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AAFP Offers Members Updated Opioid, Pain Management Resource

Aug 26, 2016 - The AAFP updated its opioid misuse and pain management position paper to better equip members to combat the opioid abuse epidemic while treating patients' chronic pain effectively.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160826opioidpaper.html

AAFP Calls for Revisions in Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

Aug 24, 2016 - The AAFP is commending the 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for valuing primary care but has also called for many revisions to the proposal.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160824feeschedule.html

New Study Examines Physicians' Gender Pay Gap

Aug 24, 2016 - A recent study of Medicare Part B fee-for-service claims shows that female physicians are paid less even after adjusting for suspected causes of the gender pay gap.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160824salarygap.html

Study Finds LAIV, IIV Offer Comparable Community Protection

Aug 24, 2016 - A recent Canadian study found that children were equally protected by immunization with the live attenuated influenza vaccine compared with the standard inactivated influenza vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160824laivstudy.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Rework Proposed New Patient Codes

Aug 23, 2016 - The AAFP gave CMS frank feedback detailing how the agency should change a proposal to create new patient relationship codes that may factor into incentive payments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160823relationshipcodes.html

AAFP Tackles Tough Issues Related to Care Management Fees

Aug 22, 2016 - The AAFP is addressing issues related to care management fees with an updated policy statement, as well as creation of an issue brief and a cost calculator for physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160822caremanagement.html

As Zika Spreads, Evidence of Link to Birth Defects Grows

Aug 19, 2016 - A study published Aug. 9 by The BMJ explored the association between prenatal Zika virus infection and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which is characterized by joint contractures at birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160819zikaupdate.html

Students Rank Family Medicine No. 1 in Specialty Choice Survey

Aug 17, 2016 - Family medicine draws more interest among medical students than any other specialty, according to survey data published recently by Medscape.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160817studentchoice.html

USPSTF: Evidence Doesn't Support Routine Screening for Genital Herpes

Aug 17, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft recommendation statement against routine serologic screening for genital herpes simplex virus infection in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160817uspstf-herpesdraft.html

CMS Fields New Pilot Program to Bolster Medicare Advantage

Aug 16, 2016 - The new Medicare Advantage Value-based Insurance Design Model initiative will permit health plans to be more flexible when designing incentives for enrollees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816medicareadvantage.html

AAFP Takes on Patient Experience Survey Issues

Aug 16, 2016 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter that patient satisfaction survey results should be used only to incentivize, not penalize, physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816patientsatisfaction.html

Alabama FPs Fight to Bring Back Medicaid Parity

Aug 15, 2016 - The Alabama AFP participated in press conferences hosted by a coalition of medical associations across the state to advocate for restoration of state Medicaid funding.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160815alabamamedicaid.html

AAFP Coding Flash Cards Update Includes Risk-adjusted Payment

Aug 12, 2016 - AAFP coding flash cards have been updated with new content for 2017 including hierarchical condition category codes; they are available for pre-order at a discount.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160812flashcards.html

Campaign Focuses on Promoting Value of Immunizations

Aug 12, 2016 - The Health is Primary campaign has focused its efforts for August on promoting childhood and adult immunizations. The campaign offers multiple resources for FPs to use with their patients.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

http://www.aafp.org/news/family-medicine-americas-health/20160812hip-immunizations.html

AAFP, CDC Field New Tools to Augment Response to Zika Threat

Aug 10, 2016 - As rapidly as information about the Zika virus is evolving, it can be tough to keep up. Here's a recap of news on the U.S. outbreak, including cases of local mosquito-borne transmission.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160810zikaupdate.html

FMX Exhibit Offers Glimpse at Future of the Physician's Office Space

Aug 10, 2016 - The Office of the Future exhibit -- set to debut at the 2016 Family Medicine Experience -- will show how technology, space transformation and an altered workflow combine to better meet patients' care needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160810officeoffuture.html

AAFP Supports Turn the Tide Rx Campaign to End Opioid Abuse

Aug 9, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., has launched a national campaign called Turn the Tide Rx that aims to enlist physicians' help in fighting opioid abuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160809turntide.html

Patients Bear Cost of 'Me Too' Drugs, Study Finds

Aug 9, 2016 - Two brand-name medications cost Medicare Part D patients 10.5 times more in copayments compared with generic substitutions, according to recently published research.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160809drugcosts.html

AAFP Continues Work to Fix Issues With Diabetic Testing Supplies

Aug 9, 2016 - The AAFP received correspondence from CMS regarding diabetic testing supplies and other issues referenced in an April letter to the agency.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160809diabeticsupplies.html

USPSTF, AAFP Say Evidence Lacking on Lipids Screening for Kids, Teens

Aug 9, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published its final recommendation statement and evidence reviews on screening for lipid disorders in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160809uspstflipids.html

AAFP Fights Proposed Reporting for Opioid Use Disorder Care

Aug 8, 2016 - A proposed rule would call on physicians to track the progress of patients who receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160808matletter.html

Evidence Lacking to Recommend For, Against Skin Cancer Screening

Aug 5, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized its recommendation statement on skin cancer screening last week, citing a lack of evidence to recommend for or against use of visual skin exams to screen adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160805skincancerrec.html

AAFP Men's Health Survey Yields Mixed Results

Aug 3, 2016 - According to a survey commissioned by the AAFP and conducted by Harris Poll, nearly half of men (49 percent) rate their health as excellent or very good -- up from 42 percent in 2007.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160803menshealth.html

Heads Up: Time to Apply for CPC+ Initiative

Aug 3, 2016 - CMS recently announced the 14 regions selected to be part of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative that begins in January 2017.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160803cpcplusregions.html

Students Seek to Protect Patients, Spotlight Rural Training Options

Aug 3, 2016 - During the 2016 National Congress of Student Members, delegates adopted resolutions that addressed, among other issues, protecting patient welfare and identifying programs that offer rural training opportunities.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160803nc-studentcongress.html

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