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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Physician Gag Law

Feb 22, 2017 - A federal appeals court has overturned provisions of a Florida law that restricted physicians' ability to discuss firearm safety with patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170222gaglaw.html

Member Survey Is Your Chance to Focus AAFP on Most Critical Work

Feb 22, 2017 - All active members of the AAFP will receive the 2017 Member Satisfaction Survey by email on Feb. 25 so they can tell the Academy how it is doing and what it can improve.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170222membersurvey.html

AAFP Urges HHS Secretary to Hold Health IT Vendors Accountable

Feb 21, 2017 - Family physicians spend too much time working with frustrating technology, so the AAFP has told HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., how he can press for improvement.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170221itletter.html

CDC: 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine Nearly 50 Percent Effective

Feb 21, 2017 - Interim estimates for the 2016-2017 influenza season show this year's vaccine has been 48 percent effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B viral infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170221fluvacceffect.html

White Paper Outlines Recommendations to Improve EHR Usability

Feb 21, 2017 - A new draft white paper lays out more than 50 recommendations for how health IT vendors can improve their products to better support health record sharing.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170221directinteroperability.html

Family Medicine Faculty More Diverse Than Most, but Still Wanting

Feb 17, 2017 - Family medicine departments employ a higher percentage of female and minority faculty members than do other specialties' departments, but they still do not reflect the U.S. population.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170217facultydiversity.html

AAFP, Other Groups to Congress: Continue to Fund Fight Against Zika

Feb 17, 2017 - On Feb. 10, the AAFP signed on to a joint letter to leaders of both the House and Senate appropriations committees that urges them to continue funding efforts to combat Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170217zikafundingltr.html

Learn More About Providing Chronic Care Management Services

Feb 15, 2017 - Sign up now for a free CMS conference call on Feb. 21 that will detail the value of providing chronic care management services to patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170215ccmcall.html

New On-Demand Videos Highlight CPC Practice Achievements

Feb 15, 2017 - CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has posted new videos that highlight innovations in three primary care practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170215cpcvideos.html

Panel Examines What Works, What Doesn't in ACA Marketplaces

Feb 14, 2017 - Health policy analysts spoke recently about findings in a series of studies about marketplaces established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170214acamarketplaces.html

ACP: Try Nondrug Therapies First for Nonradicular Low Back Pain

Feb 14, 2017 - The American College of Physicians issued a clinical practice guideline recommending physicians treat patients' nonradicular acute or subacute low back pain with nondrug therapies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170214acp-backpain.html

AAFP Joins Other Groups in Touting Vaccines' Safety, Efficacy

Feb 13, 2017 - The AAFP joined a broad coalition of more than 350 organizations that sent a letter to President Donald Trump emphasizing the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170213vaccineletter.html

Family Physicians Can Help Patients Limit Hearing Loss

Feb 10, 2017 - A Feb. 7 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report found a high prevalence of adult hearing loss from noise encountered during everyday activities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170210cdchearingloss.html

Patients With Obesity Face Disparities in End-of-Life Care

Feb 9, 2017 - New research shows an association between obesity and decreased hospice enrollment, shorter duration of hospice services and reduced incidence of in-home death.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170209obesityhospice.html

AAFP Calls on Trump to Reduce FPs' Regulatory Burden

Feb 8, 2017 - The AAFP sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him to take a close look at the cumbersome administrative tasks that family physicians struggle with every day.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170208regulationletter.html

AAFP Webinar: Educating Patients on OTC Drug Safety

Feb 8, 2017 - The AAFP will host a free webinar on Feb. 16 from 8-9 p.m. CST that will focus on how to best educate patients about the safety of OTC analgesics.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170208otcwebinar.html

D.O. Physicians' Passion for Family Medicine Continues

Feb 7, 2017 - Results from the 2017 American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program -- known as the Match -- are good news for family medicine.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170207osteopathicmatch.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2017 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2017 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other groups, have released the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170206immunskeds.html

Senators Meet With AAFP, Others on Health Insurance Priorities

Feb 3, 2017 - The AAFP and other primary care organizations gave senators their priorities for any legislation that might replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170203senatemeetings.html

Top Preventive Services Recommendations Ranked by Relative Efficacy

Feb 3, 2017 - The National Commission on Prevention Priorities has updated its clinical preventive services rankings and has published them in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170203clinrecsranked.html

New FDA Database Ensures Timely Access to Drug Safety Labeling Changes

Feb 3, 2017 - A new FDA database ensures physicians have timely access to information on drug safety labeling changes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170203safetylabels.html

AAFP Adds Support to Bills Easing Access to OTC Drugs

Feb 1, 2017 - The AAFP signed on to letters supporting action to allow use of health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangements to purchase OTC drugs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170201otcbill.html

Seasonal Flu Activity Continues to Climb in United States

Feb 1, 2017 - As of Jan. 21, 37 states had reported widespread seasonal influenza activity to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170201fluupdate.html

Re-evaluate Immigration Order, AAFP Urges President

Jan 31, 2017 - The executive order restricting immigration that was issued last week will have a chilling effect on medicine and reduce access to care, the AAFP wrote to President Donald Trump.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170131immigrationletter.html

Don't Miss This Value-based Payment Primer From FPM

Jan 31, 2017 - An article in the current issue of Family Practice Management can help physicians get started on the road to value-based payment.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170131valuebasedpayment.html

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