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End the Silence -- Make Every Voice Count

Jun 9, 2020 - In her first In the Trenches blog post, Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, writes that during a pivotal moment in U.S. history, it is important for family medicine to lead with compassion and strength.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200609itt-race.html

Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Pain

Jun 9, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy on Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Pain

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/acupuncture-treatment.html

Hospital Privileges as a Requirement for Insurance Participation

Jun 9, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy statement on Hospital Privileges as a Requirement for Insurance Participation.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/hospital-privileges.html

Medicaid, Core Principles

Jun 9, 2020 - Learn about AAFP's support of policies related to Medicaid care and payments.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/medicaid-principles.html

Point-of-Care Testing Policy

Jun 9, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy on Point-of-Care Testing.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/pointofcare-testing.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Diabetes Self-management Report

Jun 9, 2020 - The AAFP has collaborated with several other health care and diabetes organizations to publish a consensus report on the use of diabetes self-management education and support in adults with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200609diabetesconsensusrpt.html

Livestream AAFP Internal Medicine CME Virtual Conference -- CME

Jun 8, 2020 - Improve adult patient outcomes with AAFP’s Internal Medicine virtual CME conference Sep 30-Oct 3, 2020. Register for the full course or by session.

CME : CME by Topic

https://www.aafp.org/cme/cme-topic/all/internal-live/streaming.html

CMS opens Direct Contracting alternative payment program applications -- FPM

Jun 8, 2020 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has opened applications for its Direct Contracting program.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/direct_contracting_portal.html

How to respond to incivility -- FPM

Jun 8, 2020 - When you encounter rudeness, discrimination, or violence in your practice, stay calm and apply these seven strategies.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/responding_to_incivility.html

Discrimination, Family Medicine Residency Graduates

Jun 8, 2020 - Learn about AAFP's policy regarding discrimination of recent family medicine residency graduates

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/discrimination.html

Health Equity

Jun 8, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy regarding health equity.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/health-equity.html

Resident and Student Education, Discrimination In

Jun 8, 2020 - Read AAFP's discrimination policy in regards to resident and medical student education.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/student-education.html

Veteran FP Expanding His State's Physician Pipeline

Jun 8, 2020 - Under the direction of John Mitchell, M.D., the number of family medicine residency positions in Mississippi has more than doubled in eight years, and more new programs are in development.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200608fdf-mitchell.html

Recovering patient volume and practice finances in the wake of COVID-19: 12 tips -- FPM

Jun 7, 2020 - Patient volume has dropped 60% since the start of the pandemic, and practice revenues have declined 55%. Here’s what practices can do to recover.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/recovering_practice_finances.html

Three things physician leaders need to clarify -- FPM

Jun 6, 2020 - To manage all the tasks, projects, and requests for your time, you have to be clear on three things.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/leadership_three_things.html

Virtual Match Has Potential to Drive Innovation

Jun 5, 2020 - Recent medical school graduate Margaret Miller, M.D., M.P.H., offers advice to the Class of 2021 on a Match process that will be unlike any before it in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200605lv-virtualmatch.html

Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Infant Formula

Jun 4, 2020 - Learn about AAFP's policy on direct-to-consumer advertising of infant formula

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/advertising-formula.html

Antibiotics

Jun 4, 2020 - Read the AAFP's position on the appropriate use of antibiotic treatment.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/antibiotics.html

Antibiotic Resistance, Food Production and Human Health

Jun 4, 2020 - Read AAFP's position on the reducing antibiotic use in food production.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/antibiotic-resistance-food-human-health.html

Immunization Exemptions

Jun 4, 2020 - Read about AAFP's policies on immunization exemptions.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/immunizations-exemptions.html

Medical Necessity for the Hospitalization of the Abused and Neglected Child

Jun 4, 2020 - Read the AAFP's policy on the obligation of a family physician in cases of child abuse or neglect.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/medical-necessity.html

School Nutrition: Healthy Eating Options in Schools

Jun 4, 2020 - Read AAFP's position on the importance of nutrition in dietary offerings in schools.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/school-nutrition.html

Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Jun 4, 2020 - Read the AAFP's support of a tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the best interest of public health.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/sweetened-beverages.html

Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

Jun 4, 2020 - New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200604covidmatch.html

Academy Urges Congress to Extend Medicaid Payment Increase

Jun 4, 2020 - Upping the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for Medicaid is a vital response to COVID-19, the Academy and 18 other groups told congressional leaders in a June 2 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200604fmapletter.html

USPSTF: Studies Needed on Counseling Youth About Illicit Drugs

Jun 4, 2020 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that the evidence is insufficient to balance the benefits and harms of primary care-based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200604uspstfdrugs.html

Flawed Regulations Keep IMGs on Sidelines in Pandemic

Jun 4, 2020 - Shyam Odeti M.D., M.S., writes that thousands of immigrant physicians are willing to help in pandemic hotspots, but visa restrictions prohibit them from doing so.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200604guested-imgs.html

New Physician, Definition

Jun 3, 2020 - Read the AAFP's definition of new physician.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/new-physician.html

Discrimination, Physician

Jun 3, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy regarding discrimination of physicians.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-discrimination.html

Equal Representation of Women in Family Medicine

Jun 3, 2020 - Read the AAFP's policy on women in family medicine, including the goal for more women in leadership roles at the Academy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/women-family-medicine.html

Women's Health Care, Family Physicians Providing

Jun 3, 2020 - Read AAFP's position on the role of family physicians in treating women's healthcare needs.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/womens-health-care-fp.html

Women's Health Specialty

Jun 3, 2020 - Read the AAFP's policy statement on women's health specialty.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/womens-health-specialty.html

Women's Health Care

Jun 3, 2020 - Read the AAFP's position on the need for a sufficient family physician workforce to meet women's healthcare needs.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/womens-health-care.html

Fix Disparities, Payment to Improve Maternal Health, AAFP Advises

Jun 3, 2020 - The AAFP offered detailed advice to CMS on addressing the maternal mortality rate, including examining the role of racism, and improving access to care by family physicians and payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200603ruralmaternal.html

Snorkeling or Paralysis: An FP's Strange Experience With COVID-19

Jun 2, 2020 - Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., explains how the pandemic has forced him to try some unconventional things, including new approaches to personal protective equipment, in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

AAFP News : FPs on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200602fl-newapproaches.html

What Are the Actual Causes of Hospital Admissions?

Jun 2, 2020 - Kyle Leggott, M.D., and Graham Custar, M.D., look at the social drivers that actually lead to many hospital admissions.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200602fp-admissions.html

Welcome to Family Medicine; the AAFP Is Here to Help

Jun 2, 2020 - Third-year residents are wrapping up their training. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, offers advice on how the Academy can be an invaluable resource at this critical career stage in the Leader Voices Blog.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200602lv-newphysicians.html

Diabetes: Type 2 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on type 2 diabetes and related issues, including blood glucose levels, diabetic complications (such as ketoacidosis and neuropathy), glycemic control, insulin management, and gestational diabetes. This collection features AFP content on type 2 ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=7

Coronary Artery Disease/Coronary Heart Disease - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary heart disease (CHD) and related issues, including acute coronary syndrome, angina, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and myocardial infarction. This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=4

Neonatology/Newborn Issues - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on neonatology and newborn issues and related topics, including breastfeeding, circumcision, jaundice, newborn examination, newborn resuscitation, newborn screening, premature infant care, postpartum counseling, and well-child visits. This collection...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=18

Newborn Circumcision Techniques - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - Newborn male circumcision is a common elective surgical procedure for the removal of foreskin covering the glans penis. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p680.html

Nerve Blocks: Part I. Upper Extremity - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - Procedural anesthesia is administered by family physicians for a variety of conditions, including neuropathies, fracture reduction, foreign body removals, and complex wound management. A nerve block may be preferred because it provides effective regional anesthesia with less anesthetic....

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p654.html

Nerve Blocks: Part II. Lower Extremity - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2020 - Family physicians use anesthesia to provide diagnostic and procedural analgesia for conditions such as neuropathies, fracture reduction, foreign body removals, and complex wound management. Local infiltration of anesthetics is commonly used in this setting because of the ease of use, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p669.html

Operationalizing Virtual Visits During a Public Health Emergency -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Providing options for remote access to care can keep your practice running and your patients healthy when an infectious disease outbreak prevents you from seeing them in person.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p5.html

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: AAFP and Others Update Recommendations - Practice...

Jun 1, 2020 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)and others have published the 5th edition of the preparticipation physical evaluation monograph. Revisions include new mental health and transgender sections and expansion of the female athlete chapter.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p692.html

Implementing Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Primary Care Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - In-office blood pressure readings are often inaccurate or insufficient. Here’s a way to get a better picture of how your patients are doing and get paid for it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p19.html

Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes Is Not Ready for Widespread Adoption -...

Jun 1, 2020 - Although continuous glucose monitoring may benefit patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, there is limited evidence that it offers similar benefits in patients with type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether they are taking insulin.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p646.html

Managing a Telephone Encounter: Five Tips for Effective Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Doctoring by phone is a skill I never thought I’d have to learn.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p4.html

CMS answers more key questions on telehealth billing during COVID-19 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated a frequently asked questions page with new guidance on billing Medicare during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_may_faqs.html

Emergency Contraception: Safety and Effectiveness - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Oral mifepristone (Mifeprex), ulipristal (Ella), levonorgestrel-releasing emergency contraception (Plan B One-Step), ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel, and the copper intrauterine device (IUD; Paragard) are safe and effective for emergency contraception.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p651.html

Pruritic Hyperkeratotic Papules on the Legs of a Patient with Atopic Dermatitis - Photo...

Jun 1, 2020 - A presented with an intensely pruritic rash on both lower legs that coincided with progressive worsening of his chronic atopic dermatitis.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p689.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Mental health screenings | Reporting multiple management services | Transferring paper notes to the medical record

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p31.html

A Physician’s Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - To get what you need to create a more ideal practice, you must learn to navigate the bureaucracy of your organization. Here’s how.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p26.html

Decompression Surgery, Fabric Masks, Heat Stroke, e-Cigarette Use - AFP Clinical ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p648.html

Potential of Fetal Fibronectin Testing to Prevent Preterm Birth - Cochrane for ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Fetal fibronectin testing may reduce preterm birth, although the evidence is not strong enough to recommend regular testing.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p652.html

Supplemental Oxygen Therapy for Nonhypoxemic Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome - ...

Jun 1, 2020 - No conclusive evidence demonstrates that routine use of supplemental oxygen therapy is associated with clinical benefit or harm in nonhypoxemic patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI).

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p687.html

No Short-Term Extra Benefit when Muscle Relaxants Are Added to Ibuprofen for Acute Low ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Adding a muscle relaxant to treatment with ibuprofen does not improve functional outcomes or pain, or lessen the number of people reporting moderate to severe back pain one week after starting treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p695.html

For Three-Vessel Disease, but Not Left Main Disease, CABG Is Preferred Over PCI - POEMs...

Jun 1, 2020 - For patients with left main disease, PCI with a drug-eluting stent and CABG had similar all-cause mortality rates at 10 years. For those with three-vessel disease, CABG is associated with lower 10-year mortality.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p698.html

Protecting Family Well-Being Through Social Connectivity and Time Management -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Families are a physician’s core source of support. Making time to nurture family connections is crucial to keeping that support system strong.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p13.html

Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times: Seven Tips -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - As a physician leader, you can help provide clarity, calm, and cohesion.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p36.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2020 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2020 - Check for COVID-19 updates on home isolation and work notes | Ask patients to submit vitals before telehealth | Adapt your documentation setup for telehealth

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p32.html

Useful Signs and Symptoms for Diagnosing Hip Osteoarthritis - POEMs - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Although plain radiographs are often used to diagnose hip OA, the correlation between radiographic indicators of hip arthritis and hip pain is low.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p696.html

Supplemental MRI Screening in Women with Very Dense Breasts Reduces Interval Cancer ...

Jun 1, 2020 - Supplemental MRI screening for women with very dense breasts compared with mammography alone every two years significantly reduces the likelihood of an interval cancer, from 5 per 1,000 to 2.5 per 1,000 in the intention-to-treat population and to 0.8 per 1,000 in the per-protocol ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p695a.html

Setting an Example for Native Youth

Jun 1, 2020 - Clint Brayfield, M.D., beat the odds to become a Native American physician. Now he hopes to inspire others to follow his path.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200601fdf-brayfield.html

AAFP Endorses Bill Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities

Jun 1, 2020 - In a May 28 letter, the Academy voiced support for legislation that would create a task force to address racial and ethnic health disparities associated with COVID-19.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200601coviddisparities.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Metformin ER Products

Jun 1, 2020 - The FDA is asking several pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily recall products containing extended-release formulations of metformin, a drug prescribed to millions of patients with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200601metforminrecall.html

New Senior VP Takes Reins of AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Jun 1, 2020 - Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, fields our questions in this QandA.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200601quinnqa.html

Practice Reopening Guidance

Jun 1, 2020 - Conflicting information can make it difficult for practices to make decisions about resuming in-person visits. This guidance is meant to help you weigh decisions about your practice operations.

Patient Care : Public Health Emergencies

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus/Covid-19-practice-management/practice-reopening-guidance.html

AAFP Urges Continued Participation in World Health Organization for Vital Health Care ...

Jun 1, 2020 - AAFP Urges Continued Participation in World Health Organization for Vital Health Care Advancements

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/aafp-urges-continued-participation-in-world-health-organization-for-vital-health-care-advancements.html

Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive ...

Jun 1, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2020 Issue Medicine by the Numbers A Collaboration of TheNNT.com and AFP Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease BRYAN ZORKO, MD, and MICHAEL RITCHIE, MD Am Fam Physician. 2020 Jun...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/od1.html

Sexual Health Communication Strategies for Breast Cancer Survivors - Letters to the ...

Jun 1, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2020 Issue Letters to the Editor Sexual Health Communication Strategies for Breast Cancer Survivors Am Fam Physician. 2020 Jun 1;101(11):644. Original Article: Primary Care of Breast Cancer Survivors Issue Date: March 15, 2019 Available...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p644.html

AAFP Condemns All Forms of Racism

May 31, 2020 - AAFP Condemns All Forms of Racism

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/aafp-condemns-all-forms-of-racism.html

Four virtual visit options for treating patients who can't do video -- FPM

May 30, 2020 - Patients may be leery about coming into your office during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how many safety measures you take. Here are four ways to treat them remotely even if they don’t have the equipment or technological know-how to do video visits.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/virtual_visit_options.html

How to collect patient vitals for telehealth visits, including AWVs -- FPM

May 29, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently clarified how physicians can collect biometric data for Medicare annual wellness visits from patients who are in their homes.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/telehealth_visit_vitals.html

Lend Your Voice to Academy's Week of Action

May 29, 2020 - Due to the pandemic, the Academy is taking its annual advocacy event online. John Cullen, M.D., urges family physicians to make their voices heard June 1-5 to help stabilize, strengthen and sustain primary care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200529lv-weekofaction.html

AAFP NRN/Graham Center Surveys Track COVID-19's Effects

May 29, 2020 - Results from a series of weekly surveys from the AAFP National Research Network and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care demonstrate the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on family physicians and their practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200529covidsurveys.html

CMS: Patients can self-report vitals for Medicare AWV telehealth visits -- FPM

May 28, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified that during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) patients may self-report vital signs and other biometric data for Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) done via telehealth.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_awv_vitals.html

Gallows humor in the time of COVID-19 -- FPM

May 28, 2020 - Gallows humor has long been a part of medicine, and research shows that when deployed appropriately, it can relieve tension in stressful situations.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid_gallows_humor.html

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit Powers Up Remotely

May 28, 2020 - The AAFP is rallying members nationwide to schedule virtual meetings to lobby elected officials in support of family medicine and attend an all-member online town hall.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200528virtualfmas.html

Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Announces 2020 Scholars

May 28, 2020 - The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is announcing that two scholars have been selected to begin work on clinical research projects.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200528rapsdischolars.html

New AAFP Resources Prepare Members for E/M Coding Changes

May 28, 2020 - The AAFP is rolling out resources to help members take advantage of big changes to office/outpatient evaluation and management visit coding -- and payment -- that are coming Jan. 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200528emresources.html

Navigating Paper Walls, Digital Windows in Pandemic

May 27, 2020 - Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post that masks and other COVID-19 precautions have changed the way he communicates with patients in his rural practice.

AAFP News : FPs on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200527fl-ruralcovid.html

COVID-19: Two Sides of the Looking Glass

May 27, 2020 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., relates the complex experience of being both a physician treating patients who are COVID-19-positive and a relative of a patient with COVID-19.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200527fp-lookingglass.html

The secret to job satisfaction? Ask for what you need -- FPM

May 26, 2020 - Many practices exist within a vast bureaucracy of rules and policies. To create a more satisfying practice, you must ask for what you need. Here's how.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/ask_for_what_you_need.html

What Lies Ahead

May 26, 2020 - Family physicians will never relinquish the future of their discipline to someone else's vision, Shawn Martin writes in his final In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200526itt-whatliesahead.html

AFP Podcast: Episode 110 - May 15, 2020 -- American Family Physician

May 26, 2020 - Episode 110 includes discussions on ectopic pregnancy, varicose veins, screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, the older driver, atopic dermatitis, top 20 POEMs of 2019, and a COVID-19 research brief.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/podcast/110.html

What family physicians are earning -- FPM

May 25, 2020 - Family physician total compensation averaged $234,000 per year at the outset of 2020, according to a new report. But how will COVID-19 affect physicians financially?

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/what_family_physicians_earn.html

AAFP, Others Warn Azar of Imminent Primary Care Closures

May 22, 2020 - Funding to independent and community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid participants, must come soon, the AAFP and other groups told HHS this week.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200522closurewarning.html

AAFP to Congress: Restart Advance Payments Before It's Too Late

May 21, 2020 - The AAFP signaled strong support for new legislation that would revamp CMS' Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment program for Medicare Part B.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200521aapletter.html

Can't Come to KC? The AAFP Is Bringing Meetings to You

May 21, 2020 - Restrictions on large meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic are prompting important AAFP events -- including elections for some leadership positions -- to move online.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200521virtualelection.html

How Do We Talk About the Worst-case Scenario?

May 20, 2020 - Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Allison Edwards, M.D., ponders the best way to broach the subject of end-of-life care with a relatively young patient panel in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200520fp-endoflife.html

New STFM Podcast Series Shines a Light on COVID-19

May 20, 2020 - The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has launched a new podcast series that examines lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic from an academic medicine perspective.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200520stfmpodcasts.html

Offer Behavioral Counseling to Prevent CVD in at-Risk Adults

May 20, 2020 - On May 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent cardiovascular disease in at-risk adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200520uspstfcvd.html

Pandemic Shows Intern the Power of Family Medicine

May 19, 2020 - Jordan Hoese, M.D., M.P.H., launches the AAFP's new FPs on the Front Lines blog by writing that her intern year hasn't been what she expected, but it's teaching her the adaptability she'll need as a family physician.

AAFP News : FPs on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200519fl-intern.html

Breastfeeding and COVID-19

May 19, 2020 - Read AAFP's position on breastfeeding and COVID-19.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-covid19.html

Medical Learner Safety and Wellness During Pandemic Crisis

May 19, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy on Medical Learner Safety and Wellness During Pandemic Crisis.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/learnersafety-pandemic.html

Prescription of COVID-19 Medications

May 19, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy on Prescription of COVID-19 Medications

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/prescription-covid19.html

Four algorithms that answer key questions about COVID-19 -- FPM

May 18, 2020 - For quick guidance on virtual visits, ending home isolation, patient scheduling, and staff illness, download these algorithms.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid_algorithms.html

Staying Connected With Patients Despite Barriers

May 18, 2020 - When COVID-19 shut down her health system's patient classes, Darlene Lawrence, M.D., found a way to keep the group wellness course going.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200518fdf-lawrence.html

Academy Lauds Bills Recognizing Vital Need for IMGs

May 18, 2020 - Recapturing 15,000 unused physician immigrant visas from previous fiscal years would enable our U.S. physicians to have the support they need, the AAFP recently told lawmakers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200518visaletters.html

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