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FPs Eager to Learn About -- or Already Sold on -- New Practice Model -- AAFP News

Nov 19, 2014 - Nearly 40 family physicians from 16 states recently converged on a hotel south of Phoenix for the AAFP's first one-day workshop on direct primary care (DPC). Some physicians came on a fact-finding mission; others were transitioning to a DPC practice or were already engaged in the model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

BUILD Health Challenge to Fund Community Health Collaborations -- AAFP News

Nov 19, 2014 - The BUILD Health Challenge initiative plans to offer as much as $7.5 million in grants and loans to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among organizations that affect community health. Five one-year planning awards of $75,000 each (plus a possible additional $100,000 for each ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Resources Encourage FPs to Promote, Support Breastfeeding -- AAFP News

Nov 18, 2014 - The AAFP recently released a set of breastfeeding resources, including an updated version of its position paper on the topic, to help physicians support expectant and new mothers. The position paper includes new scientific research that has been distilled into a condensed core paper ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

COLA White Paper Urges New Focus on Office Lab Protocols -- AAFP News

Nov 17, 2014 - COLA, a U.S. laboratory accreditation organization, recently released a white paper urging physicians with office labs to establish tighter protocols to help reduce testing errors and redundancy. COLA has developed a program called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence that aligns ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

New VA Program Expanding Veterans' Access to Care Up and Running -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - Department Veterans Affairs, VA hospitals, Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act, Veterans Choice Program, Medicare

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

MedPAC Again Voices Support for Continuing Primary Care Payment Hike -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - After multiple discussions about whether and how to continue the 10 percent Medicare bonus payment for primary care services, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is expected to formally recommend continuation of the incentive sometime next year.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Privately Insured Consumers Offer Insight Into Utilization, Cost Issues -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - Results of a new survey indicate that some consumers with private health insurance plans still worry about paying for unexpected health events and, consequently, may forgo needed care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 10-14 -- AAFP News

Nov 11, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Says Benefits of Thyroid Screening Unclear; Drink More Water, Kidney Stone Guideline Recommends; Million Hearts Website Introduces Healthy Lifestyle Center; and National Health IT Certification Body Suspends Operations.

AAFP News : News in Brief

ACIP: LAIV Preferential Use Recommendation to Be Reviewed Further -- AAFP News

Nov 10, 2014 - Participants at the Oct. 29-30 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed data suggesting the live attenuated influenza vaccine was not effective against the influenza A (H1N1) virus in children during the 2013-14 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Continued Funding a Must to Avoid 'Primary Care Cliff,' Say AAFP, Other Groups -- ...

Nov 10, 2014 - With federal funding for three programs that enhance access to care in underserved areas while bolstering primary care set to expire in September 2015, the AAFP and more than 100 other organizations wrote to Senate and House leaders asking them to continue funding for teaching health ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Backs Potential Ban of Tobacco Sales in Military Installations -- AAFP News

Nov 10, 2014 - The AAFP recently signed on to a letter urging the Senate Committee on Armed Services to reject language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent banning tobacco sales in military installations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

New Online Mapper Highlights Physician Shortage Areas -- AAFP News

Nov 7, 2014 - A new interactive online mapping tool provides detail about physician shortage areas throughout the United States, including information regarding where physicians and nonphysician health care professionals are located. The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP Summarizes Final 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule for Your Convenience -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - On Oct. 31, CMS released the final version of its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule. To aid members, the AAFP has created a summary that highlights portions important to primary care, such as implementation of the new chronic care management fee, handling of misvalued CPT codes, and ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Updated Acute Otitis Externa Guideline Garners AAFP Endorsement -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - The Academy has endorsed an acute otitis externa guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation that provides evidence-based treatment recommendations and places particular emphasis on patient education and counseling.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Medicaid Parity Is Key Topic CMS Official Addresses in Meeting With FPs -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - In a recent meeting with AAFP and chapter leaders, CMS Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann, J.D., said some states that initially resisted expansion of Medicaid now are in discussions with federal officials to do so. Mann also said she is hopeful that the increased primary care payment for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Supports Bill Providing Sunshine Exemption for Educational Materials -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, introduced legislation that would provide a clear exemption from reporting requirements for educational materials such as peer-reviewed textbooks and journal article reprints that physicians obtain when they attend educational seminars or similar ...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

Identifying High-risk, High-cost Patients Is Step One to Improving Practice ...

Nov 4, 2014 - One way to improve practice efficiency is to identify patients at highest risk for hospitalization, ER visits and high-cost care, and then pour dedicated practice resources into the care of those patients. The AAFP has a tool that can help practices get started.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

CMS Initiative Counts on Health IT to Enhance Care Quality, Coordination -- AAFP News

Nov 4, 2014 - CMS has launched a $114 million initiative that will help physicians and in rural and other medically underserved areas combine health information technology resources and accountable care organization participation to enhance the care they provide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Strength of Oklahoma AFP Rooted in Student Programming -- AAFP News

Oct 31, 2014 - Each September, first-year students at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City are invited to a welcome luncheon organized by the school's Family and Community Medicine Interest Group. The welcome lunch and subsequent monthly luncheons help dispel common myths ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

AAFP Member Describes His Harrowing Experience Overcoming Ebola -- AAFP News

Oct 29, 2014 - AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D., sat down with AAFP News shortly before his speech to a packed ballroom during the AAFP Assembly on Oct. 24 to discuss his experience with Ebola infection.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

'Health Is Primary' Launches to Much Fanfare at Assembly -- AAFP News

Oct 29, 2014 - Attendees at this year's AAFP Assembly got a first glimpse of a three-year communications campaign being launched by the AAFP and its seven family medicine sister organizations. Dubbed Health is Primary, the campaign will use advertising, news media outreach, online communications and ...

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

AAFP Reveals New Name for 2015 Annual Meeting -- AAFP News

Oct 29, 2014 - At the close of the 2014 AAFP Assembly, Academy EVP and CEO Doug Henley, M.D., delivered a surprise announcement. Starting in 2015, the premier family medicine event of the year will be known as FMX, or the Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

News and Views From 2014 Congress of Delegates, Assembly -- AAFP News

Oct 29, 2014 - This page provides a roundup of photos from the 2014 Congress of Delegates and Assembly, as well as social media coverage of the events, videos by and about participants, and more.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

Members Debate Wide Range of Public Health Policy Issues -- AAFP News

Oct 29, 2014 - AAFP members attending the 2014 Congress of Delegates in Washington took up a diverse set of resolutions, discussing topics that ranged from rapid diagnostic testing by pharmacists to working with the DEA to ease restrictions on writing electronic prescriptions for controlled substances.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

New 'Out and About' Assembly CME Draws Sell-out Crowds -- AAFP News

Oct 29, 2014 - At last week's AAFP Assembly, the Academy offered something new: off-site CME with an element of fun. Both Out and About sessions sold out.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

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