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A resource for family physicians: Discussing breast density
NJAFP
New Jersey joins 14 other states in passage and implementation of a law requiring radiologists to raise the issue of breast density in their patients' reports. All women who have mammograms will get a follow-up letter telling them they may have dense breasts and to raise the topic with their doctors.

In order to provide clear direction regarding a radiologist or ordering physician's obligation to inform patients about their breast composition, the Advisory counsel of the New Jersey Section of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (NJ-ACOG) has developed a toolkit to assist in the management of patients and dense breasts.

NJ-ACOG has made this toolkit available to family physicians in New Jersey in the hope that the guide will assist you as you talk with your patients about breast density and other risk factors for breast cancer. Please feel free to copy and distribute the FAQ sheets and Breast Density brochures to your patients. The toolkit "Discussing Breast Density" can be accessed at https://www.acog.org/~/media/Sections/NJ/DiscussingBreastDensity.pdf.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


63 percent of practice management software purchases are replacements
EHR Intelligence
EHRs aren't the only piece of health IT getting a makeover in a large number of healthcare organizations: providers are currently ripping out and replacing practice management and revenue cycle management software in a bid to modernize their infrastructure and meet the challenges of ICD-10, accountable care and compliance with other regulatory initiatives, including meaningful use. According to a new survey by Software Advice, 63 percent of providers looking to purchase PM or RCM products are replacing a current package, while first-time buyers are focused on efficiency and integration with their EHRs.
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Doctors may soon be paid for not making you wait
Forbes
More doctor pay is being tied to patient satisfaction metrics, another sign healthcare may be coming more consumer-friendly, according to a new national analysis of physician compensation. Already, doctors and hospitals increasingly have more of their pay tied to health outcomes and related clinical measures as medical care moves toward value-based compensation rather than fees for service.
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Hospitals top in physician benefits
HealthLeaders Media
Physicians employed by hospitals enjoy richer benefits and potentially fewer administrative hassles, but physicians employed by private practice express higher satisfaction with their compensation packages, survey data shows.
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Groups under health act are said to aid millions
The New York Times
More than 4,400 consumer assistance programs created under the Affordable Care Act helped an estimated 10.6 million people explore their new health insurance options and apply for coverage during the initial six-month enrollment period, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey. But the programs that operated in states with their own online insurance marketplaces got more funding and helped more people than those in states on the federal exchange, the survey found.
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Medicaid can reap the rewards of medical homes
FierceHealthPayer
Medicaid programs could lower costs and boost quality care by implementing a patient-centered medical home model. Connecticut, for example, incorporated a medical home for its Medicaid program, improving quality and dropping per-member costs by 2 percent in only 18 months.
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Best hospitals ranked for 2014
CNN
Looking for the best hospitals in the United States? U.S. News & World Report has released its annual rankings for 2014 — with the Mayo Clinic topping the site's honor roll list for the first time. The yearly analysis specifically looks at the best medical centers for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. Factors such as patient survival rates, adequate nursing staff, reputation with specialist physicians and patient safety, which has more emphasis this year, are taken into account.
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Mixed reactions to CMS 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule
FierceHealthcare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year, which doesn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program. CMS plans to up the number of quality measures in the MSSP and put a greater emphasis on outcomes, a move praised by leaders at the purchasing cooperative, Premier, Inc.
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NJ to take part in Affordable Care Act study
NJ Biz
New Jersey is one of 24 states where the impact of the Affordable Care Act on hospital admissions and emergency room visits will be monitored in a new study led and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The New Jersey Hospital Association is partnering with Princeton-based RWJF on the study. Kerry McKean Kelly, spokeswoman for the NJHA, said among the 24 states in the study, New Jersey ranks in the top third for hospital admissions and ER visits.
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Poll: NJ caregivers for sick and elderly relatives seek more hospital support
The Star-Ledger via NJ.com
More than half of New Jerseyans aged 40 and older say they've looked after sick or elderly relatives who have been discharged from the hospital by making sure their loved ones get their medication, keep their follow-up appointments and other nursing tasks, according to a new poll the AARP released. It can be an overwhelming responsibility, and they wish they had someone showing them how to do it right, they survey found.
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