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Letter From the Editor: Dr. Cindy Haines - February Edition

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The new year of 2014 finds the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full swing. At Physician's Briefing, we strive to select the most relevant and interesting clinical and health care business news for you, the audience of our news service for busy health care professionals. Among the headlines this month, news about the continuing evolution of the ACA and related entities, such as Accountable Care Organizations:

Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred twenty-three new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been formed by doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, which will provide access to high-quality coordinated care for about 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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In addition to direct care issues, the ACA has extended its reach to public health via the daily decisions consumers make:

Health Law Calls for Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a lot more counting of calories when people buy snacks from vending machines or order food in certain restaurants under rules currently being crafted as part of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act.

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And old news was made new again: Thoughts from the White House on contraception requirements under the ACA:

Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration on Friday contested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision temporarily exempting an order of Catholic nuns from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

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Clinical news coverage also remains robust at Physician's Briefing, including the opportunity to earn free AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ on select Physician's Briefing articles, a result of the joint sponsorship of Paradigm Medical Communications LLC and HealthDay. Paradigm Medical Communications LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education credit to physicians. After reading articles that are accredited for CME, physicians can create their own online accounts, track their learning activity, and easily print certificates.

Sample CME articles from January 2014:

Mediterranean Diet + Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Cuts Diabetes Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) is associated with reduction in the risk of new-onset diabetes among older adults at high risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Guideline Adherence Cuts Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All-cause and cancer-specific mortality is lower in postmenopausal women who follow the American Cancer Society (ACS) Nutrition and Physical Activity Cancer Prevention Guidelines, according to research published in the January issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

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On the medicine-as-business front, we seek information that can be of benefit to you on the frontlines:

Urgent Care Can Be Opportunity for Practice Expansion

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many physicians are exploring expansion into urgent care as a means to grow their practice, but some important factors should be assessed before jumping in, according to an article published Nov. 25 in Medical Economics.

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As well as in exploration of trends that will affect the future of medicine:

Some Medical Schools Offering Accelerated Training

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some medical schools are offering an accelerated three-year program, according to a report from Kaiser Health News.

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With a desire to expand the conversation, our first Twitter Chat of 2014 is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2014. We are partnering with the Mayo Clinic for a lively discussion on love and relationships and how they relate to health and well-being. Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. Hashtag: #RelationshipChat.

As always, please let me know how we are doing and how we can improve in making your professional life easier and more efficient. You can reach me at


Dr. Cindy Haines
Connect with Dr. Haines on Twitter: @drcindyhaines

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