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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

New HHS/ONC Tool Helps Consumers Access Health Records

Apr 13, 2018 - Patients may come to their next appointment ready to talk about a new resource that aims to help patients, parents and caregivers access and use health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180413patientrecords.html

New AAFP Tool Guides FPs Looking to Open a Practice

Mar 5, 2018 - The AAFP recently launched a free tool that helps members plan details and run calculations necessary for setting up a successful new practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180305practicetool.html

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?

Jan 30, 2018 - A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180130ehrreferrals.html

Breaking the Interruption Cycle in Clinical Practice

Dec 20, 2017 - New research encourages physicians to employ tactics to manage interruptions in practice and become better able to resume the main task at hand.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20171220interruptions.html

Family Medicine for America's Health Revamps Website

Sep 27, 2017 - Family Medicine for America's Health has redesigned its website to include new information on its strategy implementation teams and recently launched tools.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170927fmahealthsite.html

Help AAFP NRN Shape Patient Engagement Research

Aug 24, 2017 - The AAFP's National Research Network is asking family physicians to complete a survey on patient engagement to help shape its patient engagement research and share study results.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170824nrn-ptengage.html

Chief Primary Care Officer Role Proposed to Improve Continuity

Aug 8, 2017 - If hospitals want to improve care coordination, they will need a heavy dose of primary care in their leadership ranks, argue two authors in a recent article.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170808cpcmo.html

Broader Look Shows How PCMH Touches Practices, Patients

Jul 25, 2017 - The annual report of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative examines how elements of the patient-centered medical home affect cost, quality and utilization.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170725pcpccreport.html

Researchers Assess Progress on Nation's Move to Value-Based Care

Jul 17, 2017 - A survey of physicians and health plan executives shows that although the U.S. health care system is moving toward value-based care, physicians need better tools.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170717queststudy.html

Window for CPC+ Round Two Applications Closes July 13

Jul 11, 2017 - The deadline to apply for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative is approaching for practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and part of New York.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170711cpcplusdeadline.html

Drop in FPs Providing Obstetric Care Alarms Researchers

Jul 2, 2017 - Researchers are concerned about recent study data that show a significant drop in the percentage of family physicians who provide obstetric care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170702obstetricsdrop.html

Video Visits Hold Promise for Delivering Patient-centered Care

Jun 5, 2017 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine indicates that patients find value in video visits with their established primary care clinicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170605videovisits.html

USDA Offers Distance Learning, Telemedicine Grant Opportunities

May 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a call for applications for parties interested in receiving rural telemedicine or distance learning grants.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170525ruraltelemedgrants.html

New Journal Feature Spotlights Practice Innovations

May 9, 2017 - The latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine launches a new feature with brief articles that describe primary care innovations and close with takeaway lessons.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170509innovations.html

Direct Primary Care Model Gains Momentum in Multiple States

Apr 21, 2017 - State legislatures are making it easier for both physicians and patients to choose the direct primary care practice model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170421dpcstates.html

Secure Benefits of Annual Wellness Visit for Practices, Patients

Mar 29, 2017 - On April 4, the AAFP will present a live webinar designed to inform family physicians about the Medicare annual wellness visit.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170329awvwebinar.html

AAFP Seeks to Improve Medicare Advantage, Part D Programs

Mar 22, 2017 - The AAFP has responded to CMS' proposed payment and policy changes to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans for 2018, focusing its comments on quality measures, Part D formulary submissions and network adequacy determinations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170322cmscomments.html

Patients With Obesity Face Disparities in End-of-Life Care

Feb 9, 2017 - New research shows an association between obesity and decreased hospice enrollment, shorter duration of hospice services and reduced incidence of in-home death.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170209obesityhospice.html

CMS to Waive PQRS Penalties Related to ICD-10 Update Issues

Jan 9, 2017 - CMS will waive penalties associated with 2016 fourth quarter Physician Quality Reporting System reporting if physicians had difficulty because of ICD-10 code updates.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170109icd10pqrs.html

Retail Clinics Fall Short in Relieving Crowded EDs

Dec 9, 2016 - New research in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows that retail clinics have not curbed patients' use of hospital emergency departments for nonemergency care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161209retailclinics.html

AAFP Webinar: Prepare for Value-based Payment

Oct 12, 2016 - An AAFP webinar coming Nov. 3 will show family physicians how to excel at quality measurement and reporting, as well as how to prepare for value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161012pqrswebinar.html

Family Physicians Play Crucial Role in Mental Health Care

Oct 3, 2016 - The trust that family physicians build with patients through years of collaborative interaction make them particularly well-suited to treating mental illness.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161003mentalhealth.html

How Does Your State Measure Up in Care Quality Rankings?

Sep 8, 2016 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released an updated version of its interactive state snapshot tool.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160908statesnapshots.html

High-performing ACOs Demonstrate Savings, Improved Care

Sep 7, 2016 - Successful ACOs are emerging as a prime example of payment reform that federal health officials are touting as a model for the future of primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160907acoresults.html

Health System Finds Technology Can Boost Patient Engagement

Aug 2, 2016 - Kaiser Permanente utilizes a patient portal that is designed to coordinate care and educate patients, not simply to collect data.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160802kaiserportal.html

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