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AAFP Gives CMS Pointed Advice About New Payment Models

Nov 22, 2017 - The AAFP recently offered CMS specific recommendations based on a set of guiding principles for payment models that improve care while reducing administrative burden and costs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171122cmsinnovation.html

Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Childhood Respiratory Disease

Nov 22, 2017 - Researchers in Australia have found that the HPV vaccine prevents juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, an uncommon but incurable condition, in that nation's children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171122hpv-jorrp.html

Resident Creates Online Resource on Death and Dying

Nov 21, 2017 - While participating in the AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute this year, Joshua Wienczkowski, M.D., created the End of Life Literacy website.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20171121end-of-lifewebsite.html

FP Finds Resilience in Reflection on Setbacks

Nov 20, 2017 - A family physician described how disappointment eventually led to restoration in the November/December issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20171120annalsresilience.html

CMS Resources Help Practices, Patients Transition to New Cards

Nov 20, 2017 - CMS is offering physicians free resources to help prepare patients for the new Medicare cards that are coming in April 2018.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171120medicarecards.html

AAFP Summarizes 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Nov 20, 2017 - Because few family physicians have time to read all 396 pages of the 2018 final Medicare physician fee schedule, the AAFP has released a four-page executive summary.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171120mpfssummary.html

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171115ahaacchbpguideline.html

Glean Key Points on 2018 QPP From AAFP Executive Summary

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP has crafted a four-page executive summary of CMS' recently released 2018 Quality Payment Program Interim Final Rule that focuses on areas most likely to affect family physicians.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171115qppsummary.html

Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High, Say Speakers

Nov 14, 2017 - Awareness campaigns, scientific advances and documentation help keep childhood vaccination rates high, said speakers at the 2017 AAFP State Legislative Conference.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171114statevaccs.html

AAFP Commissions Legal Opinion to Aid Family Physicians

Nov 14, 2017 - AAFP members now have access to a legal opinion commissioned by the Academy that supports credentialing decisions based on a physician's qualifications.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20171114credentialing.html

Panelists Discuss Telehealth Potential for Primary Care

Nov 13, 2017 - Although telehealth can increase access and reduce costs, physicians are still looking for the best ways to use the technology to improve patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20171113telehealthpanel.html

AAFP Offers Free Physician Well-being CME Videos

Nov 10, 2017 - The AAFP's Physician Health First portal has added three free CME videos that were recorded during sessions at the AAFP's 2017 Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20171110wellbeingcme.html

USPSTF: Screen All Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis

Nov 10, 2017 - On Nov. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening individuals for osteoporosis to prevent fractures.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171110uspstfdraftrecosteo.html

State Actions Could Solve Prior Authorization Dilemma

Nov 7, 2017 - A speaker at the AAFP State Legislative Conference told family physicians about work intended to help them spend more time on patient care and less on prior authorizations.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171107priorauth.html

Idaho AFP's Tar Wars Continues Fight Against Tobacco

Nov 7, 2017 - The Idaho AFP recently revamped its Tar Wars presentation tools and resources, and presenters and students alike seem to be impressed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171107idahotarwars.html

VA Proposed Rule Looks to Expand Telehealth Services

Nov 6, 2017 - In a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the AAFP gave qualified support to a limited exemption of telehealth services from state licensure and noted that veterans need better access to civilian physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171106vatelehealth.html

FPs: Preview Your Physician Compare Data by Dec. 1

Nov 3, 2017 - CMS has fixed a technical problem on the Physician Compare website, and physicians now have an extra two weeks to review their data.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20171103physcompareextension.html

Congress Must Fund Prevention Campaigns, Say Panelists

Nov 2, 2017 - Prevention improves health, reduces costs and deserves more support from legislators, said speakers at a recent panel hosted by the National Coalition on Health Care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171102nchcprevention.html

CDC Gives Advice on Treating Patients Affected by Hurricanes

Nov 2, 2017 - On Oct. 24, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network advisory offering recommendations for assessing patients currently living or working in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171102cdchurricanerecs.html

Register Now for Free AAFP Coding Webinar

Nov 1, 2017 - Register now for a free AAFP webinar that shows members how to use hierarchical condition category coding to enhance revenue.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20171101hccwebinar.html

ACIP Recommends New Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine

Oct 31, 2017 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending preferential use of a new herpes zoster subunit (HZ/su; Shingrix) vaccine over currently available herpes zoster live (Zostavax) vaccine for adults 50 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171031acipmeeting.html

FPs: Help Frame QPP Cost Measures, Future Payment

Oct 31, 2017 - Family physicians can help determine future Medicare payment by giving CMS feedback on Quality Payment Program episode-based cost measures.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171031fieldtest.html

AAFP Gives Guidance for HHS Strategic Plan Through 2022

Oct 30, 2017 - The AAFP told HHS that the agency's 2018-2022 strategic plan must emphasize the importance of easing the administrative burdens that get in the way of patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171030hhsstrategy.html

G-TRUST Instrument Identifies Useful Clinical Guidelines

Oct 30, 2017 - Researchers have developed an eight-question tool -- highlighted in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine -- designed to help family physicians find useful, evidence-based clinical guidelines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171030annalsg-trust.html

Choosing Wisely: Five Years of Focusing on 'the Right Care'

Oct 27, 2017 - Five years after the launch of the Choosing Wisely campaign, physicians and other experts recently discussed reductions in the use of unnecessary medical services.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171027choosingwisely.html

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