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News in Brief: Week of Nov. 4-8

Nov 6, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation on Cognitive Impairment Screening, Malaria Case Numbers Hit 40-year High, Video Game Prompts Physicians to Consider Disaster Contingency Planning, User-friendly Resources Highlight Need-to-Know CMS ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20131106wklynwsbrfs.html

Report Highlights Role of Health IT in Managing Patient Population Health

Nov 6, 2013 - Family physicians in the throes of creating patient-centered medical home practices, learning about medical neighborhoods and gaining full functionality of their electronic health records may appreciate a new report that illustrates how those three activities work together to benefit ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131106popmodel.html

Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

Oct 23, 2013 - Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

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

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

When Congress Is Ready to Listen, We're Ready to Talk

Oct 7, 2013 - When Congress Is Ready to Listen, We're Ready to Talk

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

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

AAFP Urges Congress to End Government Shutdown

Oct 7, 2013 - The AAFP is urging Congress to pass a continuing resolution to end a federal government shutdown that has put the health of the public at risk and threatens to derail health care access for millions of Americans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131007govtshutdown.html

Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

Oct 4, 2013 - Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

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

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

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

Having Your Say on the Future of Family Medicine

Sep 10, 2013 - As AAFP members, we all are aware of the many changes in health care that have occurred during the past decade. Thanks to the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) project, we have been prepared for many of these transformations, and, indeed, the AAFP has had a hand in promulgating the drive ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130910ffm2.html

AAFP Dissects, Responds to CMS' Proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Sep 4, 2013 - After careful review of CMS' proposed 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule in the July 19 Federal Register, the AAFP has provided a thorough response to pieces of the proposal that most strongly affect family physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130904aafprespmpfs.html

Maryland Family Physicians Lead Health Care Efforts, Innovations

Aug 30, 2013 - Family physicians in Maryland practice and work in various settings and capacities, using their skills and expertise to deliver and improve health care for thousands of patients throughout the state. This diversity is one of the Maryland AFP's (MDAFP's) greatest attributes, enabling ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130830marylandchapspot0.html

AAFP Proposes Revised Meaningful Use Stage Two Compliance Timeline

Aug 13, 2013 - The AAFP recently made an urgent appeal to CMS to modify its aggressive meaningful use (MU) stage two timeline that, if left intact, could outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices. In an Aug. 7 letter to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130813mustage2revised.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

EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars in 2012

Jul 3, 2013 - As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. According to CMS' recently published EHR ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130703mudropoutrate.html

New Research Suggests ICD-10 Readiness Lagging Nationwide

Jul 1, 2013 - The clock is ticking on the nation's implementation of the ICD-10 code set for outpatient diagnosis coding. But new research conducted by the Englewood, Colo.-based Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found that many physician practices were lagging behind and were concerned ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130701icd-10survey.html

News in Brief: Week of June 24-28

Jun 26, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: ONC Encourages Physicians to Share Their Health IT Success Stories; NIH: Only Half of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Standards; Study of Vietnam Vet Twins Suggests PTSD Boosts Heart Disease Risk; and HHS Touts Benefits, Consumer ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130626wklynewsbrfs.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

Researchers Praise Progress, Point Out EHR Usability Issues

Jun 7, 2013 - The task of automating America's health care system via physicians' use of electronic health record (EHR) technology is progressing but far from finished. That's the conclusion offered by authors of a new study in the June 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. According to the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130607ehrimplementstudy.html

News in Brief: Week of May 20-24

May 22, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Recommends Oral Fluoride Supplementation Starting at 6 Months; CMS Seeks More Participants for First Bundled Payment Initiative; Online Tool Shows Working Pharmacy Locations in Disaster Areas; EHR Uptake Among Physicians, Hospitals...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130522wklynewsbrfs.html

How to Prepare For, Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit

May 15, 2013 - Use of the words audit and Medicare in the same sentence tend to make even the most seasoned physician uncomfortable. So when the news broke in March that CMS had added prepayment meaningful use (MU) audits to its ongoing postpayment audit process, some family physicians expressed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130515ehrmuaudit.html

News in Brief: Week of May 13-17

May 15, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Recommends Screening All Adults for Alcohol Misuse; Guidance Issued on Transfer of Care Measures in Meaningful Use Stage Two; CMS Announces Second Round of Awards for Health Care Innovation Project; Many Americans Are Unaware of ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130515wklynewsbrfs.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

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

News in Brief: Week of April 1-5

Apr 3, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: New Online Tool Supports Chronic Disease Management; Free Webinars Help Physicians Earn Incentives, Avoid Penalties; NSF Offers Online Sleep Disorders Primer for Primary Care Physicians; Fee-For-Service Payment Continues to Dominate in ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130403wklynewsbrfs.html

Meaningful Use Audits Delay Payment of Some EHR Bonuses

Mar 19, 2013 - Some family physicians who have purchased and implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system and attested to meaningful use of that EHR may be subjected to an audit before they see a bonus check. That's the word from CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. This most recent...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130319bonusaudits.html

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