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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

Bipartisan Proposal From House, Senate Would Repeal SGR

Nov 6, 2013 - The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees have released a bipartisan, bicameral proposal that would repeal the broken sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with alternative payment models more aligned with quality of care, including the patient-centered medical ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131106sgrrepeal.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 4-8

Nov 6, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation on Cognitive Impairment Screening, Malaria Case Numbers Hit 40-year High, Video Game Prompts Physicians to Consider Disaster Contingency Planning, User-friendly Resources Highlight Need-to-Know CMS ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20131106wklynwsbrfs.html

Report Highlights Role of Health IT in Managing Patient Population Health

Nov 6, 2013 - Family physicians in the throes of creating patient-centered medical home practices, learning about medical neighborhoods and gaining full functionality of their electronic health records may appreciate a new report that illustrates how those three activities work together to benefit ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131106popmodel.html

Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

Oct 23, 2013 - Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

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

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

When Congress Is Ready to Listen, We're Ready to Talk

Oct 7, 2013 - When Congress Is Ready to Listen, We're Ready to Talk

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

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

AAFP Urges Congress to End Government Shutdown

Oct 7, 2013 - The AAFP is urging Congress to pass a continuing resolution to end a federal government shutdown that has put the health of the public at risk and threatens to derail health care access for millions of Americans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131007govtshutdown.html

Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

Oct 4, 2013 - Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

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

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

Blackwelder: It's a Good Time to Be a Family Physician

Sep 26, 2013 - Regardless of the challenges, family physicians are leading the way in transforming the U.S. health care system. That's according to newly installed AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., of Kingsport, Tenn., who spoke to his family physician colleagues here on Sept. 25 during the ...

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130926opensessprez.html

AAFP Delegates Wrestle With Needs of Older Physicians, Rural Practices

Sep 25, 2013 - Delegates to the 2013 Congress of Delegates in San Diego voted Sept. 24 to safeguard access to quality health care for all by investigating how best to serve the interests of the nation's older family physicians, as well as those in solo or small practices, especially in rural areas.

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130925codadvocacy0.html

Having Your Say on the Future of Family Medicine

Sep 10, 2013 - As AAFP members, we all are aware of the many changes in health care that have occurred during the past decade. Thanks to the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) project, we have been prepared for many of these transformations, and, indeed, the AAFP has had a hand in promulgating the drive ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130910ffm2.html

AAFP Dissects, Responds to CMS' Proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Sep 4, 2013 - After careful review of CMS' proposed 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule in the July 19 Federal Register, the AAFP has provided a thorough response to pieces of the proposal that most strongly affect family physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130904aafprespmpfs.html

Maryland Family Physicians Lead Health Care Efforts, Innovations

Aug 30, 2013 - Family physicians in Maryland practice and work in various settings and capacities, using their skills and expertise to deliver and improve health care for thousands of patients throughout the state. This diversity is one of the Maryland AFP's (MDAFP's) greatest attributes, enabling ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130830marylandchapspot0.html

AAFP Proposes Revised Meaningful Use Stage Two Compliance Timeline

Aug 13, 2013 - The AAFP recently made an urgent appeal to CMS to modify its aggressive meaningful use (MU) stage two timeline that, if left intact, could outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices. In an Aug. 7 letter to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130813mustage2revised.html

EHRs Leaving Big Footprint on U.S. Health Care, Says Agency

Jul 17, 2013 - More hospitals and physicians than ever before are using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve the health of U.S. patients, according to a July 17 press release from CMS. The agency said new data show patients benefit when health care professionals use EHRs. CMS also noted that ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130717muattestation.html

EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars in 2012

Jul 3, 2013 - As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. According to CMS' recently published EHR ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130703mudropoutrate.html

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

News in Brief: Week of June 24-28

Jun 26, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: ONC Encourages Physicians to Share Their Health IT Success Stories; NIH: Only Half of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Standards; Study of Vietnam Vet Twins Suggests PTSD Boosts Heart Disease Risk; and HHS Touts Benefits, Consumer ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130626wklynewsbrfs.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

News in Brief: Week of May 20-24

May 22, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Recommends Oral Fluoride Supplementation Starting at 6 Months; CMS Seeks More Participants for First Bundled Payment Initiative; Online Tool Shows Working Pharmacy Locations in Disaster Areas; EHR Uptake Among Physicians, Hospitals...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130522wklynewsbrfs.html

How to Prepare For, Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit

May 15, 2013 - Use of the words audit and Medicare in the same sentence tend to make even the most seasoned physician uncomfortable. So when the news broke in March that CMS had added prepayment meaningful use (MU) audits to its ongoing postpayment audit process, some family physicians expressed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130515ehrmuaudit.html

News in Brief: Week of May 13-17

May 15, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Recommends Screening All Adults for Alcohol Misuse; Guidance Issued on Transfer of Care Measures in Meaningful Use Stage Two; CMS Announces Second Round of Awards for Health Care Innovation Project; Many Americans Are Unaware of ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130515wklynewsbrfs.html

Questions on Expanding Health IT Produce List of Objectives From AAFP

Apr 24, 2013 - The federal government is looking for ways to speed the uptake of electronic health record technology among family physicians and other health care professionals, and is asking for input from stakeholders, such as the AAFP, on ways CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130424healthitltr.html

EHRs Spur Fundamental Changes in Medicine, but Questions Persist About Overall ...

Apr 17, 2013 - Chris Tashjian, M.D., has been a family physician for the past 25 years and has spent most of his career practicing in a paper-driven medical environment. In that paper-based world, Tashjian says he was forced to practice reactive medicine, responding to the needs and concerns of his ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130417ehrprocon.html

News in Brief: Week of April 1-5

Apr 3, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: New Online Tool Supports Chronic Disease Management; Free Webinars Help Physicians Earn Incentives, Avoid Penalties; NSF Offers Online Sleep Disorders Primer for Primary Care Physicians; Fee-For-Service Payment Continues to Dominate in ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130403wklynewsbrfs.html

Meaningful Use Audits Delay Payment of Some EHR Bonuses

Mar 19, 2013 - Some family physicians who have purchased and implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system and attested to meaningful use of that EHR may be subjected to an audit before they see a bonus check. That's the word from CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. This most recent...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130319bonusaudits.html

HHS Takes 'Time Out' on Meaningful Use Stage Three Rule-making

Mar 11, 2013 - HHS is effectively taking a time out in its rule-making process to ponder the best way to move forward with stage three of electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use objectives intended to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. According to a notice in the March 7...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130311mustage3delay.html

EHR Adoption Rate Among Family Physicians Continues to Climb

Feb 1, 2013 - Family physicians continue to outpace other office-based physicians when it comes to adopting electronic health records (EHRs), according to new research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Authors of the study, titled The Rise of Electronic Health ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130201ehradoptrates.html

EHR Adoption Pitfalls, Strategies to Overcome Problems Are Focus of White Paper

Jan 23, 2013 - The ability of primary care practices to successfully adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) is driven, in large part, by how well they integrate EHRs into six major practice areas. That's according to a white paper recently issued by Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130123wirecpaper.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 Joins Dozens of Physician Groups Urging CMS to Halt ICD-10 Implementation

Jan 4, 2013 - On Dec. 20, an AMA-inspired letter signed by the AAFP and nearly 40 other national physician organizations was sent to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., with a simple but firm request: Stop implementation of the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnosis coding. The ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130104stopicd10.html

Family Physicians Raced to Keep Pace With Practice Changes, Regulations

Jan 2, 2013 - Family physicians saw some doors swing open in 2012 as major players in America's health care system set to work planning for implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A variety of new payment models -- primarily designed to benefit primary care physicians ...

AAFP News : 2012: Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-year-in-review/20130102yirpracmgt.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 10-14

Dec 12, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: ONC Creates Meaningful Use Dashboard to Keep Physicians Updated, FDA Issues Updated Safety Review on Chantix, Updated Disaster Preparedness Manual Available, CDC Documents Increases in EMR/EHR Use in Office-based Settings, Cost of ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121212wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 3-7

Dec 5, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Organizations Partner to Help Physicians Purchase EHRs; CMS Updates Stats on EHR Incentive Programs; Flu Season Started Early, CDC Says 'Get Vaccinated'; Take the AAFP Member Census; HHS Credits Health Care Law With Billions in Savings ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121205wklynewsbrfs.html

Framework Can Help Get Patients Engaged in Their Own Health Care

Dec 3, 2012 - Many family physicians dream of having a practice filled with patients who are willing and eager to participate in decision making about their health and wellbeing. Help in reaching that point has arrived with the National eHealth Collaborative's recently released Patient Engagement ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121203ptengageframe.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 26-30

Nov 28, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CDC's Updated Vaccine Storage Toolkit Now Available; e-Health Initiative Releases Survey on Health Information Exchanges; HHS Extends Deadline For State-Based Insurance Exchanges; Lights, Camera, Action, Says ONC; Consultant's Report ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121128wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 12-16

Nov 14, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: HHS Extends Deadline For State Insurance Exchanges; New Resources Available to Help Physicians Attain EHR Meaningful Use; Physician Recruitment Report Shows Family Physicians in High Demand; Employees Carry Larger Health Care Costs As a ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121114wklynewsbrfs.html

Key Components of 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Highlighted in AAFP Summary

Nov 14, 2012 - The final 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule rule has more than 1,300 pages, and some of the information contained in the rule is vital for AAFP members. To help busy family physicians, the AAFP has put together a summary that explains how various components of the 2013 fee schedule ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20121114feeschedulesummary.html

AAFP Provides New, Updated Resources to Help Members Navigate Payment Programs, ...

Nov 6, 2012 - The past year saw a multitude of practice and payment initiatives released across the United States. Many of these initiatives directly affect family physicians' practices, leaving FPs with a number of questions that the AAFP is working to answer. The Academy wants to ensure family ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121106pracresources.html

PCMH Model Great for Health Care, But We Need More Cost Data, Say AAFP Delegates

Oct 19, 2012 - The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and technology were front and center during debate at the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement as delegates flocked to the microphones to tell their stories of PCMH and technology successes and failures during the AAFP Congress of ...

AAFP News : News From 2012 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-cod-assembly/20121019assemblypracenhance.html

News in Brief: Week of Oct. 1-5

Oct 3, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Study Shows EHR Standing Orders Increase Delivery of Preventive Services; Exercise Helps Decrease Cognitive Impairment in Stroke Victims; FDA Seeks Family Physicians for Advisory Committees and Panels; New Grants Will Help CHCs Achieve ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121003wklynewsbrfs.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

Glossary of Terms

Sep 21, 2012 - This glossary provides definitions for a number of terms related to the AAFP News Now special report Primer on Payment Reform: Rewarding Value Over Volume.

AAFP News : Special Report: Primer on Payment Reform

https://www.aafp.org/news/payment-special-report/20120921paymentsrglossary.html

Congress Must Block Payment Cuts, Say AAFP, Other Health Care Groups

Sep 17, 2012 - The AAFP has joined with more than 120 other health care organizations in calling on Congress to pass legislation that would block Medicare physician payment cuts scheduled to take effect in early January as a result of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and the Budget Control ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20120917sequestrationltr.html

What Does Meaningful Use Stage Two Final Rule Mean for FPs?

Sep 5, 2012 - For family physicians who were just getting comfortable with the requirements of stage one of meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), HHS released the final rule for stage two of meaningful use in the Sept. 4 Federal Register. The Academy has been actively engaged with the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120905stage2mu.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

Research Shows Interactive Preventive Health Record Improves Preventive Care

Aug 6, 2012 - Newly published study results show that an interactive preventive health record (IPHR) can be an effective tool for patients and physicians who want to ensure that indicated preventive care is delivered, according to Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., the corresponding author for Interactive ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120806iphr-study.html

2011: The Year in Review

Jul 25, 2012 - This is the topic page for AAFP News Now's 2011: The Year in Review coverage.

AAFP News : 2011: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-year-in-review.html

News in Brief: Week of July 16-20

Jul 18, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Physicians Pleased With EHRs, According to Survey, RWJ Foundation Announces Nine Research Grant Awards, and HHS To Hold Forums on Health Insurance Exchanges

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20120718wklynewsbrfs.html

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