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January 2015

Screen baby boomers, treat all hepatitis C
Screening all adults born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C and then treating all infected patients with oral drug regimens is the most cost-effective strategy for society, because better  outcomes more than ofset the higher costs of wider screening and newer drugs, Dr. Zobair M. Younossi, AGAF, said.

North America has highest rate of obesity-related cancers
For those cancers in which risk is associated with high body mass index, North America has the highest percentage of cancer incidence attributable to obesity, according to a population-based study in the Lancet Oncology.

AMA updates maintenance of certification policy
Read the revised version of this story, as well as a related comment from the AGA.

Survey: Physicians feel compelled to sell practices
Almost half of independent physicians expect to sell their practices within the next 10 years, though almost three-quarters would rather not do so, according to a new survey.

‘Incentives’ spurred adoption of EHRs
Financial incentives and potential penalties were the major influencers on most physicians’ decision to adopt electronic health records, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

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