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Report Cites Urgent Need to Secure Connected Medical Devices

Nov 7, 2019 - The connected medical devices that are becoming so valuable to physicians and patients alike require a thoughtful approach to maintaining their security, according to a new report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191107devicesecurity.html

Researchers Explore Rural Training Track Assets, Risks

Nov 1, 2019 - New research looks at the challenges family medicine residency rural training tracks face as they struggle, in many cases, to stay in operation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191101rttresidencies.html

Hospital CEO Discusses Challenges, Rewards of Rural Health

Oct 29, 2019 - National Rural Health Association President Tim Putnam, D.H.A., answers questions about rural health from his perspective as a rural hospital administrator.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191029nrhaqanda.html

PAMA Pay Cuts: How Have They Affected Your Practice?

Sep 30, 2019 - The Academy is encouraging family physicians to complete a survey that explores the effects of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act on their ability to provide office-based laboratory services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190930pamasurvey.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

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

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

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 Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

Apr 3, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Mar 27, 2019 - Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

Feb 22, 2019 - A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Maintaining Maternity Care Vital to Rural Hospital Stability

Feb 13, 2019 - A panel of experts who took the stage during the recent Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., mulled various issues associated with rural hospital closures and maternity care and shared the story of one community's success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190213nrhamaternity.html

Filling the Rural Gap With Good Recruiting, Telemedicine

Feb 12, 2019 - The Rural Health Disparities Summit in Washington, D.C., which the AAFP co-hosted, examined solutions to problems that are critical to the health of rural America.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190212ruraldisparities.html

Study: EHRs Contribute to Family Physician Stress, Burnout

Jan 16, 2019 - A survey of nearly 1,800 physicians in Rhode Island found that the use of electronic health records contributes significantly to stress and burnout among physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190116ehrstudy.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

Jan 14, 2019 - The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

New Research Examines Diversity in Family Medicine

Jan 2, 2019 - New research shows that although the family physician workforce has diversified over the past 30 years, some racial and ethnic minorities remain underrepresented.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102jabfmdiversity.html

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Jan 2, 2019 - Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102waldrenqa.html

Rural FP Finds Rewards With Full-scope Training, Deep Roots

Dec 19, 2018 - Shelley Kohlleppel, M.D., has created a solo family medicine practice in rural Lakehills, Texas, not far from her hometown.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181219ruralkohlleppel.html

Report: Follow Four Principles to Meet Quadruple Aim

Dec 12, 2018 - A recent article in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine outlines a new set of principles to address a crisis in health care quality management in primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181212qualityprinciples.html

Utilize CCM Codes to Maximize Patient Care, Payment

Nov 30, 2018 - Use of chronic care management codes can help family physicians deliver reimbursable coordinated care for patients with two or more chronic diseases.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181130ccmcoding.html

Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community

Oct 3, 2018 - Solo family physician Scott Anzalone, M.D., knows the joys and frustrations of practicing in a rural community where it's not unheard of for a patient to stop by his house to have a laceration sewn up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181003ruralanzalone.html

Study Shows Physicians, Nurses How They Talk to Each Other

Aug 20, 2018 - A study published in BMJ Quality and Safety suggests that both professional trust and patient safety can be increased by enabling physicians and nurses to reflect on their communication with each other.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180820videostudy.html

Family Physicians Earn Respect in Remote Valdez, Alaska

Jun 6, 2018 - In the first of a series of articles focusing on family physicians who deliver high-quality, comprehensive care in rural communities, a team of four FPs -- including AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D. -- shares stories that reveal the joys and challenges of practicing full-scope ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180606valdez.html

Draft Guidelines Issued for Office-based Primary Care Procedures

Apr 25, 2018 - Family physicians are urged to review and comment on draft guidelines related to office-based primary care and gynecology procedures by May 13.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180425procedureguideline.html

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