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MedPAC Debates Formulas to Combat Rising Part B Drug Costs -- AAFP News

Sep 19, 2014 - Medicare spending for Part B drugs furnished by physicians has increased since a policy supporting lower-cost alternatives was rescinded in 2010. Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently considered several proposed formulas for determining appropriate payment for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140919medpac-drugs.html

Study Gives Insight on Strategies to Engage Patients, Increase Patient Portal Use --...

Sep 18, 2014 - Virginia-based researchers tracked eight primary care practices to identify successful patient portal implementation strategies, finding that portal uptake among the practices ranged from 22.1 percent to 27.9 percent. Specific decisions made at the practice level appeared to explain ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140918annfammedpatportals.html

How Will Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combo Products Affect You, Your Patients? -- ...

Sep 17, 2014 - On Oct. 6, the DEA will move hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II, so family physicians need to prepare their practices -- and their patients -- for the change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140917hcps-sked2.html

AAFP Proposal Presses for GME System Reform to Meet Nation's Primary Care Needs -- ...

Sep 17, 2014 - During a recent press event at the Capitol, the AAFP announced the release of a proposal that aims to reform the U.S. graduate medical education (GME) system. The Academy's five-point plan would, among other things, significantly change the way GME is financed.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140917gmeproposal.html

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014, but Implementation Still a ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140917qa-waldren-mu.html

Despite Modest Savings to Date, MedPAC Remains Optimistic About ACO Performance -- ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently reviewed a performance report on accountable care organizations and discussed possible incentives to improve their level of savings.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140917medpac-acos.html

Growing Enterovirus Outbreak Ensnaring Children, Teens -- AAFP News

Sep 16, 2014 - As of Sept. 16, 12 states had reported clusters of laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) to the CDC. Clinicians who see suspected cases of EV-D68 infection should contact their state and local health departments about the availability of testing for the virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140916enterovirus.html

Does Hospital Consolidation Help or Harm Patients? -- AAFP News

Sep 16, 2014 - Debate continues regarding ongoing consolidation of hospitals and whether such moves leave patients with less choice and lead to higher costs for essential care. To add to the conversation, the nonpartisan news organization Politico Pro hosted a panel discussion in Washington this week ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140916hospmergerspanel.html

ONC Final Rule Seeks to Simplify Health IT Certification -- AAFP News

Sep 15, 2014 - The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a final rule that the agency said will improve and simplify the process for certification of electronic health records. It seems clear from changes made to the rule since it first was proposed that the agency took AAFP ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140915finalehrcertrule.html

News in Brief: Week of Sept. 8-12 -- AAFP News

Sep 12, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CVS Changes Name, Launches Tobacco Cessation Program; CDC Director Calls for More Aid for Ebola Epidemic; Many Family Physician Jobs Remain Unfilled; PCORI Offers $90 Million in Research Funding; Get Free Education Credits for Web-based ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140912wklynwsbrfs.html

Evidence-based Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Endorsement -- AAFP News

Sep 10, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed an evidence-based guideline outlining nine recommendations for initiating and modifying pharmacotherapy for adult patients with elevated blood pressure.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140910jnc-8endorse.html

Daily Low-dose Aspirin Recommended for Pregnant Women at High Risk for Pre-eclampsia...

Sep 10, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP have recommended that women at high risk for pre-eclampsia use low-dose aspirin (81 mg/day) after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140910lowdoseasa.html

Study: One in 15 FPs Spends Considerable Time in ER, Urgent Care -- AAFP News

Sep 10, 2014 - Overall, about one out of every 15 family physicians devotes at least 80 percent of his or her time to emergency or urgent care, according to researchers at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, with those in remote areas taking on a higher ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140910rgc-eranalysis.html

Are U.S. Medical Schools Overlooking Community College Grads? -- AAFP News

Sep 10, 2014 - New research finds that students who attended community college after high school were less likely to gain entrance into medical school than students who studied at a community college during high school, after college graduation or never at all. Those same students were more likely to ...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140910commcollege.html

Members Invited to Respond to AAFP Survey on Narrow Networks -- AAFP News

Sep 10, 2014 - The AAFP is asking members who have been eliminated from an insurer's provider network or who are experiencing complications with a narrow network to participate in an online survey on the topic. Survey results will be presented to federal officials when AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140910narrownetsurvey.html

Service Members Deserve High Quality of Care FPs Can Provide -- AAFP News

Sep 10, 2014 - Veterans are returning home to their communities, where family physicians could find themselves providing primary care to a population they may not have interacted with in the past. Will family physicians be ready?

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140910paddenguested.html

VA Launches Campaign to Recruit Physicians -- AAFP News

Sep 9, 2014 - Acknowledging that a shortage of physicians is one reason why the nation's veterans encounter long delays in receiving treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a campaign to recruit more physicians and other clinicians to work inside its facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140909varecruits.html

CMS Announces Dates for ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Weeks -- AAFP News

Sep 9, 2014 - CMS has announced dates for three weeks of end-to-end testing using the ICD-10 code set to enable physicians, payers and other stakeholders to prepare for implementation of the new code set for outpatient diagnostic coding.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140909icd-10test.html

NOVA Vaccines Documentary to Air Sept. 10 on PBS -- AAFP News

Sep 3, 2014 - A NOVA documentary that will air Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS aims to answer concerned parents' vaccination questions. The hourlong broadcast will explore the history and science behind vaccinations, track vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and explain the risks of ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140903novavaccdoc.html

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized for 2014 -- AAFP News

Sep 3, 2014 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903mustage2final.html

AAFP, Others Petition Full Appeals Court to Review Florida Gun Law -- AAFP News

Sep 3, 2014 - The AAFP and other medical organizations have petitioned a U.S. appeals court to reconsider a Florida law that restricts physicians from asking and counseling patients about guns in the home.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140903floridaamicus.html

Only One Week Remains to Review, Dispute Open Payments 2013 Data -- AAFP News

Sep 3, 2014 - If you haven't yet completed the two-part registration process that allows you to review and, if necessary, dispute data reported about you for 2013 to CMS' Open Payments program -- now's the time. Sept. 10 is the cutoff for physicians to review financial information reported about them...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903openpaycutoff.html

AAFP Joins Diverse Coalition That Aims to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse -- AAFP News

Sep 2, 2014 - To help spur education and research examining the growing issue of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder medication misuse, abuse and diversion on college campuses across America, the AAFP has joined the Coalition to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse, which launched Aug. 28.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140902cpamm.html

Utah AFP Fights for Regulation of E-cigarettes -- AAFP News

Aug 31, 2014 - Given active promotion of e-cigarettes in Utah combined with growing use of the products among teenagers, the Utah AFP is aggressively lobbying to ensure e-cigarettes are regulated by the state.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140831utahafp.html

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 25-29 -- AAFP News

Aug 31, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF, AAFP Release Final Recommendation on Obesity Counseling; WHO Recommends Global E-cigarette Regulation; Data-matching Issues Could Cost Patients Their Marketplace Coverage; NIH Research Grants Focus on Chronic Conditions; Apply for...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140831wklynwsbrfs.html

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