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Jul
1

CMS Tweaks to ACO Investment Model Benefit Rural Physicians

In response to feedback on accountable care organizations (ACOs) established as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, CMS recently announced two changes in the design of its ACO Investment Model that will benefit rural areas of the country.

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Jul
1

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks on the Rise, CDC Warns

As summer heats up and people head to the swimming pool, a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from June 26 highlights a rise in outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.

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Jul
1

ACIP Recommends MenB Vaccine for Patients Ages 16-23

During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines for patients ages 16-23 for short-term protection against the disease.

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Jun
29

Family Physician's Passion Catches Students by Surprise

Family medicine needs to recruit more medical students to the specialty, and Samuel Church, M.D., M.P.H., of Hiawassee, Ga., has a precepting style that draws students in.

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Jun
26

Depigmentation Cases Prompt New Label Warning for ADHD Patch

After dozens of reports of skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation associated with use of the methylphenidate transdermal system marketed as Daytrana, FDA officials are requiring that a new warning be added to the medication's package label.

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Jun
26

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Kick Butts

Members of the inaugural class of AAFP tobacco prevention and control mini-grant recipients have completed the initial phase of their projects and discuss their experiences in the program.

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Jun
26

AAFP, Coca-Cola End Consumer Alliance Agreement

The AAFP and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) have mutually agreed to end their current Consumer Alliance Program agreement at the end of this year. The AAFP and TCCC have agreed to discuss future project-specific funding for opportunities that will benefit members and their patients.

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Jun
25

Ada Stewart, M.D., R.Ph., Runs for AAFP Director

The South Carolina AFP announces the candidacy of Ada Stewart, M.D., R.Ph., of Columbia, for AAFP director.

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Jun
25

AAFP Hails Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

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 and premium subsidies.

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Jun
23

AAFP Touts FPs' Key Role in Chronic Care Management

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 program, as well as paying primary care physicians for the work they do every day.

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Jun
23

Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Aims to Bolster Specialty's Future

The AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute program will offer 30 scholarships for students and residents to attend both its conference and the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, Mo.

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Jun
23

Conference Offers Platform to Share Immunization Successes

During the AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project Conference, participants discussed successes and challenges involved in trying to improve adolescent immunization rates during the three-year initiative.

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Jun
22

AAFP Fights to Shield FPs from ICD-10 Fallout

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 problems with Medicare's overpayment recouping processes.

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Jun
22

Population Health Approach Covers Socioeconomic Gaps in Care

The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care recently hosted a forum during which panelists discussed population health and, more specifically, how patients' health and socioeconomic needs can be accommodated.

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Jun
20

Speak Out on Draft Bill That Would Gut Critical Training Programs

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.

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Jun
18

AAFP Supports Bill That Would Safeguard CME

The AAFP has joined more than 100 other organizations in supporting a House bill that would correct a CMS misinterpretation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and ensure that medical textbooks and peer-reviewed medical reprints and journals are excluded from reporting requirements.

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Jun
17

Academy Applauds FDA Ban of Artificial Trans Fats

The FDA has announced it will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fatty acids -- commonly known as trans fats -- in processed foods. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove PHOs from their products.

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Jun
17

Falls Prevention Program Scores Wins All Around

Research study results show that a comprehensive HHS-funded falls prevention program helps keep seniors from falling and lowers fall-related medical costs. Overall, every $1 invested in the intervention program led to a savings of $1.68 on long-term services and supports for patients.

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Jun
16

'Care Planning Act' Gets Big Thumbs Up From AAFP

The AAFP recently joined nine other organizations in signing on to a letter of support for advance care planning legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, dubbed the Care Planning Act, would provide for care-coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries experiencing declining health and advancing illness and needing end-of-life care.

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Jun
16

BUILD Health Challenge Aids Communities in Need

An innovative grants program is attempting to reverse the socioeconomic trends that contribute to poor health by supporting local initiatives that address health issues tied to a specific social need. The BUILD Health Challenge recently awarded grants to 18 initiatives designed to solve an ongoing health problem in a particular community.

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