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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

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

AAFP Joins Dozens of Physician Groups Urging CMS to Halt ICD-10 Implementation

Jan 4, 2013 - On Dec. 20, an AMA-inspired letter signed by the AAFP and nearly 40 other national physician organizations was sent to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., with a simple but firm request: Stop implementation of the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnosis coding. The ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130104stopicd10.html

AAFP Proposes Revised Meaningful Use Stage Two Compliance Timeline

Aug 13, 2013 - The AAFP recently made an urgent appeal to CMS to modify its aggressive meaningful use (MU) stage two timeline that, if left intact, could outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices. In an Aug. 7 letter to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130813mustage2revised.html

AAFP Provides New, Updated Resources to Help Members Navigate Payment Programs, ...

Nov 6, 2012 - The past year saw a multitude of practice and payment initiatives released across the United States. Many of these initiatives directly affect family physicians' practices, leaving FPs with a number of questions that the AAFP is working to answer. The Academy wants to ensure family ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121106pracresources.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

AAFP Suggests Delaying, Reining in Meaningful Use Stage Three Requirements

Jan 15, 2013 - The AAFP recently called on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to delay implementation of meaningful use stage three requirements until at least 2017 and to delay or eliminate all penalty provisions. In a frank comment letter dated Jan. 10 and...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130115mustage3ltr.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

Basic EHR Use Rising, but Data-sharing, Patient Engagement Lag Behind

Aug 22, 2014 - Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140822healthaffehrstudy.html

CMS Announces New Meaningful Use Timeline

Dec 11, 2013 - CMS has proposed a new timeline for implementation of meaningful use for its Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, but family physicians still need to stay on task with meaningful use stage two preparations, according to Jason Mitchell, M.D., the AAFP's ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211mutwodeadline.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

CMS Expands Hardship Exemptions for E-Prescribing in Attempt to Fix Program Overlap

Aug 10, 2012 - Many physicians got stung by the 1 percent electronic prescribing penalty for 2012. We don't want to repeat that experience in 2013, noted Jason Mitchell, M.D., assistant director for the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reference to news that HHS recently proposed adding two more ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120810erx-hardshipexempt.html

Deadline to Request Hardship Exemptions From Medicare's 2011 e-Prescribing Incentive ...

Sep 7, 2011 - Family physicians planning to submit requests for hardship exemptions from the 2011 Medicare electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, incentive program have an extra month to do so, according to Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reaction to the Aug. ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110907eprescribedeadline.html

Direct Exchange of Health Care Information Fuels Meaningful Use Stage Two

Dec 11, 2013 - Family physicians have been front-line adopters of electronic health record (EHR) technology for the past decade, so it's no surprise that many FPs are ready, able and willing to push forward with the meaningful use of those EHRs as directed by CMS and the Office of the National ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211directexchangeinterview.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

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

EHR Adoption Pitfalls, Strategies to Overcome Problems Are Focus of White Paper

Jan 23, 2013 - The ability of primary care practices to successfully adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) is driven, in large part, by how well they integrate EHRs into six major practice areas. That's according to a white paper recently issued by Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130123wirecpaper.html

EHR Adoption Rate Among Family Physicians Continues to Climb

Feb 1, 2013 - Family physicians continue to outpace other office-based physicians when it comes to adopting electronic health records (EHRs), according to new research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Authors of the study, titled The Rise of Electronic Health ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130201ehradoptrates.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

EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars in 2012

Jul 3, 2013 - As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. According to CMS' recently published EHR ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130703mudropoutrate.html

EHRs Spur Fundamental Changes in Medicine, but Questions Persist About Overall ...

Apr 17, 2013 - Chris Tashjian, M.D., has been a family physician for the past 25 years and has spent most of his career practicing in a paper-driven medical environment. In that paper-based world, Tashjian says he was forced to practice reactive medicine, responding to the needs and concerns of his ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130417ehrprocon.html

Family Physicians Find Regional Extension Centers a Mixed Bag

Dec 15, 2011 - The establishment of regional extension centers, or RECs, in 2010 was widely seen as an opportunity for physicians, including family physicians, to more quickly and effectively adopt health information technology, or health IT, and use it in a meaningful way. The reality, however, is ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20111215recstories.html

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

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

Framework Can Help Get Patients Engaged in Their Own Health Care

Dec 3, 2012 - Many family physicians dream of having a practice filled with patients who are willing and eager to participate in decision making about their health and wellbeing. Help in reaching that point has arrived with the National eHealth Collaborative's recently released Patient Engagement ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121203ptengageframe.html

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