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CMS Patient, Family Engagement Strategy Mirrors AAFP Efforts

Jan 23, 2017 - CMS recently released its Person and Family Engagement Strategy, which mirrors AAFP efforts in this area.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170123cmsengagement.html

People in the News/Awards -- January

Jan 20, 2017 - AAFP News has learned of a number of Academy members who were honored recently.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170120people.html

AAFP Webinar Examines Health Policies of Trump, New Congress

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP will host a free webinar next week to help members navigate the new landscape after President Donald Trump takes office and members of the 115th Congress get down to work.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170118govwebinar.html

AAFP, ACP: Lower Older Adults' SBP to Below 150 mm Hg

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP and the American College of Physicians published a joint guideline on appropriate systolic blood pressure targets for patients 60 and older who have hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118htnguideline.html

Big Drop Seen in Diabetes-related Kidney Disease in Native Americans

Jan 18, 2017 - A recently released Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed diabetes-related end-stage renal disease among Native American adults decreased 54 percent from 1996 to 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118mmwrdiabetesesrd.html

Free CMS Webinar Aims to Ease Move to Quality Payment Program

Jan 18, 2017 - Registration is now open for a free CMS webinar aimed at helping physicians transition to the Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170118cmsqppwebinar.html

Opportunity Knocks: Seize Your Chance to Make a Difference

Jan 18, 2017 - Family physicians make a difference every day in their communities. Former AAFP President Richard Roberts, M.D., J.D., writes that the AAFP offers members opportunities to do so on a much larger scale.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170118guestedvolunteer.html

More Primary Care Involvement Improves End-of-Life Care

Jan 18, 2017 - A study published this month indicates that greater primary care involvement at the end of life contributes to improved outcomes and lower costs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170118endoflife.html

AAFP Insists CMS Ease FPs' Administrative Burden

Jan 17, 2017 - The AAFP recently told CMS its newly created patient relationship categories and codes would spur more administrative work for physicians.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170117relationshipcodes.html

Use Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Neural Tube Defects

Jan 16, 2017 - On Jan. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on folic acid supplementation to prevent neural tube defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170116folicacidfinal.html

AAFP Again Takes Aim at Outpatient Prospective Payment System

Jan 12, 2017 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP again took advantage of the opportunity to outline changes the agency should make to the outpatient prospective payment system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170112opps.html

Health is Primary: Use New Year to Promote Fitness, Nutrition

Jan 11, 2017 - As patients make their resolutions this month to welcome 2017, the Health is Primary campaign from Family Medicine for America's Health is promoting a focus on fitness and nutrition.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

http://www.aafp.org/news/family-medicine-americas-health/20170111hip-fitness.html

AAFP Reminds CMS of Issues Not Addressed in Final Rule

Jan 11, 2017 - In a year-end letter to CMS, the AAFP highlighted unfinished business the agency failed to address in the final 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170111mpfscomment.html

New Guidance: Dodge Peanut Allergy Using, Well, Peanuts

Jan 11, 2017 - New evidence-based recommendations call for introducing certain infants at risk for developing peanut allergy to dietary peanut as early as age 4 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170111peanutrecs.html

AAFP Applauds Top 21 FP-producing Medical Schools

Jan 9, 2017 - The AAFP sent congratulatory letters to 21 U.S. allopathic medical schools for graduating high percentages of students entering family medicine residencies during the 2015-2016 academic year.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170109topschools.html

AAO-HNS Updates Guideline on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cerumen Impaction

Jan 9, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published its updated clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cerumen impaction.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170109cerumengdln.html

CMS to Waive PQRS Penalties Related to ICD-10 Update Issues

Jan 9, 2017 - CMS will waive penalties associated with 2016 fourth quarter Physician Quality Reporting System reporting if physicians had difficulty because of ICD-10 code updates.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170109icd10pqrs.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Jan 5, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American College of Physicians released updated recommendations on oral pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170105acpdiabetesguidance.html

AAFP Offers Members Useful Clinical Resources for 2017

Jan 4, 2017 - AAFP experts spent a good deal of time in 2016 developing new resources that members can use in daily practice throughout 2017 and beyond. Here's a roundup of some of those tools.

AAFP News : Resources and Tools for Members in 2017

http://www.aafp.org/news/2017-member-tools/20170104clinicalresources.html

Tools From Health is Primary Help Keep Patients Engaged

Jan 4, 2017 - The Health is Primary campaign from Family Medicine for America's Health has developed tools to promote family medicine's foundational role in health care.

AAFP News : Resources and Tools for Members in 2017

http://www.aafp.org/news/2017-member-tools/20170104hiptools.html

AAFP's MACRA-related Resources Ease Road to Success in 2017

Jan 4, 2017 - Academy staff worked throughout 2016 to keep you up-to-date on new payment models launching this year.

AAFP News : Resources and Tools for Members in 2017

http://www.aafp.org/news/2017-member-tools/20170104macratools.html

Sign Up for 2017 CMS Study, Earn MIPS Credit

Jan 4, 2017 - Family physicians have until Jan. 31 to apply to participate in a CMS study related to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and data collection.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170104cmsstudy.html

Cancer Survivors Need FPs, Subspecialists to Collaborate

Jan 4, 2017 - A disconnect between primary care physicians and oncologists can be problematic for cancer patients. Health care organizations, including the AAFP, are working on solutions.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170104cancerguested.html

AAFP Updates Familydoctor.org to Improve User Experience

Jan 3, 2017 - The AAFP has updated its award-winning familydoctor.org website to improve the user experience for the more than 4 million people who visit the resource each month.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170103familydoctor-org.html

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

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