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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP Responds to Senator's Call to Lead on Opioid Issue

May 25, 2016 - Answering a senator who asked the AAFP to help solve the problem of opioid addiction, the Academy assured him that family physicians have long been on the case.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160525opioidletter.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

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 Advises Lawmakers on Bills Intended to Curb Opioid Abuse

May 4, 2016 - Two House committees recently approved bills targeting prescription opioid abuse, and the AAFP has now weighed in on several of those measures.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

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

FPs Storm Capitol Hill Armed With AAFP Advocacy Issues

Apr 27, 2016 - Family physicians recently flocked to Washington, D.C., to learn more about critical issues and then advocate on behalf of the specialty in legislative offices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427fmcc.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

AAFP Presses CMS on Contraception, Medicare Advantage Plans

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP recently made requests of CMS that were related to two resolutions adopted by the 2015 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427codletters.html

AAFP Backs Proposal for Substance Abuse Program Record Sharing

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP supports a proposal by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to modernize rules to share patient information from treatment programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427samhsasharing.html

Diabetic Testing Supplies Rules, Efficacy Draw AAFP Concern

Apr 18, 2016 - The AAFP wrote to HHS about concerns with Medicare's burdensome requirements for prescribing diabetic supplies and with the efficacy of unbranded diabetic testing supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160418diabeticsupplies.html

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