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Embracing DPC Takes Dedication, Sacrifice, Says Physician

Jun 23, 2017 - To be the kind of physician she wanted to be, Julie Gunther, M.D., knew she had to change the way she practiced medicine. And that's just what she did.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170623dpcpractice.html

Teen Tobacco Use Dropped Significantly From 2015 to 2016

Jun 22, 2017 - According to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, fewer middle- and high-school students reported having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days in 2016 than in 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170622mmwr-teentobacco.html

Evidence Supports Screening Children, Teens for Obesity

Jun 22, 2017 - 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/20170622uspstfkidsobesity.html

First Look at Proposed Rule Shows Progress in Easing Burdens

Jun 21, 2017 - CMS has released for public inspection a proposed rule that would make multiple changes in the Quality Payment Program for 2018.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170621qppproposedrule.html

Engage With Your Senators on Health Care Legislation

Jun 20, 2017 - As senators work to fashion a health care bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), AAFP members can join a Speak Out campaign to preserve coverage gains made under the ACA.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170620senatespeakout.html

Congress of Delegates Convenes Sept. 11-13 in San Antonio

Jun 19, 2017 - The 2017 Congress of Delegates will meet Sept. 11-13 in San Antonio in conjunction with the AAFP Family Medicine Experience, which is scheduled for Sept. 12-16.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170619codcandannounce.html

AAFP Pushes for Revisions, Easing of Regulatory Burden

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP's response to CMS' 2018 inpatient payment proposal covered a variety of topics important to family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170616ipps.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Managing Acute, Recurrent Gout

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP recently endorsed the American College of Physicians' evidence-based guideline on managing acute and recurrent gout.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170616acpgoutgdline.html

Report Examines Exemplary Approaches to Team-based Care

Jun 16, 2017 - In a new report, researchers highlight four Medicare Advantage practices that have found success in coordinating primary care and support services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170616medicareadvantage.html

Legionella Poses Risk for Patients in Health Care Facilities

Jun 15, 2017 - The CDC recently released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that found the prevalence of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. health care facilities is concerningly high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170615mmwrlegionella.html

Get Paid for Giving Feedback on CMS' QPP Website

Jun 15, 2017 - CMS will pay $150-$200 for feedback from selected family physicians and others in small or medium-sized practices who use the agency's Quality Payment Program website.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170615qppresearch.html

AAFP, Other Groups Collaborate to Enhance Women's Health

Jun 13, 2017 - The Academy is collaborating with other health professional organizations to offer recommendations for updating the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines established in 2011.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201707613wpsi.html

Take Advantage of Free Technical Assistance for QPP

Jun 13, 2017 - Family physicians who are finding their way through Medicare's Quality Payment Program have several options for free technical support to help them succeed.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170613qppsupport.html

CBO Projects Rising Demand for Primary Care Physicians

Jun 12, 2017 - A report from the Congressional Budget Office says legislators should consider ways to increase the number of primary care physicians to meet growing demand.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170612demandreport.html

FDA Calls for Opana ER's Removal Due to Abuse Concerns

Jun 12, 2017 - On June 8, the FDA asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to pull its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER, from the U.S. market because of concerns about abuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170612opana-er.html

FP Experts Offer Perspective on Incarceration and Health

Jun 12, 2017 - A new AAFP position paper titled Incarceration and Health: A Family Medicine Perspective focuses on the health impact incarceration has on inmates and their families.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170612incarceration.html

Physician Frustration With Prior Authorizations Hits New High

Jun 9, 2017 - A new poll conducted by the Medical Group Management Association confirms that prior authorization requests are increasing.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170609priorauth.html

AAFP Partners With HHS to Promote Patient Education Tool

Jun 7, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to promote its interactive myhealthfinder tool, which helps patients determine what preventive services they need.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170607myhealthfinder.html

CDC Warns of Recent Jump in Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks

Jun 6, 2017 - In response to a national uptick in recreational water-associated disease outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium, the CDC is sharing healthy swimming resources that clinicians can pass along to patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170606mmwr-crypto.html

Panel Describes Population Health Collaboration That Works

Jun 6, 2017 - Local initiatives can help empower patients to improve the social determinants of health that contribute to high volumes of hospitalizations and office visits.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170606practicalplaybook.html

AAFP Issues Atrial Fibrillation Drug Therapy Guideline

Jun 5, 2017 - The AAFP recently released an updated version of its clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170605afibguideline.html

Video Visits Hold Promise for Delivering Patient-centered Care

Jun 5, 2017 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine indicates that patients find value in video visits with their established primary care clinicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170605videovisits.html

AAFP Pleased With CMS Progress on Medicare ID Card Initiative

Jun 1, 2017 - CMS recently announced that it is on schedule to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare beneficiary ID cards by April 2019.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170601beneficiaryid.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening Kids, Teens for Scoliosis

Jun 1, 2017 - A recently issued U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in patients ages 10-18.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170601uspstfscoliosis.html

Panelists Highlight Unique Value of Primary Care Research

Jun 1, 2017 - Panelists at a recent forum discussed how research with a focus on primary care is improving patient care despite inadequate funding.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170601researchforum.html

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