In August 2014, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was identified in children ill with severe respiratory illness in Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962, but had been reported only rarely in the US in the last 40 years. To date, no cases EV- D68 have been identified in Massachusetts, but it is likely that cases will be seen here. Other enteroviruses may also circulate at this time of year. EV-D68 and other more common enteroviruses are all capable of causing the full spectrum of clinical presentation that is typical of enterovirus infections, although the current outbreak of EV-D68 has been predominantly associated with respiratory disease and not nervous system infection.
The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is currently accepting nominations for our Family Physician of the Year and our Family Medicine Educator of the Year.
If you know a family physician who serves as a role model to patients, colleagues, other health professionals, young physicians in training or medical students, please consider nominating them for the Family Physician or Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.
ICD-10 will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2014, for services provided on or after that date. Are YOU ready? The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding will require significant changes in your documentation, workflow, and technology. The AAFP has put together a topic collection featuring how-to articles from FPM’s ongoing series focused on ICD-10 coding. Find more information here to to ensure ICD-10 preparedness.
The AAFP Board of Directors adopted a new policy statement during their July meeting on care management fees. The policy identifies seven elements that the AAFP considers to be core activities covered by a per member per month care management fee within the context of a patient-centered medical home. AAFP will use the new policy in its advocacy efforts with public and private payers, and as a starting point for identifying how to value care management fees.