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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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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

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

AAFP Tells VA How to Grow Veterans Choice Program

May 28, 2015 - The AAFP continues its efforts to help the Department of Veterans Affairs improve its Veterans Choice Program to ensure more veterans have access to the program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150528vadriving.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

AAFP Fights New Round of Medicare Payment Cuts in Senate

May 27, 2015 - The AAFP is fighting a Senate proposal that would add more cuts to Medicare payments starting in 2024.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

Academy Declares Medicare Physician Payment Victory

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

Boost Support for Primary Care Residency Training, Say FP Advocates

May 18, 2015 - Speakers at the 2015 Family Medicine Congressional Conference last week talked about how to address graduate medical education needs now that the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula is history.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

White House Ceremony Celebrates SGR Repeal Victory

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

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

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

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

Burdensome Meaningful Use Audits Snag Family Physicians

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

AAFP, Other Groups Advise Against Changing ACIP Processes

Apr 29, 2015 - The AAFP and 13 other organizations sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voicing concerns about the immunization-specific provisions in the discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150429houseacipltr.html

Panel Assesses ACA on Legislation's Fifth Anniversary

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

Celebrating Our SGR Victory

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

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

AAFP Challenges Payment Inequities in Primary Care, Oncology Initiatives

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

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