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AAFP Delegates Tackle Health Care Equity, CME Issues -- AAFP News

Oct 24, 2014 - The 2014 AAFP Congress of Delegates adopted a number of resolutions dealing with various health equity issues, as well as a measure to increase eligibility for live CME credit. Delegates also voted to support installation of nursing pumping rooms in commercial transportation hubs.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141024educ-refcmte.html

FPs Highlight Practice Concerns That Affect Patient Care, Payment -- AAFP News

Oct 24, 2014 - During this year's Congress of Delegates, AAFP members addressed issued that ranged from ensuring patients get the drugs they need to seeing that family physicians get paid appropriately for the care they provide.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141024practenhance-refcmte.html

New AAFP President Calls on Family Physicians to Champion Primary Care -- AAFP News

Oct 23, 2014 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., told attendees at the 2014 AAFP Assembly that family medicine is on the right path to deliver more effective patient care in a changing environment. Family physicians can take a leadership role in promoting changes in care delivery ...

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141023werginspeech.html

2015 FPOY Mixes Full-scope Family Medicine With Healthy Dose of Advocacy -- AAFP News

Oct 23, 2014 - In addition to practicing full-scope family medicine, including obstetrics, the Academy's 2015 Family Physician of the Year, Oscar Lovelace, M.D., of Prosperity, S.C., has involved himself in numerous public health issues in his home state.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141023fpoy-lovelace.html

End-of-Life Care, Tobacco Control, Immigrant Discrimination Draw Fervent Testimony ...

Oct 23, 2014 - Delegates to the 2014 Congress of Delegates in Washington considered a number of clinical and public health issues, adopting measures dealing with end-of-life care issues, tobacco control and education, and discrimination against immigrants, among others.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141023hopsrefcmte.html

AAFP's New President Emphasizes, Epitomizes Full-scope Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Oct 22, 2014 - AAFP News interviewed newly installed AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., to learn about his small-town practice and discuss his plans for leading the Academy during the coming year.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141022qa-wergin.html

New AAFP Leaders Announced at Congress of Delegates -- AAFP News

Oct 22, 2014 - The AAFP Congress of Delegates today elected Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., of York, Pa., to be the Academy's president-elect. Others elected or chosen by acclamation for the following positions are

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141022electionresults.html

AAFP Delegates Debate Issues Past, Present and Future -- AAFP News

Oct 22, 2014 - The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance heard testimony and made recommendations on a number of issues related to family medicine at the AAFP's 2014 Congress of Delegates in Washington.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141022orgfinrefcmte.html

GME, Payment Reform Take Center Stage at Town Hall Meeting -- AAFP News

Oct 21, 2014 - The 2014 Town Hall meeting at the Congress of Delegates on Oct. 19 included discussion of graduate medical education reform and the need to physician payment.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Assembly

http://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141021townhall.html

Speakers Emphasize Need to Build Bridges Between Primary Care, Mental Health -- AAFP...

Oct 20, 2014 - A panel of health policy experts and other stakeholders recently discussed how to improve care for patients with both physical and mental health needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141020rgcforumprimmental.html

Organizations Warn HHS: Meaningful Use Program in Jeopardy -- AAFP News

Oct 20, 2014 - The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141020healthitsignonltr.html

Prepare Now for Ebola in Your Office -- AAFP News

Oct 17, 2014 - Because most facilities are not equipped with biocontainment units, careful planning for an encounter with a patient suspected of having Ebola infection is critical. The first steps in preparing your office for a possible case are to make sure you have all referral contact information ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141017eboladisprep.html

Give Pay-for-Performance Chance to Succeed, Panelists Urge -- AAFP News

Oct 16, 2014 - Panelists at a recent Alliance for Health Reform briefing in Washington said more efforts should be made to allow physician pay-for-performance plans to work before labeling them failures. Some panelists said effective pay-for-performance initiatives could include incentives other than ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141016p4p.html

Value of Primary Care Drives MedPAC Discussion -- AAFP News

Oct 15, 2014 - Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently acknowledged that the method for determining payment for physician services needs to be updated. Accordingly, MedPAC contracted with a research agency to analyze the number of hours a physician actually spends working...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141015medpacrvus.html

Is Your Practice Making Progress With CMS Quality Initiatives? -- AAFP News

Oct 15, 2014 - CMS recently released 2013 quality and resource use reports and second-quarter interim feedback dashboard reports for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System for physician review.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141015cmsreports.html

Watch AAFP Congress of Delegates Live and Online -- AAFP News

Oct 15, 2014 - Academy members who aren't able to attend the AAFP Congress of Delegates in Washington next week can still catch all the action during the COD business sessions via live streaming video.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20141015livestream.html

USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendation on Glucose Screening, Diabetes -- AAFP News

Oct 14, 2014 - On Oct. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation calling for adults at increased risk for type 2 diabetes to be screened for the disease. Among risk factors for diabetes are being age 45 or older, being overweight or obese, and having a first-degree ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141014diabetesscreen.html

Neurologic Deficits in Children Preceded by Febrile Illness -- AAFP News

Oct 13, 2014 - According to the CDC, 17 cases of acute neurologic illness have been verified in children in 12 states as of Oct. 8. In each case, patients had experienced febrile illness, often associated with upper respiratory symptoms, within three to 16 days before the onset of neurologic symptoms.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141013neuroevd68.html

News in Brief: Week of Oct. 13-17 -- AAFP News

Oct 13, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP Signs On to Letter Urging Immunization of Pregnant Women, Register Now for ICD-10 Training Call, Join APHA Webinar on Reducing Tobacco Use, Apply Now for Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program, Group Offers Behavioral Health ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141013wklynwsbrfs.html

Physicians Value Patient Relationships but Unsure About Health Policy Changes -- ...

Oct 9, 2014 - According to a recent survey, four out of five physicians say they are working at or above capacity in their practices. Although physicians overwhelmingly ranked patient relationships at the top of the list when it comes to satisfaction with their career choice, four in 10 still plan to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141009practicesurvey.html

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period -- AAFP News

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

Sickle Cell Disease Guideline Highlights Need to Treat Acute Episodes -- AAFP News

Oct 8, 2014 - AAFP member Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.Sc., M.S.P.H., of Rochester, Minn., recently co-chaired a panel that developed a clinical guideline on managing sickle cell disease. These patients require prompt symptom management to prevent complications, as well as the regular preventive care family...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141008sicklecellgdln.html

Quest for EHR Usability, Interoperability Fuels AAFP's Technology Team -- AAFP News

Oct 8, 2014 - After a decade of stressing electronic health record implementation, Steven Waldren, M.D., discusses with AAFP News where the Academy intends to focus its health information technology-related efforts moving forward.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141008qa-waldrenalliance.html

A Global View: Family Physicians Make Difference on Broad Scale -- AAFP News

Oct 8, 2014 - Since the AAFP convened the first Family Medicine Global Health Workshop in 2003, attendance has grown nearly 10-fold. As interest in global health grows, the Academy is developing more opportunities for members to learn and get involved.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20141008guested-global.html

AAFP President-elect Hosts AMSA Webinar on Rural Primary Care -- AAFP News

Oct 8, 2014 - On Oct. 9, AAFP President-elect Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., will host a webinar sponsored by the American Medical Student Association that focuses on rural primary care. It's a chance for medical students to discover the rich rewards of this practice setting.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20141008werginwebinar.html

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