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Basic EHR Use Rising, but Data-sharing, Patient Engagement Lag Behind -- AAFP News

Aug 22, 2014 - Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140822healthaffehrstudy.html

Small Primary Care Practices Shine in National Study -- AAFP News

Aug 20, 2014 - New research shows that small primary care practices have lower rates of preventable hospital admissions than their large-practice counterparts, suggesting that small practices may have hard-to-measures perks such as better physician/patient relationships that contribute to their ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140820smallpractstudy.html

AAFP Reimagines Tobacco Prevention, Control Program -- AAFP News

Aug 20, 2014 - The AAFP is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140820reimaginetobacco.html

Google Hangouts Allow AAFP to Reach Broad Medical Student Audience -- AAFP News

Aug 20, 2014 - On Aug. 26, the AAFP will officially launch Family Medicine on Air, a series of 15-minute Google Hangouts aimed at medical students and available via Google Plus and YouTube.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140820fammedonair.html

Academy Endorses Guideline on Identifying, Treating Adult Obesity -- AAFP News

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140819obesityendorse.html

AAFP, Others Push Back on Proposed Changes in Code Valuation Process -- AAFP News

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP joined dozens of other physician and health care professional organizations in urging CMS to reconsider proposed changes to the CPT code valuation process that the agency has outlined in its proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140819codevaluationltr.html

VA Adds Primary Care to Contract Program for Veterans' Health -- AAFP News

Aug 16, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week it is adding primary care to a list of contracted medical services that can be provided at non-VA facilities as part of the Veterans Health Administration's Patient-Centered Community Care program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140816pc3primcare.html

Open Payments Registration System Reopens for Business -- AAFP News

Aug 15, 2014 - CMS announced Aug. 15 that the physician registration system associated with its Open Payments transparency program had reopened for business after a temporary shutdown to address a technical problem.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140815openpayreopens.html

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 11-15 -- AAFP News

Aug 15, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Latest WHO Figures Show Ebola Outbreak Continues to Intensify; CMS Formalizes Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-10 Deadline; CMS Expands Power Mobility Device Demonstration Project; and Join ONC's Online Community to Speed Health IT Interoperability.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140815wklynwsbrfs.html

New Research Suggests Practices Need to Forge Their Own Paths to Change -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Recent patient-centered medical home research suggests that medical practices need to forge their own unique paths to practice transformation. Overall, paying close attention to the process, especially regarding culture and patient-centeredness, is key.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140813jabfm-pcmh.html

Include Cigars, E-cigarettes in Final Tobacco-deeming Rule, Say AAFP, Other Groups ...

Aug 13, 2014 - The AAFP joined 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter to the FDA supporting the agency in extending its jurisdiction over all nicotine-delivery devices, including e-cigarettes, as well as all cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140813tobaccoltr.html

Students Focus on Direct Primary Care, Rural Health, Among Other Topics -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Students who attended the recent National Congress of Student Members sought to learn more about direct primary care, rural health care and student loan forgiveness, among other topics.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813studcong.html

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders to Represent Them -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Family medicine residents and medical students elected peers to leadership positions on the final day of the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, held Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813natlconfelects.html

Residents Embrace DPC Practice Model, Tackle Student Debt -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - The 2014 AAFP National Congress of Family Medicine Residents tackled a wide range of issues, including education about various practice models, student debt and rural training.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813rescong.html

News and Views From 2014 AAFP National Conference -- AAFP News

Aug 13, 2014 - Throngs of family medicine residents, medical students interested in careers in family medicine, exhibitors from across the nation, AAFP leaders and others gathered Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo., for the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140813ncsccintro.html

Shut Down: Open Payments Registration Site Temporarily Closed to Physicians -- AAFP ...

Aug 13, 2014 - CMS has temporarily disabled a physician portal associated with its Open Payments transparency program to address a problem that could compromise physician data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140813openpayglitch.html

FPs Have Pivotal Role in Innovative Care Delivery, Speaker Tells Students, Residents...

Aug 12, 2014 - A health policy expert who spoke during the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students told future family physicians they are the hope for better health outcomes in the future.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140812nc-grundy.html

After One Year, Physician-run ACO Scores Big Savings Bonus -- AAFP News

Aug 11, 2014 - A Florida-based accountable care organization is saving millions in Medicare costs by using a comprehensive approach to care that utilizes, among other things, Medicare billing data to identify patients in need of specific services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140811palmbeachaco.html

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 4-8 -- AAFP News

Aug 11, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Downgrades Rosiglitazone's CVD Risk; GlaxoSmithKline Starts Shipping 2014-15 Flu Vaccines to U.S.; FDA Warns Against Powdered Pure Caffeine; Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Reduce Skin Cancer; Journal Commentary Addresses ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140810wklynwsbrfs.html

Veterans to Get Expanded Access to Primary Care Physicians -- AAFP News

Aug 6, 2014 - The House and Senate have passed -- and the president is expected to sign -- legislation that would expand medical access for veterans who struggle to secure appointments at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140806vabill.html

U.S. Physicians Should Be Ready to Recognize, Manage Ebola -- AAFP News

Aug 6, 2014 - A West African outbreak of Ebola virus disease outbreak has exploded in recent weeks, with the death toll now reaching well over 900. Two Americans are among those who contracted the disease while overseas; both are now back in the states and improving.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140806ebola.html

AAFP Protests CMS' Proposal to Remove CME Exemption in Open Payments Program -- AAFP...

Aug 6, 2014 - Before the Physician Payments Sunshine Act has even been fully implemented, CMS is proposing to change its policy regarding the exemption for reporting indirect payments or transfers of value related to accredited CME events.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140806cmeexempt.html

AAFP Board Approves Applications of New Member Interest Groups -- AAFP News

Aug 6, 2014 - At its July meeting, the AAFP Board of Directors formally approved the applications four new member interest groups; a fifth group was able to make the transition with no approval needed.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140806memintgrps.html

Despite Gains, Number of Teens Receiving HPV Vaccine Still 'Unacceptably Low' -- ...

Aug 5, 2014 - According to results of the 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen, the number of adolescents ages 13-17 who are receiving the HPV vaccine remains unacceptably low, say CDC officials.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140805hpv-vacc.html

AAFP Supports Senate Legislation to Extend Increased Medicaid Payments -- AAFP News

Aug 4, 2014 - Two senators recently introduced legislation that would extend a program that enhances payment for certain primary care services family physicians and other primary care physicians provide for Medicaid beneficiaries. The AAFP is supporting that Senate bill.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140804senbillmedicaid.html

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