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Study Projects Significant Increase in Colorectal Cancer Among Young Adults -- AAFP ...

Nov 26, 2014 - Despite an overall decrease in the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) in recent years, a study published online Nov. 5 in JAMA Surgery projected that by 2030, CRC rates will have increased substantially among adults younger than 50.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141126crcstudy.html

Harvard Town Hall Meeting Fosters Enthusiasm About Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Nov 26, 2014 - Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care recently held a town hall meeting to encourage discussion about how to develop family medicine educational opportunities at the school.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20141126harvardtownhall.html

Students Need Electronic Medical Record Access -- AAFP News

Nov 26, 2014 - An editorial in the November/December Annals of Family Medicine contends that medical students should be trained in the use of electronic health records to enable them to succeed during residency and beyond.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20141126medstdnt-ehrs.html

Physician Payment, Teaching Health Centers Funding Focus of AAFP Advocacy Efforts --...

Nov 26, 2014 - AAFP leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to discuss major issues affecting primary care such as the sustainable growth rate, Medicaid payment parity and support for teaching health centers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141126caphillvisits.html

Despite Prevention Tools, Cervical Cancer Still Too Common -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - The CDC's November Vital Signs report, Cervical Cancer is Preventable, addressed shortfalls in screening for the disease, including missed opportunities during well-woman visits. The AAFP recommends routine cervical cancer screening, as well as HPV vaccination to battle the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141125cervicalscreen.html

AAFP, Other Groups Push for SGR Repeal Before Congress Adjourns -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - The AAFP and other health care professional and advocacy organizations are asking Congress to repeal the sustainable growth rate before the current session adjourns.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141125sgrrepealltr.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 24-28 -- AAFP News

Nov 25, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Evidence Lacking to Recommend Vitamin D Screening in Adults; U.S. Skin Cancer Cases, Costs Rose From 2002 to 2011; Join CMS Call to Learn About Changes to Quality Reporting Programs; Surgeon General: Take a Family Health History During ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141125wklynwsbrfs.html

FPs Eager to Learn About -- or Already Sold on -- New Practice Model -- AAFP News

Nov 19, 2014 - Nearly 40 family physicians from 16 states recently converged on a hotel south of Phoenix for the AAFP's first one-day workshop on direct primary care (DPC). Some physicians came on a fact-finding mission; others were transitioning to a DPC practice or were already engaged in the model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141119dpcworkshop.html

BUILD Health Challenge to Fund Community Health Collaborations -- AAFP News

Nov 19, 2014 - The BUILD Health Challenge initiative plans to offer as much as $7.5 million in grants and loans to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among organizations that affect community health. Five one-year planning awards of $75,000 each (plus a possible additional $100,000 for each ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141191buildhealth.html

AAFP Resources Encourage FPs to Promote, Support Breastfeeding -- AAFP News

Nov 18, 2014 - The AAFP recently released a set of breastfeeding resources, including an updated version of its position paper on the topic, to help physicians support expectant and new mothers. The position paper includes new scientific research that has been distilled into a condensed core paper ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141118breastfeedingpaper.html

COLA White Paper Urges New Focus on Office Lab Protocols -- AAFP News

Nov 17, 2014 - COLA, a U.S. laboratory accreditation organization, recently released a white paper urging physicians with office labs to establish tighter protocols to help reduce testing errors and redundancy. COLA has developed a program called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence that aligns ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141117colapaper.html

New VA Program Expanding Veterans' Access to Care Up and Running -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - Department Veterans Affairs, VA hospitals, Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act, Veterans Choice Program, Medicare

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141112vainterimrule.html

Privately Insured Consumers Offer Insight Into Utilization, Cost Issues -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - Results of a new survey indicate that some consumers with private health insurance plans still worry about paying for unexpected health events and, consequently, may forgo needed care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141112healthinsuresurv.html

MedPAC Again Voices Support for Continuing Primary Care Payment Hike -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2014 - After multiple discussions about whether and how to continue the 10 percent Medicare bonus payment for primary care services, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is expected to formally recommend continuation of the incentive sometime next year.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141112medpacbonuspay.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 10-14 -- AAFP News

Nov 11, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Says Benefits of Thyroid Screening Unclear; Drink More Water, Kidney Stone Guideline Recommends; Million Hearts Website Introduces Healthy Lifestyle Center; and National Health IT Certification Body Suspends Operations.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141111wklynwsbrfs.html

ACIP: LAIV Preferential Use Recommendation to Be Reviewed Further -- AAFP News

Nov 10, 2014 - Participants at the Oct. 29-30 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed data suggesting the live attenuated influenza vaccine was not effective against the influenza A (H1N1) virus in children during the 2013-14 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141110laivreview.html

Continued Funding a Must to Avoid 'Primary Care Cliff,' Say AAFP, Other Groups -- ...

Nov 10, 2014 - With federal funding for three programs that enhance access to care in underserved areas while bolstering primary care set to expire in September 2015, the AAFP and more than 100 other organizations wrote to Senate and House leaders asking them to continue funding for teaching health ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141110primcarecliff.html

AAFP Backs Potential Ban of Tobacco Sales in Military Installations -- AAFP News

Nov 10, 2014 - The AAFP recently signed on to a letter urging the Senate Committee on Armed Services to reject language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent banning tobacco sales in military installations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141110militarytobacco.html

New Online Mapper Highlights Physician Shortage Areas -- AAFP News

Nov 7, 2014 - A new interactive online mapping tool provides detail about physician shortage areas throughout the United States, including information regarding where physicians and nonphysician health care professionals are located. The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141107amamapper.html

AAFP Summarizes Final 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule for Your Convenience -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - On Oct. 31, CMS released the final version of its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule. To aid members, the AAFP has created a summary that highlights portions important to primary care, such as implementation of the new chronic care management fee, handling of misvalued CPT codes, and ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141105finalfeeschedule.html

Updated Acute Otitis Externa Guideline Garners AAFP Endorsement -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - The Academy has endorsed an acute otitis externa guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation that provides evidence-based treatment recommendations and places particular emphasis on patient education and counseling.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141105aoeguideline.html

AAFP Supports Bill Providing Sunshine Exemption for Educational Materials -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, introduced legislation that would provide a clear exemption from reporting requirements for educational materials such as peer-reviewed textbooks and journal article reprints that physicians obtain when they attend educational seminars or similar ...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20141105burgessltr.html

Medicaid Parity Is Key Topic CMS Official Addresses in Meeting With FPs -- AAFP News

Nov 5, 2014 - In a recent meeting with AAFP and chapter leaders, CMS Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann, J.D., said some states that initially resisted expansion of Medicaid now are in discussions with federal officials to do so. Mann also said she is hopeful that the increased primary care payment for ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141105mannforum.html

Identifying High-risk, High-cost Patients Is Step One to Improving Practice ...

Nov 4, 2014 - One way to improve practice efficiency is to identify patients at highest risk for hospitalization, ER visits and high-cost care, and then pour dedicated practice resources into the care of those patients. The AAFP has a tool that can help practices get started.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141104riskstratify.html

CMS Initiative Counts on Health IT to Enhance Care Quality, Coordination -- AAFP News

Nov 4, 2014 - CMS has launched a $114 million initiative that will help physicians and in rural and other medically underserved areas combine health information technology resources and accountable care organization participation to enhance the care they provide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141104acoinvestmodel.html

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