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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

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

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

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 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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP Summary Highlights Key Points Affecting Family Physicians -- AAFP News

Jul 16, 2014 - The AAFP has prepared a summary document highlighting key points in the proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule, such as chronic care management, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the value-based payment modifier.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140716feeschedsummary.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

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

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

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

FPs Report Patients Realizing Health Benefits of ACA Coverage -- AAFP News

Jul 16, 2014 - Family physicians report being able to handle the volume of patients newly insured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but say their offices have been juggling more insurance issues. In the end, they say, patients benefit from receiving primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/201407016acareaction.html

Home Health Proposal Could Lighten Family Physicians' Administrative Burden -- AAFP ...

Jul 9, 2014 - Family physicians who refer their Medicare patients for home health services, order home health services and/or certify patients' eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit could see their administrative load lighten just a little next year. That's because CMS has proposed changes...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140709homehealthproposal.html

Open for Business: Physicians Can Now Register for Transparency Program -- AAFP News

Jul 18, 2014 - CMS recently announced physicians could begin registering in the agency's Open Payments system to review and, if necessary, dispute data detailing payments or other transfers of value they received from drug and device manufacturers before those data become publicly available later this...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140718openpay.html

AAFP Offers Guidance on Framework for FDA Oversight of Health IT -- AAFP News

Jul 16, 2014 - The AAFP recently provided guidance to the FDA as the agency continues to develop a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology. In its comments, the Academy sought to promote a balance between safety and innovation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140716fdahealthit.html

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