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Oct
24

HHS Secretary Announces New Grant Program to Promote Care Coordination

During the 2014 AAFP Assembly, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the launch of a new grant program designed to promote greater coordination of care among physicians and other clinicians.

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Oct
24

AAFP Delegates Tackle Health Care Equity, CME Issues

The 2014 AAFP Congress of Delegates adopted a number of resolutions dealing with various health equity issues, as well as a measure to increase eligibility for live CME credit. Delegates also voted to support installation of nursing pumping rooms in commercial transportation hubs.

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Oct
24

FPs Highlight Practice Concerns That Affect Patient Care, Payment

During this year's Congress of Delegates, AAFP members addressed issued that ranged from ensuring patients get the drugs they need to seeing that family physicians get paid appropriately for the care they provide.

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Oct
23

New Academy President Calls on FPs to Champion Primary Care

AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., told attendees at the 2014 AAFP Assembly that family medicine is on the right path to deliver more effective patient care in a changing environment. Family physicians can take a leadership role in promoting changes in care delivery and encouraging more medical students to choose family medicine.

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Oct
23

Delegates Consider End-of-Life Care, Other Health Issues

Delegates to the 2014 Congress of Delegates in Washington considered a number of clinical and public health issues, adopting measures dealing with end-of-life care issues, tobacco control and education, and discrimination against immigrants, among others.

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Oct
23

FPOY Mixes Full-scope Family Medicine With Healthy Dose of Advocacy

In addition to practicing full-scope family medicine, including obstetrics, the Academy's 2015 Family Physician of the Year, Oscar Lovelace, M.D., of Prosperity, S.C., has involved himself in numerous public health issues in his home state.

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Oct
22

AAFP Delegates Debate Issues Past, Present and Future

The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance heard testimony and made recommendations on a number of issues related to family medicine at the AAFP's 2014 Congress of Delegates in Washington.

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Oct
22

AAFP's New President Emphasizes, Epitomizes Full-scope Family Medicine

AAFP News interviewed newly installed AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., to learn about his small-town practice and discuss his plans for leading the Academy during the coming year.

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Oct
22

New AAFP Leaders Announced at Congress of Delegates

The AAFP Congress of Delegates today elected Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., of York, Pa., to be the Academy's president-elect. Others elected or chosen by acclamation for the following positions are

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Oct
21

GME, Payment Reform Take Center Stage at Town Hall Meeting

The 2014 Town Hall meeting at the Congress of Delegates on Oct. 19 included discussion of graduate medical education reform and the need to revamp physician payment.

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Oct
20

Speakers Emphasize Need to Integrate Primary, Mental Health Care

A panel of health policy experts and other stakeholders recently discussed how to improve care for patients with both physical and mental health needs.

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Oct
20

Organizations Warn HHS: Meaningful Use Program in Jeopardy

The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.

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Oct
17

Prepare Now for Ebola in Your Office

Because most facilities are not equipped with biocontainment units, careful planning for an encounter with a patient suspected of having Ebola infection is critical. The first steps in preparing your office for a possible case are to make sure you have all referral contact information ready to go and that you educate each staff member on his or her role should a case present.

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Oct
16

Give Pay-for-Performance Chance to Succeed, Panelists Urge

Panelists at a recent Alliance for Health Reform briefing in Washington said more efforts should be made to allow physician pay-for-performance plans to work before labeling them failures. Some panelists said effective pay-for-performance initiatives could include incentives other than financial rewards.

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Oct
15

Watch AAFP Congress of Delegates Live and Online

Academy members who aren't able to attend the AAFP Congress of Delegates in Washington next week can still catch all the action during the COD business sessions via live streaming video.

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Oct
15

Value of Primary Care Drives MedPAC Discussion

Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently acknowledged that the method for determining payment for physician services needs to be updated. Accordingly, MedPAC contracted with a research agency to analyze the number of hours a physician actually spends working compared with the Medicare physician fee schedule time.

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Oct
15

Is Your Practice Making Progress With CMS Quality Initiatives?

CMS recently released 2013 quality and resource use reports and second-quarter interim feedback dashboard reports for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System for physician review.

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Oct
14

USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation on Glucose Screening, Diabetes

On Oct. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation calling for adults at increased risk for type 2 diabetes to be screened for the disease. Among risk factors for diabetes are being age 45 or older, being overweight or obese, and having a first-degree relative with the disease.

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Oct
13

News in Brief: Week of Oct. 13-17

This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP Signs On to Letter Urging Immunization of Pregnant Women, Register Now for ICD-10 Training Call, Join APHA Webinar on Reducing Tobacco Use, Apply Now for Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program, Group Offers Behavioral Health Integration Materials, and Survey Shows Latinos Benefiting From Affordable Care Act.

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Oct
13

Neurologic Deficits in Children Preceded by Febrile Illness

According to the CDC, 17 cases of acute neurologic illness have been verified in children in 12 states as of Oct. 8. In each case, patients had experienced febrile illness, often associated with upper respiratory symptoms, within three to 16 days before the onset of neurologic symptoms.

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