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Tuesday Sep 25, 2018

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.


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Posted at 09:00AM Sep 25, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 11, 2018

AAFP Offers CMS Five Major Changes to Fee Schedule

The AAFP submitted 92 pages of comments to help CMS create a Medicare physician fee schedule that works for family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers a summary in his latest In the Trenches blog post.


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Posted at 09:00AM Sep 11, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 14, 2018

Proposed Changes to QPP: What You Need to Know

In the second post of a two-part analysis, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines proposed changes to the MACRA Quality Payment Program.


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Posted at 09:00AM Aug 14, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jul 31, 2018

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.


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Posted at 09:00AM Jul 31, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jun 05, 2018

Key Issues Face Congress Before Summer Recess

Congress has a lot of work to do before its summer recess and the mid-term election. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at some key health care issues legislators must address this summer.


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Posted at 08:00AM Jun 05, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 03, 2018

AAFP Payment Model Clears Another Hurdle

Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the progress of the Academy's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model, as well as a summary of how provisions of the recently passed federal spending bill will affect primary care.


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Posted at 08:00AM Apr 03, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Feb 06, 2018

Part I: Sharing Our Legislative, Regulatory Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the AAFP's priorities for 2018 regarding payment reform and practice transformation.


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Posted at 09:00AM Feb 06, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jan 09, 2018

AAFP Payment Model Wins Committee's Support

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP payment model that recently won the support of an HHS committee, and he reviews the health care challenges awaiting Congress.


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Posted at 09:03AM Jan 09, 2018 | Comments [0]

Wednesday Jul 05, 2017

What You Need to Know About the 2018 QPP Proposed Rule

CMS has released the 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule, which recommends several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model. You could read that 1,058-page document, or you could check out 10 bullet points in this In The Trenches blog post.


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Posted at 07:00AM Jul 05, 2017 | Comments [0]

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Pick-Your-Pace Program Can Help FPs Prepare for 2018

This year marks the initial performance period of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Programs. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights new resources available to help family physicians, and he suggests four steps they should take to prepare their practices.


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Posted at 07:00AM Mar 28, 2017 | Comments [0]

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