From MedPage Today:

  1. Should Doc Groups Help Set Quality Measures? Physician groups are proud of a provision in recent legislation that repeals Medicare's doctor payment formula which allows specialty societies to help set quality measures.
  2. Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for Headaches. Nearly half of teens who visit a doctor complaining of headache pain walk away with a prescription for a narcotic painkiller.

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  1. Scleroderma Survival Tied to Lung Problems. Survival among patients with scleroderma was strongly influenced by the development of major pulmonary involvement.
  2. HIV Tx Tied to Low Infection From Sex. Serodiscordant couples who engage in unprotected sexual intercourse have a very small risk of transmitting HIV if the infected partner is well treated with suppressive antiretroviral therapy.
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  1. All-Oral HCV Regimen Works in 9 Out of 10. An all-oral, 12-week regimen appears to successfully treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in about 90% of patients.
  2. CDC's Frieden to Docs: Dial Back Antibiotic Rx. Doctors in some hospitals are prescribing three times more antibiotics than physicians treating similar patients in other institutions.
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From MedPage Today:

  1. 3 Key Strategies for ACO Success. More than 400 accountable care organizations (ACOs) exist across the country, and physician groups have overtaken hospitals as the largest backers of ACOs.
  2. Esophagitis May Come When Allergy Goes. After a child outgrows a food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) can emerge independently from the same trigger.
  3. Patch May Be Safer Peanut Allergy Therapy. ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. 5 Ways Doctors Can Use Data Analytics. Reimbursements are increasingly linked to quality and value metrics, but providers often don't have the best tools to handle that transition.
  2. Killing Pain: Script by Script. Primary care doctors wrote about 53 million benzodiazepine prescriptions in 2013, roughly four times the number written by psychiatrists, a group that penned 13 million benzo scripts.

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From MedPage Today:

  1. A Targeted Treatment for Scleroderma? A monoclonal antibody that binds to the type 1 interferon-alpha receptor showed an acceptable safety profile in a phase I trial for systemic sclerosis, but efficacy was less clear.
  2. CMS: More 'Meaningful Use' Exemptions Coming. Some healthcare providers struggling to meet the second stage of the incentive program for electronic health records (EHRs) may receive a ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Bariatric Surgery Beneficial in Type 1 Diabetes. Overweight patients with type 1 diabetes may make good candidates for bariatric surgery, but unlike with type 2 disease, the procedure doesn't offer a chance of remission.
  2. Young Adults Undertreated for High BP. Primary care physicians may be dropping the ball on getting young adults with hypertension the medication they need to control their ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Medicare Will Cover Rehab for CHF Patients. Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation services for patients with stable yet chronic heart failure.
  2. Long-Acting GLP-1: The Key to Adherence? The thinking behind long-acting GLP-1 agonists has been that fewer injections should translate to better outcomes -- particularly, better glycemic control -- because diabetic patients should be more compliant if they have to inject ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. California Weighs Coverage for Illegal Immigrants. In a push to cover immigrants excluded from the nation's health reform law, a California state senator has proposed legislation that would offer health insurance for all Californians, including those living here illegally.
  2. Treating HCV -- Is the Price Right? New drugs on the horizon hold out the promise of being able to cure up ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Stroke Speeds Long-Term Brain Deficits. Stroke not only acutely attacks the mind, but also hastens its decline.
  2. Stroke: Initiative Cuts Time to tPA. An effort to shorten the time between when patients with acute ischemic stroke arrive at the hospital and when they receive intravenous thrombolytic therapy -- the door-to-needle time -- proved successful.
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