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Understand How to Use CMS' QRURs

Nov 25, 2015 - Physicians should learn how to utilize CMS' Quality and Resource Use Reports because they highlight practice information that will soon impact Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Integration of Primary Care, Mental Health Sorely Needed, Says Panel

Nov 24, 2015 - Panelists at a recent event co-hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund discussed how to incorporate mental health care into a primary care setting.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP NRN Helps CDC Develop Hepatitis C Counseling, Testing Guide

Nov 24, 2015 - The AAFP's National Research Network recently worked with the CDC to develop the agency's Guide to Comprehensive Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Refocus System on Primary Care, Says Iora Health CEO

Nov 23, 2015 - Iora Health CEO Rushika Fernandopulle, M.D., M.P.P., spoke of the need to accelerate changes in primary care delivery during a recent national conference.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Uptick in Congenital Syphilis Causes Concern

Nov 23, 2015 - The Nov. 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlighted a 38 percent hike in the rate of congenital syphilis in the United States between 2012 and 2014.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Joins Brief Supporting Diversity in Med School Admissions

Nov 20, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined a number of other organizations in a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting diversity in medical education.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

Panel: Community Coordination Can Improve Chronic Care Management

Nov 20, 2015 - Panelists suggested ways to improve coordination of chronic care between clinics and community-based organizations at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Conference.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

CMS Online Mapping Tool Details Opioid Prescribing Patterns

Nov 18, 2015 - A new online mapping tool lets users search 2013 Medicare claims data related to opioid prescriptions at the state, county and ZIP code levels.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Peer Support Services Offer Valuable Patient Engagement

Nov 18, 2015 - A panel of specialists in peer support at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Conference discussed how such services can assist patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP Backs HUD Proposal to Make Public Housing Smoke-free

Nov 18, 2015 - On Nov. 12, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule that would require indoor areas of public housing properties to be smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Expends Huge Effort to Shape New Payment System

Nov 17, 2015 - The AAFP recently submitted detailed responses to 126 questions as part of a CMS request for information on how to implement new payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Family Physicians Can Lead Fight Against Opioid Abuse, Say Speakers

Nov 16, 2015 - Speakers at the 2015 AAFP State Legislative Conference discussed opioid abuse, how physicians can respond to the problem and what some states are doing about it.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP Joins Campaign to Boost MCV4 Second-dose Rates

Nov 16, 2015 - The AAFP has teamed up with other medical groups and the CDC to encourage physicians to administer a second dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine to patients at age 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Board Chair Pushes Back on Translator Costs in Proposed Rule

Nov 13, 2015 - The AAFP told HHS in a recent letter regarding a proposed rule that the government must provide funding for interpreter services or drop the mandate.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Tobacco Office Champions Project Participants Spotlight Successes

Nov 13, 2015 - Having recently completed its Multi-State Office Champions Behavioral Health Tobacco Cessation project, the AAFP is offering a new online resource for members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Collaboration With CVS Amplifies Health is Primary's Message

Nov 13, 2015 - The Health is Primary campaign, which touts the value of primary care, will have the potential to reach up to 5 million consumers per day through a collaboration with CVS Health.

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

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

Survey: Telehealth Increases Access to Care, Continuity

Nov 11, 2015 - More family physicians are using telehealth systems to connect with more patients and provide continuity of care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP Backs Bill to Grant Forbearance on MU Penalties

Nov 11, 2015 - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has sponsored the Meaningful Use Relief Act that would allow CMS to grant a blanket hardship exception for eligible health professionals who cannot attest to meaningful use stage two for 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Researchers Study What 'Direct Primary Care' Really Means

Nov 10, 2015 - In an attempt to establish clear terms, two researchers analyzed what physician practices mean when they refer to themselves as direct primary care practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AHA Updates CPR, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines

Nov 9, 2015 - The American Heart Association recently released its 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., Runs for AAFP Speaker

Nov 9, 2015 - The Illinois AFP announces the candidacy of Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., of Chicago, for AAFP speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

Academy Launches Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit for Members

Nov 6, 2015 - As part of its Healthy Interventions program, the Academy's Health of the Public and Science Division has launched a Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Leaders Take Family Medicine's Message to Capitol Hill

Nov 4, 2015 - Members of the AAFP Board of Directors spoke to lawmakers about FPs' frustration with meaningful use rules, Medicare payment and other issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

CMS Reports Vaccine, Mammography Claims Processing Errors

Nov 4, 2015 - CMS recently alerted physicians and other Medicare providers to a claims system error involving some vaccine and mammography claims dated on or after Oct. 1.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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