AAFP News Now
Updated: 36 min 9 sec ago
The AAFP recently urged HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to ensure that in 2016, physicians could bill for advance care planning with CPT codes 99497 and 99498.
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.
Family physician Thomas Cornwell, M.D., of Wheaton, Ill., has been delivering house call medicine to mostly elderly patients for nearly 20 years. He sings the praises of medical care that is fast and efficient and avoids having to transport patients with serious mobility issues.
As politically popular as Medicare is, there is an aspect of the program that not all policymakers are willing to discuss: its soaring cost.
In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians better treat their patients' pain.
On May 11, the FDA denied a petition from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that had asked for a change in smokeless tobacco warnings; the AAFP and like-minded groups had advocated vigorously against the change.
More and more, primary care physicians are taking the reins in managing all types of care, said panelists at a recent Health is Primary event.
CMS urges participants in the Physician Quality Reporting System to access and update their user accounts to help ensure a smooth transition to a new computer system.
Physicians and students with interests or experience in global health activities are invited to submit abstracts for presentations at the 2015 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop.
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.
A recent government report to Congress outlines concerns about the interoperability of health information systems and documents many of the frustrations expressed by physicians.
A recent study sought to examine how teen alcohol use can lead to brain abnormalities in adulthood; a second study demonstrated how binge drinking has increased across the United States, led by higher rates of drinking among women.
A new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration finds that medical students who train in public institutions are more likely to pursue primary care careers.
The salaries of family physicians increased 10 percent from 2014 to 2015 but are still considerably lower than those of subspecialists.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.
Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders adopted measures meant to improve physician training and help family physicians care for marginalized patients.