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AAFP Throws Support Behind Smoke-free Public Housing Proposal

Jan 29, 2016 - The AAFP is applauding a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that all government-owned housing be declared smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160129hudsmoke-free.html

The Uncertain Future of Meaningful Use

Jan 28, 2016 - AAFP Alliance for eHealth Innovation Director Steven Waldren, M.D., says that although CMS plans to end meaningful use, the program's requirements remain in place.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160128guestedmu.html

AAFP Invites FPs to Upcoming PQRS Webcast

Jan 28, 2016 - The AAFP will host a live webcast on Feb. 11 designed to help physicians meet their Physician Quality Reporting System requirements.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160128pqrswebcast.html

Screen All Adults for Depression, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Jan 27, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, be screened for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127depressfinal.html

AAFP Joins White House Conversation on Opioid Abuse

Jan 27, 2016 - The AAFP brought the family physician perspective to a meeting on opioid abuse that the White House hosted recently.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127whitehouseopioids.html

New Research Shows Complexity of Primary Care

Jan 26, 2016 - A recent study of people with diabetes offers insight into the complex health problems family physicians and other primary care physicians help patients manage.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160126complexitystudy.html

MU Hardship Exception Application Process, Round Two

Jan 26, 2016 - CMS recently announced approval of a simplified application process for physicians to apply for meaningful use hardship exemptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160126ehrhardship.html

STFM App Helps FPs With Oral Health Diagnosis, Treatment

Jan 25, 2016 - The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is promoting its Smiles for Life Oral Health App to help family physicians diagnose and manage oral health issues.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160125oralhealthapp.html

Robert Raspa, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Jan 25, 2016 - The Florida AFP announces the candidacy of Robert Raspa, M.D., of Orange Park, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160125raspa-cand-ann.html

Jack Chou, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Jan 25, 2016 - The California AFP announces the candidacy of Jack Chou, M.D., of Baldwin Park, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160125chou-cand-ann.html

'Physician Compare' Gives Patients Access to Your Quality Data

Jan 22, 2016 - CMS is hosting free webinars to help physicians understand quality reporting and the Physician Compare website.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160122physiciancompare.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Bolster Network Standards on Federal Exchanges

Jan 21, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote a detailed letter to CMS that emphasized the importance of creating guidelines for federal exchanges that ensure access to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160121federalexchanges.html

Michael Munger, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Jan 21, 2016 - The Kansas AFP announces the candidacy of Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160121munger-cand-ann.html

AAFP Offers Mixed Comments on CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidance

Jan 20, 2016 - The AAFP recently commented on the CDC's draft guideline for prescribing opioids, suggesting more research is needed to support some of its recommendations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120opioidguideline.html

CDC Issues Interim Guidance on Pregnant Women, Zika Virus

Jan 20, 2016 - The CDC has developed interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120zika-pregnancy.html

AAFP Works to Ensure Patient Access to Medicaid

Jan 19, 2016 - As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard patients' access to Medicaid services, the AAFP recently told CMS that enhanced physician payment is a key priority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160119medicaidaccess.html

AAFP Urges FPs to Integrate Preconception Care Into Patient Visits

Jan 19, 2016 - To promote the integration of preconception care into primary care visits, the AAFP recently published an evidence-based position paper on the topic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160119preconception.html

Done the Work? Submit 2015 PQRS Data to Avoid Penalty

Jan 18, 2016 - CMS has released timelines for the submission of 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System data.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160118pqrstimelines.html

CDC Warns of Viral Illness Tied to Severe Birth Defects

Jan 18, 2016 - After a surge of severe birth defects among infants born to women in Brazil who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy, CDC officials have issued a travel alert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160118zikavirus.html

USPSTF, AAFP Issue Final Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Jan 15, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its recommendation that women ages 50-74 at average risk for breast cancer undergo screening mammography every two years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160115uspstffinalbrstcascreen.html

Small Family Practices Continue to Thrive, Survey Reveals

Jan 15, 2016 - Small and solo family physician practices continue to thrive despite growing pressures to consolidate.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160115smallpractices.html

Meaningful Use Program Officially Shelved

Jan 14, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a surprise announcement by CMS that the agency is ending the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160114mushelved.html

HHS, USDA Release Final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Jan 13, 2016 - HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly released the agencies' final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160113dietguidelines.html

Researchers Dispute Calls for Increased Funding of Residency Slots

Jan 13, 2016 - Rather than increase Medicare funding of graduate medical education, the focus should be on promoting the type of health care the nation needs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160113gmefunding.html

Final Rule Confirms Certain Items Will Require Prior Authorization

Jan 13, 2016 - CMS soon will increase mandatory prior authorizations for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160113priorauth.html

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