Practice & Professional Issues

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'Care Planning Act' Gets Big Thumbs Up From AAFP

Bill Would Safeguard Medicare Beneficiaries' End-of-Life Wishes

06/16/2015 — The AAFP recently joined nine other organizations in signing on to a letter of support for advance care planning legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, dubbed the Care Planning Act, would provide for care-coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries experiencing declining health and advancing illness and needing end-of-life care.

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06/11/2015 — As a major insurer explores a merger, the AAFP warns that such consolidation threatens the ability of physicians and patients to make free choices.

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AAFP Input Informs CMS Move to Expand Mental Health Parity

Academy Also Touts FPs' Expertise in Diagnosing, Treating Mental Illness

06/10/2015 — CMS recently proposed a rule that would, among other things, extend parity in mental health coverage to the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.

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Request Hardship Exception to EHR Incentive Program -- Now

Meet July 1 Deadline; Avoid 2016 Medicare Pay Cut

06/08/2015 — Physicians applying for a hardship exception for CMS' Electronic Health Record Incentive Program must do so by July 1 to avoid a 2 percent Medicare pay cut in 2016.

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