Practice Management

Alcohol-related Nurse Care Ineffective in Heavy Drinkers

Alcohol-related Nurse Care Ineffective in Heavy Drinkers

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CHOICE intervention for patients with high risk for alcohol use disorder may not reduce heavy drinking or associated problems.

Whole Body CT Not Linked to Reduced Mortality in Blunt Trauma

Whole Body CT Not Linked to Reduced Mortality in Blunt Trauma

No significant difference in mortality for those undergoing whole body CT vs selective CT approach

Code Stroke System Reduces Post-Stroke Epilepsy Risk in Older Adults

Code Stroke System Reduces Post-Stroke Epilepsy Risk in Older Adults

The adjusted analysis also demonstrated that the code stroke system was associated with a decreased risk for post-stroke epilepsy within 5 years of stroke.

Stat consult: Sudden cardiac death

Stat consult: Sudden cardiac death

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Described as death within an hour of onset of any symptom

Prostate-specific antigen screening helps prostate cancer detection

Prostate-specific antigen screening helps prostate cancer detection

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Prostate cancer was diagnosed more frequently in men who underwent single prostate-specific antigen screening than in those who did not, but mortality was unaffected.

NCCN's anticancer drug recommendations beyond FDA approval based on weak evidence

NCCN's anticancer drug recommendations beyond FDA approval based on weak evidence

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Does weak evidence drive the NCCN recommendations of FDA-approved drugs?

Medicare’s condition-specific readmission measures are poor reflectors of hospital quality

High variability was observed within hospital risk-standardized excess readmission ratios.

Parent-child reading interventions have positive psychosocial effects

A meta-analysis reviewing the effect of parent-child book reading interventions revealed a positive correlation between such interventions and a broad range of beneficial psychosocial outcomes, including social-emotional competence, quality of life, and parenting competence.

Early care transitions beneficial for adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Early care transitions beneficial for adolescents with type 1 diabetes

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A diabetes transition registry may help adolescents with type 1 diabetes plan and prepare for independent adult care.

Pediatric cancer treatment and school attendance: lack of consensus remains

Pediatric cancer treatment and school attendance: lack of consensus remains

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School attendance or daycare for immunosuppressed pediatric cancer patients remains a topic of uncertainty for many clinicians.

Family management variables predict quality of life in children with chronic conditions

Family management variables predict quality of life in children with chronic conditions

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Increased daily family management, which includes attending to physical, psychological, or social aspects of a child with special healthcare needs, may be negatively associated with quality of life in children with chronic conditions.

Maternal age, stress may be associated with poor infant feeding practices

Maternal age, stress may be associated with poor infant feeding practices

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Maternal factors, such as age and stress levels, may be linked with infant feeding concerns.

Electronic device screen time may affect mental health of school-aged youths

Electronic device screen time may affect mental health of school-aged youths

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Two primary care pediatric clinics study the relationship between screen time use and mental health effects on children between 6 and 12 years old.

NAPNAP celebrates 45th anniversary at 2018 National Conference

NAPNAP celebrates 45th anniversary at 2018 National Conference

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NAPNAP will celebrate its 45th anniversary at the organization's National Conference in Chicago from March 19-22, 2018.

AANP president calls for policy change for in-flight medical emergencies

AANP president calls for policy change for in-flight medical emergencies

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A letter from AANP President Joyce Knestrick addresses an in-flight health emergency in which an NP was not permitted to properly treat a passenger in distress.

Navigating the waters of independently practicing physician assistants

Navigating the waters of independently practicing physician assistants

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An organization representing the effort to move toward autonomy has made big inroads into the AAPA, resulting in a push toward unhitching physician assistants from MD colleagues.

Law allows PAs to provide hospice care to Medicare patients

Law allows PAs to provide hospice care to Medicare patients

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Congress signed into law two improvements to Medicare that will impact the physician assistant profession.

Medical virtualist: an effective response to new care challenges

Medical virtualist: an effective response to new care challenges

With the rapid rise in technologic advances and the increase in medical specialties in the last half-century, the creation of the medical virtualist could improve care and outcomes and reduce costs.

Sex and drugs: An interview about discussing sensitive patient topics

Sex and drugs: An interview about discussing sensitive patient topics

Dr Windel Stracener, a family practitioner for 22 years, discusses substance abuse, sexual activity, and other sensitive topics many clinicians do not ask their patients.

ACA has led to reduced cost burden for lowest to middle income households

ACA has led to reduced cost burden for lowest to middle income households

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The Affordable Care Act is associated with moderate reductions in the cost burden for the lowest-, low-, and middle-income households.

24-Hour clinics could provide sustainable primary care

24-Hour clinics could provide sustainable primary care

Some believe clinics offering 24-hour primary care may facilitate the quality of patient care.

Congress urged to reverse CMS clinician payment policy

Congress urged to reverse CMS clinician payment policy

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Healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to reverse the new CMS policy that has the potential to jeopardize patient access to Part B drug therapies.

The CVS/Aetna merger and the future of primary care

The CVS/Aetna merger and the future of primary care

Both CVS and Aetna care deeply about the prices of pharmaceuticals, but they are hoping to maximize company profits, not consumer savings.

Practice patterns differ in university vs nonuniversity-based residency surgeons

Practice patterns differ in university vs nonuniversity-based residency surgeons

Nonuniversity-based residency-trained surgeons and university-based residency-trained surgeons have distinct practice patterns.

7 online tools and mobile apps recommended to reduce burnout, stress

7 online tools and mobile apps recommended to reduce burnout, stress

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Researchers recommend 7 online tools and mobile apps to help healthcare professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression, and suicidal behaviors.

Some stresses lead female physicians to leave medicine

Some stresses lead female physicians to leave medicine

Practicing after childbirth, wage gaps, and additional work from home are some of the factors that cause burnout in female physicians.

Noninvasive colorectal cancer screening

Noninvasive colorectal cancer screening

The FIT and the MT-sDNA are evidence-based tests that should be considered for CRC screening when a colonoscopy cannot be performed.

You tell me, you're the PA!

You tell me, you're the PA!

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PAs should always keep in mind the sacred responsibility of the job: the knowledge to know what to do for our patients, and when and how to do it.

CDC receives list of banned terms for 2018

CDC receives list of banned terms for 2018

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Policy analysts at the CDC and another, as yet unnamed Department of Health and Human Services agency, have been informed to stop using certain terms in documents to be used in next year's budget.

FDA proposes new enforcement approach for homeopathic drugs

FDA proposes new enforcement approach for homeopathic drugs

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The FDA is proposing a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to harm patients.

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