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AAFP Summarizes Final 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule for Your Convenience -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - On Oct. 31, CMS released the final version of its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule. To aid members, the AAFP has created a summary that highlights portions important to primary care, such as implementation of the new chronic care management fee, handling of misvalued CPT codes, and ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141105finalfeeschedule.html

Guard Against Provider Network Inadequacy, AAFP Tells CMS -- AAFP News

Jan 14, 2015 - As CMS prepares to lay out instructions to insurers participating in the federal health marketplace in 2016, the AAFP jumps in to voice its concerns about narrow networks.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150114cms-naicnarrowltrs.html

Reform GME Funding, AAFP, Others Urge House Committee -- AAFP News

Jan 20, 2015 - The AAFP and the Council of Academic Family Medicine say graduate medical education funding should better support community-based training and help alleviate the nation's shortage of primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150120housegmeltr.html

AAFP to ONC: Ease Burdens, Address Standing Goals -- AAFP News

Jan 19, 2015 - The AAFP says the federal government's five-year strategic plan for health information technology should ease physicians' administrative burdens and build on goals set a decade ago.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150119oncplanltr.html

CMS Announces 14-day Hold on Medicare Part B Claims -- AAFP News

Jan 7, 2015 - CMS has announced a two-week hold on processing Medicare Part B claims with dates of service from Jan. 1 through Jan. 14 to correct errors found after publication of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150107partbclaimshold.html

Congress Wrestles With Questions Surrounding SGR Repeal -- AAFP News

Jan 26, 2015 - A House subcommittee appears ready to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate but has stopped short of identifying ways to pay for it.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150126SGRhearing.html

Payment Tops AAFP's List of Advocacy Issues -- AAFP News

Jan 6, 2015 - Advocacy issues the AAFP tackled on members' behalf in 2014 ranged from physician payment to ensuring veterans receive timely and appropriate primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150106yir-advocacy.html

AAFP Denounces 113th Congress' Failure to Tackle Medicare, Medicaid Payment -- AAFP ...

Dec 17, 2014 - The 113th Congress' ability to follow through on payment reform legislation that would have ensured seniors' continued access to primary care services, that familiar idiom applies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141217congressfail.html

Proposed Changes to Federal Exchanges Elicit AAFP Comments -- AAFP News

Dec 23, 2014 - For the 2016 plan coverage year, CMS is considering whether to require health plans sold on the federally facilitated exchanges to provide coverage with no cost-sharing for three primary care visits annually.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141223cmsltr3visits.html

Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., Named Nation's 19th Surgeon General -- AAFP News

Dec 16, 2014 - The nomination of physician educator and practicing internist Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., to become U.S. surgeon general has finally earned the Senate's thumbs-up.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141216murthyconfirm.html

Defense Authorization Act Eliminates Military's Tobacco Discount -- AAFP News

Dec 15, 2014 - The just-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act eliminates the discount for tobacco sold at military exchanges, but also prohibits banning the sale of tobacco products in such facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141215ndaatobacco.html

New VA Program Expanding Veterans' Access to Care Up and Running -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - Department Veterans Affairs, VA hospitals, Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act, Veterans Choice Program, Medicare

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141112vainterimrule.html

Physician Payment, Teaching Health Centers Funding Focus of AAFP Advocacy Efforts --...

Nov 26, 2014 - AAFP leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to discuss major issues affecting primary care such as the sustainable growth rate, Medicaid payment parity and support for teaching health centers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141126caphillvisits.html

Continued Funding a Must to Avoid 'Primary Care Cliff,' Say AAFP, Other Groups -- ...

Nov 10, 2014 - With federal funding for three programs that enhance access to care in underserved areas while bolstering primary care set to expire in September 2015, the AAFP and more than 100 other organizations wrote to Senate and House leaders asking them to continue funding for teaching health ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141110primcarecliff.html

AAFP, Other Groups Push for SGR Repeal Before Congress Adjourns -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - The AAFP and other health care professional and advocacy organizations are asking Congress to repeal the sustainable growth rate before the current session adjourns.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141125sgrrepealltr.html

MedPAC Again Voices Support for Continuing Primary Care Payment Hike -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - After multiple discussions about whether and how to continue the 10 percent Medicare bonus payment for primary care services, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is expected to formally recommend continuation of the incentive sometime next year.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141112medpacbonuspay.html

Medicaid Parity Is Key Topic CMS Official Addresses in Meeting With FPs -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - In a recent meeting with AAFP and chapter leaders, CMS Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann, J.D., said some states that initially resisted expansion of Medicaid now are in discussions with federal officials to do so. Mann also said she is hopeful that the increased primary care payment for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141105mannforum.html

CMS Initiative Counts on Health IT to Enhance Care Quality, Coordination -- AAFP News

Nov 4, 2014 - CMS has launched a $114 million initiative that will help physicians and in rural and other medically underserved areas combine health information technology resources and accountable care organization participation to enhance the care they provide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141104acoinvestmodel.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

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

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

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

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

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

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