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Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

Feb 5, 2018 - The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

Window for CPC+ Round Two Applications Closes July 13

Jul 11, 2017 - The deadline to apply for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative is approaching for practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and part of New York.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170711cpcplusdeadline.html

White Paper Outlines Recommendations to Improve EHR Usability

Feb 21, 2017 - A new draft white paper lays out more than 50 recommendations for how health IT vendors can improve their products to better support health record sharing.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170221directinteroperability.html

Small Primary Care Practices Make Gains in Health IT Adoption, Use

Jan 25, 2017 - New research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine indicates that small primary care practices have made strides in adopting and using health information technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170125annalsehr.html

Physicians, Patients Suggest Shortening, Formatting Improvements

Sep 16, 2016 - Researchers consulted with clinicians and patients to learn how outpatient after-visit summaries generated by electronic health record systems could be improved.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160916patientsummaries.html

Don't Miss July 1 Cutoff to Apply for EHR Hardship Exception

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians have until July 1 to apply for a meaningful use hardship exception and avoid a 3 percent Medicare penalty in 2017.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160617muexception.html

AAFP Seizes Momentum, Articulates MACRA Vision for Family Medicine

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP conveyed to CMS key recommendations for implementation of MACRA that would help ensure success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160419MACRArecommendations.html

New MU Hardship Exemption Application Deadline: July 1

Mar 1, 2016 - CMS recently announced that it has extended the deadline to apply for a meaningful use hardship exemption to July 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160301mujuly.html

CMS Clarifies Flexibility on Meaningful Use Exceptions

Feb 24, 2016 - CMS recently clarified some issues regarding meaningful use hardship exceptions, attestation, bonus payments and penalties.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160224hardshipexception.html

Physicians Gain Extra Time for MU Attestation

Feb 17, 2016 - CMS recently announced an extension of the deadline to attest to meaningful use for 2015 to March 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160217ehrextension.html

Diverse Panel Discusses Past, Present, Future of Health IT

Feb 8, 2016 - Panelists at a recent event discussed challenges linked to achieving health care connectivity, including primary care physicians' frustration with electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160208brookingsconnect.html

AAFP Helps FPs Weather Payment, Practice Management Issues

Jan 4, 2016 - In 2015, the AAFP devoted much time and energy to ensuring that family physicians are paid appropriately for the work they do.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160104pracadvyear.html

Federal Officials Call for Changes to EHRs

Dec 11, 2015 - Federal officials discussed what stands in the way of greater interoperability between electronic health record systems during a recent forum hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151211ehrforum.html

AAFP Blasts ONC's Final EHR Interoperability Road Map

Oct 12, 2015 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., recently told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that its final interoperability road map falls short of achieving that critical goal.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151012oncroadmap.html

Physicians Report Declining Satisfaction with EHRs

Aug 25, 2015 - A recently released report shows declining physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150825ehrsatisfaction.html

Physicians Win One-year Grace Period for ICD-10 Transition

Jul 7, 2015 - CMS announced this week that it will provide physicians greater flexibility -- including a one-year grace period from claims denials and audits in specific instances -- during the transition to new ICD-10 billing codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150707icd10transition.html

Request Hardship Exception to EHR Incentive Program -- Now

Jun 8, 2015 - Physicians applying for a hardship exception for CMS' Electronic Health Record Incentive Program must do so by July 1 to avoid a 2 percent Medicare pay cut in 2016.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150608ehrexception.html

Study Shows Gap in Key Care Coordination Tasks, Use of Health IT

Jun 4, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine explores inconsistencies in the use of health information technology to facilitate care-coordination activities.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150604itdisconnect.html

New Care Delivery Methods Boost Career Satisfaction, Say Physicians

May 20, 2015 - More and more, primary care physicians are taking the reins in managing all types of care, said panelists at a recent Health is Primary event.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520healthisprimary.html

Solo, Small Practices Need Help Achieving PCMH Certification

Apr 13, 2015 - According to new research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, fewer solo and small family medicine practices seek patient-centered medical home certification than do larger practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150413pcmhcert.html

Panel: EHR Holds Challenges Along With Promise

Mar 20, 2015 - A panel of health IT experts discussed the challenges and potential of electronic health records during a recent forum hosted by the Brookings Institution.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150320brookingsit.html

Here's a Look at Who's Eschewing EHR Implementation

Mar 12, 2015 - New research on electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates shows that nonadopters tend to be older than their EHR-savvy colleagues and work in independent solo or two-physician practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150312annalsehr.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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