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When you’re more current than Medicare -- FPM

Mar 5, 2020 - Claims getting denied because of Medicare's outdated national coverage determination codes? Here's what to do.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 5, 2020 - Family physicians need the latest information to manage their practice and patient care during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Patient Care : Public Health Emergencies

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus.html

AAFP Applauds Funding Package for Coronavirus Response Efforts; Urges Communication and...

Mar 5, 2020 -

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/aafp-applauds-funding-package.html

Webcast: AAFP’s New Credit Application - What You Need to Know -- CME

Mar 4, 2020 - This webcast will address benefits of and changes to the new AAFP credit application and how to prepare for when it launches.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/creditsys/about/tutorials/webinar-new-credit-application-what-you-need-to-know.html

Jennifer L. Brull, MD, FAAFP

Mar 4, 2020 - AAFP Candidate Jennifer L. Brull, MD, FAAFP

2020 Candidates for AAFP Leadership : Board of Directors

https://www.aafp.org/candidates/board/cand1.mem.html

Get to Know the 2020 Candidates for AAFP Leadership

Mar 4, 2020 - Candidates for the AAFP Board.

2020 Candidates for AAFP Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/candidates.mem.html

Erica W. Swegler, MD, FAAFP

Mar 4, 2020 - AAFP Candidate Erica W. Swegler, MD, FAAFP

2020 Candidates for AAFP Leadership : President-Elect

https://www.aafp.org/candidates/pres/cand3.mem.html

Get to Know the 2020 Candidates for AAFP Leadership

Mar 4, 2020 - Candidates for the AAFP Board.

2020 Candidates for AAFP Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/content/aafp/candidates.mem.html

AAFP to CMS: Don't Add to Physicians' Administrative Burden

Mar 4, 2020 - CMS should maintain automatic reenrollment policies for exchange plans to protect physicians, patients and the market, the AAFP advised in a March 2 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200304paymentparameters.html

Coronavirus Takes Center Stage at February ACIP Meeting

Mar 4, 2020 - Members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices received updates on the evolving coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, as well as on seasonal influenza surveillance, during the group's Feb. 26-27 meeting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200304acipmtg.html

Cannabis Use in Older Adults Continues Upward Trend

Mar 4, 2020 - A recent analysis of patient data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that cannabis use among older adults increased steadily between 2015 and 2018.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200304cannabisuse.html

2020 Member Survey Is Your Chance to Steer AAFP's Work

Mar 4, 2020 - The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the extended deadline of April 30.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

Mar 3, 2020 - The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.html

Webcast: Medicaid Block Grant and Per Capita Caps Guidance

Mar 3, 2020 - In this webcast, learn more about the new Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) guidance.

Advocacy : On the State Front

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/states/webinars/webcast-medicaid-block-grant.mem.html

CDC Offers Free CME on Tapering, Discontinuing Opioids

Mar 3, 2020 - The CDC is offering family physicians and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about opioid reduction strategies and earn free CME in the process.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200303opioidtaperwebinar.html

Deadline to submit MIPS data fast approaching -- FPM

Mar 2, 2020 - Failure to report Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data will result in a -7% adjustment to Medicare claims.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Early Career Start Gives FP More Time to Make a Difference

Mar 2, 2020 - Ashley Peterson, D.O., started medical school at 19 and launched her own business at 24, and she's just getting started.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200302fdf-peterson.html

Academy Urges HHS to Factor FPs Into COVID-19 Response

Mar 2, 2020 - Federal agencies need to start communicating faster and more fully with the primary care workforce about coronavirus disease 2019, the AAFP told HHS on March 2.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200302covidhhs.html

Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Adults: Evaluation and Management - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is defined as hemorrhage from the mouth to the ligament of Treitz. Common risk factors for upper GI bleeding include prior upper GI bleeding, anticoagulant use, high-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use, and older age. Causes of upper GI ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p294.html

Point-of-Care Ultrasonography - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is performed by a physician at the bedside and is standard practice in obstetric, emergency, and musculoskeletal medicine. When compared with formal sonography, POCUS is equivalent in screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and as accurate in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p275.html

HIV/AIDS - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS and related issues, including antiretroviral therapy, behavioral counseling, HIV testing, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection prevention. This collection features AFP content on human ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=11

Sexual Health History: Techniques and Tips - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - Family physicians should use a proactive, integrated, patient-centered approach to sexual health that includes, but is not limited to, disease identification and treatment. Successfully delivering positive, affirming, nonjudgmental sexual health care requires intentionally creating safe...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p286.html

Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment in U.S. Health Care Professionals: CDC ...

Mar 1, 2020 - According to 1995–2007 surveillance data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Tuberculosis Controllers Association work group, tuberculosis incidence rates in health care professionals were similar to those in the general population.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p312.html

IDx-DR for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening - Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to ...

Mar 1, 2020 - IDx-DR is a reliable screening tool used to diagnose diabetic retinopathy in the primary care office and may reduce barriers to screening and improve gaps in eye care for those with diabetes.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p307.html

Emotional Support Animals: Considerations for Documentation - Curbside Consultation - ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Companion animals are increasingly viewed as part of the family, and studies show many mental and physical benefits of pet ownership. Federal regulations require patients to obtain health care professional documentation for emotional support animals to allow these animals to accompany ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p302.html

Tense Bullae and Pruritus - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - A 72-year-old man presents with a two-month history of worsening pruritic rash and painful blisters on his trunk, bilateral upper and lower extremities, face, and groin.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p305.html

Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation for Maintaining Cognitive Functioning in ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Vitamin and mineral supplementation has little to no beneficial effect on preserving cognitive functioning or preventing dementia in cognitively healthy adults 40 years and older.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p272.html

HIV Status, Preexposure Prophylaxis, Sexual Health, and the Critical Role of Family ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Family physicians play a key role in expanding HIV testing and treatment, as well as providing sexual health services in areas where specialty sexual health services are not readily available.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p262.html

Music Therapy for Depression - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - Moderate-quality evidence shows that music therapy added to standard care is more effective in the first three months than standard care alone for depressive symptoms based on clinician-rated outcomes and patient-reported outcomes.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p273.html

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2020 - The practice of Yang-style tai chi for one hour twice weekly for 12 to 24 weeks is moderately effective in improving quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/od1.html

Fewer Severe Exacerbations in Patients with Mild to Moderate Asthma Treated with ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Patients with mild to moderate asthma only need relief treatment. In this study, patients taking the combination of budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) as needed had slightly fewer severe exacerbations than patients treated with twice daily budesonide (Pulmicort).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p310.html

Colorectal Cancer Screening, Breastfeeding, Miscarriage, Eczema, Routine Screening for ...

Mar 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/2020/0301/p270.html

Thromboembolism Recurrence Likely; Consider It a Chronic Disease - POEMs - American ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Perhaps it is time to start thinking about VTE as a chronic disease. Approximately one in 10 patients that have a VTE will have a second VTE over the next 12 months and almost four in 10 will have a second VTE over 10 years.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p309.html

Probiotics to Prevent Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea in Children - Medicine by the ...

Mar 1, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2020 Issue Medicine by the Numbers A Collaboration of TheNNT.com and AFP Probiotics to Prevent Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea in Children ELIZABETH A. SUNIEGA, MAJ, MC, USA; and D. JASON FRASCA, CPT, MC, USA Am Fam Physician. 2020 Mar...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/od2.html

Women Have Closed Med School Enrollment Gap; Others Remain

Feb 28, 2020 - For the first time, women make up the majority of students in U.S. medical schools. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although women physicians are making gains in leadership and other roles, they still have work to do to achieve equity in their field.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200228lv-diversity.html

Coronavirus: six ways to prepare your practice now -- FPM

Feb 27, 2020 - After months of successful containment, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they expect to see widespread transmission of the illness known as COVID-19 in the United States soon

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

A checklist for starting virtual visits -- FPM

Feb 27, 2020 - The ability to see patients virtually can be useful, especially during outbreaks of infectious disease. Here’s how to get started.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Learn more about electronic attachments for claims -- FPM

Feb 26, 2020 - Electronic attachments can simplify and optimize revenue cycle management by reducing payment time cycles.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Two reasons to provide Medicare annual wellness visits -- FPM

Feb 26, 2020 - With less than 16 percent of eligible patients receiving a Medicare annual wellness visit, patients and practices are missing out on two key benefits.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

CDC Releases Interim Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Report

Feb 26, 2020 - According to a Feb. 21 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, the current influenza vaccine has been 45% effective overall against 2019-2020 seasonal influenza A and B viruses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226interimfluve.html

Evidence Lacking on Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults

Feb 26, 2020 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226uspstfcognitivescreen.html

Study Charts Downturn in Primary Care Office Visits

Feb 26, 2020 - A recent study tracking a downward trend in primary care visits cited several contributing factors, including the high cost of care that the AAFP has been working to address.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200226fewervisits.html

Study: Many Young Women Receiving Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

Feb 25, 2020 - More than half of all pelvic examinations performed in women younger than 21 may be unnecessary, new research suggests. And nearly three-fourths of Pap tests in these patients may not be needed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200225pelvicexams.html

Jennifer Brull, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

Feb 25, 2020 - The Kansas AFP announces the candidacy of Jennifer Brull, M.D., of Plainville, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200225brull-cand-ann.html

Mary Campagnolo, M.D., M.B.A., Runs for AAFP Director

Feb 25, 2020 - The New Jersey AFP announces the candidacy of Mary Campagnolo, M.D., M.B.A., of Bordentown, for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200225campagnolo-cand-ann.html

Windel Stracener, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Feb 25, 2020 - The Indiana AFP announces the candidacy of Windel Stracener, M.D., of Richmond, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200225stracener-cand-ann.html

The Lady With Lavender Essential Oils Is the New Dr. Google

Feb 24, 2020 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that patients will be the casualties of the war on science if doctors don't speak out about misinformation and false claims.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200224fp-media.html

FP Turns Self-Advocacy Into Advocacy for Family Medicine

Feb 24, 2020 - Hearing loss forced Joanna Bisgrove, M.D., to learn how to advocate effectively. The AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders helped her become an advocate for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200224fdf-bisgrove.html

Physician autonomy: the missing ingredient for motivation at work -- FPM

Feb 21, 2020 - Research suggests that professionals are primarily motivated by three things at work: purpose, mastery, and autonomy. But for most physicians, self-directing their work is a struggle because their organizations don’t make it easy. Here’s what groups should do.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/physician_autonomy1.html

AFP Podcast: Episode 104 - February 15, 2020 -- American Family Physician

Feb 21, 2020 - Episode 104 includes discussions on coccidioidomycosis, cerebral palsy, immunization schedules, dupilumab for asthma, antidepressant treatment, and BRCA-related cancer testing.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/podcast/104.html

CMS reiterates physicians’ central role in home health planning -- FPM

Feb 20, 2020 - The agency's guidance comes as it implements a new home health payment system called the Patient-Driven Groupings Model.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Unhealthy family dynamics in the exam room: how to respond -- FPM

Feb 20, 2020 - When family members complicate a patient visit, consider these five questions to get to the root of the problem and respond appropriately.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

USMLE Step 1 Scoring Change Removes a Harmful Barrier to Holistic Specialty Selection

Feb 20, 2020 - USMLE Step 1 Scoring Change Removes a Harmful Barrier to Holistic Specialty Selection

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/usmle-step-1-scoring-change-removes-a-harmful-barrier-to-holistic-specialty-selection.html

USMLE Change Benefits Students, Reflects AAFP Guidance

Feb 20, 2020 - Medical students scored a major win last week when the United States Medical Licensing Examination program announced its intention to change score reporting for the USMLE Step 1 exam from the current three-digit numeric score to pass/fail beginning in 2022.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200220usmlechange.html

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection

Feb 20, 2020 - The CDC recently updated guidelines for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the first comprehensive guidelines on LTBI issued since 2000.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200219ltbiguidelines.html

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies

Feb 20, 2020 - A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200220sgcessationreport.html

Seven best practices for doctors on social media -- FPM

Feb 19, 2020 - Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be an effective means for professional and patient engagement, but to avoid pitfalls, make sure you follow these seven best practices.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Family Physician of the Year -- Family Physician Awards

Feb 17, 2020 - Read about the AAFP Family Physician of the Year award.

About AAFP : Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

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

Resolution No. 515 (California E) - Paid Parental Leave Policy -- Congress of Delegates

Feb 17, 2020 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians support policies that provide employees with reasonable job security, wage replacement, and continued availability of health plan benefits in the event leave by an employee becomes necessary due to documented medical ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

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

Resolution No. 523 (Late D) - Medicare Advantage Inequity in Puerto Rico -- Congress of...

Feb 17, 2020 - This resolution requests the American Academy of Family Physicians to support equal funding for Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and write a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove disparities...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

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

Resolution No. 502 (Mississippi A) - Payment by Health Insurers for Medically Necessary...

Feb 17, 2020 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) advocate through legislative and/or regulatory efforts to ensure payment of medically necessary covered benefits by health insurers such as prescriptions, diagnostic tests, and therapies by a duly licensed ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

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

Resolution No. 519 (New York P) - Policy Related to the Exchange of Sex for Money or ...

Feb 17, 2020 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)support legislation that decriminalizes people who are solicited for sex or sexual activities in exchange for money or goods, support legislation that provides resources and support for those choosing to exit the ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

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

Resolution No. 604 (Utah A) - Providing Financial Incentives to Encourage Graduating ...

Feb 17, 2020 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) advocate that, under a minimum monthly payment plan, the remaining balance for each 1 year of federal medical student loans be forgiven for every 2 years of full-time work in a primary care position within the ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

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

Resolution No. 514 (Virginia A) - Colonoscopy Screening -- Congress of Delegates

Feb 17, 2020 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians to lobby the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to correct the practice of changing a screening colonoscopy to a diagnostic colonoscopy if a polyp or lesion is found, therefore, encouraging the participation of ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

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

AFP's Top 20 Articles of 2019 -- American Family Physician

Feb 17, 2020 - View the top 20 articles published in American Family Physician in 2019.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

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

FP Delivers Essential, Full-scope Care for Rural Community

Feb 17, 2020 - Family physician Zita Magloire, M.D., delivered nearly 90 babies in her small community last year and is determined to show medical students and residents that they can incorporate obstetrics in their practices, too.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200217fdf-magloire.html

THCGME Funding Can't Wait, AAFP Tells House, Senate

Feb 17, 2020 - The Academy sent congressional leaders a letter urging immediate funding renewal for the crucial Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200217thcgmeletter.html

Skin Infections and Outpatient Burn Management -- FP Essentials

Feb 16, 2020 - 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/489-ed.html

Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Evaluation and Management - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Evaluation and management of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding focus on etiologies originating distally to the ligament of Treitz. Diverticular disease is the most common source, accounting for 40% of cases. Hemorrhoids, angiodysplasia, infectious colitis, and inflammatory bowel ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p206.html

Cerebral Palsy: An Overview - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2020 - Cerebral palsy, which occurs in two to three out of 1,000 live births, has multiple etiologies resulting in brain injury that affects movement, posture, and balance. The movement disorders associated with cerebral palsy are categorized as spasticity, dyskinesia, ataxia, or mixed/other. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p213.html

Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2020 - Primary pulmonary coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) is caused by inhaling airborne spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis or Coccidioides posadasii. Residing in or traveling to areas endemic for Coccidioides is required for the diagnosis; no person-to-person or zoonotic contagion ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p221.html

U.S. Policies and Their Effects on Immigrant Children’s Health - Editorials - American ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Immigrant children are a vulnerable group, requiring special protections under U.S. and international law. Compared with nonimmigrant children, they face additional dangers to their physical and mental health that stem directly from immigration policies, including the right to asylum, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p202.html

Diagnosis of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Can signs, symptoms, and simple tests be used to determine the likelihood of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p230.html

Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer: ...

Feb 15, 2020 - The USPSTF recommends that primary care clinicians assess women with a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer or who have an ancestry associated with breast cancer susceptibility 1 and 2 (BRCA1/2) gene mutations with an appropriate brief familial risk...

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p233.html

ACIP Approves 2020 Adult and Childhood/Adolescent Immunization Schedules - Practice ...

Feb 15, 2020 - The 2020 adult and childhood/adolescent immunization schedules have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p251.html

The 4Ms: Simplifying complex care decision making for older adults -- FPM

Feb 15, 2020 - Medical training focuses on curing or treating as many of a patient's health problems as possible, but when providing complex care for older patients with multiple chronic diseases, it can be easy to lose focus on what outcomes matter most to the patient.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/4Ms_decision_making.html

Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer - ...

Feb 15, 2020 - A 31-year-old woman presents to your office for a well-woman examination. She is sexually active in a monogamous relationship and has never been pregnant. She tells you that her mother was diagnosed with tubal cancer at age 40 and that her sister, who is 42 years of age, was recently ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p239.html

Dupilumab (Dupixent) for Asthma - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2020 - Dupilumab is an effective injectable drug that decreases asthma exacerbations and the need for an oral glucocorticoid in patients with moderate to severe asthma, particularly those with high eosinophil counts.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p244.html

Amenorrhea, Ingrown Toenails, Chronic Neck Pain, Infantile Hemangiomas, Fluoride ...

Feb 15, 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/2020/0215/p205.html

An Anatomical Cause of Dysphagia - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2020 - A man presented with worsening dysphagia, with sore throat, dyspnea, cough, heartburn, and wheezing.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p241.html

Do Not Change Antidepressant Treatment Early Based on a Lack of Response - POEMs - ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Do not be in a hurry to change treatment in patients with severe depression who do not respond to treatment within the first two weeks. Early response to treatment predicts eventual response or remission, but a lack of early response does not predict treatment failure.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p250.html

Increased Readmissions and Adverse Events with Intensification of Antihypertensive ...

Feb 15, 2020 - The intensification of antihypertensive regimens on discharge in older adults hospitalized for noncardiac conditions is associated with an increased risk of readmission (number needed to harm [NNH] = 27) and medication-related serious adverse events (NNH = 63) within 30 days.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p248a.html

The Risk of Corticosteroids in Community-Acquired Pneumonia - Letters to the Editor - ...

Feb 15, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Feb 15, 2020 Issue Letters to the Editor The Risk of Corticosteroids in Community-Acquired Pneumonia Am Fam Physician. 2020 Feb 15;101(4):197. To the Editor: A 71-year-old man with diabetes mellitus and osteoarthritis of the knee presented with a...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p197.html

What You Should Know About Valley Fever - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Feb 15, 2020 Issue Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of health topics,...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p221-s1.html

Three tips for being present -- FPM

Feb 14, 2020 - When demands and distractions intrude on your patient encounters, practice these three tips for being fully present.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Advocacy, Social Determinants Must Be Part of Physician Training

Feb 14, 2020 - Family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians should not only be trained to screen patients for the social determinants of health, but should also know how to advocate for their patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200214lv-advocacytraining.html

Administrative Simplification -- FPM Topic Collection

Feb 13, 2020 - The documentation, paperwork, and quality reporting burden on physicians is immense. What can physicians do to reduce their administrative hassles, and what are organizations doing on their behalf? This FPM topic collection explores these issues. The documentation, paperwork, and ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=112

ALSO/BLSO Pathway Credit Application Tutorial -- CME

Feb 13, 2020 - This tutorial will cover how to apply for AAFP credit using the ALSO/BLSO pathway credit application.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/creditsys/about/tutorials/also-blso-pathway-app-tutorial.html

Advanced Pathway Credit Application Tutorial -- CME

Feb 13, 2020 - This tutorial will cover how to apply for AAFP credit using the advanced pathway credit application.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/creditsys/about/tutorials/advanced-pathway-app-tutorial.html

Simple Pathway Credit Application Tutorial -- CME

Feb 13, 2020 - This tutorial will cover how to apply for AAFP credit using the simple pathway credit application.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/creditsys/about/tutorials/simple-pathway-app-tutorial.html

Why family physicians should not just be physicians -- FPM

Feb 13, 2020 - Beware of physician roles that focus predominantly on outpatient visits and separate physicians from most organizational innovation and strategy, as well as the colleagues, staff, and communities they serve.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD

Feb 12, 2020 - A team of Canadian researchers has developed a list of three dozen medications that must or could be dose-adjusted or avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200212ckdmeds.html

PCPs Outpace Specialists in Embracing Digital Health Tools

Feb 12, 2020 - Use of digital health tools increased from 2016 to 2019, with FPs and other primary care physicians showing considerable interest in tools that allow them to provide remote patient care, a recent survey found.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200212digitalhealthtools.html

Adolescent Health Care, Sexuality and Contraception

Feb 11, 2020 - Read the AAFP's position on treating the sexual health and availability of contraception to adolescent patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/adolescent-sexuality.html

AAFP Gives Proposed Transparency Rules Cautious Thumbs-up

Feb 11, 2020 - Regulations on transparency of prices and cost-sharing and rules on medical loss ratios must focus on patients, the AAFP said in response to a CMS proposed rule on value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200211hhstransparency.html

New Director Brings Rural Perspective to Graham Center

Feb 11, 2020 - Jack Westfall, M.D., M.P.H., the new director of the AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, shares his thoughts on rural health and primary care research in this QandA.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200211westfallqa.html

Strengthening Innovation in Medicare and Medicaid Act Would Impede Progress Toward ...

Feb 10, 2020 - Strengthening Innovation in Medicare and Medicaid Act Would Impede Progress Toward Value-Based Care

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/strengthening-innovation-in-medicare-and-medicaid-act.html

Colleagues' Deaths Inspired FP to Bounce Back

Feb 10, 2020 - Corey Martin, M.D., co-founded the Bounce Back Project to promote health through happiness among clinicians and in the community. Data show the work is making a difference.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200210fdf-martin.html

Skin Infections and Outpatient Burn Management - FP Essentials

...FP Essentials 489 Skin Infections and Outpatient Burn Management Learning Objectives Prescribe empiric antibiotic therapy for common skin and soft tissue infections. Identify common Streptococcus- and Staphylococcus-based skin and soft tissue infections....

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/fpe/2020/0200/489.html

A three-step guide to coding for multiple skin procedures in a single visit -- FPM

Feb 8, 2020 - Follow these three steps to bill correctly, avoid denials, and make sure you’re not leaving revenue on the table when you perform skin biopsies and lesion removals.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

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