expensive? At one large academic medical center, the cost of collecting payments for a single primary-care doctor is upward of $99,000 a year.And... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

NHS England invests £8.7m to digitally improve primary care
Ten companies will benefit from a£8.7m investment to help them develop boost innovation in general practice.  The shortlisted companies convinced a panel of experts that they have recognised which barriers technology faces in general practice and have looked into how to revolutionise the way it will be delivered in the future, according to the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare, which provided the funding.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 20, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

When Missing a'Zebra' Can Land You in Court When Missing a'Zebra' Can Land You in Court
Physicians are generally unlikely to face a malpractice suit for misdiagnosing a rare disease, which affects about 1 in 10 people. But the results of a delayed or wrong diagnosis can be devastating or lethal.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

A Conversation with Mark Deutchman
Discussion includes oral health and primary care integration, oral health access in rural areas, and the importance of primary care providers in rural areas, among other things. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Care gaps for thousands of patients who choose GP away from home
There may be gaps in primary care for more than 14,000 people who are registered with GP practices outside their area, HSJ has found. GPs warned it highlights a safety risk. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Researchers use data to look 'upstream' to see what makes patients sick
(Indiana University) Researchers at IUPUI and the Regenstrief Institute have successfully used data to predict primary care patients' needs for social service referrals, a finding that may potentially help shift the focus of health care from caring for ill people to preventing patients from getting sick. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Primary Care, ED Docs Discuss Addiction Tx Challenges
(MedPage Today) -- Team approach can work, but it takes time (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression
A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Providing Care to Those Who Can't Get It Anywhere Else
Sarah Nosal, M.D., has devoted her career to giving uninsured patients " the care and respect they deserve " and passing those values on to the medical students she trains. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Inappropriate use of medication by elderly, polymedicated, or multipathological patients with chronic diseases - P érez-Jover V, Mira JJ, Carratala-Munuera C, Gil-Guillen VF, Basora J, Lopez-Pineda A, Orozco-Beltran D.
The growth of the aging population leads to the increase of chronic diseases, of the burden of multimorbility, and of the complexity polypharmacy. The prevalence of medication errors rises in patients with polypharmacy in primary care, and this is a major ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Predicting suicidal ideation in primary care: an approach to identify easily assessable key variables - Jordan P, Shedden-Mora MC, Lowe B.
OBJECTIVE: To obtain predictors of suicidal ideation, which can also be used for an indirect assessment of suicidal ideation (SI). To create a classifier for SI based on variables of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and sociodemographic variables, an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Responding to intimate partner violence: healthcare providers' current practices and views on integrating a safety decision aid into primary care settings - Alvarez C, Debnam K, Clough A, Alexander K, Glass NE.
Supportive care for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) remains limited in primary care settings. Low-income and Spanish-speaking survivors of IPV are even more disadvantaged, given the dearth of linguistically and culturally appropriate intervent... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

To Hug or Not: Physicians Differ on What's the Right Behavior To Hug or Not: Physicians Differ on What's the Right Behavior
Some physicians want to offer patients support; others say hugs have no business in the medical office. In today's environment, do doctors think hugs are appropriate?Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

NHSPS to deliver new GP surgery by the end of 2018
Works for a new purpose-build GP practice that will be delivered by NHS Propery Services (PS) have begun last Friday (16 february), after local residents saw their former practice closed in 2015. The£2.3m development will rise in Bow Fell, Brownsover after the Brownsover Medical Practice did not see its contract with NHS England renewed back in 2015.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 19, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: Premises Latest News Source Type: news

Morning Break: NSCLC Approval; School Nurses;'Human-Sheep Hybrids'?
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Overcoming Negative Reviews
(MedPage Today) -- Is there value in trying? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NHS England gives companies £8.7m to develop new technologies to help GPs
NHS England has awarded £8.7m to 10 companies that are developing new technologies aimed at 'future-proofing' general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

What a Knockout
(MedPage Today) -- Working as a perianesthesia nurse (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Out of Limbo Into Bomb Scare
(MedPage Today) -- Ida Moberg, MD, deploys to central Africa with M é decins Sans Fronti è res (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news