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Independent Research Shows Value of AAFP Advocacy

Mar 6, 2018 - A Washington research firm evaluated the efficacy and impact of the AAFP's advocacy activities. In this In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180306ITT_research.html

Care of the Colorectal Cancer Survivor - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and has a five-year survival rate of 65%. The American Cancer Society and other experts have released guidelines on surveillance, health promotion, screening for other malignancies, and management of treatment ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p331.html

Ibuprofen Plus Acetaminophen Equals Opioid Plus Acetaminophen for Acute Severe ...

Mar 1, 2018 - In adults presenting to the emergency department with acute extremity pain severe enough to warrant radiologic investigation, ibuprofen plus acetaminophen was equally effective in reducing pain intensity at two hours compared with three different opioid and acetaminophen combination ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p348.html

Webcast: The Business of Telemedicine -- Health IT Guides

Feb 28, 2018 - Access this webinar for insights on implementing telemedicine in your practice. Learn how to assess readiness and how to find resources to guide your implementation efforts.

Practice Management : Health-IT Guides

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/health-it/telemedicine-telehealth/telemedicine-webinar.html

FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Concussion Evaluation

Feb 23, 2018 - On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180223concussiontest.html

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic ...

Feb 16, 2018 - America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2018/americas-frontline-physicians-call-on-government-to-act-on-the-public-health-epidemic-of-gun-violence.html

Family Physician Compensation and Employment Contracts -- Physician Payment

Feb 7, 2018 - Purchase this on-demand webcast to learn what you need to know before negotiating an employment agreement.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/contracts/webinar.html

Effectiveness of ACL Injury Prevention Programs - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Feb 1, 2018 - ACL injury prevention programs reduce the incidence of ACL injuries by at least 50% in a variety of sports, and should be used for all athletes. There is no evidence that any particular prevention program or component is superior.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/od2.html

Tremor: Sorting Through the Differential Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2018 - Tremor is an involuntary, rhythmic, oscillatory movement of a body part. It is the most common movement disorder encountered in primary care. The diagnosis of tremor is based on clinical information obtained from the history and physical examination. The most common tremors in patients ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p180.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Reciprocal billing during extended absences | ICD-10 coding for accidents without injury | Removal of impacted cerumen

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p33.html

Getting to No: How to Respond to Inappropriate Patient Requests -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - The five-step FAVER approach can help you say no to uncomfortable requests while preserving the patient relationship.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p25.html

Evidence Poses a Challenge to Imaging Standards in the Diagnosis of Pneumonia - Letters...

Feb 1, 2018 - ...access to diagnostic equipment, we agree that a chest radiograph may not be required in every case of suspected pneumonia. This decision should be based on individual patient risk factors, population prevalence of pneumonia, pretest probability, and an estimate of the potential...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p158.html

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?

Jan 30, 2018 - A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180130ehrreferrals.html

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds

Jan 26, 2018 - A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journal Brain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126subconcussivecte.html

Coding: Medicare Part B and Part D Vaccine Coverage -- Physician Payment

Jan 23, 2018 - Find out what vaccine coverage is offered by Medicare Part B and Part D.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/coding/admin/partb.html

Noninfectious Penile Lesions - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2018 - Noninfectious penile lesions are classified by clinical presentation as papulosquamous (e.g., psoriasis), inflammatory (e.g., lichen sclerosus, lichen nitidus, lichen planus), vascular (e.g., angiokeratomas), or neoplastic (e.g., carcinoma in situ, invasive squamous cell carcinoma). ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0115/p102.html

Heel Pain: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2018 - The differential diagnosis of heel pain is extensive, but a mechanical etiology is the most common. The specific anatomic location of the pain can help guide diagnosis. The most common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, which leads to medial plantar heel pain, especially with the first ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0115/p86.html

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

Jan 12, 2018 - The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180112cdcopioidclarify.html

Cesarean Delivery in Family Medicine (Position Paper)

Jan 4, 2018 - Read the AAFP's position on the role of family physicians in delivering maternity care including cesarean delivery.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/cesarean-delivery.html

Ear Pain: Diagnosing Common and Uncommon Causes - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2018 - Otalgia (ear pain) is a common presentation in the primary care setting with many diverse causes. Pain that originates from the ear is called primary otalgia, and the most common causes are otitis media and otitis externa. Examination of the ear usually reveals abnormal findings in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p20.html

Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2018 - FGM/C involves partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for nonmedical reasons. It is considered a human rights violation. It has no known health benefits, but many reported harmful consequences.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p49.html

Chronic Kidney Disease: Detection and Evaluation - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2017 - Chronic kidney disease affects 47 million people in the United States and is associated with significant health care costs, morbidity, and mortality. Because this disease can silently progress to advanced stages, early detection is critical for initiating timely interventions. Multiple ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/p776.html

Pigmentation Disorders: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2017 - Pigmentation disorders are commonly diagnosed, evaluated, and treated in primary care practices. Typical hyperpigmentation disorders include postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, solar lentigines, ephelides (freckles), and café au lait macules. These conditions are generally ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/p797.html

Vision Screening in Children Aged 6 Months to 5 Years: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Dec 15, 2017 - The USPSTF recommends vision screening at least once in all children aged 3 to 5 years to detect amblyopia or its risk factors.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od1.html

Acupuncture Is Ineffective for Treatment of Low Back Pain - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 15, 2017 - ...5. Bergqvist D. Vascular injuries caused by acupuncture. A systematic review. Int Angiol. 2013;32(1):1–8. Read the full article. Get immediate access, anytime, anywhere. Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Earn up to 6 CME credits per issue. Already a...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/ol2.html

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