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Updated: 3 weeks 6 days ago
Increasing patients' access to care at lower cost are two highly anticipated benefits of telemedicine. Advocates for expanding its use say that if handled properly, telemedicine can improve overall quality of care. But widespread adoption will require some significant changes in how physicians deliver and are paid for these services.
This roundup includes the following news briefs: Prolonged Diarrhea This Summer Could Be Cyclosporiasis; Milestone Reached in Fight Against Influenza; Webcast Offers Free ICD-10 Training to Family Physicians; Health IT Publication Issues Call for Papers; and Report Says Provider Networks Must Balance Affordability, Access.
Physician panelists at a recent forum in Washington discussed how they changed their practices to better serve patients and cut back on or eliminate their reliance on health insurers.
The AAFP recently endorsed, with qualifications, guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association on treatment of high cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults.
The Medical Group Management Association recently released survey results that offer insight into the impact -- both good and bad -- health insurance exchanges are having on physicians' practices.
The AAFP recently signed on to a congressional letter opposing any amendment to the FDA funding bill that would exempt cigars from the agency's proposed tobacco deeming rule. The Academy also sent the FDA its comments on the proposed rule, urging it to closely study e-cigarettes.
HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released a 10-year work plan designed to ensure that the United States will enjoy the benefits of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure by the end of the next decade.
This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA, EPA Propose Updated Advice on Fish Consumption for Pregnant Women; Ebola Is Growing Concern in West Africa; WHO Offers Polio Vaccination Guidance for Travelers; Survey Finds Physicians Leading ACO Movement; OIG Report Takes Aim at Coding, Payment Errors for E/M Services; and HRT Improves Bone Density in Women With Primary Ovarian Insufficiency.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in people at high risk for the infection. The AAFP concurs with this recommendation, while still recommending against screening the general population for chronic HBV infection.
AAFP Past President Rick Kellerman, M.D., traces the Academy's path forward from its decision to stand as family medicine's "Bold Champion" in 2007 to today, when recognition of the specialty as foundational to U.S. health care -- as well as AAFP total membership numbers -- are at all-time highs.
The AAFP has sent a letter to the White House offering family physicians' aid in addressing the long wait times the nation's veterans currently experience.
Family physicians who are interested in, or already part of, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) phenomenon sweeping the country now can monitor the progress of PCMH activities using a new mapping tool created by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
As of May 30, a total of 334 confirmed measles cases from 18 states had been reported, with the largest outbreaks in Ohio and California. Declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, importation of the disease from other countries -- combined with parents' growing refusal to have their children vaccinated -- has precipitated its return.
This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Reclassifies Sunlamps, Adds Black-box Warning; More Work Ahead for Million Hearts; Survey Shows Most Patients Want Electronic Access to Health Records; CMS Expands Demo Requiring Prior Authorization for Power Mobility Devices; and $300 Million in Grants Available to Expand Services in CHCs.
Recent research buoyed by state and AAFP programs indicates that oral health care services being performed by primary care professionals, including family physicians, is leading to positive outcomes.
In a climate of high expectations for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, a panel of experts recently cautioned that results such as improved patient health outcomes and reduced care costs won't happen overnight. Physician practices that embark on the PCMH journey should anticipate some growing pains.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation calling for behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults at high risk for the disease.