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ABFM Simplifies, Streamlines Family Medicine Certification

Jul 26, 2016 - The American Board of Family Medicine has made changes to its certification program that include no longer requiring completion of a clinical simulation as a self-assessment activity.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

AAFP Joins Push Against Greater Authority for APRNs in VA Facilities

Jul 26, 2016 - Dozens of medical organizations, including the AAFP, are pushing back against a proposal by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would allow nurses to practice independently inside VA facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

CMS Announces Participants in Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction Model

Jul 26, 2016 - On July 21, CMS announced the names of 516 practices -- including scores of family medicine offices -- that will participate in its Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Learn More About Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Jul 25, 2016 - Sign up soon for a free CMS webinar on Aug. 9 to learn more about the proposed expansion of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

How Utah Zika Infection Was Transmitted Remains Mystery

Jul 20, 2016 - This past week marked a couple of Zika firsts: the first case of Zika virus infection transmitted via an unknown route and the first case of confirmed female-to-male transmission.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Patient Panel Size Uncertainty Complicates Workforce Projections

Jul 20, 2016 - As physicians are increasingly being asked to monitor and report on their entire patient population, accurately determining panel size is more important than ever before.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Iora Primary Care Gets Creative in Tackling Chronic Disease

Jul 19, 2016 - Iora Health and its Seattle-based primary care practices have found success using creative approaches to treating patients with chronic diseases.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

Payment Primer Helps FPs Digest MACRA Implementation Details

Jul 19, 2016 - A free five-page supplement to the July/August Family Practice Management aims to help AAFP members prepare for implementation of new Medicare payment models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Emphasizes Primary Care's Value

Jul 18, 2016 - The AAFP has summarized for family physicians key points of the recently released 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Sweeping Opioid Bill Heads to President's Desk

Jul 15, 2016 - The Senate has joined the House in adopting the conference report on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 by an overwhelming margin; the measure now heads to the president's desk.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Decries VA Plan to Expand Nurses' Scope of Practice

Jul 15, 2016 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking to expand the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses in VA facilities by granting them independent practice authority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP CME Requirement Changes Benefit Family Physicians

Jul 14, 2016 - To simplify CME requirements for members, the AAFP Board of Directors has approved condensing about half of informal CME activities into one category for scholarly activities.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

AAFP Takes Credit for Progress Made in CMS' Proposed Rule

Jul 13, 2016 - After repeated legislative and advocacy efforts by the AAFP, CMS has made changes in a proposed rule that will benefit family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Get Creative Again

Jul 13, 2016 - The Academy's second class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients found innovative ways to control tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

CMS Opens Door to Possible Delay of MACRA Implementation

Jul 13, 2016 - The acting administrator of CMS told senators that the agency is open to delaying the planned Jan. 1 launch of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

New President-elect Brings Family Medicine Perspective to AMA

Jul 13, 2016 - Family physician and AMA President-elect David Barbe, M.D., looks ahead at key issues he plans to address during his year as the organization's president.

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

Primary Care Retirement Age Stays Steady Despite Economy, Policies

Jul 13, 2016 - Recent research suggests that the rate at which primary care physicians are moving into retirement remains steady, unaffected by recent changes in policy or the economy.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP Fights to Block Undue 'Sunshine' Reporting Requirements

Jul 12, 2016 - The AAFP recently joined more than a hundred other medical organizations to support legislation intended to clarify what is and isn't reportable under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Colorado Primary Care Practice Succeeds With Medicare Advantage

Jul 12, 2016 - One primary care practice said switching to Medicare Advantage led to fewer administrative headaches, greater reimbursement and improved health outcomes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

FP Stands Ready for Statewide Shift to Capitation Model

Jul 7, 2016 - A family physician in Hawaii has found success in a per-member, per-month system that was adjusted to offer larger payments in advance of a statewide rollout.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

HHS Grant Helps Small Practices Move to Value-based Models

Jul 6, 2016 - A new grant program from HHS aims to help physicians in rural and underserved areas make the transition to value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Jul 6, 2016 - On June 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic exams.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

High Court Affirms Value of Diversity in Meeting Educational Mission

Jul 6, 2016 - The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas at Austin's use of race as one of many factors in its undergraduate admissions process.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

CMS Says Part B Proposal Protects Patient Access

Jul 5, 2016 - CMS outlined a proposed change in how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs that would encourage pharmaceutical companies to improve quality and reduce costs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Supports HHS in Fight Against Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Jul 5, 2016 - The AAFP responded to a request from the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria with information about the AAFP's actions in this area and recommendations for further action.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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