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Creative Preceptor Makes Family Medicine Shine

Jun 29, 2015 - Family medicine needs to recruit more medical students to the specialty, and Samuel Church, M.D., M.P.H., of Hiawassee, Ga., has a precepting style that draws students in.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150629preceptor.html

AAFP, Coca-Cola End Consumer Alliance Agreement

Jun 26, 2015 - The AAFP and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) have mutually agreed to end their current Consumer Alliance Program agreement at the end of this year. The AAFP and TCCC have agreed to discuss future project-specific funding for opportunities that will benefit members and their patients.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150626tccc.html

Depigmentation Cases Prompt New Label Warning for ADHD Patch

Jun 26, 2015 - After dozens of reports of skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation associated with use of the methylphenidate transdermal system marketed as Daytrana, FDA officials are requiring that a new warning be added to the medication's package label.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626daytrana.html

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Kick Butts

Jun 26, 2015 - Members of the inaugural class of AAFP tobacco prevention and control mini-grant recipients have completed the initial phase of their projects and discuss their experiences in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626tobacco-grants.html

AAFP Hails Supreme Court Decision in King vs. Burwell

Jun 25, 2015 - In a decision announced June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ruling that millions of individuals who purchased health insurance through an exchange run by the federal government should be able to keep their policies ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150625kingburwell.html

Ada Stewart, M.D., R.Ph., Runs for AAFP Director

Jun 25, 2015 - The South Carolina AFP announces the candidacy of Ada Stewart, M.D., R.Ph., of Columbia, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150625stewart-cand-ann.html

AAFP Touts FPs' Key Role in Chronic Care Management

Jun 23, 2015 - The AAFP recently provided leaders of the powerful Senate Finance Committee an array of recommendations to address chronic disease in the United States. In a letter to the committee's chronic care reform working group, the Academy recommended improving aspects of the Medicare Advantage ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150623chroniccareltr.html

Conference Offers Platform to Share Immunization Successes

Jun 23, 2015 - During the AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project Conference, participants discussed successes and challenges involved in trying to improve adolescent immunization rates during the three-year initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150623adolimmconf.html

Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Aims to Bolster Specialty's Future

Jun 23, 2015 - The AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute program will offer 30 scholarships for students and residents to attend both its conference and the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, Mo.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150623fammedleads.html

AAFP Fights to Shield FPs from ICD-10 Fallout

Jun 22, 2015 - The AAFP recently fired off letters to HHS and CMS highlighting concerns about unintended consequences linked to the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10. The changeover occurs right in the middle of the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System period, and the steep learning curve could cause...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150622icd-10ltrs.html

Population Health Approach Covers Socioeconomic Gaps in Care

Jun 22, 2015 - The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care recently hosted a forum during which panelists discussed population health and, more specifically, how patients' health and socioeconomic needs can be accommodated.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150622pophealth.html

Speak Out on Draft Bill That Would Gut Critical Training Programs

Jun 20, 2015 - The AAFP moved swiftly to rebuke House leaders for proposing drastic funding cuts in a draft appropriations bill released this week by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150620houseapprops.html

AAFP Throws Support Behind Bill That Would Safeguard CME

Jun 18, 2015 - The AAFP has joined more than 100 other organizations in supporting a House bill that would correct a CMS misinterpretation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and ensure that medical textbooks and peer-reviewed medical reprints and journals are excluded from reporting requirements.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150618sunshinecmebill.html

Academy Applauds FDA Ban of Artificial Trans Fats

Jun 17, 2015 - The FDA has announced it will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fatty acids -- commonly known as trans fats -- in processed foods. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove PHOs from their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617transfat.html

Falls Prevention Program Scores Wins All Around

Jun 17, 2015 - Research study results show that a comprehensive HHS-funded falls prevention program helps keep seniors from falling and lowers fall-related medical costs. Overall, every $1 invested in the intervention program led to a savings of $1.68 on long-term services and supports for patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617preventfalls.html

'Care Planning Act' Gets Big Thumbs Up From AAFP

Jun 16, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined nine other organizations in signing on to a letter of support for advance care planning legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, dubbed the Care Planning Act, would provide for care-coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries experiencing ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150616advancecareltr.html

BUILD Health Challenge Aids Communities in Need

Jun 16, 2015 - An innovative grants program is attempting to reverse the socioeconomic trends that contribute to poor health by supporting local initiatives that address health issues tied to a specific social need. The BUILD Health Challenge recently awarded grants to 18 initiatives designed to solve...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150616buildhealthchallenge.html

Prepare for Spread of MERS-CoV, Says CDC

Jun 15, 2015 - The ongoing Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in the Republic of Korea is prompting CDC officials to urge physicians to re-educate themselves about the disease and prepare for its potential arrival.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201506015mers-cov.html

Medicare at 50 Faces Its Own Health Concerns

Jun 12, 2015 - Medicare is widely praised for improving the health of a vulnerable population that needs greater medical attention, but the program faces challenges as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150612futureofmedicare.html

AAFP Warns FTC About Consequences of Insurance Mergers

Jun 11, 2015 - As a major insurer explores a merger, the AAFP warns that such consolidation threatens the ability of physicians and patients to make free choices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150611ftcletter.html

AAFP Pushes CMS to Cover Certain Vaccines Under Medicare Part B

Jun 11, 2015 - The AAFP recently called on CMS and three congressional committees to include preventive vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in Medicare Part B coverage.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150611vaccineletter.html

Analysts: States Should Brace for Supreme Court ACA Ruling

Jun 10, 2015 - Legal analysts recently discussed the scenarios that could play out once the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a challenge to subsidies in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- a ruling that is expected by the end of June.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150610kingburwell.html

AAFP Input Informs CMS Move to Expand Mental Health Parity

Jun 10, 2015 - CMS recently proposed a rule that would, among other things, extend parity in mental health coverage to the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150610mentalparity.html

Family Medicine for America's Health News

Jun 10, 2015 - Family Medicine for America’s Health is a collaboration of the AAFP and seven other national family medicine organizations working in concert with primary care colleagues, patients, policymakers and other key stakeholders to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and...

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

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

AAFP Prods DEA to Hasten e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Jun 9, 2015 - In a letter sent last week to the DEA's Office of Diversion Control, the AAFP insisted that the agency promptly change the current rules for electronic prescribing of controlled substances to help ensure patient safety and prescription security.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150609dealetter.html

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