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Academy Declares Medicare Physician Payment Victory -- AAFP News

Apr 14, 2015 - Family physicians triumphed as the Senate removed a longstanding obstacle to improved patient care by repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate, which had threatened to cut physician payments for years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150414sgrrepeal.html

White House Ceremony Celebrates SGR Repeal Victory -- AAFP News

Apr 22, 2015 - Physicians and lawmakers gathered at the White House April 21 to celebrate repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate after more than a decade of work to reform Medicare payments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150422sgrceremony.html

Burdensome Meaningful Use Audits Snag Family Physicians -- AAFP News

Apr 8, 2015 - In a recent letter, the AAFP told CMS that meaningful use audits are unreasonable, create an administrative burden and take family physicians away from patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150408muaudit.html

Panel Assesses ACA on Legislation's Fifth Anniversary -- AAFP News

Apr 22, 2015 - Health officials and policy analysts at a panel discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act said the legislation brought benefits and put more emphasis on primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150422acabrookings.html

Medicare Beneficiaries Could Profit From MedPAC Proposal on Low-cost Medicare Plans ...

Apr 10, 2015 - Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members recently discussed possible incentives for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the most efficient and least costly health plan option in their local markets.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150410medpacadvantage.html

Celebrating Our SGR Victory -- AAFP News

Apr 15, 2015 - It took 12 years and 17 temporary payment patches at a total cost of nearly $170 billion, but Congress finally did the right thing by repealing Medicare's long-reviled sustainable growth rate formula.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150414sgrrepeal/20150415sgrcarousel.html

AAFP Wins House Battle for Full SGR Repeal, Takes Fight to Senate -- AAFP News

Mar 26, 2015 - For the first time in 12 years, true Medicare reform became feasible when the House of Representatives voted March 26 for a full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150326housesgrvote.html

AAFP Pushes for Senate to Repeal Sustainable Growth Rate -- AAFP News

Mar 30, 2015 - With the first hurdle to full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate crossed with bipartisan House support last week, the AAFP is making a final push on the pending legislation before the Senate returns from its spring recess.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150330sgrsenate.html

AAFP Challenges Payment Inequities in Primary Care, Oncology Initiatives -- AAFP News

Apr 7, 2015 - The AAFP is challenging CMS' decision to introduce serious payment inequities into two payment model initiatives with similar practice requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150407oncologypay.html

CMS Plans to Revise Meaningful Use in 2015 -- AAFP News

Feb 3, 2015 - The AAFP has welcomed a CMS announcement that the agency intends to make physician participation in the meaningful use program easier in 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150203cmsmuredo.html

Administration Hosts Event to Launch Payment Model Learning Network -- AAFP News

Apr 1, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., recently attended a White House event aimed at helping physicians take part in alternative payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150401werginwhitehouse.html

HHS Lays Out Path Away From Fee-for-Service Medicare Payment -- AAFP News

Feb 4, 2015 - HHS announced a detailed set of goals and timetables for moving Medicare physician payments away from fee-for-service to alternative models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150204hhspayment.html

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians -- AAFP News

Mar 19, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150319werginsenate.html

HHS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on MU, 2015 Edition Certification Criteria -- AAFP News

Mar 23, 2015 - HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two proposed rules aimed at supporting interoperable health IT nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323mu3.html

Advocacy Tools Enable FPs to Tell Congress to Repeal SGR -- AAFP News

Mar 17, 2015 - The AAFP is helping members urge Congress to repeal the unpopular Medicare sustainable growth rate formula before March 31 to prevent a looming 21 percent payment cut.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150317sgrrepeal.html

CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20 -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

Don't Exempt Cigars From FDA Regulation, AAFP Tells House -- AAFP News

Mar 6, 2015 - The AAFP recently signed on to a letter to U.S. representatives strongly opposing a bill intended to exempt traditional large and premium cigars from FDA regulation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150306cigarletter.html

AAFP Calls for CCM Coverage, Solid Networks, Standardized Directories -- AAFP News

Mar 9, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP asked for assurance that Medicare Advantage plans would cover the new chronic care management code and urged standardization of provider directories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150309cmsltrmedadvantage.html

New Surgeon General to Focus on Vaccinations, Other Public Health Issues -- AAFP News

Apr 27, 2015 - During his swearing-in ceremony last week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., touted the importance of vaccinating adults and children, reducing obesity, boosting smoking cessation rates, and supporting the National Health Service Corps.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150427sgswornin.html

Panelists Call Medicare Advantage Model for Chronic Care -- AAFP News

Mar 16, 2015 - During a recent forum, a group of health policymakers discussed ways to improve delivery of care and payment for chronic care patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150316medicareadvantage.html

MedPAC Asks Congress to Boost Primary Care Payments -- AAFP News

Mar 23, 2015 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission gave Congress a report that advocates increasing Medicare payments and greater equity for primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150323medpac.html

40-Mile Rule Gives More Veterans Access to Non-VA Docs -- AAFP News

Mar 25, 2015 - About twice as many military veterans will be eligible to see a physician who is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under a new standard for measuring the distance from a veteran's home to the nearest VA facility.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150325varule.html

Guard Against Narrow Networks in Medicare Advantage Plans, Says AAFP -- AAFP News

Feb 18, 2015 - The AAFP is asking CMS to take stronger action against insurance companies that decide to limit their Medicare Advantage plans' provider networks.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150218narrownetworks.html

Immunizations Get Top Billing in Meeting With Surgeon General -- AAFP News

Mar 2, 2015 - Two top federal officials met with AAFP Board members to discuss public health and expanding access to medical care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150302surg-genboard.html

VA Payments for Physicians in New Program Fall Short of Expectations -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - According to an interim final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs, payments to physicians who participate in the Veterans Choice Program are set below Medicare rates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225valetter.html

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