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Consumer Wellness Devices Spark FDA Draft Guidance -- AAFP News

Jan 23, 2015 - The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health is seeking public comment on draft guidance it released earlier this week regarding certain devices consumers use to monitor and/or promote general health and wellness.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150123wellnessguidance.html

News in Brief: Week of Jan. 19-23 -- AAFP News

Jan 23, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Review Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome Educational Resources; Smokers, Obese Patients Have Higher Health Care Costs; New Resource Helps Physicians Discuss Weight With Patients; and AAMC Issues Call for Abstracts on Integrating Quality.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150123wklynwsbrfs.html

Tobacco Control Mini-Grants Fund Chapter, Residency Programs -- AAFP News

Jan 21, 2015 - The AAFP has announced the recipients of its first tobacco control mini-grants, which will fund innovative tobacco-cessation and -prevention efforts at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150121tobaccominigrants.html

Public, Private Help Smooth Transition to Medical Home -- AAFP News

Jan 21, 2015 - Rhode Island is one of nearly two dozen states where insurers and public entities have banded together to support the medical home model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150121RI-PCMH.html

Reform GME Funding, AAFP, Others Urge House Committee -- AAFP News

Jan 20, 2015 - The AAFP and the Council of Academic Family Medicine say graduate medical education funding should better support community-based training and help alleviate the nation's shortage of primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150120housegmeltr.html

Intensive Glucose Control Curbs Mortality in Type 1 Diabetes -- AAFP News

Jan 20, 2015 - A recent study found that people with type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood glucose are likely to live longer than those who do not.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150120glucosecontrol.html

Proposal to Keep Higher Primary Care Pay Heads to Congress -- AAFP News

Jan 19, 2015 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has recommended continuing a bonus payment specifically designated for primary care physicians, albeit in a different form.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150119medpacfinalrec.html

AAFP to ONC: Ease Burdens, Address Standing Goals -- AAFP News

Jan 19, 2015 - The AAFP says the federal government's five-year strategic plan for health information technology should ease physicians' administrative burdens and build on goals set a decade ago.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150119oncplanltr.html

Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker -- AAFP News

Jan 16, 2015 - The Wisconsin AFP announces the candidacy of Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., of Oregon, for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150116candann-schwartzstein.html

New AAP Bronchiolitis Guideline Drops Call for Certain Tests, Treatments -- AAFP News

Jan 14, 2015 - The American Academy of Pediatrics made several major changes to its updated evidence-based guideline for diagnosing, managing and preventing bronchiolitis, which the AAFP recently endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150114endorseaapbronchgdlne.html

Top Five Pressing Concerns Include Consolidation, ICD-10 -- AAFP News

Jan 14, 2015 - The Physicians Foundation's 2015 Physician Watch List identifies five areas physicians view as most likely to impact their practices and their patients this year.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150114physfdtnwatchlist.html

Practices Making Good Progress on Achieving Care Management Milestones -- AAFP News

Jan 14, 2015 - Recent CMS reports show that practices participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative are making good progress on achieving program milestones.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150114cpcireports.html

Safeguard Provider Network Adequacy, AAFP Tells CMS -- AAFP News

Jan 14, 2015 - As CMS prepares to lay out instructions to insurers participating in the federal health marketplace in 2016, the AAFP jumps in to voice its concerns about narrow networks.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150114cms-naicnarrowltrs.html

Guideline Covers Labor, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean -- AAFP News

Jan 13, 2015 - The AAFP has created an evidence-based clinical guideline to help family physicians discuss and help patients plan for labor and vaginal birth after cesarean.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150113lac-vbac.html

News in Brief: Week of Jan. 5-9 -- AAFP News

Jan 9, 2015 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: FDA Approves Gardasil 9 for HPV Prevention, Tips From Former Smokers Campaign Sees Return on Investment, PCORI Recruiting Members for Advisory Panels, AAMC Offers Three Free Publications, and FDA Warns Against Using Wallcur IV Products.

AAFP News : News in Brief

http://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20150109wklynwsbrfs.html

AAFP, Others Urge CMS to Recognize New CPT Codes -- AAFP News

Jan 7, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined 10 other medical specialty organizations in asking CMS to recognize, beginning in 2016, two new CPT codes for advance care planning.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150107advancecodesjointltr.html

Strong Match, Advances in Workforce Reform Top Education Gains Last Year -- AAFP News

Jan 7, 2015 - When it came to education and training issues important to family medicine in 2014, rising Match numbers and progress on workforce and graduate medical education reform were among the highlights.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

http://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150107educ-yir.html

USPSTF Finds Screening Adults for Hypertension Still Beneficial -- AAFP News

Jan 7, 2015 - A draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirms the benefit of screening adults for hypertension and also recommends ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to confirm the diagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150107uspstfhypertension.html

CMS Announces 14-day Hold on Medicare Part B Claims -- AAFP News

Jan 7, 2015 - CMS has announced a two-week hold on processing Medicare Part B claims with dates of service from Jan. 1 through Jan. 14 to correct errors found after publication of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150107partbclaimshold.html

Health Is Primary Launch Heralds New Era for Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Jan 7, 2015 - In what was arguably one of last year's biggest developments, attendees at the 2014 AAFP Assembly got a first glimpse of a three-year communications campaign -- dubbed Health is Primary -- being launched by the AAFP and its seven family medicine sister organizations.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150107yir-healthisprimary.html

Payment Tops AAFP's List of Advocacy Issues -- AAFP News

Jan 6, 2015 - Advocacy issues the AAFP tackled on members' behalf in 2014 ranged from physician payment to ensuring veterans receive timely and appropriate primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150106yir-advocacy.html

Ebola, Vaccination Changes Dominate Past Year's Headlines -- AAFP News

Jan 5, 2015 - In one form or another, family medicine played a major role in 2014's top medical stories, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and recommended immunization changes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150105yir-hops.html

AAFP, Family Physicians Embraced New Ideas, Fought Through Regulations -- AAFP News

Jan 5, 2015 - 2014 marked a year of progress for America's family physicians as they embraced practice innovations and fought back against cumbersome regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

http://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150105yir-practprof.html

Confluence of Factors Contribute to California's Worsening Pertussis Outbreak -- ...

Dec 31, 2014 - Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26, nearly 10,000 pertussis cases were reported to the California Department of Public Health. Inappropriate vaccination of pregnant women and waning immunity may be largely to blame.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141231califpertussis.html

Primary Care, Public Health Integration Focus of New Resource -- AAFP News

Dec 23, 2014 - The Academy has stepped up its promotion of integrating primary care and public health by publishing its own position paper on the subject.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141223primcare-pubhlthpaper.html

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