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Peer support networks can be a healthy supplement to physician practices
AAFP
When a family physician or other healthcare professional is not able to reach out to these patients, a peer support healthcare worker can fill the gap in access to care. Peer support networks are composed of individuals who advise patients about the importance of healthy behaviors. Although they typically are not health professionals with medical training, they are trained to communicate with patients about their health needs.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


First estimates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in children made
Family Practice News
The risk of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis appears similar in children and treatment-naive adults, according to a study. This study provides the first global and regional estimates of the incidence of drug-resistant disease in children. Researchers led by Helen E. Jenkins, Ph.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, calculated the incidence of tuberculosis in children and conducted a systematic review to estimate the risk of multidrug-resistant disease.
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EHR adoption climbing, but is your state falling behind?
MedCity News
The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics is an annual nationally representative survey of patient visits to office-based physicians that collects information on use of electronic health record. The latest NCHS Data Brief from CDC shows improvement in overall adoption of EHR's this past year, but some states are starting to fall behind and there are some disturbing signs that many physicians are either unsure or opting not to participate in the EHR Incentive Program.
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Study: Primary-care doc shortage leaves 62 million with inadequate access
Modern Healthcare
As national attention centers on the number of individuals who will gain insurance coverage under the health reform law, new research warns that a shortage of primary-care physicians means about 62 million Americans still have inadequate access to primary care. That figure comes from a report by the National Association of Community Health Centers, which found that the majority of that population actually has insurance, with roughly 22 percent covered by Medicaid and 58 percent covered by other insurance. The remaining roughly 21 percent, the study showed, is uninsured.
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Hudson hospitals focus on advances in healthcare close to home
The Jersey Journal via NJ.com
With a new health plan geared to small businesses, medical innovations and capital improvements in the works, Hudson County's hospitals are ensuring that area residents have access to top medical care close to home. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus has launched TruPlan, the state's first sole hospital-provider health plan to bring more affordable coverage to small businesses and their employees in the Hudson County area.
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NJ drug addiction study underscores deadly problem facing state
NJ.com
Starting with the first sentence of its report on a two-year study of New Jersey's drug problems, the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse doesn't mince words. "The skyrocketing use of heroin and other opiates has become the number one health care crisis confronting New Jersey," it says.
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