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AAFP Presses CMS on Contraception, Medicare Advantage Plans

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP recently made requests of CMS that were related to two resolutions adopted by the 2015 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427codletters.html

FPs Storm Capitol Hill Armed With AAFP Advocacy Issues

Apr 27, 2016 - Family physicians recently flocked to Washington, D.C., to learn more about critical issues and then advocate on behalf of the specialty in legislative offices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427fmcc.html

AAFP Backs Proposal for Substance Abuse Program Record Sharing

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP supports a proposal by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to modernize rules to share patient information from treatment programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427samhsasharing.html

AAFP Gives CDC's Opioid Guideline 'Affirmation of Value'

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP has reviewed the final version of the CDC's guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain and given it a designation of affirmation of value.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160427opioidguideline.html

Vaccine Science Fellows Offer FAQ on Meningococcal B Vaccines

Apr 26, 2016 - The 2015-2016 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows created a frequently asked questions resource for family physicians about the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160426menbfaq.html

AAFP Urges More Federal Funding for Key Primary Care Programs

Apr 25, 2016 - With the 2017 budget season approaching, the AAFP is urging legislators to support federal programs that are essential to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160425budgettestimony.html

AAFP Joins With Other Organizations to Make MACRA Recommendations

Apr 22, 2016 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations recently told CMS how MACRA could be implemented in a way that benefits their members.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160422MACRArecommendations.html

AAFP Takes Seat at MACRA Table on Capitol Hill

Apr 20, 2016 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., testified before a congressional subcommittee about physician preparedness for payment reform.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160420MACRAtestimony.html

CDC Finds Causal Relationship Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects

Apr 20, 2016 - On April 13, the CDC published a special report that found a causal relationship between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160420zikacausal.html

Prescriber Restrictions Hurt Hepatitis C Patients, AAFP Argues

Apr 20, 2016 - The AAFP is pressing CMS to help end restrictions that prevent primary care physicians from exercising their clinical expertise with hepatitis C.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160420hepcaccess.html

AAFP Seizes Momentum, Articulates MACRA Vision for Family Medicine

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP conveyed to CMS key recommendations for implementation of MACRA that would help ensure success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160419MACRArecommendations.html

AAFP Joins Push for Obama to Expand FDA Tobacco Regulation

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP signed a letter urging President Obama to provide the leadership necessary to ensure the FDA has authority over all tobacco products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160419fdadeeming.html

Diabetic Testing Supplies Rules, Efficacy Draw AAFP Concern

Apr 18, 2016 - The AAFP wrote to HHS about concerns with Medicare's burdensome requirements for prescribing diabetic supplies and with the efficacy of unbranded diabetic testing supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160418diabeticsupplies.html

Rising Part D Drug Prices Adversely Affect Physicians, Patients

Apr 15, 2016 - The AAFP recently appealed to CMS to review and revise certain requirements associated with Medicare Part D plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160415affordabledrugs.html

AAFP Embraces Largest Initiative to Test Physician Payment Model

Apr 13, 2016 - CMS just announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative that will test a new physician payment model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160413cpcplus.html

Evidence Backs Low-dose Aspirin for Ages 50-59, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Apr 13, 2016 - On April 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation statement on the use of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160413uspstfaspirin.html

Vaccine Science Fellow Glad She Gave it a Shot

Apr 13, 2016 - Melissa Martinez, M.D., discusses her past year as an AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160412vaccinefellow.html

MedPAC Continues Call for Greater Primary Care Support

Apr 12, 2016 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission renewed its call for greater support for primary care physicians in its latest annual report to Congress.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160412medpacreport.html

AAFP Presses Congress for Urgent Funding to Fight Zika Virus

Apr 12, 2016 - The AAFP and several dozen other health care organizations signed letters urging Congress to immediately provide new funding to fight the Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160412zikafunding.html

AAFP Works to Improve Medicare Data Proposed Rule

Apr 11, 2016 - The AAFP supports a CMS proposal to expand the collection and use of Medicare data but suggested rule improvements.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160411medicaredata.html

Bill for Chronic Care Management, Boost Your Bottom Line

Apr 8, 2016 - A live webcast on April 20 will help physicians reap the benefits of payment for their expertise in managing patients with chronic conditions.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160408ccmwebcast.html

Windel Stracener, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Apr 8, 2016 - The Indiana AFP announces the candidacy of Windel Stracener, M.D., of Richmond, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160408stracener-cand-ann.html

White House, HHS Expand Fight Against Opioid, Heroin Abuse

Apr 6, 2016 - On March 29, President Obama announced additional public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160406hhsopioids.html

AAFP Seeks 2016 Vaccine Science Fellowship Applicants

Apr 6, 2016 - The Academy is looking for the next generation of vaccine science leaders and is accepting applications for its 2016 Vaccine Science Fellowship program.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160406vaccinefellow.html

USPSTF, AAFP Recommend Against COPD Screening in Asymptomatic Adults

Apr 6, 2016 - On April 5, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160406uspstfcopd.html

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