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4 free CO*RE webinars coming this fall!
State Academies of Family Medicine
The State Academies of Family Medicine are pleased to invite you to attend a free webinar on Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioids: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care. We have scheduled four webinars during the next several months — one of them should be perfect for your busy schedule.
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CME opportunity
Clinical Insights in Geriatrics: The Special Challenges of Treating Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Many older adults with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) 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.

Click here for more information or to take the course.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Study: Advanced EHR use brings 9.6 percent cut in patient costs
EHR Intelliegence
Use of an advanced EHR system can produce significantly lower per-patient costs in hospitals, says a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, with healthcare organizations seeing nearly ten percent in savings from each hospital admission. While EHR adoption and the EHR Incentive Programs have been billed as a way to save billions of dollars for the healthcare system, concrete evidence of a true return on investment has been lacking, leading some providers to question the purpose of the massive and complex implementation process.
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Docs air reasons for job dissatisfaction
HealthLeaders Media
A medical staffing firm survey shows what's really behind job dissatisfaction among physicians: stress, declining reimbursements and loss of autonomy. Six out of ten physicians said they would quit if they could, a survey commissioned by the Physicians Foundation in 2012 revealed.
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OIG issues fraud alert for physician-lab relationships
Jessica Belle
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General recently issued a special fraud alert that singles out the laboratory-referring physician relationship for its focused attention. The OIG has repeatedly emphasized that a lab providing free or below-market goods or services to a physician who is a source of referrals, or paying a physician more than fair market value for his or her services, could constitute illegal remuneration under the federal anti-kickback statute. In light of this special fraud alert, physicians and laboratories should review their compensation arrangements.
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Kaiser survey: Nearly 60 percent of ACA enrollees had been uninsured
Business Insurance
Among Americans who purchased health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, the percentage of those who were previously uninsured may be twice as high as earlier estimates indicated, according to survey results released by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Delay hardship deadline for EHR meaningful use, doctors say
Medscape
The federal government recently has given physicians several big breaks in keeping up with tougher requirements in its incentive program for using electronic health records in a meaningful way. Now organized medicine is pressing the government for yet another break.
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9 in 10 new physician jobs follow employment model
HealthLeaders Media
The growing importance of population health management and value-based care as well as market share and leverage with payers is spurring much of the trend toward physician hiring. The shift toward the employed physician model has grown from a stream to a deluge, accounting for more than 90 percent of new physician job openings at hospitals, medical group, health centers and other healthcare facilities, Merritt Hawkins reports.
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Obamacare in NJ: high premiums, but high subsidies
The Star-Ledger via NJ.com
New Jersey residents who qualified for federal subsidies to buy health insurance have the highest monthly premiums — $148 — of any state using the federal marketplace, a new report shows. They also receive, however, some of the most generous subsidies, or monthly tax credits, to help reduce their overall cost.
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NJ residents to get another HealthCare.gov option in 2015
NJ Biz
UnitedHealthcare will sell health insurance to individuals in New Jersey in 2015 on the HealthCare.gov federal exchange, where consumers can get generous government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to help defray the high cost of health insurance.
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Local doctors express concern over costly diagnosis code upgrade
The Times of Trenton via NJ.com
Being injured by a pecking chicken, hurt by shoe cleats or falling off a toilet — there's a code for that. In fact, there are so many codes under a new system that doctors will have to use to record information and get reimbursed by insurers or the government, some local physicians think it's ridiculous.
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