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Apr
23

Immunization Resources Aim to Keep You Up-to-Date

Have you checked your mailbox lately? The AAFP has mailed laminated copies of the 2014 immunization schedules and other helpful resources to all active and resident members. In addition to the full-color schedules, the packet includes a number of documents aimed at helping family physicians stay up-to-date on vaccine-related issues.

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Apr
21

AAFP Youth Tobacco Summit Aims to Spark Collaboration

On April 4, the Academy convened a number of tobacco-prevention stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to participate in an AAFP Youth & Tobacco Prevention Summit in Washington. According to Julie Wood, M.D., AAFP vice president of health of the public and science and interprofessional activities, the event was designed to meet two primary goals.

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Apr
16

Learn How to Document Common Diagnoses Via Free Webinar

Although it's tempting to think otherwise, planning for the transition to the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnostic coding still should be at or near the top of family physicians' "to do" lists. That's the opening message participating physicians will hear during a free AAFP webinar titled "ICD-10: Get Started and Be Ready" that is scheduled for April 23 from 1-2 p.m. CDT.

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Apr
16

Physician Payment Systems Subject of Graham Center Forum

Few physicians and probably fewer patients are happy with the fee-for-service payment model for medical care, but a lot of work needs to be done to initiate any kind of change. That's according panelists who spoke during a recent forum on primary care hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.

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Apr
16

AAFP, CMS Work to Clarify 'Incident to' Rules

The complexity of Medicare billing regulations can baffle even the most business-savvy family physician. So recently, when the AAFP and family physician members had questions regarding Medicare rules for billing "incident to" services, the Academy went straight to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., for answers.

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Apr
16

News in Brief: Week of April 14-18

This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Lowers Age Indication for Adacel Tdap Vaccine, CMS Directs RACs to Wind Down Current Operations, Ebola Virus Disease FAQs Available to Health Care Professionals, and Family Physicians Invited to Participate in Digital Discussion Group.

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Apr
15

National Research to Focus on Resident Duty Hour Rules

In mid-March, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced to the graduate medical education community that preliminary work had begun on two national multicenter trials designed to investigate the impact of resident duty hour limits instituted in 2011.

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Apr
15

FPs Can Help Minimize Alpha Blocker Risks for Cataract Surgery

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have issued an educational update about cataract surgery complications associated with use of systemic alpha blockers. According to a joint news release from the organizations, the update is being released in concert with two studies published this month.

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Apr
11

HHS Opens Up Payment Data to Public Scrutiny

On May 9, CMS announced that it had made public a data set of information that contains financial information -- including billing and Medicare payment details -- on some 880,000 physicians who were paid about $77 billion in 2012 for services provided to patients as part of the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program.

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Apr
11

HHS Opens Up Payment Data to Public Scrutiny

On May 9, CMS announced that it had made public a data set of information that contains financial information -- including billing and Medicare payment details -- on some 880,000 physicians who were paid about $77 billion in 2012 for services provided to patients as part of the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program.

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Apr
9

Anticompetitive Practices Threaten FPs, Says AAFP

Consolidation among health care institutions is reducing competition nationally, and the independence of many family physician practices is being threatened, according to a recent letter the AAFP sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Apr
9

Posting Prices No Guarantee of Transparency

Costs for medical services continue to rise at a rate that worries patients, physicians and policymakers, yet firm solutions to reducing those costs remain elusive, according to a panel of experts at a recent workshop on price transparency in health care that was hosted by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.

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Apr
9

Advancing Family Medicine on Capitol Hill

Although partisanship currently seems to be affecting all aspects of health care policy, when family physicians visit the nation's capital for advocacy efforts, they should avoid any sign of political posturing. That was the message delivered by several political consultants who spoke at the 2014 AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference April 7 in Washington.

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Apr
9

News in Brief: Week of April 7-11

This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation on Low-dose Aspirin to Prevent Pre-eclampsia; Measles, Mumps Update Tracks Rising Case Numbers; HHS Data Dump Opens Books on Physician Charges, Payments; and Participation in Federal PQRS, e-Prescribing Programs Increased in 2012.

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Apr
9

CMS Clarifies Electronic Funds Transfer Regulations

On Jan. 1, 2014, family physicians and all other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act were obligated to come into compliance with operating rules related to electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice.

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Apr
9

Solo FP Recognized as 2013 Hypertension Control Challenge Champion

Recently, HHS' Million Hearts initiative recognized nine public and private medical practices and health systems across the United States for achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control. Solo family physician Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., was on that list.

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Apr
8

Care Continuity Equals Better Care, Lower Costs, Says Research

Small changes can lead to big rewards. That's the key learning from new research that looks at the relationship between continuity of care among Medicare patients with certain chronic diseases and four cost/quality indicators: health care costs, complications, hospitalizations and ER visits.

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Apr
7

David Hagan, M.D., for AAFP Director

The Illinois AFP announces the candidacy of David Hagan, M.D., of Gibson City, for AAFP director.

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Apr
7

John Cullen, M.D., for AAFP Director

The Alaska AFP announces the candidacy of John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, for AAFP director.

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Apr
7

Edward Schwager, M.D., for AAFP Vice Speaker

The Arizona AFP announces the candidacy of Edward Schwager, M.D., of Tucson, for AAFP vice speaker.

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