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AAFP Wins House Battle for Full SGR Repeal, Takes Fight to Senate -- AAFP News

Mar 26, 2015 - For the first time in 12 years, true Medicare reform became feasible when the House of Representatives voted March 26 for a full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150326housesgrvote.html

40-Mile Rule Gives More Veterans Access to Non-VA Docs -- AAFP News

Mar 25, 2015 - About twice as many military veterans will be eligible to see a physician who is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under a new standard for measuring the distance from a veteran's home to the nearest VA facility.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150325varule.html

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions -- AAFP News

Mar 25, 2015 - HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150325hypertensionchamps.html

Accountable Care Organizations' Attempts to Integrate Care Show Mixed Results -- ...

Mar 24, 2015 - Physicians and health analysts discussed the importance and challenges of greater integration between primary care and subspecialist physicians at a recent panel hosted by the Brookings Institution.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150324integratedcare.html

Health is Primary Tour Kickoff Highlights Washington State Innovators -- AAFP News

Mar 23, 2015 - The Health is Primary city tour from Family Medicine for America's Health kicked off in Seattle March 19 with family physicians discussing how they are revolutionizing health care in Washington State.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150323healthisprimary.html

HHS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on MU, 2015 Edition Certification Criteria -- AAFP News

Mar 23, 2015 - HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two proposed rules aimed at supporting interoperable health IT nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323mu3.html

MedPAC Asks Congress to Boost Primary Care Payments -- AAFP News

Mar 23, 2015 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission gave Congress a report that advocates increasing Medicare payments and greater equity for primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323medpac.html

AAFP Celebrates New Recruits to Family Medicine, Acknowledges Work Ahead -- AAFP News

Mar 20, 2015 - The National Resident Matching Program announced the results of the 2015 Match, which showed that 3,060 graduating medical students chose a career in family medicine.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150320match.html

Panel: EHR Holds Challenges Along With Promise -- AAFP News

Mar 20, 2015 - A panel of health IT experts discussed the challenges and potential of electronic health records during a recent forum hosted by the Brookings Institution.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150320brookingsit.html

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians -- AAFP News

Mar 19, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150319werginsenate.html

Tell NCQA How to Improve PCMH Recognition Process -- AAFP News

Mar 19, 2015 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance is calling on physicians and other stakeholders for suggestions on revamping NCQA's patient-centered medical home recognition program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150319NCQAideas.html

Advocacy Tools Enable FPs to Tell Congress to Repeal SGR -- AAFP News

Mar 17, 2015 - The AAFP is helping members urge Congress to repeal the unpopular Medicare sustainable growth rate formula before March 31 to prevent a looming 21 percent payment cut.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150317sgrrepeal.html

Study: Both Low- and High-intensity Workouts Help Reduce Obesity -- AAFP News

Mar 17, 2015 - A study published March 3 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that low- and high-intensity exercise resulted in similar reductions in abdominal obesity. However, only high-intensity workouts reduced blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150317exerciseglucose.html

Group Membership Earns Small-practice FPs ACO Opportunities -- AAFP News

Mar 17, 2015 - Membership in Iowa's Heartland Rural Physician Alliance has given small independent family physicians the key to accountable care organization opportunities.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150317klitgaardaco.html

Health is Primary Hits the Road -- AAFP News

Mar 16, 2015 - Too many Americans don't understand the importance or value of primary care. Health is Primary, which kicks off its nationwide city tour this week in Seattle, aims to change that.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150316gstedl-healthisprimary.html

Panelists Call Medicare Advantage Model for Chronic Care -- AAFP News

Mar 16, 2015 - During a recent forum, a group of health policymakers discussed ways to improve delivery of care and payment for chronic care patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150316medicareadvantage.html

AAMC Road Map Seeks to Update, Strengthen U.S. GME System -- AAFP News

Mar 16, 2015 - The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released a five-year plan -- or road map -- aimed at strengthening the U.S. graduate medical education system.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150316aamcroadmap.html

'Red Flag' Document Offers Guidance on Prescribing Controlled Substances -- AAFP News

Mar 13, 2015 - The AAFP, along with a coalition of stakeholder organizations, released a consensus document on March 12 that highlights the challenges and red flags associated with prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150313redflagdoc.html

CMS Creates New ACO Model With More Reward, More Risk -- AAFP News

Mar 12, 2015 - CMS is creating a new accountable care organization model that will let participants assume more financial risk for more potential rewards.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150312newaco.html

Here's a Look at Who's Eschewing EHR Implementation -- AAFP News

Mar 12, 2015 - New research on electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates shows that nonadopters tend to be older than their EHR-savvy colleagues and work in independent solo or two-physician practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150312annalsehr.html

News in Brief: Week of March 9-13 -- AAFP News

Mar 12, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA: Use Caution Mixing Chantix, Alcohol; VA Accelerates Deployment of Nationwide Opioid Therapy Tool; FDA Backs WHO Recommendations for 2015-16 Flu Vaccine Composition; Join HHS Network, Help Move Health Care Toward Value-based Payments;...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150312wklynwsbrfs.html

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccination in Older Adults -- AAFP News

Mar 10, 2015 - A free AAFP webinar scheduled for March 19 will focus on helping family physicians increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients age 65 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150310fluvaccwebinar.html

Incentive Payments Lead to Healthier Patients, Say Michigan FPs -- AAFP News

Mar 9, 2015 - Three primary care physicians in Michigan discuss their experiences with a payment incentive program offered by a private insurer.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150309tieredpayments.html

AAFP Supports CDC, HHS Vaccine Efforts but Calls for Change -- AAFP News

Mar 9, 2015 - On March 4, the AAFP sent letters to the CDC and HHS responding to the agencies' calls for comment on updated immunization information.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150309vaccineltrs.html

AAFP Calls for CCM Coverage, Solid Networks, Standardized Directories -- AAFP News

Mar 9, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP asked for assurance that Medicare Advantage plans would cover the new chronic care management code and urged standardization of provider directories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150309cmsltrmedadvantage.html

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