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AAFP Accepts Challenge, Submits Primary Care-based Payment Proposal

Apr 24, 2017 - The AAFP recently sent a proposal detailing its advanced primary care alternative payment model to the newly formed Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee for review.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170424ptac.html

Online Applications Open for Additional State Medical Licenses

Apr 24, 2017 - The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact announced that physicians in participating states now have a simplified path to licensure in other states.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170424licensecompact.html

FDA: No Prescription Codeine, Tramadol for Kids Under 12

Apr 21, 2017 - On April 20, the FDA issued a safety announcement restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children and requiring labeling changes to prescription medications containing these ingredients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170421codeine-tramadol.html

Direct Primary Care Model Gains Momentum in Multiple States

Apr 21, 2017 - State legislatures are making it easier for both physicians and patients to choose the direct primary care practice model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170421dpcstates.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Shigella

Apr 20, 2017 - The CDC has released a Health Alert Network health advisory warning clinicians about emerging Shigella strains that show possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170420shigellaadvisory.html

CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women

Apr 18, 2017 - Among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection, according to a recent CDC data brief.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418hpvrates.html

Maryland FP Leads Efforts to Improve Minority Health

Apr 18, 2017 - April is National Minority Health Month, and one family physician's work to help her community achieve greater health equity clearly embodies that initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418patczapp.html

Learn About Assuming Risk in Advanced Alternative Payment Models

Apr 18, 2017 - An upcoming AAFP live webinar will teach family physicians what they need to know about assuming risk when participating in advanced alternative payment models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170418riskwebinar.html

Attacks on Science Call for Strong Defense by Family Physicians

Apr 17, 2017 - The administration's budget blueprint makes harmful cuts to agencies that impact health. AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., writes that family physicians must speak up.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170417presmsgscience.html

AAFP, Other Groups Push to Maintain Funding for Affordable Insurance

Apr 14, 2017 - A coalition of organizations that includes the AAFP is pressing Congress and the White House to maintain federal funding that enables millions of Americans to obtain affordable health insurance.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170414subsidiesletter.html

New Features Coming to CMS' Physician Compare Website

Apr 14, 2017 - CMS' Physician Compare website soon will publish new quality measures components; register now for a free webinar to learn the details.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170414physcompare.html

Registration Deadline Coming; NCQA Revamps PCMH Recognition

Apr 13, 2017 - Some physicians in CMS' Merit-based Incentive Payment System should know about a June 30 registration deadline. In related news, a patient-centered medical home recognition program has been updated.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170413mipsupdate.html

VA Offers Funding for Residency Program Expansion

Apr 12, 2017 - Explore new funding opportunities aimed at expanding graduate medical education spots for family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20170412vagme.html

Study Finds Even Split Between 'Desktop Medicine,' Office Visits

Apr 12, 2017 - Primary care physicians treat patients in more ways than just via face-to-face office visits, and new research shows that payment should reflect this reality.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170412desktopmedicine.html

Individualize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

Apr 11, 2017 - On April 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new draft recommendation statement and three draft evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170411uspstfprostate.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Safe Storage, Disposal Resource

Apr 10, 2017 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse has released a new resource family physicians can use to promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and other medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170410amaopioidresource.html

Todd Shaffer, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Apr 10, 2017 - The Missouri AFP announces the candidacy of Todd Shaffer, M.D., of Lee's Summit, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170410shaffer-cand-ann.html

Sterling Ransone, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Apr 10, 2017 - The Virginia AFP announces the candidacy of Sterling Ransone, M.D., of Deltaville, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170410ransone-cand-ann.html

Windel Stracener, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Apr 10, 2017 - The Indiana AFP announces the candidacy of Windel Stracener, M.D., of Richmond, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170410stracener-cand-ann.html

Erica Swegler, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Apr 10, 2017 - The Texas AFP announces the candidacy of Erica Swegler, M.D., of Austin, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20170410swegler-cand-ann.html

Private Pilot 'BasicMed Exam' Coming May 1

Apr 10, 2017 - Beginning May 1, some family physicians may get patient requests to complete a new medical exam for certain small-plane pilots.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170410faaexam.html

Kids' Solid-dose Acetaminophen Products Transition to Single Strength

Apr 7, 2017 - Manufacturers of pediatric solid-dose acetaminophen products are transitioning to a single strength of 160-mg chewables in the United States, which will be dubbed Children's.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170407kidstylenol.html

AAFP Joins Campaign to Push Back Against Rising Drug Prices

Apr 7, 2017 - The AAFP announced April 6 that it has joined the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, which seeks a balance between pharmaceuticals innovation and affordability.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170407rxcampaign.html

Birth Defects Seen in One in 10 Zika-infected Pregnancies

Apr 5, 2017 - One out of 10 pregnant women in the United States with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a fetus or infant with Zika-related birth defects; brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly were reported in 75 percent of these affected fetuses and infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170405mmwrzika.html

Health Affairs Raises MACRA Implementation Awareness, Questions

Apr 5, 2017 - A new health policy brief from Health Affairs takes a deep dive into how implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is progressing, providing an overview of the rules and regulations associated with QPP implementation and addressing key issues.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170405macrabrief.html

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