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A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

May 18, 2012 - A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

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Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Rules Spark AAFP Concerns

May 7, 2012 - CMS needs to exercise ample restraint in modifying existing stage one meaningful use criteria. That is according to a May 7 letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., from AAFP Board Chair Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., of Waco, Texas. Too many changes too fast will lead ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Physicians to CMS: Re-evaluate Timelines, Implementation of Penalty Phases

Apr 23, 2012 - We are writing to express our profound concern about the imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden, as well as mass confusion, for physicians. Thus begins a letter to ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Kansas AFP Seeks Out Resources to Help Members Transform Practices

Mar 30, 2012 - Even as evidence mounts that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model improves delivery of care and can result in higher morale and job satisfaction rates among physicians and staff members, the prospect of actually making the PCMH transformation can be financially daunting for ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

Office Champions Is Seeking Applicants for Second Wave of Tobacco Cessation Project

Mar 21, 2012 - On the heels of a successful pilot project, the AAFP is taking its Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project nationwide. The Academy currently is recruiting 50 family medicine practices for the quality improvement project, which teaches office staff to implement ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Regulations Released

Mar 12, 2012 - Following CMS' recent release of proposed stage two meaningful use requirements that will govern the next stage of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the AAFP is encouraging members to join in the discussion on the regulations. The proposed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

News in Brief: Week of Feb. 13-17

Feb 15, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: More Than 21 Percent of EHR 'Meaningful Users' Are Family Docs; $4.1 Billion Recovered in Health Care Fraud Efforts in 2011; FDA Warns Physicians, Patients About Counterfeit Avastin; and Documentary Looks at Reasons Behind Variations in ...

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New Regulatory, Incentive Programs Provide Practice Challenges for Family Physicians in...

Jan 4, 2012 - The year 2011 marked a time of great change for family physicians and the way they run their practices. The Academy -- and its wholly-owned subsidiary TransforMED -- stood ready to assist family physicians as they worked to transform their practices into patient-centered medical homes; ...

AAFP News : 2011: The Year in Review

Family Physicians Find Regional Extension Centers a Mixed Bag

Dec 15, 2011 - The establishment of regional extension centers, or RECs, in 2010 was widely seen as an opportunity for physicians, including family physicians, to more quickly and effectively adopt health information technology, or health IT, and use it in a meaningful way. The reality, however, is ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 12-16

Dec 14, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CDC Releases Key Findings on Physician EHR Use, Cell-based Flu Vaccine Plant Could Expedite Pandemic Response, FDA Issues Warning Letters for Misleading Lap-Band Ads, New Report Shows State Support for CHCs to Drop in 2012, Insurance ...

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News in Brief: Week of Dec. 5-9

Dec 7, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Evaluating Reports of Serious Bleeding Linked to Pradaxa; Sneak a Peek at 2012 Update of ICD-10-CM; More Primary Care Physicians, Health Professionals Adopting EHRs; DUI Rate Influenced by Parental Example; FDA: 'Homeopathic' HCG ...

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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.

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Investments in Medical Home Model Starting to Pay Dividends

Nov 8, 2011 - It has been five years since the AAFP adopted a policy stating that every American should have a personal medical home. In the years since then, the Academy has championed the idea of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, with the belief that the PCMH model improves outcomes and ...

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

On the Hill

Oct 24, 2011 - On the Hill

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Use of EHRs Enhances Diabetes Care, Study Finds

Oct 5, 2011 - Family physicians who have been waiting for confirmation that the money they invest in an electronic health record, or EHR, will help improve patient care now have some firm data to consider. A recently published study found that medical practices that used EHRs provided higher-quality ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Pennsylvania AFP Assists Primary Care Residencies, Practices With PCMH, EHR Initiatives

Sep 30, 2011 - During a recent noontime conference with his residents, family physician Timothy Heilmann, M.D., asked them, Who here thinks they're doing a good job managing a diabetic patient? All of the residents' hands shot up. But Heilmann, associate director of the family medicine residency at ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

Office Champions Project Nets Gains in Smoking Cessation Efforts

Sep 27, 2011 - Practice administrator Glenn Jennings, M.B.A., lost both his parents to smoking-related illnesses and his father-in-law to lung cancer, so he and his wife, family physician Carrie Burns, M.D., already were advocates for nonsmoking well before their Baytown, Texas, practice participated ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Deadline to Request Hardship Exemptions From Medicare's 2011 e-Prescribing Incentive ...

Sep 7, 2011 - Family physicians planning to submit requests for hardship exemptions from the 2011 Medicare electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, incentive program have an extra month to do so, according to Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reaction to the Aug. ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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

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

Residents Tackle Tough Issues During AAFP National Conference

Aug 3, 2011 - America's future family physicians have a passion for the specialty of family medicine and a desire to deliver the best care possible to their patients. Those messages came through loud and clear in the resolutions introduced, debated and voted on during the AAFP's 2011 National ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

News in Brief: Week of July 25-29

Jul 27, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Issues Safety Information Regarding Dronedarone, AHRQ Brief Outlines Ways of Improving Patient Engagement in PCMH, and Rhode Island Enacts PCMH Measure.

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What Keeps Physicians, Practice Managers Up at Night?

Jul 26, 2011 - A recent survey on work-related challenges physicians and their medical practice managers are encountering in 2011 revealed some surprises, with the issues that respondents identified as their top two challenges appearing on the list for the first time.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

News in Brief: Week of May 30-June 3

Jun 1, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Join CMS Conference Call to Clarify 'Pioneer' ACO Model, FPs Best to Help Prevent, Manage Childhood Obesity, Massachusetts Regional Extension Center Tops Recruitment Goal Early, HHS Increases Funding for Education and Training Programs, ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

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