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New Influenza Webcast Available

Peak flu season is here. The AAFP’s free webcast, offered in three parts, on increasing influenza vaccinations rates is now available.

Curious how your practice can boost influenza immunization uptake in your patient population?

Watch the AAFP’s free webcast on increasing influenza vaccinations rates for your patients, including evidence-based strategies in primary care for reducing barriers to immunization. Moderated by family physician Thomas Koinis, M.D., this free webcast offers a review of primary updates to current influenza guidance and recommendations.

In addition, participants will be better able to:

  • Establish consistent team-based messaging about the vaccine.
  • Understand how to bill and code for vaccinations.
  • Identify and address knowledge gaps in vaccine choices for all age groups.
  • Dispel existing myths and misconceptions surrounding the influenza vaccine.

While supplies last, participants will also receive a free Influenza Vaccinations Billing and Coding card.

Watch the webcast now. Supported through a grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

News and Important Updates

NJAFP in the News

Updates on New Opioid Prescribing and Resources 

The State has created a webpage with all the information you need on the new opioid prescribing laws, as well as links to key resources including a sample one-page pain management agreement and FAQs on the law.

- MACRA Final Rule Announced 

PATIENT EDUCATION VIDEOS FOR YOUR PRACTICE!

Sponsored through a grant from the NJ Department of Health, NJAFP has created a series of patient education videos designed to dispell the myths surrounding vaccines. These short videos are free to download and use in your waiting room or exam room. You may also request a DVD if your office does not have an Internet-enabled TV.

To access the videos, please click here.

IMPROVEMENTS ANNOUNCED TO THE PMP

  • NJPMP’s Interstate Data Sharing now covers 12 states, including PA and NY.        
  • Expands patient history searches to two years of patient’s prescription records.
  • Automatically converts dosages of commonly-prescribed opioids of differing potency, such as codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone, into a standard value known as “morphine milligram equivalents” (MME). 

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Upcoming Events

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SAVE THE DATE! March 21, 2018

2018 Adult Immunization Summit - Princeton University

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HYPERTENSION WEBINARS - REGISTER NOW!

Free, CME webinar series to provide practical strategies to identify and treat patients with hypertension -- Offered on three dates

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DSME/DPP Referral Guide

Learn how to implement DSME/DPP referrals into your practice workflow and patient care plans!

NJAFP will provide your practice with a free how-to guide designed to educate the care team about the value of DSME and DPP for patients diagnosed with T2DM or pre-diabetes, and offer guidelines for implementing referrals in your practice workflow and patient care plans.

Participating practices will receive:

  • Education and training on the contents of the DSME/DPP How-To Guide
  • Free practice coaching and EHR technical assistance to help you successfully incorporate the DSME/DPP How-To Guide recommendations into your practice workflow and patient care plans
  • Analysis of practice process and patient satisfaction measures

Space is limited–enroll today!

For more information or to participate in this program, please complete a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJAFP_DSME_Guide or email our Healthcare Transformation Team at HTT@njafp.org.

Healthcare Transformation

CPC+ Support Services

Has your practice been accepted into the CPC+ program and you don't know where to start?  NJAFP experts have served over 60 CPC practices for the past four years and are here to help you succeed with CPC+!  

PCMH Support Services

For more than seven years, NJAFP has provided practice transformation and patient-centered medical home consultation services to more than 1,500 physicians in approximately 1,000 locations across five states, helping align primary care practices to best serve patient needs. 

For more information about our CPC+ or PCMH-related services, call NJAFP at (609) 362-6507 or email HTT@njafp.org.

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Value-based Payment Modifier Initiative Winds Down

CMS recently released the results of the final year of the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program, which show fewer physicians receiving a negative payment adjustment.

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

Evidence Insufficient on Specific CVD-related Screening

On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice.

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification

Family physicians are weary of the cost and expense of continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue.

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective.

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