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Family Medicine Groups Press CMS to Expand Rural Training

Jun 27, 2016 - The AAFP joined with four other family medicine organizations to spur changes to a proposed CMS rule to help expand the ranks of primary care physicians in rural areas.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160627ruralgme.html

CDC Warns of Multistate Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Infection

Jun 27, 2016 - The CDC and FDA have joined forces with various state and local health departments and health care facilities to investigate a multistate outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia infections.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160627bcepacia.html

Proposed MACRA Implementation Rule Misses Mark

Jun 24, 2016 - The AAFP sent a 100-plus page letter detailing how CMS needs to rework its proposed rule on implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160624macracomment.html

ACIP: Don't Use LAIV During 2016-17 Flu Season

Jun 23, 2016 - During the first day of its June 23-24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine should not be used during the 2016-17 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160623laivvote.html

USPSTF: Screen Adults Ages 50-75 for Colorectal Cancer

Jun 22, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement reaffirming that screening for colorectal cancer in adults ages 50-75 reduces mortality.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160622crcscreenfinal.html

Medicare Payment Reform Needed for Chronic Care

Jun 22, 2016 - Chronic care patients require substantial care coordination that should be better supported by Medicare payments, said health policy experts during a recent panel discussion.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160622chroniccare.html

2016 AAFP Congress of Delegates Convenes Sept. 19-21 in Orlando

Jun 22, 2016 - Journey to the heart of the Sunshine State for this year's AAFP Congress of Delegates, which will meet Sept. 19-21 in the Plaza Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160622codannounce.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jun 20, 2016 - The U.S Preventive Services Task Force posted its first-ever draft recommendation statement on screening for obstructive sleep apnea in asymptomatic adults in primary care settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160620sleepapnea.html

FP Salaries Continue Upward Climb

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians continue to be in high demand among health care recruiters, and their salaries are rising to catch up to their worth, according to a recent report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160617salarysurvey.html

Don't Miss July 1 Cutoff to Apply for EHR Hardship Exception

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians have until July 1 to apply for a meaningful use hardship exception and avoid a 3 percent Medicare penalty in 2017.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160617muexception.html

AAFP, Other Groups Press Congress to Act Fast on Zika Funding

Jun 17, 2016 - The AAFP and three other medical specialty groups urged leaders of a congressional conference committee to quickly reconcile the House and Senate Zika funding bills.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160617zikafunding.html

Tax Incentives Aim to Attract Primary Care Preceptors

Jun 14, 2016 - Three states offer tax credits to primary care physicians who serve as preceptors to the next generation of physicians.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160614preceptorcredits.html

AAFP Teams With FDA on Pregnancy, Lactation Labeling Rule Video

Jun 14, 2016 - The AAFP and the FDA have released a video to highlight changes in the 2015 Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule that family physicians need to know about.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160614pllrvideo.html

Task Force Explores Payment Models to Promote, Sustain Needed Care

Jun 14, 2016 - A recently released task force white paper explores payment models that will sustain care for high-need, high-cost patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160614highcost.html

Academy Delivers New Opioid Toolkit, CME to Equip Members

Jun 13, 2016 - The AAFP offers members its latest opioid resources including a new chronic pain management toolkit and a free CME webcast focused on chronic opioid therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160613opioidtoolkit.html

Despite Strides Made, Mental Health Care Needs More Support

Jun 13, 2016 - Changes in the treatment of behavioral health have included stumbling blocks as well as successes, said panelists at a recent forum hosted by Health Affairs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160613mentalhealth.html

ONC Transparency Efforts Help FPs Make Informed EHR Selections

Jun 10, 2016 - On June 1, the federal government began listing online more detailed and physician-friendly information about certified health IT products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160610onctransparency.html

CMS Issues Final Rule on ACO Incentives

Jun 9, 2016 - Rule changes CMS has made are intended to create a more balanced way of determining when accountable care organizations earn shared savings incentives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160609acorule.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Screen At-risk Adults, Teens for Syphilis

Jun 8, 2016 - On June 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final statement recommending that nonpregnant adults and adolescents at increased risk for syphilis be screened for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160608syphilisrec.html

AAFP Expertise on EHRs Guides ONC

Jun 8, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a federal request for information regarding how best to measure progress on interoperability of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160608interoperability.html

AAN Offers Free Webinar on Zika Virus, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Jun 8, 2016 - The American Academy of Neurology is collaborating with the CDC to offer a free webinar for physicians on Guillain-Barré syndrome and its possible relationship to Zika virus infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160608aanzikawebinar.html

Female Physicians Discuss Strategies for Success in Rural Practice

Jun 7, 2016 - New research looks at strategies female rural physicians employ to ensure success in practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160607ruralfemale.html

Female Physicians Discuss Strategies for Success in Rural Practice

Jun 7, 2016 - New research looks at strategies female rural physicians employ to ensure success in practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160607ruralfemale.workforce.html

Female Physicians Discuss Strategies for Success in Rural Practice

Jun 7, 2016 - New research looks at strategies female rural physicians employ to ensure success in practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160607ruralfemale.rural-practice.html

Study Highlights Success of Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

Jun 7, 2016 - A recent study examined use of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in primary care practices and found it increased rates of tobacco cessation treatment delivery.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160607ottawastudy.html

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