Primary Care

Gap Found in Pneumoccal Vaccine Recommendations Among Primary Care Clinicians

Gap Found in Pneumoccal Vaccine Recommendations Among Primary Care Clinicians

While primary care physicians overwhelmingly recommend pneumococcal vaccines, there is a gap in their knowledge of how to implement related vaccine recommendations.

Guidelines Outlined to Ease Peds Transition to Adult Health Care

Guidelines Outlined to Ease Peds Transition to Adult Health Care

Recommendations developed in realms of infrastructure, education, payment, research.

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

Electronic medical visits (e-visits) trigger additional clinic visits, rather than serving as an office visit substitute.

Patient Perceptions of Clinical Notes at Issue Among Mental Health Providers

Patient Perceptions of Clinical Notes at Issue Among Mental Health Providers

More primary care practices have been making medical records, including clinical notes, available to patients via secure electronic portals.

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

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A case and commentary published in the AMA Journal of Ethics discusses the ethics of primary care physician response to direct-to-consumer genetic testing results of concerned patients.

Barriers Found in PCP Knowledge of Surveillance of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Barriers Found in PCP Knowledge of Surveillance of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Barriers found among PCPs in surveillance of HCC indicate the need for clinical interventions, including provider education.

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Adding Pharmacist to Team Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacist roles include helping with insulin treatment, virtual consults, diabetes management.

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

In survey of independent practices in NYC, higher adaptive reserve linked to lower odds of burnout.

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Underinsured and never insured adults more likely to report poor/fair health.

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Eight-six percent of PCPs feel unable to adequately address needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions

Should Clinicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Clinicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Presence of Nurse Practitioners Growing in Primary Care

Presence of Nurse Practitioners Growing in Primary Care

Findings from 2008 to 2016 in both rural and nonrural practices.

Vertical Mergers Could Be Challenging for Primary Care

Vertical Mergers Could Be Challenging for Primary Care

Vertical level mergers, which incorporate not just health care providers, but also insurers, retailers, and PBMs, could pose challenges in primary care.

USPSTF Advises PCPs to Screen Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

USPSTF Advises PCPs to Screen Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Screening, counseling advised for adults, including pregnant women; evidence lacking for teens

Preventive Care Use Lower When Eligible Services Are Higher

Preventive Care Use Lower When Eligible Services Are Higher

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The rate of preventive care use is lower when the number of guideline-recommended services is higher, and prioritizing recommendations may improve use of high-value services.

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.

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.

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: a mid-term report

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: a mid-term report

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Two years into the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, delivery of primary care has improved while expenses and patient experiences have not.

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in primary care

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in primary care

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The CDC's new guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain focuses on balancing potential benefits and harms to the patient.

E-consultations between PCPs, specialists can increase care access

E-consultations between PCPs, specialists can increase care access

Electronic consultation between PCPs and specialists can resolve cases faster than if a patient followed up with a specialist themselves.

Supportive-care visits while hospitalized linked to fewer adverse outcomes

Supportive-care visits while hospitalized linked to fewer adverse outcomes

Visited patients were also more likely to access community health services.

Monitoring program improves chronic pain management in primary care

Monitoring program improves chronic pain management in primary care

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Patient monitoring and pain specialist support can help primary care practitioners better manage their patients taking opioids for chronic pain.

Primary care providers often yield to patient requests for unnecessary referrals

Primary care providers often yield to patient requests for unnecessary referrals

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More than half of primary care providers report making unnecessary referrals to specialists, and more than a third prescribe brand-name drugs when asked by patients.

Responses to changes in healthcare technology are mixed

Responses to changes in healthcare technology are mixed

Primary care providers are generally positive on how healthcare technology affects quality of care, negative on how it affects performance assessment.

Optimize primary care visits through delegation

Optimize primary care visits through delegation

Delegating various tasks to other team members can help increase primary care productivity.

Health insurance should cover primary care inpatient consultations, says AAFP

Health insurance should cover primary care inpatient consultations, says AAFP

Health insurance companies should considering paying PCP for inpatient consulting services.

Primary care physicians can help bridge hospital transition gaps

Primary care physicians can help bridge hospital transition gaps

Care coordination can help hospital patients transition from inpatient to outpatient-only care.

Beach medicine pearls (and seashell lacerations)

Beach medicine pearls (and seashell lacerations)

Fun at the beach exposes children and adults to a number of hazards—some avoidable, such as sunburn, and some less so.

When is a freckle just a freckle?

When is a freckle just a freckle?

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Health care professionals, like patients, can often jump to the worst conclusions when making a diagnosis.

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