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Family Medicine Reaches New High in 2018 NRMP Match

Mar 16, 2018 - Results from the 2018 National Resident Matching Program show family medicine residency programs gained ground for the ninth straight year.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180316match.html

AAFP, Missouri Chapter Warn State About Opioids Overreach

Mar 15, 2018 - By treating voluntary recommendations based partly on insufficient evidence as a firm rule, state officials are undermining physicians and may harm patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180315missouriopioids.html

Puerto Rico's Doctors, Patients, Students Remain in Need

Mar 15, 2018 - With Puerto Rico still struggling to recover nearly six months after two hurricanes hit, medical student James Eggert offers his perspective on recovery efforts.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180315guestedpr.html

AAFP Joins Call for Congress to Reduce Health Care Costs

Mar 14, 2018 - Congress needs to act soon to reduce health care costs for those who buy their own insurance, the AAFP and several other organizations told legislators recently.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180314stabilizationltr.html

AAFP Offers Resources to Support Kick Butts Day, March 21

Mar 14, 2018 - The AAFP is joining other medical professional organizations to support the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Kick Butts Day on March 21 with a wide range of resources, including social media messages.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180314kickbutts.html

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

Mar 13, 2018 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

Free Physicians From 'Transactional Tasks,' Authors Write

Mar 13, 2018 - Assigning more tasks to nonphysicians can lead to better care and less burnout, according to an article in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180313personalizedcare.html

Starting a Rural Health System From Scratch

Mar 12, 2018 - David Gaus, M.D., M.P.H., wanted to provide preventive care to the people of rural Ecuador. When he realized they needed more, he started an entire health system.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180312fdf-gaus.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 9, 2018 - On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

Mar 9, 2018 - A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased almost 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309mmwropioid.html

Let's Not Forget the Injured in Shootings

Mar 8, 2018 - After a mass shooting, the focus often is on the shooter and the dead. Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., reminds us to consider the long-term needs of the injured.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180308guestedinjured.html

AAFP Warns Against Expanding Association Health Plans

Mar 7, 2018 - The AAFP recently cautioned the Department of Labor that a proposed rule could lead to more health plans that provide fewer benefits at higher costs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307assocplans.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

Mar 7, 2018 - The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307medicareadv.html

Despite Known Dangers, Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy

Mar 6, 2018 - The CDC recently released a data brief that said nationally, one in 14 women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 reported smoking during pregnancy. The prevalence was highest in West Virginia, where one in four women smoked while pregnant.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180306maternalsmoking.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

Mar 6, 2018 - In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

Saving Lives by Passing Laws

Mar 5, 2018 - In addition to providing hands-on patient care, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, M.D., is improving public health in Oregon through her work as a state senator.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180305fdf-steinerhayward.html

New AAFP Tool Guides FPs Looking to Open a Practice

Mar 5, 2018 - The AAFP recently launched a free tool that helps members plan details and run calculations necessary for setting up a successful new practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180305practicetool.html

Study Offers Insights on Communicating With Patients

Mar 2, 2018 - A study in the January/February 2018 issue of Annals of Family Medicine observed primary care interactions and communication with patients with newly diagnosed diabetes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180302annalscommunicate.html

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease

Mar 1, 2018 - The FDA is warning clinicians about prescribing clarithromycin to patients with heart disease because of the risk for serious cardiac and other complications -- and even death -- that persists years later.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180301clarithromycin.html

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Patients' New Medicare Cards

Mar 1, 2018 - Family physicians need to make sure their electronic health record systems and clearinghouses are ready for the format of new Medicare cards that will begin rolling out in April.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180301medicarecards.html

Initial Certification Window Closing for Some FPs

Feb 27, 2018 - Physicians who became eligible to apply for initial certification from the American Board of Family Medicine before 2012 but haven't completed the certification process have until the end of this year to do. After Dec. 31, they will lose their board eligibility.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180227boardeligible.html

Fix Physician Payment to Stem Opioid Epidemic, Says AAFP

Feb 27, 2018 - A starting point for addressing the nation's opioid misuse epidemic would be to ensure physicians can spend enough time with patients and are compensated appropriately, the AAFP recently told a Senate committee.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180227senateopioid.html

Panel: Payment Models Need More Incentives, Fewer Burdens

Feb 27, 2018 - Physicians and analysts at the recent Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit said successful payment reform requires easing burdens and fine-tuning compensation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180227costinnovation.html

Tackling a New Career andmdash; and Residency andmdash; at 58

Feb 26, 2018 - Former NFL player and medical device company CEO Milt McColl, M.D., is finishing his medical training and loving every minute of it.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180226fdf-mccoll.html

ACIP: LAIV OK to Use During 2018-19 Flu Season

Feb 26, 2018 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted 12-2 to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine be included among vaccines to be used during the upcoming flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180226acipmtg-laiv.html

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