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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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