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Fighting for Family Medicine Is More Important Than Ever

Jan 19, 2018 - As we enter 2018, family physicians face a remarkable and unpredictable time for their profession, patients and country. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., shares some of the critical work the Academy is focusing on in the new year.

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

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress

Jan 17, 2018 - The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs..

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

Jan 17, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

Jan 17, 2018 - As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Gary LeRoy, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Jan 16, 2018 - The Ohio AFP announces the candidacy of Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification

Jan 16, 2018 - The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

Jan 12, 2018 - The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Time Is Right for 24-hour Primary Care Clinics

Jan 12, 2018 - J. Stefan Walker, M.D., writes that family medicine clinics could provide better care, lower costs and greater physician satisfaction by using a 24-hour model.

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

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

Jan 11, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Free 2018 MIPS Playbook Ready for Download Now

Jan 10, 2018 - Succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System with the AAFP's 2018 MIPS Playbook -- free to AAFP members.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

Understand Compensation, Employment Contracts

Jan 10, 2018 - On Jan. 31, the AAFP will present a live webinar to help family physicians better understand compensation and employment contracts.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

Jan 9, 2018 - The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

New Content Added to Physician Compare Website

Jan 9, 2018 - CMS recently added 2016 performance information and some star ratings to the Physician Compare website to help patients and caregivers choose physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

Jan 8, 2018 - The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic. The agency plans to prioritize enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

CMS Launches User-friendly QPP Data Submission System

Jan 4, 2018 - It's time for physicians to begin reporting their 2017 Quality Payment Program data, and now they can do so via CMS' new submission system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

Jan 3, 2018 - The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

Ready, Set, Dive Into 2018 With AAFP's MACRA Resources

Jan 3, 2018 - The AAFP has created a variety of resources to aid family physicians as they transition to the payment pathways available to them under CMS' 2018 Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

Physician Well-being a Focal Point for Academy in 2018

Jan 2, 2018 - Physician Health First, the physician well-being initiative the Academy launched in 2017, will expand in 2018 with a new event and more resources.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

Health Care Must Be Priority for Congress in New Year, Says AAFP

Dec 22, 2017 - Legislators must work on stabilizing and improving the health care system when they return to Washington, the AAFP and other medical organizations said.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

FDA Finalizes Ban on Triclosan, Other OTC Antiseptics

Dec 22, 2017 - The FDA finalized a rule Dec. 20 that said triclosan and 23 other active ingredients aren't safe and effective for use in OTC antiseptic products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Calls for Further Changes to QPP Interim Final Rule

Dec 21, 2017 - The AAFP has again provided comments to CMS to ensure that the Quality Payment Program's implementation rules are favorable to family physicians.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

USPSTF Examines ECG Screening to Prevent CVD Events, AFib

Dec 20, 2017 - On Dec. 19, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a pair of draft recommendations on electrocardiographic screening for cardiovascular disease and atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Breaking the Interruption Cycle in Clinical Practice

Dec 20, 2017 - New research encourages physicians to employ tactics to manage interruptions in practice and become better able to resume the main task at hand.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP's Alternative Payment Model Wins Testing Recommendation

Dec 19, 2017 - The AAFP's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model has potential to improve the health care system and should be rolled out for testing, a committee told HHS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

Deadline Looms for Essential Community Provider Filing

Dec 18, 2017 - CMS has alerted medical organizations that physicians only have until Dec. 22 to submit clinic names for inclusion as essential community providers in 2019.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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