Patients with symptoms of obstructive CAD with a low score using a blood-based age/sex/gene expression test were less likely to be referred to a cardiologist, have positive findings and have an adverse CV event after 1 year, according to a study in The American Journal of Medicine.
“These findings show that a simple blood test can distinguish people who are likely to have obstructive coronary disease from those who are not, thereby helping us better target therapy and reduce unnecessary cardiac testing,” Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD, assistant professor of general internal medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, told Cardiology Today.
People with back pain, headaches and upper respiratory infections are more likely to receive tests and services of little diagnostic or therapeutic value — so-called low-value care — when they visit primary care clinics at hospitals rather than at community-based primary care clinics.
The paper, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that physicians working in hospitals may be more likely to refer too many patients to specialists and order too many CT scans, MRIs and X-rays because they’re more immediately accessible and convenient, said Dr. John Mafi, the study’s lead author, an assistant professor of medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine and a primary care physician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
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This award was established in 1979 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the School of Medicine and to honor the man for whom it is named. Dr. Mellinkoff’s 24 years of leadership as Dean coincided with the growth and development of UCLA as a major institution of medical education and research. The award honors the ideal of the finest in doctor-patient relationships and medical education.
Because of the high esteem in which Dr. Mellinkoff is held by all who know him, this award is considered by the faculty to be the highest honor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Congratulations to Laura Wherry, PhD, for winning the AcademyHealth 2017 Annual Research Meeting Article-of-the-Year for her article, “Saving Teens: Using a Policy Discontinuity to Estimate the Effects of Medicaid Eligibility,” was published in the Journal of Human Resources in November 2015.
The Article-of-the-Year Award recognizes the best scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published during the previous calendar year. The award-winning article provides new insights into the delivery of health care and advances the knowledge of the field.
Hospitalist Estebes Hernandez, MD (pictured below, far left) has won a School of Medicine Excellence in Education Award. This peer-reviewed award was established to recognize outstanding dedication, innovation, and sustained excellence in clinical and classroom teaching
Pictured Excellence in Education award recipients: Estebes Hernandez, MD (Medicine); Alan T. Chiem, MD, MPH (Emergency Medicine, Olive View); Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD (Radiological Sciences); Benjamin K. Woo, MD (Psychiatry). At center, Judi A. Turner, MD, PhD (Anesthesiology) & John M. Stern, MD (Neurology, UCLA), Serge & Yvette Dadone Clinical Teaching Award recipients. Photo below: DGSOM graduation, June 2, 2017 (L-R): Jerome Greenberg, MD; Janet Pregler, MD; Wendy Simon, MD; Neil Wenger, MD; Jason Napolitano, MD; Carol Mangione, MD; Neveen El-Farra, MD; Ed Ha, MD; Michael Pfeffer, MD; Jon Hiatt, MD