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CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period -- AAFP News

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

Physician 'Open Payments' Data Available for Public Viewing -- AAFP News

Oct 3, 2014 - On Sept. 30, CMS released the first set of data in conjunction with the agency's Open Payments transparency program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141003openpaylive.html

Illinois Medicaid Program Achieved Savings While Boosting Quality of Care -- AAFP News

Oct 1, 2014 - A study by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care found that a Medicaid program in Illinois that included enhanced payments for primary care reported significant savings and better patient health outcomes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141001illinoismedicaid.html

Is Your Practice Making Progress With CMS Quality Initiatives? -- AAFP News

Oct 15, 2014 - CMS recently released 2013 quality and resource use reports and second-quarter interim feedback dashboard reports for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System for physician review.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141015cmsreports.html

Member Feedback Drives AAFP Advocacy on Narrow Networks -- AAFP News

Sep 30, 2014 - In a meeting last week with CMS officials, AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., used feedback from hundreds of Academy members to illustrate how patient care is in danger of being compromised by insurers' narrow provider networks. The Academy urged CMS to require health plans to maintain ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140930caincms-narrownet.html

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014, but Implementation Still a ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140917qa-waldren-mu.html

AAFP Cries Foul on Meaningful Use Attestation Portal Delay -- AAFP News

Sep 24, 2014 - After learning of a technical oversight that could lead to penalties for thousands of family physicians trying to attest to meaningful use, the AAFP immediately fired off a letter to CMS asking for relief.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140924muportaldelay.html

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized for 2014 -- AAFP News

Sep 3, 2014 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903mustage2final.html

AAFP, Others Urge Timeline Tweaks, Flexibility in EHR Incentive Programs -- AAFP News

Sep 23, 2014 - The AAFP and 16 other health care organizations recently sent a letter to HHS asking for flexibility in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs to keep physicians and hospitals from dropping out.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140923hhsflexltr.html

AAFP Works to Fine-tune 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule -- AAFP News

Aug 27, 2014 - The AAFP has responded to CMS' 2015 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule with a detailed letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., in which the Academy addressed issues such as chronic care management fees, misvalued services and site-of-service payment discrepancies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140827mpfscomments.html

Veterans to Get Expanded Access to Primary Care Physicians -- AAFP News

Aug 6, 2014 - The House and Senate have passed -- and the president is expected to sign -- legislation that would expand medical access for veterans who struggle to secure appointments at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140806vabill.html

MedPAC Debates Formulas to Combat Rising Part B Drug Costs -- AAFP News

Sep 19, 2014 - Medicare spending for Part B drugs furnished by physicians has increased since a policy supporting lower-cost alternatives was rescinded in 2010. Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently considered several proposed formulas for determining appropriate payment for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140919medpac-drugs.html

Open Payments Registration System Reopens for Business -- AAFP News

Aug 15, 2014 - CMS announced Aug. 15 that the physician registration system associated with its Open Payments transparency program had reopened for business after a temporary shutdown to address a technical problem.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140815openpayreopens.html

CMS Announces Dates for ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Weeks -- AAFP News

Sep 9, 2014 - CMS has announced dates for three weeks of end-to-end testing using the ICD-10 code set to enable physicians, payers and other stakeholders to prepare for implementation of the new code set for outpatient diagnostic coding.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140909icd-10test.html

VA Launches Campaign to Recruit Physicians -- AAFP News

Sep 9, 2014 - Acknowledging that a shortage of physicians is one reason why the nation's veterans encounter long delays in receiving treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a campaign to recruit more physicians and other clinicians to work inside its facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140909varecruits.html

AAFP Supports Senate Legislation to Extend Increased Medicaid Payments -- AAFP News

Aug 4, 2014 - Two senators recently introduced legislation that would extend a program that enhances payment for certain primary care services family physicians and other primary care physicians provide for Medicaid beneficiaries. The AAFP is supporting that Senate bill.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140804senbillmedicaid.html

ONC Final Rule Seeks to Simplify Health IT Certification -- AAFP News

Sep 15, 2014 - The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a final rule that the agency said will improve and simplify the process for certification of electronic health records. It seems clear from changes made to the rule since it first was proposed that the agency took AAFP ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140915finalehrcertrule.html

VA Adds Primary Care to Contract Program for Veterans' Health -- AAFP News

Aug 16, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week it is adding primary care to a list of contracted medical services that can be provided at non-VA facilities as part of the Veterans Health Administration's Patient-Centered Community Care program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140816pc3primcare.html

AAFP Protests CMS' Proposal to Remove CME Exemption in Open Payments Program -- AAFP...

Aug 6, 2014 - Before the Physician Payments Sunshine Act has even been fully implemented, CMS is proposing to change its policy regarding the exemption for reporting indirect payments or transfers of value related to accredited CME events.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140806cmeexempt.html

Only One Week Remains to Review, Dispute Open Payments 2013 Data -- AAFP News

Sep 3, 2014 - If you haven't yet completed the two-part registration process that allows you to review and, if necessary, dispute data reported about you for 2013 to CMS' Open Payments program -- now's the time. Sept. 10 is the cutoff for physicians to review financial information reported about them...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903openpaycutoff.html

One-third of 'Sunshine' Data Not Available for 2014 Publication -- AAFP News

Aug 27, 2014 - A CMS spokesperson has confirmed that about one-third of the data collected for publication as part of the agency's Open Payments transparency program will not be published until 2015. The move is intended to ensure the data's integrity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140827openpaypublish.html

Shut Down: Open Payments Registration Site Temporarily Closed to Physicians -- AAFP ...

Aug 13, 2014 - CMS has temporarily disabled a physician portal associated with its Open Payments transparency program to address a problem that could compromise physician data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140813openpayglitch.html

Proposed Rule on Prior Authorization Process Draws AAFP Rebuttal -- AAFP News

Jul 30, 2014 - In a recent letter, the AAFP sharply disagreed with parts of CMS' proposed rule on prior authorization for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140730dmeposproposal.html

Government and Medicine -- AAFP News

Nov 10, 2011 - This is the topic page for AAFP News' Government and Medicine section.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

New Chronic Care Management Payment Included in Proposed 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule ...

Jul 9, 2014 - The proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule CMS released last week includes a 20.9 percent cut in physician payments called for by the sustainable growth rate formula, but it also includes a per patient, per month payment for chronic care management services for patients with two ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/201407092015mpfs.html

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