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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

Medicaid

Jul 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for fair and effective regulations impacting family physicians and patients served by this vital program that provides health care for vulnerable populations.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/medicaid.html

Medical Student Debt

Jul 15, 2019 - The cost of medical education can impact the specialty of family medicine. The AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce/debt.html

Teaching Residents to Share Their Stories

Jul 15, 2019 - When he was ready for the next step in his career, past AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., found the best of all worlds as a family medicine department chair.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190715fdf-blackwelder.html

Congress of Delegates to Convene Sept. 23-25 in Philadelphia

Jul 15, 2019 - The 2019 Congress of Delegates will meet Sept. 23-25 in Philadelphia in conjunction with the AAFP Family Medicine Experience, which is scheduled for Sept. 24-28.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190715codcandannounce.html

My Teen Patient Opened Up About Her Suicide Attempt

Jul 15, 2019 - Teen suicide rates are on the rise. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a recent visit with a teenage patient who survived a suicide attempt.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190715fp-teensuicide.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

Under Pressure: Health Care Needs Reform, Stable Markets

Mar 5, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update after legislators from both sides of the aisle introduced bills regarding health insurance.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190305itt-insurancereform.html

Palliative Care in Advanced Dementia - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2019 - What is the best way for family physicians to determine prognosis and applicability of palliative care for patients with dementia?

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p456.html

Curious About the ABFM Pilot? Here's My Experience So Far

Mar 4, 2019 - Family physicians have long clamored for an alternative to the high-stakes continuing certification exam. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., offers her perspective on the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190304lv-fmcla.html

Myocardial Infarction: Expert Consensus Group Provides Updated Definition - Practice ...

Mar 1, 2019 - An expert consensus group of the European Society of Cardiology, American College of Cardiology Foundation, American Heart Association, and World Heart Federation has provided an updated universal definition of myocardial infarction.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p334.html

Annular Skin Lesions on the Chest - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2019 - A woman presented with multiple scaly plaques of varying size on her neck and chest.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0415/p517.html

Mild TBI in Children: Guidance from the CDC for Diagnosis and Treatment - Practice ...

Apr 1, 2019 - Mild traumatic brain injury in children is a major problem in the United States. Based on a systematic literature review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations specific to children with Glasgow Coma Scale scores of 13 to 15.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p462.html

Sports Medicine -- FP Essentials

Jul 11, 2019 - FP Essentials is a monthly monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition is available for individual purchase.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/482-ed.html

When It Comes to Hiring Faculty Physicians, Money Talks

Jul 11, 2019 - Results of a survey of family medicine department chairs provide new insight into the factors associated with successfully filling vacancies for faculty physicians.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190711facultyhiring.html

A New Lexicon for Physicians: A Poem for Physicians Who Care -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - What if EHRs, MIPS, and MACRA all stood for something else--something truly meaningful?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p36.html

Improving Vaccination Rates for the 2018-2019 Influenza Season -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - This organizational supplement summarizes information and resources the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) develops, utilizes, and disseminates to family physicians and their health care teams to increase influenza vaccination rates.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p17.html

CMS finds errors in MIPS payment adjustments -- FPM

Mar 1, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is working to fix errors in how this year's MIPS payment adjustments were applied to some physicians.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Two ways to address difficult emotions in the exam room -- FPM

Mar 1, 2019 - When patients display negative emotions in the exam room, such as anger or frustration, asking them about their feelings can feel risky. Using these two strategies can help you better address patients’ difficult emotions and protect the healing process.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Resolution No. 502 (New York State E) - Single Payer as a Viable Option to America’s ...

Jul 10, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians include the data and conclusions of Board Report F on Single Payer Health Care System to the 2017 Congress of Delegates in evidence-based AAFP educational programs, continuing medical education activities, and stage ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2018/resolutions2/newyork-e.mem.html

Resolution No. *** (Missouri B) - Eliminating Barriers in Rural Communities for Cardiac...

Jul 10, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) request the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Coverage Determination for Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs rules be modified to allow for cardiac rehabilitation programs in rural counties to ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2019/resolutions2/missouri-b.mem.html

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)

Jul 10, 2019 - Read the AAFP's policy on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/e-cigarettes.html

Tobacco Advertising and Labeling

Jul 10, 2019 - Read AAFP's policy on Tobacco Advertising and Labeling.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Webinar Will Cover Best Practices for Tapering Opioids

Jul 10, 2019 - The National Academy of Medicine will host a free webinar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 22 to discuss best practices and evidence standards on tapering patients off opioids. NAM plans to publish a discussion paper that builds on the webinar early next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190710opioidtaper.html

Learn to Conquer Your EHR System During 'Happy Hour'

Jul 10, 2019 - A recent article in the July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine describes how implementation of a peer-to-peer learning format has eased physician frustrations with their EHRs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190710ehrhappyhour.html

Ten steps to better practice efficiency -- FPM

Feb 28, 2019 - Proven techniques borrowed from the manufacturing industry could help your practice operate more efficiently. Here are 10 steps to help eliminate bottlenecks in your workflow and save time.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Resolution No. *** (Co-Sponsored A) - Data Completeness and Family Medicine -- Congress...

Jul 9, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians direct its advocacy team to work with the National Academy for State Health Policy, the All-Payer Claims Database Council, the National Association of Health Data Organizations, and other interested organizations to ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2019/resolutions2/cosponsored-a.mem.html

FMX Community Service Impact

Jul 9, 2019 - FMX attendees will give back to the community by participating in community service at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/events/community-service.html

Bill Waiving Chronic Care Cost-sharing Wins AAFP Support

Jul 9, 2019 - The Academy is voicing strong support for legislation that would eliminate co-insurance requirements for Medicare beneficiaries needing chronic care management.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190709ccmbill.html

How to properly code for a Pap smear -- FPM

Feb 27, 2019 - Screening for cervical cancer is often included in the physical exam portion of a preventive medicine service. Follow this advice to see when you can bill separately for a Pap smear.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Migrant Health Care

Jul 8, 2019 - Read AAFP's position on family physician's role in educating migrant and seasonal workers' health care problems.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Be a Voice for Change in Health Care

Jul 8, 2019 - National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., has found numerous avenues to be an advocate for patients and family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190708fdf-richardson.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Older Men Who Smoked for AAA

Jul 8, 2019 - On June 18, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients. Men ages 65-75 who smoke or used to smoke benefit most from screening; the task force recommends one-time screening with ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190708uspstf-aaascreen.html

Full-scope Family Medicine Flourishes in Southwestern Kansas

Jul 8, 2019 - Family physician Drew Miller, M.D., is one of seven FPs providing high-quality, full-scope health care -- including delivering babies -- in the small town of Lakin, Kan., home to some 2,200 souls.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190708rural-miller.html

Management of Uterine Fibroids - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews - ...

Mar 1, 2019 - What are the comparative effectiveness and harms of treatments for uterine fibroids, and what is the risk of finding unexpected leiomyosarcoma in women with fibroids?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p330.html

The accurate valuation of office visits: one thing you can do -- FPM

Feb 25, 2019 - The relative value of office-based E/M codes is being reviewed. To help inform that review, family physicians can take this one critical step.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Finding the Right Mentor Is Worth the Quest

Feb 25, 2019 - Mentors, regardless of specialty, can have a profound effect on students. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a surgeon helped start him on his way to a career in medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190225lv-mentoring.html

Ensuring Primary Care Access in States with an Aging Family Physician Workforce - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - In many states, at least 40% of family physicians are older than 55. Therefore, policymakers should support broad training models that produce enough primary care physicians to meet state population needs.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p743.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Create annual visit plans for your patients | Use your EHR to close care gaps | Use passwords to practice mindfulness

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p32.html

New reports look at family medicine office visit billing -- FPM

Feb 22, 2019 - Here's what to do with that Medicare comparative billing report you may have received analyzing how you bill family medicine office visits.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Two simple ways to improve patient satisfaction with visit length -- FPM

Feb 22, 2019 - How do you prevent the patient complaint My doctor didn’t spend enough time with me, especially if you can’t increase visit length? Research points to two techniques that can help patients feel more satisfied with the amount of time you spend with them.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Take Note of Growing Demand for Subscription Services

Feb 22, 2019 - Consumer Reports recently advised consumers that direct primary care could save them money and improve their care. Allison Edwards, M.D., makes the case for the subscription model in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190222fp-subscriptioncare.html

Five Mobile Apps to Help You Organize Your Work and Your Life -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - The demands on physicians’ time have never been greater. These apps can help you keep up.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p11.html

Subcutaneous Nodules on the Chest, with Cough and Weight Loss - Photo Quiz - American ...

Apr 1, 2019 - A 60-year-old smoker presented with cough and hemoptysis. She had also developed several subcutaneous masses on her chest wall and left and right abdominal wall over the past several months.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p451.html

Academy Says House Bill Would Benefit Rural FPs, Patients

Jul 3, 2019 - Legislation recently introduced in the House that addresses Medicare cost indexes would greatly benefit rural family physicians and their patients, the AAFP recently told the bill's sponsor.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190703ruralhousebill.html

ACIP Approves New Guidance on HPV, Pneumococcal Vaccines

Jul 3, 2019 - During the June 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update its recommendations for use of the nine-valent HPV and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190703acipjunemtg.html

Fight for Improved Maternal Health Depends on FPs

Jul 3, 2019 - The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world. Jessica Taylor Goldstein, M.D., urges FPs to join her in a march to better outcomes.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190703guestedmaternal.html

Three myths about HIPAA -- FPM

Feb 21, 2019 - Although HIPAA has existed for more than 20 years, many organizations still struggle to interpret the law correctly. When their interpretations are too strict, it can make physician and staff jobs harder than they need to be. Here are three common myths about HIPAA.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Shift Health System's Focus From Profit to Prevention

Feb 21, 2019 - Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a single-payer system reserved for primary care would put the focus on keeping people healthy rather than on treating illness.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190221lv-change.html

Resolution No. *** (Missouri A) - Survey AAFP Members on Legislative and Regulatory ...

Jul 2, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) survey its active members every 3 years on advocacy and regulatory issues to allow for a comprehensive assessment of member opinions to guide and direct the strategic plan and efforts of the AAFP, and that the ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2019/resolutions2/missouri-a.mem.html

Revised Poverty Line Could Endanger Millions, AAFP Warns

Jul 2, 2019 - The AAFP has urged the Trump administration to reconsider a proposed recalibration of the federal poverty line that could greatly reduce the number of patients able to qualify for Medicaid and other safety-net programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190702revpovertyline.html

AAFP Joins U.S. Call to Action on Climate Change

Jul 2, 2019 - The AAFP has joined more than 70 other organizations in signing on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. The document features 10 policy recommendations that government leaders can use to address climate change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190702climatecall2action.html

Simple Clinical Prediction Rule Determines Risk of Heart Failure with Preserved ...

May 15, 2019 - A simple clinical prediction rule using noninvasive data can identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for HFPEF.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/od3.html

Leadership in State Government Advocacy -- Chapter Awards

Jul 1, 2019 - Read about the award for leadership in state government advocacy given to those who make outstanding contributions to improving a chapter's advocacy efforts.

About AAFP : Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

https://www.aafp.org/about/awards-scholarships/chapters/leadership.html

2019-20 AFP Podcast Team -- American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - The AFP Podcast is a discussion of the key evidence-based learning points from each issue of American Family Physician (AFP). Each episode includes brief summaries of articles and other features.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/podcast-2019-20.html

Bringing Family Medicine's Past to Bear on Its Future

Jul 1, 2019 - Aaron George, D.O., was inspired to follow in his uncle's footsteps as his hometown's family physician, but an opportunity to help expand the region's primary care pipeline altered his career path.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190701fdf-george.html

AAFP Urges Fix to Medicaid Funding for U.S. Territories

Jul 1, 2019 - The AAFP recently urged leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health to quickly address looming federal Medicaid funding shortfalls in five U.S. territories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190701medicaidterrcutoff.html

Study Compares USPSTF, Other Lung Cancer Screening Guidance

Jun 29, 2019 - A research letter published June 4 in Annals of Internal Medicine discussed a study that analyzed how new risk thresholds could identify more current/former smokers eligible for lung cancer screening.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190629lungcastudy.html

Resolution No. *** (Kansas A) - MAID/PAS Language of Choice -- Congress of Delegates

Jun 28, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians no longer reject the use of the phrases physician-assisted suicide and assisted suicide in formal statements or documents.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2019/resolutions2/kansas-a.mem.html

Study Links Social Media Posts, Professional Credibility

Jun 28, 2019 - New research from Canada indicates that posting even one negative comment on Facebook can damage a health care professional's credibility in the eyes of the public.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190628socialmediastudy.html

Hospital Privileging for Family Physicians

Jun 28, 2019 - Explore ways to avoid hospital privileging disputes and ways to solve problems when they arise.

Practice Management : Practice Ownership, Administration, and Staffing

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/administration/privileging.html

Resolution No. *** (Co-Sponsored B) - Tar Wars and Vaping -- Congress of Delegates

Jun 26, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians expand the anti-vaping and e-cigarette information included in the Tar Wars program to prevent vaping from erasing years of progress Tar Wars has made in curbing youth tobacco use, and annually update their Tar Wars ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2019/resolutions2/cosponsored-b.mem.html

Resolution No. *** (Florida A) - ABFM FMCLA Inconsistent with ABMS Vision Report ...

Jun 26, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians officially recognize the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) to be a summative assessment process, not a formative assessment process, therefore ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2019/resolutions2/florida-a.mem.html

Antitrust / Collective Negotiation -- Legal Issues

Jun 26, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for the update of antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the scope of these regulations.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/antitrust.html

Tobacco Use

Jun 26, 2019 - Primary care physicians play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction, as well as influencing legislation that promotes public health.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/tobacco.html

AAFP Fine-tunes Proposed Rule on GME, Rural Workforce

Jun 26, 2019 - A proposed CMS rule that could boost the primary care workforce without creating additional administrative burden needs refinement, the Academy told the agency in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626proposedippsrule.html

Academy Pinpoints Strengths, Weaknesses in Draft Senate Bill

Jun 26, 2019 - In detailed feedback to lawmakers on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, the AAFP applauded the bill's reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program while calling for increased funding for the program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626lhccaletter.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

AAFP-PT Central -- AAFP-PT

Jun 26, 2019 - Learn about the AAFP-PT online system that provides easy reporting and online access for your laboratory.

Practice Management : Office Labs

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/labs/pt-central.html

Rural Health Matters -- Programs and Initiatives

Jun 25, 2019 - The AAFP is committed to helping improve rural health care across our country. And in Summer 2019, the AAFP launched a plan to improve rural health.

About AAFP : Programs and Initiatives

https://www.aafp.org/about/initiatives/rural-health-initiative.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

AAFP Offers Guidance on Depression Care After ACS Events

Jun 25, 2019 - The AAFP has released a clinical practice guideline on screening for and treating depression after acute coronary syndrome. The guideline updates and replaces the Academy's guideline on detecting and treating depression after myocardial infarction, which was published in 2009 and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190625depressacsgdln.html

Aspirin, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, and Placebo Equally Effective in Preventing Colorectal ...

Jun 1, 2019 - After 12 months, neither aspirin nor EPA, alone or in combination, are any better than placebo at preventing colorectal adenomas in patients with high-risk neoplasia.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p717.html

Turns Out, You Can Go Home Again

Jun 24, 2019 - Rachel Franklin, M.D., walked away from a partnership in a large multispecialty practice to take on a greater role at her alma mater.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190624fdf-franklin.html

Postoperative Pain, Acute Stroke, Hormone Therapy, Diet to Improve Cardiovascular Risk,...

May 15, 2019 - 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/2019/0515/p606.html

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Jun 20, 2019 - The AAFP provides information for family physicians as health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/aca.html

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Jun 20, 2019 - Caring for uninsured children through Medicaid is a vital part of the current primary care system. The AAFP supports the continuing development and improvement of the CHIP initiative.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/aca/chip.html

Do Residents' Skills Match Medicare Patients' Needs?

Jun 20, 2019 - New research suggests that family medicine residents' training does not align with the most common procedures that Medicare patients need.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190620proceduretraining.html

Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt Burden Wins AAFP Support

Jun 20, 2019 - In a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, the AAFP called for passage of the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190620studentdebtbill.html

Vaccines 4 Teens

Jun 20, 2019 - The Vaccinations 4 Teens resources are an easy-to-use collection of materials that AAFP members, care teams, and office staff can customize and use to help educate parents/guardians and teen patients about four AAFP- and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended ...

Patient Care : Well-being and Prevention

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/public-health/immunizations/vaccines-teens.html

My Kidney Donation: Unexpected Twists - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - An altruistic kidney donation and an unexpected nephrectomy.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p672.html

Rethinking Roles: Your Colleagues’ and Your Own -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - How can you foster teamwork when you aren’t the boss?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p4.html

AAFP Delegation Stands Up for Residency Teaching Faculty

Jun 19, 2019 - AAFP delegates supported physicians-in-training during this year's AMA House of Delegates annual meeting as they sought to ensure that their instructors can devote adequate time to teaching duties.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190619ama-educ.html

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

Jun 19, 2019 - In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

USPSTF: Screen for HIV in Patients Ages 15-65

Jun 19, 2019 - On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted final recommendation statements and evidence reports on screening for and preventing HIV infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190619uspstfhivfinal.html

FPs Share Best Practices for Raising Immunization Rates

Jun 18, 2019 - Participants at the wrap-up conference for the AAFP's Adult Immunization Office Champions Project exchanged tips to improve adult immunization rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190618immchamps.html

CDC: Prescription Opioid Misuse Linked to Binge Drinking

Jun 18, 2019 - New research indicates that more than half of Americans ages 12 and older who have misused prescription opioids have also engaged in binge drinking.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190618opioid-bingedrnk.html

Participating in CMS' 2019 QPP? New Resources Available

Jun 18, 2019 - Check out new information available from CMS to help achieve success in the 2019 Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190618qppresources.html

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

Jun 17, 2019 - Monday, May 18 - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC | Plan to attend the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit to learn the latest on federal advocacy issues that impact family medicine and participate in key discussions with Congressional staff on Capitol Hill.

Events : Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmas.html

Command Performance: Caring for Families in the Line of Duty

Jun 17, 2019 - The way Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., sees it, his patients should always have access to the medical care they need -- even if they're in the middle of a war zone or providing relief in a hurricane-ravaged community.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190617fdf-kkelly.html

Study Looks at Formation of FPs' Professional Identity

Jun 17, 2019 - New research indicates that curricular changes and strong family physician role models are important factors in establishing professional identity among family medicine residents.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617profidentity.html

Wonca Seeks New CEO to Head Global Operations

Jun 17, 2019 - The World Organization of Family Doctors, better known as Wonca, is seeking a CEO to take the reins of this global, not-for-profit academic umbrella organization that represents more than 550,000 family and general practice physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617woncaceo.html

Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome -- Clinical Recommendation

Jun 17, 2019 - Access the AAFP's Guidelines for the Screening and Treatment of Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome.

Patient Care |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Clinical Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all/depression-acs.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2019 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Coding for immunization counseling | How to report after-hours clinic services | Who is eligible for chronic care management?

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p31.html

Skin Cancer -- FP Essentials

Jun 13, 2019 - FP Essentials is a monthly monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition is available for individual purchase.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/481-ed.html

Preparing for Serious Illness: A Model for Better Conversations over the Continuum of ...

Mar 1, 2019 - How can we ensure that our seriously ill patients routinely get the right care without relying on individual sacrifice and luck?

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p281.html

Humanitarian Award -- Family Physician Awards

Jun 12, 2019 - Learn about the AAFP Humanitarian Award recognizing humanitarian efforts both within and outside the United States.

About AAFP : Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

https://www.aafp.org/about/awards-scholarships/fp/humanitarian.html

Exemplary Teaching Awards -- Family Physician Awards

Jun 12, 2019 - Read about the awards recognizing individuals who have implemented outstanding educational programs or innovative teaching models.

About AAFP : Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

https://www.aafp.org/about/awards-scholarships/teachers/exemplary.html

JAMA Research: Elderly Deaths From Falls Increase

Jun 12, 2019 - Death rates from falls for older adults in the United States have significantly increased in the past 16 years, but an exercise program might help.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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