Government & Medicine

Physicians Can Now Register to Participate in Open Payments Program

CMS Updates Schedule for Reviewing, Disputing Data

July 18, 2014 04:04 pm — 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.

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Proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP Summary Highlights Key Points for FPs

07/16/2014 — The AAFP has prepared a summary document highlighting key points in the proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule, such as chronic care management, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the value-based payment modifier.

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07/16/2014 — 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.

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ACA Rollout Showing Mixed Results, FPs Report

Insurance Hassles, Not Patient Volume, Among Hurdles Seen to Date

07/16/2014 — 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.

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