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Sep
17

Despite Modest Savings to Date, MedPAC Remains Optimistic About ACOs

Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently reviewed a performance report on accountable care organizations and discussed possible incentives to improve their level of savings.

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Sep
17

How Will Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combo Products Affect Your Practice?

On Oct. 6, the DEA will move hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II, so family physicians need to prepare their practices -- and their patients -- for the change.

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Sep
17

AAFP Presses for GME System Reform to Meet Nation's Primary Care Needs

During a recent press event at the Capitol, the AAFP announced the release of a proposal that aims to reform the U.S. graduate medical education (GME) system. The Academy's five-point plan would, among other things, significantly change the way GME is financed.

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Sep
17

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014

Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

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Sep
16

Does Hospital Consolidation Help or Harm Patients?

Debate continues regarding ongoing consolidation of hospitals and whether such moves leave patients with less choice and lead to higher costs for essential care. To add to the conversation, the nonpartisan news organization Politico Pro hosted a panel discussion in Washington this week on the effects of hospital consolidation.

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Sep
16

FPs Prepare to Treat Patients With Enterovirus Infection

As of Sept. 16, 12 states had reported clusters of laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) to the CDC. Clinicians who see suspected cases of EV-D68 infection should contact their state and local health departments about the availability of testing for the virus.

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Sep
15

ONC Final Rule Seeks to Simplify Health IT Certification

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a final rule that the agency said will improve and simplify the process for certification of electronic health records. It seems clear from changes made to the rule since it first was proposed that the agency took AAFP comments into account.

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Sep
12

News in Brief: Week of Sept. 8-12

This roundup includes the following news briefs: CVS Changes Name, Launches Tobacco Cessation Program; CDC Director Calls for More Aid for Ebola Epidemic; Many Family Physician Jobs Remain Unfilled; PCORI Offers $90 Million in Research Funding; Get Free Education Credits for Web-based Training Courses; and CMS Reports Number of Uninsured Projected to Drop Sharply by 2023.

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Sep
10

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended for Pregnant Women at High Risk for Pre-eclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP have recommended that women at high risk for pre-eclampsia use low-dose aspirin (81 mg/day) after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Sep
10

Are U.S. Medical Schools Overlooking Community College Grads?

New research finds that students who attended community college after high school were less likely to gain entrance into medical school than students who studied at a community college during high school, after college graduation or never at all. Those same students were more likely to say they intended to practice in underserved communities or focus on minority populations.

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Sep
10

AAFP Seeks Member Input on Narrow Networks

The AAFP is asking members who have been eliminated from an insurer's provider network or who are experiencing complications with a narrow network to participate in an online survey on the topic. Survey results will be presented to federal officials when AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., of Denver, meets with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., on Sept. 24.

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Sep
10

Service Members Deserve High Quality of Care FPs Can Provide

Veterans are returning home to their communities, where family physicians could find themselves providing primary care to a population they may not have interacted with in the past. Will family physicians be ready?

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Sep
10

One in 15 FPs Spends Considerable Time in ER, Urgent Care

Overall, about one out of every 15 family physicians devotes at least 80 percent of his or her time to emergency or urgent care, according to researchers at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, with those in remote areas taking on a higher percentage of these patients compared with their urban peers.

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Sep
10

AAFP Endorses Evidence-based Hypertension Guideline

The AAFP has endorsed an evidence-based guideline outlining nine recommendations for initiating and modifying pharmacotherapy for adult patients with elevated blood pressure.

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Sep
9

VA Launches Campaign to Recruit Physicians

Acknowledging that a shortage of physicians is one reason why the nation's veterans encounter long delays in receiving treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a campaign to recruit more physicians and other clinicians to work inside its facilities.

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Sep
9

CMS Announces Dates for End-to-End ICD-10 Testing

CMS has announced dates for three weeks of end-to-end testing using the ICD-10 code set to enable physicians, payers and other stakeholders to prepare for implementation of the new code set for outpatient diagnostic coding.

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Sep
3

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

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Sep
3

One Week Remains to Review, Dispute Open Payments 2013 Data

If you haven't yet completed the two-part registration process that allows you to review and, if necessary, dispute data reported about you for 2013 to CMS' Open Payments program -- now's the time. Sept. 10 is the cutoff for physicians to review financial information reported about them by drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations.

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Sep
3

NOVA Vaccines Documentary to Air Sept. 10 on PBS

A NOVA documentary that will air Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS aims to answer concerned parents' vaccination questions. The hourlong broadcast will explore the history and science behind vaccinations, track vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and explain the risks of opting out of scheduled shots.

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Sep
3

AAFP Urges Full Appeals Court to Review Florida Gun Law

The AAFP and other medical organizations have petitioned a U.S. appeals court to reconsider a Florida law that restricts physicians from asking and counseling patients about guns in the home.

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