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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

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