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UNC’s Dr. Victoria Boggiano Elected as AAFP Alternate Resident Delegate for 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Victoria Boggiano, MPH, on her recent election as Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates at last month’s National Conference. A second-year resident at UNC, Dr. Boggiano earned her medical degree at the Stanford School of Medicine and her Master’s in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. In her […]

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HHS Announces New Value-Based Payment Initiative

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new series of five value-based payment models being offered as the centerpiece of a five-year, value-based payment pilot. The pilot aims to ‘transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare system.’ Formally known as the Primary Cares Initiative, the […]

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Pathways to Success Aims to Set New Direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule earlier this month that sets a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Referred to as “Pathways to Success,” the proposal would redesign the participation options to encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to two-sided models where they will share […]

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AAFP Supports Recent Congressional Action on Reducing Health Care Costs

Last week, the AAFP affirmed its support of Congress’s recent focus on combating the rising costs of health care. AAFP President Dr. Michael Munger issued a statement backing two key provisions of the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018: 1) allowing direct primary care membership fees as allowable medical […]

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AAFP Releases New Executive Summary on CMS’s Quality Payment Program

The AAFP has created a two-page executive summary of the lengthy proposed rule outlining updates to the 2018 Quality Payment Program. The AAFP is expected to release a comprehensive comment letter to CMS in August. CMS has updated estimates for the number of physicians who are excluded from participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System […]

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Health is Primary Campaign Hosts Briefing on Capitol Hill

The Health is Primary campaign, in conjunction with the Congressional Primary Care Caucus, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill this morning that featured two NCAFP family physicians and an NC Congressman. Dr. Tom Warcup of Carolina Advanced Health (CAH) and Dr. Mary Hall, Chief Academic Officer at Carolinas HealthCare System, sat on a panel that […]

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