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AAFP Helps Fine-tune Primary Care Payment Models

Dec 6, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a draft white paper on primary care payment models that was released by the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network's Primary Care Payment Model Work Group.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161206pcpmletter.html

Panelists Say ACOs Show Positive Influence on Cost, Care

Dec 6, 2016 - Speakers at a forum hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care said accountable care organizations offer a glimpse into the future of value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161206grahamacos.html

AAFP President: No Subspecialists on Prevention Task Force

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP opposes a bill that would mandate the addition of subspecialist physicians and industry representatives to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161205meigsuspstf.html

AAFP, Conversation Project Partner to Aid End-of-Life Care Conversations

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP has partnered with The Conversation Project to offer family physicians and their patients a wide range of resources to better prepare them for critical discussions about end-of-life care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161205conversationstarter.html

Get Good at ICD-10 Coding; Be Ready for Value-based Payment

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP is offering family physicians a webinar on ICD-10 coding that will go a long way toward preparing them for value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161205icd10webinar.html

Tailor CVD Prevention Counseling Decisions for Low-, Average-risk Adults

Dec 2, 2016 - A draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement recommends that physicians consider offering or referring adults at low or average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk to counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to prevent CVD.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161202uspstfcvdcounsel.html

AAFP Members Can Speak Out to Support Teaching Health Centers

Nov 30, 2016 - AAFP members who want to urge legislators to provide a more long-term, consistent funding stream for teaching health centers can participate in a Speak Out campaign.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161130thcspeakout.html

Texas Announces Possible Local Mosquito-transmitted Zika Case

Nov 30, 2016 - On Nov. 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services announced the state's first case of lab-confirmed Zika virus thought to have been transmitted locally by mosquito.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161130texaszika.html

CMS Updates Quality Payment Program Website to Enable Data-sharing

Nov 30, 2016 - CMS recently added a new tool to its Quality Payment Program website that will help vendors create important software for physician practices.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161130qpptool.html

Study: Making the Most of Health Coaches in Primary Care

Nov 30, 2016 - California-based researchers conducted a qualitative study to learn how health coaches support and work with patients, identifying seven themes they used to create a conceptual model showing how the two groups collaborate.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161130healthcoaches.html

AAFP Joins Push for Full Funding of Addiction, Recovery Law

Nov 29, 2016 - The AAFP and other organizations signed a letter pressing Congress for the maximum possible allocation for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161129carafunding.html

AAFP Savors Successes Achieved in Final OPPS Rule

Nov 28, 2016 - CMS addressed some key AAFP concerns in the recently released final rule covering the 2017 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161128oppsfinalrule.html

USPSTF: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

Nov 28, 2016 - After reviewing studies on the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for thyroid cancer, a newly released U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft statement recommends against screening asymptomatic adults for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161128uspstfthyroid.html

You'll Like These Changes to Next Spring's ABFM Exam

Nov 22, 2016 - On Nov. 22, the American Board of Family Medicine announced modifications it will make starting next spring to the Family Medicine Certification examination that forms the cognitive expertise component of certification, as well as to the overall test day schedule.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20161122abfmexamchanges.html

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs

Nov 22, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released the office's first report examining substance misuse and related disorders.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161122sgreportdrugs.html

Study: High Deductibles Cause Patients to Delay Care

Nov 22, 2016 - Researchers found that high-deductible insurance plans are causing some patients to delay or forgo necessary care, making their conditions worse.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161122highdeductible.html

Take 5 Challenge Tasks Physicians With Focusing on Obesity

Nov 21, 2016 - The Take 5 Challenge encourages physicians and other health care professionals to take five minutes to learn more about obesity and how to best engage with patients to discuss their weight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161121take5challenge.html

Panelists Focus on Gaps in Physician Payment Reform

Nov 21, 2016 - Panelists at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Conference said payers are still exploring ways to account for the intangibles in patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161121pcpayment.html

Researchers Note Mismatch Between GME, U.S. Population Needs

Nov 18, 2016 - AAFP experts researched the growth rate of medical specialties based on National Residency Matching Program statistics from 1986 to 2016.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20161118matchrate.html

Action Network Helps FPs Campaign for Family Medicine

Nov 16, 2016 - The AAFP's new Family Physician Action Network makes it easier for members to connect with legislators and participate in advocacy efforts.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161116grassrootsnetwork.html

Prescribe Statins for Adults With CVD Risk Factor, Heightened 10-year Risk

Nov 16, 2016 - On Nov. 13, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161116uspstfstatinuse.html

FP Credits CPC Initiative With Practice Turnaround

Nov 16, 2016 - After a family physician's positive experience with CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, he is urging his colleagues to apply for future iterations of the program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161116cpcplus.html

Drug-resistant Candida auris Reported in United States

Nov 15, 2016 - The CDC has identified 13 cases of Candida auris infection in the United States to date, detailing the first seven of them in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report posted Nov. 4.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161115candidaauris.html

Health Care for All Remains AAFP Priority After Election

Nov 15, 2016 - Some patients and physicians are worried about what might change after the recent presidential election. AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., writes that the Academy's priorities will not.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161115presmessage.html

AAFP Summary Identifies Key Elements for Family Physicians

Nov 14, 2016 - AAFP staff experts have created a summary document to guide family physicians through the final 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161114mpfssummary.html

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