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FDA Proposes to Extend Tobacco Authority to Include E-cigarettes, Other Unregulated ...

Apr 25, 2014 - On April 24, the FDA proposed a new rule that would extend its authority to regulate tobacco products. Specifically, the agency would deem currently unregulated products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco, ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140425fdatobaccorule.html

News in Brief: Week of April 21-25 -- AAFP News

Apr 25, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Despite Drop in Use, Study Finds Codeine Still Overprescribed for Children; Medication Take-back Programs Aim to Thwart Drug Abuse; Stolen Laptop Computers Endanger Patient Information, Lead to Hefty Fines; and HHS Releases Healthy People...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140425wklynwsbrfs.html

Graham Center Projects Increase in Physicians Working in Shortage Areas -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - The AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care recently published a one-page policy brief that looked at the projected impact of the Primary Care Residency Expansion program on the number and distribution of new primary care physicians. One key ...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140423pcreprojections.html

AAFP Guidance Can Help FPs Navigate Medicare Payment Data -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - For decades, Medicare payments to physicians were kept confidential, but after a lengthy court battle that ended last June, the records now have been opened to the public. The newly released financial data cover more than 880,000 health care professionals who collectively received about...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140423paymentdataguide.html

Optimize Your Business's Financial Health With Free AAFP Tutorials -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - The AAFP recently unveiled a series of free online educational modules specifically designed to provide targeted financial training for practicing family physicians who operate as small business owners. According to AAFP data gathered through the end of 2013, nearly 34 percent of ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140423financemodules.html

Immunization Resources Inject Certainty Into FPs' Vaccine Protocols -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - Have you checked your mailbox lately? The AAFP has mailed laminated copies of the 2014 immunization schedules and other helpful resources to all active and resident members. In addition to the full-color schedules, the packet includes a number of documents aimed at helping family ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140423immunresources.html

Youth Tobacco Prevention Sparks AAFP-convened Summit -- AAFP News

Apr 21, 2014 - On April 4, the Academy convened a number of tobacco-prevention stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to participate in an AAFP Youth and Tobacco Prevention Summit in Washington. According to Julie Wood, M.D., AAFP vice president of health of the public and science and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140421tobaccosummit.html

AAFP, CMS Clarify 'Incident to' Rules Relating to Pharmacists' Services -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - The complexity of Medicare billing regulations can baffle even the most business-savvy family physician. So recently, when the AAFP and family physician members had questions regarding Medicare rules for billing incident to services, the Academy went straight to CMS Administrator ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140416incidenttoltr.html

Learn How to Document Diagnoses Common to Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - Although it's tempting to think otherwise, planning for the transition to the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnostic coding still should be at or near the top of family physicians' to do lists. That's the opening message participating physicians will hear during a free AAFP ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140416icd-10webinar.html

Physician Care Delivery, Payment Systems Subject of Graham Center Forum -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - Few physicians and probably fewer patients are happy with the fee-for-service payment model for medical care, but a lot of work needs to be done to initiate any kind of change. That's according panelists who spoke during a recent forum on primary care hosted by the Robert Graham Center ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140416rgcpymntmodels.html

News in Brief: Week of April 14-18 -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Lowers Age Indication for Adacel Tdap Vaccine, CMS Directs RACs to Wind Down Current Operations, Ebola Virus Disease FAQs Available to Health Care Professionals, and Family Physicians Invited to Participate in Digital Discussion Group.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140416wklynwsbrfs.html

Resident Duty Hour Rules Focus of National Research Trials Now Set to Launch -- AAFP...

Apr 15, 2014 - In mid-March, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced to the graduate medical education community that preliminary work had begun on two national multicenter trials designed to investigate the impact of resident duty hour limits instituted in 2011.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140415dutyhourstudy.html

FPs Can Help Minimize Alpha Blocker Risks for Cataract Surgery -- AAFP News

Apr 15, 2014 - The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have issued an educational update about cataract surgery complications associated with use of systemic alpha blockers. According to a joint news release from the organizations, the update ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140415cataractsurgrisk.html

HHS Data Dump Opens Physicians' Finances to Public Scrutiny -- AAFP News

Apr 11, 2014 - On April 9, CMS announced that it had made public a data set of information that contains financial information -- including billing and Medicare payment details -- on some 880,000 physicians who were paid about $77 billion in 2012 for services provided to patients as part of the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140411cmsdatadump.html

Solo FP Wins Place Among Diverse Group of Hypertension Control Champions -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - Recently, HHS' Million Hearts initiative recognized nine public and private medical practices and health systems across the United States for achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control. Solo family physician Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., was on that list.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140409hyperten-champ.html

Anticompetitive Practices in Health Care Threaten FPs, Says AAFP -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - Consolidation among health care institutions is reducing competition nationally, and the independence of many family physician practices is being threatened, according to a recent letter the AAFP sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140409ftcanticompltr.html

Physicians' Rights Regarding Electronic Funds Transfer Focus of CMS Update -- AAFP ...

Apr 9, 2014 - On Jan. 1, 2014, family physicians and all other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act were obligated to come into compliance with operating rules related to electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140409eftregs.html

Advancing Family Medicine on Capitol Hill -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - Although partisanship currently seems to be affecting all aspects of health care policy, when family physicians visit the nation's capital for advocacy efforts, they should avoid any sign of political posturing. That was the message delivered by several political consultants who spoke ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140409fmcc.html

Posting Prices for Medical Care Provides No Guarantee of Transparency -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - Costs for medical services continue to rise at a rate that worries patients, physicians and policymakers, yet firm solutions to reducing those costs remain elusive, according to a panel of experts at a recent workshop on price transparency in health care that was hosted by the Federal ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140409ftcpricetrans.html

News in Brief: Week of April 7-11 -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation on Low-dose Aspirin to Prevent Pre-eclampsia; Measles, Mumps Update Tracks Rising Case Numbers; HHS Data Dump Opens Books on Physician Charges, Payments; and Participation in Federal PQRS, e-Prescribing ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140409wklynwsbrfs.html

Modest Changes Lead to Better Quality, Lower Costs in Health Care -- AAFP News

Apr 8, 2014 - Small changes can lead to big rewards. That's the key learning from new research that looks at the relationship between continuity of care among Medicare patients with certain chronic diseases and four cost/quality indicators: health care costs, complications, hospitalizations and ER ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140408continuityofcare.html

Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., Runs for AAFP President-elect -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2014 - The Pennsylvania AFP announces the candidacy of Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., of York, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140407filer-cand-ann.html

Edward Schwager, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2014 - The Arizona AFP announces the candidacy of Edward Schwager, M.D., of Tucson, for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140407schwager-cand-ann.html

Daniel Spogen, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2014 - The Nevada AFP announces the candidacy of Daniel Spogen, M.D., of Reno, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140407spogen-cand-ann.html

John Cullen, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2014 - The Alaska AFP announces the candidacy of John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140407cullen-cand-ann.html

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