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Academy Launches Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit for Members

Nov 6, 2015 - As part of its Healthy Interventions program, the Academy's Health of the Public and Science Division has launched a Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151106tobaccotoolkit.html

AAFP Leaders Take Family Medicine's Message to Capitol Hill

Nov 4, 2015 - Members of the AAFP Board of Directors spoke to lawmakers about FPs' frustration with meaningful use rules, Medicare payment and other issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151104hillvisit.html

CMS Reports Vaccine, Mammography Claims Processing Errors

Nov 4, 2015 - CMS recently alerted physicians and other Medicare providers to a claims system error involving some vaccine and mammography claims dated on or after Oct. 1.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151104claimserrors.html

Michigan Program Recruits Family Medicine Residents Who'll Stick Around

Nov 3, 2015 - A Michigan residency program director is looking to recruit residents who will stay in Kalamazoo after training; some may even transition to faculty positions.

AAFP News : Family Medicine for America's Health

http://www.aafp.org/news/family-medicine-americas-health/20151103hip-michiganresidency.html

Practical Playbook Textbook Now Available

Nov 3, 2015 - A recently released textbook, The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together, promotes the benefits of integrating the two disciplines to medical students and residents

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151103practicalplaybook.html

Physician Compare Website Preview Period Extended to Nov. 16

Nov 2, 2015 - CMS has extended the period for physicians to preview their quality data on the Physician Compare website to Nov. 16 -- nearly two weeks beyond the normal 30 days.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151102physiciancompare.html

USPSTF: Screen Overweight, Obese Adults for Abnormal Blood Glucose

Nov 2, 2015 - On Oct. 27, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement calling for physicians to screen adults 40-70 who are overweight or obese for abnormal blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151102uspstf-diabetes.html

Help Patients Confused by ACS' Breast Cancer Screening Guidance

Oct 29, 2015 - The American Cancer Society has released a guideline on screening women for breast cancer that differs from AAFP and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151029acsbreastcaguide.html

ACIP to Reconfigure Pediatric Immunization Schedule

Oct 28, 2015 - During its Oct. 21 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to reconfigure its pediatric immunization schedule to list recommended vaccines from earliest to latest age at which each is first administered.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151028acipoctmtg.html

Nov. 9 Marks Deadline to Request Informal Quality Data Review

Oct 28, 2015 - Physicians have until Nov. 9 to ask CMS to review their practice records related to two initiatives that could affect their 2016 Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151028cmsreview.html

Hospitals' Use of Breastfeeding Standard Jumps Dramatically

Oct 26, 2015 - Since 2007, the percentage of hospitals in the United States that have implemented the majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding has nearly doubled, according to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151026tensteps.html

Tell Congress to Hit Pause on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Oct 23, 2015 - The Academy is making it easy to demand that Congress pause the meaningful use program until it's firmly on track to help family physicians improve patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151023mu3speakout.html

CMS Directs Physicians to ICD-10 Resources

Oct 23, 2015 - The shift to the ICD-10 code set is in full swing, and CMS is helping physicians navigate the new system by providing resources and important contact information.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151023icd10status.html

AAFP Joins Multifaceted National Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse

Oct 22, 2015 - On Oct. 21, the AAFP joined President Obama and various public- and private-sector partners in announcing a unified effort to address the nation's epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151022opioidinitiative.html

Two Flu Vaccine Manufacturers Announce Delays in Product Delivery

Oct 21, 2015 - In the past week, both Sanofi Pasteur and MedImmune announced delays in the delivery of their respective influenza vaccine products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151021fluvaccdelays.html

Opioid Abuse Task Force: Increasing Access to Naloxone Saves Lives

Oct 21, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse encourages FPs to consider coprescribing naloxone to patients, family members or close friends when there is a risk for opioid overdose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151021amanaloxone.html

Annals Study Pinpoints Costs of Sustaining PCMH

Oct 21, 2015 - A recent study examined the costs of sustaining a patient-centered medical home. The study's authors recently discussed what those costs -- and the value the model delivers -- should mean to payers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151021pcmhstudy.html

AAFP Takes Historic Look Back in 2015 Match Analysis

Oct 21, 2015 - In two recent articles, AAFP experts compared historic National Resident Matching Program data and looked at U.S. graduating seniors' entry into family medicine programs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20151021matchanalysis.html

Panel Maps Out Oral Health Plan for Primary Care

Oct 20, 2015 - oral health, caries, diabetes, fluoride

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151020oralhealth.html

Trial by Firings: Lessons in Organizing at NewYork-Presbyterian

Oct 19, 2015 - When NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University announced plans to shutter their family medicine residency, students, residents and others quickly mobilized to save the program.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20151019guested-nypfmresidency.html

Attend National Health Service Corps Virtual Job Fair

Oct 16, 2015 - The National Health Service Corps will host a virtual job fair on Oct. 20 to connect qualified job seekers with available job opportunities.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20151016nhsc.html

USPSTF, AAFP Finalize Hypertension Screening Recommendations for Adults

Oct 15, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation on screening adults for hypertension, finding that screening those 18 and older for high blood pressure is beneficial.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151015htnprevrec.html

Appropriate Use Criteria Timelines Unrealistic, Says Coalition

Oct 15, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined 16 other medical organizations in asking members of three powerful congressional committees to delay implementation of the Medicare appropriate use criteria program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151015auctimeline.html

USPSTF: Screening Adults Ages 50-75 for CRC Reduces Mortality Risk

Oct 14, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement on Oct. 6, reaffirming that screening for colorectal cancer in adults ages 50-75 reduces mortality.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151014crcdraftrec.html

HHS Final Rules Address EHR Incentives, Certification Criteria

Oct 13, 2015 - HHS recently released final rules meant to speed the implementation, interoperability and flexibility of electronic health records in the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151013hhsfinalrules.html

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