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Suspected Flu in a High-risk Patient? Don't Delay Antiviral Therapy

Feb 5, 2016 - The CDC is urging physicians to be more proactive in prescribing antiviral medications for severely ill or high-risk patients in whom flu is suspected or confirmed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160205fluantiviral.html

Medical Homes Show Steady Progress Nationally, Report Finds

Feb 5, 2016 - A recent report shows that the patient-centered medical home model is making headway on reducing costs and improving patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160205medicalhomes.html

CDC Releases 2016 Immunization Schedules

Feb 3, 2016 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the AAFP and others have released the 2016 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203immunskeds.html

What Students Want to Know About Family Medicine

Feb 3, 2016 - American Family Physician recently published an open-access article answering students' most frequently asked questions about family medicine.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160203afpfaq.html

WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Likely Tied to Zika Virus

Feb 3, 2016 - The World Health Organization has declared the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders likely linked to the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203zikaupdate.html

AAFP Urges Senate Group to Change Chronic Care Policy

Feb 3, 2016 - Before taking action on new policy, a Senate working group sought input from the AAFP and other medical organizations on how to improve chronic care management.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160203chroniccaresenate.html

AAFP NRN Study Sheds Light on Asthma Treatment in Black Adults

Feb 2, 2016 - A recent study examined treatment options for black adults with asthma, finding no difference between adding tiotropium or a long-acting beta agonist to inhaled corticosteroids.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160202asthmastudy.html

Robert Lee, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Feb 1, 2016 - The Iowa AFP announces the candidacy of Robert Lee, M.D., of Johnston, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160201_lee-cand-ann.html

AAFP Throws Support Behind Smoke-free Public Housing Proposal

Jan 29, 2016 - The AAFP is applauding a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that all government-owned housing be declared smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160129hudsmoke-free.html

The Uncertain Future of Meaningful Use

Jan 28, 2016 - AAFP Alliance for eHealth Innovation Director Steven Waldren, M.D., says that although CMS plans to end meaningful use, the program's requirements remain in place.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160128guestedmu.html

AAFP Invites FPs to Upcoming PQRS Webcast

Jan 28, 2016 - The AAFP will host a live webcast on Feb. 11 designed to help physicians meet their Physician Quality Reporting System requirements.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160128pqrswebcast.html

Screen All Adults for Depression, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Jan 27, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, be screened for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127depressfinal.html

AAFP Joins White House Conversation on Opioid Abuse

Jan 27, 2016 - The AAFP brought the family physician perspective to a meeting on opioid abuse that the White House hosted recently.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127whitehouseopioids.html

New Research Shows Complexity of Primary Care

Jan 26, 2016 - A recent study of people with diabetes offers insight into the complex health problems family physicians and other primary care physicians help patients manage.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160126complexitystudy.html

MU Hardship Exception Application Process, Round Two

Jan 26, 2016 - CMS recently announced approval of a simplified application process for physicians to apply for meaningful use hardship exemptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160126ehrhardship.html

STFM App Helps FPs With Oral Health Diagnosis, Treatment

Jan 25, 2016 - The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is promoting its Smiles for Life Oral Health App to help family physicians diagnose and manage oral health issues.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160125oralhealthapp.html

Jack Chou, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Jan 25, 2016 - The California AFP announces the candidacy of Jack Chou, M.D., of Baldwin Park, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160125chou-cand-ann.html

Robert Raspa, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Jan 25, 2016 - The Florida AFP announces the candidacy of Robert Raspa, M.D., of Orange Park, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160125raspa-cand-ann.html

'Physician Compare' Gives Patients Access to Your Quality Data

Jan 22, 2016 - CMS is hosting free webinars to help physicians understand quality reporting and the Physician Compare website.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160122physiciancompare.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Bolster Network Standards on Federal Exchanges

Jan 21, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote a detailed letter to CMS that emphasized the importance of creating guidelines for federal exchanges that ensure access to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160121federalexchanges.html

Michael Munger, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Jan 21, 2016 - The Kansas AFP announces the candidacy of Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160121munger-cand-ann.html

CDC Issues Interim Guidance on Pregnant Women, Zika Virus

Jan 20, 2016 - The CDC has developed interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120zika-pregnancy.html

AAFP Offers Mixed Comments on CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidance

Jan 20, 2016 - The AAFP recently commented on the CDC's draft guideline for prescribing opioids, suggesting more research is needed to support some of its recommendations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120opioidguideline.html

AAFP Urges FPs to Integrate Preconception Care Into Patient Visits

Jan 19, 2016 - To promote the integration of preconception care into primary care visits, the AAFP recently published an evidence-based position paper on the topic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160119preconception.html

AAFP Works to Ensure Patient Access to Medicaid

Jan 19, 2016 - As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard patients' access to Medicaid services, the AAFP recently told CMS that enhanced physician payment is a key priority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160119medicaidaccess.html

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