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Meaningful Use Program Officially Shelved

Jan 14, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a surprise announcement by CMS that the agency is ending the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160114mushelved.html

AAFP Urges Senate Group to Change Chronic Care Policy

Feb 3, 2016 - Before taking action on new policy, a Senate working group sought input from the AAFP and other medical organizations on how to improve chronic care management.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160203chroniccaresenate.html

MU Hardship Exception Application Process, Round Two

Jan 26, 2016 - CMS recently announced approval of a simplified application process for physicians to apply for meaningful use hardship exemptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160126ehrhardship.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Bolster Network Standards on Federal Exchanges

Jan 21, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote a detailed letter to CMS that emphasized the importance of creating guidelines for federal exchanges that ensure access to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160121federalexchanges.html

AAFP Chides CMS for Missed Opportunities in 2016 Fee Schedule

Jan 12, 2016 - In an end-of-the-year letter to CMS, the AAFP admonished the agency for missed opportunities in the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160112finalrule.html

AAFP Works to Ensure Patient Access to Medicaid

Jan 19, 2016 - As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard patients' access to Medicaid services, the AAFP recently told CMS that enhanced physician payment is a key priority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160119medicaidaccess.html

Final Rule Confirms Certain Items Will Require Prior Authorization

Jan 13, 2016 - CMS soon will increase mandatory prior authorizations for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160113priorauth.html

Congress Simplifies MU Hardship Exemption Process

Dec 22, 2015 - Congress has passed a bill would allow CMS to review meaningful use hardship exemption applications faster until March 15, 2016.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151222muexemption.html

SGR Victory Tops Year of Success on Capitol Hill

Jan 4, 2016 - Family physicians celebrated substantial success on Capitol Hill in 2015, achieving big gains in payment, access to care and reducing administrative burdens.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160104advocacyear.html

Modified HIPAA Rule Allows Limited Reporting of Patient Information

Jan 11, 2016 - A modified HIPAA privacy rule permits limited reporting of patient information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160111hipaareporting.html

Let the AAFP Answer Your Meaningful Use Questions

Dec 16, 2015 - The AAFP recently created a resource for family physicians based on the most pressing questions physicians have about the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151216mufaq.html

AAFP Urges HHS to Pause, Refocus, Streamline MU Program

Dec 2, 2015 - After publication of the final meaningful use rule, the AAFP wasted no time letting CMS know that the program is in trouble and needs a course correction.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151202mu3letter.html

GAO Advice Would Improve RUC Process, Primary Care Payment

Dec 16, 2015 - The AAFP asked CMS to implement recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office to improve Medicare payment to primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151216gaoreport.html

AAFP Helps Improve Proposed Rule on 2017 Marketplace Plans

Dec 23, 2015 - The AAFP recently responded to a proposed HHS/CMS rule that aims, in part, to establish payment policies for federally facilitated marketplace health plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151223marketplacerule.html

Push to Improve Nation's Health Care Quality Continues

Dec 8, 2015 - CMS recently released a report detailing its 2016 strategy to improve the quality of U.S. health care in the coming year.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151208cmsquality.html

AAFP Presses for Changes in Federal Diabetes Program

Dec 9, 2015 - The AAFP continues to fight for changes in the Federal Diabetes Exemption Program that would allow primary care physicians to participate.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151209dotdiabetes.html

No Pay Raise in 2016, but Shift to Value-based Pay Continues

Nov 11, 2015 - The final 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule has been released, and an expected 0.5 percent pay increase was effectively reduced to zero.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151111mpfs.html

AAFP Expends Huge Effort to Shape New Payment System

Nov 17, 2015 - The AAFP recently submitted detailed responses to 126 questions as part of a CMS request for information on how to implement new payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151117macrarfi.html

Understand How to Use CMS' QRURs

Nov 25, 2015 - Physicians should learn how to utilize CMS' Quality and Resource Use Reports because they highlight practice information that will soon impact Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151125qrur.html

Physicians, Take Note: 2016 Could Bring CMS Contractor Call

Dec 1, 2015 - CMS has hired a contractor to make random phone calls to physician practices to verify their information in Medicare Advantage plan provider directories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151201directorycalls.html

AAFP Backs Bill to Grant Forbearance on MU Penalties

Nov 11, 2015 - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has sponsored the Meaningful Use Relief Act that would allow CMS to grant a blanket hardship exception for eligible health professionals who cannot attest to meaningful use stage two for 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151111muletter.html

AAFP Board Chair Pushes Back on Translator Costs in Proposed Rule

Nov 13, 2015 - The AAFP told HHS in a recent letter regarding a proposed rule that the government must provide funding for interpreter services or drop the mandate.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151113interpreters.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

House Members Launch Primary Care Caucus

Oct 12, 2015 - Two House members introduced the bipartisan Congressional Primary Care Caucus at a launch event on Capitol Hill last week.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151012pccaucuslaunch.html

AAFP Leaders Take Family Medicine's Message to Capitol Hill

Nov 4, 2015 - Members of the AAFP Board of Directors spoke to lawmakers about FPs' frustration with meaningful use rules, Medicare payment and other issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151104hillvisit.html

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