• CMS issued final rule implementing provisions of MACRA

    On Friday October 14th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing the provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This final rule modernizes and streamlines Medicare payments tied to quality for thousands of doctors and other clinicians and addresses the final rules that will govern the start of the Quality Payment Program. Check out the new website: www.qpp.cms.gov Additional materials: HHS Press Release (PDF& Word) or click here: http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/10/14/hhs-finalizes-streamlined-medicare-payment-system-rewards-clinicians-quality-patient-care.html CMS Blog from Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt(Word) or click here: http://blog.cms.gov/2016/10/14/a-letter-from-cms-to-medicare-clinicians-in-the-quality-payment-program Helpful Weblinks: Fact Sheet on QPP website: Rule information on the QPP website: https://qpp.cms.gov/education · Final Rule: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/CMS-5517-FC.pdf · Executive Summary of the Final Rule: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_Executive_Summary_of_Final_Rule.pdf

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  • Life of a family medicine resident: St. John's

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A Primary Care Approach to Curbing Dangerous Teen Trends

Teenagers, no matter how smart, sometimes do senseless things. There are countless viral challenges and trends online, ranging from silly to downright dangerous, that physicians and parents should be aware of.

Need a few examples?

Two Tennessee teens died in mid-January after drinking “dewshine,” a toxic mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew.

That same week, a 14-year-old boy in Washington shattered his eye socket and cheek bone and landed in the hospital with a brain aneurysm after suffering a fall during a “duct tape challenge.”

And car surfing resulted in the deaths of several young people in the past year.

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Medicine, Media and the Need for a Physician’s Perspective

“I don’t like taking medicine unless I really have to.”

That is the most common complaint I hear from my patient Sandra whenever I talk with her about why she should be taking a statin or why it’s important to get an annual flu vaccination. Unfortunately, she bristles at discussions about quality of life and mortality.

But a conversation I had with her at this time last year was different. Sandra was eager to learn more about an immunization and medication she thought she really needed. This patient, who had rejected recommended preventive care that could protect her from far more prevalent diseases, was worried about Ebola. 

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Please read the attachment which outlines ways in which YOU can get involved in your AzAFP! We want YOUR help to make the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians the best it’s ever been in 2016! After reviewing this document called “Getting Involved in Your Academy,” please email Christy with any questions christy@azafp.org!

 

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