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Sunshine Act: Review Open Payments Transparency Program Reports

Apr 3, 2015 - Beginning April 6, physicians have 45 days to review and dispute any financial data reported about them as part of CMS' Open Payments transparency program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150403openpayment.html

News in Brief: Week of March 30-April 3

Apr 3, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Warns of Risks Tied to Homeopathic Asthma Products, USPSTF Says Evidence Insufficient for Thyroid Dysfunction Screening, Check Out New National Clinician Scholars Program, Take Part in Open Payments National Provider Call, and Graham ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150403wklynwsbrfs.html

Administration Hosts Event to Launch Payment Model Learning Network

Apr 1, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., recently attended a White House event aimed at helping physicians take part in alternative payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150401werginwhitehouse.html

AAFP Co-sponsors Vaccine Briefing for Congressional Staff

Apr 1, 2015 - The AAFP is co-sponsoring a briefing April 8 in Washington for congressional health policy staff on how vaccine recommendations are developed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150401vaccinebriefing.html

Family Physician Uses Mini-group Visits to Connect With Patients

Mar 31, 2015 - Devin Sawyer, M.D., director of the residency program at Providence St. Peter Family Medicine in Olympia, Wash., has had great success using what he calls mini-group visits to treat patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150331hip-washgroups.html

Tell Parents Immunizations Key to Children's Health, Well-being

Mar 31, 2015 - Unacceptably low vaccination rates allowed the Disneyland measles outbreak to happen. Paul Hunter, M.D., looks at how we got to this point, and how to stop it from happening again.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150331ge-vaccines.html

New Tool Maps Family Medicine's Impact Around the World

Mar 31, 2015 - The AAFP's new World Health Mapper tool offers physicians an opportunity to explore data on country-level health indicators, health care costs and capacity, vital statistics, and contacts for family medicine opportunities abroad.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150331worldhlthmapper.html

More Residency Slots Needed to Avoid Looming Physician Shortage

Mar 30, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine estimates the amount of residency expansion needed to avoid primary care physician shortages projected to occur by 2035.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150330resexpansion.html

AAFP Pushes for Senate to Repeal Sustainable Growth Rate

Mar 30, 2015 - With the first hurdle to full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate crossed with bipartisan House support last week, the AAFP is making a final push on the pending legislation before the Senate returns from its spring recess.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150330sgrsenate.html

AAFP Wins House Battle for Full SGR Repeal, Takes Fight to Senate

Mar 26, 2015 - For the first time in 12 years, true Medicare reform became feasible when the House of Representatives voted March 26 for a full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150326housesgrvote.html

40-Mile Rule Gives More Veterans Access to Non-VA Docs

Mar 25, 2015 - About twice as many military veterans will be eligible to see a physician who is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under a new standard for measuring the distance from a veteran's home to the nearest VA facility.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150325varule.html

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions

Mar 25, 2015 - HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150325hypertensionchamps.html

Accountable Care Organizations' Attempts to Integrate Care Show Mixed Results

Mar 24, 2015 - Physicians and health analysts discussed the importance and challenges of greater integration between primary care and subspecialist physicians at a recent panel hosted by the Brookings Institution.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150324integratedcare.html

Health is Primary Tour Kickoff Highlights Washington State Innovators

Mar 23, 2015 - The Health is Primary city tour from Family Medicine for America's Health kicked off in Seattle March 19 with family physicians discussing how they are revolutionizing health care in Washington State.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150323healthisprimary.html

HHS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on MU, 2015 Edition Certification Criteria

Mar 23, 2015 - HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two proposed rules aimed at supporting interoperable health IT nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323mu3.html

MedPAC Asks Congress to Boost Primary Care Payments

Mar 23, 2015 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission gave Congress a report that advocates increasing Medicare payments and greater equity for primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323medpac.html

AAFP Celebrates New Recruits to Family Medicine, Acknowledges Work Ahead

Mar 20, 2015 - The National Resident Matching Program announced the results of the 2015 Match, which showed that 3,060 graduating medical students chose a career in family medicine.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150320match.html

Panel: EHR Holds Challenges Along With Promise

Mar 20, 2015 - A panel of health IT experts discussed the challenges and potential of electronic health records during a recent forum hosted by the Brookings Institution.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150320brookingsit.html

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians

Mar 19, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150319werginsenate.html

Tell NCQA How to Improve PCMH Recognition Process

Mar 19, 2015 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance is calling on physicians and other stakeholders for suggestions on revamping NCQA's patient-centered medical home recognition program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150319NCQAideas.html

Advocacy Tools Enable FPs to Tell Congress to Repeal SGR

Mar 17, 2015 - The AAFP is helping members urge Congress to repeal the unpopular Medicare sustainable growth rate formula before March 31 to prevent a looming 21 percent payment cut.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150317sgrrepeal.html

Study: Both Low- and High-intensity Workouts Help Reduce Obesity

Mar 17, 2015 - A study published March 3 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that low- and high-intensity exercise resulted in similar reductions in abdominal obesity. However, only high-intensity workouts reduced blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150317exerciseglucose.html

Group Membership Earns Small-practice FPs ACO Opportunities

Mar 17, 2015 - Membership in Iowa's Heartland Rural Physician Alliance has given small independent family physicians the key to accountable care organization opportunities.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150317klitgaardaco.html

Health is Primary Hits the Road

Mar 16, 2015 - Too many Americans don't understand the importance or value of primary care. Health is Primary, which kicks off its nationwide city tour this week in Seattle, aims to change that.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150316gstedl-healthisprimary.html

Panelists Call Medicare Advantage Model for Chronic Care

Mar 16, 2015 - During a recent forum, a group of health policymakers discussed ways to improve delivery of care and payment for chronic care patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150316medicareadvantage.html

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