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Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

Feb 5, 2018 - The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

Window for CPC+ Round Two Applications Closes July 13

Jul 11, 2017 - The deadline to apply for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative is approaching for practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and part of New York.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170711cpcplusdeadline.html

White Paper Outlines Recommendations to Improve EHR Usability

Feb 21, 2017 - A new draft white paper lays out more than 50 recommendations for how health IT vendors can improve their products to better support health record sharing.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170221directinteroperability.html

Small Primary Care Practices Make Gains in Health IT Adoption, Use

Jan 25, 2017 - New research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine indicates that small primary care practices have made strides in adopting and using health information technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170125annalsehr.html

Physicians, Patients Suggest Shortening, Formatting Improvements

Sep 16, 2016 - Researchers consulted with clinicians and patients to learn how outpatient after-visit summaries generated by electronic health record systems could be improved.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160916patientsummaries.html

Don't Miss July 1 Cutoff to Apply for EHR Hardship Exception

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians have until July 1 to apply for a meaningful use hardship exception and avoid a 3 percent Medicare penalty in 2017.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160617muexception.html

AAFP Seizes Momentum, Articulates MACRA Vision for Family Medicine

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP conveyed to CMS key recommendations for implementation of MACRA that would help ensure success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160419MACRArecommendations.html

New MU Hardship Exemption Application Deadline: July 1

Mar 1, 2016 - CMS recently announced that it has extended the deadline to apply for a meaningful use hardship exemption to July 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160301mujuly.html

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

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

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

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

AAFP Helps FPs Weather Payment, Practice Management Issues

Jan 4, 2016 - In 2015, the AAFP devoted much time and energy to ensuring that family physicians are paid appropriately for the work they do.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160104pracadvyear.html

Federal Officials Call for Changes to EHRs

Dec 11, 2015 - Federal officials discussed what stands in the way of greater interoperability between electronic health record systems during a recent forum hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151211ehrforum.html

AAFP Blasts ONC's Final EHR Interoperability Road Map

Oct 12, 2015 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., recently told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that its final interoperability road map falls short of achieving that critical goal.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151012oncroadmap.html

Physicians Report Declining Satisfaction with EHRs

Aug 25, 2015 - A recently released report shows declining physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150825ehrsatisfaction.html

Physicians Win One-year Grace Period for ICD-10 Transition

Jul 7, 2015 - CMS announced this week that it will provide physicians greater flexibility -- including a one-year grace period from claims denials and audits in specific instances -- during the transition to new ICD-10 billing codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150707icd10transition.html

Request Hardship Exception to EHR Incentive Program -- Now

Jun 8, 2015 - Physicians applying for a hardship exception for CMS' Electronic Health Record Incentive Program must do so by July 1 to avoid a 2 percent Medicare pay cut in 2016.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150608ehrexception.html

Study Shows Gap in Key Care Coordination Tasks, Use of Health IT

Jun 4, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine explores inconsistencies in the use of health information technology to facilitate care-coordination activities.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150604itdisconnect.html

New Care Delivery Methods Boost Career Satisfaction, Say Physicians

May 20, 2015 - More and more, primary care physicians are taking the reins in managing all types of care, said panelists at a recent Health is Primary event.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520healthisprimary.html

Solo, Small Practices Need Help Achieving PCMH Certification

Apr 13, 2015 - According to new research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, fewer solo and small family medicine practices seek patient-centered medical home certification than do larger practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150413pcmhcert.html

Panel: EHR Holds Challenges Along With Promise

Mar 20, 2015 - A panel of health IT experts discussed the challenges and potential of electronic health records during a recent forum hosted by the Brookings Institution.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150320brookingsit.html

Here's a Look at Who's Eschewing EHR Implementation

Mar 12, 2015 - New research on electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates shows that nonadopters tend to be older than their EHR-savvy colleagues and work in independent solo or two-physician practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150312annalsehr.html

Researchers Sound Alarm on Health IT Maintenance

Jan 30, 2015 - Maintaining an electronic health record system is difficult for practices with limited resources and it's getting tougher, researchers report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150130digitaldivide.html

EHR Certification Methods Fail Physicians, Patients

Jan 27, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations and related stakeholders asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to change the way electronic health record systems are certified.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150127EHRcert.html

AAFP, Family Physicians Embraced New Ideas, Fought Through Regulations

Jan 5, 2015 - 2014 marked a year of progress for America's family physicians as they embraced practice innovations and fought back against cumbersome regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150105yir-practprof.html

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