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Insurance Mergers May Reduce Choice, Raise Costs, AAFP Warns Regulators

Jul 29, 2015 - This week the AAFP sent letters to federal officials warning about the consequences of pending mergers among large insurers, including the potential impact on patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150729mergers.html

AAFP Joins Drive For All Clinical Trials to Register, Report Results

Jul 29, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the AllTrials USA campaign that launched on July 29, which is calling for all past and present clinical trials in the United States to be registered and report their results.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729alltrials.html

USPSTF Proposes Screening All Adults for Depression

Jul 29, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released a draft statement that recommends screening all adults -- including pregnant and postpartum women -- for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729depress-screen.html

AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Jul 29, 2015 - The American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729opioidtaskforce.html

AAFP to CMS: Now, Make a 'National Coverage Determination'

Jul 28, 2015 - CMS included advance care planning services in the proposed 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule, and now the AAFP is pressing to ensure the coverage applies nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150728advancecare.html

Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight

Jul 27, 2015 - The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150727obesityinitiative.html

While Congress Is Out, Invite a Legislator to a Meeting

Jul 27, 2015 - The August recess gives family physicians a chance to educate legislators about the role FPs play in medicine and get help with policy issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150727augustrecess.html

Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

Jul 23, 2015 - According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150723heroinuptick.html

AAFP Tells HHS How to Improve CHIP, Medicaid Managed Care

Jul 22, 2015 - The AAFP recently fired off a letter to HHS with detailed suggestions on how to improve a proposed rule covering Medicaid managed care programs and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150722medicaidchip.html

Evidence Lacking to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Jul 22, 2015 - On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150722uspstfvision.html

AAFP Champions Role for FPs in Federal Diabetes Program

Jul 22, 2015 - The AAFP is pressing for a greater role for family physicians in the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Diabetes Exemption Program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150722dotdiabetes.html

Paying Primary Care Physicians for Hospital Consults

Jul 21, 2015 - The AAFP recently kicked off a conversation with America's largest private health insurers regarding their payment policies for hospital consultation services provided by primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150721hospitalconsult.html

Right Incentives Drive Success in Medical Home Study

Jul 21, 2015 - A recently published three-year study of a Pennsylvania medical home initiative showed the program's potential to transform care delivery.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150721pamedicalhome.html

AAFP Demands Straight Answers on Flawed Audit Process

Jul 17, 2015 - The AAFP won't back down when it comes to getting answers from CMS about flaws in its meaningful use audit system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150717auditanswers.html

2015 AAFP Congress of Delegates Convenes Sept. 28-30 in Denver

Jul 17, 2015 - The Colorado Rocky Mountains are the backdrop for this year's AAFP Congress of Delegates, which will meet Sept. 28-30 in the Centennial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Denver.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150717codannounce.html

Apply for 2015-2016 Tobacco Prevention, Control Mini-grants

Jul 16, 2015 - Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716tobaccomini-grants.html

White House Event Shares Blueprint for Healthy Seniors

Jul 16, 2015 - The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716agingconference.html

Mark Stephens, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker

Jul 16, 2015 - The Uniformed Services AFP announces the candidacy of Mark Stephens, M.D., of Bethesda, Md., for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150716candann-stephens.html

DPC Summit Draws Hundreds of Enthusiastic Family Physicians

Jul 15, 2015 - The first direct primary care summit held in the Midwest, organized by the AAFP and two partner organizations, drew hundreds of physicians eager to learn more about the practice model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150715dpcsummit.html

Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks

Jul 15, 2015 - A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150715ssristudy.html

First-year Results in: Physicians Still Learning About ACA

Jul 15, 2015 - Acknowledging that expanded insurance coverage has brought new patients through their doors, many physicians are still unaware about how some details of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect their practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150715acasurvey.html

Medicaid at 50: Growth Continues Amid Challenges

Jul 14, 2015 - Medicaid, which will hit its 50th anniversary on July 30, is evolving into a public-private insurance plan that now enrolls an estimated 71 million people.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150714medicaidat50.html

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

Jul 13, 2015 - On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150713nsaidrisk.html

AAFP Lauds Payment Stability, Action on Advance Care Planning Codes

Jul 13, 2015 - CMS recently released its 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule, which includes a modest increase in physician payment and action on advance care planning codes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150713feeschedule.html

AAFP Secures CMS Coverage for Human Papillomavirus Testing

Jul 11, 2015 - CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150711CMS-HPVdecision.html

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