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May
27

Organizations Prod HHS to Recognize Existing CPT Codes

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.

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May
27

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

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.

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May
26

Family Physician Makes House Call Medicine His Mission

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.

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May
26

Medicare's Rising Popularity Brings Increasing Costs

As politically popular as Medicare is, there is an aspect of the program that not all policymakers are willing to discuss: its soaring cost.

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May
22

AAFP Weighs In on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

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.

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May
21

Help Your Patients Prepare for a Safe Summer

The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

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May
20

FDA Denies R.J. Reynolds Request to Weaken Smokeless Tobacco Warning

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.

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May
20

New Care Delivery Methods Boost Career Satisfaction, Say Physicians

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.

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May
20

Help CMS Complete Computer System Transition by July 13

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.

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May
18

Submit Abstracts for Family Medicine Global Health Workshop

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.

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May
18

Boost Support for Primary Care Residency Training, Say FP Advocates

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.

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May
18

Patricia Czapp, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

The Maryland AFP announces the candidacy of Patricia Czapp, M.D., of Annapolis, for AAFP director.

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May
18

ONC Report Details Roadblocks to Sharing Patient Data

A recent government report to Congress outlines concerns about the interoperability of health information systems and documents many of the frustrations expressed by physicians.

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May
15

Study Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities

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.

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May
15

Researchers Compare Public, Private Medical School Training

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.

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May
13

AAFP Moves to Protect Hospital-Employed FPs

The AAFP recently asked CMS to revise its "conditions of participation" document for Medicare-participating hospitals to disallow use of certain language in physician contracts.

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May
13

Change Obesity Narrative, Policy, Say Panelists

Individuals who have weight problems are contributing to rising medical costs, a problem that physicians and major insurers such as Medicare are struggling to address directly.

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May
13

Family Physician Salaries Up but Still Trail Those of Subspecialists

The salaries of family physicians increased 10 percent from 2014 to 2015 but are still considerably lower than those of subspecialists.

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May
12

Offer Smokers Variety of Cessation Options, Says USPSTF

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.

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May
12

Education Resolutions Aim to Improve Training, Patient Care

Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders adopted measures meant to improve physician training and help family physicians care for marginalized patients.

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