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Researchers: 'Community Vital Signs' Can Be Simple Part of EHR

Aug 31, 2015 - Researchers recently suggested a way for physicians to include important details about patients' neighborhoods in their health records without requiring additional staff time by linking home addresses with existing data.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP, Other Groups Spur FDA Action Against Tobacco Makers

Aug 28, 2015 - Three days after the AAFP called on the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products to take enforcement action against the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. for making misleading claims about its cigarettes, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Teens' E-cigarette Use May Spark Bigger Smoking Risk, Says NIH

Aug 26, 2015 - A recent NIH study found that students who used electronic cigarettes before starting ninth grade were more likely than their nonuser peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Physicians Report Declining Satisfaction with EHRs

Aug 25, 2015 - A recently released report shows declining physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Against Routine COPD Screening

Aug 25, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending against screening asymptomatic individuals for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Medicaid Waivers Fund Advanced Primary Care at Texas Medical School

Aug 24, 2015 - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is using three Medicaid waivers to fund advanced primary care and increase the number of family medicine residencies.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Report Recaps ACIP Recommendations for 2015-16 Influenza Season

Aug 21, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Aug. 7 recapped what the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended so far this year regarding seasonal influenza vaccine use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Are Narrowing Insurance Plan Networks a Thorn in Your Side?

Aug 20, 2015 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently reported that it has beefed up its 2016 accreditation standards for health insurance plans to better ensure patient access.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

AAFP, NFL Foundation Partnership Tackles Concussions Head-on

Aug 19, 2015 - The AAFP has partnered with the National Football League Foundation to produce three free webinars on concussion management for family physicians, as well as patient education materials.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Revamping Medical Assistant Roles May Boost Physician Productivity

Aug 19, 2015 - Some practices aimed to increase patient and staff satisfaction by training medical assistants to handle more patient care tasks that do not require a physician's direct involvement.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

HHS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge

Aug 19, 2015 - HHS is seeking nominations for its 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which aims to recognize clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success controlling patients' hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

CMS Creates Guide Specifically for Family Medicine

Aug 18, 2015 - Family physicians who aim to stay on top of the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline could make use of CMS resources created specifically for family medicine.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Put AAFP Member Interest Groups on Your FMX Schedule

Aug 18, 2015 - The AAFP's 11 member interest groups will gather individually and at an Oct. 1 group reception during the upcoming 2015 Family Medicine Experience in Denver.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

CDC: Coordinated Approach Needed to Stop Explosion of Drug Resistance

Aug 14, 2015 - A new CDC Vital Signs report projects a national increase in drug-resistant infections and illness caused by Clostridium difficile absent an immediate coordinated effort between health care facilities and health departments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Backs Bill to Increase Support for Family Caregivers

Aug 13, 2015 - A bill recently introduced in Congress calls for creation of an advisory body to help HHS develop a strategy that supports family caregivers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Researchers Ask: Is ACO Payment Worth the Time, Effort?

Aug 12, 2015 - New research published in Annals of Family Medicine takes a hard look at whether accountable care organization payment incentives are strong enough to encourage physician participation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Despite Challenges, 84 Percent of Residents Happy With Career Choice

Aug 12, 2015 - Medscape recently released the 2015 iteration of its resident salary and debt report that asks residents questions ranging from their debt burden to the quality of their training program.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

USPSTF: More Studies Needed on Routine Screening for ASD

Aug 11, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening young asymptomatic children for autism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Chlamydia Screens Dropped After Cervical Cancer Screening Change

Aug 10, 2015 - In a study published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found a significant decrease in chlamydia screening after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a guideline in 2009 that recommended beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

House Bill Aims to Ease Meaningful Use Burdens

Aug 7, 2015 - A new House bill calls for many revisions to meaningful use requirements family physicians have been seeking, including ending all-or-nothing assessments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Process Matters in Primary Care Delivery to Vulnerable Patients

Aug 7, 2015 - New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine highlights how the process of primary care delivery affects patients and primary care clinic staff members.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Teaching Students to Cook Now Makes Them Better Doctors Later

Aug 6, 2015 - Less than one-third of U.S. medical schools actually provide students the minimum recommended 25 hours of nutrition instruction. At West Virginia University, medical students are getting hands-on nutrition education in the kitchen.

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

Residents Passionate About Preserving Teaching Health Centers, Patient Care

Aug 5, 2015 - Family medicine residents gathered in Kansas City, Mo., recently to voice their opinions about issues of importance to their medical training, their patients, their communities and their specialty.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

HHS Kicks in Millions More to Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Aug 5, 2015 - In response to a steady drumbeat of bad news about opioid abuse throughout the United States, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced plans to up the ante of funding the agency is making available to combat the epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Study Shows Primary Care Relationship Reduces ER, Hospital Visits

Aug 5, 2015 - Recent research in California indicates that an ongoing relationship with a primary care health professional leads to greater consistency in care and fewer visits to ERs and hospitals.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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