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