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EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars in 2012

Jul 3, 2013 - As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. According to CMS' recently published EHR ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130703mudropoutrate.html

What Does Meaningful Use Stage Two Final Rule Mean for FPs?

Sep 5, 2012 - For family physicians who were just getting comfortable with the requirements of stage one of meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), HHS released the final rule for stage two of meaningful use in the Sept. 4 Federal Register. The Academy has been actively engaged with the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120905stage2mu.html

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Rules Spark AAFP Concerns

May 7, 2012 - CMS needs to exercise ample restraint in modifying existing stage one meaningful use criteria. That is according to a May 7 letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., from AAFP Board Chair Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., of Waco, Texas. Too many changes too fast will lead ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120507mustage2response.html

Meaningful Use Audits Delay Payment of Some EHR Bonuses

Mar 19, 2013 - Some family physicians who have purchased and implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system and attested to meaningful use of that EHR may be subjected to an audit before they see a bonus check. That's the word from CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. This most recent...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130319bonusaudits.html

I Bailed Out of Medicare Because of Meaningful Use

Apr 1, 2011 - The government's idea of meaningful use and the strings attached to getting the incentive payments are the chief reasons I decided to opt out of Medicare. I have two main objections to meaningful use. One is bureaucratic interference with EHRs. The other is ideological -- I truly ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-marchetti.html

CMS Announces New Meaningful Use Timeline

Dec 11, 2013 - CMS has proposed a new timeline for implementation of meaningful use for its Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, but family physicians still need to stay on task with meaningful use stage two preparations, according to Jason Mitchell, M.D., the AAFP's ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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

Even With Support Staff, Meaningful Use Is Still Too Much Work

Apr 1, 2011 - We're on a meaningful use-certified EHR here at our university's health services, and we participate in Medicare for our retired staff members and their families. We already meet some of the meaningful use requirements, too. But are we going for the incentive money? The answer is no.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-collins.html

Proposed Rule Would Stretch Meaningful Use Timelines, Benefit Physicians

May 28, 2014 - CMS recently issued a proposed rule that would stretch timelines and shift some existing regulations related to meaningful use of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140528mutimeline.html

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized for 2014

Sep 3, 2014 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903mustage2final.html

AAFP Suggests Delaying, Reining in Meaningful Use Stage Three Requirements

Jan 15, 2013 - The AAFP recently called on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to delay implementation of meaningful use stage three requirements until at least 2017 and to delay or eliminate all penalty provisions. In a frank comment letter dated Jan. 10 and...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130115mustage3ltr.html

AAFP Calls Out CMS on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Jun 2, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP argued aggressively for physician-friendly meaningful use stage three rules. The Academy specifically pressed for a delay in stage three implementation until the nation's transition to value-based payment was on firmer ground.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150602mu3letter.html

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

May 27, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP continued to push for rules that would help family physician succeed in the agency's meaningful use programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150527mu2.html

Let the AAFP Answer Your Meaningful Use Questions

Dec 16, 2015 - The AAFP recently created a resource for family physicians based on the most pressing questions physicians have about the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151216mufaq.html

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014, but Implementation Still a ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140917qa-waldren-mu.html

Developers of Meaningful Use Criteria Not Clued In to Needs of Users

Apr 1, 2011 - Our small group practice participates -- reluctantly -- in Medicare, and since we were early adopters of EHR technology, we currently meet about 85 percent to 90 percent of the meaningful use criteria all the way through to Stage 3.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-falkoff.html

CMS Plans to Revise Meaningful Use in 2015

Feb 3, 2015 - The AAFP has welcomed a CMS announcement that the agency intends to make physician participation in the meaningful use program easier in 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150203cmsmuredo.html

Burdensome Meaningful Use Audits Snag Family Physicians

Apr 8, 2015 - In a recent letter, the AAFP told CMS that meaningful use audits are unreasonable, create an administrative burden and take family physicians away from patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150408muaudit.html

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

AAFP Cries Foul on Meaningful Use Attestation Portal Delay

Sep 24, 2014 - After learning of a technical oversight that could lead to penalties for thousands of family physicians trying to attest to meaningful use, the AAFP immediately fired off a letter to CMS asking for relief.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140924muportaldelay.html

House, Senate Ask CMS to Delay Meaningful Use Stage Three

Oct 7, 2015 - Last week, 116 House members sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Office of Management and Budget Director Shawn Donovan asking for a delay in implementing meaningful use stage three.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151007mu3delay.html

AAFP Proposes Revised Meaningful Use Stage Two Compliance Timeline

Aug 13, 2013 - The AAFP recently made an urgent appeal to CMS to modify its aggressive meaningful use (MU) stage two timeline that, if left intact, could outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices. In an Aug. 7 letter to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130813mustage2revised.html

House Bill Aims to Ease Meaningful Use Burdens

Aug 7, 2015 - A new House bill calls for many revisions to meaningful use requirements family physicians have been seeking, including ending all-or-nothing assessments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150807muhousebill.html

CMS Clarifies Flexibility on Meaningful Use Exceptions

Feb 24, 2016 - CMS recently clarified some issues regarding meaningful use hardship exceptions, attestation, bonus payments and penalties.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160224hardshipexception.html

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Regulations Released

Mar 12, 2012 - Following CMS' recent release of proposed stage two meaningful use requirements that will govern the next stage of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the AAFP is encouraging members to join in the discussion on the regulations. The proposed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120312mu2proposedregs.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

HHS Takes 'Time Out' on Meaningful Use Stage Three Rule-making

Mar 11, 2013 - HHS is effectively taking a time out in its rule-making process to ponder the best way to move forward with stage three of electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use objectives intended to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. According to a notice in the March 7...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130311mustage3delay.html

Organizations Warn HHS: Meaningful Use Program in Jeopardy

Oct 20, 2014 - The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141020healthitsignonltr.html

Tell Congress to Hit Pause on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Oct 23, 2015 - The Academy is making it easy to demand that Congress pause the meaningful use program until it's firmly on track to help family physicians improve patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151023mu3speakout.html

Meaningful Use Program Officially Shelved

Jan 14, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a surprise announcement by CMS that the agency is ending the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160114mushelved.html

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

Feb 5, 2018 - The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

How to Prepare For, Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit

May 15, 2013 - Use of the words audit and Medicare in the same sentence tend to make even the most seasoned physician uncomfortable. So when the news broke in March that CMS had added prepayment meaningful use (MU) audits to its ongoing postpayment audit process, some family physicians expressed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130515ehrmuaudit.html

Physicians Attesting to Meaningful Use Get One-Month Extension on Deadline

Feb 12, 2014 - CMS has announced a one-month deadline extension for physicians attesting to meaningful use (MU) as part of the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. Physicians now have until midnight EST on March 31 to attest for the 2013 reporting year. The extension does ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140212mudeadlineext.html

Dozens of Organizations Express Meaningful Use Concerns

Sep 24, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations have asked HHS and the Office of Management and Budget to pause work on implementation of meaningful use stage three.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150924mu3letters.html

The Uncertain Future of Meaningful Use

Jan 28, 2016 - AAFP Alliance for eHealth Innovation Director Steven Waldren, M.D., says that although CMS plans to end meaningful use, the program's requirements remain in place.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160128guestedmu.html

Moving from Meaningless to Meaningful Use

Jul 7, 2015 - The flawed meaningful use program does not move our health care system closer to widespread adoption of electronic health records, and it is time for a change. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin explains why the Academy is launching an advocacy ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/moving_from_meaningless_to_meaningful.html

A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

May 18, 2012 - A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_meaningful_discussion_about_meaningful.html

Hit the Pause Button on Meaningful Use

Sep 1, 2015 - A bill has been introduced in Congress that includes many of the changes the AAFP has advocated for regarding the Meaningful Use program. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the need for change, the proposed legislation, and how ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/hit_the_pause_button_on.html

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

Nov 26, 2014 - A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_day_on_the_hill.html

AAFP, Other Groups Urge HHS to Modify Meaningful Use Timelines, Requirements

Feb 26, 2014 - Dozens of physician, hospital, health information technology and other stakeholder organizations that are invested in their members' successful completion of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs took a united stand recently in asking HHS to modify ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140226mutimelineltr.html

EHR Funding is Great, But the Devil's in the Unintended Consequences

Apr 1, 2011 - I think it's wonderful that the government is trying to move physicians to EHR technology by rewarding them financially for meaningful use. However, I'm not sure the program's carrot-and-stick approach -- with incentives for those who become meaningful users and, eventually, penalties ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-cahn.html

AAFP Works to Resolve Members' Practice Management Issues in 2010

Jan 6, 2011 - In 2009, family physicians learned that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would provide bonuses for physician practices that incorporated the meaningful use of electronic health records, or EHRs. However, physicians and the AAFP were left scratching their heads about just what ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110106yrinrev.html

Certified EHRs Drive Incentive Payment Program

Apr 1, 2011 - One of the basic components of the federal government's incentive program for adopting health information technology is a funny little term: meaningful use. To receive the incentives, physicians have to adopt a system that ensures they can apply meaningful use criteria to their use of ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401certifiedehrs.html

AAFP Backs Bill to Grant Forbearance on MU Penalties

Nov 11, 2015 - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has sponsored the Meaningful Use Relief Act that would allow CMS to grant a blanket hardship exception for eligible health professionals who cannot attest to meaningful use stage two for 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151111muletter.html

Researchers Praise Progress, Point Out EHR Usability Issues

Jun 7, 2013 - The task of automating America's health care system via physicians' use of electronic health record (EHR) technology is progressing but far from finished. That's the conclusion offered by authors of a new study in the June 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. According to the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130607ehrimplementstudy.html

AAFP Urges HHS to Pause, Refocus, Streamline MU Program

Dec 2, 2015 - After publication of the final meaningful use rule, the AAFP wasted no time letting CMS know that the program is in trouble and needs a course correction.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151202mu3letter.html

EHR Incentive Money Not Worth Participating in Medicare Again

Apr 1, 2011 - I practice with two other family physicians in an integrative medical practice that combines conventional and complementary therapies. I've had an EHR since 2006. But I won't get any government money for meaningful use because I don't participate in Medicare (or any other insurance, ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-steinmetz.html

AAFP Demands Straight Answers on Flawed Audit Process

Jul 17, 2015 - The AAFP won't back down when it comes to getting answers from CMS about flaws in its meaningful use audit system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150717auditanswers.html

AAFP Argues for Extended 90-day MU Reporting Period

Mar 18, 2016 - As the meaningful use program winds down, the AAFP is telling CMS it should maintain flexibility in the program's reporting requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160318mu90days.html

Practice Owners, Employed Docs Struggle With Allocation of Incentive Money

Sep 26, 2012 - As America's health care system moves into a payment arena that makes new money, such as bonuses, incentive payments and shared savings, available, the way physicians get paid is changing, opening up a whole new world of payment opportunities and pitfalls. Take Deborah Higer, M.D., for ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120926incentivepayments.html

AAFP Leaders Take Family Medicine's Message to Capitol Hill

Nov 4, 2015 - Members of the AAFP Board of Directors spoke to lawmakers about FPs' frustration with meaningful use rules, Medicare payment and other issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151104hillvisit.html

Congress Simplifies MU Hardship Exemption Process

Dec 22, 2015 - Congress has passed a bill would allow CMS to review meaningful use hardship exemption applications faster until March 15, 2016.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151222muexemption.html

MU Hardship Exception Application Process, Round Two

Jan 26, 2016 - CMS recently announced approval of a simplified application process for physicians to apply for meaningful use hardship exemptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160126ehrhardship.html

News Briefs: Week of April 18-22

Apr 20, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CMS Launches Online Tools for Meaningful Use Incentive Programs; Obama Signs Bill Eliminating 1099 Tax Provision; NHSC Loan Repayment Program Still Open; Major Health Systems Create Care Connectivity Consortium; Abstracts Invited for 2011...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110420wklynewsbrfs.html

EHRs Represent the 'Widgetization' of Medicine

Apr 1, 2011 - I've been on an EHR for six years and totally paperless for at least three. I think the primary target of the meaningful use money isn't doctors like me, who already have EHRs, but doctors who don't, to induce them to start.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-granat.html

CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

New MU Hardship Exemption Application Deadline: July 1

Mar 1, 2016 - CMS recently announced that it has extended the deadline to apply for a meaningful use hardship exemption to July 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160301mujuly.html

News in Brief: Week of May 19-23

May 27, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP, USPSTF Say Evidence Lacking to Recommend Screening for Suicide; Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by July 1; High Cholesterol Levels in Couples Can Impair Fecundity; and CMS Launches Stage One of Restructured Quality ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140527wklynwsbrfs.html

Results of Health IT Research Review Positive Overall, but Some Topics Need More Focus

Jan 21, 2014 - Many family physicians and other health care professionals and organizations have heartily embraced health information technology in recent years. The increased interest in implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) is due, at least to some extent, to federal incentive dollars ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140121oncreview.html

News in Brief: Week of Feb. 13-17

Feb 15, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: More Than 21 Percent of EHR 'Meaningful Users' Are Family Docs; $4.1 Billion Recovered in Health Care Fraud Efforts in 2011; FDA Warns Physicians, Patients About Counterfeit Avastin; and Documentary Looks at Reasons Behind Variations in ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20120215wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 10-14

Dec 12, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: ONC Creates Meaningful Use Dashboard to Keep Physicians Updated, FDA Issues Updated Safety Review on Chantix, Updated Disaster Preparedness Manual Available, CDC Documents Increases in EMR/EHR Use in Office-based Settings, Cost of ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121212wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of May 13-17

May 15, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Recommends Screening All Adults for Alcohol Misuse; Guidance Issued on Transfer of Care Measures in Meaningful Use Stage Two; CMS Announces Second Round of Awards for Health Care Innovation Project; Many Americans Are Unaware of ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130515wklynewsbrfs.html

Physicians Gain Extra Time for MU Attestation

Feb 17, 2016 - CMS recently announced an extension of the deadline to attest to meaningful use for 2015 to March 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160217ehrextension.html

Federal Government Issues New Health IT Regulations

Jan 6, 2010 - The federal government is one step closer to defining the term meaningful use as it pertains to electronic health records, or EHRs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100106mean-use.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 12-16

Nov 14, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: HHS Extends Deadline For State Insurance Exchanges; New Resources Available to Help Physicians Attain EHR Meaningful Use; Physician Recruitment Report Shows Family Physicians in High Demand; Employees Carry Larger Health Care Costs As a ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121114wklynewsbrfs.html

Don't Miss July 1 Cutoff to Apply for EHR Hardship Exception

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians have until July 1 to apply for a meaningful use hardship exception and avoid a 3 percent Medicare penalty in 2017.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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

News in Brief: Week of May 9-13

May 11, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Register Now for CMS National Call to Learn More About Meaningful Use; Medical School to Build Extension, Expand Class Size to Aid Primary Care; Hawaii Announces Plan for Medicaid Medical Home Model; and Michigan Enacts I'm Sorry ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110511wklynewsbrfs.html

2016 Advocacy Agenda: Four Things to Know

Jan 19, 2016 - Four key issues stand out on the Academy's advocacy agenda for 2016: influencing the implementation of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act; meaningful use; reducing administrative complexity; and aligning payers' quality and performance measures.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_advocacy_agenda_four_things.html

The Backbone of American Health Care: Serving Small Practice Family Physicians

Feb 3, 2015 - The number of regulatory burdens family physician face-meaningful use, PQRS, and ICD-10 to name a few-is daunting, especially for small practices. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin highlights the resources the Academy has developed to help practices ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/the_backbone_of_american_health.html

CMS Expands Hardship Exemptions for E-Prescribing in Attempt to Fix Program Overlap

Aug 10, 2012 - Many physicians got stung by the 1 percent electronic prescribing penalty for 2012. We don't want to repeat that experience in 2013, noted Jason Mitchell, M.D., assistant director for the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reference to news that HHS recently proposed adding two more ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120810erx-hardshipexempt.html

Ready Or Not, ICD-10 is Here

Sep 29, 2015 - ICD-10 will be implemented this week. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy’s resources related to that change. He also offers an update on a bill intended to reform meaningful use (and how you can help).

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ready_or_not_icd_10.html

Medicare Physician Payment Reform Gets Top Billing During Capitol Hill Visits

Nov 26, 2013 - On Capitol Hill last week, AAFP leaders more than made up for a round of congressional visits scheduled for last month that had to be cancelled because of the federal government shutdown. In a span of less than two days, Academy officers and staff tallied up more than a dozen visits ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131126caphillvisits.html

Whack the 'WAC'

Oct 27, 2015 - The growing administrative burden on physicians is hampering patient care and fueling physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's efforts to address problems with the meaningful use program and to end ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/whack_the_wac.html

EHR Adoption Pitfalls, Strategies to Overcome Problems Are Focus of White Paper

Jan 23, 2013 - The ability of primary care practices to successfully adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) is driven, in large part, by how well they integrate EHRs into six major practice areas. That's according to a white paper recently issued by Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130123wirecpaper.html

Researchers Sound Alarm on Health IT Maintenance

Jan 30, 2015 - Maintaining an electronic health record system is difficult for practices with limited resources and it's getting tougher, researchers report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150130digitaldivide.html

Physicians Report Declining Satisfaction with EHRs

Aug 25, 2015 - A recently released report shows declining physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150825ehrsatisfaction.html

Family Physicians Find Regional Extension Centers a Mixed Bag

Dec 15, 2011 - The establishment of regional extension centers, or RECs, in 2010 was widely seen as an opportunity for physicians, including family physicians, to more quickly and effectively adopt health information technology, or health IT, and use it in a meaningful way. The reality, however, is ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20111215recstories.html

Federal Government Employs 'Carrot-Stick' Approach to EHR Adoption

Apr 1, 2011 - Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., has always operated a financially successful family medicine practice; consequently, she was able to invest in an electronic health record, or EHR, system three years ago.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401carrotstick.html

Pennsylvania AFP Assists Primary Care Residencies, Practices With PCMH, EHR Initiatives

Sep 30, 2011 - During a recent noontime conference with his residents, family physician Timothy Heilmann, M.D., asked them, Who here thinks they're doing a good job managing a diabetic patient? All of the residents' hands shot up. But Heilmann, associate director of the family medicine residency at ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110930pennchapter.html

AAFP, Others Urge Timeline Tweaks, Flexibility in EHR Incentive Programs

Sep 23, 2014 - The AAFP and 16 other health care organizations recently sent a letter to HHS asking for flexibility in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs to keep physicians and hospitals from dropping out.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140923hhsflexltr.html

AAFP Guides ONC Toward Solutions to Problematic Health IT Certification Issues

May 5, 2014 - The AAFP continues to work to ease family physicians' transition to -- and efficient use of -- electronic health records, and that work includes constant vigilance regarding federal rules and regulations promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140505oncehercertltr.html

HHS Final Rules Address EHR Incentives, Certification Criteria

Oct 13, 2015 - HHS recently released final rules meant to speed the implementation, interoperability and flexibility of electronic health records in the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151013hhsfinalrules.html

EHR Certification Methods Fail Physicians, Patients

Jan 27, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations and related stakeholders asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to change the way electronic health record systems are certified.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150127EHRcert.html

Patient-Centered Collaborative Puts Stakeholders in Position to Drive Changes

Apr 12, 2010 - The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, or PCPCC, has made major contributions toward reforming the nation's health care system by giving primary care physicians and other stakeholders the necessary information and tools to implement and sustain the patient-centered medical ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100412pcpcc-stkhldrs.html

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians

Mar 19, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150319werginsenate.html

AAFP Urges Review, Rewrite of Portions of Proposed Rule

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a CMS proposed rule that would modify Medicare's 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system and more.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160831oppsletter.html

Request Hardship Exception to EHR Incentive Program -- Now

Jun 8, 2015 - Physicians applying for a hardship exception for CMS' Electronic Health Record Incentive Program must do so by July 1 to avoid a 2 percent Medicare pay cut in 2016.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150608ehrexception.html

Financial, Technical Support Are Keys to Health IT Adoption by Small Physician Practices

Jul 29, 2010 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, will spur the adoption and use of health information technology, or health IT, among small physician practices by giving them much-needed financial and technical support to implement health IT systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100729goertz-heslin-testify.html

HHS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on MU, 2015 Edition Certification Criteria

Mar 23, 2015 - HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two proposed rules aimed at supporting interoperable health IT nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323mu3.html

AAFP Takes Credit for Progress Made in CMS' Proposed Rule

Jul 13, 2016 - After repeated legislative and advocacy efforts by the AAFP, CMS has made changes in a proposed rule that will benefit family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160713oppsrule.html

Money Flows From CMS to Physicians Engaged in Medicare EHR Incentive Program

May 25, 2011 - It's official. CMS is in the business of writing incentive payment checks to physicians as part of the agency's Medicare Electronic Health Record, or EHR, Incentive Program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110525muchecksissued.html

EHRs Spur Fundamental Changes in Medicine, but Questions Persist About Overall ...

Apr 17, 2013 - Chris Tashjian, M.D., has been a family physician for the past 25 years and has spent most of his career practicing in a paper-driven medical environment. In that paper-based world, Tashjian says he was forced to practice reactive medicine, responding to the needs and concerns of his ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130417ehrprocon.html

Basic EHR Use Rising, but Data-sharing, Patient Engagement Lag Behind

Aug 22, 2014 - Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140822healthaffehrstudy.html

AAFP Blasts ONC's Final EHR Interoperability Road Map

Oct 12, 2015 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., recently told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that its final interoperability road map falls short of achieving that critical goal.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151012oncroadmap.html

Diverse Panel Discusses Past, Present, Future of Health IT

Feb 8, 2016 - Panelists at a recent event discussed challenges linked to achieving health care connectivity, including primary care physicians' frustration with electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160208brookingsconnect.html

Government Investment in Health IT Spurs Innovation in EHR Equipment

Apr 1, 2011 - A solo FP, Kay Lee, M.D., of Houston, bought her first electronic health record, or EHR, system in 2005. Within six months, she had transferred most of her patient records onto the new system, leading to better documentation, greater efficiencies and a higher level of care for her ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrinnovation.html

Government's Plan for EHRs is Good, But I'll Pass … for Now

Apr 1, 2011 - I started my solo, small-volume micropractice about nine months ago. I have no employees and practice in a one-room clinic inside a pharmacy building -- my reception area is part of the pharmacy space.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-murphey.html

Physicians to CMS: Re-evaluate Timelines, Implementation of Penalty Phases

Apr 23, 2012 - We are writing to express our profound concern about the imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden, as well as mass confusion, for physicians. Thus begins a letter to ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20120423ama-cmsletter.html

EHRs Leaving Big Footprint on U.S. Health Care, Says Agency

Jul 17, 2013 - More hospitals and physicians than ever before are using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve the health of U.S. patients, according to a July 17 press release from CMS. The agency said new data show patients benefit when health care professionals use EHRs. CMS also noted that ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130717muattestation.html

AAFP, AMA Lead Call for Rollback of Outdated Program Penalties

Apr 3, 2017 - The AAFP signed on to a letter with nearly 90 other organizations asking CMS for relief from penalties related to programs enacted prior to passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170403reliefletter.html

Small Primary Care Practices Make Gains in Health IT Adoption, Use

Jan 25, 2017 - New research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine indicates that small primary care practices have made strides in adopting and using health information technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170125annalsehr.html

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