The Minnesota Medical Association developed three fact sheets to increase physician awareness of legislative and other changes: E-Prescribing in Minnesota (PDF: 99KB/2pgs), Implementing E-Health in Minnesota (PDF: 85KB/2pgs) and Pay for Performance in Minnesota (PDF:84KB/2pgs).
The November 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine covers the future of primary care.
A national study indicates that the care of trauma patients in the United States is basically the same no matter what the patient's race or ethnicity.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report Barriers and Drivers of Health Information Technology Use for the Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Underserved is online (PDF: 1,422 pgs/2MB).
The national Health Policy Forum report Primary Care Physician Supply, Physician compensation, and Medicare Fees: What is the Connection is online (PDF: 13pgs/467KB).
Critical Access Hospitals and other hospitals previously not able to submit data under the hospital outpatient quality data reporting program will be allowed to do so voluntarily beginning with patient encounters in first-quarter 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
The November/December issue of The Commonwealth Fund newsletter focuses on Indian Health Services
Living in a rural county may increase the risk of pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension according to research presented at last month's meeting of the American Society of Nephrology (PDF:50KB/2pgs).
The Rural Health Research & Policy Centers explored whether screening for breast and cervical cancer varied between rural and urban areas.
The focus of the fall issue of The Rural Monitor is rural cancer.
Health Care News and Information reports that health information technology is one of the ways that hospitals are retaining nurses (PDF: 31KB/2pgs).
The final report on Medicare Physician Payment Policy and the Rural Perspective is online (PDF:256KB/12pgs).
Medicare Billing Information for Rural Providers, Suppliers, and Physicians is online (PDF: 719KB/36pgs).
Physical Activity and Health Eating for Rural Young and Adult Women resources encourage an increase in physical activity, health eating and communication with health care providers.
According to a report in the November 24 issue of JAMA/Archives of Internal Medicine, face-to-face and telephone follow-up sessions appear to be more effective in the maintenance of weight loss for rural women than weight loss education alone.