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Carl Olden, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director -- AAFP News

Jun 21, 2014 - The Washington AFP announces the candidacy of Carl Olden, M.D., of Yakima, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140621olden-cand-ann.html

Primary Care Payment Innovation Can Mean Leaving Insurers Behind -- AAFP News

Jun 20, 2014 - Physician panelists at a recent forum in Washington discussed how they changed their practices to better serve patients and cut back on or eliminate their reliance on health insurers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140620grahamforumdpc.html

AAFP Endorses ACC/AHA Cholesterol Management Guidelines With Qualifications -- AAFP ...

Jun 18, 2014 - The AAFP recently endorsed, with qualifications, guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association on treatment of high cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140618cholesterolgdlnendorse.html

Practice Survey Pinpoints Highs, Lows of Health Insurance Exchanges -- AAFP News

Jun 18, 2014 - The Medical Group Management Association recently released survey results that offer insight into the impact -- both good and bad -- health insurance exchanges are having on physicians' practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140618mgma-acasurvey.html

AAFP, Others Move to Pre-empt Cigar Exemption in FDA Proposed Rule -- AAFP News

Jun 17, 2014 - The AAFP recently signed on to a congressional letter opposing any amendment to the FDA funding bill that would exempt cigars from the agency's proposed tobacco deeming rule. The Academy also sent the FDA its comments on the proposed rule, urging it to closely study e-cigarettes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140617fdaletters.html

ONC Lays Out Vision, 10-Year Plan for Nation's Health IT Future -- AAFP News

Jun 16, 2014 - HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released a 10-year work plan designed to ensure that the United States will enjoy the benefits of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure by the end of the next decade.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140616onc10yrplan.html

News in Brief: Week of June 9-13 -- AAFP News

Jun 16, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA, EPA Propose Updated Advice on Fish Consumption for Pregnant Women; Ebola Is Growing Concern in West Africa; WHO Offers Polio Vaccination Guidance for Travelers; Survey Finds Physicians Leading ACO Movement; OIG Report Takes Aim at ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140616wklynwsbrfs.html

Screen Patients at High Risk for Hepatitis B Virus, Say AAFP, USPSTF -- AAFP News

Jun 13, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in people at high risk for the infection. The AAFP concurs with this recommendation, while still recommending against screening the general population for chronic HBV infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140613hepbscreen.html

Family Physicians 'Stand Ready to Assist' Nation's Veterans -- AAFP News

Jun 11, 2014 - The AAFP has sent a letter to the White House offering family physicians' aid in addressing the long wait times the nation's veterans currently experience.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140611valetter.html

Membership at All-time High for Family Medicine's 'Bold Champion' -- AAFP News

Jun 11, 2014 - AAFP Past President Rick Kellerman, M.D., traces the Academy's path forward from its decision to stand as family medicine's Bold Champion in 2007 to today, when recognition of the specialty as foundational to U.S. health care -- as well as AAFP total membership numbers -- are at ...

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140611gstedkman.html

Free Mapping Tool Tracks Patient-Centered Medical Home Activity -- AAFP News

Jun 10, 2014 - Family physicians who are interested in, or already part of, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) phenomenon sweeping the country now can monitor the progress of PCMH activities using a new mapping tool created by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140610pcmhmapper.html

Combine Medical Home Culture, EHR for 'One-Two' Punch -- AAFP News

Jun 10, 2014 - New research shows that organizational changes associated with the patient-centered medical home combined with use of an electronic health record system can boost the quality of care delivered in primary care practices of all sizes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140610pcmhehrstudy.html

Family Physicians Enlist in Fight Against Measles -- AAFP News

Jun 9, 2014 - As of May 30, a total of 334 confirmed measles cases from 18 states had been reported, with the largest outbreaks in Ohio and California. Declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, importation of the disease from other countries -- combined with parents' growing refusal to have ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140609measles.html

AAFP Applauds Senate Confirmation of Sylvia Burwell to Lead HHS -- AAFP News

Jun 6, 2014 - On June 5, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Burwell as the country's new HHS secretary by a vote of 78 to 17. Burwell will step down as director of the Office of Management and Budget, where she has served since April 24, 2013.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140606burwellconfirm.html

News in Brief: Week of June 2-6 -- AAFP News

Jun 6, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Reclassifies Sunlamps, Adds Black-box Warning; More Work Ahead for Million Hearts; Survey Shows Most Patients Want Electronic Access to Health Records; CMS Expands Demo Requiring Prior Authorization for Power Mobility Devices; and ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140606wklynwsbrfs.html

Oral Health Care Programs Offer Plenty to Smile About -- AAFP News

Jun 4, 2014 - Recent research buoyed by state and AAFP programs indicates that oral health care services being performed by primary care professionals, including family physicians, is leading to positive outcomes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140604oralhealth.html

Experts Dive Into Realities of Patient-Centered Medical Homes -- AAFP News

Jun 4, 2014 - In a climate of high expectations for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, a panel of experts recently cautioned that results such as improved patient health outcomes and reduced care costs won’t happen overnight. Physician practices that embark on the PCMH journey should ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140604pcmhpanel.html

Counseling High-risk Adults to Prevent CVD Shows Benefit, Says USPSTF -- AAFP News

Jun 4, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation calling for behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults at high risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140604uspstfdraftcvd.html

Quality of Nation's Health Care 'Fair' But Slowly Improving -- AAFP News

Jun 3, 2014 - For the 11th consecutive year, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released complementary reports that assess the U.S. health care system’s performance in the areas of health care quality, access and disparities in care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140603qualdisparrpts.html

News in Brief: Week of May 26-30 -- AAFP News

Jun 3, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Further Testing Reveals Suspected MERS Case Unconfirmed; AAFP Seeks Extension of, Continued Funding for Medicaid Parity Program; Study Confirms Physical Activity Helps Older Adults Stay Mobile; and Government Launches Pain Research Database.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140603wklynwsbrfs1.html

White House Summit Draws Support for Studying, Preventing Concussions -- AAFP News

Jun 2, 2014 - The White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussions Summit on May 29 drew major players in the professional sports arena, as well as a number of representatives of medical specialty organizations, including AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., of Kingsport, Tenn.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140602whitehouseconcuss.html

For Massachusetts AFP, Advocacy Takes Center Stage -- AAFP News

May 31, 2014 - The Massachusetts AFP takes advocacy seriously, committing significant amounts of time and resources to ensuring family medicine’s voice is heard by federal and state lawmakers.

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140531massafpchapspot.html

Proposed Rule Would Stretch Meaningful Use Timelines, Benefit Physicians -- AAFP News

May 28, 2014 - CMS recently issued a proposed rule that would stretch timelines and shift some existing regulations related to meaningful use of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140528mutimeline.html

Is Medicaid Parity Achieving Goal of Boosting Primary Care Access? -- AAFP News

May 28, 2014 - How has Medicaid-Medicare payment parity for primary care physician services affected patients' access to care? AAFP News reached out to Julia Paradise, an associate director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, to find out.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140528qakaisermedicaid.html

Colorectal Cancer Screening Campaign Draws AAFP Support -- AAFP News

May 28, 2014 - The AAFP has added its name to the expanding list of health care organizations supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, which was created by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable with the goal of increasing the percentage of adults ages 50 and older who get screened for colorectal ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140528colorectscreen.html

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