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On May 6, just nine days after HHS released a proposed rule to guide implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, the AAFP provided about 300 family physicians and chapter executives an audience with two high-ranking CMS officials to discuss the law that will greatly influence how physicians are paid.
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt participated in the town hall meeting during the Academy's Annual Chapter Leader Forum via conference call, and Deputy Chief of Staff Tim Gronniger attended the event here. An AAFP staffer introduced Slavitt and Gronniger as "our friends from CMS," drawing laughter from a smattering of audience members.
Delaware State University
Mark your calendars — you don't want to miss this dynamic and motivational speaker. Dr. Michelle Gourdine, senior associate with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and author of the book, "Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness" will be at Delaware State University the evening of Thursday, May 19. Her talk will be held in the Bank of America Longwood Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Gourdine will outline the huge gap that exists between the health status of blacks and whites, and review related factors. She'll discuss African American health from a cultural perspective and outline specific strategies for adopting healthy habits without sacrificing traditional cultural practices. She will also address the importance of combating obesity and offer practical tips for weight management. Sponsored by the College of Education, Health and Public Policy. Questions? Contact Marianne Carter by email or call 302-857-7309.
Delaware HIV Consortium and Gilead Sciences
There is a once-a-day pill that may help us eliminate HIV/AIDS. It's called PrEP. Come learn about PrEP from leading national and local experts at this first of its kind conference in Delaware.
Target Audience for this activity is: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, specialists, social work professions, public health professions, pharmacists, community health workers, and other healthcare providers.
After participation in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
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- Discuss treatment efficacy through clinical studies
- Summarize appropriate treatment protocols
- Discuss real world issues related to prescribing this therapy
Immunization Action Coalition, with sponsorship from Pfizer
This workshop will help you implement and improve the use of standing orders in your practice.
Practices will have access to follow-up support for Standing Order implementation from IAC for one year after the workshop.
It's recommended that clinicians, nurses and clinic managers in medical practices that serve adults attend.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and University of Delaware
Monday-Friday, June 20-24
The Bay Center and Cove at the Hyatt Place
Dewey Beach, DE
Look for sessions on:
- Diabetes Management 2016
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Cancer, Screening, Prevention and Care
- Women's Health
- G.I. Update
- Psychopharmacology Update
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The News Journal
Pregnant women are wary of what's to come. Mosquito-spraying businesses have seen more interest. And state officials are renewing calls to rid backyards of standing water — prime mosquito-breeding grounds — just to be safe.
It's not likely Delaware will see a Zika outbreak this summer, but the threat isn't being ignored. Three Delawareans have tested positive after being bitten by infected mosquitoes abroad. No one was pregnant.
The future of physicians isn't much clearer than it was before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released proposed rules for the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
Despite medical groups' pleas to delay the Jan. 1, 2017, start date of the first reporting period under MACRA's Merit-Based Payment Incentive System, CMS has so far stuck to its guns, leaving medical groups just a month or so after the release of its final rule — expected in late fall of 2016 — to prepare.
The House on Tuesday, May 10, easily cleared three bills aimed at reducing opioid addiction, the first of more than a dozen bipartisan bills up for consideration.
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly, 410-1, to approve legislation by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, which calls for a broad, five-year study into federal grants dedicated to preventing opioid abuse. Two other bills passed by voice vote earlier.
By Christina Thielst
The healthcare industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illness, and the impact is great. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the number of days healthcare workers are away from work is higher than both construction and manufacturing — industries traditionally believed to be more hazardous. OSHA also reports workers' compensation losses result in a total annual expense of $2 billion for hospitals alone.
The Wall Street Journal
Some hospitals are teaching their resident doctors how to become more resilient as they deal daily with seriously ill and dying patients and their distraught families.
Physicians at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, in Los Angeles, last fall led pediatrics residents through four months of resilience training. The course was based on a program used for active-duty military personnel and their families by the U.S. Defense Department.
Another initiative, at Mount Sinai West in New York City, brings residents, fellows, nurses and social workers from the hospital's cancer unit together for a monthly breakfast. The hourlong sessions typically focus on one or two difficult medical events from the past weeks, and participants voice their thoughts and feelings.
As a part of World Hygiene Day on Thursday, May 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new campaign to promote good hand-hygiene habits for healthcare professionals and patients.
The "Clean Hands Count" campaign, according to the CDC's announcement, promotes compliance by addressing myths about hand hygiene and encourages patients to ask healthcare providers to wash their hands if they do not see them do so before treatment.
The Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Across the U.S., heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints — because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 — 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl — has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
Primary care practices will need to adopt some elements of the patient-centered medical home in order to thrive under the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
That's the view of Nitin Damle, M.D., FACP, a Rhode Island internist and the newly-installed president of the American College of Physicians. Damle spoke as part of a panel discussion on MIPS and MACRA (the Medicare Accountability and CHIP Reauthorization Act) during the ACP's 2016 Internal Medicine Meeting in Washington, D.C.
By Christina Thielst
Value-based purchasing and other drivers of change have led to improvements in models of care. One of these — the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) — is being implemented in primary care practices around the country. In a PCMH, the primary care provider coordinates all of a patient's care with an emphasis on patient engagement and prevention. For the model to be successful, providers much also change the way they approach and communicate with patients.
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