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Need Help Implementing Chronic Care Management Services?

Mar 24, 2017 - A new initiative from CMS and the Health Resources and Services Administration aims to raise awareness of the benefits chronic care management services offer patients and help physicians implement these services in their practices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170324cmshrsaccm.html

NIH Unveils Dietary Supplements Webpage for Health Professionals

Mar 23, 2017 - NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements has created a new webpage for health care professionals that features up-to-date, evidence-based information on supplements they can use during discussions with patients, colleagues and students.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170323dietsupplements.html

Shortcomings in AHCA Demand 'No' Vote, AAFP Tells Legislators

Mar 22, 2017 - The AAFP is urging lawmakers to vote No on the American Health Care Act because it falls far short of what is needed to improve the health care system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170322ahcavote.html

Extended In-office BP Monitoring Could Reduce Hypertension Overtreatment

Mar 22, 2017 - A study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes may dramatically reduce overtreatment of patients with white-coat hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170322bpmonitoring.html

AAFP Seeks to Improve Medicare Advantage, Part D Programs

Mar 22, 2017 - The AAFP has responded to CMS' proposed payment and policy changes to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans for 2018, focusing its comments on quality measures, Part D formulary submissions and network adequacy determinations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170322cmscomments.html

AAFP Urges Rejection of Draft Budget That Hurts Health Care System

Mar 20, 2017 - As federal legislators consider the administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, the AAFP wants them to ensure that the foundation of the nation's health care system is protected.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170320federalbudget.html

New Health Group Pledges to Fight Climate Change Threats

Mar 20, 2017 - A new advocacy group that includes the AAFP and other primary care organizations has pledged to counter the growing public health threats of climate change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170320climatechange.html

New Family Medicine Benchmark Set in 2017 Match

Mar 17, 2017 - Family medicine recorded a new high for matching residents in the 2017 National Resident Matching Program: 3,237 medical students and graduates chose family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170317match.html

Speak Out Boosts FPs' Voices on American Health Care Act

Mar 17, 2017 - A new Speak Out campaign from the AAFP makes it easy for family physicians to weigh in as legislators consider making major changes to the nation's health care system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170317ahcaspeakout.html

New Videos Support FPs' Efforts to Boost Adult Immunizations

Mar 16, 2017 - The AAFP has created and released three online videos to help family physicians educate their adult patients on the benefits of being vaccinated against three common ailments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170316vaccinevideos.html

New Journal Offers Publication Option for 'Early-stage' Scholars

Mar 15, 2017 - A new open-access journal aims to serve as a bridge between research results presented at conferences and full-length articles suitable for submission to a traditional peer-reviewed journal.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170315stfm-primer.html

ACGME Releases Revised Common Program Requirements

Mar 15, 2017 - New residency program requirements from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education stress patient safety, care quality and physician well-being and return to the 24-hour cap for first-year residents.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170315workcap.html

AAFP Warns Congress About Flaws in Proposed ACA Replacement

Mar 15, 2017 - The AAFP sent a letter to legislators expressing strong reservations about the impact the proposed American Health Care Act would have on patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170315ahcaletter.html

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 Million U.S. Adults

Mar 15, 2017 - On March 7, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report that address the growing prevalence of arthritis in the general population and resulting activity limitations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170315mmwr-arthritis.html

Family Physicians Fill Gap in Palliative Care, Study Finds

Mar 15, 2017 - In a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, researchers found that one-third of family physicians surveyed provide palliative care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170315palliativecare.html

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows Enjoy Busy, Eye-opening Year

Mar 14, 2017 - Current AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows David Cope, M.D., and John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., recently spoke with AAFP News about their experiences and what they learned during the fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170314vaccsciencefellows.html

FP Brings Family Medicine Perspective to NQF Committee

Mar 9, 2017 - Brian Forrest, M.D., has seen first-hand why it's so vital that bodies such as the National Quality Forum's Cardiovascular Standing Committee benefit from the expertise of family physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170309forrestqanda.html

AAFP's PerformanceNavigator Honored for Novel Approach to CME

Mar 8, 2017 - The AAFP recently received the 2017 Innovative Format Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions for its PerformanceNavigator CME product.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170308perfnavaward.html

AAFP Expresses Significant Concerns With Health Care Proposal

Mar 8, 2017 - A prompt response from the AAFP highlighted shortcomings in a draft of the proposed American Health Care Act the House of Representatives released on March 6.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170308ahcaresponse.html

Evidence Lacking on Routine Gynecologic Screening Pelvic Exams

Mar 8, 2017 - On March 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic examination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170308uspstfpelvicexam.html

Proposals Call for Better Primary Care Incentive Payments

Mar 8, 2017 - During a recent meeting, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed how changes to new payment models might give primary care physicians more flexibility.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170308medpac.html

ACS: Colorectal Cancer Rates Jump Among Younger Adults

Mar 7, 2017 - Although overall colorectal cancer (CRC) prevalence has been declining in the United States since the mid-1980s, a new study found CRC incidence is rising among young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170307colorectalcarates.html

Quality Payment Program Early Review Shows Progress, Pitfalls

Mar 7, 2017 - The HHS Office of the Inspector General's early review of the Quality Payment Program implementation highlighted key points that CMS must get right.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170307qppreview.html

Panelists: Payment Reform Must Emphasize Primary Care

Mar 6, 2017 - New payment models and dedicated efforts to ensure patient care is properly coordinated are changing the delivery of health care, but physicians note that more work remains.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170306nchcforum.html

Screen Vision in Children Ages 3-5; Evidence Lacking for Younger Kids

Mar 1, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on Feb. 28 that calls for clinicians to conduct vision screening at least once in children ages 3-5 years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170301uspstfkidsvision.html

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