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Studies Suggest E-cigarettes Don't Aid Long-term Smoking Cessation

Jun 5, 2015 - An analysis of currently available research on electronic cigarettes that was presented during the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in mid-May found that the popular vaping devices haven't proven to be successful long-term solutions for patients who want to quit ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150605e-cigstudies.html

New CVD Risk-reduction Model Promises to Pay for Results

Jun 4, 2015 - On May 28, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell introduced the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction Model, which will use predictive modeling to generate personalized CVD risk scores and modification plans for Medicare patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150604cvdriskmodel.html

Study Shows Gap in Key Care Coordination Tasks, Use of Health IT

Jun 4, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine explores inconsistencies in the use of health information technology to facilitate care-coordination activities.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150604itdisconnect.html

AAFP Advocates Team-based Care, Workforce Development at IOM Event

Jun 3, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., spoke May 28 before an Institute of Medicine committee charged with evaluating the impact of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health five years after the report's release. His primary message: Team-based care in the patient-centered ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150603iomnursingevent.html

Tell Congress Not to Tamper With FDA's Tobacco Authority

Jun 3, 2015 - Earlier today, the Academy sent out a Speak Out alert encouraging members to contact their representatives and urge them to vote down H.R. 662, which would infringe on the FDA's ability to regulate cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150603cigarspeakout.html

GAO Levels Sharp Criticism Against Physician Fee Committee

Jun 3, 2015 - A new report by the Government Accountability Office highlights longstanding AAFP criticisms about the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee -- most notably, its inconsistency and lack of transparency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150603rucreport.html

AAFP Calls Out CMS on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Jun 2, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP argued aggressively for physician-friendly meaningful use stage three rules. The Academy specifically pressed for a delay in stage three implementation until the nation's transition to value-based payment was on firmer ground.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150602mu3letter.html

New Licensure Pathway Aims to Facilitate Multistate Practice

Jun 1, 2015 - When Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact into law last month, he triggered the formation of an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission to administer a new process for qualified physicians seeking licensure in multiple states. Since then, ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150601interstatelicense.html

HHS Awards Aim to Help Primary Care Practices Promote Heart Health

May 29, 2015 - HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched its EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care grant initiative with $112 million in awards to empower small primary care practices to improve the heart health of nearly 8 million patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150529evidencenow.html

AAFP Tells VA How to Grow Veterans Choice Program

May 28, 2015 - The AAFP continues its efforts to help the Department of Veterans Affairs improve its Veterans Choice Program to ensure more veterans have access to the program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150528vadriving.html

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

May 27, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP continued to push for rules that would help family physician succeed in the agency's meaningful use programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150527mu2.html

Organizations Prod HHS to Recognize Existing CPT Codes

May 27, 2015 - The AAFP recently urged HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to ensure that in 2016, physicians could bill for advance care planning with CPT codes 99497 and 99498.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150527advancecare.html

AAFP Fights New Round of Medicare Payment Cuts in Senate

May 27, 2015 - The AAFP is fighting a Senate proposal that would add more cuts to Medicare payments starting in 2024.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150527senateletter.html

Family Physician Makes House Call Medicine His Mission

May 26, 2015 - Family physician Thomas Cornwell, M.D., of Wheaton, Ill., has been delivering house call medicine to mostly elderly patients for nearly 20 years. He sings the praises of medical care that is fast and efficient and avoids having to transport patients with serious mobility issues.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150526hip-cornwell.html

Medicare's Rising Popularity Brings Increasing Costs

May 26, 2015 - As politically popular as Medicare is, there is an aspect of the program that not all policymakers are willing to discuss: its soaring cost.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150526medicareanniversary.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

New Care Delivery Methods Boost Career Satisfaction, Say Physicians

May 20, 2015 - More and more, primary care physicians are taking the reins in managing all types of care, said panelists at a recent Health is Primary event.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520healthisprimary.html

FDA Denies R.J. Reynolds Request to Weaken Smokeless Tobacco Warning

May 20, 2015 - On May 11, the FDA denied a petition from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that had asked for a change in smokeless tobacco warnings; the AAFP and like-minded groups had advocated vigorously against the change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150520reynoldspetition.html

Help CMS Complete Computer System Transition by July 13

May 20, 2015 - CMS urges participants in the Physician Quality Reporting System to access and update their user accounts to help ensure a smooth transition to a new computer system.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520pqrs.html

Boost Support for Primary Care Residency Training, Say FP Advocates

May 18, 2015 - Speakers at the 2015 Family Medicine Congressional Conference last week talked about how to address graduate medical education needs now that the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula is history.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150518fmcc.html

ONC Report Details Roadblocks to Sharing Patient Data

May 18, 2015 - A recent government report to Congress outlines concerns about the interoperability of health information systems and documents many of the frustrations expressed by physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150518blocking.html

Submit Abstracts for Family Medicine Global Health Workshop

May 18, 2015 - Physicians and students with interests or experience in global health activities are invited to submit abstracts for presentations at the 2015 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150518globalhealth.html

Patricia Czapp, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

May 18, 2015 - The Maryland AFP announces the candidacy of Patricia Czapp, M.D., of Annapolis, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150518czapp-cand-ann.html

Research Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities

May 15, 2015 - A recent study sought to examine how teen alcohol use can lead to brain abnormalities in adulthood; a second study demonstrated how binge drinking has increased across the United States, led by higher rates of drinking among women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150515alcoholstudies.html

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