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Lynne Lillie, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director -- AAFP News

May 1, 2014 - The Minnesota AFP announces the candidacy of Lynne Lillie, M.D., of Woodbury, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140501lillie-cand-ann.html

Ronald Blum, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director -- AAFP News

May 1, 2014 - The Maine AFP announces the candidacy of Ronald Blum, M.D., of Patten, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140501blum-cand-ann.html

News in Brief: Week of April 28-May 2 -- AAFP News

May 1, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Releases Draft Recommendations on Screening for Certain STDs, AAFP Mobile App Adds Immunization Resources, New National Poll Finds Older Americans Embrace Team-based Care, and Report Card: States Show Little Progress on 34 Health ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140501wklynwsbrfs.html

South Dakota AFP Focuses Resources on Student Pipeline Programs -- AAFP News

Apr 30, 2014 - The South Dakota AFP works closely with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Dakota's Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls -- the state's only medical school -- to support several programs aimed at ensuring a robust physician workforce pipeline.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140430southdakafp.html

Residents: Don't Miss This Free Webinar on Personal Finance -- AAFP News

Apr 30, 2014 - Family medicine residency director Blake Fagan, M.D., is making his personal finance tips available to family medicine residents nationwide in a free one-hour AAFP webinar that is scheduled to air on May 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CDT.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140430persfinwebinar.html

Senate Testimony Lays Out Critical Need for Primary Care Training Support -- AAFP News

Apr 30, 2014 - Family physicians and other primary care advocates recently went to bat for primary care on Capitol Hill, testifying before a Senate subcommittee about the key importance of funding education and training initiatives that will provide the physicians the nation needs and deserves.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140430senatepctest.html

New Autism Screening Tools for Physicians Coincide With CDC Update -- AAFP News

Apr 29, 2014 - Last month, the CDC raised eyebrows by stating it had increased its estimate of the number of U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder to one in 68 -- about 30 percent higher than its previous estimate of one in 88 children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140429autismupdate.html

High Salaries Not Key to Satisfaction Among Physicians, Survey Finds -- AAFP News

Apr 28, 2014 - Family physicians may not be the highest-paid specialists in the medical field, but the majority of them report they would choose a career in medicine if they had to make the decision again, says a recent survey.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140428medscapecomprpt.html

One in Three Patients Not Filling Prescriptions, Study Finds -- AAFP News

Apr 28, 2014 - Nearly a third of patients fail to fill first-time prescriptions, according to a study published April 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But attention to prescription costs and consistent follow-up with patients -- both factors that family physicians can address with their patients ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140428nonadherencestudy.html

FDA Proposes to Extend Tobacco Authority to Include E-cigarettes, Other Unregulated ...

Apr 25, 2014 - On April 24, the FDA proposed a new rule that would extend its authority to regulate tobacco products. Specifically, the agency would deem currently unregulated products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco, ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140425fdatobaccorule.html

News in Brief: Week of April 21-25 -- AAFP News

Apr 25, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Despite Drop in Use, Study Finds Codeine Still Overprescribed for Children; Medication Take-back Programs Aim to Thwart Drug Abuse; Stolen Laptop Computers Endanger Patient Information, Lead to Hefty Fines; and HHS Releases Healthy People...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140425wklynwsbrfs.html

Graham Center Projects Increase in Physicians Working in Shortage Areas -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - The AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care recently published a one-page policy brief that looked at the projected impact of the Primary Care Residency Expansion program on the number and distribution of new primary care physicians. One key ...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140423pcreprojections.html

AAFP Guidance Can Help FPs Navigate Medicare Payment Data -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - For decades, Medicare payments to physicians were kept confidential, but after a lengthy court battle that ended last June, the records now have been opened to the public. The newly released financial data cover more than 880,000 health care professionals who collectively received about...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140423paymentdataguide.html

Immunization Resources Inject Certainty Into FPs' Vaccine Protocols -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - Have you checked your mailbox lately? The AAFP has mailed laminated copies of the 2014 immunization schedules and other helpful resources to all active and resident members. In addition to the full-color schedules, the packet includes a number of documents aimed at helping family ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140423immunresources.html

Optimize Your Business's Financial Health With Free AAFP Tutorials -- AAFP News

Apr 23, 2014 - The AAFP recently unveiled a series of free online educational modules specifically designed to provide targeted financial training for practicing family physicians who operate as small business owners. According to AAFP data gathered through the end of 2013, nearly 34 percent of ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140423financemodules.html

Youth Tobacco Prevention Sparks AAFP-convened Summit -- AAFP News

Apr 21, 2014 - On April 4, the Academy convened a number of tobacco-prevention stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to participate in an AAFP Youth and Tobacco Prevention Summit in Washington. According to Julie Wood, M.D., AAFP vice president of health of the public and science and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140421tobaccosummit.html

AAFP, CMS Clarify 'Incident to' Rules Relating to Pharmacists' Services -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - The complexity of Medicare billing regulations can baffle even the most business-savvy family physician. So recently, when the AAFP and family physician members had questions regarding Medicare rules for billing incident to services, the Academy went straight to CMS Administrator ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140416incidenttoltr.html

News in Brief: Week of April 14-18 -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Lowers Age Indication for Adacel Tdap Vaccine, CMS Directs RACs to Wind Down Current Operations, Ebola Virus Disease FAQs Available to Health Care Professionals, and Family Physicians Invited to Participate in Digital Discussion Group.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140416wklynwsbrfs.html

Learn How to Document Diagnoses Common to Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - Although it's tempting to think otherwise, planning for the transition to the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnostic coding still should be at or near the top of family physicians' to do lists. That's the opening message participating physicians will hear during a free AAFP ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140416icd-10webinar.html

Physician Care Delivery, Payment Systems Subject of Graham Center Forum -- AAFP News

Apr 16, 2014 - Few physicians and probably fewer patients are happy with the fee-for-service payment model for medical care, but a lot of work needs to be done to initiate any kind of change. That's according panelists who spoke during a recent forum on primary care hosted by the Robert Graham Center ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140416rgcpymntmodels.html

Resident Duty Hour Rules Focus of National Research Trials Now Set to Launch -- AAFP...

Apr 15, 2014 - In mid-March, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced to the graduate medical education community that preliminary work had begun on two national multicenter trials designed to investigate the impact of resident duty hour limits instituted in 2011.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20140415dutyhourstudy.html

FPs Can Help Minimize Alpha Blocker Risks for Cataract Surgery -- AAFP News

Apr 15, 2014 - The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have issued an educational update about cataract surgery complications associated with use of systemic alpha blockers. According to a joint news release from the organizations, the update ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140415cataractsurgrisk.html

HHS Data Dump Opens Physicians' Finances to Public Scrutiny -- AAFP News

Apr 11, 2014 - On April 9, CMS announced that it had made public a data set of information that contains financial information -- including billing and Medicare payment details -- on some 880,000 physicians who were paid about $77 billion in 2012 for services provided to patients as part of the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140411cmsdatadump.html

Solo FP Wins Place Among Diverse Group of Hypertension Control Champions -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - Recently, HHS' Million Hearts initiative recognized nine public and private medical practices and health systems across the United States for achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control. Solo family physician Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., was on that list.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140409hyperten-champ.html

Anticompetitive Practices in Health Care Threaten FPs, Says AAFP -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2014 - Consolidation among health care institutions is reducing competition nationally, and the independence of many family physician practices is being threatened, according to a recent letter the AAFP sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140409ftcanticompltr.html

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