Practice & Professional Issues

Does Hospital Consolidation Help or Harm Patients?

Expert Panel Debates Implications of Mergers, Acquisitions on Costs, Care

September 16, 2014 03:35 pm Washington — Debate continues regarding ongoing consolidation of hospitals and whether such moves leave patients with less choice and lead to higher costs for essential care. To add to the conversation, the nonpartisan news organization Politico Pro hosted a panel discussion in Washington this week on the effects of hospital consolidation.

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09/10/2014 — The AAFP is asking members who have been eliminated from an insurer's provider network or who are experiencing complications with a narrow network to participate in an online survey on the topic. Survey results will be presented to federal officials when AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., of Denver, meets with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., on Sept. 24.

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One in 15 FPs Spends Considerable Time in ER, Urgent Care

Number Increases in Rural, Frontier Settings

09/10/2014 — Overall, about one out of every 15 family physicians devotes at least 80 percent of his or her time to emergency or urgent care, according to researchers at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, with those in remote areas taking on a higher percentage of these patients compared with their urban peers.

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AAFP Urges Full Appeals Court to Review Florida Gun Law

Statute Undermines Patient-Physician Relationship, Say Groups

09/03/2014 — The AAFP and other medical organizations have petitioned a U.S. appeals court to reconsider a Florida law that restricts physicians from asking and counseling patients about guns in the home.

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