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Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., Named Nation's 19th Surgeon General -- AAFP News

Dec 16, 2014 - The nomination of physician educator and practicing internist Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., to become U.S. surgeon general has finally earned the Senate's thumbs-up.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141216murthyconfirm.html

Defense Authorization Act Eliminates Military's Tobacco Discount -- AAFP News

Dec 15, 2014 - The just-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act eliminates the discount for tobacco sold at military exchanges, but also prohibits banning the sale of tobacco products in such facilities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141215ndaatobacco.html

Bill for Chronic Care Management Services With Confidence -- AAFP News

Dec 12, 2014 - Family Practice Management has published an online-first article designed to bring family physicians up to speed on Medicare's new chronic care management code.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20141212fpm-ccmcode.html

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - A recently published research brief aims to identify characteristics of physicians who have adopted electronic health records versus those who have not or don't intend to do so.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210oncbrief.html

FP Kent Brantly Among 'Ebola Fighters' Named Time's Person of the Year -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - This week, Time magazine named Ebola Fighters as its 2014 Person of the Year, with coverage highlighting AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20141210timeebolabrantly.html

Integrating Mental Health, Primary Care Is Focus of IHI Webcast -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - In a recent webinar, panelists agreed that integrating primary care and mental health care represents the best method to treat patients with mental ailments.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210mentalprimary.html

NSAIDs Hike Bleeding, Thromboembolism Risk in Some Patients -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - A recent study found that people with atrial fibrillation who are on antithrombotic therapy and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may have serious bleeding or thromboembolism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141210nsaids-atrialfib.html

Idaho Embraces Medical Home Model -- AAFP News

Dec 10, 2014 - Two medical home pilot projects are continuing in Idaho, where state government and private insurers are providing strong support for practice transformation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141210idahomedhome.html

CDC Warns About Drifted Influenza A (H3N2), Recommends Antiviral Medications -- AAFP...

Dec 8, 2014 - A recent CDC Health Alert Network advisory said drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been detected this flu season and recommended use of appropriate antiviral medications when indicated.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141208h3n2drift.html

News in Brief: Week of Dec. 8-12 -- AAFP News

Dec 8, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Study Finds Mixed Results on Prophylactic Low-dose Aspirin Use in Healthy Women, Register Today for Free ICD-10 Webinar, Medicare Home Health Benefit Changes Coming on Jan. 1, AAFP Supports Action for Dental Health Initiative, and CMS ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141208wklynwsbrfs.html

Address Physician, Staff Needs First, Say Researchers -- AAFP News

Dec 3, 2014 - Writing in the latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine, primary care researchers address the issue of escalating burnout in primary care practices around the country.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141203annfammedburnout.html

Spread of For-profit Medicine May Pose Patient Safety Threat -- AAFP News

Dec 3, 2014 - AAFP state chapter leaders discussed the growing influence of retail clinics and their plans to offer more medical services, as well as other scope-of-practice and patient safety issues.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141203statelegretail.html

Only 30 Percent of Americans Infected With HIV Are Controlling the Infection -- AAFP...

Dec 3, 2014 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Nov. 28 found that just 30 percent of Americans with HIV infection in 2011 had achieved viral suppression.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141203mmwr-hiv.html

Panel: Quashing Prescription Drug Abuse Demands Community Effort -- AAFP News

Dec 2, 2014 - According to speakers at the AAFP State Legislative Conference last month in New Orleans, innovative technology and new drug formulations are among tools being used to combat prescription drug abuse.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141202statelegopioids.html

USPSTF Draft Recommendation on Screening Children for Speech, Language Problems ...

Dec 2, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for speech/language delay and disorders in children 5 or younger.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141202draftrecspeech.html

Minnesota Chapter, FMIGs Help Students Explore Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Nov 30, 2014 - It's not easy to grab the attention of medical students, but a program created by the family medicine interest group (FMIG) at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. -- and supported by the Minnesota AFP -- is helping busy students connect with family physicians in a time-efficient ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20141130minnesotaafp.html

Students Need Electronic Medical Record Access -- AAFP News

Nov 26, 2014 - An editorial in the November/December Annals of Family Medicine contends that medical students should be trained in the use of electronic health records to enable them to succeed during residency and beyond.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20141126medstdnt-ehrs.html

Study Projects Significant Increase in Colorectal Cancer Among Young Adults -- AAFP ...

Nov 26, 2014 - Despite an overall decrease in the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) in recent years, a study published online Nov. 5 in JAMA Surgery projected that by 2030, CRC rates will have increased substantially among adults younger than 50.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141126crcstudy.html

Harvard Town Hall Meeting Fosters Enthusiasm About Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Nov 26, 2014 - Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care recently held a town hall meeting to encourage discussion about how to develop family medicine educational opportunities at the school.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20141126harvardtownhall.html

Physician Payment, Teaching Health Centers Funding Focus of AAFP Advocacy Efforts --...

Nov 26, 2014 - AAFP leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to discuss major issues affecting primary care such as the sustainable growth rate, Medicaid payment parity and support for teaching health centers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141126caphillvisits.html

Despite Prevention Tools, Cervical Cancer Still Too Common -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - The CDC's November Vital Signs report, Cervical Cancer is Preventable, addressed shortfalls in screening for the disease, including missed opportunities during well-woman visits. The AAFP recommends routine cervical cancer screening, as well as HPV vaccination to battle the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141125cervicalscreen.html

AAFP, Other Groups Push for SGR Repeal Before Congress Adjourns -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - The AAFP and other health care professional and advocacy organizations are asking Congress to repeal the sustainable growth rate before the current session adjourns.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141125sgrrepealltr.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 24-28 -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Evidence Lacking to Recommend Vitamin D Screening in Adults; U.S. Skin Cancer Cases, Costs Rose From 2002 to 2011; Join CMS Call to Learn About Changes to Quality Reporting Programs; Surgeon General: Take a Family Health History During ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141125wklynwsbrfs.html

FPs Eager to Learn About -- or Already Sold on -- New Practice Model -- AAFP News

Nov 19, 2014 - Nearly 40 family physicians from 16 states recently converged on a hotel south of Phoenix for the AAFP's first one-day workshop on direct primary care (DPC). Some physicians came on a fact-finding mission; others were transitioning to a DPC practice or were already engaged in the model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141119dpcworkshop.html

BUILD Health Challenge to Fund Community Health Collaborations -- AAFP News

Nov 19, 2014 - The BUILD Health Challenge initiative plans to offer as much as $7.5 million in grants and loans to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among organizations that affect community health. Five one-year planning awards of $75,000 each (plus a possible additional $100,000 for each ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141191buildhealth.html

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