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Noninvasive DNA Test for Colorectal Cancer Gets FDA Thumbs-up -- AAFP News

Aug 29, 2014 - On Aug. 11, the FDA approved Cologuard, a stool-based colorectal cancer screening test that detects red blood cells and DNA mutations; it is the first fecal DNA test for colorectal cancer to receive the agency's thumbs-up.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140829cologuard.html

ACIP Recommends Routine PCV13 Immunization for Adults 65 and Older -- AAFP News

Aug 27, 2014 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices held a special meeting Aug. 13 that culminated in a vote to recommend routine immunization with 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for adults 65 or older, followed by, if indicated, a dose of 23-valent pneumococcal ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140827pcv13vote.html

AAFP Works to Fine-tune 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule -- AAFP News

Aug 27, 2014 - The AAFP has responded to CMS' 2015 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule with a detailed letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., in which the Academy addressed issues such as chronic care management fees, misvalued services and site-of-service payment discrepancies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140827mpfscomments.html

Given Time, 'Big Data' Promises to Transform Patient Care -- AAFP News

Aug 27, 2014 - Growing implementation of electronic health records, combined with rapidly evolving predictive analytics techniques, promises to help physicians better manage their patients' multiple health care needs. By collecting and analyzing data that present a more comprehensive, detailed medical...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140827qa-bigdata.html

One-third of 'Sunshine' Data Not Available for 2014 Publication -- AAFP News

Aug 27, 2014 - A CMS spokesperson has confirmed that about one-third of the data collected for publication as part of the agency's Open Payments transparency program will not be published until 2015. The move is intended to ensure the data's integrity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140827openpaypublish.html

AAFP Gives Qualified Endorsement to Guideline on Reducing Cardiovascular Risk With ...

Aug 25, 2014 - The AAFP has given its qualified endorsement to an American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guideline on reducing cardiovascular risk in adults through lifestyle management.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140825endorselifemgmt.html

Basic EHR Use Rising, but Data-sharing, Patient Engagement Lag Behind -- AAFP News

Aug 22, 2014 - Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140822healthaffehrstudy.html

Small Primary Care Practices Shine in National Study -- AAFP News

Aug 20, 2014 - New research shows that small primary care practices have lower rates of preventable hospital admissions than their large-practice counterparts, suggesting that small practices may have hard-to-measures perks such as better physician/patient relationships that contribute to their ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140820smallpractstudy.html

Google Hangouts Allow AAFP to Reach Broad Medical Student Audience -- AAFP News

Aug 20, 2014 - On Aug. 26, the AAFP will officially launch Family Medicine on Air, a series of 15-minute Google Hangouts aimed at medical students and available via Google Plus and YouTube.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140820fammedonair.html

AAFP Reimagines Tobacco Prevention, Control Program -- AAFP News

Aug 20, 2014 - The AAFP is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140820reimaginetobacco.html

Academy Endorses Guideline on Identifying, Treating Adult Obesity -- AAFP News

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140819obesityendorse.html

AAFP, Others Push Back on Proposed Changes in Code Valuation Process -- AAFP News

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP joined dozens of other physician and health care professional organizations in urging CMS to reconsider proposed changes to the CPT code valuation process that the agency has outlined in its proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140819codevaluationltr.html

VA Adds Primary Care to Contract Program for Veterans' Health -- AAFP News

Aug 16, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week it is adding primary care to a list of contracted medical services that can be provided at non-VA facilities as part of the Veterans Health Administration's Patient-Centered Community Care program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140816pc3primcare.html

Open Payments Registration System Reopens for Business -- AAFP News

Aug 15, 2014 - CMS announced Aug. 15 that the physician registration system associated with its Open Payments transparency program had reopened for business after a temporary shutdown to address a technical problem.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140815openpayreopens.html

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 11-15 -- AAFP News

Aug 15, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Latest WHO Figures Show Ebola Outbreak Continues to Intensify; CMS Formalizes Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-10 Deadline; CMS Expands Power Mobility Device Demonstration Project; and Join ONC's Online Community to Speed Health IT Interoperability.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140815wklynwsbrfs.html

Students Focus on Direct Primary Care, Rural Health, Among Other Topics -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Students who attended the recent National Congress of Student Members sought to learn more about direct primary care, rural health care and student loan forgiveness, among other topics.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813studcong.html

New Research Suggests Practices Need to Forge Their Own Paths to Change -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Recent patient-centered medical home research suggests that medical practices need to forge their own unique paths to practice transformation. Overall, paying close attention to the process, especially regarding culture and patient-centeredness, is key.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140813jabfm-pcmh.html

Residents Embrace DPC Practice Model, Tackle Student Debt -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - The 2014 AAFP National Congress of Family Medicine Residents tackled a wide range of issues, including education about various practice models, student debt and rural training.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813rescong.html

Include Cigars, E-cigarettes in Final Tobacco-deeming Rule, Say AAFP, Other Groups ...

Aug 13, 2014 - The AAFP joined 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter to the FDA supporting the agency in extending its jurisdiction over all nicotine-delivery devices, including e-cigarettes, as well as all cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140813tobaccoltr.html

News and Views From 2014 AAFP National Conference -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Throngs of family medicine residents, medical students interested in careers in family medicine, exhibitors from across the nation, AAFP leaders and others gathered Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo., for the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813ncsccintro.html

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders to Represent Them -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Family medicine residents and medical students elected peers to leadership positions on the final day of the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, held Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813natlconfelects.html

Shut Down: Open Payments Registration Site Temporarily Closed to Physicians -- AAFP ...

Aug 13, 2014 - CMS has temporarily disabled a physician portal associated with its Open Payments transparency program to address a problem that could compromise physician data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140813openpayglitch.html

FPs Have Pivotal Role in Innovative Care Delivery, Speaker Tells Students, Residents...

Aug 12, 2014 - A health policy expert who spoke during the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students told future family physicians they are the hope for better health outcomes in the future.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140812nc-grundy.html

After One Year, Physician-run ACO Scores Big Savings Bonus -- AAFP News

Aug 11, 2014 - A Florida-based accountable care organization is saving millions in Medicare costs by using a comprehensive approach to care that utilizes, among other things, Medicare billing data to identify patients in need of specific services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140811palmbeachaco.html

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 4-8 -- AAFP News

Aug 11, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Downgrades Rosiglitazone's CVD Risk; GlaxoSmithKline Starts Shipping 2014-15 Flu Vaccines to U.S.; FDA Warns Against Powdered Pure Caffeine; Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Reduce Skin Cancer; Journal Commentary Addresses ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140810wklynwsbrfs.html

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