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Congressional panel questions outcomes of patient-centered medical homes
FierceHealthcare
In the wake of a recent study that found patient-centered medical homes don't significantly improve quality or save money, a congressional agency questioned the model and its payment mechanisms. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission expressed concern last week during a public hearing with the PCMH recognition standards and bonuses that practices receive for treating patients in a medical home.
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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


CDC: Antibiotic overuse can be lethal
The Wall Street Journal
The overuse of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals is putting patients at risk and helping to fuel the creation of deadly superbugs, according to a government report. Prescribing practices vary widely, with doctors in some hospitals providing three times as many antibiotics for patients as physicians in other facilities treating similar types of patients, concluded the report, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Expanding telemedicine beyond state borders
USA Today
Demand for doctors — whether in person or via a computer screen — is expected to surge as millions more Americans become insured under the Affordable Care Act. About 10 million people already rely on telemedicine, often from doctors who live in another state.
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NJ doctor wearing Google Glass peers into future of surgery
The Star Ledger
At this stage in the rollout of Google Glass, it may seem the gadget's "cool factor" exceeds its practicality. For cardiologist Jordan Safirstein, however, it has already taken its rightful place in the operating room alongside his other surgical equipment. He's found his Glass has quickly become everything from a lectern to a blackboard to a telephone.
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Doctor ratings make choosing doctors easier
NorthJersey.com
Americans have taken to selecting their doctor the same way they pick a restaurant or Broadway show. They're going on reviews. Doctor-rating websites such as Healthgrades.com and RateMDs.com are on the rise, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 2,100 Americans polled in the study conducted by the University of Michigan, one quarter said that they have used the sites.
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Pharmacy-based clinics present opportunities, challenges in primary care
NJ Spotight
Increasingly, people suffering from strep throat or the flu no longer need to visit their doctor’s office before heading to the pharmacy to fill a prescription — they can go straight to a clinic at the pharmacy. The growth of these pharmacy-based clinics is being driven by the convenience of extended hours and often lower costs. Pharmacies themselves are eager to gain additional customers since they foresee a future in which demand for primary-care services overtaking the projected supply of doctors.
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NJ PURE announces strategic alliance with Liberty Mutual subsidiary
NJ Biz
NJ PURE, the Princeton-based nonprofit medical malpractice insurer, announced a strategic alliance with a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance, which will become the exclusive reinsurer of NJ PURE's malpractice policies.
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