The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued a guide to help primary care practices take part in regional health information exchanges. The guide offers doctors a blueprint to evaluate their preparedness for connecting their EHRs to regional HIEs as well as a framework for using data for decision making and preventive care delivery.
Amid an existing shortage of primary care doctors, data on nearly 9,000 new U.S. physicians revealed less than a quarter pursued a career in primary care, while just 5% elected to practice in rural communities. The situation is likely to worsen without changes in the physician training system, the study's lead author noted. The work was published in the journal Academic Medicine.
The American Diabetes Association has called on manufacturers of incretin therapies to disclose all patient-level data on their products for an independent analysis that would help determine if such treatments play a role in pancreatic cancer. AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb expressed support for the ADA's call, noting in a joint statement that they look forward to a discussion with the group about its proposal.
A study in Diabetes Care found low-income, food-insecure diabetes patients showed higher mean A1C values and had lower fruit and vegetable intake and self-efficacy than their food-secure counterparts. However, researchers noted greater A1C and self-efficacy improvements in food-insecure patients following educational intervention compared with the other group.
Transoral outlet reduction fared better than sham treatment in improving body weight and waist size at three and six months in gastric bypass patients who regained weight following the procedure, a study presented at Digestive Disease Week indicated. Researchers did not observe adverse events or device-related complications with the procedure.