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USPSTF, AAFP: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Sep 8, 2016 - In its final recommendation statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for latent tuberculosis infection in asymptomatic adults at increased risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160908uspstflatenttb.html

How Does Your State Measure Up in Care Quality Rankings?

Sep 8, 2016 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released an updated version of its interactive state snapshot tool.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160908statesnapshots.html

New NIH Research Program Targets Health Disparity, Chronic Disease

Sep 7, 2016 - NIH recently established a research program that will target health disparities' role in chronic disease among certain minority and disadvantaged patient populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907nihdisparity.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907hhsopioidrfi.html

FDA Requires New Warnings on Combined Opioid, Benzodiazepine Use

Sep 7, 2016 - The FDA is requiring class-wide changes to opioid medication and benzodiazepine drug labels warning of the hazards of combined use of the two types of drugs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907opioid-benzos.html

High-performing ACOs Demonstrate Savings, Improved Care

Sep 7, 2016 - Successful ACOs are emerging as a prime example of payment reform that federal health officials are touting as a model for the future of primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160907acoresults.html

Free Toolkit Helps Physicians Assess, Maintain ICD-10 Progress

Sep 7, 2016 - CMS recently made a free toolkit available to help physicians assess and maintain their progress with ICD-10 implementation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160907icd10toolkit.html

AAFP Calls for Caution in Teleheath Bill's Language

Sep 6, 2016 - The AAFP applauded adding a telehealth benefit to TRICARE, but warned against inadvertently undermining the current system of state medical licensure.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160906tricaretelehealth.html

New, Expanding Family Medicine Residencies Aim to Boost Access

Aug 31, 2016 - A number of new and expanding family medicine residency programs promise to increase the number of resident positions and boost access to care for patients.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160831newresidencies.html

AAFP Urges Review, Rewrite of Portions of Proposed Rule

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a CMS proposed rule that would modify Medicare's 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system and more.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160831oppsletter.html

AAFP Releases Updated CRC Screening Recommendations

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP's recommendation on screening adults for colorectal cancer differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including on suggestions for recommended screening tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160831aafpcrcrec.html

Clerical Staff Serve Critical Role on Patient-Centered Care Team

Aug 31, 2016 - New research shows that all members of the care team -- including clerical staff -- play a crucial role in delivering efficient, patient-centered care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160831pcmhclerks.html

Low Use of Telehealth Tied to Flawed Payment Models

Aug 31, 2016 - Family physicians who said they used telehealth in the previous year were more likely to work in safety-net institutions and HMOs than other practice settings.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160831telehealthstudy.html

CDC Report Calls for Sepsis Education, Prevention

Aug 30, 2016 - According to the CDC, health care visits present opportunities for physicians to prevent, recognize and treat sepsis before it causes life-threatening illness or death.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160830mmwr-sepsis.html

AAFP Offers Members Updated Opioid, Pain Management Resource

Aug 26, 2016 - The AAFP updated its opioid misuse and pain management position paper to better equip members to combat the opioid abuse epidemic while treating patients' chronic pain effectively.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160826opioidpaper.html

AAFP Calls for Revisions in Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

Aug 24, 2016 - The AAFP is commending the 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for valuing primary care but has also called for many revisions to the proposal.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160824feeschedule.html

Study Finds LAIV, IIV Offer Comparable Community Protection

Aug 24, 2016 - A recent Canadian study found that children were equally protected by immunization with the live attenuated influenza vaccine compared with the standard inactivated influenza vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160824laivstudy.html

New Study Examines Physicians' Gender Pay Gap

Aug 24, 2016 - A recent study of Medicare Part B fee-for-service claims shows that female physicians are paid less even after adjusting for suspected causes of the gender pay gap.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160824salarygap.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Rework Proposed New Patient Codes

Aug 23, 2016 - The AAFP gave CMS frank feedback detailing how the agency should change a proposal to create new patient relationship codes that may factor into incentive payments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160823relationshipcodes.html

AAFP Tackles Tough Issues Related to Care Management Fees

Aug 22, 2016 - The AAFP is addressing issues related to care management fees with an updated policy statement, as well as creation of an issue brief and a cost calculator for physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160822caremanagement.html

As Zika Spreads, Evidence of Link to Birth Defects Grows

Aug 19, 2016 - A study published Aug. 9 by The BMJ explored the association between prenatal Zika virus infection and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which is characterized by joint contractures at birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160819zikaupdate.html

Students Rank Family Medicine No. 1 in Specialty Choice Survey

Aug 17, 2016 - Family medicine draws more interest among medical students than any other specialty, according to survey data published recently by Medscape.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160817studentchoice.html

USPSTF: Evidence Doesn't Support Routine Screening for Genital Herpes

Aug 17, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft recommendation statement against routine serologic screening for genital herpes simplex virus infection in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160817uspstf-herpesdraft.html

CMS Fields New Pilot Program to Bolster Medicare Advantage

Aug 16, 2016 - The new Medicare Advantage Value-based Insurance Design Model initiative will permit health plans to be more flexible when designing incentives for enrollees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816medicareadvantage.html

AAFP Takes on Patient Experience Survey Issues

Aug 16, 2016 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter that patient satisfaction survey results should be used only to incentivize, not penalize, physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816patientsatisfaction.html

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