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At first glance, the webinars seem designed for current participants in the Physician Quality Reporting System ; however, the target audience is much broader because sweeping changes instigated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act will expand use of the reporting site. Choose one of three days in the last full week of February to take advantages of these learning opportunities, each of which will cover the same details about the Physician Compare site and future public reporting plans. Comment?
On Jan. 7, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the agencies' joint 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are intended to help improve eating habits and, in turn, reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. " The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is one of many important tools that help to support a healthier next generation of Americans," Vilsack said in a news release. Comment?
"The FDA's responsibility is to maintain a high level of blood product safety for people whose lives depend on it," said FDA Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D., in a news release. "We have taken great care to ensure this policy revision is backed by sound science and continues to protect our blood supply." Comment?
It's hard to believe that with a flip of the calendar page, 2016 has arrived. As we bid adieu to 2015 and launch into a brand new year, it's time for a look back at some of the most significant practice management issues that kept the AAFP and its members busy during the past 12 months. Comment?
Heads up to family physicians who serve patients covered by Medicare Advantage plans: Come 2016, your staff may receive a phone call from a CMS contractor to verify your practice's information in a particular plan's provider directory. CMS recently announced that it has contracted with business management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton to assist in the monitoring effort. Comment?
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