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Recruiting physicians to work in a rural area is difficult, and recruiting the wrong candidates can lead to high turnover rates with physicians leaving after a 2-year stint in rural health care. Accepting any applicant for a rural position leads to discontent from providers who don’t really want to be there, and patients grow accustomed to providers who are dissatisfied.
Post date: March 03, 2015
In efforts “to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community,” the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has launched the Operation Live Well (OLW) initiative. OLW focuses on six areas:
  • integrative wellness,
  • mental wellness,
  • nutrition,
  • physical activity,
  • sleep, and
  • tobacco-free living.
For each area, resources are offered to help individuals implement and maintain healthy lifestyles. These resources are a reminder... Read more about "The DoD Fosters an Integrated Approach to Wellness"
Post date: February 17, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA’s) new report, "Behavioral Health Barometer(PDF - 3995 KB)," provides an overview of the nation’s behavioral health (BH) and mental health (MH) statuses, offering both national- and state-level perspectives. The report provides point and trend data that reflect the status and progress of various BH and MH... Read more about "SAMHSA's New Report on the Behavioral Health of America: Behavioral Health Barometer '"
Post date: February 17, 2015
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) just released The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost & Quality: Annual Review of the Evidence 2013-2014, which summarizes new results from primary care patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives since the publication of the previous Annual Review.
Post date: February 17, 2015
A recent article in the American Family Physician journal examines the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that are often associated with additional physical and mental illnesses. Depressive symptoms, suicide, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and substance use disorders are common in people with eating disorders. In particular, anorexia nervosa is associated with overuse injuries and... Read more about "Integrated Care for Eating Disorder Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment"
Post date: February 17, 2015
Promising findings from two large-scale tests of advanced primary care: the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration were just announced by Dr. Patrick Conway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer.  Some of the grantees in both the CPC... Read more about "Promising Findings Result from CMS Innovations in Advanced Primary Care"
Post date: February 06, 2015
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts is a national initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by empowering people to make healthy choices and improving access to effective care. The initiative is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Post date: February 06, 2015
The term “behavioral health” often refers to “the connection between our behaviors and the health and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit” (1, para. 4). Health behaviors include such things as the eating and drinking habits and exercise that impact our physical and mental health instantly or over time. Integrated behavioral health and primary care addresses health behaviors and their contribution to chronic conditions. In the United States, the number of people with multiple chronic... Read more about "Health Behaviors in Integrated Primary Care"
Post date: February 06, 2015
Recent research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Preventing Chronic Disease examines how the number of chronic illnesses affecting an individual is associated with the odds of a psychiatric disorder. Piane and Smith reported a dose-response relation between the number of chronic diseases (including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and heart disease) and the odds of psychiatric impairment among... Read more about "Chronic Illnesses Linked with Odds of Psychiatric Disorder"
Post date: February 06, 2015
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina completed a cohort study of 934 individuals with confirmed coronary heart disease (CHD) to examine the role of anxiety and co-occurrence of depression and anxiety as association with mortality risk. (PDF - 884.85 KB) They found that anxiety and depression were common among CHD patients during hospitalizations for coronary angiography and... Read more about "Anxiety Associated with Increased Mortality Risk in CHD Patients - Especially with Comorbid Depression"
Post date: February 06, 2015

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