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HHS Releases Final Version of National Pain Strategy

Mar 30, 2016 - The new National Pain Strategy from HHS outlines the federal government's first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain in the United States.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160330painstrategy.html

Sales Decline for Cigarettes, Increase for Smokeless Tobacco

Mar 30, 2016 - The Federal Trade Commission's Cigarette Report for 2013 shows the number of cigarettes sold declined from 267.7 billion in 2012 to 256.7 billion in 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160330tobaccoreport.html

Study Identifies 5 Strategies to Spark Patient Motivation

Mar 29, 2016 - A study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine identified five strategies that show promise in supporting patient lifestyle behavior change.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160329motivationstudy.html

Webcast Focuses on Quality Improvement Basics

Mar 29, 2016 - On April 7, an AAFP live webcast will equip family physicians with an understanding of quality improvement so they can begin implementing it in their practices.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160329qiwebinar.html

AAFP Warns Legislators About Bill to Speed Review of Mergers

Mar 29, 2016 - The Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act would limit the Federal Trade Commission's authority over mergers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160329ftcmergers.html

Study: Retail Clinics Contribute to Higher Health Care Costs

Mar 24, 2016 - Retail clinics, often touted as offering health care savings, actually contribute to an increase in health care spending, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160324retailclinics.html

Study Finds Adopting Healthy Habits Is About More Than Motivation

Mar 23, 2016 - A new study in Annals of Family Medicine found that what patients are able to practically do affects their eating and activity behaviors.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160323dietactivity.html

Community Health Centers Play Major Role in Protecting Safety Net

Mar 23, 2016 - Community health centers are emerging as the first stop for innovative approaches in patient care and employee engagement.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160323communityhealthcenters.html

USPSTF: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Mar 22, 2016 - On March 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended in a draft recommendation statement that physicians screen adults at increased risk for latent tuberculosis infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321uspstftuberculosis.html

Medical Liability Reform Bill Earns Backing of AAFP

Mar 22, 2016 - A bill introduced in Congress seeks to reduce the costs of medical liability by limiting non-economic damage awards and setting a three-year statute of limitations.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160322liabilityref.html

AAFP President Spotlights FP Role Against Antibiotic Resistance

Mar 21, 2016 - Reducing unnecessary use of medications in patient care and in agriculture are two major steps that can address antibiotic resistance, according to a panel of experts.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321antibioticresistance.html

2016 Match Sets Record for Family Medicine Choice

Mar 18, 2016 - The 2016 Match saw the highest number ever of graduating medical students choosing family medicine, but the results still fall short of the nation's workforce needs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160318match.html

AAFP Argues for Extended 90-day MU Reporting Period

Mar 18, 2016 - As the meaningful use program winds down, the AAFP is telling CMS it should maintain flexibility in the program's reporting requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160318mu90days.html

CDC Releases Final Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Mar 16, 2016 - The CDC's final guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain is intended for primary care health professionals in outpatient settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160316opioidguideline.html

How Can Physicians Use Data on Social Determinants of Health?

Mar 16, 2016 - Many physicians and medical researchers consider a patient's socioeconomic background to be as important as medical symptoms in addressing health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160316socialdeterminants.html

Protecting Patients From Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Mar 15, 2016 - A recent CDC Vital Signs report and related Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report addressed control of health care-associated infections and antibiotic-resistant infections.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160315resistantbacteria.html

Free Clinic Experiences Feed Students' Passion for Underserved

Mar 14, 2016 - New research shows that medical students exposed to free clinic settings during training are more likely to practice in underserved areas.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160314studentsunderserved.html

AAFP Demands Answers From FDA About New Tobacco Products

Mar 14, 2016 - The AAFP and 35 other organizations want to know what the FDA plans to do about the serious public health concern posed by a slew of new tobacco products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160314tobaccoletter.html

MedPAC Explores Expansion of Payment for Telemedicine

Mar 11, 2016 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed how telemedicine might deliver on its promise of expanded access and reduced costs at a recent meeting.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160311telemedicine.html

AAFP Forces CMS Focus Back to Primary Care Value

Mar 10, 2016 - AAFP has responded to CMS' quality measure development plan and told the agency to focus on the value of primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160310qualitymeasure.html

Senate Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse Draws Bipartisan Support

Mar 9, 2016 - Legislation moving quickly through the Senate would help physicians identify patients who are seeking too many prescriptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160309opioidbill.html

AAFP Launches Full-Court Press to Ensure FPs Thrive in New Payment Era

Mar 9, 2016 - The AAFP soon will launch a bevy of resources to help family physicians succeed with new payment reform models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160309fpmmacra.html

Grant Program Fosters Stronger Team-based Primary Care

Mar 9, 2016 - The Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign program teaches faculty members in primary care residencies and other health professions to work in teams.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20160309pacer.html

EHR Vendors Join Forces to Improve Data Sharing

Mar 8, 2016 - The companies that provide 90 percent of EHR systems -- along with some of the largest private health care systems -- have agreed to improve data sharing.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160308ehrinteroperability.html

Evidence Insufficient to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Mar 7, 2016 - On March 1, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening older adults for impaired visual acuity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160307visualacuity.html

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