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AAFP Expends Huge Effort to Shape New Payment System

Nov 17, 2015 - The AAFP recently submitted detailed responses to 126 questions as part of a CMS request for information on how to implement new payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151117macrarfi.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

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

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

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

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

Family Physicians Raced to Keep Pace With Practice Changes, Regulations

Jan 2, 2013 - Family physicians saw some doors swing open in 2012 as major players in America's health care system set to work planning for implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A variety of new payment models -- primarily designed to benefit primary care physicians ...

AAFP News : 2012: Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-year-in-review/20130102yirpracmgt.html

Blackwelder: It's a Good Time to Be a Family Physician

Sep 26, 2013 - Regardless of the challenges, family physicians are leading the way in transforming the U.S. health care system. That's according to newly installed AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., of Kingsport, Tenn., who spoke to his family physician colleagues here on Sept. 25 during the ...

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130926opensessprez.html

Academy Working to Address 'Asinine' EHR Issues

Sep 29, 2015 - AAFP officers answered questions on a wide range of issues -- including electronic health records and physician payment -- during a Town Hall meeting Sept. 27 in Denver.

AAFP News : News From 2015 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2015-congress-fmx/20150929codtownhall1.html

ONC Report Details Roadblocks to Sharing Patient Data

May 18, 2015 - A recent government report to Congress outlines concerns about the interoperability of health information systems and documents many of the frustrations expressed by physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150518blocking.html

Understand How to Use CMS' QRURs

Nov 25, 2015 - Physicians should learn how to utilize CMS' Quality and Resource Use Reports because they highlight practice information that will soon impact Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151125qrur.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

Payment Primer Helps FPs Digest MACRA Implementation Details

Jul 19, 2016 - A free five-page supplement to the July/August Family Practice Management aims to help AAFP members prepare for implementation of new Medicare payment models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160719macrafpm2.html

News in Brief: Week of Feb. 3-7

Feb 5, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: PCORI Announces $206 Million in Research Support; CCHIT Drops EHR Testing, Certification Roles; CMS Announces Grant Program for Rural Hospitals; and HHS OIG Report Shows Health Center Grantees Struggle With MU Objectives.

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140205wklynwsbrfs.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

MIPS: A Primer on the New Payment Model

Feb 2, 2016 - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

Apr 25, 2014 - Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/changing_the_conversation_what_would.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

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

Questions on Expanding Health IT Produce List of Objectives From AAFP

Apr 24, 2013 - The federal government is looking for ways to speed the uptake of electronic health record technology among family physicians and other health care professionals, and is asking for input from stakeholders, such as the AAFP, on ways CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130424healthitltr.html

AAFP Expertise on EHRs Guides ONC

Jun 8, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a federal request for information regarding how best to measure progress on interoperability of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160608interoperability.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

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

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

May 28, 2014 - Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

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

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

Physician Burnout: The AAFP Is Winning Battles For You

Jul 28, 2015 - Physician Burnout: The AAFP Is Winning Battles For You

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

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

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