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Aug
26

Teens' E-cigarette Use May Spark Bigger Smoking Risk, Says NIH

A recent NIH study found that students who used electronic cigarettes before starting ninth grade were more likely than their nonuser peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year.

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Aug
25

Physicians Report Declining Satisfaction with EHRs

A recently released report shows declining physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems.

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Aug
25

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Against Routine COPD Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending against screening asymptomatic individuals for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Aug
24

Medicaid Waivers Fund Advanced Primary Care at Texas Medical School

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is using three Medicaid waivers to fund advanced primary care and increase the number of family medicine residencies.

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Aug
21

Report Recaps ACIP Recommendations for 2015-16 Influenza Season

A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Aug. 7 recapped what the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended so far this year regarding seasonal influenza vaccine use.

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Aug
20

Are Narrowing Insurance Plan Networks a Thorn in Your Side?

The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently reported that it has beefed up its 2016 accreditation standards for health insurance plans to better ensure patient access.

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Aug
19

HHS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge

HHS is seeking nominations for its 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which aims to recognize clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success controlling patients' hypertension.

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Aug
19

AAFP, NFL Foundation Partnership Tackles Concussions Head-on

The AAFP has partnered with the National Football League Foundation to produce three free webinars on concussion management for family physicians, as well as patient education materials.

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Aug
19

Revamping Medical Assistant Roles May Boost Physician Productivity

Some practices aimed to increase patient and staff satisfaction by training medical assistants to handle more patient care tasks that do not require a physician's direct involvement.

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Aug
18

Put AAFP Member Interest Groups on Your FMX Schedule

The AAFP's 11 member interest groups will gather individually and at an Oct. 1 group reception during the upcoming 2015 Family Medicine Experience in Denver.

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Aug
18

CMS Creates Guide Specifically for Family Medicine

Family physicians who aim to stay on top of the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline could make use of CMS resources created specifically for family medicine.

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Aug
14

CDC: Coordinated Approach Needed to Stop Explosion of Drug Resistance

A new CDC Vital Signs report projects a national increase in drug-resistant infections and illness caused by Clostridium difficile absent an immediate coordinated effort between health care facilities and health departments.

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Aug
13

AAFP Backs Bill to Increase Support for Family Caregivers

A bill recently introduced in Congress calls for creation of an advisory body to help HHS develop a strategy that supports family caregivers.

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Aug
12

Researchers Ask: Is ACO Payment Worth the Time, Effort?

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine takes a hard look at whether accountable care organization payment incentives are strong enough to encourage physician participation.

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Aug
12

Despite Challenges, 84 Percent of Residents Happy With Career Choice

Medscape recently released the 2015 iteration of its resident salary and debt report that asks residents questions ranging from their debt burden to the quality of their training program.

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Aug
11

USPSTF: More Studies Needed on Routine Screening for ASD

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening young asymptomatic children for autism.

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Aug
10

Chlamydia Screens Dropped After Cervical Cancer Screening Change

In a study published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found a significant decrease in chlamydia screening after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a guideline in 2009 that recommended beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21.

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Aug
7

Process Matters in Primary Care Delivery to Vulnerable Patients

New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine highlights how the process of primary care delivery affects patients and primary care clinic staff members.

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Aug
7

House Bill Aims to Ease Meaningful Use Burdens

New legislation introduced in the House calls for many revisions to meaningful use requirements family physicians have been seeking, including ending "all-or-nothing" assessments.

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Aug
6

Teaching Students to Cook Now Makes Them Better Doctors Later

Less than one-third of U.S. medical schools actually provide students the minimum recommended 25 hours of nutrition instruction. At West Virginia University, medical students are getting hands-on nutrition education in the kitchen.

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