September 29th 2023
Our country must do better against a disease that has become a national silent killer. There is a way for primary care to join the fight.
September 28th 2023
Cold weather months and holidays are worst for unhealthy blood sugar levels
Poll shows majority of older adults are against the idea of incorporating life expectancy into screening guidelines
White paper argues for reconsideration of weight as a chronic disease with multiple causes and consequences.
September 27th 2023
Offices successful in diabetes treatment have common characteristics of high performance.
Addressing physician burnout: Three physician leaders discuss solutions
Finances, practice size, autonomy, bureaucracy all factors in burnout, say Physicians Foundation leaders.
Primary care physicians need 26.7 hours a day for comprehensive care for patients
Team-based care would cut physician time, but would require systemic change, study says.
Primary care physicians provide most medical care for cancer survivors
Study examines physician roles in current specialist-driven models of care.
Telehealth interventions could lead to weight loss, lower risk of cardiometabolic disease
Researchers announce study with wearables, tablets for participating patients.
How to engage in effective clinical conversations about obesity
Small shifts in your communication style and tactics when discussing obesity with patients can significantly impact how your message is received.
Racial discrimination affects brain microstructure and increases risk for health disorders
Study shows stress of discrimination affects the brain in a way that may enhance the risk for negative health outcomes
Race-based disparities appear in drug overdose death totals for 2020
Fentanyl, COVID-19 pandemic likely factors in 30% increase from previous year.
The Water’s Fine: Consider jumping Into Remote Patient Monitoring
What you need to know about RPM before taking the plunge
Remote patient monitoring needs clinical intervention to ensure success
As any competent clinician will tell you, having data is only one part of the equation. A clinician must also be able to intervene efficiently and effectively.
How physicians can provide better care for patients with chronic conditions
Technology and care navigators are key to managing this growing population
Study finds reason why chronic pain and opioid use disorder are often linked
Patients with central sensitization struggle more with pain and quitting opioids
Medicare Advantage plans not much of an advantage for diabetes patients
Diabetes patients with a Medicare Advantage plan had poorer health than those on fee-for-service plans
Age discrimination may be taking toll on health of older adults across U.S.
Study examines links between physical and mental health and experiences with ageism.
JUUL e-cigarettes ban on hold, but FDA still not allowing sales
Regulatory agency’s “marketing denial order” moves to court.
Food insecurity becoming a national health problem that physicians can help
ACP makes six recommendations, including medical screenings, bolstering SNAP food benefits.
America’s obesity problem increased 40% in 20 years
More than half of Americans studied gained 5% or more of body weight over a 10-year period
Managing patients with heart arrhythmia
With the number of AF-attributed deaths increasing in recent years, optimizing management of the condition stands to have a significant impact on a patient and societal level.
State of mind counts in examining opioid prescription practices, Supreme Court says
Ruling comes in cases of physicians serving in prison for convictions over prescription drugs.
Report: Opioid crisis will get worse before it gets better
500,000 lives expected to be lost to opioids over the next 10 years
FDA ponders lower nicotine levels to make cigarettes less addictive, easier to quit
Proposal follows announced ban on menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, and e-cig ban could be coming.
Most patients ‘wasting money’ on vitamin supplements to avoid heart disease, cancer
New medical guidance notes market booms as Americans seek good health in pills.
Insulin prices, profits, patients push feds to examine drug makers, PBMs
“Challenging healthcare industry conduct that may raise prices and stifle innovation is a top priority,” FTC says in policy statement.
Studies examine diabetes’ effects on lower limb amputation, dementia risk
Wellness visits, cardiometabolic disease prevention reduce chances, according to researchers.
2022 care management services codes to know
There are new codes physicians need to know in the care management section of the Current Procedural Terminology codebook.
Patient age, body mass index, gender, race, comorbidities can affect prediabetes diagnosis
Screenings are appropriate, but diagnosis and treatment are “less consistent,” according to study.
App helps diabetes patients better engage in their care
Constant communication and education are critical to help patients manage their diabetes symptoms and avoid costly complications.
The role of continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes management
CGM has many benefits and can improve disease management in both Type 1 (diabetes) and Type 2 diabetes. One thing CGM does very well is provide instant feedback on lifestyle choices.
Continuity of primary care helps chronic kidney disease patients
Relationships key to managing complexities, comorbidities, study finds.
Young adults with prediabetes more likely to be hospitalized for heart attacks
Study focuses on risk factors for those aged 18 to 44 years.
Record high drug overdoses ‘ravaging’ United States, physicians say
AMA cites need for treatments, naloxone, supportive policies.
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