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Aug
31

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 25-29

This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF, AAFP Release Final Recommendation on Obesity Counseling; WHO Recommends Global E-cigarette Regulation; Data-matching Issues Could Cost Patients Their Marketplace Coverage; NIH Research Grants Focus on Chronic Conditions; Apply for ACS Cancer Control Development Awards; and Disease Surveillance Website Useful in Tracking Ebola Outbreak.

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Aug
31

Utah AFP Fights for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Given active promotion of e-cigarettes in Utah combined with growing use of the products among teenagers, the Utah AFP is aggressively lobbying to ensure e-cigarettes are regulated by the state.

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Aug
29

FDA Approves Noninvasive DNA Test for Colorectal Cancer

On Aug. 11, the FDA approved Cologuard, a stool-based colorectal cancer screening test that detects red blood cells and DNA mutations; it is the first fecal DNA test for colorectal cancer to receive the agency's thumbs-up.

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Aug
27

One-third of 'Sunshine' Data Not Available for 2014 Publication

A CMS spokesperson has confirmed that about one-third of the data collected for publication as part of the agency's Open Payments transparency program will not be published until 2015. The move is intended to ensure the data's integrity.

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Aug
27

AAFP Works to Fine-tune 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The AAFP has responded to CMS' 2015 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule with a detailed letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., in which the Academy addressed issues such as chronic care management fees, misvalued services and site-of-service payment discrepancies.

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Aug
27

ACIP Recommends Routine PCV13 Immunization for Adults 65 and Older

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices held a special meeting Aug. 13 that culminated in a vote to recommend routine immunization with 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for adults 65 or older, followed by, if indicated, a dose of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.

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Aug
27

Given Time, 'Big Data' Promises to Transform Patient Care

Growing implementation of electronic health records, combined with rapidly evolving predictive analytics techniques, promises to help physicians better manage their patients' multiple health care needs. By collecting and analyzing data that present a more comprehensive, detailed medical picture of entire patient populations, physician practices can monitor their patient panels more efficiently.

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Aug
25

AAFP Gives Qualified Endorsement to Guideline on Reducing Cardiovascular Risk

The AAFP has given its qualified endorsement to an American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guideline on reducing cardiovascular risk in adults through lifestyle management.

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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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