An Affordable Care Act provision allows a three-month grace period for families who buy subsidized plans from health insurance exchanges but fail to make premium payments. Physicians may not be aware insurers only have to pay for care for the first month. Leah Newkirk of the California Academy of Family Physicians said rural physicians and those who see disadvantaged patients will especially be affected by the policy.
Weight-loss procedures including gastric bypass and gastric banding surgeries were associated with greater weight loss and blood glucose improvements in mildly obese patients compared with nonsurgical methods, a study found. Another study showed more participants in the surgery group attained an A1C of less than 7% at one year than those in the medical management group. Patients who had surgery also lost more weight and required fewer medications compared with the other group, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A study presented at Digestive Disease Week revealed insulin-stimulating treatments including incretin mimetics were not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic adenocarcinoma in diabetes patients. However, researchers said longer-term studies are needed to further assess the drugs' effect, as incretin mimetics have only been available for less than 10 years whereas pancreatic cancer develops over 18 years.
A policy brief in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found 59.8% of responding family physicians routinely worked with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives. Another survey in Health Affairs showed 50.4% of patients still prefer seeing family physicians, while 25.9% did not indicate any preference, suggesting many patients had no qualms in receiving treatment from nonphysician providers.
One way to build team unity at your small business is to schedule regular happy hours or social events, according to Justin Beck of PerBlue. "When you're busy grinding, it can be difficult to justify an hour of fun -- but it's completely worth it. Your team will be more cohesive and ready to get stuff done," he says. Among the other tips for employee bonding included in this article are to participate in team sports and learn something new as a group.