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New Research Suggests ICD-10 Readiness Lagging Nationwide

Jul 1, 2013 - The clock is ticking on the nation's implementation of the ICD-10 code set for outpatient diagnosis coding. But new research conducted by the Englewood, Colo.-based Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found that many physician practices were lagging behind and were concerned ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130701icd-10survey.html

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Tackles Pressing EHR Issues

Jun 12, 2013 - The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is designed to stimulate the adoption of health information technology in the United States. Essentially, until 2015, the HITECH Act offers incentives for physicians and other health care professionals to ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130612fmostashari.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

Medicare Bundled Payment Initiative Stretches from Coast to Coast

Apr 16, 2013 - Bundled payment has reached the federal government's test-tube stage of development. At its core, this oft-discussed payment model casts off the conventional method of paying health care professionals individually and directly for the care they provide in favor of offering one lump sum ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130416bundledpayinitiative.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

As Hurricane Sandy Battered East Coast, FP Organized Local Relief Effort

Jan 11, 2013 - No one on the East Coast was totally prepared for the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy last fall, but, on Staten Island, they really got blindsided. Fortunately, one local family doctor realized that widespread flooding, massive power failures and overwhelming structural damage ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130111hurricanesandy.html

What Issues Will Most Affect Physicians, Patients in 2013?

Jan 7, 2013 - The Physicians Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping physicians deliver health care to their patients, recently released a list of the top five issues it considers most likely to affect physicians and health care consumers in 2013. The list, titled The ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130107physicianissues.html

Patients Use More Services When They Have Online Access to Physicians, Records

Dec 10, 2012 - A surprising conclusion was reached by researchers involved in a study published in the Nov. 21 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association titled Association of Online Patient Access to Clinicians and Medical Records With Use of Clinical Services. Researchers found that ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121210onlineaccessstudy.html

Team-Based Care, Principles for Employed Physicians Take Top Spots at AMA Interim Meeting

Nov 20, 2012 - The roles of independent and salaried physicians in the nation's health care system were primary topics for delegates at this year's AMA House of Delegates interim meeting in Honolulu, Nov. 10-13. Delegates discussed how physicians of either type can successfully employ team-based care....

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121120amainterim.html

'Silent Exodus' From Medicine Threatens Patient Access to Care, Study Says

Oct 16, 2012 - The nation's physicians are disengaging from the practice of medicine by working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients. This silent exodus from the medical profession, driven by changes in the practice environment, has reduced patient access to physician services. That's one of the key ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121016merrittjobsat.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

Streamlining Administrative Tasks Focus of New Interim Final Rule From HHS

Aug 15, 2012 - The average physician spends the equivalent of three weeks out of every year billing and working on insurance-related tasks. In many instances, physicians still perform these tasks manually, expending a great deal of time and energy on administrative duties that could be handled more ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120815adminstreamline.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

Will 5010 Transactions Standards, E-prescribing Cost You Money?

Jun 18, 2012 - Draw a big red circle around June 30 on the calendar because that date marks two important deadlines that, if missed, could have adverse financial implications for family physicians. First, physicians need to be aware that the enforcement discretion period for use of the updated 5010 ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120618june30deadlines.html

CMS Again Stalls Enforcement of 5010 Electronic Transaction Standards

Mar 20, 2012 - CMS recently announced that it would once again delay enforcement of physician compliance with the version 5010 transaction standards for the electronic transfer of health information. According to a March 15 press release, the new timeline means the agency's Office of E-Health ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120320transstdsdelay.html

5010 Payment Claims Rejected? Clearinghouse Official Reveals Possible Reasons Why

Feb 15, 2012 - On Jan. 16, Sarah Lipscomb, office manager of a solo family medicine practice in Eufaula, Ala., received 54 pages of rejected claims. By mid-February, Lipscomb was looking at $11,000 in outstanding open claims for the practice, which is owned by family physician Rajesh Patel, D.O. It ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120215compliance5010.html

FPs Carry PCMH Model Forward on State, Local Levels

Aug 31, 2011 - The nation's family physicians have emerged as major catalysts in promoting the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, on the state and local levels, using both their advocacy and leadership skills to thrust the PCMH to the forefront of health care reform.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110831medhomecatalysts.html

Preparing for Emergencies Can Help FPs Avoid Business Losses

May 27, 2011 - When multiple tornadoes swept through the Huntsville, Ala., area on April 27, the Total Sports Care family and sports medicine clinic building was not damaged. But the massive power outage that followed threatened more than a dozen different batches of vaccines the clinic kept cooled in...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110527disasterprep.html

Physician Education Key Element of Plan to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Apr 27, 2011 - Physicians and other health care professionals seeking to obtain or renew a DEA registration number would be required to complete CME related to responsible opioid prescribing practices under the terms of a plan announced April 19 by the Obama administration.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110427opioidsplan.html

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