Top stories in health and medicine, March 30, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. EHRs Take Center Stage in Battle to Control Hypertension. How did a group of community health clinics with a low-income and uninsured population and frequent no-shows achieve a hypertension control rate among the best in the country? Electronic health records.
  2. How Do You Bill For Teaching Parents? “When you have a 10-year-old who weighs 160 pounds walk into your examining room, you know it’s not just the act of overeating at the core of that problem,” says Rosemary Fernandez Stein, MD. “It’s a bigger behavioral issue. And that means parenting skills, too.”
  3. Senate Goes on Break Without Passing SGR Fix. Despite pressure from the House and President Obama, the Senate adjourned early Friday morning for a 2-week recess without passing any kind of fix for the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician reimbursement.
  4. Rosuvastatin Cuts LDL and Carotid Stenosis in Inflamed Joints. Intensive lipid lowering with rosuvastatin induces carotid atherosclerotic regression and significantly reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) in patients with inflammatory joint disease (IJD).

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