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Small Practices Can Prosper in Era of Consolidation Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 26 September 2016 15:27

In a September 19, 2016 AAFP.org post, author Michael Laff asserts:

Although the number of large physician practices isgrowing, the choice of whether to care for patients in a small or a large practice remains in the hands of individual physicians. 

According to the author:

AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, MD, of Milford, Neb., who is a rural, small-practice physician, notes that plenty of resources are available to help small practices thrive. Wergin has received multiple offers to merge or sell his practice but he declines them all. He points out that studies indicate small practices are well-positioned to reduce costs and achieve higher quality.

"I like the autonomy of a small practice and the focus on an individual patient and care delivery one patient at a time," Wergin said. "Even Medicare recognizes that the survival of small practices is important," he added.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 15:34
 
Rick Scott Urges Action; More Zika Dollars Needed Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 19 September 2016 16:55

In a September 15, 2016 CBS Miami post by Michele Gillen:
 
Fresh off his visit to the nation's capital, Gov. Rick Scott...<couldn't> shake his concern over the lack of action in Congress to pass a Zika funding bill. Despite a full court appeal and push from many Florida leaders, he returned from D.C. empty handed.
 
...The governor also called on the Center for Disease Control to step up promised assistance to Florida.
 
...there is also a backlog of Zika prevention kits. The CDC is on record saying that it will soon run out of funding if Congress does not take action.
 
Meanwhile, state and local officials say South Florida is facing a public health crisis over the spread of Zika and community concern is growing over the use of aerial spraying over Miami Beach.
 
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How Big Sugar Enlisted Harvard Scientists to Influence How We Eat-in 1965 Print E-mail
Written by Deena Shanker | Bloomberg   
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:34

The food industry has funded research in an effort to influence nutrition science and health policy for more than half a century, new research out Monday has found.

It's no secret that industry funds such efforts today: An investigation in June, for example, showed how the National Confectioners Association worked with a nutrition professor at Louisiana State University to conclude that kids who eat sugar are thinner than those who don't.

An article by University of California-San Francisco researchers, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, shows how far back such efforts go: In 1965, the Sugar Research Foundation, the precursor to today's Sugar Association, paid Harvard scientists to discredit a link now widely accepted among scientists-that consuming sugar can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease. Instead, the industry and the Harvard scientists pinned the blame squarely, and only, on saturated fat. 

Read more in Bloomberg HERE.

View the JAMA article HERE
 
An Even Deadlier Opioid Hits the Streets Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00

In a September 2, 2016 NPR post by Jennifer Ludden:
 
A powerful drug that's normally used to tranquilize elephants is being blamed for a record spike in drug overdoses in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio have declared a public health emergency, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says communities everywhere should be on alert for carfentanil.

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Sponsor Showcase Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00
 
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