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Immunizations Get Top Billing in Meeting With Surgeon General

Mar 2, 2015 - Two top federal officials met with AAFP Board members to discuss public health and expanding access to medical care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150302surg-genboard.html

CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

CMS Plans to Revise Meaningful Use in 2015

Feb 3, 2015 - The AAFP has welcomed a CMS announcement that the agency intends to make physician participation in the meaningful use program easier in 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150203cmsmuredo.html

The Backbone of American Health Care: Serving Small Practice Family Physicians

Feb 3, 2015 - The number of regulatory burdens family physician face-meaningful use, PQRS, and ICD-10 to name a few-is daunting, especially for small practices. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin highlights the resources the Academy has developed to help practices ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/the_backbone_of_american_health.html

Researchers Sound Alarm on Health IT Maintenance

Jan 30, 2015 - Maintaining an electronic health record system is difficult for practices with limited resources and it's getting tougher, researchers report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150130digitaldivide.html

EHR Certification Methods Fail Physicians, Patients

Jan 27, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations and related stakeholders asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to change the way electronic health record systems are certified.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150127EHRcert.html

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

Jan 6, 2015 - A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/a_new_year_a_new.html

AAFP, Family Physicians Embraced New Ideas, Fought Through Regulations

Jan 5, 2015 - 2014 marked a year of progress for America's family physicians as they embraced practice innovations and fought back against cumbersome regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150105yir-practprof.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

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

Nov 26, 2014 - A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_day_on_the_hill.html

Physician Payment, Teaching Health Centers Funding Focus of AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Nov 26, 2014 - AAFP leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to discuss major issues affecting primary care such as the sustainable growth rate, Medicaid payment parity and support for teaching health centers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141126caphillvisits.html

Primary Care: Defending What it Means and What It's Worth

Nov 19, 2014 - Primary Care: Defending What it Means and What It's Worth

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/primary_care_defending_what_it.html

Organizations Warn HHS: Meaningful Use Program in Jeopardy

Oct 20, 2014 - The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141020healthitsignonltr.html

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

Oct 15, 2014 - Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/patients_need_nutrition_facts_from.html

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

Oct 6, 2014 - Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/put_the_baseball_bat_down.html

AAFP Cries Foul on Meaningful Use Attestation Portal Delay

Sep 24, 2014 - After learning of a technical oversight that could lead to penalties for thousands of family physicians trying to attest to meaningful use, the AAFP immediately fired off a letter to CMS asking for relief.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140924muportaldelay.html

AAFP, Others Urge Timeline Tweaks, Flexibility in EHR Incentive Programs

Sep 23, 2014 - The AAFP and 16 other health care organizations recently sent a letter to HHS asking for flexibility in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs to keep physicians and hospitals from dropping out.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140923hhsflexltr.html

Study Gives Insight on Strategies to Engage Patients, Increase Patient Portal Use

Sep 18, 2014 - Virginia-based researchers tracked eight primary care practices to identify successful patient portal implementation strategies, finding that portal uptake among the practices ranged from 22.1 percent to 27.9 percent. Specific decisions made at the practice level appeared to explain ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140918annfammedpatportals.html

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014, but Implementation Still a ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140917qa-waldren-mu.html

ONC Final Rule Seeks to Simplify Health IT Certification

Sep 15, 2014 - The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a final rule that the agency said will improve and simplify the process for certification of electronic health records. It seems clear from changes made to the rule since it first was proposed that the agency took AAFP ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140915finalehrcertrule.html

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized for 2014

Sep 3, 2014 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903mustage2final.html

Basic EHR Use Rising, but Data-sharing, Patient Engagement Lag Behind

Aug 22, 2014 - Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140822healthaffehrstudy.html

National Ad Campaigns Can Spark Discussions About Tobacco Cessation

Jul 28, 2014 - Roughly 70 percent of smokers want to quit. With two national public awareness campaigns running simultaneously and payment for tobacco cessation services improving, now is the perfect time to help patients quit.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140728smokingedit.html

AAFP Shifts Health IT Focus from Implementation to Optimization

Jul 25, 2014 - The AAFP has announced a shift in its health information technology focus from implementation of electronic health records to optimization of the technology -- welcome to the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140725alliance-ehealth.html

ONC Lays Out Vision, 10-Year Plan for Nation's Health IT Future

Jun 16, 2014 - HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released a 10-year work plan designed to ensure that the United States will enjoy the benefits of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure by the end of the next decade.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140616onc10yrplan.html

For Massachusetts AFP, Advocacy Takes Center Stage

May 31, 2014 - The Massachusetts AFP takes advocacy seriously, committing significant amounts of time and resources to ensuring family medicine’s voice is heard by federal and state lawmakers.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140531massafpchapspot.html

Proposed Rule Would Stretch Meaningful Use Timelines, Benefit Physicians

May 28, 2014 - CMS recently issued a proposed rule that would stretch timelines and shift some existing regulations related to meaningful use of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140528mutimeline.html

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

May 28, 2014 - Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/patient_portals_useful_resource_or.html

News in Brief: Week of May 19-23

May 27, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP, USPSTF Say Evidence Lacking to Recommend Screening for Suicide; Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by July 1; High Cholesterol Levels in Couples Can Impair Fecundity; and CMS Launches Stage One of Restructured Quality ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140527wklynwsbrfs.html

2014 NCSC Delegates Debate Issues Vital to Physicians, Patients

May 7, 2014 - National Conference of Special Constituency delegates gathered in Kansas City, Mo., May 1-3 to write, debate and vote on a number of resolutions related to medical practice and patient health.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140507ncsc-practenhance-advoc.html

AAFP Guides ONC Toward Solutions to Problematic Health IT Certification Issues

May 5, 2014 - The AAFP continues to work to ease family physicians' transition to -- and efficient use of -- electronic health records, and that work includes constant vigilance regarding federal rules and regulations promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140505oncehercertltr.html

Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

Apr 25, 2014 - Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/changing_the_conversation_what_would.html

News in Brief: Week of March 17-21

Mar 19, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Enrollment Deadline Approaches for Insurance Marketplaces; Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit Launched; Volunteer for ICD-10 Testing July 21-25; Learn More About EHR Hardship Exemptions, Penalties

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140319wklynwsbrfs.html

Academy Tools Could Ease EHR Burdens

Mar 19, 2014 - Academy Tools Could Ease EHR Burdens

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/academy_tools_could_ease_ehr.html

News in Brief: Week of March 10-14

Mar 12, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: NCQA Set to Release New 2014 PCMH Recognition Standards, Insulin-related Hypoglycemia and Errors Send Patients to ERs, Primary Care Physicians Need More Functionality From Their EHRs, and CDC Announces New Twitter Account for Immunization...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140312wklynwsbrfs.html

Prescribing, Dispensing Controlled Substances Focus of Consensus Document

Mar 5, 2014 - In February, the AAFP joined a coalition of health industry stakeholders in issuing a consensus statement that outlines collaborative steps the groups will take to ensure the delivery of responsible and effective patient care when it comes to prescribing and dispensing controlled ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140305prescriptconsensus.html

Private Practice Has Its Rewards, Challenges

Mar 3, 2014 - Private Practice Has Its Rewards, Challenges

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/private_practice_has_its_rewards.html

AAFP, Other Groups Urge HHS to Modify Meaningful Use Timelines, Requirements

Feb 26, 2014 - Dozens of physician, hospital, health information technology and other stakeholder organizations that are invested in their members' successful completion of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs took a united stand recently in asking HHS to modify ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140226mutimelineltr.html

Physicians Attesting to Meaningful Use Get One-Month Extension on Deadline

Feb 12, 2014 - CMS has announced a one-month deadline extension for physicians attesting to meaningful use (MU) as part of the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. Physicians now have until midnight EST on March 31 to attest for the 2013 reporting year. The extension does ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140212mudeadlineext.html

Medical Economics Lays Out Physicians' Top Challenges in 2014

Feb 12, 2014 - Every profession has its challenges, but in 2014, America's physicians will face a head-spinning array of economic hurdles. As the final days of 2013 ticked away, Medical Economics published its Top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2014 and offered a peek into the near future.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140212top10challenges.html

News in Brief: Week of Feb. 3-7

Feb 5, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: PCORI Announces $206 Million in Research Support; CCHIT Drops EHR Testing, Certification Roles; CMS Announces Grant Program for Rural Hospitals; and HHS OIG Report Shows Health Center Grantees Struggle With MU Objectives.

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140205wklynwsbrfs.html

Results of Health IT Research Review Positive Overall, but Some Topics Need More Focus

Jan 21, 2014 - Many family physicians and other health care professionals and organizations have heartily embraced health information technology in recent years. The increased interest in implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) is due, at least to some extent, to federal incentive dollars ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140121oncreview.html

Family Physicians Embraced Health IT, Worked Through Challenges, Cheered Success

Jan 2, 2014 - Although 2013 was a tumultuous year for everyone involved in health care, physicians in particular were challenged to keep up with a revolving door of federal regulations, deadlines, extensions of those same deadlines, and a myriad of new experiences with practice and payment methods.

AAFP News : 2013: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-year-in-review/20140102yirpractproissues.html

Three-Month Payment Patch Should Give Congress Time to Repeal SGR

Dec 18, 2013 - As the year winds its way to a close, family physicians are once again asking themselves what they can expect in terms of payment from Medicare in 2014. This year, however, a permanent fix for the dysfunctional sustainable growth rate formula is on the horizon, even if it doesn't happen...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131218sgrrepeal.html

CMS Announces New Meaningful Use Timeline

Dec 11, 2013 - CMS has proposed a new timeline for implementation of meaningful use for its Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, but family physicians still need to stay on task with meaningful use stage two preparations, according to Jason Mitchell, M.D., the AAFP's ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211mutwodeadline.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

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 9-13

Dec 11, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Guide Aims to Help Practices Implement Comprehensive Health Assessment Programs, AAFP Spotlighted on AHRQ EHC Program's Partners in Action Web Page, HHS to Lay Out $50 Million in Mental Health Services Funding for CHCs, Free Database ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20131211wklynwsbrfs.html

Nebraska FPs Betting on Success With Their Own ACO

Nov 30, 2013 - Can a small, mostly rural, family medicine-based accountable care organization provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients while also saving Medicare money? Nine independent family medicine practices in Nebraska are betting that the answer is yes.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20131130nebchapspot.html

Medicare Physician Payment Reform Gets Top Billing During Capitol Hill Visits

Nov 26, 2013 - On Capitol Hill last week, AAFP leaders more than made up for a round of congressional visits scheduled for last month that had to be cancelled because of the federal government shutdown. In a span of less than two days, Academy officers and staff tallied up more than a dozen visits ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131126caphillvisits.html

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