Introducing gun safety into health care providers' checklists to prevent teen suicide
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Mental health services researchers at UMass Amherst and elsewhere assessed the needs of stakeholders who would implement a new approach to promoting a program, the Firearm Safety Check. They found some support for promoting firearm safety in pediatric primary care as a universal suicide prevention strategy for adolescents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NHS Long-Term Plan will tackle major killer conditions
The plan will aim to save up to half a million lives through investment in cutting edge treatments and diagnostics Related items fromOnMedica General practice and the multiple conditions challenge Hospitals better prepared for winter pressures this season, says government New Year NHS resolutions Plans to shake-up GP practice IT systems Less than half of over-40s opt for free NHS health check (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What the NHS Plan means for general practice
Greater funding and action on workforce, but also reorganisation and competition with digital providers Related items fromOnMedica Questions on Health Economics and commissioning Steep rise in early retirement for hospital doctors New Year NHS resolutions The NHS long-term plan: suggestions for framing the way ahead NHS England last met a key target in February 2016 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experience Bests Marketing for Making Patients Loyal
(MedPage Today) -- Healthcare organizations can benefit from providing positive patient experiences (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 6, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

British Government Accused of'Mishandling' Trans Healthcare British Government Accused of'Mishandling' Trans Healthcare
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Most U.S. Patients Not Using Online Patient Portals Most U.S. Patients Not Using Online Patient Portals
Most people in the U.S. with health insurance don't use the patient portals that are increasingly provided by doctors for online communication, a new study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

D.C. Week: New Year, New Health Laws and Regs
(MedPage Today) -- Also: CMS official in charge of Medicaid and CHIP quits (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Severe Cutaneous Sarcoid Responds to Tofacitinib
(MedPage Today) -- Case study reveals benefits of this novel approach (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Restore ACA Waiver'Guardrails,' AAFP Urges Administration
New guidance on insurance waivers is likely to drive states toward incomplete or less affordable coverage, the AAFP warned HHS and the Treasury Department. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 4, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How Sen. Orrin Hatch Changed America's Health Care How Sen. Orrin Hatch Changed America's Health Care
Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican retiring from 42 years in the Senate as a new generation is sworn in, leaves a long list of achievements in health care. Some were more controversial than others.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Erin Kelly, Medscape Executive, Dies of Cancer Erin Kelly, Medscape Executive, Dies of Cancer
Kelly, 52, was senior director of content analytics at the time of his death, but he had filled a variety of roles for Medscape.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Top 5 Eye Care Apps for Primary Care Providers
What are the 5 must-have apps that physicians can use to promote optimal eye health? Scroll through our quick slideshow to find out.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - January 4, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Ted W. James, MD Source Type: news

Prospects Cloudy for Part B Drug Payments
(MedPage Today) -- Policy experts see problems with " international pricing index " (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 4, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cash wasted on missed GP appointments 'could fund 8,000 nurses'
The amount of money wasted by people failing to show up for general practice appointments each year could fund the annual salary of more than 8,000 community nurses, health leaders have revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 4, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Enough Talk: Preventing Burnout During Medical Training Enough Talk: Preventing Burnout During Medical Training
We are approaching a burnout in discussing burnout. Instead, here's a look at what the medical education community is actively doing to turn the tide against this crisis.Medscape Med Students (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Liver Nurses Help Spot Liver Disease in Primary Care Liver Nurses Help Spot Liver Disease in Primary Care
Incorporating liver nurses into primary-care practice has given an important boost to diagnosis of conditions such as cirrhosis, UK researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Ambulances routinely delaying arrival after emergency calls from GP practices
Patients who need an ambulance at a GP surgery are routinely facing waits twice as long as patients who call 999 from elsewhere, a major investigation by our sister publication Pulse has revealed.  Freedom of information responses from 10 of the 13 ambulance trusts across the UK show that, without exception, the average wait for patients who are with healthcare professionals is far longer than for members of the public. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 4, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Premises Latest News Source Type: news

Ambulances routinely delaying treatment to emergency calls from GP practices
Patients who need an ambulance at a GP surgery are routinely facing waits twice as long as patients who call 999 from elsewhere, a major investigation by our sister publication Pulse has revealed.  Freedom of information responses from 10 of the 13 ambulance trusts across the UK show that, without exception, the average wait for patients who are with healthcare professionals is far longer than for members of the public. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 4, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Premises Latest News Source Type: news

A Very Vegan New Year: Increasing Numbers Sign Up for Meat-Free Resolution A Very Vegan New Year: Increasing Numbers Sign Up for Meat-Free Resolution
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Malpractice Case: When the Care Team Drops the Ball on Documenting Malpractice Case: When the Care Team Drops the Ball on Documenting
When physicians share treatment of a patient, it is critical to know who is managing particular care aspects to avoid finger-pointing later.Cooperative of American Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

When Farmer Joe Gets Sick, Here's Who He Sees
The U.S. isn't exactly overflowing with primary care physicians. Increasingly, nurse practitioners provide primary care for patients, especially in rural areas. What does that mean for primary care in America? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Patients who need an ambulance from their GP surgery wait three times as long
Patients needing an ambulance from a GP surgery wait up to three times as long as other members of the public, an investigation has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Turtle Exposure Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Turtle Exposure
This salmonellosis outbreak linked to contact with small turtles shows that pet turtles continue to be an important vector for Salmonella in the US, despite their sale being illegal since 1975.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Laughter Became My Best Medicine
(MedPage Today) -- An MD's untraditional approach to medicine (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Trends in End of Life for Patients With Stage IV Lung Cancer Trends in End of Life for Patients With Stage IV Lung Cancer
Do patients with stage IV lung cancer often require care in the ICU during terminal hospitalizations?Journal of Oncology Practice (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Core Principles to Improve Primary Care Quality Management Core Principles to Improve Primary Care Quality Management
This commentary explores the current crisis in quality management in health care. What lessons can be learned from the shortcomings of the UK's Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the US'MACRA?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Missed GP appointments costing NHS millions
More than 15m general practice appointments are being wasted each year because patients do not turn up and fail to warn surgeries that they will not be attending. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs rewarded in New Year ’s Honours
Several GPs honoured in New Year ’s list Related items fromOnMedica GPs invited to bid for share of £120m research funding GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness General practice has ‘serious structural faults’ Pressures force GPs to take only emergency patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Did Media Blow It on 130/80 BP Target?
(MedPage Today) -- One-third of news stories didn't touch on potential harms, study shows (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Most Federal Health Agencies OK Despite Shutdown
(MedPage Today) -- But FDA is feeling the pinch; IHS, ATSDR affected too (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Smoking Cessation Key Component of Cancer Moonshot Program
(MedPage Today) -- NCI initiative targets all cancer patients who smoke: " a core part of cancer care " (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mediterranean Edges Out DASH for Best Diet of 2019 Mediterranean Edges Out DASH for Best Diet of 2019
A U.S. News& World Report panel of nutritionists, dietary consultants, and doctors ranked 41 diet plans by nine categories.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Do You Prescribe Mindfulness to Your Patients? Do You Prescribe Mindfulness to Your Patients?
Mindfulness techniques such as yoga and meditation may be helpful in managing both physical and psychological conditions.Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Abatacept Versus TNF Inhibitors in RA: What Are the Risks of Infections? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Reduced hospitalized infection risk in abatacept versus TNFi initiators, study found. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Former PCT chief executive appointed trust chair
A former primary care trust chief executive has been appointed chair of a financially-challenged acute trust. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Low-Dose Amitriptyline Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain Low-Dose Amitriptyline Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain
This low-dose antidepressant may be an alternative to opioids, according to Dr Laurie Barclay.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Viewpoint Source Type: news

Patients miss one in 20 GP appointments at a cost of £200m, warns NHS England
One in 20 GP surgery appointments are being wasted because patients do not turn up and fail to warn surgeries they are not coming, costing the NHS over£200m annually.  The latest NHS Digital GP appointments data suggests that 15.4m GP appointments are going to waste every year because patients who don’t turn up are not giving staff sufficient notice to make the appointments available to other patients. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 2, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Ready to Get Involved and Improve Primary Care? Start Here
With the new year and its new legislative sessions comes a reminder that the AAFP's advocacy tools can help family physicians achieve important victories. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Many Doctors Eager to Get Rid of the ACA Many Doctors Eager to Get Rid of the ACA
Following a court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, a majority of readers voiced their relief at possibly moving away from Obamacare.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Among Nonsmokers: US, 1988-2014 Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Among Nonsmokers: US, 1988-2014
This report shows that secondhand smoke exposure among U.S. nonsmokers has decreased considerably during the past two and a half decades, but progress has stalled in recent years.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Cancel your GP appointment rather than just not show up, patients urged
15 million no-shows every year, says NHS England in new drive to reverse trend Related items fromOnMedica Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs Threefold higher rise in GP consults than in doctor headcount over past five years BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP Primary care lead says GPs could embrace 7-day care Scottish Conservatives back bigger share of NHS budget for GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Should we screen for frailty in primary care settings? A fresh perspective on the frailty evidence base: a narrative review - Ambagtsheer RC, Beilby JJ, Visvanathan R, Dent E, Yu S, Braunack-Mayer AJ.
With older adults living longer, health service providers have increasingly turned their attention towards frailty and its significant consequences for health and well-being. Consequently, frailty screening has gained momentum as a possible health policy a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Continuity in primary care associated with cost reductions
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

How to fix our inverted public health pyramid
Studies show that more than 50% of patients at tertiary centres are only in need of primary care. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leafy Green Neighborhoods Tied to Better Cardiovascular Health Leafy Green Neighborhoods Tied to Better Cardiovascular Health
People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Treatment Efficacy Differs for Positional and Nonpositional OSA Treatment Efficacy Differs for Positional and Nonpositional OSA
Treatments to resolve anteroposterior velum- and tongue-related airway obstruction may be more effective in patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea (POSA) than in those with nonpositional OSA, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Urologists Overprescribing Post-op Antimicrobials at VA Hospitals Urologists Overprescribing Post-op Antimicrobials at VA Hospitals
Urologists in the US Veterans Administration (VA) health system are overprescribing antimicrobials after common procedures instead of following American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Scheri named president of General Medical Associates
The General Medical Associates Inc. announced Monday that Dr. Tad Daniel Scheri would serve as the organization's new president. Scheri is succeeding Dr. Louis W. Heyl, who helped to found the group 23 years ago and has served as its president since then. GMA is the largest independent primary care physicians group in the Greater North hills, with 11 offices stretching from Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township. “I’m excite d for this opportunity to continue providing the community leadership and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Luke Torrance Source Type: news

Scheri named president of General Medical Associates
The General Medical Associates Inc. announced Monday that Dr. Tad Daniel Scheri would serve as the organization's new president. Scheri is succeeding Dr. Louis W. Heyl, who helped to found the group 23 years ago and has served as its president since then. GMA is the largest independent primary care physicians group in the Greater North hills, with 11 offices stretching from Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township. “I’m excite d for this opportunity to continue providing the community leadership and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Luke Torrance Source Type: news

Is One SGLT2 (Or GLP-1) Just Like Another for Cardiac Benefit? Is One SGLT2 (Or GLP-1) Just Like Another for Cardiac Benefit?
A new consensus document from ACC acknowledges the'twofer'benefits of some antidiabetic drugs.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news