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Mar
26

AAFP Wins House Battle for Full SGR Repeal, Takes Fight to Senate

For the first time in 12 years, true Medicare reform became feasible when the House of Representatives voted March 26 for a full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula.

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Mar
25

Change Doubles Number of Vets Eligible for Care Outside VA

About twice as many military veterans will be eligible to see a physician who is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under a new standard for measuring the distance from a veteran's home to the nearest VA facility.

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Mar
25

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions

HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

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Mar
24

Realizing Goals of Integrated Care Proves Challenging, Say Panelists

Physicians and health analysts discussed the importance and challenges of greater integration between primary care and subspecialist physicians at a recent panel hosted by the Brookings Institution.

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Mar
23

HHS, ONC Release Proposed Rules on MU, 2015 Edition Certification Criteria

HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two proposed rules aimed at supporting interoperable health IT nationwide.

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Mar
23

Health is Primary Tour Kickoff Highlights Washington State Innovators

The Health is Primary city tour from Family Medicine for America's Health kicked off in Seattle March 19 with family physicians discussing how they are revolutionizing health care in Washington State.

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Mar
23

MedPAC Asks Congress to Boost Primary Care Payments

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission gave Congress a report that advocates increasing Medicare payments and greater equity for primary care.

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Mar
20

AAFP Celebrates New Recruits to Family Medicine, Acknowledges Work Ahead

The National Resident Matching Program announced the results of the 2015 Match, which showed that 3,060 graduating medical students chose a career in family medicine.

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Mar
20

Panel: EHR Holds Challenges Along With Promise

A panel of health IT experts discussed the challenges and potential of electronic health records during a recent forum hosted by the Brookings Institution.

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Mar
19

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians

AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

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Mar
19

Tell NCQA How to Improve PCMH Recognition Process

The National Committee for Quality Assurance is calling on physicians and other stakeholders for suggestions on revamping NCQA's patient-centered medical home recognition program.

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Mar
17

AAFP's Advocacy Tools Allow FPs to Tell Congress to Repeal SGR

The AAFP is helping members urge Congress to repeal the unpopular Medicare sustainable growth rate formula before March 31 to prevent a looming 21 percent payment cut.

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Mar
17

Group Membership Earns Small-practice FPs ACO Opportunities

Membership in Iowa's Heartland Rural Physician Alliance has given small independent family physicians the key to accountable care organization opportunities.

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Mar
17

Study: Both Low- and High-intensity Workouts Help Reduce Obesity

A study published March 3 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that low- and high-intensity exercise resulted in similar reductions in abdominal obesity. However, only high-intensity workouts reduced blood glucose.

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Mar
16

Panelists Call Medicare Advantage Model for Chronic Care

During a recent forum, a group of health policymakers discussed ways to improve delivery of care and payment for chronic care patients.

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Mar
16

Health is Primary Hits the Road

Too many Americans don't understand the importance or value of primary care. Health is Primary, which kicks off its nationwide city tour this week in Seattle, aims to change that.

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Mar
16

AAMC Road Map Seeks to Update, Strengthen U.S. GME System

The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released a five-year plan -- or road map -- aimed at strengthening the U.S. graduate medical education system.

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Mar
13

'Red Flag' Document Offers Guidance on Prescribing Controlled Substances

The AAFP, along with a coalition of stakeholder organizations, released a consensus document on March 12 that highlights the challenges and "red flags" associated with prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.

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Mar
12

CMS Creates New ACO Model With More Reward, More Risk

CMS is creating a new accountable care organization model that will let participants assume more financial risk for more potential rewards.

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Mar
12

Here's a Look at Who's Eschewing EHR Implementation

New research on electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates shows that nonadopters tend to be older than their EHR-savvy colleagues and work in independent solo or two-physician practices.

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