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Given Time, 'Big Data' Promises to Transform Patient Care

August 27, 2014 11:28 am — Growing implementation of electronic health records, combined with rapidly evolving predictive analytics techniques, promises to help physicians better manage their patients' multiple health care needs. By collecting and analyzing data that present a more comprehensive, detailed medical picture of entire patient populations, physician practices can monitor their patient panels more efficiently.

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08/22/2014 — Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through technology are lagging behind.

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Small Primary Care Practices Shine in National Study

Research Compares Hospital Admission Rates for Small Versus Large Practices

08/20/2014 — New research shows that small primary care practices have lower rates of preventable hospital admissions than their large-practice counterparts, suggesting that small practices may have hard-to-measures perks such as better physician/patient relationships that contribute to their ability to keep patients healthy.

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08/19/2014 — The AAFP joined dozens of other physician and health care professional organizations in urging CMS to reconsider proposed changes to the CPT code valuation process that the agency has outlined in its proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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