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AAFP Decides to Not Endorse AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

Dec 12, 2017 - After a rigorous review, the AAFP has chosen to not endorse the recent hypertension guideline from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212notendorseaha-accgdlne.html

Extended In-office BP Monitoring Could Reduce Hypertension Overtreatment

Mar 22, 2017 - A study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes may dramatically reduce overtreatment of patients with white-coat hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170322bpmonitoring.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819htnchallengenoms.html

USPSTF, AAFP Finalize Hypertension Screening Recommendations for Adults

Oct 15, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation on screening adults for hypertension, finding that screening those 18 and older for high blood pressure is beneficial.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151015htnprevrec.html

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions

Mar 25, 2015 - HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150325hypertensionchamps.html

USPSTF Finds Screening Adults for Hypertension Still Beneficial

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

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

2014 Hypertension Guideline Stands to Simplify Treatment, Says Expert

Dec 18, 2013 - In a world that grows more complex every day, wouldn't it be a welcome change to have just one thing become a little simpler? Well, when it comes to busy family physicians managing their patients' hypertension, a newly released guideline could go a long way to accomplishing that goal.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131218hypertensiongdln.html

Higher Percentage of American Adults With Hypertension Are Controlling Their Condition,...

Jun 21, 2010 - The United States has achieved the Healthy People 2010 objective of adequately controlling blood pressure in 50 percent of Americans with hypertension. That figure represents an improvement from 10 percent in 1980 and 31 percent just 10 years ago.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20100621hypertensioncontrol.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

Apr 4, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

Overcoming, Preventing Childhood Obesity Is a Family Affair

May 17, 2010 - It's not hard to make the case that childhood obesity is a problem that this nation needs to face, and quickly. The data show that kids as young as 4-6 years of age are being diagnosed with diseases we used to only see in adults -- hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, hardening of the...

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517family-affair.html

Evidence-based Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Endorsement

Sep 10, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed an evidence-based guideline outlining nine recommendations for initiating and modifying pharmacotherapy for adult patients with elevated blood pressure.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140910jnc-8endorse.html

Solo FP Wins Place Among Diverse Group of Hypertension Control Champions

Apr 9, 2014 - Recently, HHS' Million Hearts initiative recognized nine public and private medical practices and health systems across the United States for achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control. Solo family physician Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., was on that list.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140409hyperten-champ.html

AAFP Voices Concern About New 'Public Charge' Rule

Aug 21, 2019 - The AAFP has joined a call for the Department of Homeland Security to rescind a new public charge regulation that creates an unacceptable barrier between physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821publiccharge.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

Aug 20, 2019 - When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

Jul 31, 2019 - During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-rescongress.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

Sep 12, 2018 - New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912htntxfalls.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

Jun 26, 2019 - The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

Obesity Education in Family Medicine Clerkships Falls Short

Jun 25, 2019 - New research on obesity education in family medicine clerkships shows gaps that may leave future family physicians inadequately prepared to treat patients with this condition.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190625obesityeduc.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Jun 19, 2019 - Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

May 20, 2019 - We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

Mar 5, 2019 - The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190305fp-maternalmortality.html

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Oct 22, 2018 - Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171115ahaacchbpguideline.html

What If Everyone Had a Family Physician?

May 1, 2018 - Securing funding for vital primary care programs is a start, but Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the fight continues for the kind of physician workforce our country needs.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180501lv-whatif.html

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

May 16, 2018 - Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Apr 11, 2018 - Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.html

Want to Solve Problems in Public Health? Here's How

Mar 16, 2018 - Family physician Stewart Decker, M.D., is getting his master's degree in public health and wants you to come along for the ride. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, he shares what he's learned so far.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180316fp-mph1.html

New Year, Same Issues. Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?

Jan 2, 2018 - We asked our new physician bloggers what issues concern them for their practices and patients in 2018. The cost of care to patients tops the list.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180102fp-newyear.html

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

Dec 5, 2017 - A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.html

At Home or Abroad, ALSO Training Improves Maternal Outcomes

Dec 18, 2017 - The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program has helped improve maternal outcomes in other countries around the globe. Carl Olden, M.D., writes that now it's time to improve U.S. outcomes.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171218lv-also.html

AAFP, ACP: Lower Older Adultsand#8217; SBP to Below 150 mm Hg

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP and the American College of Physicians published a joint guideline on appropriate systolic blood pressure targets for patients 60 and older who have hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118htnguideline.html

Racial Differences in Outcomes Demand Greater Vigilance

Jul 17, 2017 - Black men are twice as likely as their white peers to die from a first heart attack. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that enhanced education and prevention could change that.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170717lv-heartattack.html

Drop in Number of FPs Who Deliver Babies May Create Rural Crisis

Aug 15, 2017 - A projected shortage of obstetricians and a declining percentage of family physicians who provide maternity care could create a crisis for women in underserved areas.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170815lv-ruralob.html

Free Clinics Need Our Help to Heal Patients, Communities

May 8, 2017 - Leonard Reeves, M.D., shares a patient story that illustrates the powerful impact free clinics can have for those in dire need of help.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/free_clinics_need_our_help.html

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

Mar 22, 2017 - We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/ahca_won_t_help_patients.html

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Mar 6, 2017 - Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/primary_care_needs_a_raise.html

Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor

Feb 21, 2017 - Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/out_of_control_what_i.html

Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility

Oct 17, 2016 - Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/prescribing_for_opioid_addiction_is.html

Physicians, Wellness Should Begin With Us

Sep 1, 2016 - Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that when physicians neglect their own needs, their ability to care for others suffers, as well.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/physicians_wellness_should_begin_with.html

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

Jun 29, 2016 - Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/clinical_case_managers_improve_chronic.html

In Family Medicine, Sometimes the Hoofbeats Are Zebras

Jan 25, 2016 - In Family Medicine, Sometimes the Hoofbeats Are Zebras

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/in_family_medicine_sometimes_the.html

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

Dec 22, 2015 - Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/family_physicians_can_help_when.html

Balancing Act: There Is More to My Life Than Just Medicine

Apr 22, 2015 - Balancing Act: There Is More to My Life Than Just Medicine

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/balancing_act_there_is_more.html

Over the Long Haul, Family Physicians Are Life Savers

Feb 3, 2015 - Over the Long Haul, Family Physicians Are Life Savers

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/over_the_long_haul_family.html

The Folly of Judging Physicians Based on Patients' Foibles

Feb 27, 2015 - The Folly of Judging Physicians Based on Patients' Foibles

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/the_folly_of_judging_physicians.html

President's Focus on Precision Medicine Could Be Catalyst for Change

Feb 10, 2015 - President's Focus on Precision Medicine Could Be Catalyst for Change

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/president_s_focus_on_precision.html

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

Jan 14, 2015 - Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/put_the_rx_pad_down.html

News in Brief: Week of July 14-18

Jul 20, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Preconception, Interconception Care Toolkit Now Available; Washington Is Active on Opioids Issue; USPSTF Releases Preventive Care Guide; ONC Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension; CMS Announces Second Round of Grants for Innovative ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140720wklynwsbrfs.html

New Year Offers Opportunity to Help Patients Lose Weight

Jan 6, 2015 - New Year Offers Opportunity to Help Patients Lose Weight

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/new_year_offers_opportunity_to.html

Here to Help: Launching Free Clinic Is Culmination of a Dream

Nov 24, 2014 - Here to Help: Launching Free Clinic Is Culmination of a Dream

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/here_to_help_launching_free.html

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

Oct 15, 2014 - Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/patients_need_nutrition_facts_from.html

Make It Easy: Convenient Communication Can Boost Patient Adherence

Oct 1, 2014 - Make It Easy: Convenient Communication Can Boost Patient Adherence

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/make_it_easy_convenient_communication.html

Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Sep 24, 2014 - Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/group_visits_a_patient_centered.html

Frequently Asked Questions -- and Answers -- About Direct Primary Care

Sep 3, 2014 - Frequently Asked Questions -- and Answers -- About Direct Primary Care

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/frequently_asked_questions_and_answers.html

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

Aug 26, 2014 - Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/small_investment_big_payoff_grants.html

Reality Check: Residents Aren't Prepared to Deal With Patients' Financial, Coverage Limits

Aug 7, 2014 - Reality Check: Residents Aren't Prepared to Deal With Patients' Financial, Coverage Limits

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/reality_check_residents_aren_t.html

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Aug 5, 2014 - Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/skin_in_the_game_shared.html

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

May 28, 2014 - Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/patient_portals_useful_resource_or.html

Global Health Offers Unparalleled Opportunity to Learn While Helping Patients

May 1, 2014 - Global Health Offers Unparalleled Opportunity to Learn While Helping Patients

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/global_health_offers_unparalleled_opportunity.html

News in Brief: Week of Aug. 19-23

Aug 21, 2013 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Covidien Recalls Prefilled Flush Syringes Because of Sterility Concerns; Research Identifies Barriers to Integrating E-mail, E-Visits Into Patient Care; HHS Names New AHRQ Director; and Win $5,000 in the Million Hearts Hypertension ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20130821wklynwsbrfs.html

Caring for Patients With Addiction Problems Takes Practice

Feb 24, 2014 - Caring for Patients With Addiction Problems Takes Practice

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/caring_for_patients_with_addiction.html

Food Security: Take a Lesson From Your Patients

Jan 15, 2014 - Food Security: Take a Lesson From Your Patients

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/food_security_take_a_lesson.html

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly … A Tale of Three Bills

Nov 13, 2013 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly … A Tale of Three Bills

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/the_good_the_bad_and.html

Getting Health Care Right, Even as We Change It

Nov 5, 2013 - Getting Health Care Right, Even as We Change It

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/getting_health_care_right_even.html

Health Coaching Dramatically Lowers Patients' Systolic Blood Pressure

Jul 4, 2012 - Give low-income patients with hypertension access to the services of a trained health coach, ensure that the coaching includes frequent phone contact, and watch systolic blood pressure levels plummet by an average of 22 mm Hg. That's the result reported recently by family medicine ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120704annalshealthcoaches.html

Fit Physicians Can Lead by Example

Apr 9, 2013 - Fit Physicians Can Lead by Example

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/fit_physicians_can_lead_by.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening Asymptomatic Adults for Chronic Kidney Disease

Aug 29, 2012 - Insufficient evidence exists to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in asymptomatic adults, according to the AAFP and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The guidance applies only to asymptomatic adults, family ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120829ckdscreen.html

Great American Smokeout Offers Another Opportunity to Help Patients Quit

Nov 12, 2012 - Great American Smokeout Offers Another Opportunity to Help Patients Quit

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/great_american_smokeout_offers_another.html

AAFP Calls on NHLBI to Release Long-awaited Clinical Practice Guidelines

Sep 3, 2013 - In a recent letter to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) director Gary Gibbons, M.D., AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash., voiced concern regarding the NHLBI's decision to stop issuing clinical practice guidelines and focus instead only on ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130903nhlbiguidelinesltr.html

Kentucky FPs Join Fight to Make Pseudoephedrine Prescription-only

Nov 30, 2011 - Sixteen state legislatures considered bills this year that would have made pseudoephedrine -- the key ingredient in methamphetamine -- a prescription drug. But, despite the escalating number of meth lab incidence nationwide and an estimated $23 billion a year spent on issues related to ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111130kentuckyafp.html

FDA Requires REMS for New Weight-management Drug

Sep 19, 2012 - Mountain View, Calif.-based pharmaceutical manufacturer VIVUS has launched a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for its newly released weight-management drug Qsymia, which received FDA approval in July. Qsymia is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120919qsymia.html

Magnolia State Grows Its Own Rural Primary Care Physicians

May 25, 2011 - Patrick Brent Smith, M.D., is a third-year family medicine resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, or UMMC, in Jackson. He was also one of the first scholars in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. As such, he'll soon return to his Mississippi Delta ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110525mississippichapter.html

Research Network Seeks to Expand Its Data Collection Reach, QI Efforts

Apr 1, 2011 - The promise of reaping the rewards of data aggregation and analysis on a national scale is just one of the many factors behind the health information technology movement that continues to gain ground across the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrdartnet.html

Health IT Can Make Good Family Medicine Practices Even Better

Apr 1, 2011 - A national conversation on the value of health information technology, health IT, and electronic health records, or EHRs, is taking place as the federal government continues to push physicians to adopt the technology via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401fpehrstories.html

IOM Report Urges FDA to Set Standards for Sodium Content

Apr 21, 2010 - With 32 percent of U.S. adults combating hypertension -- and another one-third of the adult population dealing with prehypertension -- the Institute of Medicine, or IOM, is calling on the FDA to set mandatory national standards for the sodium content of foods.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20100421sodium-rpt.html

AAFP Voices Support for HHS' Million Hearts Initiative

Oct 12, 2011 - Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is responsible for 800,000 deaths in the United States -- or one in three people -- and an estimated $444 billion in overall costs each year. That's according to a recent article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. To combat this public ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20111012millionhearts.html

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles: A Special Report on Overweight and Obesity

May 17, 2010 - This AAFP News Now special report offers an in-depth look at encouraging healthy lifestyles in patients, especially in patients with overweight and obesity. The report covers such issues as weight management alternatives; talking to patients about overweight and obesity; government ...

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity.html

U.S. Surgeon General Lays Out Goals, Priorities of Anti-Obesity Campaign

May 17, 2010 - U.S. Surgeon General and family physician Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., has made the prevention and treatment of obesity a major part of her campaign to improve the health of America.

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517benjaminaudio.html

When It Comes to Losing Weight, Surgery Is 'Not the Ultimate Solution'

May 17, 2010 - When a patient who is obese can't shed pounds through diet and exercise, other options exist. However, family physicians interviewed by AAFP News Now said weight-loss medications aren't a long-term solution, and surgery has its risks.

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517drugs-surgery.html

Properly Framing Conversations About Healthy Patient Lifestyles Is Key to Success

May 17, 2010 - As America's collective waistline continues to expand -- and the health of millions of its residents declines as a result -- it becomes ever more essential that primary care health professionals offer guidance on weight-related issues and reinforce the importance of healthy living in ...

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517converse.html

Getting Paid for Obesity, Overweight Services

May 17, 2010 - With their extensive training and emphasis on treating the whole person, family physicians are the medical specialty of choice to help Americans live healthier lifestyles and shed some excess weight in the process.

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517getting-paid.html

FPs Can Guide Patients to Healthier Living

May 17, 2010 - For Frank Domino, M.D., of Worcester, Mass., a quick glance at his patient roster for the week reminds him of just how unhealthy Americans have become -- eight of the 13 patients scheduled for the day -- a Tuesday -- need to lose weight, exercise or both, says Domino in an interview ...

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517fps-guide.html

Subspecialists Willing, Even Eager to Work With FPs

Feb 17, 2009 - Perhaps one of the least recognized benefits of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, is the opportunity it offers to improve the way primary care physicians and subspecialists work together. Optimizing these collaborations could lead to systemwide cost savings that have the ...

AAFP News : Special Report: PCMH

https://www.aafp.org/news/pcmh/20090217pcmh-subspec.html

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen

Oct 15, 2018 - A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181015obesityrpt.html

FPs Call for Expanding Education Topics in Residency

May 3, 2019 - During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on a number of resolutions considered during the Reference Committee on Education hearing that was held April 26.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190503nccl-educ.html

PCPs Discuss but Don't Document Social, Emotional Health

May 21, 2019 - New research shows that although nearly six minutes of primary care office visits with complex patients was devoted to discussing social and emotional topics, little of this data was recorded in the EHR.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190521ehrsocialhealth.html

Food is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers

Apr 10, 2019 - A residency program has discovered an innovative way to encourage and facilitate good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190410foodishealth.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Mar 20, 2019 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

Patient Engagement Movement Gains Strength Nationwide

Mar 6, 2019 - Family physicians can learn about the value of patient engagement through 11 case studies, a free webinar and more delivered by a team associated with Family Medicine for America's Health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190306engagement.html

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears

Jan 9, 2019 - The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109fluoroquinolones.html

Survey Breaks Down Clinicians' Views on Transgender Care

Dec 14, 2018 - A new report in the Annals of Family Medicine indicates that most -- but not all -- primary care clinicians are willing to provide care for transgender patients, but some feel unprepared to do so.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181214transgendercare.html

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Nov 28, 2018 - On Nov. 10, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released a new cholesterol guideline that includes recommendations for more personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181128ahaacccholesterol.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Nov 7, 2018 - In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107uspstf-lead.html

Leading From Within the Health Care System

Nov 5, 2018 - Ajoy Kumar, M.D., realized as an intern just how broken our health care system is. He's been working to change that ever since.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181105fdf-kumar.html

PrEP Your High-risk Patients to Help Protect Them From HIV

Nov 2, 2018 - Jeffrey Kirchner, D.O., AAHIVS, outlines how family physicians can determine whether a patient could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181102prephiv.html

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants

Sep 19, 2018 - New research published in Annals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an electronic health record-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180919ehrsdoh.html

Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community

Oct 3, 2018 - Solo family physician Scott Anzalone, M.D., knows the joys and frustrations of practicing in a rural community where it's not unheard of for a patient to stop by his house to have a laceration sewn up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181003ruralanzalone.html

Study: U.S. Patients Pay Higher Rx Costs, Get Fewer Days of Therapy

Sep 14, 2018 - Americans spend about 200 percent more per capita on primary care prescription drugs than do patients in 10 comparable countries, according to a recent study, but receive fewer days of therapy.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180914rxpricestudy.html

Women's Health Council Asks for FP Survey Participants

Aug 27, 2018 - The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is asking family physicians to complete its quick survey to inform new resources for its patient safety bundles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180827womenshealth.html

Enhance Racial Disparities Training, Say Primary Care Residents

Aug 24, 2018 - Researchers surveyed primary care residents to determine their awareness of racial disparities in diabetes and how prepared they feel to discuss these disparities with patients.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180824residentsdiabetes.html

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