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Immunizations Get Top Billing in Meeting With Surgeon General

Mar 2, 2015 - Two top federal officials met with AAFP Board members to discuss public health and expanding access to medical care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150302surg-genboard.html

AAFP Fires Off Recommended Changes to 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Sep 2, 2015 - After scouring the proposed 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule for items that affect family physicians, the AAFP fired off a letter to CMS calling for a number of improvements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150902feeschedule.html

No Pay Raise in 2016, but Shift to Value-based Pay Continues

Nov 11, 2015 - The final 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule has been released, and an expected 0.5 percent pay increase was effectively reduced to zero.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151111mpfs.html

SGR Victory Tops Year of Success on Capitol Hill

Jan 4, 2016 - Family physicians celebrated substantial success on Capitol Hill in 2015, achieving big gains in payment, access to care and reducing administrative burdens.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160104advocacyear.html

Senate Committee OKs Bill to Make Health IT More Useful

Feb 10, 2016 - The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has approved a bill meant to address some of the headaches caused by clumsy health IT systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160210hitbill.html

Final Rule Focuses on Limited English Proficiency Accommodations

Oct 19, 2016 - HHS overruled AAFP objections to a final rule that toughens requirements for physicians to accommodate patients with limited English proficiency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161019translation.html

AAFP Savors Successes Achieved in Final OPPS Rule

Nov 28, 2016 - CMS addressed some key AAFP concerns in the recently released final rule covering the 2017 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161128oppsfinalrule.html

Federal Budget Deal Brings Wins for Family Medicine

Feb 13, 2018 - The Bipartisan Budget Act brings needed support for many AAFP priorities that will help family physicians and the nearly 200 million patients they care for.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180213federalbudget.html

Better EHRs Vital to Value-based Care, AAFP Tells ONC

Feb 4, 2019 - The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204oncletter.html

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

May 15, 2019 - In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

Jun 19, 2019 - In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

FDA to Require Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packages, Tobacco Ads

Nov 12, 2010 - Smokers will be starkly confronted with the potential consequences of their habit every time they buy a pack of cigarettes under the terms of an FDA proposed rule published Nov. 12 in the Federal Register. Every pack will become a mini-billboard that tells the truth about smoking, FDA ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20101112fda-cigwarnings.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20110927officechamps.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120321officechampsrollout.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

Tobacco Resources Offer Context for Building a Tobacco-free Future

Apr 9, 2015 - Tobacco-control resources family physicians may wish to explore include the upcoming webinar Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home and the archive at the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150409tobaccoresources.html

Heim Discusses Academy Goals, Priorities for 2010

Feb 5, 2010 - The Academy will continue to fight for family physicians and their patients in 2010 because patients need better access to health care and primary care physicians deserve fair payment for their services.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100205heim-q-a.html

AAFP, Other Groups Approve Guidelines for Standardization of PCMH Recognition Programs

Feb 16, 2011 - As the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, model of health care gains prominence in the United States, a number of entities are developing or offering medical home recognition or accreditation programs.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110216pcmhaccredguidelines.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110308natconfresidents.html

AAFP Continues Rigorous Oversight of New Payment Model Details

Dec 20, 2016 - The AAFP continues to keep a close eye on details associated with new payment models related to CMS' Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161220macrafinalcomment.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Decrease 2018 MIPS Reporting Period

Apr 24, 2018 - More than 40 medical organizations asked CMS to implement a 90-day quality measure reporting period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180424mipsreporting.html

News Briefs: Week of Jan. 24-28

Jan 26, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: ONC Survey: More Primary Care Physicians Have Basic EHRs; Pfizer, Bayer Medications Affected by Triad Recall; CMS to Hold Town Hall Meeting on 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System; Free Access to Delta-Exchange Offered to Residency ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110126wklynwsbrfs.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110601wklynewsbrfs.html

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 ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20111214wklynewsbrfs.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 3-7

Dec 5, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Organizations Partner to Help Physicians Purchase EHRs; CMS Updates Stats on EHR Incentive Programs; Flu Season Started Early, CDC Says 'Get Vaccinated'; Take the AAFP Member Census; HHS Credits Health Care Law With Billions in Savings ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20121205wklynewsbrfs.html

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