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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP, Other Physician Organizations Slam HHS, CMS for Policy Change

Dec 21, 2010 - The AAFP has joined the AMA and more than four dozen national physician specialty organizations -- as well as medical associations from every state and the District of Columbia -- in urging HHS to put pressure on CMS to revise its electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, penalty ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

FDA to Require Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packages, Tobacco Ads

Nov 12, 2010 - Smokers will be starkly confronted with the potential consequences of their habit every time they buy a pack of cigarettes under the terms of an FDA proposed rule published Nov. 12 in the Federal Register. Every pack will become a mini-billboard that tells the truth about smoking, FDA ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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