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A panel of health policy experts and other stakeholders recently discussed how to improve care for patients with both physical and mental health needs.
The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.
Because most facilities are not equipped with biocontainment units, careful planning for an encounter with a patient suspected of having Ebola infection is critical. The first steps in preparing your office for a possible case are to make sure you have all referral contact information ready to go and that you educate each staff member on his or her role should a case present.
Panelists at a recent Alliance for Health Reform briefing in Washington said more efforts should be made to allow physician pay-for-performance plans to work before labeling them failures. Some panelists said effective pay-for-performance initiatives could include incentives other than financial rewards.
Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently acknowledged that the method for determining payment for physician services needs to be updated. Accordingly, MedPAC contracted with a research agency to analyze the number of hours a physician actually spends working compared with the Medicare physician fee schedule time.
CMS recently released 2013 quality and resource use reports and second-quarter interim feedback dashboard reports for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System for physician review.
On Oct. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation calling for adults at increased risk for type 2 diabetes to be screened for the disease. Among risk factors for diabetes are being age 45 or older, being overweight or obese, and having a first-degree relative with the disease.
This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP Signs On to Letter Urging Immunization of Pregnant Women, Register Now for ICD-10 Training Call, Join APHA Webinar on Reducing Tobacco Use, Apply Now for Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program, Group Offers Behavioral Health Integration Materials, and Survey Shows Latinos Benefiting From Affordable Care Act.
According to the CDC, 17 cases of acute neurologic illness have been verified in children in 12 states as of Oct. 8. In each case, patients had experienced febrile illness, often associated with upper respiratory symptoms, within three to 16 days before the onset of neurologic symptoms.
According to a recent survey, four out of five physicians say they are working at or above capacity in their practices. Although physicians overwhelmingly ranked patient relationships at the top of the list when it comes to satisfaction with their career choice, four in 10 still plan to leave the profession or otherwise cut back on the number of patients they see.
On Oct. 9, AAFP President-elect Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., will host a webinar sponsored by the American Medical Student Association that focuses on rural primary care. It's a chance for medical students to discover the rich rewards of this practice setting.
Since the AAFP convened the first Family Medicine Global Health Workshop in 2003, attendance has grown nearly 10-fold. As interest in global health grows, the Academy is developing more opportunities for members to learn and get involved.
Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.
After a decade of stressing electronic health record implementation, Steven Waldren, M.D., discusses with AAFP News where the Academy intends to focus its health information technology-related efforts moving forward.
AAFP member Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.Sc., M.S.P.H., of Rochester, Minn., recently co-chaired a panel that developed a clinical guideline on managing sickle cell disease. These patients require prompt symptom management to prevent complications, as well as the regular preventive care family physicians provide.
After an exhaustive faculty panel review, the Academy created an all-new AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express live course and AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Self-Study Package.
On Sept. 30, CMS released the first set of data in conjunction with the agency's Open Payments transparency program.
The AAFP has come out in support of H.R. 5498, the Primary Care Physician Re-entry Act, because it would help ease the country's primary care physician shortage. The bill calls for the creation of a demonstration project aimed at the development of "innovative programs" to aid individuals trained in primary care or primary health care services and seeking to re-enter clinical practice.
A study by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care found that a Medicaid program in Illinois that included enhanced payments for primary care reported significant savings and better patient health outcomes.