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CMS Fields New Pilot Program to Bolster Medicare Advantage

Aug 16, 2016 - The new Medicare Advantage Value-based Insurance Design Model initiative will permit health plans to be more flexible when designing incentives for enrollees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816medicareadvantage.html

AAFP Fights Proposed Reporting for Opioid Use Disorder Care

Aug 8, 2016 - A proposed rule would call on physicians to track the progress of patients who receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160808matletter.html

AAFP Takes on Patient Experience Survey Issues

Aug 16, 2016 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter that patient satisfaction survey results should be used only to incentivize, not penalize, physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816patientsatisfaction.html

Alabama FPs Fight to Bring Back Medicaid Parity

Aug 15, 2016 - The Alabama AFP participated in press conferences hosted by a coalition of medical associations across the state to advocate for restoration of state Medicaid funding.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160815alabamamedicaid.html

Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Emphasizes Primary Care's Value

Jul 18, 2016 - The AAFP has summarized for family physicians key points of the recently released 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160718mpfs.html

AAFP Decries VA Plan to Expand Nurses' Scope of Practice

Jul 15, 2016 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking to expand the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses in VA facilities by granting them independent practice authority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160715valetter.html

Sweeping Opioid Bill Heads to President's Desk

Jul 15, 2016 - The Senate has joined the House in adopting the conference report on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 by an overwhelming margin; the measure now heads to the president's desk.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160715opioidbill.html

AAFP Joins Push Against Greater Authority for APRNs in VA Facilities

Jul 26, 2016 - Dozens of medical organizations, including the AAFP, are pushing back against a proposal by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would allow nurses to practice independently inside VA facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160726vasign-on.html

$149 Million in HRSA Grants Highlight Primary Care Workforce Needs

Jul 27, 2016 - Health Resources and Services Administration grants totaling $149 million are intended to shore up primary care training and address key workforce needs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160727hrsagrants.html

CMS Says Part B Proposal Protects Patient Access

Jul 5, 2016 - CMS outlined a proposed change in how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs that would encourage pharmaceutical companies to improve quality and reduce costs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160705partbproposal.html

AAFP Calls for Revisions in Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

Aug 24, 2016 - The AAFP is commending the 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for valuing primary care but has also called for many revisions to the proposal.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160824feeschedule.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Rework Proposed New Patient Codes

Aug 23, 2016 - The AAFP gave CMS frank feedback detailing how the agency should change a proposal to create new patient relationship codes that may factor into incentive payments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160823relationshipcodes.html

AAFP Takes Credit for Progress Made in CMS' Proposed Rule

Jul 13, 2016 - After repeated legislative and advocacy efforts by the AAFP, CMS has made changes in a proposed rule that will benefit family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160713oppsrule.html

HHS Grant Helps Small Practices Move to Value-based Models

Jul 6, 2016 - A new grant program from HHS aims to help physicians in rural and underserved areas make the transition to value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160706smallpractgrant.html

AAFP Fights to Block Undue 'Sunshine' Reporting Requirements

Jul 12, 2016 - The AAFP recently joined more than a hundred other medical organizations to support legislation intended to clarify what is and isn't reportable under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160712sunshineletter.html

AAFP, Other Groups Press Congress to Act Fast on Zika Funding

Jun 17, 2016 - The AAFP and three other medical specialty groups urged leaders of a congressional conference committee to quickly reconcile the House and Senate Zika funding bills.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160617zikafunding.html

Medicare Payment Reform Needed for Chronic Care

Jun 22, 2016 - Chronic care patients require substantial care coordination that should be better supported by Medicare payments, said health policy experts during a recent panel discussion.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160622chroniccare.html

CMS Issues Final Rule on ACO Incentives

Jun 9, 2016 - Rule changes CMS has made are intended to create a more balanced way of determining when accountable care organizations earn shared savings incentives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160609acorule.html

ONC Transparency Efforts Help FPs Make Informed EHR Selections

Jun 10, 2016 - On June 1, the federal government began listing online more detailed and physician-friendly information about certified health IT products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160610onctransparency.html

AAFP Expertise on EHRs Guides ONC

Jun 8, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a federal request for information regarding how best to measure progress on interoperability of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160608interoperability.html

Improve Rule to Increase Opioid Abuse Treatment, Academy Urges

May 27, 2016 - The AAFP supports raising the number of patients a physician can treat with medication for opioid addiction, but there are problems in a proposed rule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160527matrule.html

Government and Medicine News

Nov 10, 2011 - Government and Medicine articles including federal government, state government, health policy, health legislation, and related stories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Requires Vigilance, Says Author

May 4, 2016 - Medicare's 60-day overpayment rule took effect on March 14, and an article in Family Practice Management tells physicians exactly what they need to know.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160504overpayrule.html

AAFP Urges More Federal Funding for Key Primary Care Programs

Apr 25, 2016 - With the 2017 budget season approaching, the AAFP is urging legislators to support federal programs that are essential to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160425budgettestimony.html

HHS Releases Final Version of National Pain Strategy

Mar 30, 2016 - The new National Pain Strategy from HHS outlines the federal government's first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain in the United States.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160330painstrategy.html

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