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Medicare’s new payment system gives physicians two options

Medicare’s new payment system gives physicians two options
April 27, 2015

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, signed into law on April 16, will make major changes in Medicare payments for physician services.

Things start out slowly: From July 2015 through 2018, Medicare payments for physician services will be updated 0.5% per year, and Medicare’s current incentive programs for physicians - the physician quality reporting system, the value-based payment modifier, and the meaningful use program - will continue.

In the Journals

Nitrofurantoin less effective than other antibiotics for UTI patients

April 27, 2015
Patients with urinary tract infection who were treated with nitrofurantoin appeared to experience greater incidence of treatment failure, regardless of kidney…

Weight-based vancomycin dosing could improve MRSA treatment in rural areas

April 27, 2015
In a rural setting, high rates of invasive MRSA bacteremia combined with limited antibiotic choices in the field may contribute to shorter courses of vancomycin…
Meeting News Coverage

NS5A RAVs may persist through 96 weeks after ledipasvir therapy

April 27, 2015
VIENNA — NS5A resistance-associated variants persisted through 96 weeks in a high proportion of patients treated with ledipasvir, an NS5A inhibitor, according to…
Meeting News Coverage

GIFT-I: '2D' regimen led to high SVR12 rates in genotype 1b

April 27, 2015
VIENNA — Twelve weeks of therapy with ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir was associated with 12-week sustained virologic response rates greater than 90% in a cohort…
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CME
Conjuctivitis

Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Alcon Research, LTD.

Acute bacterial conjunctivitis affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the…
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VIDEO: Effectiveness of inactivated vs. live flu vaccine currently unclear

VIDEO: Effectiveness of inactivated vs. live flu vaccine currently unclear

April 24, 2015
BETHESDA, Md. — Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh, explains the results of his study…
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CME
Infectious Disease Case Consults

The Patient at Risk for HIV Infection

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This CME activity will focus on the utilization of PrEP in patients at risk for developing HIV infection supplemented…
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