Practice & Professional Issues

HHS Opens Up Payment Data to Public Scrutiny

AAFP Will Use Data to Highlight Payment Inequities

April 11, 2014 03:42 pm — On May 9, CMS announced that it had made public a data set of information that contains financial information -- including billing and Medicare payment details -- on some 880,000 physicians who were paid about $77 billion in 2012 for services provided to patients as part of the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program.

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04/09/2014 — On Jan. 1, 2014, family physicians and all other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act were obligated to come into compliance with operating rules related to electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice.

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New Research Highlights Continuity of Care

Care Continuity Equals Better Care, Lower Costs, Says Research

04/08/2014 — Small changes can lead to big rewards. That's the key learning from new research that looks at the relationship between continuity of care among Medicare patients with certain chronic diseases and four cost/quality indicators: health care costs, complications, hospitalizations and ER visits.

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04/01/2014 — Family physicians interested in elevating their practices to new heights when it comes to patient care will be interested in reviewing a new conceptual model for getting there put together by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, Center for Excellence in Primary Care, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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