American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Family Physicians
News Article | May 3, 2017
Continuing Education Company Inc, a leading live CME educator for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, has added the option of live webcasts for most of their conferences. These webcasts enable clinicians to watch the live conference from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. At the conclusion of the webcast, they will receive the same number of credits as if attending the conference in person. There are several benefits of a live webcast including no travel expenses, efficient use of time, no need to take off from work (they can just schedule their hours around the half day sessions) and easy participation. After registering, the clinician will receive login details and after watching the webcast, they complete an online evaluation and receive their CME credits and certificate. The webcast can be viewed on any PC, MAC or mobile device and must be watched live in order to receive credits. Barbara Lyons, VP of Continuing Education Company says "Live webcast CME is very convenient for our busy Primary Care clinicians. They can receive quality education from the comfort of their homes or offices and instantly print out their certificate for their records." All conferences have the live webcast option with the exception of Maui and the Alaska Cruise. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is an independent, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) continuing medical education organization. They have been developing and presenting continuing medical education programs for over 25 years. Their mission is to develop and provide educational opportunities to improve the skills and knowledge of medical and healthcare professionals. They accomplish this mission by offering American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and ABIM MOC accredited live CME conferences and online courses. The mission of Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is to improve public health by developing and providing educational opportunities to advance the skills and knowledge of physicians and other healthcare professionals. This mission is accomplished by assisting healthcare professionals in assessing their educational needs and providing them with evidence-based education which meet those needs. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.cmemeeting.org.
News Article | April 27, 2017
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Federation of American Hospitals, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce together issued the following statement in response to recent remarks made by Congressional leaders and the Administration on cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, which go for the direct benefit of health care consumers. “Cost-sharing reductions are used solely to help those who need it most—low- and moderate-income consumers. These funds, which are built into their benefits, reduce their out of pocket costs such as copayments and deductibles when they receive care. Without these funds, consumers’ access to care is jeopardized, their premiums will increase dramatically, and they will be left with even fewer coverage options. “Funding this critical financial assistance for at least two years is the only way to protect these consumers. Clarity and commitment to this funding is needed to eliminate confusion and anxiety for consumers, and to allow health plans to make timely and appropriate decisions about market participation in 2018. “As medical professionals, insurers providing healthcare services and coverage to hundreds of millions of Americans, and business leaders concerned with maintaining a stable health insurance marketplace for consumers, we believe it is imperative that the Administration and Congress fund the cost-sharing reduction program. We will continue to work with lawmakers and the Administration so Americans can access the affordable coverage and high-quality care they deserve.”
News Article | May 19, 2017
FREDERIKSTED, VI, May 19, 2017-- Cora L.E Christian is a celebrated Marquis Who's Who biographee. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Christian a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Christian celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field.A respected and hard-working figure in her industry, Dr. Christian currently operates her own private, family-based practice as a physician, which she has maintained for over 40 years.Dr. Christian has served as president of her local chapter of American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for more than 30 years, and she has also served as a fellow of the AAFP for more than 40 years, and as a sergeant-at-arms at its Congress of Delegates for the past eight years. She is a proud member of the national board of AARP, having served in that role for six years. Above all, however, she is proud to manage a family practice that has served four generations of families in an area with limited access to health care.In addition to her status as a Lifetime Achiever, Dr. Christian has previously received the Fellowship Award, Commendation and a Special Notation from the American Board of Quality Assurance, as well as recognition as one of the Trail Blazers for Women's History by Women's Business Center. A Paul Harris Fellow courtesy of Rotary International, Dr. Christian has also been a featured listee in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women.In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Cora L.E Christian has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit http://wwlifetimeachievement.com/2017/05/02/cora-l-e-christian/ to view this distinguished honor.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com Contact:Fred Marks844-394-6946
News Article | May 17, 2017
Continuing Education Company, Inc (CEC), a leader in Primary Care Live Continuing Medical Education (CME), has scheduled their 6th Annual Essentials in Primary Care CME Winter Conference from February 5-9, 2018 and moved the location from Marco Island to the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. For 25 years, Continuing Education Company has been presenting quality live CME conferences. As a result of this conference, participants will be able to assess and provide patients with an accurate diagnosis and optimal care for a broad range of disorders seen in primary care, utilize current guidelines in the diagnosis and management of commonly encountered therapeutic issues and formulate comprehensive evidence-based interventions and treatment strategies that will lead to the reduction of modifiable risk factors and improved long term outcomes. The 6th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Winter Conference runs every morning from 8am-12:15pm and then attendees are free to relax and reflect during the afternoon and evenings. Naples Grande Beach Resort is known as Southwest Florida’s premiere destination for couples, families and business groups looking for an eco-smart beach retreat with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort sits on 23 waterfront acres complete with three miles of sugar sand beach amidst 200 acres of a nature preserve and mangrove estuary that recalls Old World Florida. The resort’s 424 luxuriously chic and fully renovated guestrooms, including 29 suites, all boast breathtaking Gulf of Mexico views from private balconies. Su Barnwell, Director of Program Management for CEC, says, "A Primary Care CME Conference at the Naples Grande Beach Resort is the perfect setting. Attendees will receive quality medical education in the morning and then have the rest of the day to enjoy the beautiful resort and area" The 6th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Winter Conference will also be offered as a live streaming webcast. This is for the convenience of our attendees who are unable to travel to Naples. This live webcast enables them to watch the conference from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. They will receive the same number of credits as if they attended the conference in person. The conference takes place in the eastern time zone and all agenda times reflect that. Participants must watch the webcast live to receive credit for the conference. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is an independent, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) continuing medical education organization. They have been developing and presenting continuing medical education programs for over 25 years. Their mission is to develop and provide educational opportunities to improve the skills and knowledge of medical and healthcare professionals. They accomplish this mission by offering American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and ABIM MOC accredited live CME conferences and online courses. The mission of Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is to improve public health by developing and providing educational opportunities to advance the skills and knowledge of physicians and other healthcare professionals. This mission is accomplished by assisting healthcare professionals in assessing their educational needs and providing them with evidence-based education which meet those needs. For more information please visit their website http://www.cmemeeting.org.
News Article | May 31, 2017
The paper lays out specific expectations for health IT, addressing issues related to patient access, clinical decision-making, interoperability, integration and system redesign. Specific recommendations can be found here. "This vision is guided by our commitment to lead a transformation in health care delivery, and our understanding that we need technology that fosters clinician insights, strengthens the physician-patient relationship, improves patient access to care, ensures seamless collaboration across the medical neighborhood to serve individual and public health, and allows patients to be in greater control of their own health. We believe these expectations can help lead the way," said Steven Waldren, MD, MS, director of American Academy of Family Physicians' Alliance for eHealth Innovation and chair of the FMAHealth Technology Tactic Team. About Family Medicine for America's Health Family Medicine for America's Health is a five-year collaboration between the nation's eight leading family medicine organizations to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and demonstrate the value of true primary care. The collaboration includes: For more information on FMAHealth and the work of its tactic teams, go to www.fmahealth.org To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/family-medicine-lays-out-vision-for-future-of-health-technology-300466139.html
News Article | May 31, 2017
"Ensuring that those of us in the medical profession are performing at a high standard is critical to maintaining a consistent quality of care delivery to patients across the country," said Dr. Hafner-Fogarty. "I'm honored to serve with colleagues to support the FSMB's mission to promote excellence in medical practice, licensure and regulation." A long-time medical practitioner and advocate for regulation to support standard of care through any delivery channel, Dr. Hafner-Fogarty has served three terms on the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, most recently as chair of the licensure committee. In addition to her position as chief medical officer at Zipnosis, she serves as board chair of the Minnesota Joint Underwriting Association, on the board of directors for the Texas eHealth Alliance, and is an active member of the Minnesota and American Academy of Family Physicians and the Minnesota Medical Association. "Dr. Hafner-Fogarty is a true leader in the area of healthcare regulation, and her service on the committee will be an asset to the FSMB," said Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce. "We are proud to support her in her new role with the ethics and professionalism committee." About Zipnosis Zipnosis is driving the virtual care revolution by providing health systems and their patients personalized digital healthcare solutions. As a trusted innovator in the industry, Zipnosis combines pioneering technology with clinical insight and visionary thinking to help healthcare organizations keep pace with the changing demands of healthcare consumers. By pairing traditional telemedicine with next-generation virtual care, patients can be treated through video and phone consultations, online adaptive interviews, and in-person care via the platform's advanced routing capabilities - including lab integration. The modern technology stack also supports deep integration with EMRs, patient portals, online scheduling, and other IT systems. Zipnosis helps healthcare organizations position themselves for success by providing flexibility for patients and providers, enhancing clinical and operational efficiency, and supporting continuity of care throughout the care continuum. For more information, visit: www.zipnosis.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/zipnosis-chief-medical-officer-dr-rebecca-hafner-fogarty-named-to-federation-of-state-medical-boards-ethics-and-professionalism-committee-300466258.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
Dr. Liakeas' has been named as one of America's Top Doctors® multiple times. Dr. George is also a recipient of over two dozen awards and recognitions for his compassionate care and commitment to the medical profession, including from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. He is the President of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York and Teaching Physician for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Medical College, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and Mercy College of Physician Assistants. Currently, Dr. Liakeas' is also the Medical Director of Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa and New York City Marathon Medical Captain. Dr. George is affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and has full privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital. By collaborating with CCPHP, Dr. Liakeas will be able to continue to provide his patients with outstanding, personalized care through a flexible membership model that will allow: same-day and next-day appointments, extended office visits, enhanced connectivity to over 48,000 Castle Connolly Top Doctors, the innovative and personalized SENS Solution Health Coaching program, and more. "For almost two decades, I have been practicing medicine, like a 'small town doc in our big city,'" says Dr. Liakeas. "Practicing medicine has always been very rewarding to me, and now the membership-based practice I've established with CCPHP will allow me to devote extended time and attention to my patients." "We are extremely happy to expand our roster of top concierge doctors with the launch of Dr. Liakeas' concierge practice," said Dean McElwain, President of CCPHP. "We love that Dr. Liakeas shares our approach to serving Members --- providing a more personalized, connected and collaborative approach to care." To learn more about Dr. Liakeas' practice and the benefits of membership, visit www.liakeasccphp.net or call 646-973-5098. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/george-liakeas-md-establishes-concierge-practice-in-collaboration-with-castle-connolly-private-health-partners-llc-300463394.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
Health care groups that represent doctors and patients are warning members of Congress that the House Republicans' plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would hurt people who need insurance most. The groups are responding to the latest assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that the proposed American Health Care Act would leave 23 million more people without health insurance than under current law and would cut the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years. The latest CBO analysis came after House Republicans made changes to the bill earlier this month to try to ensure that people with pre-existing medical conditions can still get insurance. "Last-minute changes to the AHCA made by the House offered no real improvements," said Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, in a statement. "Millions of Americans will become uninsured —with low-income families on Medicaid being hit the hardest." Those concerns were echoed by group after group, including AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the March of Dimes. The Republican plan would roll back the requirement under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that everybody has to have insurance. It also would replace the ACA's income-based tax credits and subsidies with age-based credits that most analysts say are less generous. Older, low-income people would be hit hardest by the changes, the CBO says, because the proposed tax credits are less generous than those in Obamacare, while insurance for those older than 50 is the most expensive. As NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben reported, a 64-year-old making $26,500 would pay $1,700 in premiums annually under Obamacare. In a state making those "moderate" changes to its market under the proposed law, that 64-year-old would pay $13,600, and in a state with no waivers, the cost would be $16,100. But premiums would fall overall, the report said, because policies would offer fewer benefits and sicker people would leave the market because they wouldn't be able to afford insurance. The bill also would roll back the ACA's expansion of Medicaid. As a result, the CBO analysis estimates that 14 million people would lose Medicaid coverage, which accounts for most of the savings under the bill, $834 billion over 10 years. "The CBO confirmed the American Health Care Act will further lower premiums, deliver more immediate tax relief for individuals and families, and decrease the deficit," said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, called the bill "dangerous, deadly and deeply flawed." He said the proposal, which is now in the hands of the Senate, would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps promote immunization, smoking cessation and other public health initiatives and makes up 12 percent of the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CBO reports that the bill could destabilize individual insurance markets in some states, leaving unhealthy Americans unable to buy insurance. But the CBO also acknowledges that its analysis includes some uncertainty, in part because the AHCA would allow states to get waivers that would exempt their insurers from many Obamacare coverage rules. This includes what are called essential health benefits, a list of medical services, such as mental health care or prescription drugs, that plans are required to cover under the current law. The CBO estimated how many states might accept those waivers and what they might put in place of the current rules. It figures that states making up about half the population would apply for a waiver of some sort, reducing the benefits that insurers in those state will offer. "Services or benefits likely to be excluded from [essential health benefits] in some states include maternity care, mental health and substance abuse benefits, rehabilitative and habilitative services, and pediatric dental benefits," the report said. States could also get waivers that would allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, a practice banned under the ACA. "Over time, it would become more difficult for less healthy people (including people with pre-existing medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly," the CBO wrote. Republicans argue that by allowing insurers to sell less comprehensive insurance, premiums will fall and more people will buy basic coverage. And their bill includes money for states to create so-called high-risk pools in which people with medical conditions can buy coverage if commercial insurers refuse them. But two small-business groups, the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority, said the bill could hurt their members, many of whom rely on the individual insurance market for their coverage. "Many solo entrepreneurs would likely be forced out of the insurance market entirely. This means many small firms would close up shop while others would never get off the ground," said John Arensmeyer, founder of Small Business Majority, which represents 55,000 small businesses.
News Article | May 10, 2017
Continuing Education Company(CEC), a leader in Primary Care Live Continuing Medical Education (CME), is celebrating 25 years of presenting quality education to Primary Care clinicians. In honor of their 25th anniversary, CEC will be offering a free 20 credit online CME course to all attendees of their 2017 live conferences. The complimentary course will be available through CEC's online portal, CME365, and will enable CEC conference attendees to earn a total of up to 40 credits. This offer is valid only for participants who attend all the days of the live conference they select. Access to the online CME course is sent to registrants after they have attended and successfully completed the live conference. The online CME course is not transferable and is not valid if they cancel their registration or are a no show at the live conference. Webcast participants are not eligible for this offer. Walter Ejnes, President of CEC says "Continuing Education Company's free 20 credit online CME course offering is our way of saying thank you to the thousands of medical professionals who have supported us for the past 25 years." CME365 offers live streaming webcasts of CEC's conferences as well as online courses in Primary Care, Urgent Care and Pulmonology. All the online courses are fully accredited and feature the same high quality education as the live Continuing Medical Education conferences that Continuing Education Company offers throughout the year. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is an independent, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) continuing medical education organization. They have been developing and presenting continuing medical education programs for over 25 years. Their mission is to develop and provide educational opportunities to improve the skills and knowledge of medical and healthcare professionals. They accomplish this mission by offering American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and ABIM MOC accredited live CME conferences and online courses. The mission of Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is to improve public health by developing and providing educational opportunities to advance the skills and knowledge of physicians and other healthcare professionals. This mission is accomplished by assisting healthcare professionals in assessing their educational needs and providing them with evidence-based education which meet those needs. For more information please visit the company website, http://www.cmemeeting.org. __title__ online link]
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Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions | Year: 2013
Introduction: Primary care in the United States faces unprecedented challenges from an aging population and the accompanying prevalence of chronic disease. In response, continuing medical education (CME) initiatives have begun to adopt the principles of performance improvement (PI) into their design, although currently there is a dearth of evidence from national initiatives supporting the effectiveness of this methodology. The specific aim of this study was to demonstrate the value of a national PI-CME activity to improve the performance of physicians treating patients with diabetes. Methods: We analyzed data from the American Academy of Family Physicians' METRIC® PI-CME activity in a cohort of family physician learners. The study utilized the 3-stage design standard approved for PI-CME. Baseline and follow-up performance data across a range of clinical and systems-based measures were compared in aggregate. Results: Data were assessed for 509 learners who completed the activity. Statistically significant changes occurred both for self-assessment of a range of practice aspects and for diabetes care measures. Learners recognized that the organization of their practices had improved, and mechanisms were in place for better staff feedback, as well as aspects of patient self-management. Based on the clinical data obtained from 11 538 patient charts, 6 out of 8 diabetes measures were significantly improved. Discussion: The activity appears to have had a positive, measurable impact on the medical practice of learners and suggests that, when appropriately designed and executed, PI-CME on a national scale can be a useful vehicle to influence performance change in physicians and to inform future CME activities. © 2013 The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Council on CME, Association for Hospital Medical Education.