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Morning Break: The Real Black Death Culprit; All Healthcare is Political; How Sweet is Honey?
(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 - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Practice mergers or closures affect 500,000 patients in just six months
GP practices serving more than 500,000 patients closed or merged in the six months to January 2018, data from NHS England reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

The Increasing Use of Cannabis Among Older Americans The Increasing Use of Cannabis Among Older Americans
Might cannabis substitution be a viable policy alternative in the fight against the misuse of opioids as well as the under-treatment of pain at the end of life?The Gerontologist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

From the Blogs: Antibiotics for Cough, PJP vs. PCP, TB-Sniffing Rats, Raw Water, and Other Quick ID Items to Ponder
As we head into week 3 of 52 of this new year, Dr. Paul Sax poses some " quick questions " with an infectious disease theme... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: MS Review / HIV PrEP for Women / Texas Medical Director Opportunity
Here's what we selected for you today: NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Review: A number of interventions to modify the course of multiple sclerosis have been... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Approves Olaparib for Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer and BRCA Mutation
The FDA has expanded the approval of olaparib (Lynparza) for patients with metastatic breast cancer who have a germline BRCA genetic mutation. Olaparib, a PARP... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Early Menarche, Other Reproductive Factors Tied to Higher CV Risk in Women
Several reproductive factors — including age at menarche — are associated with increased cardiovascular risk later in a woman's life, according to a Heart study. Researchers used... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Flu Activity Widespread Across U.S., But Season May Have Peaked
The entire continental U.S. is experiencing widespread influenza activity, the CDC reported on Friday. This is the first time in at least 13 years that... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Busting the myths about collaborative arrangements for general practice
General practices are working more collaboratively. However, once the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration are clear there are a number of routes to consider. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization
Anupdated Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, suggests that reminding people when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people being immunized.Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses. In Europe, 11,316 cases of measles were reported during 2012, and an estimated four to 50 million symptomatic cases of flu occur each year.Reminders can be sent to patients, parents or guardians, or whole populations when vaccines are due, either because ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Don't give up practice contracts for ACOs, warns GPC chair
GPs should stand up against any attempts to 'strongarm' them into suspending practice contracts to join accountable care models being rolled out in the NHS, the BMA's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP access not to blame for rising pressure on A & E, researchers find
GPs are being incorrectly used as scapegoats to explain away rising rates of A&E attendances, according to researchers who found that long-term conditions and deprivation are the likely root cause. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Did Agency Knowingly Hire Dangerous Doctors?; More Did Agency Knowingly Hire Dangerous Doctors?; More
Agency ignored red flags in hiring physician; state bill reignites cameras-in-the-OR debate; do attorneys make better claims adjusters?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

New Models May Predict Progression in Early dcSSc (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Tools offer advantage skin scores alone (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Get a look inside Froedtert's Drexel Town Square Health Center in Oak Creek
In advance of the Jan. 18 opening, Froedtert& the Medical College of Wisconsin held an open house Saturday at the new Drexel Town Square Health Center in Oak Creek. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to get your first look inside the new health clinic. The 109,000-square-foot health center at the corner of West Drexel Avenue and South Sixth Street will offer a spectrum of services from primary care and urgent care to an outpatient… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Morning Break: New Health IT Player; Luxturna No Bargain; Nuclear Freakout
(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 - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Smartphone Apps for Care?
(MedPage Today) -- Do you recommend them to your patients? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Risk of adverse drug reactions found to be ‘higher for COPD patients’
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, especially those who also have other chronic illnesses, are at greater risk of adverse medication reactions, according to a UK primary care study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh LMCs debate call to deny locums access to indemnity support
Locums should be denied access to a Welsh version of the state-backed indemnity scheme being developed in England to force more GPs into 'permanent positions', according to a motion that will be debated by Welsh LMCs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Get a look inside Froedtert's Drexel Town Square Health Center in Oak Creek
In advance of the Jan. 18 opening, Froedtert& the Medical College of Wisconsin held an open house Saturday at the new Drexel Town Square Health Center in Oak Creek. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to get your first look inside the new health clinic. The 109,000-square-foot health center at the corner of West Drexel Avenue and South Sixth Street will offer a spectrum of services from primary care and urgent care to an outpatient… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Three Ineffective Institutional Approaches to Quality Improvement in Healthcare
(MedPage Today) -- Punishing errors doesn't work; active leadership does (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Thumbs Down on Calcium and Vitamin D to Prevent Hip Fracture
(MedPage Today) -- Negative results from large meta-analysis (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

President's Exam Results:'In Excellent Health '
(MedPage Today) -- White House physician says Trump passes with flying colors (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: What's Your Favorite Diagnostic Test in Infectious Diseases?
Here's the most clicked-on item we featured from NEJM Group this week, in case you missed it the first time around: HIV and ID... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

MedPAC Mulls Ways to Boost Medicare Primary Care Support MedPAC Mulls Ways to Boost Medicare Primary Care Support
Influential federal advisory panel kicks around ideas for increasing Medicare's financial support for primary care, including potential assistance with medical school debt.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Trump Said to Be in'Excellent Health' After Annual Physical Trump Said to Be in'Excellent Health' After Annual Physical
The full details of the president's first physical will be released January 16.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Alert Source Type: news

New Jersey Rule Limits Physician-Pharma Interactions New Jersey Rule Limits Physician-Pharma Interactions
Meals are capped at $15 and contracts and payments are limited to $10,000 a year. The state government says it will cut prescriber bias, but some physicians say it will have unintended consequences.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds
The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Shopping for Nursing Homes More Tricky in Trump Era Shopping for Nursing Homes More Tricky in Trump Era
The Trump administration is moving quickly to deregulate nursing homes, complying with a wish list submitted by industry lobbying groups.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Tobacco Use Common in U.S. Vets
(MedPage Today) -- Smoking rate among younger veterans double that of older veterans (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Type 2 Diabetes in Kids: Don't Miss It Type 2 Diabetes in Kids: Don't Miss It
Dr Tyree Winters stresses the importance of identifying at-risk kids and screening often, as much as annually, to be sure that early-stage type 2 diabetes is not missed.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Interview Source Type: news

Time Is Right for 24-hour Primary Care Clinics
J. Stefan Walker, M.D., writes that family medicine clinics could provide better care, lower costs and greater physician satisfaction by using a 24-hour model. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New framework to reduce duplication in general practice
A new framework on how to share information and avoid duplication of requests in general practice has been published today.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 12, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick CQC Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

GP workload soars as seasonal illness compounds growing flu crisis
Last week's huge rise in flu presentations was matched by similar increases in other respiratory diseases including asthma and acute bronchitis, piling yet more pressure onto GP workloads, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

GP at Hand triples patient list as young patients flock to video consultation service
More than 10,000 patients aged 20-44 years old have joined a London GP practice in the two months since it began offering the GP at Hand video consultation service, official data confirm. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Full Scope of FPs' Work Is Not Reflected by CPT Codes Full Scope of FPs' Work Is Not Reflected by CPT Codes
Do CPT codes and their associated rules need to be updated to reflect the realities of today's family physicians'practices?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

CDC Recommends Third Dose of Mumps Vaccine During Outbreaks
The CDC now recommends a third dose of a mumps virus-containing vaccine for people who've previously received two doses but are at increased risk... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Guidelines Issued on Contact Precautions for MRSA, C. difficile
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America has issued guidelines on how long contact precautions in acute-care hospitals should persist for numerous drug-resistant... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Bloom's Taxonomy / Updated MS Diagnostic Criteria / Nebraska Emergency Department Opportunity
Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today: NEJM Knowledge+ Blog: Identify. Recognize. Interpret. Distinguish. What do these words have in common? They... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Meta-Analysis: Acid-Suppressing Drugs in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Offspring
Taking acid-suppressive drugs during pregnancy is associated with elevated asthma risk among offspring, according to a meta-analysis in Pediatrics. Researchers assessed eight observational... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Prescription Opioid Cough and Cold Medicines Restricted to Adult Use
Prescription cough and cold medications containing opioids like codeine and hydrocodone will no longer be indicated for patients under age 18, the FDA announced on... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

MedPAC Backs Bids to Scrap MIPS Pay System Amid Dissent MedPAC Backs Bids to Scrap MIPS Pay System Amid Dissent
Staffers of influential advisory panel say MIPS"cannot succeed," and call program burdensome and complex. But the AMA objects to MedPAC's MIPS replacement proposal.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

MedPAC Backs Bid to Scrap MIPS Pay System Amid Dissent MedPAC Backs Bid to Scrap MIPS Pay System Amid Dissent
Staffers of influential advisory panel say MIPS"cannot succeed," and call program burdensome and complex. But the AMA objects to MedPAC's MIPS replacement proposal.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

CMS May Cover MRI With Cardiac Devices Across the Board
(MedPage Today) -- Coverage may expand beyond MRI-friendly list, drop data collection (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Working together to reduce duplication in general practice
The Care Quality Commission has developed a framework to reduce duplication in the regulation and oversight of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

DO Student Number Has Grown by 85% in the Past 10 Years DO Student Number Has Grown by 85% in the Past 10 Years
The number of osteopathic physicians has more than tripled since 1990. More than half of all DOs are aged 45 years or younger.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

ACIP Now Recommends Third Dose of Mumps Vaccine ACIP Now Recommends Third Dose of Mumps Vaccine
With the number of cases at a 10-year high, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends an additional dose of a mumps-virus-containing vaccine for people at high risk in an outbreak.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

MedPAC Sinks MIPS, Recommends Alternative Program
(MedPage Today) -- Commission votes 14-2 to fold Merit-based Incentive Payment System (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

After Hospitals Downsize, What Then?
(MedPage Today) -- Kenneth Lin, MD, ponders the future of healthcare systems (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news