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NJAFP partners with Pack Health to better engage patients
NJAFP
NJAFP is collaborating with Pack Health to engage patients in support of your PCMH, PQRS and/or ACO goals.

Pack Health has created programs you can prescribe to educate and engage your patients on their condition. This is provided at no cost to you through the NJAFP. You can simply prescribe the 12 week program to your patients and the following will happen:
  1. Pack Health will send your patient a highly-designed toolkit
  2. Pack Health will partner your patient with a trained health coach
  3. Pack Health will send you regular progress updates on your patients related to key quality metrics.
In an ongoing pilot with patients with Type 2 Diabetes that NJAFP is extending to its members and practices, Pack Health has seen very positive results including an average 0.72 reduction in HbA1c and an average of 6.13lbs in weight reduction as well as an increases in adhering to foot (11 percent increase) and eye exams (20 percent increase). Satisfaction scores rank over 2.9 out of 3 stars.

Start your patients with Pack Health. Become a prescribing clinician today. Go to: http://www.packhealth.com/clinicians/
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Experience the NJAFP Scientific Assembly: Registration is now open
NJAFP
It is time to pack your bags and head for the shore to join your colleagues for four days of CME, networking and an opportunity to make family medicine stronger. For more information, visit the NJAFP website, or to register, click here.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


NJ doctors least willing to accept Medicaid patients under Obamacare
NJ.com
The Affordable Care Act has provided a path for 420,500 low-income New Jersey residents to gain insurance through the Medicaid program, but a new study says the state ranks last in the nation in doctors willing to treat them. Just 38.7 percent of New Jersey physicians said they accepted new Medicaid patients in 2013 — far below the national average of nearly 69 percent, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Coalition blasts out-of-network healthcare cost study: 'Caps protect insurers, not patients'
NJBIZ
As Trenton works on a bill regulating the high medical bills that can result when patients get care outside their insurance company network, a coalition of healthcare providers came out in opposition to putting caps on out-of-network medical payments. The NJ Access to Care Coalition, a group of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, criticized a study of the impact of out-of-network medical charges that was commissioned by the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
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Worst state for doctors? Survey says New Jersey comes all too close
WKXW-FM
New Jersey is the second worst state for doctors in the U.S., according to a report released on March 30 by WalletHub.com. The study used 12 key metrics to measure the attractiveness of practicing in a state that ranged from average annual salaries and salary disparities to patient population size and state medical board punitiveness.
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Electronic data key for patient engagement initiatives
EHR Intelligence
Patient engagement initiatives within the healthcare industry are moving past the patient portal, as pilot programs called OpenNotes allow patients to view their medical doctor's notes taken during the visit. The latest version of the initiative even allows patients to comment and correct any information available in the physician records.
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Government payments for Medicare Advantage plans to rise in 2016
Reuters
Payments to health insurers operating Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly and disabled will increase by 1.25 percent in 2016, the U.S. government said in response to expected growth in health spending. The announcement, by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, comes after the U.S. government proposed a 0.95 percent cut in payments to insurers in February.
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Millennials, Gen Xers leading change in healthcare over seniors, boomers
By Scott E. Rupp
Millennials and Gen Xers are a population segment harboring and bringing about advances in healthcare technology. They are also altering the delivery of healthcare and insurance, according to new research offered up by PNC Healthcare. The trends identified in a survey of more than 5,000 people show that millennials, specifically, are impacting healthcare systems as we know them. They seek more speed and more knowledge before they buy, and they want to know the costs and other points.
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Data is no less secure even as HIPAA enforcement is here
By Lindy Benton
The headlines are endless and ever-growing: Healthcare data is at risk. However, despite continued efforts to address security loopholes across the sector, simply "taking action" to mitigate damage is not an effective strategy, and it won't work long term. Healthcare data is becoming increasingly targeted. According to an Identity Theft Resource Center report, for example, healthcare accounted for 42.5 percent of major data breaches in 2014, overtaking the business sector for the second straight year.
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Efforts to instill empathy among doctors are paying dividends
MedPage Today
Clinical empathy was once dismissively known as "good bedside manner" and traditionally regarded as far less important than technical acumen. But a spate of studies in the past decade has found that it is no mere frill. Increasingly, empathy is considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship. Studies have linked empathy to greater patient satisfaction, better outcomes, decreased physician burnout and a lower risk of malpractice suits and errors.
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