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U.S. Medical Schools Still Underproducing Family Physicians

Oct 21, 2016 - A study in the October issue of Family Medicine details the AAFP's work in conducting an analysis of the 2016 National Resident Matching Program.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20161021matchanalysis.html

Final Rule Focuses on Limited English Proficiency Accommodations

Oct 19, 2016 - HHS overruled AAFP objections to a final rule that toughens requirements for physicians to accommodate patients with limited English proficiency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161019translation.html

Study: Screening Mammography Likely Leads to Overdiagnosis

Oct 19, 2016 - A recent study looked at how the advent of screening mammography has affected reported breast cancer incidence, related mortality and the potential for overdiagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019nejmbrstca.html

New Resources on FamilyDoctor.org Promote OTC Drug Safety

Oct 19, 2016 - The AAFP has posted new OTC drug safety resources for patients on FamilyDoctor.org. The materials focus on proper dosing of children's medications, as well as safe storage practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019otcmeds.html

Why Are Physicians Cautious on Lung Cancer Screening Recommendation?

Oct 19, 2016 - It has been nearly three years since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its recommendation for low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Researchers examine why many physicians have been slow to take up the recommendation.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161019guidelinesed.html

Report Calls for Addressing Social Risks in Medicare Payment

Oct 19, 2016 - A new report suggests ways for CMS to account for physicians' attention to social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161019socialrisks.html

Study Bolsters Case for Continued Medicaid Funding of GME

Oct 18, 2016 - By tracking the career paths of physicians after residency, researchers showed how graduate medical education spending contributes to physicians practicing in the state where they are trained.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20161018gmemedicaid.html

Final MACRA Implementation Rule Addresses AAFP Concerns

Oct 14, 2016 - HHS has released the final rule that will implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which addresses many concerns the AAFP expressed.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161014MACRAfinalrule.html

Search and Rescue Campaign Aims to Educate Opioid Prescribers

Oct 13, 2016 - The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announced the national launch of its Search and Rescue campaign to help educate opioid prescribers and provide them with key resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161013searchrescue.html

October Campaign Is All About Championing Primary Care

Oct 12, 2016 - The Health is Primary campaign is offering a toolkit for family physicians this month that includes patient information materials on comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

http://www.aafp.org/news/family-medicine-americas-health/20161012hip-primcare.html

AAFP Webinar: Prepare for Value-based Payment

Oct 12, 2016 - An AAFP webinar coming Nov. 3 will show family physicians how to excel at quality measurement and reporting, as well as how to prepare for value-based payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161012pqrswebinar.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Improve Access, Outcomes With Exchange Rules

Oct 11, 2016 - The AAFP is urging CMS to make sure that rules governing federal health insurance exchanges contribute to improved patient access and health outcomes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161011insuranceexchanges.html

Researchers Study How Ambulatory Physicians Spend Their Time

Oct 11, 2016 - Researchers share their findings from a study on how ambulatory physicians spend their time during a day at the office.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161011timeehrs.html

Study Finds Savings at Federally Qualified Health Centers

Oct 10, 2016 - State and federal lawmakers who want to expand primary care access while reducing overall spending might want to look to federally qualified health centers as a model, recent research suggests.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161010healthcenters.html

AAFP Joins CDC, Other Groups in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Oct 7, 2016 - The AAFP has joined the CDC, the Pew Charitable Trusts and 11 other national health groups to promote judicious outpatient antibiotic use to reduce antibiotic resistance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161007antibioticstewards.html

Winning Rural Opioid Fight Depends on Family Physicians

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers contend that a promising way to address opioid addiction, especially in rural areas, would be to train more family physicians to prescribe buprenorphine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005ruralopioids.html

Utah Zika Case Points to Likely New Transmission Route

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers suggest that Zika can be transmitted through tears or sweat, while the CDC has updated its interim guidance on the virus and issued a new travel advisory.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005zikaupdate.html

2015 PQRS, QRUR Reports Available; Check for Errors

Oct 5, 2016 - Family physicians have until Nov. 30 to request an informal review if they find errors in 2015 practice reports recently released by CMS.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161005pqrsqrur.html

Agency Proposes Primary Care Role in Federal Diabetes Program

Oct 3, 2016 - A proposed rule heeds the AAFP's call to expand the pool of clinicians eligible to assess whether a patient who has diabetes can safely work as a commercial driver.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161003dotdiabetes.html

Family Physicians Play Crucial Role in Mental Health Care

Oct 3, 2016 - The trust that family physicians build with patients through years of collaborative interaction make them particularly well-suited to treating mental illness.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161003mentalhealth.html

Take Time to Celebrate Successes, Share Stories, Spread the Word

Oct 3, 2016 - The AAFP encourages family physicians to celebrate National Primary Care Week, observed this year from Oct. 3-7.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161003primarycareweek.html

Failure May Be Key to Success on Everest, in Life

Sep 30, 2016 - Failure isn't bad if you learn from it, explorer and author Alison Levine said in a keynote speech delivered during the 2016 Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2016 COD and FMX

http://www.aafp.org/news/2016-congress-fmx/20160930fmx-levine.html

Children's Hospital Outing Offers Hands-on Learning

Sep 30, 2016 - Learners looking for something unique found it in a Family Medicine Experience Out and About session at Nemours Children's Hospital.

AAFP News : News From 2016 COD and FMX

http://www.aafp.org/news/2016-congress-fmx/20160930outandabout.html

Views From the 2016 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience

Sep 30, 2016 - This page features numerous photos highlighting various events that took place during the 2016 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience in Orlando, Fla.

AAFP News : News From 2016 COD and FMX

http://www.aafp.org/news/2016-congress-fmx/cod-fmx-carousel.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Women for Pre-eclampsia Using BP

Sep 30, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement calling for pregnant women to be screened for pre-eclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160930draftrecpreeclampsia.html

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