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DAFP Annual Scientific Assembly — Innovation and Transformation for Primary Care in Delaware, May 16 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
DAFP members are invited to the 2015 Annual Scientific Assembly, Innovation and Transformation for Primary Care in Delaware, scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Christiana/Wilmington in Newark, Delaware. Our goal is to provide a setting where you can network with colleagues and friends from around the state, learn from leaders from around the country and recharge your enthusiasm for the practice of Family Medicine. This year's Scientific Assembly will showcase some nationally renowned speakers, as well as some new and engaging topics from some of our in-state experts.

For the schedule of events and more information, click here. Onsite registration will be available.


The transformation of US physicians Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Journal of the American Medical Association
The current transformation of physicians in the U.S. — from self-employment to salaried employment, from fee-for-service to "bundled" or capitation payment, from providing acute care to providing chronic care, from inpatient to ambulatory settings, and from solo or small group practice to "team care" — complicates the future of the medical profession. READ MORE

Aledade Delaware ACO nearly doubles in size in 4 months Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The News Journal
Aledade says its Delaware-based accountable care organization nearly doubled in size to 24 doctors in the first four months of 2015. After beginning with 13 physician practices and 10,500 attributed Medicare patients on Jan. 1, the Aledade Delaware Accountable Care Organization has recruited 11 more practices and now covers more than 18,000 attributed Medicare patients, the group recently announced. READ MORE

Physician education for ICD-10 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Diagnostic Imaging
With only five months to go until the implementation of ICD-10, the countdown is on for physicians and other clinicians to be educated on the nuances of this new code set. Training in ICD-10 is being offered by many different companies in multiple formats, such as online learning, face-to-face workshops, textbooks or webinars. With all of these different options, the first step is for the physician to determine the depth of ICD-10 training needed. Here are a few questions to ask. READ MORE

State legislatures quarrel over whether to expand Medicaid Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Five years after the Affordable Care Act passed, the law's provision allowing the expansion of Medicaid coverage to more people is still causing huge fights in state legislatures. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia said yes to Medicaid expansion when the law went into effect. Since then, just six more have signed on. States that say yes get billions of additional federal dollars, but many Republican lawmakers are loathe to say yes to the Obama administration. READ MORE

Physicians weigh costs, benefits of skipping meaningful use stage 2 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Physician's Money Digest
The numbers are discouraging. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 56 percent of all hospitals eligible for the meaningful use program were qualified for Stage 2 as of November 2014, compared with only 42 percent of eligible healthcare professionals. Those numbers are consistent with other surveys of physicians indicating that 55 percent do not intend to attest to stage 2 meaningful use this year. Those numbers fly in the face of potential penalties associated with not attesting to Stage 2. READ MORE

Survey: Many providers want ICD 10 to just go away Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By Scott E. Rupp
ICD-10 has been regularly stealing healthcare headlines for about two years and intermittently for years prior. The relevancy of the conversion from ICD-9 is based on the impending deadline, set for Oct. 1. Previous ICD-10 deadlines have been postponed, but federal agencies seem to be focused on sticking to this particular ICD-10 implementation deadline. Even with the deadline approaching, physicians and providers are not close to ready or willing to make the transition to the new medical coding set just yet, or so says the results of a new survey. READ MORE

Infographic: Physicians becoming more proficient with EHRs Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
MedCity News
Physicians are not only becoming more proficient with EHRs, they are using their systems for more than just reference. That's the conclusion of a new Accenture survey of more than 2,600 doctors in Australia, Brazil, England, Norway, Singapore and the U.S. READ MORE

4 strategies to building a modern healthcare billing and payment system Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
HIT Consultant
The U.S. healthcare industry's billing and payment system is a horse-and-buggy in a world contemplating driverless cars. Consumers, shouldering higher costs, are frustrated by the system, which still largely relies on paper and telephone calls for billing and payment. The $2.9 trillion sector needs to transform the way it does business, creating a more transparent, seamless, convenient way to bill and collect money from its customers, according to "Money matters: Billing and payment for a New Health Economy," a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute, which identifies consumer pain points and desires, and offers a roadmap for a modern billing and payment system. READ MORE

AMA: 6 traits of financially prepared female physicians Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The traits of a financially prepared female physician include having a retirement portfolio that is on track or ahead of schedule for age and career stage, having a liquid emergency fund, and feeling adequately protected in the event of a disability, according to a report published by the American Medical Association. READ MORE

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