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Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018 Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018
What coding changes are most likely to affect the way your practice gets paid in 2018? Review the most important changes in this article.Family Practice Management (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Applications for the next wave of clinical pharmacists in general practice
The General Practice Forward View committed to more than £100m of investment to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Paid Sick Leave Promotes Proactive Healthcare
(MedPage Today) -- Researchers found an increase in preventive healthcare use (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Inhaled Nitrite Flops as HFpEF Therapy
(MedPage Today) -- Optimal duration and mode of delivery remain open questions (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

5 Tricks to Slash Your Sugar Intake
(MedPage Today) -- Simple ways to be mindful of your sugar consumption (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Praluent Price to Drop for Insurers That Ease Rx Restrictions
(MedPage Today) -- Sanofi/Regeneron announced plan to bring PCSK9 drug within cost-effective range (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Praluent Delivers CV Event Prevention in ODYSSEY
(MedPage Today) -- Second PCSK9 outcomes trial comes out like FOURIER -- but with mortality reduction (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Can Congress Fix A Shaky Individual Insurance Market?
(MedPage Today) -- The more time passes, the harder a deal becomes (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Should Your Practice Partner with Rideshare Services?
(MedPage Today) -- Must reads about the latest news and trends in healthcare careers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket
A recent CDCMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased almost 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

iMedicalApps: New Apps You Should Download
(MedPage Today) -- A round-up of this week's best apps (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Drug Pricing a Hot Topic at Health Insurer Conference
(MedPage Today) -- Panelists spar over transparency, other issues (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CMS Rejects Idaho's Plan to Allow Stripped-Down Health Plans
(MedPage Today) -- Says policies must still meet ACA requirements (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

By the Way, Doc
(MedPage Today) -- Getting patients to share their big questions up front, not as end-of-visit surprises (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Funding for whistleblowing guardians 'to extend into primary care'
GPs are set to be the latest group of employers to appoint whistleblowing guardians due to a funding boost by NHS England to expand the speaking up programme. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes
On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements inAnnals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

What Did Cardiologists Learn Recently That PCPs Should Know? What Did Cardiologists Learn Recently That PCPs Should Know?
What are the five articles that cardiologists read in the last 12 months that may change primary care management of patients with cardiovascular disease?Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Damaging workload in general practice must stop, warns GP facing burnout
GP leaders have backed plans to promote safe working limits in general practice after hearing a moving speech from a colleague struggling with burnout. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Rate at which GPs are handing back contracts 'a national disgrace', LMCs told
GPs leaders have hit out at record levels of practice closures, calling for a public campaign to warn patients about the 'mounting threat' to general practice and better plans to avoid dangerous 'unmanaged dispersals' of patient lists. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

The List: Austin-area clinics, nonprofit category
The Austin Business Journal 2018 list of clinics includes all types of clinics from primary care to multispecialty. We track a five-county area including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. The list is ranked by the combined number of patient visits for all clinic locations in the area based upon ownership. Rankings are further grouped according to for-profit or nonprofit status. Data is gathered from surveys sent to clinic representatives. Only clinics that responded to ABJ request for information are included. See also the related list of Clinics that are for-profit. (Source: bizjournals.com Health C...
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The List: Austin-area clinics, for-profit category
The Austin Business Journal 2018 list of clinics includes all types of clinics from primary care to multispecialty. We track a five-county area including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. The list is ranked by the combined number of patient visits for all clinic locations in the area based upon ownership. Rankings are further grouped according to for-profit or nonprofit status. Data is gathered from surveys sent to clinic representatives. Only clinics that responded to ABJ request for information are included. See also the related list of Clinics that are nonprofit. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Ca...
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Read Dr Richard Vautrey's speech to the UK LMCs conference in full
In his speech to the UK LMCs conference in Liverpool, GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey warned that a decade of underinvestment has left general practice facing a 'living nightmare'. He called for an increase in funding, demanded a solution to premises issues and defended the independent contractor status. Read the speech in full below. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

HHS Chief Wants to Lighten Data Collection Burdens
(MedPage Today) --'Let's make sure it's the information that really matters'(Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Multi-tasking and Medicine Don't Mix
(MedPage Today) -- Hans Duvefelt, MD, says keep to the task at hand (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Let's Not Forget the Injured in Shootings
After a mass shooting, the focus often is on the shooter and the dead. Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., reminds us to consider the long-term needs of the injured. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Acetaminophen Overdosing Common, Especially in Cold/Flu Season Acetaminophen Overdosing Common, Especially in Cold/Flu Season
Even in noninfluenza months, a significant number of users are surpassing the maximum daily adult dose of 4 g. Study authors suggest more guidance may be necessary.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Furious GPs need investment to end 'living nightmare', warns GPC chair
A decade of underinvestment has left general practice facing a 'living nightmare', the BMA's top GP will warn on Friday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Novartis, U.S. Partner Plan Remote Trials to Boost Participation Novartis, U.S. Partner Plan Remote Trials to Boost Participation
Novartis plans up to 10 clinical trials over three years using a U.S. partner's mobile technology to help free patients from burdensome hospital trips as the Swiss drugmaker aims to boost study participation and cut costs.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Which patient with dyspepsia should you refer?
In this short audio clip, Dr Toni Hazell asks GPs to identify one of four patients with dyspepsia for whom two-week wait referral is recommended by NICE. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GI - Dyspepsia Source Type: news

How is the Home Office using your patients ’ data?
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has expressed concern over the use of patients’ data held at GP practices for immigration purposes. The College is concerned about the existence of an agreement allowing the Home Office to access patient’s data for immigration purposes, which could deteriorate patients trust into general practice.   Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 8, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Potentially Unsafe Prescribing Common in Patients With CKD Potentially Unsafe Prescribing Common in Patients With CKD
Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Valeritas takes on multiple daily insulin injections with wearable V-Go device
There are millions of Americans with Type II diabetes and many of them take multiple daily injections of insulin, using two injection pens – one for mealtime insulin and one for insulin throughout the day. But studies have found that people with Type II diabetes are willing to skip insulin injections if they have to inject the drug in public. “If you’re a Type II patient, you read it in magazines, you see it on TV, you see it in movies, you hear it from primary care doctors – [your diabetes] is your fault,” Valeritas (NSDQ:VLRX) CEO John Timberlake told Drug Delivery Business Ne...
Source: Mass Device - March 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Diabetes Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Sanofi-Aventis Valeritas Source Type: news

The rise of women in general practice
Women became the majority of the GP workforce for the first time in 2014, and the proportion of GPs who are women has continued to rise. GPonline looks at the statistics to mark International Women's Day. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care (March 2018)
A Wisconsin rural health system delivers behavioral health services as part of its comprehensive health and wellness approach in its Rural Health Clinic. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Oral Rehydration Solutions for Acute Watery Diarrhea Oral Rehydration Solutions for Acute Watery Diarrhea
Are polymer-based oral rehydration solutions preferable to glucose-based solutions for reducing symptoms and complications from acute watery diarrhea?American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

What can we learn from international systems of place-based care?
Having clinicians both leading and delivering system transformation has emerged as a common thread in examples of place-based care across the globe, reports Thomas Marsh Related items fromOnMedica The Alzira model Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing Give us long-term solutions, not quick fixes, urge health and social care leaders Investing in social care has a greater impact on population health Personalisation of care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - March 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

You Can Now Order an At-Home Genetic Test for Breast Cancer. But Should You?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first at-home genetic test for breast cancer genes, opening the door to the next stage in personalized DIY medicine. But how reliable—and how useful—are the results going to be? Because it is FDA-approved, the technology behind the 23andMe test, and the results it provides, are valid and scientifically sound. But interpreting what those results mean, positive or negative, for every person who orders it is another matter. The test is part of 23andMe’s $199 spit kit that mostly analyzes DNA from saliva for ancestry information. People who want their DNA to...
Source: TIME: Health - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news

Smartphone Device May Allow Finger Touch Blood Pressure Reading Smartphone Device May Allow Finger Touch Blood Pressure Reading
Accuracy is similar to arm and finger cuffs, and the device is easy to use, data suggest. A cardiologist cautions that the study is small, lacks wide BP and age range, and needs formal validation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

AAFP Warns Against Expanding Association Health Plans
The AAFP recently cautioned the Department of Labor that a proposed rule could lead to more health plans that provide fewer benefits at higher costs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic
The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

RCGP demands NHS Digital U-turn over data sharing deal with Home Office
NHS Digital's decision to continue sharing data from GP patient records with the Home Office undermines confidentiality and could put vulnerable patients at risk, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

University group launches program where docs are 'on call' — literally
In the next three weeks, faculty from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will begin offering telemedicine to some rural parts of Tennessee. The University Clinical Health (UCH) group, the private practice arm of UTHSC faculty, is launching specialty telemedicine services, beginning with its primary care clinics in Covington and McKenzie, Tennessee. Telemedicine uses technology to diagnose and treat patients remotely. "One of our pri mary goals is to expand access for patients,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

Death Strikes Young in RA
(MedPage Today) -- Most common causes were circulatory, respiratory, and malignancy (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

8 Potent Ways to Attract Younger Patients and Why You Want Them 8 Potent Ways to Attract Younger Patients and Why You Want Them
Millennial patients are crucial to the long-term success of a medical practice. There are many ways physicians can make their practices more appealing to younger patients. Here are key strategies.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Paper vs Electronic Records
(MedPage Today) -- Do you have a preference? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Point-of-care urine culture for managing urinary tract infection in primary care: a randomised controlled trial of clinical and cost-effectiveness
This research article reports point-of-care urine culture testing in primary care resulted in fewer patients receiving antibiotics at initial consultation vs those randomised to standard care. However, no statistically significant difference in antibiotic use was reported at day 3. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Dementia Risk Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Dementia Risk
Prior studies have suggested a potentially troubling link between PPI use and dementia risk, but this new study found no significantly greater risk of dementia in elderly long-term PPI users.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Is It Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis or Not? Is It Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis or Not?
This article details important aspects of the clinical and radiological presentation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and its mimickers. How is IPF differentiated from other fibrotic lung diseases?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

One-off PSA test for prostate cancer branded ‘harmful blunt tool’
A one-off test for prostate cancer on offer at GP surgeries is a “blunt tool” that does not save lives but can cause unnecessary fear and harm, according to findings from a major long-term trial. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Video shows how general practice and social care can work together
Wealden District Council and Herstmonceux GP John Simmons worked together to secure a health and wellbeing coach based at the GP surgery, reducing repeat visits by 61%. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news