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Dec
17

2015 Fee Schedule Lacks Payment Code Details, AAFP Tells CMS

The AAFP recently sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to publish more detailed payment code information as part of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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Dec
17

2015 Fee Schedule Lacks Payment Code Details, AAFP Tells CMS

The AAFP recently sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to publish more detailed payment code information as part of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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Dec
17

AAFP Denounces 113th Congress' Failure to Tackle Medicare, Medicaid

The 113th Congress' ability to follow through on payment reform legislation that would have ensured seniors' continued access to primary care services, that familiar idiom applies.

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Dec
17

Panel: Mentoring, Telemedicine Offer Paths to Better Rural Health Care Access

Technology is being used in creative ways to expand patients' access to health care in rural areas. But now, training and payment systems need to catch up.

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Dec
16

Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., as Surgeon General

The nomination of physician educator and practicing internist Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., to become U.S. surgeon general has finally earned the Senate's thumbs-up.

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Dec
15

Defense Authorization Act Eliminates Military's Tobacco Discount

The just-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act eliminates the discount for tobacco sold at military exchanges, but also prohibits banning the sale of tobacco products in such facilities.

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Dec
12

<i>FPM</i> Tools Let You Bill for Chronic Care Management With Confidence

Family Practice Management has published an online-first article designed to bring family physicians up to speed on Medicare's new chronic care management code.

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Dec
10

Idaho Embraces Medical Home Model

Two medical home pilot projects are continuing in Idaho, where state government and private insurers are providing strong support for practice transformation.

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Dec
10

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption?

A recently published research brief aims to identify characteristics of physicians who have adopted electronic health records versus those who have not or don't intend to do so.

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Dec
10

FP Kent Brantly Among 'Ebola Fighters' Named <i>Time's</i> Person of the Year

This week, Time magazine named "Ebola Fighters" as its 2014 Person of the Year, with coverage highlighting AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D.

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Dec
10

NSAIDs Hike Bleeding, Thromboembolism Risk in Some Patients

A recent study found that people with atrial fibrillation who are on antithrombotic therapy and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may have serious bleeding or thromboembolism.

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Dec
10

Integrating Mental Health, Primary Care Is Focus of IHI Webcast

In a recent webinar, panelists agreed that integrating primary care and mental health care represents the best method to treat patients with mental ailments.

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Dec
8

CDC Warns About Drifted Influenza A (H3N2), Recommends Antiviral Medications

A recent CDC Health Alert Network advisory said drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been detected this flu season and recommended use of appropriate antiviral medications when indicated.

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Dec
8

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 8-12

This roundup includes the following news briefs: Study Finds Mixed Results on Prophylactic Low-dose Aspirin Use in Healthy Women, Register Today for Free ICD-10 Webinar, Medicare Home Health Benefit Changes Coming on Jan. 1, AAFP Supports Action for Dental Health Initiative, and CMS Offers Small-business Health Insurance Webinars.

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Dec
3

Only 30 Percent of Americans Infected With HIV Are Controlling It

A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Nov. 28 found that just 30 percent of Americans with HIV infection in 2011 had achieved viral suppression.

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Dec
3

Only 30 Percent of Americans Infected With HIV Are Controlling It

A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Nov. 28 found that just 30 percent of Americans with HIV infection in 2011 had achieved viral suppression.

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Dec
3

Spread of For-profit Medicine May Pose Patient Safety Threat

AAFP state chapter leaders discussed the growing influence of retail clinics and their plans to offer more medical services, as well as other scope-of-practice and patient safety issues.

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Dec
3

Study: Address Physician, Staff Needs First to Curb Burnout

Writing in the latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine, primary care researchers address the issue of escalating burnout in primary care practices around the country.

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Dec
2

Evidence Lacking on Screening Children for Speech, Language Problems

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for speech/language delay and disorders in children 5 or younger.

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Dec
2

Panel: Quashing Prescription Drug Abuse Takes Community Effort

According to speakers at the AAFP State Legislative Conference last month in New Orleans, innovative technology and new drug formulations are among tools being used to combat prescription drug abuse.

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