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MPPR rollbacks could restore more than $50M to radiology
Mitigated multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) cuts in 2017 should restore...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How to make the most of private office imaging Final 2017 MPFS rule has some good news for radiology MedPAC tells Medicare to favor payments to primary care Proposed 2017 MPFS is a mixed bag for radiology How have payment cuts affected outpatient imaging? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 5, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

What are Indications for Allergen-specific Immunotherapy?
Discussion Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) is a disease modifying treatment for allergic disease. Sometimes referred to as desensitization, the premise is to expose the patient to small but regular amounts of a specific antigen thereby building tolerance within the patient to the allergen. AIT is often underused because of safety concerns and lack of appropriately trained health care providers and facilities to safely carry out AIT treatment. There are 4 main AIT treatments options currently: SCIT – subcutaneous immunotherapy Allergen is injected into the subcutaneous skin “Shots are effective in treati...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 5, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

How To Set Work Boundaries
(MedPage Today) -- Four key strategies (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Is Success Random? That's Improbable!
(MedPage Today) -- Also, budgies'technological solution for loneliness (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Offers Insights on Communicating With Patients
A study in the January/February 2018 issue ofAnnals of Family Medicine observed primary care interactions and communication with patients with newly diagnosed diabetes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Aldosterone ’s Resurgence in Hypertension: a Primary Care Primer
Since aldosterone has become a pivotal hypertensive hormone, screening with or without confirmation should be part of primary care practice. Here's a straightforward approach. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 2, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Gregory W. Rutecki, MD Tags: Diabetes Diabetes and Endocrinology Hypertension Source Type: news

iMedicalApps: App of the Week
(MedPage Today) -- A primary care checklist app is our top pick (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Program to Cut Hospital Readmissions is Working
(MedPage Today) -- MedPAC researchers suggest expanding the policy (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Native Americans Face Challenges in Lupus
(MedPage Today) -- Disease onset is earlier, clinical pattern differs, and disparities exist in treatment (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

But He's a Good Doctor …
(MedPage Today) -- Thoughts on the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

But He ’s a Good Doctor…
(MedPage Today) -- Thoughts on the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Exercising to Death: The Rare Risk of Rhabdo Exercising to Death: The Rare Risk of Rhabdo
Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome involving muscle breakdown and damage. When muscles are injured, they release their contents, including a muscle enzyme, into the bloodstream. The disorder is dangerous but rare. In one study, 22 people out of 100,000 were known to have it.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Clinicians and Medical Students Hesitant to Hug Patients Clinicians and Medical Students Hesitant to Hug Patients
When providers do hug patients, they often have had a longtime association. Some say, let the patient hug first; others say hugging is part of being a healer, according to a new poll.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Hundreds of potential GPs will have longer to pass exams, says HEE
Hundreds of doctors who fail elements of the MRCGP could be brought back into the potential GP workforce under a scheme being rolled out by Health Education England (HEE). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

People Often Underestimate Calorie Intake People Often Underestimate Calorie Intake
Brits are underestimating how many calories we are eating each day, figures reveal.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

How to handle aggressive patients
Dr Edward Farnan from the MDU offers some advice for GPs on how to deal with aggressive and violent behaviour in patients. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Practice Source Type: news

Appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing in English primary care
These five articles publish data examined by Public Health England on the appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing in primary care in England. The research found that at least 20% of all antibiotics prescribed in primary care are inappropriate. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP dilemma: Dealing with a patient's aggressive relative
I recently conducted a consultation with a patient who brought a relative in with her. The relative was very aggressive and disruptive during the consultation. What is the best approach in a situation like this? (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Practice Source Type: news

New Way to Classify Adult-Onset Diabetes, Explained
(MedPage Today) -- Clinical, genetic characteristics define groups with distinct progression, risks (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

White House Plans to Sue Opioid Makers
(MedPage Today) -- President Trump said'toughness'and'strength'key to ending opioid epidemic (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Patients Need More Info on Post-Acute Care, MedPAC Says
(MedPage Today) -- But providing facility quality ratings is a sticky wicket (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

It's Time to Ban'Productivity' in Medicine
(MedPage Today) -- Efficiency does not equal quality, says Robert Centor, MD (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease
The FDA is warning clinicians about prescribing clarithromycin to patients with heart disease because of the risk for serious cardiac and other complications -- and even death -- that persists years later. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

We Can Fix the Nursing Shortage in NC —and around the World
March 01, 2018In just six years, there could be over a million vacancies for registered nurses. But we can still avoid it.By 2025, North Carolina is projected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation —a deficit of nearly 13,000—according to a recentGeorgetown University report. Already, our rural populations lack adequate access to medical care because of physician shortages, and restrictive policies that limit the advanced practice of registered nurses in the state make the problem worse.Of the 80 rural counties in North Carolina,70 are currently designated “medical deserts” for ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Patients' New Medicare Cards
Family physicians need to make sure their electronic health record systems and clearinghouses are ready for the format of new Medicare cards that will begin rolling out in April. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Get Comfortable With HIV PrEP in Primary Care Get Comfortable With HIV PrEP in Primary Care
To prevent HIV from spreading further, primary care clinicians must get comfortable with prescribing and monitoring PrEP.Medscape HIV/AIDS (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV/AIDS Article Source Type: news

Darby Dental Supply Continues West Coast Expansion with Acquisition of SmartPractice ® Dental Supply Division
Jericho, NY (February 23, 2018)–Darby Dental Supply, one of the nation ’s largest dental distributors, announces its planned acquisition of the dental supply division of Phoenix-based SmartPractice.This acquisition and the resulting strategic partnership capitalize on each company ’s core competencies with Darby leveraging SmartPractice’s acclaimed glove expertise and manufacturing capabilities. SmartPractice’s supply and glove customer base will benefit from Darby’s expansive state-of-the-art distribution network, extended product lines, capital equipment, technology services, and equip...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - March 1, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

European Geriatric Medicine journal now published by Springer
A major journal focusing on scientific and clinical research in all aspects of geriatric medicine has now become part of the extensive medicine and public health portfolio at Springer. European Geriatric Medicine was launched in 2010 and was previously published by Elsevier. The journal quickly grew to become a major publication hub for research in the field. Since the beginning of 2018, this subscription journal with open access options has been published by Springer. In six issues per year, articles published in the journal encompass all major areas promoted through the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS). These ...
Source: News from STM - March 1, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Editorial Source Type: news

Quiz: How to Work Effectively With Recruiters Quiz: How to Work Effectively With Recruiters
There are two types of recruiters who can be instrumental in helping doctors find jobs. How much do you know about working effectively with recruiters?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Characteristics of children prescribed antipsychotics: analysis of routinely collected data - Brophy S, Kennedy J, Fernandez-Gutierrez F, John A, Potter R, Linehan C, Kerr M.
This study aims to examine characteristics and outcomes of children prescribed antipsychotics. METHODS: A cohort study using general practice and hos... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC): Part I. Practice preparation, identification, assessment, and initial management - Zuckerbrot RA, Cheung A, Jensen PS, Stein REK, Laraque D.
OBJECTIVES: To update clinical practice guidelines to assist primary care (PC) clinicians in the management of adolescent depression. This part of the updated guidelines is used to address practice preparation, identification, assessment, and initial manag... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Lack of evidence for video GP consultations, study finds
There is little evidence that video consultations by GPs are safe, effective or improve access to patients and they could lead to increased rates of antibiotic prescribing, a study has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

CCG lead and GP join NHS England as primary care directors
NHS England has appointed a former clinical commissioning group leader as its deputy director of primary care. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lidocaine Patches for Somatic Back Pain Lidocaine Patches for Somatic Back Pain
Is there evidence demonstrating that lidocaine 5% patches are effective for relief of somatic back pain?American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

One-third of Physicians at Major US Hospital Are'Burned Out'One-third of Physicians at Major US Hospital Are'Burned Out '
At a large U.S. nonprofit academic medical center, one-third of physicians met criteria for burnout, a cross-sectional study found.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 1, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing
An outline of PHE ’s vision and strategy followed by a case study of how social prescribing helps patients to manage their long-term conditions Related items fromOnMedica Making integrated care happen Life expectancy gap continues to widen Multi-million-pound funding for GP innovation Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - March 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

10 Cannabis Questions for Primary Care
Are you up-to-date on the wide variety and variable potency of cannabis products your patients may use? Test yourself and find out. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 28, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Patient Care Staff Source Type: news

Former Aetna Medical Director Didn't Look at Medical Records Former Aetna Medical Director Didn't Look at Medical Records
A former Aetna CMO said in his deposition that he never looked at patients'medical records in reviewing appeals for coverage. Should there be more transparency when coverage decisions are made?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Payment Reform Seen in Medicaid's Future
(MedPage Today) -- Focus needs to be on paying for value, say state officials and scholars (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Varicose Veins Tied to Higher Risk for Deep Venous Thrombosis Varicose Veins Tied to Higher Risk for Deep Venous Thrombosis
Adults with varicose veins are at significantly increased risk for incident deep venous thrombosis, a large retrospective cohort study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Chester County man indicted on health care fraud charges
A Chester County man was one of two people indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to solicit and pay kickbacks. John Montgomery, 58, of Exton, Pa., and Dr. Alfredo Lopez, 47, of Indianapolis, allegedly contracted with primary care physicians, chiropractors and podiatrists across the United States to provide nerve conduction testing in the providers' offices. According to the indictment, Montgomery and Lop ez allegedly offered the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 28, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

GP trainees taking breaks to safeguard health, BMA poll reveals
More than half of junior doctors have taken breaks from training, BMA research reveals, with GP trainees among those most likely to do so to protect their own health and wellbeing. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP trainees taking training breaks to safeguard health, BMA poll reveals
More than half of junior doctors have taken breaks from training, BMA research reveals, with GP trainees among those most likely to do so to protect their own health and wellbeing. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

America's Love/Hate Relationship With Doctors America's Love/Hate Relationship With Doctors
When physicians are placed on a pedestal, often anything they do puts them in a'can't win'situation. Here's how to temper expectations and ultimately mend the doctor/patient relationship.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Violence committed by intimate partners of physicians, nurses and nursing assistants - Carmona-Torres JM, Recio-Andrade B, Rodr íguez-Borrego MA.
AIM: To estimate the prevalence of intimate partner abuse in physicians, nurses and nursing assistants and risk factors in the Spanish Health Service. BACKGROUND: In Spain, the national public health service is the most likely point of primary care... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

The impact of alcohol use on drop-out and psychological treatment outcomes in improving access to psychological therapies services: an audit - Buckman JEJ, Naismith I, Saunders R, Morrison T, Linke S, Leibowitz J, Pilling S.
BACKGROUND: The impact of alcohol use disorders (AUD) on psychological treatments for depression or anxiety in primary care psychological treatment services is unknown. AIMS: To establish levels of alcohol misuse in an Improving Access to Psychological The... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

How to reduce the risk of prescribing errors
Dr Naeem Nazem from the MDDUS highlights some common prescribing pitfalls and steps GPs can take to minimise the risk of mistakes occurring. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Practice Source Type: news

Patient satisfaction with GP services hits all-time low
Satisfaction with GP services is at the lowest point since records began, a survey of almost 4,000 people has revealed. Satisfaction with general practice among the 3,988 people surveyed by research company NatCen Social Research fell to 65% in 2017, marking a 7% point drop on the previous year and the biggest one-year change since the survey began in 1983.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 28, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Complaints Patients Practice management Latest News Source Type: news