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CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

Sep 11, 2019 - On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190911vapingupdate.html

Telemedicine Filling Gap for Rural Community

Sep 10, 2019 - Tate Hinkle, M.D., explains in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how a telemedicine program allowed his rural community to provide comprehensive care and made it easier to recruit a new subspecialist.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190910fp-telemedicine.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

Sep 4, 2019 - The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Sep 4, 2019 - Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Sep 3, 2019 - Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

Sep 3, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.html

Moving Practice Has Been Good for Me, Staff, Patients

Aug 26, 2019 - What's a family doc to do when rents skyrocket in a tight real estate market? Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that she turned her problem into an opportunity to improve her practice.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190826lv-moving.html

Family Medicine Is Poised to Lead on Addiction Care

Aug 21, 2019 - Millions of Americans are struggling with some form of addiction. Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, D.O., M.P.F., outlines steps family physicians can take to address the problem.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190821guested-addiction.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

Aug 20, 2019 - When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

Aug 20, 2019 - The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

Practicing in Rural Areas May Reduce Burnout, Study Finds

Aug 16, 2019 - Results of a small pilot study suggest that family physicians who practice in rural areas have significantly lower burnout rates than their nonrural peers.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190816ruralburnout.html

Report Examines Benefits of Investing in Primary Care

Aug 15, 2019 - A new study breaks down states' primary care spending patterns and what they mean for select patient outcomes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190815statespending.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Aug 8, 2019 - Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

Letter Urges Protection of Access to Military Health Care

Aug 7, 2019 - The AAFP and other medical groups recently called on House and Senate leaders to protect military medical staffing levels from a harmful proposed budget cut.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190807dodcuts.html

Academy Takes First Look at Proposed Rule for 2020 MPFS

Aug 2, 2019 - As the AAFP begins formulating detailed comments to CMS on its proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule, several key elements already stand out. An initial summary the Academy has developed highlights those points.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190802mpfssummary.html

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

Jul 31, 2019 - During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-rescongress.html

Many Maps, One Aim: Charting a Course to Family Medicine

Jul 31, 2019 - The 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students kicked off with a moving main-stage storytelling presentation centered on the theme Exploring More.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-storytelling.html

Resiliency Program Reduces Burnout Symptoms in FM Residents

Jul 30, 2019 - Results of a small trial showed a resiliency program was effective in reducing burnout symptoms in family medicine residents. In addition to reducing some symptoms in the short term, researchers noted that there were no significant increases in any burnout measurements in the long term.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190730resiliencystudy.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Postpone PAMA Laboratory Reporting

Jul 24, 2019 - The AAFP and more than two dozen other organizations recently urged congressional leaders to delay required reporting of 2020 clinical laboratory data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190724pamaltr.html

Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Jul 23, 2019 - Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

CDC Urges Physicians to Rapidly Recognize, Report AFM Cases

Jul 22, 2019 - As the late summer/early fall 'season' for acute flaccid myelitis nears, the CDC is reminding medical professionals what they should look for to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report suspected cases to their health department.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190722mmwr-afm.html

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

Jul 16, 2019 - New research indicates that more than one out of three cases of medical malpractice that result in death or permanent disability can be linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190716diagnosisstudy.html

My Teen Patient Opened Up About Her Suicide Attempt

Jul 15, 2019 - Teen suicide rates are on the rise. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a recent visit with a teenage patient who survived a suicide attempt.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190715fp-teensuicide.html

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

Jul 9, 2019 - Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the AAFP is launching an Academy-wide effort to improve health care in rural communities. In this Leader Voices Blog ...

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190709lv-ruralhealthmatters.html

Full-scope Family Medicine Flourishes in Southwestern Kansas

Jul 8, 2019 - Family physician Drew Miller, M.D., is one of seven FPs providing high-quality, full-scope health care -- including delivering babies -- in the small town of Lakin, Kan., home to some 2,200 souls.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190708rural-miller.html

Study Links Social Media Posts, Professional Credibility

Jun 28, 2019 - New research from Canada indicates that posting even one negative comment on Facebook can damage a health care professional's credibility in the eyes of the public.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190628socialmediastudy.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

Jun 26, 2019 - The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

Jun 24, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

Do Residents' Skills Match Medicare Patients' Needs?

Jun 20, 2019 - New research suggests that family medicine residents' training does not align with the most common procedures that Medicare patients need.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190620proceduretraining.html

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