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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

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