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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

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110509alfncsctownhall.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 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

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

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

AAFP Delegates Wrestle With Needs of Older Physicians, Rural Practices

Sep 25, 2013 - Delegates to the 2013 Congress of Delegates in San Diego voted Sept. 24 to safeguard access to quality health care for all by investigating how best to serve the interests of the nation's older family physicians, as well as those in solo or small practices, especially in rural areas.

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130925codadvocacy0.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

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

Practice Perspective: Patient Stories Get Attention of Media, Policymakers

Sep 22, 2015 - Practice Perspective: Patient Stories Get Attention of Media, Policymakers

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

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

Illinois AFP Focused on Helping Small Practices Meet Challenges of Health Care Reform

Aug 31, 2011 - As family physicians everywhere struggle to adjust to a revamped health care system, the Illinois AFP has concluded that health care reform offers an opportunity to work with its members to meet and even exceed expectations of the new system. The chapter recently rolled out a four-part ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110831illinoischapter.html

2009: The Year in Review

Jan 6, 2010 - In 2009, primary care and family physicians garnered the attention of the nation as health care reform efforts and the influenza A (H1N1) virus vied for headlines across the country.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100106year-in-review.html

Study Shows Gap in Key Care Coordination Tasks, Use of Health IT

Jun 4, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine explores inconsistencies in the use of health information technology to facilitate care-coordination activities.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150604itdisconnect.html

AAFP Helps FPs Weather Payment, Practice Management Issues

Jan 4, 2016 - In 2015, the AAFP devoted much time and energy to ensuring that family physicians are paid appropriately for the work they do.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160104pracadvyear.html

AAFP Scrutinizes Proposed Rule, Recommends Changes for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee ...

Aug 18, 2010 - The Academy recently sent a detailed list of comments to CMS regarding the agency's proposed rule for the 2011 Medicare physician fee schedule, which was published in the July 13 Federal Register. In a July 28 letter addressed to CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., the Academy ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100818feescheduleresponse.html

EHR Adoption Rate Among Family Physicians Continues to Climb

Feb 1, 2013 - Family physicians continue to outpace other office-based physicians when it comes to adopting electronic health records (EHRs), according to new research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Authors of the study, titled The Rise of Electronic Health ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130201ehradoptrates.html

2016 Election: Dates to Remember

Jan 5, 2016 - On Nov. 8, American voters will elect a new president and vice president, 469 members of Congress and a dozen governors. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some important dates to remember.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_election_dates_to_remember.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

I'm Listening: Part II

Apr 25, 2017 - In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

Maximizing MACRA for Family Medicine

Nov 24, 2015 - CMS asked for information regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and the AAFP replied with a 53-page response to the agency's 126 questions. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the Academy is ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

SGR: Time to say goodbye to a familiar foe

Mar 3, 2015 - Medicare will implement the largest and most damaging payment cut in its history in less than 30 days, as a result of the flawed and failed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin details how family physicians can ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

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

Health IT Still Needs Work, Say FPs During White House Meeting

Jun 20, 2012 - During a recent White House event, AAFP members and other family physicians emerged as a powerful and unified voice on the importance of health information technology (IT) and the need for interoperable and user-friendly health IT systems. Chaired by Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.S., the ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20120620onc-fp-meeting.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

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

Mar 22, 2018 - The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110116wklynwsbrfs.html

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