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CMS Issues Final Rule on ACO Incentives

Jun 9, 2016 - Rule changes CMS has made are intended to create a more balanced way of determining when accountable care organizations earn shared savings incentives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160609acorule.html

ONC Transparency Efforts Help FPs Make Informed EHR Selections

Jun 10, 2016 - On June 1, the federal government began listing online more detailed and physician-friendly information about certified health IT products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160610onctransparency.html

Medicare Payment Reform Needed for Chronic Care

Jun 22, 2016 - Chronic care patients require substantial care coordination that should be better supported by Medicare payments, said health policy experts during a recent panel discussion.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160622chroniccare.html

AAFP Expertise on EHRs Guides ONC

Jun 8, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a federal request for information regarding how best to measure progress on interoperability of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160608interoperability.html

AAFP, Other Groups Press Congress to Act Fast on Zika Funding

Jun 17, 2016 - The AAFP and three other medical specialty groups urged leaders of a congressional conference committee to quickly reconcile the House and Senate Zika funding bills.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160617zikafunding.html

Improve Rule to Increase Opioid Abuse Treatment, Academy Urges

May 27, 2016 - The AAFP supports raising the number of patients a physician can treat with medication for opioid addiction, but there are problems in a proposed rule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160527matrule.html

AAFP Responds to Senator's Call to Lead on Opioid Issue

May 25, 2016 - Answering a senator who asked the AAFP to help solve the problem of opioid addiction, the Academy assured him that family physicians have long been on the case.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160525opioidletter.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Bills Intended to Curb Opioid Abuse

May 4, 2016 - Two House committees recently approved bills targeting prescription opioid abuse, and the AAFP has now weighed in on several of those measures.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160504opioidbills.html

HHS Releases Final Version of National Pain Strategy

Mar 30, 2016 - The new National Pain Strategy from HHS outlines the federal government's first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain in the United States.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160330painstrategy.html

Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Requires Vigilance, Says Author

May 4, 2016 - Medicare's 60-day overpayment rule took effect on March 14, and an article in Family Practice Management tells physicians exactly what they need to know.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160504overpayrule.html

FPs Storm Capitol Hill Armed With AAFP Advocacy Issues

Apr 27, 2016 - Family physicians recently flocked to Washington, D.C., to learn more about critical issues and then advocate on behalf of the specialty in legislative offices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427fmcc.html

AAFP Presses CMS on Contraception, Medicare Advantage Plans

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP recently made requests of CMS that were related to two resolutions adopted by the 2015 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427codletters.html

AAFP Urges More Federal Funding for Key Primary Care Programs

Apr 25, 2016 - With the 2017 budget season approaching, the AAFP is urging legislators to support federal programs that are essential to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160425budgettestimony.html

Diabetic Testing Supplies Rules, Efficacy Draw AAFP Concern

Apr 18, 2016 - The AAFP wrote to HHS about concerns with Medicare's burdensome requirements for prescribing diabetic supplies and with the efficacy of unbranded diabetic testing supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160418diabeticsupplies.html

AAFP Backs Proposal for Substance Abuse Program Record Sharing

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP supports a proposal by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to modernize rules to share patient information from treatment programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427samhsasharing.html

AAFP Takes Seat at MACRA Table on Capitol Hill

Apr 20, 2016 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., testified before a congressional subcommittee about physician preparedness for payment reform.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160420MACRAtestimony.html

AAFP Joins Push for Obama to Expand FDA Tobacco Regulation

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP signed a letter urging President Obama to provide the leadership necessary to ensure the FDA has authority over all tobacco products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160419fdadeeming.html

Rising Part D Drug Prices Adversely Affect Physicians, Patients

Apr 15, 2016 - The AAFP recently appealed to CMS to review and revise certain requirements associated with Medicare Part D plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160415affordabledrugs.html

MedPAC Continues Call for Greater Primary Care Support

Apr 12, 2016 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission renewed its call for greater support for primary care physicians in its latest annual report to Congress.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160412medpacreport.html

AAFP Warns Legislators About Bill to Speed Review of Mergers

Mar 29, 2016 - The Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act would limit the Federal Trade Commission's authority over mergers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160329ftcmergers.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

CMS Releases Medicaid Home Health Services Final Rule

Feb 9, 2016 - A final rule on Medicaid home health services includes a mandatory physician/patient face-to-face encounter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160209facetoface.html

Senate Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse Draws Bipartisan Support

Mar 9, 2016 - Legislation moving quickly through the Senate would help physicians identify patients who are seeking too many prescriptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160309opioidbill.html

Medical Liability Reform Bill Earns Backing of AAFP

Mar 22, 2016 - A bill introduced in Congress seeks to reduce the costs of medical liability by limiting non-economic damage awards and setting a three-year statute of limitations.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160322liabilityref.html

MedPAC Explores Expansion of Payment for Telemedicine

Mar 11, 2016 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed how telemedicine might deliver on its promise of expanded access and reduced costs at a recent meeting.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160311telemedicine.html

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