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AAFP Provides New, Updated Resources to Help Members Navigate Payment Programs, Practice Issues
By News Staff
The summary, which is in chart form, provides explanations about possible bonus monies that can be earned and financial penalties that will be assessed in association with
- meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and, specifically, the Medicare EHR Incentive Program;
- the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program;
- the Physician Quality Reporting System; and
- the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program.
Patient-Centered Medical Home
For example, an updated PCMH checklist (2-page PDFs; About PDFs) captures the key principles of the PCMH model of care, which public and private payers are beginning to embrace and recognize in their payment methodologies.
In conjunction with these efforts, the AAFP recently released an updated version of its PCMH "house" graphic, which was created several years ago to provide a visual presentation of the most essential elements of the PCMH model. The PCMH house still is made up of four quadrants, but some of the descriptive words inside the house have been modified in the redesign.
Although the quadrants labeled "Practice Organization" and "Health Information Technology" remain the same, the two remaining quadrants have been renamed. "Quality Care" has replaced "Quality Measures," and "Patient-Centered Care" has replaced "Patient Experiences."
Additional Online Resources
- an updated frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) document on accountable care organizations;
- ICD-10 informational materials complete with an ICD-10 calculator, FAQ document and timeline for ICD-10 implementation; and
- details on the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, which are part of the AAFP's broader informational outreach to family physicians on HHS' CPC initiative.