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CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

CMS Plans to Revise Meaningful Use in 2015

Feb 3, 2015 - The AAFP has welcomed a CMS announcement that the agency intends to make physician participation in the meaningful use program easier in 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150203cmsmuredo.html

The Backbone of American Health Care: Serving Small Practice Family Physicians

Feb 3, 2015 - The number of regulatory burdens family physician face-meaningful use, PQRS, and ICD-10 to name a few-is daunting, especially for small practices. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin highlights the resources the Academy has developed to help practices ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/the_backbone_of_american_health.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

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

Jan 6, 2015 - A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/a_new_year_a_new.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

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

Nov 26, 2014 - A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

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

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

Physician Payment, Teaching Health Centers Funding Focus of AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Nov 26, 2014 - AAFP leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to discuss major issues affecting primary care such as the sustainable growth rate, Medicaid payment parity and support for teaching health centers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141126caphillvisits.html

Primary Care: Defending What it Means and What It's Worth

Nov 19, 2014 - Primary Care: Defending What it Means and What It's Worth

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

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

Organizations Warn HHS: Meaningful Use Program in Jeopardy

Oct 20, 2014 - The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141020healthitsignonltr.html

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

Oct 15, 2014 - Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

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

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

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

Oct 6, 2014 - Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/put_the_baseball_bat_down.html

AAFP Cries Foul on Meaningful Use Attestation Portal Delay

Sep 24, 2014 - After learning of a technical oversight that could lead to penalties for thousands of family physicians trying to attest to meaningful use, the AAFP immediately fired off a letter to CMS asking for relief.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140924muportaldelay.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

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

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014, but Implementation Still a ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140917qa-waldren-mu.html

ONC Final Rule Seeks to Simplify Health IT Certification

Sep 15, 2014 - The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a final rule that the agency said will improve and simplify the process for certification of electronic health records. It seems clear from changes made to the rule since it first was proposed that the agency took AAFP ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140915finalehrcertrule.html

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized for 2014

Sep 3, 2014 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903mustage2final.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

National Ad Campaigns Can Spark Discussions About Tobacco Cessation

Jul 28, 2014 - Roughly 70 percent of smokers want to quit. With two national public awareness campaigns running simultaneously and payment for tobacco cessation services improving, now is the perfect time to help patients quit.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140728smokingedit.html

AAFP Shifts Health IT Focus from Implementation to Optimization

Jul 25, 2014 - The AAFP has announced a shift in its health information technology focus from implementation of electronic health records to optimization of the technology -- welcome to the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140725alliance-ehealth.html

ONC Lays Out Vision, 10-Year Plan for Nation's Health IT Future

Jun 16, 2014 - HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released a 10-year work plan designed to ensure that the United States will enjoy the benefits of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure by the end of the next decade.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140616onc10yrplan.html

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