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AAMC Collaborative Care Network: Join 250 Members (and Growing)

by Medical Staff Office on August 9, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models…change is coming and the timeline for making big decisions is short. Please be aware of how federal and state changes will impact … learn more

JAMA: United States Healthcare Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps, by Barack Obama; and Editorial: The Affordable Care Act and the Future of U.S. Healthcare

by jmiller on July 12, 2016

(JAMA early online publication) A special communication from President Obama presenting a summary of the Affordable Care Act, describing the successes, the challenges ahead and the policy implications of the ACA’s legislative history. The article concludes: “Policy makers should … learn more

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: MIND Diet Associated with Reduced Incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

by jmiller on July 7, 2016

(Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Nov 2015) “In a previous study, higher concordance to the MIND diet, a hybrid Mediterranean-Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet, was associated with slower cognitive decline. This study related three dietary patterns to incident Alzheimer’s … learn more

NEJM: Early Performance of Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare

by jmiller on July 5, 2016

(NEJM, June 16) “The first full year of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) contracts was associated with early reductions in Medicare spending among 2012 entrants but not among 2013 entrants. Savings were greater in independent primary care groups … learn more

JAMA: Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries

by jmiller on July 5, 2016

(JAMA Intern Med, June 20) The article concludes: “Receipt of industry-sponsored meals was associated with an increased rate of prescribing the brand-name medication that was being promoted. The findings represent an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship.” Click here learn more

The Shadow Doctors: The Underground Race to Spread Medical Knowledge as the Syrian Regime Erases It

by jmiller on June 27, 2016

“In the past five years, the Syrian government has assassinated, bombed, and tortured to death almost seven hundred medical personnel, according to Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that documents attacks on medical care in war zones.”  A United Nations … learn more

Zika Virus Update

by Medical Staff Office on June 23, 2016

An update from Mary Clance, MD, hospital epidemiologist: It has now been six months since the epidemic of Zika virus in South America came to the attention of U.S. public health authorities. During that time, the transmission zone has expanded … learn more

AAMC Hosts First-Ever Virtual Grand Rounds

by Medical Staff Office on June 23, 2016

The James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center recently hosted a first-of-its-kind virtual grand rounds based on simulation and surgical education and research. Adrian Park, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery, kicked off … learn more

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