Age-related decline in antibiotic prescribing for uncomplicated respiratory tract infections in primary care in England following the introduction of a national financial incentive (the Quality Premium) for health commissioners to reduce use of antib
This journal article assesses the impact of the Quality Premium national incentive scheme on the rate of antibiotic prescribing. The results show that the number of patients prescribed antibiotics by their GP for common respiratory infections, for which antibiotics are generally not needed, decreased by 3% following the introduction of the national incentive scheme. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP contract in line for 'biggest overhaul since 2004', say NHS chiefs
Long-term plans for the NHS being developed by health chiefs could trigger 'the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004', NHS England board papers reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

The Integrator: GP contract reform - it's back
Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by senior bureau chief Dave West. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS to slash payments for 'digital first' GP practices by 20%
GP practices operating 'digital first' models - such as the controversial GP at Hand service - could see their funding per patient reduced by 20% under reforms proposed by NHS England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

QOF overhaul could see quarter of indicators scrapped
A major overhaul of the QOF could see one in four indicators scrapped, a revamped exception reporting system, new targets and changes to many existing ones under plans set out by NHS England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GMC releases draft guidance on supporting disabled doctors in training
The GMC has released draft guidance explaining how organisations can best support medical students and doctors in training who have disabilities. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Africa:Clinics Manage Hypertension Patients Better When More Hands Are On Deck
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa's clinic based health system was originally created to provide primary care services like maternal and child care and care for acute conditions such as pneumonia or malaria. But the clinics have been facing rapidly increasing demand for a range of additional services. This is partly because of the need to provide antiretroviral drugs at clinic level and partly because there is an increasing number of older South Africans who have chronic conditions like high blood pressure (hypertension). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rhabdomyolysis and AKI Following Atorvastatin-Gemfibrozil Rhabdomyolysis and AKI Following Atorvastatin-Gemfibrozil
This case report demonstrates that severe rhabdomyolysis due to statins with or without fibrates may occur with few clinical symptoms and signs, even many weeks after discontinuation of therapy.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Expanding primary care buprenorphine treatment could curb opioid overdose crisis
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Two physicians from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health write that expanding the availability of medication treatment for opioid use disorder in primary care settings would be a major step toward reducing overdose deaths. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GP partnership review
A review, led by Dr Nigel Watson, will consider the challenges facing partnerships within the context of general practice and the wider NHS, the benefits and shortcomings of the partnership model for patients, partners, salaried GPs, locum GPs, practice nurses, and the wider NHS, and how best to reinvigorate the partnership model to equip it to help transform general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

All roads to the future start in the same place, with primary care
What do a Wolverhampton trust, a London GP federation and a Gateshead practice group have in common? The answer is determination not to wait for permission to improve local services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

AAFP Urges Quick Reunification of Families Separated at Border
The AAFP recently called on the administration to quickly reunite families that have been separated at the border and to ensure that those still in custody receive appropriate health care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care
On July 12, the AAFP will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to noon CDT that addresses clinical preventive service recommendations for adolescents and young adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

10 New Drugs for Primary Care: Q2 2018
What new drugs should you know about from the second quarter of 2018? Scroll through our quick slideshow to find out. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - July 3, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Sydney Jennings Source Type: news

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes
The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Review Task Force Recommendations on Board Certification
The AAFP Task Force on Board Certification in Family Medicine has issued a report containing recommended next steps to address longstanding member concerns about the continuing board certification process. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Silica and SSc: A Link Confirmed (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Occupational exposure led to scleroderma in Italian workers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Surgeon's Attitude Drives Genetic Testing Decisions in Breast Ca
(MedPage Today) -- Variations in comfort levels with testing may explain referral patterns (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HPV Test Alone IDs Cervical Precancer Earlier Than Pap HPV Test Alone IDs Cervical Precancer Earlier Than Pap
HPV test alone identifies precancerous cervical lesions earlier and more accurately than does Pap testing alone, new data show; the results support replacing Pap test with HPV test.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

CMS Seeks to Simplify Home Health Recertifications
(MedPage Today) -- Physicians wouldn't have to estimate remaining amount of care needed (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Drug, Device Makers' Payments to Doctors Down Slightly in 2017 Drug, Device Makers' Payments to Doctors Down Slightly in 2017
Companies paid physicians and teaching hospitals $8.4 billion in 2017, down from $8.81 billion the previous year. More than half of the payments went for research.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

MMWR Report: Fewer Youth Say They Use Tobacco Products
A new report from the CDC and FDA found that although fewer high school and middle school students overall used any tobacco product in 2017 compared to 2011, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among those who did use such products. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Quiz for Primary Care Physicians
How much do you know about fibromyalgia? Take our 12-question quiz to find out your fibromyalgia IQ.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - July 3, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Sydney Jennings Source Type: news

Cancer Linked to Infertility in Men and Women
(MedPage Today) -- Assisted reproductive technology not to blame, researchers say (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evergreen Health plans new HIV clinic in Jamestown
Evergreen Health is working to open a full-time clinic in Jamestown to serve HIV positive patients. The clinic will take the place of space the Buffalo-based health care organization is losing at UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital. Evergreen has leased space at 320 Prather Ave. where its team of providers, nurses and administrative support staff will move. Total cost for the move is $155,716. The cli nic serves about 150 patients who live outside the Buffalo metro area and receive primary care services… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Malpractice: When Small Oversights Lead to Major Errors Malpractice: When Small Oversights Lead to Major Errors
In large medical groups, where several physicians may treat the same patient, doctors and other healthcare workers need to make sure that small oversights don't turn into serious patient problems.Cooperative of American Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Advice for Female Physicians to Negotiate Higher Salaries Advice for Female Physicians to Negotiate Higher Salaries
More female physicians are entering medicine, but they are still earning less than their male peers. Many experts say women simply don't negotiate as often or as aggressively as male doctors.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Key questions for the GP partnership review
The government's review of the GP partnership model will be considering 23 'key lines of enquiry' that cover workforce, workload, the business model of general practice and the role of general practice in the local healthcare system. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Inhaler Device Errors Common Among HCPs Inhaler Device Errors Common Among HCPs
A systematic review finds that healthcare providers often lack the knowledge required to use inhaler devices effectively and that their inhalation technique may worsen over time.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Effective Marketing Methods Offered for Primary Care Doctors
TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 -- Marketing is important for physicians, and effective methods include internet marketing, speaking engagements, and print materials, according to an article published in Medical Economics. Marketing is increasingly important... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Adult Obesity in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties Adult Obesity in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties
This report details obesity prevalence among adults in nonmetropolitan vs. metropolitan counties on a state-by-state basis. Which US regions have the highest rates of obesity?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Rare cancers – hope for the future
This article considers how breakthroughs are paving the way to tackling rare cancers such as mesothelioma Related items fromOnMedica Lung cancer Worrying variation in treatment of mesothelioma cancer Mesothelioma Mesothelioma (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

GAO Raises Questions about 340B Contract Pharmacies
(MedPage Today) -- Says federal government needs to increase oversight (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

She Found Where She Belonged at National Conference
Victoria Boggiano, M.D., M.P.H., confirmed her specialty choice and became a leader at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Now she hopes to help others do the same. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Screen Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis, Says USPSTF
On June 26, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in various patient populations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: The More Coffee You Drink, the Longer You Live
(MedPage Today) -- And it's not the caffeine, which opened the eyes of F. Perry Wilson, MD (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

What Care Is'High Priority' for Adults in Primary Care? What Care Is'High Priority' for Adults in Primary Care?
Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy shares findings of a survey on high-priority preventive care for adults.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Government confirms GP partnership review terms of reference
The DHSC has confirmed formal terms of reference for the review intended to 'reinvigorate' the GP partnership model, calling for 'focused, affordable and practical' recommendations. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Effect of requiring a general practitioner at scenes of serious injury: a systematic review - Straumann GSH, Austvoll-Dahlgren A, Holte HH, Wisborg T.
BACKGROUND: In Norway, each municipality is responsible for providing first line emergency healthcare, and it is mandatory to have a primary care physician/general practitioner on call continuously. This mandate ensures that a physician can assist patients... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Court's Travel Ban Ups Rigors, Reluctance for Foreign Clinicians Court's Travel Ban Ups Rigors, Reluctance for Foreign Clinicians
Two hundred medical organizations say the Trump administration's action could have a'chilling effect'well beyond the handful or so of countries directly affected by his immigration policies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

NHS app to end '8am scramble for GP appointments' by December
Patients across England will be able to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access their medical records through a free NHS app being rolled out from December. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on theHPSA Find website and are current as of May 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Making quality improvement a way of working in general practice
This case study looks at how Gloucestershire CCG rolled out a quality improvement programme to support their practices to collaborate, improve the quality of services delivered to patients and help GPs release time for care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hey, Nurses: Chill Out
(MedPage Today) -- Whether it's a vacation or staycation, take time off (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Sticking to one doctor is 'a matter of life and death'
A new systematic review — the first of its kind — shows just how important it is for patients to build a relationship with their doctors over time. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

Fed Opioid Takedown Includes Physician Adviser to Pro Fighters Fed Opioid Takedown Includes Physician Adviser to Pro Fighters
At least one fighter has been indicted as part of what the US Department of Justice called a vast conspiracy, part of a massive crackdown involving over 600 people and $2 billion.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Delays in Meningitis Dx Hinders Care in U.K. Adults
(MedPage Today) -- Longer waits for lumbar punctures impede identifying specific cause of meningitis (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Kelsey-Seybold to open clinic in Baytown
Locally based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic will open its 20th Houston-area clinic next year. The new $2.5 million primary care clinic will be at 6340 Garth Road in Baytown, according to a press release. Less than one mile south of Interstate 10, the new location is within the Baytown Shops retail center anchored by an H-E-B grocery store that opened in December.  The 11,000-square-foot clinic was designed by Powers Brown Architecture, but Kelsey-Seybold has not selected a general contractor yet. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

HHS Gives PTAC the Cold Shoulder
(MedPage Today) -- Declines to implement any recommendations, leaving members seething (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Room to Improve: How to Boost Performance
(MedPage Today) -- Must reads about the latest news and trends in healthcare careers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news