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Pursue Leadership Opportunities to Promote Change, Find Solutions

May 5, 2015 - The 2015 National Conference of Constituency Leaders opened on April 30 in Kansas City, Mo., with a plenary featuring AAFP Past President Warren Jones, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150505nccl-jonesplenary.html

AAFP Lauds Dietary Guidelines Report, but Offers Improvements

May 4, 2015 - The AAFP offered both praise and advice to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a request for comments on the agencies' joint Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150504dietcomments.html

2015 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

May 2, 2015 - AAFP chapter delegates who attended the Academy's 2015 National Conference of Constituency Leaders in Kansas City, Mo., elected colleagues May 1-2 to fill various leadership positions.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150502ncclelects.html

PCSK9 Antibody Therapy Offers Promising Alternative to Statins, Study Suggests

May 1, 2015 - In a recent study, researchers concluded protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 antibody therapy appeared to be a safe and effective alternative to statins to treat adults with hypercholesterolemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150501pcsk9.html

News in Brief: Week of April 27-May 1

May 1, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: HHS Releases Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Tool, Final Recommendation for Community Water Fluoridation Issued, Campaign Offers Sarcoidosis Patients Tools to Manage Their Disease, July 1 Will Mark Name Change for Institute of Medicine, and ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150501wklynwsbrfs.html

'Flipped Classroom' Format to Be Piloted at FMX in Denver

May 1, 2015 - Attendees at this year's AAFP Family Medicine Experience in Denver will be treated to a first for this venue: the chance to participate in CME offered in a flipped classroom format.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150501flippedclass.html

Researchers Explore Year One of Pioneer ACO Experiences

Apr 30, 2015 - New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine examines how 32 accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in CMS' Pioneer ACO model initiative performed in the first year of the program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150430pioneeraco.html

CMS Proposes Covering Pap Smear/HPV Testing For Cervical Cancer

Apr 29, 2015 - CMS recently proposed covering cervical cancer screening that would combine HPV testing with a Pap smear once every five years for certain Medicare beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429cervicalcancer.html

AAFP, Other Groups Advise Against Changing ACIP Processes

Apr 29, 2015 - The AAFP and 13 other organizations sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voicing concerns about the immunization-specific provisions in the discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150429houseacipltr.html

Use New AAFP Resource to Encourage Tdap Vaccination for Pregnant Patients

Apr 29, 2015 - The AAFP has created a resource to inform and remind family physicians about recommending tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine to pregnant women during every pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429pertussispage.html

Panel Considers Health Care Innovations in Technology, Payment

Apr 28, 2015 - During a panel discussion hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform, speakers addressed ways to support the latest innovations in patient care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150428innovation.html

New Surgeon General to Focus on Vaccinations, Other Public Health Issues

Apr 27, 2015 - During his swearing-in ceremony last week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., touted the importance of vaccinating adults and children, reducing obesity, boosting smoking cessation rates, and supporting the National Health Service Corps.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150427sgswornin.html

USPSTF Still Recommends Mammography for Women 50-74

Apr 24, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation on breast cancer screening recommends mammograms every two years for women ages 50-74 but says the decision should be individualized for women ages 40-49.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150424mammograms.html

Practices Make Progress on Alternative Payment Models, But Some Struggles Remain

Apr 24, 2015 - A new report from the RAND Corp. highlights challenges and early successes realized by practices moving to alternative payment models. In some cases, practices are changing their organizational structure.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150424randpaymentrpt.html

Community Care of North Carolina Finds Success With Transitional Care

Apr 22, 2015 - Community Care of North Carolina's transitional care initiative supports its Medicaid patients and prevents one readmission in the coming year for every six patients in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150422hip-ncprofile.html

Panel Assesses ACA on Legislation's Fifth Anniversary

Apr 22, 2015 - Health officials and policy analysts at a panel discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act said the legislation brought benefits and put more emphasis on primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150422acabrookings.html

White House Ceremony Celebrates SGR Repeal Victory

Apr 22, 2015 - Physicians and lawmakers gathered at the White House April 21 to celebrate repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate after more than a decade of work to reform Medicare payments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150422sgrceremony.html

Beulette Hooks, M.D., Withdraws Candidacy for AAFP Vice Speaker

Apr 21, 2015 - The Georgia AFP has announced that Beulette Hooks, M.D., of Midland, has withdrawn her candidacy for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150421hooks-cand-wd.html

Carlos Gonzales, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Apr 21, 2015 - The Arizona AFP announces the candidacy of Carlos Gonzales, M.D., of Patagonia, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150421gonzales-cand-ann.html

John Meigs Jr., M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Apr 21, 2015 - The Alabama AFP announces the candidacy of John Meigs Jr., M.D., of Brent, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150421meigs-cand-ann.html

AAFP Members Honored as 2015 WONCA Rural Heroes

Apr 20, 2015 - The World Organization of Family Doctors Working Party on Rural Practice last week announced its 2015 Rural Heroes, which include three AAFP members.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150420ruralheroes.html

AAFP NRN Plays Key Role in Upgrading Health Literacy Toolkit

Apr 17, 2015 - To help physicians better communicate with their patients about health information, the AAFP National Research Network helped update the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150417literacytoolkit.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Revise Outpatient E/M Codes

Apr 17, 2015 - The AAFP recently signed on to a letter with other physician organizations urging CMS to redefine and revalue outpatient evaluation and management codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150417emcodes.html

AAFP Mobile App Adds CME Reporting, Clinical Recommendations Functions

Apr 16, 2015 - The AAFP's mobile app has added new functions for reporting CME and referencing the Academy's clinical recommendations.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150416mobileappadds.html

Celebrating Our SGR Victory

Apr 15, 2015 - It took 12 years and 17 temporary payment patches at a total cost of nearly $170 billion, but Congress finally did the right thing by repealing Medicare's long-reviled sustainable growth rate formula.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150414sgrrepeal/20150415sgrcarousel.html

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