Tag: primary care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a policy statement for the Periodicity Schedule, a document that addresses updated preventative pediatric healthcare recommendations. Statement Rundown: The Periodicity Schedule is revised annually to reflect the consensus of the AAP and Bright Futures workgroup and is designed for the care of...
1. Affordable Care Act-related expansion of Medicaid coverage or private insurance coverage for low-income adults was associated with improved preventative healthcare, outpatient utilization, quality markers and satisfaction of care. 2. There were no significant differences between strategies of care expansion through either Medicaid expansion or using federal funds to purchase...
1. Analysis of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) at the two-year midpoint revealed no significant reductions in Medicare expenditures per beneficiary. 2. Analysis did show significant improvement in management of high-risk patients and access to care. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)            Study Rundown: In October 2012,...
1. This retrospective study of Medicaid-enrolled children found that nearly half had at least 1 decayed, missing, or filled tooth by kindergarten. 2. There was a statistically significant reduction in the incidence of decayed, missing, or filled teeth in children who had ≥4 primary care visits with comprehensive preventative oral...
1. In a national survey of 500 primary care physicians (PCPs), an overwhelming majority responded that advanced imaging increases their diagnostic confidence, provides data not otherwise available, allows better clinical decision-making, increases confidence in treatment choices, and shortens time to definitive diagnosis. Evidence Rating Level: 3 (Average) Study Rundown: With a growing...
Image: PD  1.  Getting a primary care appointment as a new patient was easier as a privately insured patient than as a Medicaid patient.  2.  Wait times for all patients were similar.  Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)       Study Rundown:  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to...
Image: PD  1. At 6 months, self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring resulted in a lower BP compared to BP monitoring at a clinic.  2.  The evidence for additional supportive measures used in conjunction with SMBP monitoring (such as educational resources, counseling and behavioral management) is limited and fails to show a...
Image: PD 1. Despite 85.5% of respondents stating that obesity management was essential to primary care, only 21.4% felt competent in their obesity intervention skills. 2. Overall, primary care providers (PCPs) desired more training and noted their lack of ability with respect to dietary counseling. Study Rundown: While PCPs are in a...