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House Bill Aims to Ease Meaningful Use Burdens

Aug 7, 2015 - A new House bill calls for many revisions to meaningful use requirements family physicians have been seeking, including ending all-or-nothing assessments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150807muhousebill.html

AAFP Backs Bill to Increase Support for Family Caregivers

Aug 13, 2015 - A bill recently introduced in Congress calls for creation of an advisory body to help HHS develop a strategy that supports family caregivers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150813caregiverbill.html

Insurance Mergers May Reduce Choice, Raise Costs, AAFP Warns Regulators

Jul 29, 2015 - This week the AAFP sent letters to federal officials warning about the consequences of pending mergers among large insurers, including the potential impact on patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150729mergers.html

AAFP to CMS: Now, Make a National Coverage Determination

Jul 28, 2015 - CMS included advance care planning services in the proposed 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule, and now the AAFP is pressing to ensure the coverage applies nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150728advancecare.html

AAFP Tells HHS How to Improve CHIP, Medicaid Managed Care

Jul 22, 2015 - The AAFP recently fired off a letter to HHS with detailed suggestions on how to improve a proposed rule covering Medicaid managed care programs and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150722medicaidchip.html

AAFP Lauds Payment Stability, Action on Advance Care Planning Codes

Jul 13, 2015 - CMS recently released its 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule, which includes a modest increase in physician payment and action on advance care planning codes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150713feeschedule.html

AAFP Fights to Shield FPs from ICD-10 Fallout

Jun 22, 2015 - The AAFP recently fired off letters to HHS and CMS highlighting concerns about unintended consequences linked to the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10. The changeover occurs right in the middle of the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System period, and the steep learning curve could cause...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150622icd-10ltrs.html

While Congress Is Out, Invite a Legislator to a Meeting

Jul 27, 2015 - The August recess gives family physicians a chance to educate legislators about the role FPs play in medicine and get help with policy issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150727augustrecess.html

AAFP Champions Role for FPs in Federal Diabetes Program

Jul 22, 2015 - The AAFP is pressing for a greater role for family physicians in the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Diabetes Exemption Program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150722dotdiabetes.html

AAFP Demands Straight Answers on Flawed Audit Process

Jul 17, 2015 - The AAFP won't back down when it comes to getting answers from CMS about flaws in its meaningful use audit system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150717auditanswers.html

AAFP Touts FPs' Key Role in Chronic Care Management

Jun 23, 2015 - The AAFP recently provided leaders of the powerful Senate Finance Committee an array of recommendations to address chronic disease in the United States. In a letter to the committee's chronic care reform working group, the Academy recommended improving aspects of the Medicare Advantage ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150623chroniccareltr.html

AAFP Prods DEA to Hasten e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Jun 9, 2015 - In a letter sent last week to the DEA's Office of Diversion Control, the AAFP insisted that the agency promptly change the current rules for electronic prescribing of controlled substances to help ensure patient safety and prescription security.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150609dealetter.html

Medicaid at 50: Growth Continues Amid Challenges

Jul 14, 2015 - Medicaid, which will hit its 50th anniversary on July 30, is evolving into a public-private insurance plan that now enrolls an estimated 71 million people.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150714medicaidat50.html

Physicians Dodge Medicare Pay Cut After AAFP Puts Up Fight

Jul 6, 2015 - Primary care physicians avoided another potential payment cut when the House and Senate agreed to remove a proposed Medicare reduction from trade legislation that recently became law.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150706tradebill.html

AAFP Hails Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

Jun 25, 2015 - In a decision announced June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ruling that millions of individuals who purchased health insurance through an exchange run by the federal government should be able to keep their policies ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150625kingburwell.html

AAFP Pushes CMS to Cover Certain Vaccines Under Medicare Part B

Jun 11, 2015 - The AAFP recently called on CMS and three congressional committees to include preventive vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in Medicare Part B coverage.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150611vaccineletter.html

Speak Out on Draft Bill That Would Gut Critical Training Programs

Jun 20, 2015 - The AAFP moved swiftly to rebuke House leaders for proposing drastic funding cuts in a draft appropriations bill released this week by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150620houseapprops.html

Analysts: States Should Brace for Supreme Court ACA Ruling

Jun 10, 2015 - Legal analysts recently discussed the scenarios that could play out once the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a challenge to subsidies in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- a ruling that is expected by the end of June.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150610kingburwell.html

Medicare at 50 Faces Its Own Health Concerns

Jun 12, 2015 - Medicare is widely praised for improving the health of a vulnerable population that needs greater medical attention, but the program faces challenges as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150612futureofmedicare.html

GAO Levels Sharp Criticism Against Physician Fee Committee

Jun 3, 2015 - A new report by the Government Accountability Office highlights longstanding AAFP criticisms about the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee -- most notably, its inconsistency and lack of transparency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150603rucreport.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

AAFP Calls Out CMS on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Jun 2, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP argued aggressively for physician-friendly meaningful use stage three rules. The Academy specifically pressed for a delay in stage three implementation until the nation's transition to value-based payment was on firmer ground.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150602mu3letter.html

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

May 27, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP continued to push for rules that would help family physician succeed in the agency's meaningful use programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150527mu2.html

Medicare's Rising Popularity Brings Increasing Costs

May 26, 2015 - As politically popular as Medicare is, there is an aspect of the program that not all policymakers are willing to discuss: its soaring cost.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150526medicareanniversary.html

ONC Report Details Roadblocks to Sharing Patient Data

May 18, 2015 - A recent government report to Congress outlines concerns about the interoperability of health information systems and documents many of the frustrations expressed by physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150518blocking.html

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