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In The Trenches: Payment Reform | AAFP

Dec 20, 2021 - Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts centered around payment reform

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

AAFP Advises ONC, Continues Fight for Interoperability

Feb 23, 2018 - The AAFP recently offered suggestions to the federal government on a draft document that lays out a plan to prioritize nationwide health IT interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

FDA Approves Novel Blood Test to Detect Concussion

Feb 23, 2018 - On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP, Chapters Caution HHS on Changing Medicaid Eligibility

Feb 22, 2018 - The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

Feb 22, 2018 - Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk.

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

Let's Start by Treating Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Feb 21, 2018 - Granted, harm is caused by individuals, not the objects they wield. But even so, treating gun violence as a public health issue could make our society safer.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice - AAFP News Blog : Blogs

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

Feb 21, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Help Identify QPP Reporting Burdens, Get 2018 MIPS Credit

Feb 21, 2018 - Join a study examining the burden of quality measure reporting and qualify for credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System improvement activity performance category.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

Part II: Sharing Our Workforce, Clinical Priorities for 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - AFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the AAFP's priorities related to physician workforce and clinical expertise.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

Feb 20, 2018 - The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Burnout Part 2: Adopting a Systems Approach to Prevention

Feb 19, 2018 - Carl Olden, M.D., examines methods to approach physician burnout and resilience from the perspectives of the small practice, the multispecialty group and hospital medical staff.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

Providing Care to Those Who Canand#8217;t Get It Anywhere Else

Feb 19, 2018 - Sarah Nosal, M.D., has devoted her career to giving uninsured patients the care and respect they deserve and passing those values on to the medical students she trains.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

Feb 19, 2018 - A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

Feb 16, 2018 - CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students' ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

Feb 16, 2018 - The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the president and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Action Alert: Report 2017 MIPS Performance Data by March 31

Feb 16, 2018 - Family physicians who need to submit data for the 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System must do so by March 31 to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

Osteopathic Match Again Shows Family Medicine on Top

Feb 14, 2018 - Results from the 2018 American Osteopathic Association Match Day show osteopathic medical school seniors and newly minted D.O. physicians who participated in the AOA Match favor family medicine.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

Feb 14, 2018 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Webinar Maps State Primary Care Spending Success

Feb 13, 2018 - A webinar on Feb. 21 will highlight state-level increases in primary care spending and offer tools to help spur similar success in more states.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

Feb 13, 2018 - New data from the CDC show that from 2001 to 2016, children with asthma in the United States had fewer asthma exacerbations, missed school days and visits to the hospital.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

Feb 12, 2018 - The Resident, the latest TV medical drama, doesn't do physicians or patients any favors with its skewed portrayal of health care.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice - AAFP News Blog : Blogs

'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Feb 12, 2018 - Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

Family Doc Focus

Feb 12, 2018 - This is the topic page for the Family Doc Focus feature -- formerly known as Member Monday -- which spotlights AAFP members who have made unique and noteworthy contributions to family medicine, patients and/or the nation's health care system.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

Time to Register, Reactivate Open Payments Account

Feb 12, 2018 - Physicians and teaching hospitals can submit data to CMS' Open Payments system until March 31; beginning in April, they can preview data others have entered about them.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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