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Apr
24

Practices Make Progress on Alternative Payment Models, But Some Struggles Remain

A new report from the RAND Corp. highlights challenges and early successes realized by practices moving to alternative payment models. In some cases, practices are changing their organizational structure.

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Apr
24

USPSTF Still Recommends Mammography for Women 50-74

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation on breast cancer screening recommends mammograms every two years for women ages 50-74 but says the decision should be individualized for women ages 40-49.

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Apr
22

White House Ceremony Celebrates SGR Repeal Victory

Physicians and lawmakers gathered at the White House April 21 to celebrate repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate after more than a decade of work to reform Medicare payments.

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Apr
22

Panel Assesses ACA on Legislation's Fifth Anniversary

Health officials and policy analysts at a panel discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act said the legislation brought benefits and put more emphasis on primary care.

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Apr
22

Community Care of North Carolina Finds Success With Transitional Care

Community Care of North Carolina's transitional care initiative supports its Medicaid patients and prevents one readmission in the coming year for every six patients in the program.

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Apr
21

Beulette Hooks, M.D., Withdraws Candidacy for AAFP Vice Speaker

The Georgia AFP has announced that Beulette Hooks, M.D., of Midland, has withdrawn her candidacy for AAFP vice speaker.

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Apr
21

John Meigs Jr., M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

The Alabama AFP announces the candidacy of John Meigs Jr., M.D., of Brent, for AAFP president-elect.

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Apr
21

Carlos Gonzales, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

The Arizona AFP announces the candidacy of Carlos Gonzales, M.D., of Patagonia, for AAFP president-elect.

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Apr
20

AAFP Members Honored as 2015 WONCA Rural Heroes

The World Organization of Family Doctors Working Party on Rural Practice last week announced its 2015 Rural Heroes, which include three AAFP members.

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Apr
17

AAFP NRN Helps Upgrade AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit

To help physicians better communicate with their patients about health information, the AAFP National Research Network helped update the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit.

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Apr
17

AAFP Calls on CMS to Revise Outpatient E/M Codes

The AAFP recently signed on to a letter with other physician organizations urging CMS to redefine and revalue outpatient evaluation and management codes.

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Apr
16

AAFP Mobile App Adds CME Reporting, Clinical Recommendations Functions

The AAFP's mobile app has added new functions for reporting CME and referencing the Academy's clinical recommendations.

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Apr
15

Anatomy of an Advocacy Triumph

It took 12 years and 17 temporary payment patches at a total cost of nearly $170 billion, but Congress finally did the right thing by repealing Medicare's long-reviled sustainable growth rate formula.

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Apr
15

AAFP Declares Victory for FPs as Senate Fully Repeals SGR

Family physicians triumphed as the Senate removed a longstanding obstacle to improved patient care by repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate, which had threatened to cut physician payments for years.

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Apr
14

AAFP Declares Victory for FPs as Senate Fully Repeals SGR

Family physicians triumphed as the Senate removed a longstanding obstacle to improved patient care by repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate, which had threatened to cut physician payments for years.

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Apr
14

Register Today for Midwest's First Direct Primary Care Summit

Register now for the 2015 Direct Primary Care Summit coming to Kansas City, Mo., July 10-12.

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Apr
14

CMS Clarifies Use of Chronic Care Management Code

CMS recently clarified physicians' use of a new chronic care management CPT code for services billed to Medicare Advantage plans.

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Apr
14

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Offer Best Options for Sustained Weight Loss

A study published online April 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 11 commercial weight-loss programs and found that only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig helped participants achieve long-term weight loss.

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Apr
13

Solo, Small Practices Need Help Achieving PCMH Certification

According to new research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, fewer solo and small family medicine practices seek patient-centered medical home certification than do larger practices.

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Apr
10

MedPAC Proposes Incentives for Choosing Lowest-cost Medicare Plans

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members recently discussed possible incentives for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the most efficient and least costly health plan option in their local markets.

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