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Aug
22

As Basic EHR Use Rises, Data-sharing Lags Behind

Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through technology are lagging behind.

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Aug
20

Small Primary Care Practices Shine in National Study

New research shows that small primary care practices have lower rates of preventable hospital admissions than their large-practice counterparts, suggesting that small practices may have hard-to-measures perks such as better physician/patient relationships that contribute to their ability to keep patients healthy.

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Aug
20

AAFP Reimagines Tobacco Prevention, Control Program

The AAFP is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels.

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Aug
20

Google Hangouts Allow AAFP to Reach Broad Medical Student Audience

On Aug. 26, the AAFP will officially launch "Family Medicine on Air," a series of 15-minute Google Hangouts aimed at medical students and available via Google Plus and YouTube.

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Aug
19

AAFP, Others Protest Proposed Changes in Code Valuation Process

The AAFP joined dozens of other physician and health care professional organizations in urging CMS to reconsider proposed changes to the CPT code valuation process that the agency has outlined in its proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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Aug
19

Academy Endorses New Guideline on Adult Obesity

The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

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Aug
16

VA Adds Primary Care to Contract Program for Veterans' Health

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week it is adding primary care to a list of contracted medical services that can be provided at non-VA facilities as part of the Veterans Health Administration's Patient-Centered Community Care program.

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Aug
15

Open Payments Registration System Reopens for Business

CMS announced Aug. 15 that the physician registration system associated with its Open Payments transparency program had reopened for business after a temporary shutdown to address a technical problem.

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Aug
15

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 11-15

This roundup includes the following news briefs: Latest WHO Figures Show Ebola Outbreak Continues to Intensify; CMS Formalizes Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-10 Deadline; CMS Expands Power Mobility Device Demonstration Project; and Join ONC's Online Community to Speed Health IT Interoperability.

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Aug
13

Include Cigars, E-cigarettes in Final Tobacco-deeming Rule

The AAFP joined 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter to the FDA supporting the agency in extending its jurisdiction over all nicotine-delivery devices, including e-cigarettes, as well as all cigars.

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Aug
13

Residents Embrace DPC Practice Model, Tackle Student Debt

The 2014 AAFP National Congress of Family Medicine Residents tackled a wide range of issues, including education about various practice models, student debt and rural training.

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Aug
13

CMS' Open Payments System Temporarily Shut Down

CMS has temporarily disabled a physician portal associated with its Open Payments transparency program to address a problem that could compromise physician data.

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Aug
13

Med Students Act on Direct Primary Care, Other Topics

Students who attended the recent National Congress of Student Members sought to learn more about direct primary care, rural health care and student loan forgiveness, among other topics.

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Aug
13

Study Suggests Practices Should Forge Their Own Paths to Change

Recent patient-centered medical home research suggests that medical practices need to forge their own unique paths to practice transformation. Overall, paying close attention to the process, especially regarding culture and patient-centeredness, is key.

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Aug
13

News and Views From National Conference

Throngs of family medicine residents, medical students interested in careers in family medicine, exhibitors from across the nation, AAFP leaders and others gathered Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo., for the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

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Aug
13

News and Views From National Conference

Throngs of family medicine residents, medical students interested in careers in family medicine, exhibitors from across the nation, AAFP leaders and others gathered Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo., for the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

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Aug
13

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders

Family medicine residents and medical students elected peers to leadership positions on the final day of the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, held Aug. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Aug
12

FPs Have Pivotal Role in Innovative Care Delivery, Says Speaker

A health policy expert who spoke during the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students told future family physicians they are the hope for better health outcomes in the future.

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Aug
11

After One Year, Physician-run ACO Scores Big Savings Bonus

A Florida-based accountable care organization is saving millions in Medicare costs by using a comprehensive approach to care that utilizes, among other things, Medicare billing data to identify patients in need of specific services.

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Aug
11

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 4-8

This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Downgrades Rosiglitazone's CVD Risk; GlaxoSmithKline Starts Shipping 2014-15 Flu Vaccines to U.S.; FDA Warns Against Powdered Pure Caffeine; Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Reduce Skin Cancer; Journal Commentary Addresses High-cost Hepatitis C Treatments; AHRQ Report, Videos, Show How to Implement Clinical Data Support.

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