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5 steps to becoming a primary care leader
Family Practice News
With ever more data demonstrating that patient-centered medical homes are the core of successful ACOs, it's becoming clear that primary care physicians can have a meaningful role in the accountable care movement. In fact, primary care physicians have the opportunity to lead ACO development. So, what's required to make a primary care physician a successful ACO leader? It begins with these five fundamental steps.
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Tar Wars poster contest
Now is the time to schedule your Tar Wars presentations in a local community school. The winter months are the ideal time for Tar Wars, thereby giving your students enough time to also participate in the New Jersey State Tar Wars Poster Contest and creatively express the important tobacco-free Tar Wars message. This year's poster contest deadline is May 9. Posters must be in our office or postmarked by May 9 and accompanied with the correct release forms in order to comply with the AAFP national poster contest deadline of May 15.
Click here for helpful tips, presentation tools and important information to make your presentation a hit! Call Candida Taylor at the NJAFP office with questions or help scheduling your presentation — 609-394-1711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horizon tries to develop more efficient way to care for pregnant women
Asbury Park Press
Jersey Shore area OB-GYN doctors have signed on to a plan that calls for them to better coordinate the care of pregnant women — and be rewarded for it, the state's biggest insurance company said. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey said 190 doctors statewide will become more like coaches, guiding women through the pregnancy.
New Jersey's medicinal marijuana program finally moving forward
In January 2010, then-Gov. Jon Corzine signed the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, making New Jersey the 19th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. It wasn't until this past December, however, that qualified patients could actually get prescribed marijuana on a consistent basis, thanks to administrative delays on the state level, supply issues and local zoning challenges. But three of six approved Alternative Treatment Centers have opened or reopened, and Trenton lawmakers have added some flexibility to the program, so medicinal marijuana advocates are hopeful that the the program will now run smoothly.
Physician EHR adoption leaps 21 percent in 2013
Adoption of basic electronic health record systems by office-based physicians increased 21 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to an issue brief from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, 48.1 percent of physicians had basic EHRs, versus 39.6 percent in 2012.
New Jersey C-section rates remain high, bucking national trend
While a new study reports most of the nation has seen a decline in the rate of babies delivered by cesarean section, New Jersey's rate continues to remain well above the national average. The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of 28 states and New York City —
chosen because they use a common birth certificate form —
showed an overall cesarean rate of 21.9 percent in 2012. In other words, 1 in 5 babies was born by C-section.
Resistance is futile: Why you should embrace ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The thought of transitioning to ICD-10 and its 68,000 diagnosis codes might have you shaking in your boots. You might also be doing anything in your power to deny the inevitable — possibly to the point of eschewing any of the noted benefits of ICD-10. Sure, it'll be quite the transition, but an important and necessary one. But before you pooh-pooh 10 and say ICD-9 is just fine, hear me — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — out.
When good cholesterol goes bad
The battle of good vs. bad cholesterol might not be so simple anymore. HDL, the so-called good cholesterol associated with foods like avocados, olive oil, beans and oily fish, was shown to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the BBC reports.
Goodbye to the doctor's white coat?
The New York Times
New recommendations on what healthcare workers should wear may mean an end to the doctor's white coat. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, a professional group whose mission is to prevent and control infections in the medical workplace, has issued guidance on what healthcare workers should wear outside of the operating room. The paper suggests that to minimize infection risk, hospitals might want to adopt a "bare below the elbows" policy that includes short sleeves and no wristwatch, jewelry or neckties during contact with patients.
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