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For Massachusetts AFP, Advocacy Takes Center Stage

May 31, 2014 - The Massachusetts AFP takes advocacy seriously, committing significant amounts of time and resources to ensuring family medicine’s voice is heard by federal and state lawmakers.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140531massafpchapspot.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

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

News in Brief: Week of May 19-23

May 27, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP, USPSTF Say Evidence Lacking to Recommend Screening for Suicide; Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by July 1; High Cholesterol Levels in Couples Can Impair Fecundity; and CMS Launches Stage One of Restructured Quality ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140527wklynwsbrfs.html

2014 NCSC Delegates Debate Issues Vital to Physicians, Patients

May 7, 2014 - National Conference of Special Constituency delegates gathered in Kansas City, Mo., May 1-3 to write, debate and vote on a number of resolutions related to medical practice and patient health.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140507ncsc-practenhance-advoc.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

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

News in Brief: Week of March 17-21

Mar 19, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Enrollment Deadline Approaches for Insurance Marketplaces; Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit Launched; Volunteer for ICD-10 Testing July 21-25; Learn More About EHR Hardship Exemptions, Penalties

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140319wklynwsbrfs.html

Academy Tools Could Ease EHR Burdens

Mar 19, 2014 - Academy Tools Could Ease EHR Burdens

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

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

News in Brief: Week of March 10-14

Mar 12, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: NCQA Set to Release New 2014 PCMH Recognition Standards, Insulin-related Hypoglycemia and Errors Send Patients to ERs, Primary Care Physicians Need More Functionality From Their EHRs, and CDC Announces New Twitter Account for Immunization...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140312wklynwsbrfs.html

Prescribing, Dispensing Controlled Substances Focus of Consensus Document

Mar 5, 2014 - In February, the AAFP joined a coalition of health industry stakeholders in issuing a consensus statement that outlines collaborative steps the groups will take to ensure the delivery of responsible and effective patient care when it comes to prescribing and dispensing controlled ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140305prescriptconsensus.html

Private Practice Has Its Rewards, Challenges

Mar 3, 2014 - Private Practice Has Its Rewards, Challenges

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/private_practice_has_its_rewards.html

AAFP, Other Groups Urge HHS to Modify Meaningful Use Timelines, Requirements

Feb 26, 2014 - Dozens of physician, hospital, health information technology and other stakeholder organizations that are invested in their members' successful completion of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs took a united stand recently in asking HHS to modify ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140226mutimelineltr.html

Physicians Attesting to Meaningful Use Get One-Month Extension on Deadline

Feb 12, 2014 - CMS has announced a one-month deadline extension for physicians attesting to meaningful use (MU) as part of the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. Physicians now have until midnight EST on March 31 to attest for the 2013 reporting year. The extension does ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140212mudeadlineext.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

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

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

Family Physicians Embraced Health IT, Worked Through Challenges, Cheered Success

Jan 2, 2014 - Although 2013 was a tumultuous year for everyone involved in health care, physicians in particular were challenged to keep up with a revolving door of federal regulations, deadlines, extensions of those same deadlines, and a myriad of new experiences with practice and payment methods.

AAFP News : 2013: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-year-in-review/20140102yirpractproissues.html

Three-Month Payment Patch Should Give Congress Time to Repeal SGR

Dec 18, 2013 - As the year winds its way to a close, family physicians are once again asking themselves what they can expect in terms of payment from Medicare in 2014. This year, however, a permanent fix for the dysfunctional sustainable growth rate formula is on the horizon, even if it doesn't happen...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131218sgrrepeal.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

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 9-13

Dec 11, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Guide Aims to Help Practices Implement Comprehensive Health Assessment Programs, AAFP Spotlighted on AHRQ EHC Program's Partners in Action Web Page, HHS to Lay Out $50 Million in Mental Health Services Funding for CHCs, Free Database ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20131211wklynwsbrfs.html

Nebraska FPs Betting on Success With Their Own ACO

Nov 30, 2013 - Can a small, mostly rural, family medicine-based accountable care organization provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients while also saving Medicare money? Nine independent family medicine practices in Nebraska are betting that the answer is yes.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20131130nebchapspot.html

Medicare Physician Payment Reform Gets Top Billing During Capitol Hill Visits

Nov 26, 2013 - On Capitol Hill last week, AAFP leaders more than made up for a round of congressional visits scheduled for last month that had to be cancelled because of the federal government shutdown. In a span of less than two days, Academy officers and staff tallied up more than a dozen visits ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131126caphillvisits.html

Bipartisan Proposal From House, Senate Would Repeal SGR

Nov 6, 2013 - The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees have released a bipartisan, bicameral proposal that would repeal the broken sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with alternative payment models more aligned with quality of care, including the patient-centered medical ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131106sgrrepeal.html

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