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'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

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Jan 2, 2019 - Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102waldrenqa.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

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

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 Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

Apr 3, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.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

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

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

Jan 14, 2019 - The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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