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CMS Clarifies Flexibility on Meaningful Use Exceptions

Feb 24, 2016 - CMS recently clarified some issues regarding meaningful use hardship exceptions, attestation, bonus payments and penalties.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160224hardshipexception.html

Physicians Can Expect More Digital Patient ID Cards

Feb 23, 2016 - Physicians should expect to see an increase in patients presenting at the front desk with digital health insurance ID cards.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160223digitalcards.html

AAFP Contact Center Renamed 'Member Resource Center'

Feb 23, 2016 - Starting March 1, the AAFP Contact Center will be renamed the Member Resource Center but it will continue to be the trusted source for members who need assistance.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160223contactcenter.html

Screen Teens for Depression, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Feb 22, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation statement that says adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be screened for major depressive disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160222depressionadolescents.html

Professor: Look to Residencies' Past for Primary Care's Future

Feb 19, 2016 - Solutions to the primary care shortage could benefit from a look at residency programs of the past, a medical educator suggested in a recent article.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160219residencylessons.html

Final CMS Overpayment Rule Rankles AAFP President

Feb 18, 2016 - CMS has released a final rule requiring physicians to self-audit and self-report Medicare payment errors dating back six years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160218finalruleoverpayment.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed to Recommend ASD Screening

Feb 17, 2016 - On Feb. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement on screening asymptomatic children ages 18-30 months for autism spectrum disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160217uspstfasd.html

Physicians Gain Extra Time for MU Attestation

Feb 17, 2016 - CMS recently announced an extension of the deadline to attest to meaningful use for 2015 to March 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160217ehrextension.html

AAFP Leads Move to Consistent, Meaningful Quality Measurement

Feb 16, 2016 - The AAFP and other Core Quality Measures Collaborative members have released core measures sets that aim to harmonize quality measurement for seven select areas of practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160216corequality.html

AAFP to Congress: Expand Site-neutral Physician Payment

Feb 16, 2016 - The AAFP is urging legislators to expand pay equity for physicians regardless of whether they work in hospital outpatient settings or stand-alone offices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160216payequality.html

Dissecting the CDC's Advice to Avoid Alcohol-exposed Pregnancies

Feb 16, 2016 - The CDC has released a Vital Signs report on alcohol use and pregnancy that sparked major discussion for cautioning women about drinking while not using contraception.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160216cdcalcoholpreg.html

Ready for Medicare Provider Enrollment Revalidation 'Round Two?'

Feb 16, 2016 - Physicians who provide health care to Medicare patients should consider participating in an upcoming CMS call about the provider enrollment revalidation process.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160216medicarerevalidation.html

$4.2 Million in Federal Grants Open to Rural Physicians

Feb 15, 2016 - Rural family physicians in public or nonprofit settings can apply for a portion of federal grant money totaling nearly $4.2 million annually for three years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160215ruralfunding.html

CDC Issues New Guidance on Zika Virus Testing, Transmission

Feb 12, 2016 - The CDC has issued new interim guidance on Zika virus testing in asymptomatic pregnant women, as well as on prevention of sexual transmission of the virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160212zikaupdate.html

Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker

Feb 11, 2016 - The Wisconsin AFP announces the candidacy of Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., of Oregon, for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160211schwartzstein_cand-ann.html

AAFP Endorses Updated OME Guideline From AAO-HNSF

Feb 10, 2016 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has updated its clinical practice guideline on otitis media with effusion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160210omeguideline.html

New Initiative Supports Compassionate, Collaborative Care

Feb 10, 2016 - A new initiative launched by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation stresses compassionate, collaborative and team-based care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160210goldfoundation.html

Senate Committee OKs Bill to Make Health IT More Useful

Feb 10, 2016 - The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has approved a bill meant to address some of the headaches caused by clumsy health IT systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160210hitbill.html

CMS Releases Medicaid Home Health Services Final Rule

Feb 9, 2016 - A final rule on Medicaid home health services includes a mandatory physician/patient face-to-face encounter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160209facetoface.html

FDA Devises Action Plan to Fight Opioid Abuse

Feb 9, 2016 - The FDA announced it will rethink its approach to opioid medications, focusing on reversing the epidemic while still allowing patients with pain to access effective care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160209fda-opioids.html

Diverse Panel Discusses Past, Present, Future of Health IT

Feb 8, 2016 - Panelists at a recent event discussed challenges linked to achieving health care connectivity, including primary care physicians' frustration with electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160208brookingsconnect.html

Suspected Flu in a High-risk Patient? Don't Delay Antiviral Therapy

Feb 5, 2016 - The CDC is urging physicians to be more proactive in prescribing antiviral medications for severely ill or high-risk patients in whom flu is suspected or confirmed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160205fluantiviral.html

Medical Homes Show Steady Progress Nationally, Report Finds

Feb 5, 2016 - A recent report shows that the patient-centered medical home model is making headway on reducing costs and improving patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160205medicalhomes.html

CDC Releases 2016 Immunization Schedules

Feb 3, 2016 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the AAFP and others have released the 2016 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203immunskeds.html

What Students Want to Know About Family Medicine

Feb 3, 2016 - American Family Physician recently published an open-access article answering students' most frequently asked questions about family medicine.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160203afpfaq.html

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