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News in Brief: Week of Feb. 6-10
By News Staff
CPCI Webinar Now Available in Archived Version
Download slides presented during the live webinar, and access an article published in the January/February Family Practice Management titled "The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: What You Need to Know." (This content is available only to members/paid subscribers.)
CPCI is a CMS-led multipayer initiative that will pay participating comprehensive primary care practices based on a blended payment model. The initiative will launch later this year in several yet-to-be-determined markets around the country.
Physicians who have further questions about the CPCI after watching the webinar are encouraged to pose those queries via the "Ask the Experts" area of Delta-Exchange.
This TransforMED networking resource now is available free to all AAFP members.
GE Healthcare Discontinues 'Centricity Advance' EHR System
According to the statement, GE Healthcare is offering customers the opportunity to transition to another product. Physicians who are affected by the announcement can direct questions to the company by phone at (888) 436-8491 or by e-mail.
Packaging Problems Continue to Plague Novartis Facility
The company said its griseofulvin ultramicrosize 125 mg and 250 mg tablets may have gotten mixed up with other products during packaging and labeling, which could result in a stray pill of one medicine ending up in the bottle of another product.
The FDA is advising health care professionals, pharmacists and patients to examine the tablets in their possession to ensure that all tablets are the same. Pedinol is providing steps to identify affected products at its website.
Contaminated Prep Pads Spur Recall Follow-up
The recall is a follow-up to one initiated on May 5, 2011. The company said in a press release that it has successfully contacted 97 percent of its customers and "requests all recipients who have further distributed these devices to forward this communication to their customers to facilitate the removal of all affected product."
North American Rescue also reported that the affected component may be found inside its larger NAR Medic Trauma Pack Kits, which have been discontinued. Affected lot numbers are available on the company's website (5-page PDF; About PDFs).
Study Sheds Light on Physician Communication With Patients
According to the study, which is based on surveys from 1,891 physicians nationwide, physicians say they do this because of concerns that patients may become too upset or lose hope, despite studies that show patients want the truth, even if the prognosis is dire.
The threat of malpractice also plays a role in physician communication with patients, the study found. Nearly 20 percent of physicians said they failed to fully disclose an error to a patient during the previous year because of fears that a full admission would prompt a malpractice suit.
CMS Says Delayed Demo Projects Scheduled for June Startup
The two CMS projects -- the Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Devices Demonstration and the Recovery Audit Prepayment Review Demonstration -- are aimed at eliminating fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare program.
In a notice posted on its website, CMS indicated that it had significantly revised rules on the prior authorization of power mobility devices project after weighing concerns put forth by health care professionals and medical suppliers.
News in Brief: Week of Feb. 6-10