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Proposed Dietary Guidance Draws Scrutiny -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - Findings from the recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report offer no real surprises and shed light on the causes of the current obesity epidemic, says one FP expert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225dietguidelinesreport.html

CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20 -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

VA Payments for Physicians in New Program Fall Short of Expectations -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - According to an interim final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs, payments to physicians who participate in the Veterans Choice Program are set below Medicare rates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225valetter.html

Cigarettes Linked to More Deaths Than Previously Thought -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - A study published online Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that about 17 percent of excess deaths in smokers were caused by diseases not previously linked to smoking cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225smokinglink.html

News in Brief: Week of Feb. 23-27 -- AAFP News

Feb 24, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Duodenoscopes Linked to Bacterial Infections, FDA Warns; Help CMS Test Innovations in Advanced Primary Care; and Conference on Practice Improvement Seeks Presentation Ideas.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150224wklynwsbrfs.html

AAFP Joins Unified Effort on Gun Violence, Physician Free Speech -- AAFP News

Feb 23, 2015 - The AAFP and seven other health professional organizations joined the American Bar Association in calling for policies to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths and to protect physicians' free speech rights.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150223gunviolence.html

AAMC Releases Inaugural Report on Residents -- AAFP News

Feb 23, 2015 - The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released the inaugural issue of a comprehensive report on U.S. medical students and residents.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150223aamcresidency.html

AAFP's Work With NCQA to Improve PCMH Program Seeing Results -- AAFP News

Feb 20, 2015 - With input from the AAFP, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is planning big changes to its patient-centered medical home recognition process.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150220ncqaworkedl.html

Reports Highlight Importance of Residency Training in Underserved Areas -- AAFP News

Feb 18, 2015 - Two recently published research reports show why it's important to support family medicine residency training where primary care physicians are needed most.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150218gmetraining.html

Guard Against Narrow Networks in Medicare Advantage Plans, Says AAFP -- AAFP News

Feb 18, 2015 - The AAFP is asking CMS to take stronger action against insurance companies that decide to limit their Medicare Advantage plans' provider networks.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150218narrownetworks.html

Proposed CMS Rule on ACOs Draws Sharp Response From AAFP -- AAFP News

Feb 18, 2015 - The AAFP asked CMS to revise a proposed rule for accountable care organizations to encourage more physicians to join and continue to participate.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150218acoletter.html

Wanted: FPs Schooled in Vaccine Science, Policy -- AAFP News

Feb 17, 2015 - The AAFP is seeking applicants for its 2015 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship program. Two openings are available, and the deadline to apply is March 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150217vaccfellows.html

AAFP Joins White House Summit on Responding to Medical Emergencies -- AAFP News

Feb 16, 2015 - At a Feb. 10 physicians roundtable hosted by the White House, government officials and health care leaders met to discuss how to best arm bystanders to help during a medical emergency, particularly by stopping life-threatening bleeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150216whitehouseprepmtg.html

People in the News/Awards -- February -- AAFP News

Feb 14, 2015 - A number of AAFP members have received various honors or recognition in the past several months.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150214febpeople.html

Survey: Most Americans Plan to Change Nutrition, Fitness Habits -- AAFP News

Feb 12, 2015 - Results from a recent survey by Family Medicine for America's Health found that more than 80 percent of Americans plan to change their diet or exercise regimen this year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150212fmahsurvey.html

ONC Maps Out Plan to Improve Nation's Health IT -- AAFP News

Feb 12, 2015 - The federal government recently issued a draft document intended to serve as the nation's health IT road map to interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150212oncroadmap.html

FPs Share Expertise on Primary Care, Public Health Integration -- AAFP News

Feb 11, 2015 - Family physicians led discussions that explored the relationship between primary care and public health during a Feb. 5 workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150211iomrndtblpcph.html

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer CT Screening, CMS Announces -- AAFP News

Feb 10, 2015 - CMS recently announced that as of Feb. 5, Medicare beneficiaries who meet certain criteria will be covered for lung cancer screening using low-dose CT scans.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150210medicarelungca.html

Physicians Buoyed by Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling -- AAFP News

Feb 10, 2015 - The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that a hospital's medical staff has the right to sue the hospital and that medical staff bylaws are an enforceable contract.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150210minncourtwin.html

New Report Highlights Savings Achieved by Medical Homes -- AAFP News

Feb 9, 2015 - A new report on patient-centered medical homes notes their continued growth and the need for increased spending on primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150209pcmhreport.html

Beulette Hooks, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker -- AAFP News

Feb 9, 2015 - The Georgia AFP announces the candidacy of Beulette Hooks, M.D., of Midland, for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150209candann-hooks.html

Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-Elect -- AAFP News

Feb 9, 2015 - The Texas AFP announces the candidacy of Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D., of Castroville, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150209candann-vanwinkle.html

Updated 2015 Immunization Schedules Offer Conversation Starter With Patients -- AAFP News

Feb 6, 2015 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have released the 2015 adult and childhood immunization schedules, which include a number of notable changes for family physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150206immunskeds.html

Panel Evaluates New Payment Models, Offers Fresh Ideas -- AAFP News

Feb 5, 2015 - A panel of physicians and health policy experts discussed the progress of new physician payment models during a recent briefing in Washington.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150205brookingspayment.html

SGR Repeal Faces Uphill Climb, Say House Members -- AAFP News

Feb 5, 2015 - Two House lawmakers said repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate will be a tough task during the upcoming session, but both are committed to the goal.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150205burgessgreen.html

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