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You'll Like These Changes to Next Spring's ABFM Exam

Nov 22, 2016 - On Nov. 22, the American Board of Family Medicine announced modifications it will make starting next spring to the Family Medicine Certification examination that forms the cognitive expertise component of certification, as well as to the overall test day schedule.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20161122abfmexamchanges.html

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs

Nov 22, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released the office's first report examining substance misuse and related disorders.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161122sgreportdrugs.html

Study: High Deductibles Cause Patients to Delay Care

Nov 22, 2016 - Researchers found that high-deductible insurance plans are causing some patients to delay or forgo necessary care, making their conditions worse.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161122highdeductible.html

Take 5 Challenge Tasks Physicians With Focusing on Obesity

Nov 21, 2016 - The Take 5 Challenge encourages physicians and other health care professionals to take five minutes to learn more about obesity and how to best engage with patients to discuss their weight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161121take5challenge.html

Panelists Focus on Gaps in Physician Payment Reform

Nov 21, 2016 - Panelists at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Conference said payers are still exploring ways to account for the intangibles in patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161121pcpayment.html

Researchers Note Mismatch Between GME, U.S. Population Needs

Nov 18, 2016 - AAFP experts researched the growth rate of medical specialties based on National Residency Matching Program statistics from 1986 to 2016.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20161118matchrate.html

Action Network Helps FPs Campaign for Family Medicine

Nov 16, 2016 - The AAFP's new Family Physician Action Network makes it easier for members to connect with legislators and participate in advocacy efforts.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161116grassrootsnetwork.html

Prescribe Statins for Adults With CVD Risk Factor, Heightened 10-year Risk

Nov 16, 2016 - On Nov. 13, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161116uspstfstatinuse.html

FP Credits CPC Initiative With Practice Turnaround

Nov 16, 2016 - After a family physician's positive experience with CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, he is urging his colleagues to apply for future iterations of the program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161116cpcplus.html

Drug-resistant Candida auris Reported in United States

Nov 15, 2016 - The CDC has identified 13 cases of Candida auris infection in the United States to date, detailing the first seven of them in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report posted Nov. 4.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161115candidaauris.html

Health Care for All Remains AAFP Priority After Election

Nov 15, 2016 - Some patients and physicians are worried about what might change after the recent presidential election. AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., writes that the Academy's priorities will not.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161115presmessage.html

AAFP Summary Identifies Key Elements for Family Physicians

Nov 14, 2016 - AAFP staff experts have created a summary document to guide family physicians through the final 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161114mpfssummary.html

Panel Highlights Team Approaches to Patient-centered Primary Care

Nov 14, 2016 - Panelists at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Conference discussed successful team-based tactics and what primary care might look like in the future.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161114pcpccteams.html

New AAFP Resource Improves Reporting of CME, Procedures

Nov 11, 2016 - The new Primary+ CME tool and professional portfolio makes it easier for AAFP members to find and record CME, log clinical procedures and meet professional requirements.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20161111primaryplus.html

Health is Primary Campaign Focuses on Caregiver Health

Nov 9, 2016 - Health is Primary is focusing this month on promoting caregivers' health by helping them recognize that taking care of their loved ones also means taking care of themselves.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

http://www.aafp.org/news/family-medicine-americas-health/20161109hip-caregivers.html

AAFP Puts Family Medicine on President-elect's Agenda

Nov 9, 2016 - As President-elect Donald Trump begins working on his administration, the AAFP wants to ensure that recognizing the value of family medicine is high on the agenda.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161109presidentelectletter.html

Variety of State Regulations Take Aim at Opioid Abuse

Nov 9, 2016 - Prescription drug experts at the AAFP State Legislative Conference discussed specific moves Congress and the states are taking to address the issue of opioid abuse.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161109stateconfopioids.html

Prepare for Success: Access AAFP's Free QRUR Webcast Series

Nov 9, 2016 - AAFP members now have access to a free four-part webcast series that explains how to use CMS' Quality and Resource Use Reports to improve their practices.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161109qrurwebcasts.html

Fighting for Change as Only a Family Physician Can

Nov 9, 2016 - AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., faces the frustrations common to family physicians caring for their patients. That helps drive the Academy's work to win better payment for FPs.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161109presmsgmacra.html

USPSTF: Screen Children, Adolescents for Obesity

Nov 8, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening children and teens for obesity and offering or referring those with a positive result to intensive behavioral interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161108uspstfkidsobesity.html

CMS Releases Final 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Nov 4, 2016 - When CMS released the final 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule earlier this week, the AAFP voiced some disappointment but supported its overall commitment to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161104finalmpfs.html

Unsure of Medicare Prescribing Rules for Diabetes Testing Supplies?

Nov 3, 2016 - Physicians who have questions about Medicare rules for prescribing diabetes testing supplies can get answers at an upcoming free webinar.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161103dmewebinar.html

Aggressive Family Medicine Advocacy Planned for Upcoming Congress

Nov 2, 2016 - The AAFP will be closely tracking four issues of great importance to family physicians when legislators return after the election to finish the work of the 114th Congress.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161102advocacyoutlook.html

USPSTF: Interventions Boost Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration

Nov 2, 2016 - On Oct. 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement supporting the provision of breastfeeding interventions during pregnancy and after birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102breastfeedfinal.html

AAFP Supports FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Nov 2, 2016 - The Academy recently sent a letter to the FDA supporting the agency's draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction goals for commercial food producers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102fdasodiumltr.html

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