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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

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

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

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

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

HHS Final Rules Address EHR Incentives, Certification Criteria

Oct 13, 2015 - HHS recently released final rules meant to speed the implementation, interoperability and flexibility of electronic health records in the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151013hhsfinalrules.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

Patient-Centered Collaborative Puts Stakeholders in Position to Drive Changes

Apr 12, 2010 - The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, or PCPCC, has made major contributions toward reforming the nation's health care system by giving primary care physicians and other stakeholders the necessary information and tools to implement and sustain the patient-centered medical ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100412pcpcc-stkhldrs.html

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians

Mar 19, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150319werginsenate.html

AAFP Urges Review, Rewrite of Portions of Proposed Rule

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a CMS proposed rule that would modify Medicare's 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system and more.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160831oppsletter.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

Financial, Technical Support Are Keys to Health IT Adoption by Small Physician Practices

Jul 29, 2010 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, will spur the adoption and use of health information technology, or health IT, among small physician practices by giving them much-needed financial and technical support to implement health IT systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100729goertz-heslin-testify.html

HHS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on MU, 2015 Edition Certification Criteria

Mar 23, 2015 - HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two proposed rules aimed at supporting interoperable health IT nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323mu3.html

AAFP Takes Credit for Progress Made in CMS' Proposed Rule

Jul 13, 2016 - After repeated legislative and advocacy efforts by the AAFP, CMS has made changes in a proposed rule that will benefit family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160713oppsrule.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP, AMA Lead Call for Rollback of Outdated Program Penalties

Apr 3, 2017 - The AAFP signed on to a letter with nearly 90 other organizations asking CMS for relief from penalties related to programs enacted prior to passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170403reliefletter.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

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