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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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Tuesday Oct 25, 2016

MACRA 101: What You Need to Know

On October 14, CMS released the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes what family physicians need to know about MACRA.

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Tuesday Aug 30, 2016

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and highlights new member resources related to this important topic.

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Tuesday Aug 16, 2016

CPC+ Holds Plenty of Potential for FPs

The CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program (CPC+) may bring great benefit to family physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that realizing that potential requires a high number of family physicians apply to the program and participate in it.
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Tuesday Jul 05, 2016

Making MACRA Manageable

The AAFP recently submitted an in-depth response to the proposed rule intended to guide implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines three key areas of the proposed rule that need revision and what the Academy recommended.

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Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

AAFP Offering Resources, Support for Small Practices

Solo and small practices often outperform larger practices in evaluations, but the once dominant practice models have seen their numbers decline dramatically. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some resources and opportunities that could offer help to solo and small practices.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that is designed to support fundamental change in care delivery with fundamental changes in payment structure.



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Tuesday May 10, 2016

MACRA is Coming, the AAFP Has Resources to Help

The AAFP recently launched a campaign to help family physicians prepare for the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key resources that will help you start the process of becoming MACRA Ready.

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Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

APMs: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to Alternative Payment Models. 

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Tuesday Feb 02, 2016

MIPS: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.



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Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

Maximizing MACRA for Family Medicine

CMS asked for information regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and the AAFP replied with a 53-page response to the agency's 126 questions. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the Academy is influencing the implementation of MACRA in a manner that best benefits family physicians and patients.



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Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

AAFP Advocacy Promotes Compassionate Care

After years of advocacy efforts, public policy has begun to align with AAFP policy in regards to advance care planning. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at how the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule would ensure that family physicians are paid for their efforts.

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Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Final Thoughts on the SGR; A Look Ahead at MACRA

President Obama signed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 into law on April 16, which eliminates the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at what MACRA means for family medicine.

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Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

March Madness Goes Into Overtime

A solution to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula may finally be within our reach. The House of Representatives voted to repeal the SGR on March 26. The Senate, however, has not yet acted on the issue. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin outlines what the Senate's inaction means regarding Medicare physician payments and how Academy members can help solve this problem once and for all.

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Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

SGR Deadline Looms; ACA Faces SCOTUS Challenge

 A full repeal and replace bill regarding the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is expected to be considered soon by Congress. With a March 31 deadline approaching to avoid a drastic Medicare payment cut, AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin discusses how family physicians can help. This week's In The Trenches blog post also covers the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Shawn Martin, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy.

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