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AAFP to UnitedHealthcare: Coordinate Care With Physicians

Dec 23, 2016 - Emphasizing the need for care coordinated by a physician, the AAFP is asking a major insurer to review its policies on intervention by nurses and third parties.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161223uhccoordination.html

Don't Routinely Screen Adults, Teens for Genital Herpes

Dec 21, 2016 - On Dec. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final statement recommending against screening asymptomatic adults and adolescents for genital herpes simplex virus infection using serology.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161221uspstfgenitalherpes.html

Academy Presents Advanced APM for Primary Care

Dec 21, 2016 - The AAFP released a position paper that presents an advanced alternative payment model for primary care that puts patients at the center of the health care system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161221apmpaper.html

Analysis: Include Social Determinants in Physician Payment

Dec 21, 2016 - Social factors are often behind the reasons patients schedule office appointments, so researchers say physician payment systems should take them into account.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161221socialdeterminants.html

AAFP Continues Rigorous Oversight of New Payment Model Details

Dec 20, 2016 - The AAFP continues to keep a close eye on details associated with new payment models related to CMS' Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161220macrafinalcomment.html

Incentive Payment Designs Need Fine-tuning, Say Panelists

Dec 19, 2016 - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is ushering in physician payment reform, but specific payment model designs still need some revision.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161219paymentdesign.html

AAFP Blasts VA Decision Granting APRNs Full Practice Authority

Dec 16, 2016 - The AAFP slammed a final rule issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs that grants advanced practice registered nurses independent practice authority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161216vaaprns.html

CDC: Use of Syringe Services Programs Up, but HIV Still a Threat

Dec 16, 2016 - A recent CDC study found that use of syringe services programs has increased substantially during the past decade, but injection drug users still aren't always using sterile needles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161216cdchivreport.html

Governors Look to Ease Nationwide Health IT Interoperability

Dec 15, 2016 - The National Governors Association recently released new resources to help states improve the flow of information between health care professionals.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161215roadmap.html

Don't Miss These Changes to DEA Registration Renewal Process

Dec 14, 2016 - The DEA has announced changes to its registration renewal process that effectively eliminate any grace period for physicians who fail to renew their registration on time, meaning they have to apply for a new registration if they miss the deadline.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161214dearegchanges.html

Bill to Expand Telehealth in TRICARE Preserves State Licensure

Dec 14, 2016 - A bill passed by the House and Senate to expand telehealth services under TRICARE will maintain safeguards on state medical licensure, as the AAFP had called for.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161214tricaretelehealth.html

FDA Puts Tobacco Marketers on Notice for Product Violations

Dec 14, 2016 - The FDA recently called out a number of tobacco product manufacturers and distributors for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by misrepresenting their products as cigars and, therefore, not subject to the act's restrictions on cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161214fdatobaccoltrs.html

AAFP, Others Applaud Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes

Dec 12, 2016 - On Dec. 8, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., released E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General to much fanfare from the AAFP and other medical groups.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161212sgreporte-cigs.html

Arkansas Program Illustrates Promise of Practice Transformation

Dec 12, 2016 - Transforming the way physicians are paid was never billed as an easy task, yet one Medicaid official says that many primary care practices in Arkansas have already completed the difficult steps of changing how they deliver care.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161212arkansastransform.html

Discussing Opioid Risks May Reduce Likelihood of Misuse, Abuse

Dec 9, 2016 - Research recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found that when physicians counseled patients about long-term risks of prescription opioid abuse, they were 60 percent less likely to save pills for later use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161209annalsopioids.html

Retail Clinics Fall Short in Relieving Crowded EDs

Dec 9, 2016 - New research in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows that retail clinics have not curbed patients' use of hospital emergency departments for nonemergency care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161209retailclinics.html

AAFP Urges Federal Support for Payment Reform Initiatives

Dec 8, 2016 - The AAFP is part of a consortium that is urging continued federal support for efforts to replace fee-for-service payment models with value-based systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161208hcttfletter.html

Health is Primary: Engaged Patients Are Healthier Patients

Dec 7, 2016 - For December, the Health is Primary campaign from Family Medicine for America's Health is focusing on engaging patients by putting them at the center of care.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

http://www.aafp.org/news/family-medicine-americas-health/20161207hip-patientengage.html

AAFP Helps Fine-tune Primary Care Payment Models

Dec 6, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a draft white paper on primary care payment models that was released by the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network's Primary Care Payment Model Work Group.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161206pcpmletter.html

Panelists Say ACOs Show Positive Influence on Cost, Care

Dec 6, 2016 - Speakers at a forum hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care said accountable care organizations offer a glimpse into the future of value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161206grahamacos.html

AAFP President: No Subspecialists on Prevention Task Force

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP opposes a bill that would mandate the addition of subspecialist physicians and industry representatives to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161205meigsuspstf.html

AAFP, Conversation Project Partner to Aid End-of-Life Care Conversations

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP has partnered with The Conversation Project to offer family physicians and their patients a wide range of resources to better prepare them for critical discussions about end-of-life care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161205conversationstarter.html

Get Good at ICD-10 Coding; Be Ready for Value-based Payment

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP is offering family physicians a webinar on ICD-10 coding that will go a long way toward preparing them for value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161205icd10webinar.html

Tailor CVD Prevention Counseling Decisions for Low-, Average-risk Adults

Dec 2, 2016 - A draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement recommends that physicians consider offering or referring adults at low or average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk to counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to prevent CVD.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161202uspstfcvdcounsel.html

AAFP Members Can Speak Out to Support Teaching Health Centers

Nov 30, 2016 - AAFP members who want to urge legislators to provide a more long-term, consistent funding stream for teaching health centers can participate in a Speak Out campaign.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161130thcspeakout.html

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