CMS to allow doctors to bill patients directly? April 24, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch a new pay model that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to directly contract with their doctors. Modern Healthcare reports the CMS said this could potentially enhance the physician-patient relationship by eliminating a provider's administrative burden and adding increased flexibility to provide high-quality care.
Americans are more afraid of health care costs than illness April 23, 2018
Why are people skipping visits to their doctors? It's not latrophobia (the fear of physicians and hospitals), but the high cost of care that's keeping them from seeking treatment. According to CNBC, 44 percent of Americans said in a recent poll they didn't go to the doctor or hospital for an injury or illness because of financial concerns; 40 percent skipped tests or treatments.
You're invited to MIG on Addictions at AAFP FMX April 20, 2018
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is looking for participants for its MIG (member interest group) on Addictions at its annual Family Medicine Experience (FMX) meeting this fall. This meeting will help the AAFP to provide connections and foster support for members interested in treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). Click here for details.
We're looking for members to step into the 'Spotlight' April 19, 2018
You may have noticed the new Member Spotlight feature right below the Latest News section of pafp.com. This project includes a Q-and-A with a PAFP member about practicing family medicine, the joys of the specialty, and how they decided it was the perfect career. We'd love to see your face and get to know you on this feature! Visit the latest issue of Progress Notes for details.
'Speak Out' on full practice authority for CRNPs Featured News
For more than five years, legislation that would eliminate collaborative agreements for certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) has been under consideration in Pennsylvania. The PAFP Board of Directors opposes this effort and asks for your help in advocating against House Bill 100 and Senate Bill 25. Click here to be directed to the AAFP's Speak Out tool to take action.