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MANAGED CARE November 2013. © MediMedia USA
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Patient-centered medical homes increase patient satisfaction, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine (“Patient-Centered Medical Home Intervention Makes Some Progress”), but they actually seem to increase admission to hospitals. Emergency department use for PCMH patients was the same as for the control group.... Even if the electronic health record system that a physician practice installs does not meet the government’s meaningful use standards, it could still be effective, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Seventy-nine percent of physicians using EHRs that do not meet meaningful use standards say that their systems help their clinical efforts.... Private practice is dead? Not so, according to the American Medical Association. The majority of physicians own their own practices, says an AMA study that disputes all the talk of provider consolidation (http://tinyurl.com/AMA-practice-study). About 53% of surveyed physicians described themselves as self-employed in 2012.... Not only has the use of medications to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children soared the last five years, but now the stimulant drugs are being used to treat other neurological disorders, according to a study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (http://tinyurl.com/meds-article).