Government & Medicine

AAFP Guidance Adds Context to Medicare Payment Data

Analysis Outlines Pros, Cons of CMS' Latest Move Toward Transparency

April 23, 2014 08:22 pm — For decades, Medicare payments to physicians were kept confidential, but after a lengthy court battle that ended last June, the records now have been opened to the public. The newly released financial data cover more than 880,000 health care professionals who collectively received about $77 billion in 2012 from the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program.

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04/16/2014 — Few physicians and probably fewer patients are happy with the fee-for-service payment model for medical care, but a lot of work needs to be done to initiate any kind of change. That's according panelists who spoke during a recent forum on primary care hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.

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Advancing Family Medicine on Capitol Hill

Congressional Conference Participants Prepare to Discuss SGR, ACA, GME

04/09/2014 — Although partisanship currently seems to be affecting all aspects of health care policy, when family physicians visit the nation's capital for advocacy efforts, they should avoid any sign of political posturing. That was the message delivered by several political consultants who spoke at the 2014 AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference April 7 in Washington.

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04/09/2014 — Consolidation among health care institutions is reducing competition nationally, and the independence of many family physician practices is being threatened, according to a recent letter the AAFP sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

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