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Primary Care, Public Health Integration Focus of New Resource -- AAFP News

Dec 23, 2014 - The Academy has stepped up its promotion of integrating primary care and public health by publishing its own position paper on the subject.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141223primcare-pubhlthpaper.html

Proposed Changes to Federal Exchanges Elicit AAFP Comments -- AAFP News

Dec 23, 2014 - For the 2016 plan coverage year, CMS is considering whether to require health plans sold on the federally facilitated exchanges to provide coverage with no cost-sharing for three primary care visits annually.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141223cmsltr3visits.html

MedPAC Proposal Would Continue Primary Care Payment Increase -- AAFP News

Dec 22, 2014 - Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission approved a draft recommendation that would continue an incentive payment for primary care physicians beyond 2015.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141222medpacmtg.html

Many Physicians Leery of Using Opioids for Noncancer Pain -- AAFP News

Dec 22, 2014 - Forty-five percent of physicians said they are less likely to prescribe opioids today than they were one year ago, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141222opioidsurvey.html

Changing Landscape Heralds Transition for TransforMED -- AAFP News

Dec 19, 2014 - With the proliferation of the patient-centered medical home model, the niche in which TransforMED thrived for years has changed. The AAFP plans to redefine TransforMED's focus to meet members' needs.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20141219gsted-tmed.html

CMS to Consider Covering HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer -- AAFP News

Dec 19, 2014 - CMS has accepted the AAFP's request to begin a national coverage analysis on expanding coverage for cervical cancer screening in women ages 30-65 to include HPV testing along with Pap smear every five years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141219hpv-cervca.html

Mentoring, Telemedicine Offer Paths to Better Rural Health Care Access -- AAFP News

Dec 17, 2014 - Technology is being used in creative ways to expand patients' access to health care in rural areas. But now, training and payment systems need to catch up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141217ruralhealthbrfng.html

2015 Fee Schedule Lacks Payment Code Details, AAFP Tells CMS -- AAFP News

Dec 17, 2014 - The AAFP recently sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to publish more detailed payment code information as part of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141217carecodesltr.html

AAFP Denounces 113th Congress' Failure to Tackle Medicare, Medicaid Payment -- AAFP ...

Dec 17, 2014 - The 113th Congress' ability to follow through on payment reform legislation that would have ensured seniors' continued access to primary care services, that familiar idiom applies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141217congressfail.html

Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., Named Nation's 19th Surgeon General -- AAFP News

Dec 16, 2014 - The nomination of physician educator and practicing internist Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., to become U.S. surgeon general has finally earned the Senate's thumbs-up.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141216murthyconfirm.html

Defense Authorization Act Eliminates Military's Tobacco Discount -- AAFP News

Dec 15, 2014 - The just-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act eliminates the discount for tobacco sold at military exchanges, but also prohibits banning the sale of tobacco products in such facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141215ndaatobacco.html

Bill for Chronic Care Management Services With Confidence -- AAFP News

Dec 12, 2014 - Family Practice Management has published an online-first article designed to bring family physicians up to speed on Medicare's new chronic care management code.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20141212fpm-ccmcode.html

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - A recently published research brief aims to identify characteristics of physicians who have adopted electronic health records versus those who have not or don't intend to do so.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210oncbrief.html

Integrating Mental Health, Primary Care Is Focus of IHI Webcast -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - In a recent webinar, panelists agreed that integrating primary care and mental health care represents the best method to treat patients with mental ailments.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210mentalprimary.html

NSAIDs Hike Bleeding, Thromboembolism Risk in Some Patients -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - A recent study found that people with atrial fibrillation who are on antithrombotic therapy and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may have serious bleeding or thromboembolism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141210nsaids-atrialfib.html

FP Kent Brantly Among 'Ebola Fighters' Named Time's Person of the Year -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - This week, Time magazine named Ebola Fighters as its 2014 Person of the Year, with coverage highlighting AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20141210timeebolabrantly.html

Idaho Embraces Medical Home Model -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - Two medical home pilot projects are continuing in Idaho, where state government and private insurers are providing strong support for practice transformation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210idahomedhome.html

CDC Warns About Drifted Influenza A (H3N2), Recommends Antiviral Medications -- AAFP...

Dec 8, 2014 - A recent CDC Health Alert Network advisory said drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been detected this flu season and recommended use of appropriate antiviral medications when indicated.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141208h3n2drift.html

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

Dec 8, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Study Finds Mixed Results on Prophylactic Low-dose Aspirin Use in Healthy Women, Register Today for Free ICD-10 Webinar, Medicare Home Health Benefit Changes Coming on Jan. 1, AAFP Supports Action for Dental Health Initiative, and CMS ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141208wklynwsbrfs.html

Address Physician, Staff Needs First, Say Researchers -- AAFP News

Dec 3, 2014 - Writing in the latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine, primary care researchers address the issue of escalating burnout in primary care practices around the country.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141203annfammedburnout.html

Spread of For-profit Medicine May Pose Patient Safety Threat -- AAFP News

Dec 3, 2014 - AAFP state chapter leaders discussed the growing influence of retail clinics and their plans to offer more medical services, as well as other scope-of-practice and patient safety issues.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141203statelegretail.html

Only 30 Percent of Americans Infected With HIV Are Controlling the Infection -- AAFP...

Dec 3, 2014 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Nov. 28 found that just 30 percent of Americans with HIV infection in 2011 had achieved viral suppression.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141203mmwr-hiv.html

USPSTF Draft Recommendation on Screening Children for Speech, Language Problems ...

Dec 2, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for speech/language delay and disorders in children 5 or younger.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141202draftrecspeech.html

Panel: Quashing Prescription Drug Abuse Demands Community Effort -- AAFP News

Dec 2, 2014 - According to speakers at the AAFP State Legislative Conference last month in New Orleans, innovative technology and new drug formulations are among tools being used to combat prescription drug abuse.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141202statelegopioids.html

Minnesota Chapter, FMIGs Help Students Explore Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Nov 30, 2014 - It's not easy to grab the attention of medical students, but a program created by the family medicine interest group (FMIG) at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. -- and supported by the Minnesota AFP -- is helping busy students connect with family physicians in a time-efficient ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20141130minnesotaafp.html

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