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The AAFP hosted its annual Tar Wars National Conference July 21-22 in Washington to recognize a group of fourth- and fifth-graders for spreading the word to their peers to stay tobacco-free.
The AAFP has announced a shift in its health information technology focus from implementation of electronic health records to optimization of the technology -- welcome to the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation.
With all of the health care debates going on in Congress, it can be difficult to keep track of -- much less weigh in on -- the latest policy issues. But you're in luck: The Academy recently launched a new tool that saves you time by making the process easy and convenient.
The White House's 2014 National Drug Control Strategy recommends expanding community-based efforts to prevent drug use before it begins and empowering health care professionals to intervene with patients at early signs of a substance abuse disorder, tactics one FP is already using.
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are growing rapidly nationwide, offering the promise of coordinated patient care at a lower cost. Former CMS administrator Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., recently discussed with AAFP News some early returns on ACOs, including the fact that many physician-led groups are moving to the new payment model.
Three years ago, the city of Chicago launched Healthy Chicago. The initiative brought together stakeholders from around the metropolitan area to create a public health agenda and set priorities, such as curbing tobacco use and reducing obesity rates.
This roundup includes the following news briefs: Preconception, Interconception Care Toolkit Now Available; Washington Is Active on Opioids Issue; USPSTF Releases Preventive Care Guide; ONC Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension; CMS Announces Second Round of Grants for Innovative Care; and AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives Seeks Advisory Board Members.
CMS recently announced physicians could begin registering in the agency's Open Payments system to review and, if necessary, dispute data detailing payments or other transfers of value they received from drug and device manufacturers before those data become publicly available later this year.
In response to the growing threat posed by wild poliovirus, the CDC recently updated its policy on polio vaccination for international travelers. The update offers guidance for U.S. physicians providing care for patients who plan to travel to or reside in affected countries for more than four weeks.
Family physicians report being able to handle the volume of patients newly insured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but say their offices have been juggling more insurance issues. In the end, they say, patients benefit from receiving primary care.
The AAFP recently provided guidance to the FDA as the agency continues to develop a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology. In its comments, the Academy sought to promote a balance between safety and innovation.
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. But strokes that result from large artery atherothrombotic disease, such as carotid artery stenosis, in asymptomatic patients account for only a small portion of all strokes.
American humorist Evan Esar (1899-1995) once called statistics "the only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions."
Family physicians who refer their Medicare patients for home health services, order home health services and/or certify patients' eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit could see their administrative load lighten just a little next year. That's because CMS has proposed changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system for 2015 that could modify the face-to-face requirement.
On June 26, the FDA issued an announcement calling for health care professionals to not prescribe oral viscous lidocaine 2 percent solution to treat infants and children with teething pain. The agency also recommends that parents and caregivers not use OTC topical medications for teething pain.
The proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule CMS released last week includes a 20.9 percent cut in physician payments called for by the sustainable growth rate formula, but it also includes a per patient, per month payment for chronic care management services for patients with two or more chronic conditions.
On July 16, Amy Mullins, M.D., the AAFP's medical director for quality improvement, will present a free webinar on how to integrate patient population management into a busy family medicine practice.