Latest Family medicine News

Insurers, employers start helping more with chronic disease

Jan. 14, 2022 10:19 AM EST

Vanessa Akinniyi was stuck in denial about diabetes until a care manager from her health insurer coaxed her out. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident didn’t want to start insulin. All the medicines she tried made her sick. But Florida Blue care manager Miriam Bercier...

Virus surge tests limits of primary health care in Europe

Jan. 05, 2022 09:13 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Like many people, Alberto Pérez of Madrid used a home test to discover that his headache and cold-like symptoms were caused by COVID-19. Unable to contact his local health center, where calls went unanswered and online appointments were booked up for the following...

COVID surge threatens to overwhelm some primary care offices

Jan. 04, 2022 17:47 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Doctor's offices and urgent care centers are bracing for impact as they again face high patient demand and more staffers out sick from the the super-contagious omicron variant. The number of new COVID-19 cases across the U.S. reached a record-shattering average...

Free at-home COVID test kits to be distributed Tuesday

Jan. 02, 2022 16:54 PM EST

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — In an effort to increase access to COVID-19 testing, especially among rural, remote, under-resourced and other vulnerable populations, Louisiana authorities this week are distributing at-home test kits at no cost. The free kits will be available for curbside...

Paid family and medical leave benefits among new Jan. 1 laws

Dec. 31, 2021 09:13 AM EST

Connecticut residents can begin receiving up to 12 weeks of paid time off from the state’s new paid family and medical leave program beginning with the new year. It's one of a handful of new state laws scheduled to officially take effect Saturday. The family and...

Virus unpredictability challenges on-campus medical center

Dec. 25, 2021 01:10 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It is no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire world, including workers at Boynton Health, the University of Minnesota’s on-campus medical center. At the onset of the pandemic, Boynton workers pivoted to move some health services online and adapt...

CVS Health maps out path to steer into primary care delivery

Dec. 09, 2021 12:34 PM EST

CVS Health is launching a plan to use telemedicine, new clinics and teams of doctors, nurses and pharmacists to push deeper into managing customer health. The health care giant on Thursday outlined a future that it expects to be defined by delivering care with what it sees as a...

Less is more: Independent clinics find niche in North Dakota

Dec. 04, 2021 01:19 AM EST

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A desire to give patients a more personal style of health care and sometimes a broader range of services has led to a growing number of independent clinics operated by mid-level providers in the Minot region. In recent years, Minot has gained several...

Checkup finds Biden 'vigorous'; Harris briefly in power

Nov. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden remains “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for duty, but is showing some signs of aging, his doctor said Friday after the oldest president in American history underwent his first routine physical in office and — in a history-making moment —...

Employers eye shifting health care needs during pandemic

Nov. 15, 2021 13:59 PM EST

Health care costs rise every year, but the nation’s biggest employers still see insurance coverage as an important benefit to provide. They just struggle getting the health care system to deliver what their workers need, according to Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO of the...