Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for February 2013. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
CMS Issues Final Rule on Physician Sunshine Act
THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a final rule requiring drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to report payment or gifts of more than $10 to physicians, hospitals, and other providers, and necessitating manufacturers and GPOs to report ownership or investment interests held by physicians or their family members.
More Information (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-08/pdf/2013-02572.pdf )
Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014
TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nears, states are preparing for some of its provisions, including expanded access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the use of information technology, according to a report issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
More Information (http://www.kff.org/medicaid/2013medicaid50statesurvey.cfm )
Early Life Lung Function Tied to Persistent Wheezing to Age 18
FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Persistent wheezing from ages 6 years to 18 years correlates with multiple factors, including reduced infant lung function, infant-onset atopy, maternal asthma, and active smoking, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653080#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653080 )
CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Payment and policy updates have been proposed for 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advanced Notice and draft Call Letter published Feb. 15.
More Information (http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=4540&intNumPerPage=10&checkDa%20te=&checkKey=&srchType=1&numDays=3500&sr )
Report Discusses Impact of ACGME 2011 Requirements
THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Although many residency program directors approve of individual components within the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirements introduced in 2011, less than half express overall approval, according to a perspective piece published in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1214483 )
Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by health providers for Medicare is increasing, but not quickly enough to avoid penalties in 2015, according to a letter published in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A multimodality approach focusing on reengineering the U.S. health care system may provide a way to improve quality and reduce costs, according to a viewpoint published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare regulations which are unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on hospital or health care providers will be reformed, according to a rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the President's instructions in Executive Order 13563.
Proposed Rule (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-07/html/2013-02421.htm )Press Release (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/02/20130204d.html )
Acupuncture May Help Treat Seasonal Allergies
TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture produces statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life and reduces antihistamine use in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR), although further study is required to determine whether these results are clinically significant, according to a study published online in the Feb. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1583578 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1584085 )
Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Use of an artificial intelligence (AI) framework can improve patient outcomes at one-third of the costs of the current standard of care, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.aiimjournal.com/article/S0933-3657(12)00151-0/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.aiimjournal.com/article/S0933-3657(12)00151-0/fulltext )
IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Falsified and substandard medications pose public health problems around the world, and international action should be taken to combat the phenomenon, according to a report published Feb. 13 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
More Information (http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/Countering-the-Problem-of-Falsified-and-Substandard-Drugs.aspx )
Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For couples in which the wife earns more than the husband, there may be psychological and sexual implications, according to a study published in the March issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
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Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The outcome of the Oregon experiment, an ambitious program centered on a model of an accountable care organization (ACO), will offer important lessons for the wider implementation of ACOs as cost-saving mechanisms, according to a perspective piece published online Feb. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1214141?query=featured_home )
Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The public's health care agenda places creation of a health insurance exchange or marketplace as a top priority, according to a report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health.
More Information (http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/8405.cfm )
Urban School-Based Asthma Treatment Cost-Effective
MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A program to administer asthma medication each day to urban children with asthma reduces symptoms and is cost-effective, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/05/peds.2012-1883.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/05/peds.2012-1883.full.pdf+html )
Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs
MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Patient activation is associated with improved outcomes and lower health care costs, according to a review published in the February issue of Health Affairs.
Abstract (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/2/207.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/2/207.full )
Obstetric Outcomes for Women With Asthma Evaluated
MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma have significantly higher odds for nearly all obstetric complications, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Abstract (http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(12)02062-5/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(12)02062-5/fulltext )
Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule Goes Into Effect March 26
FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The final omnibus rule, which makes changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, goes into effect March 26, and physicians must be in compliance by Sept. 23.
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Physicians' Pay for Existing Patients Dropped in 2012
TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians' pay for existing patients dropped considerably in 2012, according to the results of the Fee Schedule Survey published Jan. 31 in Physicians Practice.
More Information (http://www.physicianspractice.com/fee-schedule-survey/2012-fee-schedule-survey-data )
FSMB: Approaches Explored for Expediting Multi-State Licenses
MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- New approaches are being explored for streamlining physician multi-state licensure to accommodate the use of telemedicine in the delivery of health care, according to a report from a meeting held from Jan. 16 to 17 by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).
More Information (http://www.fsmb.org/pdf/nr-licensure-meeting.pdf )