Top stories in health and medicine, October 10, 2012

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1. Effectiveness Research Slow to Change Practice. Financial barriers such as fee-for-service models, biases, and limited use of tools to aid in treatments better aligned with evidence all prevent more cost-effective, results-driven treatments from taking root.

2. Telemonitoring for BP Control Can Work. An intensive blood pressure telemonitoring program comprising a system that sends BP readings to a pharmacist case manager and also includes phone consults had high compliance.

3. PCI Use Down When Outcomes Made Public. Percutaneous coronary intervention is less likely to be used for myocardial infarction patients when hospital outcomes for the procedures are reported to the public.

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