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AAFP Mobile App Adds CME Reporting, Clinical Recommendations Functions -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2015 - The AAFP's mobile app has added new functions for reporting CME and referencing the Academy's clinical recommendations.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150416mobileappadds.html

Celebrating Our SGR Victory -- AAFP News

Apr 15, 2015 - It took 12 years and 17 temporary payment patches at a total cost of nearly $170 billion, but Congress finally did the right thing by repealing Medicare's long-reviled sustainable growth rate formula.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150414sgrrepeal/20150415sgrcarousel.html

Register Today for Midwest's First Direct Primary Care Summit -- AAFP News

Apr 14, 2015 - Register now for the 2015 Direct Primary Care Summit coming to Kansas City, Mo., July 10-12.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150414dpcsummit.html

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Offer Best Options for Sustained Weight Loss -- AAFP News

Apr 14, 2015 - A study published online April 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 11 commercial weight-loss programs and found that only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig helped participants achieve long-term weight loss.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150414weightloss.html

CMS Clarifies Use of CCM Code in Medicare Advantage Plans -- AAFP News

Apr 14, 2015 - CMS recently clarified physicians' use of a new chronic care management CPT code for services billed to Medicare Advantage plans.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150414ccmguidance.html

Academy Declares Medicare Physician Payment Victory -- AAFP News

Apr 14, 2015 - Family physicians triumphed as the Senate removed a longstanding obstacle to improved patient care by repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate, which had threatened to cut physician payments for years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150414sgrrepeal.html

Solo, Small Practices Need Help Achieving PCMH Certification -- AAFP News

Apr 13, 2015 - According to new research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, fewer solo and small family medicine practices seek patient-centered medical home certification than do larger practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150413pcmhcert.html

Medicare Beneficiaries Could Profit From MedPAC Proposal on Low-cost Medicare Plans ...

Apr 10, 2015 - Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members recently discussed possible incentives for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the most efficient and least costly health plan option in their local markets.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150410medpacadvantage.html

Tobacco Resources Offer Context for Building a Tobacco-free Future -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2015 - Tobacco-control resources family physicians may wish to explore include the upcoming webinar Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home and the archive at the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150409tobaccoresources.html

Is There a Family Physician in the House (of Delegates)? -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2015 - From state medical associations to the AMA, resident Jerry Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., says too few family physicians are taking an active role in leadership.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150409guested-leadership.html

Burdensome Meaningful Use Audits Snag Family Physicians -- AAFP News

Apr 8, 2015 - In a recent letter, the AAFP told CMS that meaningful use audits are unreasonable, create an administrative burden and take family physicians away from patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150408muaudit.html

HHS Lays Out Multifaceted Plan to Combat Opioid Abuse -- AAFP News

Apr 8, 2015 - HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a targeted initiative on March 26 that identifies three priority areas to reduce prescription opioid- and heroin-related overdose, death and dependence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150408hhsopioids.html

AAFP Challenges Payment Inequities in Primary Care, Oncology Initiatives -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2015 - The AAFP is challenging CMS' decision to introduce serious payment inequities into two payment model initiatives with similar practice requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150407oncologypay.html

MedPAC Tackles Complex Issue of Low-value Medical Services -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2015 - During their April 2-3 meeting, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed possible policies to reduce the volume of medical services that offer little clinical benefit or carry risks that outweigh potential benefits.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150407lowvalue.html

Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Iron Deficiency Screening in Pregnant Women, ...

Apr 6, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft statement on March 30 that said current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening pregnant women for iron deficiency anemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150406irondeficiency.html

Medical Assistant Health Coaches Help Patients Manage Chronic Disease -- AAFP News

Apr 6, 2015 - California-based researchers found that training medical assistants to act as health coaches helped improve the health of patients with chronic conditions.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150406healthcoach.html

News in Brief: Week of March 30-April 3 -- AAFP News

Apr 3, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Warns of Risks Tied to Homeopathic Asthma Products, USPSTF Says Evidence Insufficient for Thyroid Dysfunction Screening, Check Out New National Clinician Scholars Program, Take Part in Open Payments National Provider Call, and Graham ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150403wklynwsbrfs.html

Sunshine Act: Review Open Payments Transparency Program Reports -- AAFP News

Apr 3, 2015 - Beginning April 6, physicians have 45 days to review and dispute any financial data reported about them as part of CMS' Open Payments transparency program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150403openpayment.html

Administration Hosts Event to Launch Payment Model Learning Network -- AAFP News

Apr 1, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., recently attended a White House event aimed at helping physicians take part in alternative payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150401werginwhitehouse.html

AAFP Co-sponsors Vaccine Briefing for Congressional Staff -- AAFP News

Apr 1, 2015 - The AAFP is co-sponsoring a briefing April 8 in Washington for congressional health policy staff on how vaccine recommendations are developed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150401vaccinebriefing.html

New Tool Maps Family Medicine's Impact Around the World -- AAFP News

Mar 31, 2015 - The AAFP's new World Health Mapper tool offers physicians an opportunity to explore data on country-level health indicators, health care costs and capacity, vital statistics, and contacts for family medicine opportunities abroad.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150331worldhlthmapper.html

Tell Parents Immunizations Key to Children's Health, Well-being -- AAFP News

Mar 31, 2015 - Unacceptably low vaccination rates allowed the Disneyland measles outbreak to happen. Paul Hunter, M.D., looks at how we got to this point, and how to stop it from happening again.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150331ge-vaccines.html

Family Physician Uses Mini-group Visits to Connect With Patients -- AAFP News

Mar 31, 2015 - Devin Sawyer, M.D., director of the residency program at Providence St. Peter Family Medicine in Olympia, Wash., has had great success using what he calls mini-group visits to treat patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150331hip-washgroups.html

More Residency Slots Needed to Avoid Looming Physician Shortage -- AAFP News

Mar 30, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine estimates the amount of residency expansion needed to avoid primary care physician shortages projected to occur by 2035.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150330resexpansion.html

AAFP Pushes for Senate to Repeal Sustainable Growth Rate -- AAFP News

Mar 30, 2015 - With the first hurdle to full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate crossed with bipartisan House support last week, the AAFP is making a final push on the pending legislation before the Senate returns from its spring recess.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150330sgrsenate.html

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