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VA Medical Centers Fail to Report Substandard Doctors, GAO Says VA Medical Centers Fail to Report Substandard Doctors, GAO Says
A GAO report finds that most physicians who lost privileges or who resigned while under review were not reported to NPDB or state licensing boards.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs
This guidance is addressed to CCGs to support them to fulfil their duties around appropriate use of prescribing resources supporting CCGs in their decision-making, to address unwarranted variation, and to provide clear national advice to make local prescribing practices more effective. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 6 Patients Undergoing Peripheral Arterial Revascularization Readmitted Within 30 Days
More than 1 in 6 adults who survive revascularization for peripheral arterial disease have an unplanned readmission within 30 days, according to a study in... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cocaine Accounts for Substantial Overdose Burden Among Black Adults
Cocaine is an important contributor to overdose deaths — in particular, among black adults — according to a research letter in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Analyzing... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Ensuring Patients Feel Like Human Beings / Marijuana Use in Cancer Patients / Mass. Medical Director Opportunity
Take a look at today's offering from NEJM Group: NEJM Catalyst: Article: Too often in healthcare, we forget that the patient is at first a... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Opioid-Driven Hospitalization Deaths Trend Up
While total opioid-related hospital admissions remained stable between 2000 and 2014, deaths from opioid-driven hospitalizations rose nearly fivefold, Health Affairs reports. A researcher... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cancer Screening Promising Practices in Primary Care Associations
December 14, 2017 2:00-3:30pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Recruiting the Primary-Care Physicians of Tomorrow
Why is Quinnipiac University's Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine focused on training primary-care physicians? The founding Dean explains more. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Physicians Practice Staff Tags: Healthcare Careers Mentoring Residents Source Type: news

Factors That Influence Treatment Completion for Latent TB Factors That Influence Treatment Completion for Latent TB
Which patients are more likely to discontinue latent tuberculosis infection therapy?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Intensive weight loss can ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes
Weight loss should be first aim of treatment – but prevention still primary goal overall Related items fromOnMedica Impaired glucose regulation (pre-diabetes) Managing obesity in primary care - Part 2 Managing obesity in primary care - Part 1 Study claims medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes Cases of reversed type 2 diabetes must be highlighted (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Destination GP: medical students ’ experiences and perceptions of general practice
The Destination GP project aimed to build the evidence base on medical students' perceptions of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Top 5 Commercial Insurers Increasingly Rely on Public Programs Top 5 Commercial Insurers Increasingly Rely on Public Programs
The five biggest commercial payers enroll 43% of the nation's insured and have become increasingly dependent on public programs. Interdependence presents opportunities and risks for public policy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

The Ratcheting Price of the Pneumococcal Vaccine: What Gives? The Ratcheting Price of the Pneumococcal Vaccine: What Gives?
The price for Pfizer ’ s Prevnar 13 has increased 5 to 6 percent each year since its 2010 approval by the Food and Drug Administration.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

To Build a Stronger Global Health Workforce, We Must Be Good Stewards
December 05, 2017To all frontline health workers without a voice:  We are listening.It may seem that we are losing ground. From celebrity tax havens to Black Friday bargain brawls, it may seem that the great divide between the 2% and the 98% has swallowed our moral compass. That we have lost our direction, and our human north is pointing toward despair.But many of us are still working to build a healthier, safer world. And we can ’t do it without health workers, particularly those working on the front lines of care in areas around the world most in need.For those frontline health workers without a voice, and for...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

AAFP to Senate Committee: Primary Care Key to Public Health
The AAFP recently outlined its major priorities for improving public health in a detailed statement to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Deprivation is biggest driver of missed GP appointments, research finds
GPs have warned against fining patients for missed appointments, after researchers found that socioeconomic deprivation is the biggest indicator that patients are likely to miss multiple GP visits. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Naloxone Safely Reverses Opioid Overdoses in the Field
A systematic evidence review published online Nov. 28 inAnnals of Internal Medicine examined use of naloxone to treat opioid overdoses in the field. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

RCGP elects new vice chair
The RCGP council has elected Dr Mike Holmes to the new role of vice chair (membership). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Cognitive Decline Charts Could Help Flag Whether Patient Has Dementia
Cognitive charts using percentile curves — similar to pediatric growth charts — could help determine whether a patient has developed dementia, suggests an article in the Canadian... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evolocumab Approved to Prevent Cardiovascular Events
The FDA has added a new indication to evolocumab (Repatha). The PCSK9 inhibitor is now approved to prevent cardiovascular events (e.g., myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Physician Perspective on Long-term Relationships With Patients Physician Perspective on Long-term Relationships With Patients
Do physicians view their long-term relationships with patients as beneficial to overall outcomes? How common are such relationships, and do they vary by physician demographics?Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Monthly Buprenorphine Approved to Treat Opioid Addiction
The FDA has approved a monthly buprenorphine injection, marketed as Sublocade, to treat moderate-to-severe opioid use disorder. Other forms of the drug (e.g... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cardiology Experts Offer Guidance on Managing Bleeding Events in Patients on Oral Anticoagulants
The American College of Cardiology has published a guide to managing acute bleeding in patients taking direct oral anticoagulants and vitamin K antagonists. The decision... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

First Live Birth in U.S. with Transplanted Uterus
A woman with a transplanted uterus gave birth to an infant boy at Dallas's Baylor University Medical Center in November, the New York Times reports... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Advice for Tapering Opioids / A Rough Flu Season Ahead? / Wisconsin Internist Opportunity
Here are today's selections from NEJM Group: NEJM Resident 360: What advice would you give trainees for tapering opioids? Join this Q&A with experts... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Scots GPs back new contract
Local Medical Committees say the new deal will improve sustainability of general practice Related items fromOnMedica Scottish GPs applaud new investment for primary care BMA hails 'historic' new GP contract More questions than answers in Scottish workforce plan, say nurse leaders Training places for overseas doctors in Scotland set to double Record number of practices in Scotland hand back contracts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: " Belly Breathing " Therapy for GERD
Here's our most clicked-on item from NEJM Group this week, in case you missed it the first time around: NEJM Journal Watch Gastroenterology: In... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical note system could boost patients ’ engagement in their health care
Encouraging patients to help write and add notes to their personal medical charts — a task typically handled only by medical professionals — may help patients feel more involved with their own care and improve relationships with their doctors, a new study has found.Inresearch published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors at UCLA Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that patients could benefit if they are invited to co-produce medical notes, called “OurNotes,” with their doctors, rather than merely reading them. The practice may also benefit doctors by reducing time spent on ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 2, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Don't Sacrifice Health Care to Tax Cuts, AAFP Warns Congress
No tax changes should come at the expense of patient care, but legislation under consideration could bring 4 percent cuts in Medicare payments and reduce access. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Majority of Family Physicians Use Value-Based Payment Models Majority of Family Physicians Use Value-Based Payment Models
But an AAFP survey shows that many doctors don ’ t understand the concept and that many family physicians doubt it will improve care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

NAS Panel Seeks More Drug Price Negotiation, Less Promotion NAS Panel Seeks More Drug Price Negotiation, Less Promotion
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has released a package of recommendations for affordable drug pricing. A Senate panel will review the report next month.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Patients have different hospital outcomes when regular doctors see them
(Reuters Health) - Many outcomes for hospital patients – including how long they stay and their survival odds after they go home – may depend on whether they’re cared for by their primary care physician or another type of doctor, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Measles mortality rates: The efficacy and safety of vaccines and the role of the medical establishment
(Natural News) “During the last 10 years, there has been one death from measles, but that patient was an adult woman who was on immunosuppressive medications and had other serious health problems. (But between) 2000 and 2017, there were 156 deaths related to the MMR vaccine.” – David Brownstein, MD – Holistic Family Practitioner “Up to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Persistent Night-Waking Tied to Emotional Problems in Young Kids Persistent Night-Waking Tied to Emotional Problems in Young Kids
Persistent night-waking in children ages 2 to 5 years is positively associated with emotional symptoms, hyperactivity/inattention, and conduct problems when the children reach preschool age, researchers in France say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Some Hospital Services May Be Expendable on Weekends Some Hospital Services May Be Expendable on Weekends
Removing allied healthcare services from hospitals on weekends may not affect patient outcomes, suggests a new Australian study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

CVS Closes in on Deal to Buy Health Insurer Aetna: Source CVS Closes in on Deal to Buy Health Insurer Aetna: Source
CVS Health Corp is moving closer to a more than $66 billion cash and stock deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc which could be announced as early as Monday, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

FDA Aims to Approve More Drugs Based on Early Clinical Data FDA Aims to Approve More Drugs Based on Early Clinical Data
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aiming to approve drugs based on very early data if the drug shows a possible benefit in terms of survival, the head of the agency told lawmakers at a hearing on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Gymnastics Doctor Nassar Pleads Guilty to Additional Charges Gymnastics Doctor Nassar Pleads Guilty to Additional Charges
Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on Wednesday to additional counts of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

U.S. Healthcare Shares Climb as Investors See Upside From Republican Tax Bill U.S. Healthcare Shares Climb as Investors See Upside From Republican Tax Bill
Shares of U.S. healthcare companies mostly climbed on Wednesday, as investors saw some potential upside for the stocks from a Republican-led bill to cut taxes.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

St. Vincent ’s outpatient center to open in Trussville
St. Vincent ’s Health system is gearing up for the opening of its newest location next week. St. Vincent’s Trussville will open Dec. 4 at 7201 Happy Hollow Road in 31,753 square feet. It will offer primary care through a partnership with Northside Medical Associates, and the facility also will offer occup ational health services and wellness services.  “As a part of Ascension, we are focused on expanding out into the communities we serve, so we can provide the care our patients need when… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Why Don't Patients Listen? Why Don't Patients Listen?
Healthcare providers have a lot to say about patients not following medical advice, and not all of it is bad.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Primary care interventions for early childhood development: a systematic review - Peacock-Chambers E, Ivy K, Bair-Merritt M.
CONTEXT: The pediatric primary care setting offers a platform to promote positive parenting behaviors and the optimal development of young children. Many new interventions have been developed and tested in this setting over the past 2 decades. OBJE... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Texas Medical Board Adopts New Telemedicine Policy Texas Medical Board Adopts New Telemedicine Policy
Following the passage of state law, the board allows physicians to treat patients in virtual visits without prior in-person evaluation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Contract could spark resignations despite green light from Scottish LMCs
Some GPs have warned they are ready to quit the profession over the proposed new contract for Scotland, despite strong support for the deal at a special LMCs conference on Friday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Will recruiting GPs from overseas help tackle the workforce crisis?
NHS England plans to recruit 2,000 overseas GPs by 2020, but how has the scheme worked in pilot areas and will it make a difference to overstretched practices? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Unintentional Overdose Case / Ceftriaxone-Resistant Gonorrhea in North America / Virginia Hospitalist Opportunity
Here's what we've chosen for you today: NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 36-year-old man was seen in the emergency department because... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Guidance Issued to Help Hospitals Respond to Disease Outbreaks
New guidance to help U.S. acute care hospitals prepare for — and manage — infectious disease outbreaks has been issued by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

EKG Device for Apple Watch Cleared by FDA
The FDA has cleared use of the KardiaBand — a medical-device wristband for the Apple Watch — that allows users to record their own electrocardiogram to... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

National Academies Urge Regulators, Industry to Take Steps to Keep Drug Costs Down
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine say that not enough is being done to lower the price of prescription drugs. The group offers... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Clearer contracting rules for post-exposure prophylaxis with antiviral drugs for flu-like illness
NHS England has published guidelines which set out the contractual position for primary care in terms of administering anti-flu drugs. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news