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90-day premium extension rule puts too much risk on physicians, say AAFP, others
As millions of Americans obtain insurance through the state and federal marketplaces, the AAFP and other members of the physician community are asking insurance companies to assume greater risk for payment of medical services for newly insured patients who are behind on their premiums. Many family physicians are concerned about who will be responsible for unpaid medical claims for patients whose insurance is terminated for nonpayment of insurance premiums. As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, CMS requires that patients receive up to 90 days to pay their premiums before their coverage is dropped.
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Family Medicine Research Poster Session: Call for Posters
Are you currently, or have you recently done research that you would like to share with your colleagues? Would you like to be eligible for an award that you can use to fund further research? If so, a Call for Posters is being issued for presentation at the NJAFP 2014 Scientific Assembly. This event will provide an opportunity to exhibit a research project to approximately 180 family physicians attending this educational seminar. The research must be of interest and educational value to the specialty of Family Medicine, have IRB approval, and must be authored by an NJAFP physician member, a New Jersey family medicine resident, or a New Jersey medical student. Awards will be given to completed research in the physician, resident, and student categories.
ELIGIBILITY: Original clinical or educational research completed in the past 2-3 years that has been conducted or performed by an NJAFP physician member, a New Jersey family medicine resident, or a medical student attending one of New Jersey's allopathic medical schools, may qualify for submission to this program. We define "student" and "resident" as the status of the investigator when most of the work was done. Please do not submit work that has been published prior to the submission deadline. Membership in NJAFP for the primary or secondary author is a prerequisite for submission.
2014 Research Poster Application
2014 Faculty Disclosure
Applications must be postmarked by May 15.
David Swee, MD, named Outstanding Medical Educator
David Swee, MD, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Outstanding Medical Educator Award — one of the awards that are a part of the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards. He will be presented the award at a banquet on May 7 in Lawrenceville. More information can be found at here.
Medical homes: Are they making a difference?
The medical home is fast becoming the standard for transforming practices. There are often financial incentives to develop this team-based model of primary care to improve quality, efficiency and the patient experience of care. This study evaluated associations between implementation of the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative, a statewide multipayer medical home pilot, and changes in the quality, utilization and cost of care.
Good news and bad news for proponents of ICD-10 delay
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
It's déjà vu all over again for the healthcare field. Except this time it's a twofer. With the passing of H.R. 4302, known as the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, on March 31, Congress delayed a permanent fix to the sustainable growth rate payment formula for a 17th time. And ICD-10 was delayed for a fourth time. The only step needed to make both delays a reality is a signature from President Barack Obama. The ICD-10 delay was especially surprising, and disappointing, to many industry leaders.
Physicians abandon insurance for 'blue collar' concierge model
U.S. News & World Report
Once the bastion of high-end specialists, more and more primary-care and family physicians are launching concierge practices for middle- and lower-income patients.
Policy experts call for easier access to healthcare data for research
The growing amount of data being collected about New Jersey's healthcare system could be a vital asset to help solve existing problems and address future needs. But healthcare researchers are frustrated that state government has been slow to provide information needed to conduct studies and analyze patient behavior.
Medicare to release billing data for 880,000 doctors
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
Patients may soon get an unprecedented look at how their doctor compares to other physicians, after Medicare announced it plans to publicly post billing data for more than 880,000 practitioners.
NJ healthcare leaders: Cost constraints drive innovation
Financial constraints and pressure to lower costs drive healthcare innovation, industry leaders in New Jersey said during a panel discussion, according to NJSpotlight. "There's only three imperatives in health reform: cost, cost and cost," said New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute President and CEO David Knowlton.
Obamacare eclipses low-cost NJ health plan for middle-class kids
While the federal government was trumpeting the benefits of Obamacare to boost enrollment earlier this year, about 1,800 families in New Jersey were receiving letters telling them their children would be losing their health coverage. The Affordable Care Act — the federal law that mandates everyone have insurance — effectively killed FamilyCare Advantage, a low-cost option for kids in New Jersey created six years ago for parents who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid and other subsidized programs but too little to buy on a policy on their own. The state program was the first of its kind in the nation.
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