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News in Brief: Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1
By News Staff
FDA Warns of Doxycycline Shortage
Tablets and capsules of the antibiotic currently are available, but only in limited supply. One manufacturer of doxycycline, West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, has indicated that a voluntary suspension of oral solids manufacturing at its Eatontown, N.J., facility will disrupt availability of its capsules until mid-February or later. For additional availability information, visit the FDA's drug shortages Web page.
The FDA provides a list of recommended and alternative STD treatment regimens in its release and includes a link to the CDC's 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines.
Accuracy Varies in Electronic Reporting of Quality Measures, Study Finds
Researchers found wide measure-by-measure variation in accuracy between the two methods and noted that their findings call into question the validity of electronic reporting that is a requirement of the federal government's Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded the study as part of its ongoing efforts to improve quality measurement facilitated by electronic methods. Those efforts are outlined in a brief video developed by AHRQ.
PCMH Increases Access to Transitional Services for Youth With Special Needs
Only 40 percent of youth with special needs participate in health care transitioning counseling, according to the 2009-10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs conducted by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. But those who obtain care from a PCMH are nearly three times more likely to receive transition services than those who receive care in a non-PCMH setting, says the one-pager.
More than 90 percent of youth with special needs will survive into adulthood as a result of recent advancements in the treatment of chronic conditions. Thus, millions of these patients will transition from more family-centered childhood models of care to adult models of care, and, accordingly, HHS' Healthy People 2020 initiative has identified the need to orchestrate this transition as an objective.
According to the one-pager, widespread adoption of the PCMH likely will be critical to ensure these youth successfully transition to adult care. Therefore, the document notes, "Training programs that focus on PCMH transformation and legislation for reimbursement of care coordination are key to increasing the number of these youth who receive this valuable care planning."
Study Examines Role of 'Chart Biopsy' in Improving Patient Care
Details of the study (abstract) are discussed in an article titled "Chart Biopsy: An Emerging Medical Practice Enabled by Electronic Health Records and Its Impacts on Emergency Department-Inpatient Admission Handoffs," which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Three specific functions of chart biopsy are identified in the article:
- obtaining an overview of the patient,
- preparing for handoff and subsequent care, and
- defending against potential biases.
Interested in Global Health? Join Like-minded Colleagues at Wonca 2013 Conference
Educational sessions will cover a wide range of clinical, practice management and health policy topics, such as infectious diseases, maternal and child health, practice organization, cross-cultural medicine, and primary care policy and financing. In addition, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, is among featured keynote speakers for the event.
The conference has been reviewed and is eligible for up to 20.25 AAFP Prescribed credits. Wonca direct members who register for the conference by Feb. 19 save $90.
Trainees and "junior" general practitioners (GPs) and family physicians (i.e., those who have held a medical degree for no more than five years) are invited to attend the World Preconference June 24-25 in Prague to gain insight into being a GP or FP in a global context and to exchange experiences and visions. The registration fee for the preconference is $80; only 100 seats are available.
News in Brief: Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1