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Board: Are there too many 'doctors' in medical profession?
NJ Spotlight
Just who is entitled to be called “doctor” in hospitals, medical offices and other clinical settings is being considered by the State Board of Medical Examiners. Under a proposal before the board, physician assistants with doctoral degrees would be barred from using the title in clinical settings. Board member Kevin Walsh, a physician assistant, said the rule would help ease confusion among patients.
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Clinical Insights in Geriatrics: The Special Challenges of Treating Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
MCM Education via NJAFP
Many older adults with type 2 diabetes are not achieving their goals for glycemic control. As the population continues to age and diabetes prevalence increases, it is important for senior care and primary care clinicians on the multidisciplinary team to remain current regarding evidence-based best practices in the management of T2DM in older adults. Senior care and primary care clinicians can improve outcomes in patients with T2DM by more consistently implementing strategies to improve glycemic control and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and other treatment-related adverse events.

The goal of this continuing education activity is to expand the ability of senior care and primary care clinicians to adopt effective strategies in helping patients achieve their individualized glycemic goals while avoiding hypoglycemia and other treatment-related adverse events, ultimately improving outcomes for patients with T2DM.

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Horizon BCBS of New Jersey, LHS Health Network create ACO
EHR Intelligence
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and LHS Health Network have joined to create a patient-centered accountable care organization to provider more than 17,000 Horizon members with improved care quality. The ACO launched on Jan. 1, and includes roughly 40 percent of practices in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.
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Pediatric group offering alternative to emergency room raises $14 million
Medcity News
A pediatric physician group has built nine clinics in New York City and New Jersey focused on providing care when parents tend to need it most — at inconvenient hours. PM Pediatrics has raised $14 million from the private equity arm of Scopia Capital Management, bringing Scopia's total investment in the group to $24 million, according to Fortune's Term Sheet. It fits in with a healthcare industry trend of both increasing access to care and patient-centered care.
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What tools are needed for managing population health?
EHR Intelligence
Providers participating in models of accountable care have agreed to share risk to manage the health of a patient population. This kind of population health management requires that accountable care organizations, patient centered medical homes or similar collaborations have three types of tools in order to be successful, says IDC Health Insights Research Director Cynthia Burghard.
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NJ introduces new mandatory prescription blanks to fight fraud
Cliffview Pilot
Manufacturers of the prescription blanks used by New Jersey doctors will soon be required to add new print-based security features, state authorities announced. In a bid to fight the black-market sale of prescription painkillers, the security enhancements will include color-changing ink, 0.5-point micro-printing, and a hollow "VOID" hidden word feature, among others. It will include all prescription blanks used by state-licensed physicians, dentists and other prescribers.
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East Orange General Hospital plans to partner with for-profit firm
The Star-Ledger
East Orange General Hospital, one of the last independent nonprofit community hospitals in the region, announced it has chosen to partner with Prospect Medical Holdings, a California for-profit firm. East Orange President and CEO Kevin Slavin said it was too early to tell if that partnership would result in the sale of 212-bed facility.
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Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California
USA Today
Doctors believe they've identified as many as 25 California children suffering from a mysterious, polio-like virus capable of paralyzing limbs.
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Apprehensive, many doctors shift to jobs with salaries
The New York Times
American physicians, worried about changes in the healthcare market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following. Health economists are nearly unanimous that the United States should move away from fee-for-service payments to doctors, the traditional system where private physicians are paid for each procedure and test, because it drives up the nation's $2.7 trillion healthcare bill by rewarding overuse. But experts caution that the change from private practice to salaried jobs may not yield better or cheaper care for patients.
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