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Medicare's Rising Popularity Brings Increasing Costs -- AAFP News

May 26, 2015 - As politically popular as Medicare is, there is an aspect of the program that not all policymakers are willing to discuss: its soaring cost.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150526medicareanniversary.html

Family Physician Makes House Call Medicine His Mission -- AAFP News

May 26, 2015 - Family physician Thomas Cornwell, M.D., of Wheaton, Ill., has been delivering house call medicine to mostly elderly patients for nearly 20 years. He sings the praises of medical care that is fast and efficient and avoids having to transport patients with serious mobility issues.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150526hip-cornwell.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy -- AAFP News

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer -- AAFP News

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

New Care Delivery Methods Boost Career Satisfaction, Say Physicians -- AAFP News

May 20, 2015 - More and more, primary care physicians are taking the reins in managing all types of care, said panelists at a recent Health is Primary event.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520healthisprimary.html

FDA Denies R.J. Reynolds Request to Weaken Smokeless Tobacco Warning -- AAFP News

May 20, 2015 - On May 11, the FDA denied a petition from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that had asked for a change in smokeless tobacco warnings; the AAFP and like-minded groups had advocated vigorously against the change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150520reynoldspetition.html

Help CMS Complete Computer System Transition by July 13 -- AAFP News

May 20, 2015 - CMS urges participants in the Physician Quality Reporting System to access and update their user accounts to help ensure a smooth transition to a new computer system.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150520pqrs.html

Boost Support for Primary Care Residency Training, Say FP Advocates -- AAFP News

May 18, 2015 - Speakers at the 2015 Family Medicine Congressional Conference last week talked about how to address graduate medical education needs now that the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula is history.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150518fmcc.html

ONC Report Details Roadblocks to Sharing Patient Data -- AAFP News

May 18, 2015 - A recent government report to Congress outlines concerns about the interoperability of health information systems and documents many of the frustrations expressed by physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150518blocking.html

Submit Abstracts for Family Medicine Global Health Workshop -- AAFP News

May 18, 2015 - Physicians and students with interests or experience in global health activities are invited to submit abstracts for presentations at the 2015 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150518globalhealth.html

Patricia Czapp, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director -- AAFP News

May 18, 2015 - The Maryland AFP announces the candidacy of Patricia Czapp, M.D., of Annapolis, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150518czapp-cand-ann.html

Researchers Compare Public, Private Medical School Training -- AAFP News

May 15, 2015 - A new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration finds that medical students who train in public institutions are more likely to pursue primary care careers.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150515trainingpipeline.html

Research Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities -- AAFP News

May 15, 2015 - A recent study sought to examine how teen alcohol use can lead to brain abnormalities in adulthood; a second study demonstrated how binge drinking has increased across the United States, led by higher rates of drinking among women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150515alcoholstudies.html

Family Physician Salaries Up but Still Trail Those of Subspecialists -- AAFP News

May 13, 2015 - The salaries of family physicians increased 10 percent from 2014 to 2015 but are still considerably lower than those of subspecialists.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150513salaryreport.html

Change Obesity Narrative, Policy, Say Panelists -- AAFP News

May 13, 2015 - Individuals who have weight problems are contributing to rising medical costs, a problem that physicians and major insurers such as Medicare are struggling to address directly.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150513obesitypanel.html

AAFP Moves to Protect Hospital-Employed Family Physicians -- AAFP News

May 13, 2015 - The AAFP recently asked CMS to revise its conditions of participation document for Medicare-participating hospitals to disallow use of certain language in physician contracts.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150513dueprocess.html

Offer Smokers Variety of Cessation Options, Says USPSTF -- AAFP News

May 12, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150512deemingruleltr.html

Education-related Resolutions Aim to Improve Training, Patient Care -- AAFP News

May 12, 2015 - Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders adopted measures meant to improve physician training and help family physicians care for marginalized patients.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150512nccleducation.html

AAFP Urges CMS to Preserve Medicare Beneficiaries' Care Continuity -- AAFP News

May 8, 2015 - The AAFP and other groups have reached out to CMS with their concerns that commercial entities other than physician practices could be undermining the intent of the Medicare annual wellness visit.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150508cmsawvltr.html

Diversity Throughout AAFP Among Subjects Delegates Address -- AAFP News

May 8, 2015 - During the 2015 National Conference of Constituency Leaders held April 30-May 2, AAFP members from the five constituency groups acted on a number of resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Organization and Finance.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150508nccl-orgfin.html

Pre-exposure HIV Prophylaxis Training Among Topics Delegates Cover -- AAFP News

May 7, 2015 - During the 2015 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, April 30-May 2 in Kansas City, Mo., AAFP members from the five constituency groups acted on various resolutions considered during a Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science hearing.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150507nccl-hops.html

AAFP Leaders Talk About Next Steps in a Post-SGR World -- AAFP News

May 6, 2015 - AAFP leaders addressed a number of topics on members' minds during the 2015 Annual Chapter Leader Forum/National Conference of Constituency Leaders Town Hall meeting May 1 in Kansas City, Mo.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150506aclfnccl-townhall.html

Family Physicians Debate Issues with Patients' Welfare in Mind -- AAFP News

May 6, 2015 - AAFP members gathered in Kansas City, Mo., April 30-May 2 for the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, newly named in 2015, to discuss issues important to family physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150506nccl-practenhance.html

Delegates Tackle Tough Advocacy Issues -- AAFP News

May 6, 2015 - At the recent National Conference for Constituency Leaders, family physicians testified in the Reference Committee on Advocacy about issues such as mandatory drug testing and student debt.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150506nccl-advocacy.html

Pursue Leadership Opportunities to Promote Change, Find Solutions -- AAFP News

May 5, 2015 - The 2015 National Conference of Constituency Leaders opened on April 30 in Kansas City, Mo., with a plenary featuring AAFP Past President Warren Jones, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150505nccl-jonesplenary.html

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