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AAFP Responds to Senator's Call to Lead on Opioid Issue

May 25, 2016 - Answering a senator who asked the AAFP to help solve the problem of opioid addiction, the Academy assured him that family physicians have long been on the case.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160525opioidletter.html

CDC Report Points to Missed Opportunity in ADHD Care

May 25, 2016 - A new CDC report shows young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more likely to receive drugs than behavioral therapy for their condition -- despite recommendations to the contrary.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160525vitalsigns-adhd.html

Get Paid for Providing Advance Care Planning to Patients

May 25, 2016 - AAFP payment experts recently collaborated with CMS to produce a frequently asked questions resource on how to use advance care planning CPT codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160525faqadvcare.html

AAFP Urges Improvements to Draft Recommendations

May 24, 2016 - A recently released draft paper details successful implementation of performance measurement in population-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160524perfmeasures.html

Most Patients Overestimate Survival After Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 23, 2016 - To better understand overtreatment of localized prostate cancer (LPC), a study in Annals of Family Medicine examined survival expectations of patients who had LPC with and without their chosen treatment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160523annals-prostateca.html

Help Save Our Med School Program and Its Primary Care Focus

May 20, 2016 - Despite a looming shortage, a med school program with a primary care focus faces closure. Recent graduate Melinda Kong, M.D., M.S., makes a plea to save it.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160520savejmp.html

USPSTF Reiterates Call for Folic Acid Supplements in Pregnancy

May 20, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that women of childbearing age take a daily supplement containing 400 to 800 µg of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160520folicacidrec.html

Harvard Medical School Takes Case Study Approach to Primary Care

May 19, 2016 - Researchers at Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care are preparing case studies on how effective primary care teams are transforming practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160519harvardresearch.html

AAFP's Upcoming Zika Webinar Aims to Help You Prepare

May 18, 2016 - On May 24, the AAFP will host a members-only webinar on Zika virus disease that will review epidemiology, transmission patterns, clinical manifestations, complications and reporting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160518zikawebinar.html

Small Practices Need Special Support, Flexibility to Succeed

May 18, 2016 - CMS is reassuring small physician practices that the proposed rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act provide special support and flexibility for small practices.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160518macrasmall.html

Malawi-based FP to Talk About Practicing Internationally

May 17, 2016 - To celebrate World Family Doctor Day on May 19, the AAFP is hosting a Family Medicine On Air Google Hangout featuring John Parks, M.D., who is currently based in Malawi.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160517worldfamilydoc.html

Avoidable Hospital Admissions Drop With Medicare Advantage

May 17, 2016 - A recent study showed Medicare Advantage enrollees have a lower rate of avoidable hospitalizations compared with traditional fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160517mahospitalization.html

Physicians Are on Front Line to Aid Domestic Violence Victims

May 16, 2016 - Panelists at a May 10 event on Capitol Hill discussed the prevalence of domestic violence and abuse and suggested ways physicians can help victims.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516domesticviolence.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Aim to Keep FPs Up to Speed

May 16, 2016 - The AAFP recently mailed a hefty packet of immunization resources and information to all active and resident members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516vacc_skeds.html

Delegates Address Patient Satisfaction as Quality Metric, Other Issues

May 13, 2016 - During the 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, family physicians discussed third-party payers' use of patient satisfaction scores as a quality metric, among other topics.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160513nccl-advoc.html

Free Webinar Addresses Flu Vaccination for Older Adults

May 12, 2016 - Family physicians can learn the latest information on influenza vaccines, particularly those used in patients 65 years and older, during a free webinar on May 17.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160512fluwebinar.html

NCCL Delegates Vote on Transgender, Other Issues

May 11, 2016 - During the May 7 business session of the 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates adopted measures supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming people, as well as other patient care issues.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160511nccl-hops.html

FPs Propose Solutions to Interference With Patient Care

May 10, 2016 - Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders voted on resolutions concerning issues that interfere with patient care and more.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160510nccl-practenhance.html

CMS Answers Family Physicians' Questions About MACRA

May 10, 2016 - CMS officials answered family physicians' questions about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act during a standing-room-only meeting at the 2016 Annual Chapter Leader Forum.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160510aclf-macra.html

AAFP Members Tackle Education Issues Head On

May 10, 2016 - Family physicians participating in the National Conference of Constituency Leaders Reference Committee on Education tackled tough physician training issues.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160510nccl-education.html

Diversity, Child Care, Violence Draw Delegates' Focus

May 9, 2016 - Drawing physicians from diverse backgrounds, helping them care for their children and keeping them safe were key issues considered during the 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160509nccl-orgfinance.html

2016 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

May 7, 2016 - AAFP chapter delegates at the Academy's 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders held May 5-7 in Kansas City, Mo., elected colleagues to fill various leadership positions.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160507nccl-elects.html

Diversity 3.0: At the Core of Excellence

May 6, 2016 - The National Conference of Constituency Leaders kicked off on May 5 with a plenary session on promoting diversity through leadership.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20160506nccl-nivetplenary.html

FPs, Patients Score Big Win as FDA Finalizes Tobacco Rule

May 6, 2016 - The AAFP is applauding the FDA's release of its long-awaited tobacco deeming final rule, which includes many key points the Academy has advocated for years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160506finaldeemingrule.html

Academy President Rolls Out Massive MACRA Communication Effort

May 6, 2016 - The AAFP introduced members to a huge communication and education effort focused on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act at the 2016 Leadership Conference.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160506macraready.html

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