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Health IT Still Needs Work, Say FPs During White House Meeting

Jun 20, 2012 - During a recent White House event, AAFP members and other family physicians emerged as a powerful and unified voice on the importance of health information technology (IT) and the need for interoperable and user-friendly health IT systems. Chaired by Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.S., the ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20120620onc-fp-meeting.html

The Joys -- and Advantages -- of Solo Practice

May 23, 2012 - The Joys -- and Advantages -- of Solo Practice

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

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

A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

May 18, 2012 - A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

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

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

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Rules Spark AAFP Concerns

May 7, 2012 - CMS needs to exercise ample restraint in modifying existing stage one meaningful use criteria. That is according to a May 7 letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., from AAFP Board Chair Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., of Waco, Texas. Too many changes too fast will lead ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120507mustage2response.html

Physicians to CMS: Re-evaluate Timelines, Implementation of Penalty Phases

Apr 23, 2012 - We are writing to express our profound concern about the imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden, as well as mass confusion, for physicians. Thus begins a letter to ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20120423ama-cmsletter.html

Kansas AFP Seeks Out Resources to Help Members Transform Practices

Mar 30, 2012 - Even as evidence mounts that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model improves delivery of care and can result in higher morale and job satisfaction rates among physicians and staff members, the prospect of actually making the PCMH transformation can be financially daunting for ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120330kansaschapter.html

Office Champions Is Seeking Applicants for Second Wave of Tobacco Cessation Project

Mar 21, 2012 - On the heels of a successful pilot project, the AAFP is taking its Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project nationwide. The Academy currently is recruiting 50 family medicine practices for the quality improvement project, which teaches office staff to implement ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120321officechampsrollout.html

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Regulations Released

Mar 12, 2012 - Following CMS' recent release of proposed stage two meaningful use requirements that will govern the next stage of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the AAFP is encouraging members to join in the discussion on the regulations. The proposed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120312mu2proposedregs.html

News in Brief: Week of Feb. 13-17

Feb 15, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: More Than 21 Percent of EHR 'Meaningful Users' Are Family Docs; $4.1 Billion Recovered in Health Care Fraud Efforts in 2011; FDA Warns Physicians, Patients About Counterfeit Avastin; and Documentary Looks at Reasons Behind Variations in ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20120215wklynewsbrfs.html

New Regulatory, Incentive Programs Provide Practice Challenges for Family Physicians in...

Jan 4, 2012 - The year 2011 marked a time of great change for family physicians and the way they run their practices. The Academy -- and its wholly-owned subsidiary TransforMED -- stood ready to assist family physicians as they worked to transform their practices into patient-centered medical homes; ...

AAFP News : 2011: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-year-in-review/20120104yirpracticesupport.html

Family Physicians Find Regional Extension Centers a Mixed Bag

Dec 15, 2011 - The establishment of regional extension centers, or RECs, in 2010 was widely seen as an opportunity for physicians, including family physicians, to more quickly and effectively adopt health information technology, or health IT, and use it in a meaningful way. The reality, however, is ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20111215recstories.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 12-16

Dec 14, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CDC Releases Key Findings on Physician EHR Use, Cell-based Flu Vaccine Plant Could Expedite Pandemic Response, FDA Issues Warning Letters for Misleading Lap-Band Ads, New Report Shows State Support for CHCs to Drop in 2012, Insurance ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20111214wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 5-9

Dec 7, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Evaluating Reports of Serious Bleeding Linked to Pradaxa; Sneak a Peek at 2012 Update of ICD-10-CM; More Primary Care Physicians, Health Professionals Adopting EHRs; DUI Rate Influenced by Parental Example; FDA: 'Homeopathic' HCG ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20111207wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 14-18

Nov 16, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: GE Healthcare Alerts Customers About Technical Problems, YouTube Video Coaches Patients on Appropriate Antibiotic Use, Workforce Fact Sheets Provide Information on Primary Care Workforce, and Academy Awards AIM-HI Grants.

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20111116wklynewsbrfs.html

Investments in Medical Home Model Starting to Pay Dividends

Nov 8, 2011 - It has been five years since the AAFP adopted a policy stating that every American should have a personal medical home. In the years since then, the Academy has championed the idea of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, with the belief that the PCMH model improves outcomes and ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20111108pres-msg-pcmhpays.html

On the Hill

Oct 24, 2011 - On the Hill

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

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

Use of EHRs Enhances Diabetes Care, Study Finds

Oct 5, 2011 - Family physicians who have been waiting for confirmation that the money they invest in an electronic health record, or EHR, will help improve patient care now have some firm data to consider. A recently published study found that medical practices that used EHRs provided higher-quality ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20111005ehrdiabetesstudy.html

Pennsylvania AFP Assists Primary Care Residencies, Practices With PCMH, EHR Initiatives

Sep 30, 2011 - During a recent noontime conference with his residents, family physician Timothy Heilmann, M.D., asked them, Who here thinks they're doing a good job managing a diabetic patient? All of the residents' hands shot up. But Heilmann, associate director of the family medicine residency at ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110930pennchapter.html

Office Champions Project Nets Gains in Smoking Cessation Efforts

Sep 27, 2011 - Practice administrator Glenn Jennings, M.B.A., lost both his parents to smoking-related illnesses and his father-in-law to lung cancer, so he and his wife, family physician Carrie Burns, M.D., already were advocates for nonsmoking well before their Baytown, Texas, practice participated ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20110927officechamps.html

Deadline to Request Hardship Exemptions From Medicare's 2011 e-Prescribing Incentive ...

Sep 7, 2011 - Family physicians planning to submit requests for hardship exemptions from the 2011 Medicare electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, incentive program have an extra month to do so, according to Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reaction to the Aug. ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110907eprescribedeadline.html

Illinois AFP Focused on Helping Small Practices Meet Challenges of Health Care Reform

Aug 31, 2011 - As family physicians everywhere struggle to adjust to a revamped health care system, the Illinois AFP has concluded that health care reform offers an opportunity to work with its members to meet and even exceed expectations of the new system. The chapter recently rolled out a four-part ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110831illinoischapter.html

Medical Students' Issues Range From Scope of Practice to Valuation of Services

Aug 3, 2011 - Expansion of educational opportunities was a central theme that emerged from medical students during the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students July 28-30 in Kansas City, Mo. In particular, the students asked the AAFP to take steps to enhance the ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110803natconfstudents.html

Residents Tackle Tough Issues During AAFP National Conference

Aug 3, 2011 - America's future family physicians have a passion for the specialty of family medicine and a desire to deliver the best care possible to their patients. Those messages came through loud and clear in the resolutions introduced, debated and voted on during the AAFP's 2011 National ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110308natconfresidents.html

Oversight Excludes Rural Health Clinics From Medicare EHR Bonus Program

Jul 27, 2011 - It's an oversight, a technical glitch, an unintentional error, or perhaps just a misunderstanding about how rural health clinics bill the government for health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. That's how some rural family physicians describe the fact that most of ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110727ruraloversight.html

News in Brief: Week of July 25-29

Jul 27, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Issues Safety Information Regarding Dronedarone, AHRQ Brief Outlines Ways of Improving Patient Engagement in PCMH, and Rhode Island Enacts PCMH Measure.

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110727wklynewsbrfs.html

What Keeps Physicians, Practice Managers Up at Night?

Jul 26, 2011 - A recent survey on work-related challenges physicians and their medical practice managers are encountering in 2011 revealed some surprises, with the issues that respondents identified as their top two challenges appearing on the list for the first time.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110726mgmachallenges.html

News in Brief: Week of May 30-June 3

Jun 1, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Join CMS Conference Call to Clarify 'Pioneer' ACO Model, FPs Best to Help Prevent, Manage Childhood Obesity, Massachusetts Regional Extension Center Tops Recruitment Goal Early, HHS Increases Funding for Education and Training Programs, ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110601wklynewsbrfs.html

Money Flows From CMS to Physicians Engaged in Medicare EHR Incentive Program

May 25, 2011 - It's official. CMS is in the business of writing incentive payment checks to physicians as part of the agency's Medicare Electronic Health Record, or EHR, Incentive Program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110525muchecksissued.html

News in Brief: Week of May 9-13

May 11, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Register Now for CMS National Call to Learn More About Meaningful Use; Medical School to Build Extension, Expand Class Size to Aid Primary Care; Hawaii Announces Plan for Medicaid Medical Home Model; and Michigan Enacts I'm Sorry ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110511wklynewsbrfs.html

Academy Leaders Respond to Member Concerns About AAFP Actions, Resources During Town ...

May 9, 2011 - A question about the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, or RUC, and what the AAFP is doing to address the RUC's shortcomings led off a spirited exchange of queries, comments and ideas between AAFP members and leaders during the May 6 Town Hall meeting at the ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110509alfncsctownhall.html

News Briefs: Week of April 18-22

Apr 20, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CMS Launches Online Tools for Meaningful Use Incentive Programs; Obama Signs Bill Eliminating 1099 Tax Provision; NHSC Loan Repayment Program Still Open; Major Health Systems Create Care Connectivity Consortium; Abstracts Invited for 2011...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110420wklynewsbrfs.html

I Bailed Out of Medicare Because of Meaningful Use

Apr 1, 2011 - The government's idea of meaningful use and the strings attached to getting the incentive payments are the chief reasons I decided to opt out of Medicare. I have two main objections to meaningful use. One is bureaucratic interference with EHRs. The other is ideological -- I truly ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-marchetti.html

Even With Support Staff, Meaningful Use Is Still Too Much Work

Apr 1, 2011 - We're on a meaningful use-certified EHR here at our university's health services, and we participate in Medicare for our retired staff members and their families. We already meet some of the meaningful use requirements, too. But are we going for the incentive money? The answer is no.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-collins.html

Developers of Meaningful Use Criteria Not Clued In to Needs of Users

Apr 1, 2011 - Our small group practice participates -- reluctantly -- in Medicare, and since we were early adopters of EHR technology, we currently meet about 85 percent to 90 percent of the meaningful use criteria all the way through to Stage 3.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-falkoff.html

EHR Funding is Great, But the Devil's in the Unintended Consequences

Apr 1, 2011 - I think it's wonderful that the government is trying to move physicians to EHR technology by rewarding them financially for meaningful use. However, I'm not sure the program's carrot-and-stick approach -- with incentives for those who become meaningful users and, eventually, penalties ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-cahn.html

Certified EHRs Drive Incentive Payment Program

Apr 1, 2011 - One of the basic components of the federal government's incentive program for adopting health information technology is a funny little term: meaningful use. To receive the incentives, physicians have to adopt a system that ensures they can apply meaningful use criteria to their use of ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401certifiedehrs.html

EHR Incentive Money Not Worth Participating in Medicare Again

Apr 1, 2011 - I practice with two other family physicians in an integrative medical practice that combines conventional and complementary therapies. I've had an EHR since 2006. But I won't get any government money for meaningful use because I don't participate in Medicare (or any other insurance, ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-steinmetz.html

EHRs Represent the 'Widgetization' of Medicine

Apr 1, 2011 - I've been on an EHR for six years and totally paperless for at least three. I think the primary target of the meaningful use money isn't doctors like me, who already have EHRs, but doctors who don't, to induce them to start.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-granat.html

Federal Government Employs 'Carrot-Stick' Approach to EHR Adoption

Apr 1, 2011 - Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., has always operated a financially successful family medicine practice; consequently, she was able to invest in an electronic health record, or EHR, system three years ago.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401carrotstick.html

Government Investment in Health IT Spurs Innovation in EHR Equipment

Apr 1, 2011 - A solo FP, Kay Lee, M.D., of Houston, bought her first electronic health record, or EHR, system in 2005. Within six months, she had transferred most of her patient records onto the new system, leading to better documentation, greater efficiencies and a higher level of care for her ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrinnovation.html

Government's Plan for EHRs is Good, But I'll Pass … for Now

Apr 1, 2011 - I started my solo, small-volume micropractice about nine months ago. I have no employees and practice in a one-room clinic inside a pharmacy building -- my reception area is part of the pharmacy space.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-murphey.html

EHRs Prompt Better Uptake of Preventive Services, Help Track Patients' Progress

Apr 1, 2011 - When it comes down to it, the chief motivation behind the health care industry's move to adopt health information technology, or health IT, is really very simple: patients. Give them better, safer care that they can afford to access.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrclinical.html

Getting Connected: A Special Report on Electronic Health Records

Apr 1, 2011 - This AAFP News Now special report offers an in-depth look at health information technology, particularly electronic health records, or EHRs. The report covers such issues as how family physicians are using EHRs, government regulations and certification of EHR systems, and how EHRs are ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr.html

FPs Stack Up Well in Implementing EHRs

Apr 1, 2011 - As the medical community continues its trek into the age of health information technology -- spurred, in no small part, by federal incentives to adopt electronic health record, or EHR, systems, along with the threat of financial reprisals for resisting -- family physicians are further ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrstats.html

EHR and Health IT Toolbox

Apr 1, 2011 - As the drive to fully implement electronic health records, or EHRs, and health information technology, or health IT, continues in the United States -- spurred, in large part, by the federal government's increasing focus on the issue -- a number of organizations, including the AAFP, have...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrtoolbox.html

News Briefs: Week of Feb. 28 - March 4

Mar 2, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: iPhone App Helps FPs Prep for Maintenance of Certification Exam; Reminder: File Medicare Claims Within 12 Months of Date of Service; Vision Screening in Young Children Is Focus of USPSTF Recommendation; CMS Reports 'Strong' Early Interest...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110302wklynwsbrfs.html

News Briefs: Week of Feb. 14-18

Feb 16, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: RWJ Foundation Continues Support for Pipeline Program Into Medicine and ONC Provides $12 Million in Grants to Help Hospitals Adopt Health IT.

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110116wklynwsbrfs.html

AAFP, Other Groups Approve Guidelines for Standardization of PCMH Recognition Programs

Feb 16, 2011 - As the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, model of health care gains prominence in the United States, a number of entities are developing or offering medical home recognition or accreditation programs.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110216pcmhaccredguidelines.html

News Briefs: Week of Jan. 24-28

Jan 26, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: ONC Survey: More Primary Care Physicians Have Basic EHRs; Pfizer, Bayer Medications Affected by Triad Recall; CMS to Hold Town Hall Meeting on 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System; Free Access to Delta-Exchange Offered to Residency ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110126wklynwsbrfs.html

AAFP Works to Resolve Members' Practice Management Issues in 2010

Jan 6, 2011 - In 2009, family physicians learned that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would provide bonuses for physician practices that incorporated the meaningful use of electronic health records, or EHRs. However, physicians and the AAFP were left scratching their heads about just what ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110106yrinrev.html

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