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CMS Issues Proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Jul 17, 2017 - CMS has released proposed 2018 updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule and invited public comment on ways to reduce the administrative burden that physicians face.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170717mpfs.html

Epilepsy: Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - The occurrence of a single seizure does not always require initiation of antiepileptic drugs. Risk of recurrent seizures should guide their use. In adults, key risk factors for recurrence are two unprovoked seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart, epileptiform abnormalities on ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p87.html

AAFP News - Jul 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p80.html

Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Does Little to Build Primary Medical Care ...

Jul 14, 2017 - Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Does Little to Build Primary Medical Care Foundation

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2017/proposed-medicare-physician-fee-schedule-does-little-to-build-primary-medical-care-foundation.html

AAFP Urges FDA to Revise Plans for Physician Opioid Education

Jul 12, 2017 - In a recent letter to the FDA, the AAFP spoke out strongly against mandatory one size fits all CME for prescribers of opioids.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170712opioidcme.html

Embracing Whole-Person Care Key to Beating Burnout, Says FP

Jul 5, 2017 - Jamie Osborn, M.D., a married mother of two, relied on spirituality to help her regain a sense of balance after leaving her post as director of a fast-paced family medicine residency.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20170705burnout-osborn.html

ALSO Armed Forces -- ALSO

Jun 22, 2017 - Advanced Learning Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) is an approved option for Department of Defense-mandated training for staff involved in the provision of military maternity care and meets all requirements of the program. Gain the specific teaching skills required to facilitate the ...

CME : Program Resources

https://www.aafp.org/cme/programs/also/armed-forces.html

Report Examines Exemplary Approaches to Team-based Care

Jun 16, 2017 - In a new report, researchers highlight four Medicare Advantage practices that have found success in coordinating primary care and support services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170616medicareadvantage.html

AAFP Pushes for Revisions, Easing of Regulatory Burden

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP's response to CMS' 2018 inpatient payment proposal covered a variety of topics important to family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170616ipps.html

Panelists Highlight Unique Value of Primary Care Research

Jun 1, 2017 - Panelists at a recent forum discussed how research with a focus on primary care is improving patient care despite inadequate funding.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170601researchforum.html

Integrating Cost-of-Medication Conversations into Primary Care -- National Research ...

May 18, 2017 - Cost of Care project

Patient Care : National Research Network

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/nrn/nrn/studies/all/costofcare.html

AAFP Accepts Challenge, Submits Primary Care-based Payment Proposal

Apr 24, 2017 - The AAFP recently sent a proposal detailing its advanced primary care alternative payment model to the newly formed Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee for review.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170424ptac.html

Webcast: Medicare Annual Wellness Visit -- Physician Payment

Apr 5, 2017 - Purchase access to this webcast to learn about the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) requirements and identify how AWV findings can close care gaps and engage patients.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/coding/medicare-coordination-services/awv/getting-paid.html

Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Treatment - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2017 - Postpartum hemorrhage is common and can occur in patients without risk factors for hemorrhage. Active management of the third stage of labor should be used routinely to reduce its incidence. Use of oxytocin after delivery of the anterior shoulder is the most important and effective ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p442.html

What Can a PA or NP Do for Your Practice? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2017 - If your workload is no longer sustainable, it may be time to consider adding a certified physician assistant or nurse practitioner to your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0300/p19.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2017 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2017 - ...QandA Physician orders and transitional care management Shop around for malpractice insurance My practice has regularly sought bids before renewing most of our insurance policies to make sure we are getting the lowest possible rates. We began doing this after it became apparent that...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0300/p37.html

Get Paid with the Annual Wellness Visit -- Physician Payment

Mar 20, 2017 - The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) allows practices to gain information about the patient, including medical and family history, health risks, and specific vitals.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/coding/medicare-coordination-services/awv.html

ACGME Releases Revised Common Program Requirements

Mar 15, 2017 - New residency program requirements from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education stress patient safety, care quality and physician well-being and return to the 24-hour cap for first-year residents.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170315workcap.html

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Mar 6, 2017 - Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/primary_care_needs_a_raise.html

Nurse Midwives, Certified

Mar 3, 2017 - Learn about the AAFP's guidelines for integrated practices and the supervision of nurse midwives.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nurse-midwives.html

AWV Uncorks New Revenue Stream, Improves Health Care Quality

Feb 24, 2017 - Incorporating the Medicare annual wellness visit into the overall care picture is good for Medicare patients, helps achieve quality measures and earns new practice revenue.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170224awv.html

Physician Payment and Risk -- Physician Payment

Feb 2, 2017 - As health care moves from volume-based to value-based models, physicians must consider business models focusing on quality of care and risk sharing.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/risk.mem.html

AAFP News - Feb 1, 2017 - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p143.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

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

Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2017 - No single person can be responsible for the health of a population. However, there are a number of strategies for taking care of members of disadvantaged populations. These range from targeted compassion and interventions for the individual patient to broad advocacy for disadvantaged ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p118.html

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