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Report Cites Urgent Need to Secure Connected Medical Devices

Nov 7, 2019 - The connected medical devices that are becoming so valuable to physicians and patients alike require a thoughtful approach to maintaining their security, according to a new report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191107devicesecurity.html

Researchers Explore Rural Training Track Assets, Risks

Nov 1, 2019 - New research looks at the challenges family medicine residency rural training tracks face as they struggle, in many cases, to stay in operation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191101rttresidencies.html

Hospital CEO Discusses Challenges, Rewards of Rural Health

Oct 29, 2019 - National Rural Health Association President Tim Putnam, D.H.A., answers questions about rural health from his perspective as a rural hospital administrator.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191029nrhaqanda.html

PAMA Pay Cuts: How Have They Affected Your Practice?

Sep 30, 2019 - The Academy is encouraging family physicians to complete a survey that explores the effects of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act on their ability to provide office-based laboratory services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190930pamasurvey.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Sep 4, 2019 - Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

Report Examines Benefits of Investing in Primary Care

Aug 15, 2019 - A new study breaks down states' primary care spending patterns and what they mean for select patient outcomes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190815statespending.html

Resiliency Program Reduces Burnout Symptoms in FM Residents

Jul 30, 2019 - Results of a small trial showed a resiliency program was effective in reducing burnout symptoms in family medicine residents. In addition to reducing some symptoms in the short term, researchers noted that there were no significant increases in any burnout measurements in the long term.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190730resiliencystudy.html

Full-scope Family Medicine Flourishes in Southwestern Kansas

Jul 8, 2019 - Family physician Drew Miller, M.D., is one of seven FPs providing high-quality, full-scope health care -- including delivering babies -- in the small town of Lakin, Kan., home to some 2,200 souls.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190708rural-miller.html

Study Links Social Media Posts, Professional Credibility

Jun 28, 2019 - New research from Canada indicates that posting even one negative comment on Facebook can damage a health care professional's credibility in the eyes of the public.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190628socialmediastudy.html

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

Apr 3, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Mar 27, 2019 - Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

Feb 22, 2019 - A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Maintaining Maternity Care Vital to Rural Hospital Stability

Feb 13, 2019 - A panel of experts who took the stage during the recent Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., mulled various issues associated with rural hospital closures and maternity care and shared the story of one community's success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190213nrhamaternity.html

Filling the Rural Gap With Good Recruiting, Telemedicine

Feb 12, 2019 - The Rural Health Disparities Summit in Washington, D.C., which the AAFP co-hosted, examined solutions to problems that are critical to the health of rural America.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190212ruraldisparities.html

Study: EHRs Contribute to Family Physician Stress, Burnout

Jan 16, 2019 - A survey of nearly 1,800 physicians in Rhode Island found that the use of electronic health records contributes significantly to stress and burnout among physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190116ehrstudy.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

Jan 14, 2019 - The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

New Research Examines Diversity in Family Medicine

Jan 2, 2019 - New research shows that although the family physician workforce has diversified over the past 30 years, some racial and ethnic minorities remain underrepresented.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102jabfmdiversity.html

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Jan 2, 2019 - Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102waldrenqa.html

Rural FP Finds Rewards With Full-scope Training, Deep Roots

Dec 19, 2018 - Shelley Kohlleppel, M.D., has created a solo family medicine practice in rural Lakehills, Texas, not far from her hometown.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181219ruralkohlleppel.html

Report: Follow Four Principles to Meet Quadruple Aim

Dec 12, 2018 - A recent article in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine outlines a new set of principles to address a crisis in health care quality management in primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181212qualityprinciples.html

Utilize CCM Codes to Maximize Patient Care, Payment

Nov 30, 2018 - Use of chronic care management codes can help family physicians deliver reimbursable coordinated care for patients with two or more chronic diseases.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181130ccmcoding.html

Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community

Oct 3, 2018 - Solo family physician Scott Anzalone, M.D., knows the joys and frustrations of practicing in a rural community where it's not unheard of for a patient to stop by his house to have a laceration sewn up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181003ruralanzalone.html

Study Shows Physicians, Nurses How They Talk to Each Other

Aug 20, 2018 - A study published in BMJ Quality and Safety suggests that both professional trust and patient safety can be increased by enabling physicians and nurses to reflect on their communication with each other.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180820videostudy.html

Family Physicians Earn Respect in Remote Valdez, Alaska

Jun 6, 2018 - In the first of a series of articles focusing on family physicians who deliver high-quality, comprehensive care in rural communities, a team of four FPs -- including AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D. -- shares stories that reveal the joys and challenges of practicing full-scope ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180606valdez.html

Draft Guidelines Issued for Office-based Primary Care Procedures

Apr 25, 2018 - Family physicians are urged to review and comment on draft guidelines related to office-based primary care and gynecology procedures by May 13.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180425procedureguideline.html

New HHS/ONC Tool Helps Consumers Access Health Records

Apr 13, 2018 - Patients may come to their next appointment ready to talk about a new resource that aims to help patients, parents and caregivers access and use health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180413patientrecords.html

New AAFP Tool Guides FPs Looking to Open a Practice

Mar 5, 2018 - The AAFP recently launched a free tool that helps members plan details and run calculations necessary for setting up a successful new practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180305practicetool.html

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?

Jan 30, 2018 - A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180130ehrreferrals.html

Breaking the Interruption Cycle in Clinical Practice

Dec 20, 2017 - New research encourages physicians to employ tactics to manage interruptions in practice and become better able to resume the main task at hand.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20171220interruptions.html

Family Medicine for America's Health Revamps Website

Sep 27, 2017 - Family Medicine for America's Health has redesigned its website to include new information on its strategy implementation teams and recently launched tools.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170927fmahealthsite.html

Help AAFP NRN Shape Patient Engagement Research

Aug 24, 2017 - The AAFP's National Research Network is asking family physicians to complete a survey on patient engagement to help shape its patient engagement research and share study results.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170824nrn-ptengage.html

Chief Primary Care Officer Role Proposed to Improve Continuity

Aug 8, 2017 - If hospitals want to improve care coordination, they will need a heavy dose of primary care in their leadership ranks, argue two authors in a recent article.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170808cpcmo.html

Broader Look Shows How PCMH Touches Practices, Patients

Jul 25, 2017 - The annual report of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative examines how elements of the patient-centered medical home affect cost, quality and utilization.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170725pcpccreport.html

Researchers Assess Progress on Nation's Move to Value-Based Care

Jul 17, 2017 - A survey of physicians and health plan executives shows that although the U.S. health care system is moving toward value-based care, physicians need better tools.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170717queststudy.html

Window for CPC+ Round Two Applications Closes July 13

Jul 11, 2017 - The deadline to apply for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative is approaching for practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and part of New York.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170711cpcplusdeadline.html

Drop in FPs Providing Obstetric Care Alarms Researchers

Jul 2, 2017 - Researchers are concerned about recent study data that show a significant drop in the percentage of family physicians who provide obstetric care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170702obstetricsdrop.html

Video Visits Hold Promise for Delivering Patient-centered Care

Jun 5, 2017 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine indicates that patients find value in video visits with their established primary care clinicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170605videovisits.html

USDA Offers Distance Learning, Telemedicine Grant Opportunities

May 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a call for applications for parties interested in receiving rural telemedicine or distance learning grants.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170525ruraltelemedgrants.html

New Journal Feature Spotlights Practice Innovations

May 9, 2017 - The latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine launches a new feature with brief articles that describe primary care innovations and close with takeaway lessons.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170509innovations.html

Direct Primary Care Model Gains Momentum in Multiple States

Apr 21, 2017 - State legislatures are making it easier for both physicians and patients to choose the direct primary care practice model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170421dpcstates.html

Secure Benefits of Annual Wellness Visit for Practices, Patients

Mar 29, 2017 - On April 4, the AAFP will present a live webinar designed to inform family physicians about the Medicare annual wellness visit.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170329awvwebinar.html

AAFP Seeks to Improve Medicare Advantage, Part D Programs

Mar 22, 2017 - The AAFP has responded to CMS' proposed payment and policy changes to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans for 2018, focusing its comments on quality measures, Part D formulary submissions and network adequacy determinations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170322cmscomments.html

Patients With Obesity Face Disparities in End-of-Life Care

Feb 9, 2017 - New research shows an association between obesity and decreased hospice enrollment, shorter duration of hospice services and reduced incidence of in-home death.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170209obesityhospice.html

CMS to Waive PQRS Penalties Related to ICD-10 Update Issues

Jan 9, 2017 - CMS will waive penalties associated with 2016 fourth quarter Physician Quality Reporting System reporting if physicians had difficulty because of ICD-10 code updates.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170109icd10pqrs.html

Retail Clinics Fall Short in Relieving Crowded EDs

Dec 9, 2016 - New research in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows that retail clinics have not curbed patients' use of hospital emergency departments for nonemergency care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161209retailclinics.html

AAFP Webinar: Prepare for Value-based Payment

Oct 12, 2016 - An AAFP webinar coming Nov. 3 will show family physicians how to excel at quality measurement and reporting, as well as how to prepare for value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161012pqrswebinar.html

Family Physicians Play Crucial Role in Mental Health Care

Oct 3, 2016 - The trust that family physicians build with patients through years of collaborative interaction make them particularly well-suited to treating mental illness.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161003mentalhealth.html

How Does Your State Measure Up in Care Quality Rankings?

Sep 8, 2016 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released an updated version of its interactive state snapshot tool.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160908statesnapshots.html

High-performing ACOs Demonstrate Savings, Improved Care

Sep 7, 2016 - Successful ACOs are emerging as a prime example of payment reform that federal health officials are touting as a model for the future of primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160907acoresults.html

Health System Finds Technology Can Boost Patient Engagement

Aug 2, 2016 - Kaiser Permanente utilizes a patient portal that is designed to coordinate care and educate patients, not simply to collect data.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160802kaiserportal.html

FP Stands Ready for Statewide Shift to Capitation Model

Jul 7, 2016 - A family physician in Hawaii has found success in a per-member, per-month system that was adjusted to offer larger payments in advance of a statewide rollout.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160707capitation.html

High Court Affirms Value of Diversity in Meeting Educational Mission

Jul 6, 2016 - The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas at Austin's use of race as one of many factors in its undergraduate admissions process.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160706supremecourt-fisher.html

FP Salaries Continue Upward Climb

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians continue to be in high demand among health care recruiters, and their salaries are rising to catch up to their worth, according to a recent report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160617salarysurvey.html

Harvard Medical School Takes Case Study Approach to Primary Care

May 19, 2016 - Researchers at Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care are preparing case studies on how effective primary care teams are transforming practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160519harvardresearch.html

Avoidable Hospital Admissions Drop With Medicare Advantage

May 17, 2016 - A recent study showed Medicare Advantage enrollees have a lower rate of avoidable hospitalizations compared with traditional fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160517mahospitalization.html

Community Health Centers Play Major Role in Protecting Safety Net

Mar 23, 2016 - Community health centers are emerging as the first stop for innovative approaches in patient care and employee engagement.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160323communityhealthcenters.html

AAFP Launches Full-Court Press to Ensure FPs Thrive in New Payment Era

Mar 9, 2016 - The AAFP soon will launch a bevy of resources to help family physicians succeed with new payment reform models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160309fpmmacra.html

EHR Vendors Join Forces to Improve Data Sharing

Mar 8, 2016 - The companies that provide 90 percent of EHR systems -- along with some of the largest private health care systems -- have agreed to improve data sharing.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160308ehrinteroperability.html

Physicians Can Expect More Digital Patient ID Cards

Feb 23, 2016 - Physicians should expect to see an increase in patients presenting at the front desk with digital health insurance ID cards.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160223digitalcards.html

AAFP Leads Move to Consistent, Meaningful Quality Measurement

Feb 16, 2016 - The AAFP and other Core Quality Measures Collaborative members have released core measures sets that aim to harmonize quality measurement for seven select areas of practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160216corequality.html

Medical Home Shows Promise With Right Support, Says Panel

Dec 8, 2015 - The medical home model can improve care and save money if given proper support, said panelists at a recent forum on scaling up successful practice models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151208medhome.html

Survey: 1 in 3 Family Physicians Pursuing Value-based Payment

Dec 2, 2015 - The AAFP and Humana hosted a congressional briefing on Dec. 1 in Washington to present findings from a value-based payment readiness survey.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151202vbpsurvey.html

Refocus System on Primary Care, Says Iora Health CEO

Nov 23, 2015 - Iora Health CEO Rushika Fernandopulle, M.D., M.P.P., spoke of the need to accelerate changes in primary care delivery during a recent national conference.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151123seizemoment.html

Annals Study Pinpoints Costs of Sustaining PCMH

Oct 21, 2015 - A recent study examined the costs of sustaining a patient-centered medical home. The study's authors recently discussed what those costs -- and the value the model delivers -- should mean to payers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151021pcmhstudy.html

Family Physicians Play Major Role in Urban ERs

Sep 29, 2015 - A sizable percentage of family physicians work in emergency departments, but many had not previously been counted as FPs because they reported being ER physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150929fpemergencies.html

Arkansas Shared Savings Initiative Sparks FPs' Interest

Sep 28, 2015 - A Medicaid shared savings program titled, the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative seeks to improve quality of care and reduce unnecessary hospital and ER visits.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150929arkansaspayment.html

How Can Efficiency of Primary Care Patient Encounters Be Improved?

Sep 15, 2015 - According to new research, patient encounters in primary care are nonlinear and unpredictable and have for years been misunderstood by systems designers charged with making practices more efficient.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150915workflow.html

Medicaid Waivers Fund Advanced Primary Care at Texas Medical School

Aug 24, 2015 - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is using three Medicaid waivers to fund advanced primary care and increase the number of family medicine residencies.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150824texaswaiver.html

Are Narrowing Insurance Plan Networks a Thorn in Your Side?

Aug 20, 2015 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently reported that it has beefed up its 2016 accreditation standards for health insurance plans to better ensure patient access.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150820narrownetworks.html

Revamping Medical Assistant Roles May Boost Physician Productivity

Aug 19, 2015 - Some practices aimed to increase patient and staff satisfaction by training medical assistants to handle more patient care tasks that do not require a physician's direct involvement.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150819clinicaltransformation.html

Study Shows Primary Care Relationship Reduces ER, Hospital Visits

Aug 5, 2015 - Recent research in California indicates that an ongoing relationship with a primary care health professional leads to greater consistency in care and fewer visits to ERs and hospitals.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150805califprimcare.html

AAFP Board Takes Tough Stand on Retail Clinics

Jul 31, 2015 - Armed with a newly minted set of characteristics governing how retail clinics nationwide should approach the provision of health care, the AAFP is set to enter into discussions with any and all such companies about future opportunities to collaborate for the good of patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150731retailclinics.html

AAFP Advocates Team-based Care, Workforce Development at IOM Event

Jun 3, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., spoke May 28 before an Institute of Medicine committee charged with evaluating the impact of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health five years after the report's release. His primary message: Team-based care in the patient-centered ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150603iomnursingevent.html

Organizations Prod HHS to Recognize Existing CPT Codes

May 27, 2015 - The AAFP recently urged HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to ensure that in 2016, physicians could bill for advance care planning with CPT codes 99497 and 99498.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150527advancecare.html

New Care Delivery Methods Boost Career Satisfaction, Say Physicians

May 20, 2015 - More and more, primary care physicians are taking the reins in managing all types of care, said panelists at a recent Health is Primary event.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520healthisprimary.html

Researchers Explore Year One of Pioneer ACO Experiences

Apr 30, 2015 - New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine examines how 32 accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in CMS' Pioneer ACO model initiative performed in the first year of the program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150430pioneeraco.html

Panel Considers Health Care Innovations in Technology, Payment

Apr 28, 2015 - During a panel discussion hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform, speakers addressed ways to support the latest innovations in patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150428innovation.html

Incentive Payments Lead to Healthier Patients, Say Michigan FPs

Mar 9, 2015 - Three primary care physicians in Michigan discuss their experiences with a payment incentive program offered by a private insurer.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150309tieredpayments.html

Significant Primary Care, Overall Physician Shortage Predicted by 2025

Mar 3, 2015 - The Association of American Medical Colleges released a physician workforce projection report that estimates an overall U.S. physician shortfall of up to 90,000 physicians by 2025.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150303aamcwkforce.html

Physicians Buoyed by Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling

Feb 10, 2015 - The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that a hospital's medical staff has the right to sue the hospital and that medical staff bylaws are an enforceable contract.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150210minncourtwin.html

Top Five Pressing Concerns Include Consolidation, ICD-10

Jan 14, 2015 - The Physicians Foundation's 2015 Physician Watch List identifies five areas physicians view as most likely to impact their practices and their patients this year.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150114physfdtnwatchlist.html

Practices Making Good Progress on Achieving Care Management Milestones

Jan 14, 2015 - Recent CMS reports show that practices participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative are making good progress on achieving program milestones.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150114cpcireports.html

AAFP, Others Urge CMS to Recognize New CPT Codes

Jan 7, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined 10 other medical specialty organizations in asking CMS to recognize, beginning in 2016, two new CPT codes for advance care planning.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150107advancecodesjointltr.html

Mentoring, Telemedicine Offer Paths to Better Rural Health Care Access

Dec 17, 2014 - Technology is being used in creative ways to expand patients' access to health care in rural areas. But now, training and payment systems need to catch up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141217ruralhealthbrfng.html

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption?

Dec 10, 2014 - A recently published research brief aims to identify characteristics of physicians who have adopted electronic health records versus those who have not or don't intend to do so.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210oncbrief.html

Spread of For-profit Medicine May Pose Patient Safety Threat

Dec 3, 2014 - AAFP state chapter leaders discussed the growing influence of retail clinics and their plans to offer more medical services, as well as other scope-of-practice and patient safety issues.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141203statelegretail.html

Value of Primary Care Drives MedPAC Discussion

Oct 15, 2014 - Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently acknowledged that the method for determining payment for physician services needs to be updated. Accordingly, MedPAC contracted with a research agency to analyze the number of hours a physician actually spends working...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141015medpacrvus.html

Quest for EHR Usability, Interoperability Fuels AAFP's Technology Team

Oct 8, 2014 - After a decade of stressing electronic health record implementation, Steven Waldren, M.D., discusses with AAFP News where the Academy intends to focus its health information technology-related efforts moving forward.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141008qa-waldrenalliance.html

Does Hospital Consolidation Help or Harm Patients?

Sep 16, 2014 - Debate continues regarding ongoing consolidation of hospitals and whether such moves leave patients with less choice and lead to higher costs for essential care. To add to the conversation, the nonpartisan news organization Politico Pro hosted a panel discussion in Washington this week ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140916hospmergerspanel.html

Small Primary Care Practices Shine in National Study

Aug 20, 2014 - New research shows that small primary care practices have lower rates of preventable hospital admissions than their large-practice counterparts, suggesting that small practices may have hard-to-measures perks such as better physician/patient relationships that contribute to their ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140820smallpractstudy.html

New Research Suggests Practices Need to Forge Their Own Paths to Change

Aug 13, 2014 - Recent patient-centered medical home research suggests that medical practices need to forge their own unique paths to practice transformation. Overall, paying close attention to the process, especially regarding culture and patient-centeredness, is key.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140813jabfm-pcmh.html

Family Physicians Successfully Team With Nonphysician Health Professionals

Aug 1, 2014 - Interviews with two rural family physicians confirm results of a recent study that found many family physicians are working collaboratively with nonphysician health professionals -- with great success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140801fpsandnonphys.html

Former CMS Head Breaks Down ACO Lessons to Date

Jul 23, 2014 - Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are growing rapidly nationwide, offering the promise of coordinated patient care at a lower cost. Former CMS administrator Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., recently discussed with AAFP News some early returns on ACOs, including the fact that many ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140723qa-acoexpert.html

Residents: Don't Miss This Free Webinar on Personal Finance

Apr 30, 2014 - Family medicine residency director Blake Fagan, M.D., is making his personal finance tips available to family medicine residents nationwide in a free one-hour AAFP webinar that is scheduled to air on May 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CDT.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140430persfinwebinar.html

Federal Appeals Court Slows Insurer's Intent to Trim Physician Network

Feb 18, 2014 - On Friday, Feb. 7, medical associations and physician groups in Connecticut applauded the decision of a federal appeals court that effectively halted -- at least temporarily -- efforts by UnitedHealthcare to trim thousands of Connecticut physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140218uhctrimming.html

Telemedicine Can Build Bridge to Expanded Health Care, Say Panelists

Feb 5, 2014 - As more individuals obtain health insurance, the debate about how to provide greater access to care at a reasonable cost becomes ever more relevant. Now, telemedicine is emerging as a crucial building block in the delivery of care, according to panelists at a recent forum in Washington ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140205rgctelemedicineforum.html

Direct Exchange of Health Care Information Fuels Meaningful Use Stage Two

Dec 11, 2013 - Family physicians have been front-line adopters of electronic health record (EHR) technology for the past decade, so it's no surprise that many FPs are ready, able and willing to push forward with the meaningful use of those EHRs as directed by CMS and the Office of the National ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211directexchangeinterview.html

Researchers Highlight Pay Disparities for Physician Services

Oct 30, 2013 - A study in the October 14 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine highlights disparities in Medicare payments to physicians who perform cognitive services versus physicians who perform procedures.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131030paydisparitystudy.html

State Workforce Projections Document Future Demand for Primary Care Physicians

Oct 7, 2013 - The AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care recently issued primary care physician workforce projections for each state for the next 25 years, thus putting important informational and advocacy tools in the hands of policymakers, advocates and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131007wrkforceproject.html

Team-based Care Fuels Patient Self-management Success

Jul 17, 2013 - In a busy family medicine practice, it often is difficult to get patients to engage in and contribute to their own health care, a concept popularly labeled patient self-management, but one family physician in Wisconsin found that changing some basic processes and empowering his nursing ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130717ptslfmgt-teamcare.html

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