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Team-based Care Needs Greater Support

Aug 13, 2018 - Intern John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes that students and residents understand the value of learning and working in a team-based model. He says payers need to follow suit.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180813lv-teamcare.html

Rural Study Explores Team-based Approach to Diabetes Care

May 22, 2019 - Results of a study recently published in the Southern Medical Journal highlight the effectiveness of a team-based approach to managing diabetes in a rural primary care setting.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190522ruraldiabetes.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

Oct 14, 2019 - In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

Conflicting Beliefs Shouldn't Hinder Patient Care

Aug 28, 2018 - Recent news of pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions raises a question: What happens when the beliefs of a health care professional conflict with those of a patient?

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180828lv-pharmrefusal.html

Self-care: What Patients Want vs. What Physicians Can Provide

Dec 3, 2019 - Family physician Wayne Jonas, M.D., writes that a survey shows a big disconnect between patients' interest in self-care and the amount of information they get from physicians on the subject.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191203guested-selfcare.html

AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

Oct 14, 2019 - A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

Sep 3, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.html

Here's What You Need to Know About Primary Care First

Nov 12, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes key points of the new Primary Care First program.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191112itt-PCF.html

Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Feb 5, 2019 - Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.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

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

Jul 2, 2018 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., shares lessons she has learned from the students and residents she trains, saying they give her hope for our future.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180702fp-trainees.html

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

Nov 20, 2019 - New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20191120socialneeds-burnout.html

Researchers Investigate Primary Care Professional Burnout

Jan 31, 2018 - Researchers surveyed physicians and other primary care professionals in a medical home setting to see how task-sharing is related to physician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20180131burnoutstudy.html

Why Am I a Family Physician? Because FPs Are the 'Real Docs'

Aug 3, 2018 - Why family medicine? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes the case for students to choose the specialty and for policymakers to invest more in it.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180803lv-fmchoice.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

Mar 7, 2019 - Bills have been introduced in Congress that would authorize funding for the teaching health center program. Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., makes the case for supporting the model, and tells others how they can help.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190307lv-thcgme.html

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Apr 30, 2019 - Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190430fp-keeplearning.html

The Match Can Be Daunting; Here's How to Keep It Simple

Mar 9, 2018 - The Match is just a week away. Fourth-year medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., offers advice for students who will be going through the process in the future.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180309lv-prematch.html

I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles

Sep 17, 2018 - Patients need doctors, but some need more help to achieve better health. Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes about the dramatic difference a community health worker has made in her practice.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180917fp-commhealth.html

Researchers Push Primary Care Teams to 'Power Up'

Jul 16, 2019 - Researchers describe a new model that extends clinician visits to team visits by pairing each physician with highly trained nurses or medical assistants.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190716primarycareteams.html

DTC Tests Raise Questions Among Patients, Physicians

Mar 29, 2018 - With so many questions about the risks and benefits of direct-to-consumer genetic tests that are hitting the market, we asked two of our new physician bloggers for their insights.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180329fp-dtctests.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

Jan 14, 2019 - The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

ZDoggMD: Primary Care Key to Fixing Broken Health Care System

Oct 16, 2018 - During a main-stage presentation at the Family Medicine Experience, Zubin Damania, M.D. -- known to fans of his comedic and musical talents as ZDoggMD -- used a mock patient visit with Winnie-the-Pooh to illustrate what's wrong with health care.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-zdoggmd.html

Researchers Make the Case for Home-based Medical Care

Dec 12, 2018 - Noting an increase in the use of home-based medical care in the United States, researchers conclude that more primary care clinicians willing to provide this type of care are needed, and they call for improvements in value-based payment to help fill that gap.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181212homecare.html

What I Learned as a New Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., reflects on what she has learned in her first seven years as a small, rural practice owner.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180615fp-ollerfinale.html

NY Physicians, Health Officials Create EVALI Assessment Tool

Dec 4, 2019 - A diverse group of medical professionals and public health officials, including a team of physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., recently created a vaping-related lung illness assessment tool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191204evalitool.html

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline in the Golden State

Jun 25, 2018 - Jo Marie Reilly, M.D., M.P.H., developed an innovative program at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to draw more medical students to primary care.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180625fdf-reilly.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Sep 4, 2019 - Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health

Jun 12, 2019 - Members of the Practical Playbook initiative have released The Practical Playbook II, a new text that showcases the integration of public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612practicalplaybook2.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

Apr 6, 2018 - To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180406everyoneteam-based.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

Study Calls for Clarity on SDOH, Related Terminology

Jun 10, 2019 - Researchers have found considerable differences in the way individual health care professionals, organizations and other stakeholders use shared language, such as social determinants of health and related terms.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190610sdohterms.html

Family Medicine Cares USA Supports Free Medical Clinics

Apr 19, 2018 - The AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Cares USA program awards grants to free health clinics in the United States to help purchase needed medical equipment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180419fmcusa.html

AAFP to HHS: Let Physicians Transform Their Practices

Nov 6, 2018 - In response to a request for information, the AAFP urged HHS' Office of Inspector General to confirm that any new CMS action would allow for physician collaboration and partnerships to improve care delivery and appropriate beneficiary incentives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181106hhsoigltr.html

Take a Look: Three New AAFP TIPS Products Now Available

Oct 19, 2018 - The AAFP recently added three new topics to the Transformation in Practice Series that the Academy launched last spring: clinical data registries, continuity of care and team documentation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181019newtips.html

Lessons Learned From a Legislative Victory

Jun 22, 2018 - Tennessee AFP President Sherry L. Robbins, M.D., writes that courage and collaboration were critical in shutting down a potentially harmful scope-of-practice bill in her state legislature.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180622gsted-tennafp.html

Caring for Olympic Team a Golden Opportunity

May 21, 2018 - Allyson Howe, M.D., wanted a career that included caring for athletes. She achieved that goal as the head physician for the Olympic champion U.S. women's hockey team.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180521fdf-howe.html

The EveryONE Project Introduces Neighborhood Navigator

Jul 25, 2018 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched another user-friendly tool to help family physicians address social determinants of health at the point of care: The Neighborhood Navigator.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725neighbornav.html

New Research Shows Fewer Family Physicians Seeing Children

Sep 11, 2019 - New longitudinal research conducted in Vermont shows that fewer family physicians are taking care of children. Rather, the researchers verified previous findings that showed a temporal trend of child visits moving from family medicine to pediatric practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190911fpschildren.html

FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience

May 28, 2019 - New research from the American Board of Family Medicine examines why physicians joined a practice transformation network, what they expected and what they got from the experience.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190528ptnetworsks.html

Family Medicine Is Ticket to Wide World of Sports Medicine

Aug 26, 2019 - Amy Leu, D.O., combined two of her passions -- sports and health care -- in a career that has taken her around the globe.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190826fdf-leu.html

CDC Launches #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series

Aug 13, 2019 - The CDC launched a new website for its #HowIRecommend videos series, featuring health care professionals talking about how they recommend vaccines to different types of patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190813reccvaccvideos.html

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

Feb 16, 2018 - CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students' ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180216studentdocumentation.html

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline

Sep 10, 2018 - Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is using research to understand the factors that influence student choice and, ultimately, improve the family physician pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180910fdf-phillips.html

Study Suggests Link Between FP Scope of Practice, Burnout

Jun 27, 2018 - New research published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests FPs with a broader scope of practice early in their careers may be less likely to feel burned out.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20180627burnout.html

AAFP Rolls Out Well-being Planner to Help Fight Burnout

Apr 24, 2018 - The AAFP has expanded its Physician Health First initiative to include an online well-being planner as part of an ongoing effort to combat physician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20180424wbplanner.html

AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear 'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law

Sep 5, 2018 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180905starkletter.html

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Mar 27, 2019 - Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

Study: Talking About Medication Costs Yields Rewards

Jun 5, 2019 - Researchers found that a 60-minute training intervention with physician practices helped increase the frequency of cost-of-medication conversations with patients, which, in turn, enabled clinicians to identify those for whom cost was a specific barrier.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190605costconversations.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

Apr 27, 2018 - The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

Mar 22, 2018 - The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Latest Toolkit

Oct 11, 2018 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolkit to help family physicians address social determinants of health in their practices and communities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181011everyoneproject.html

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

Jul 3, 2018 - The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180703hlthframewrk.html

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

Mar 4, 2019 - A recent article in Family Medicine sums up the outcomes of three years of work by the Family Medicine for America's Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190304fmahworkforce.html

New Transformation in Practice Series Simplifies Change

May 25, 2018 - A new product created for family physicians is now available to be used as a team-based tool that makes practice improvement smoother and easier.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180525tips.html

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

Jan 11, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190111oudprevresearchplan.html

People in the News/Awards -- November/December

Dec 21, 2018 - AAFP members frequently receive various honors or are named to leadership positions. During the past two months, a pair of Academy members were so recognized.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20181221people-novdec.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

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

Apr 3, 2019 - The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190403wpsi-anxiety.html

What Influences Scope of Practice for Rural FPs?

May 25, 2018 - A new study published in Family Medicine attempts to answer questions surrounding the decision to practice family medicine in rural areas and the factors that cause some rural FPs to limit their scope of practice.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180525ruralscope.html

The EveryONE Project Builds on Successful Year for 2019

Jan 2, 2019 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190102sdohtools.html

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities

Apr 30, 2018 - Family physician Denise Rodgers, M.D., is leading a broad community effort to eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, fitness, housing and mental health in Newark, N.J.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180430fdf-rodgers.html

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Oct 22, 2018 - Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

Oct 3, 2018 - According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003buprenorphine.html

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

Sep 5, 2018 - A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180905twentyfiveby2030.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

May 29, 2018 - HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

Jan 9, 2018 - The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180109sdohtools.html

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