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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

What a waiting room liaison can do for your office -- FPM

Feb 7, 2020 - An existing staff member might be able to take on these duties to keep your waiting room clean and running smoothly.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

CDC, AAFP Release 2020 Immunization Schedules

Feb 7, 2020 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2020 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200207vaccskeds.html

Medicare webinar on glucose supplies scheduled for Feb. 11 -- FPM

Feb 6, 2020 - The webinar will include guidelines for coverage along with the information patients and suppliers need from physicians.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

A simple way to build trust with young patients -- FPM

Feb 6, 2020 - Doing this one thing during a visit can get pediatric appointments off to a good start by showing kids you care about them and respect them.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Patients Aren't Widgets; Care Shouldn't Be Volume-based

Feb 5, 2020 - Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that treating patients like assembly line products -- and judging physicians by their productivity -- isn't good for anyone.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200205fp-widgets.html

It's Not Only OK to Be Vulnerable, It's Necessary

Feb 5, 2020 - Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is difficult, it opens doors to learning and opportunities.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200205lv-vulnerability.html

Health Care Coverage Doesn’t Help If Americans Can’t Afford Medications and Treatments

Feb 5, 2020 - Health Care Coverage Doesn’t Help If Americans Can’t Afford Medications and Treatments

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/health-care-coverage-doesnt-help-if-americans-cant-afford-medications-and-treatments.html

CDC Updates Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus

Feb 5, 2020 - As the CDC continues to update its interim guidance for health care professionals on the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the AAFP will work to rapidly relay that information to members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200205coronavirusupdt.html

Research Examines Economics of HPV Vaccination

Feb 5, 2020 - An economic analysis found that expanding HPV vaccination coverage to all adults through age 45 would produce slight health benefits but be less cost-effective than the vaccination strategy previously in place.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200205hpvanalysis.html

Here's How We're Battling Administrative Burden for You

Feb 4, 2020 - According to surveys, administrative burden is the top concern of family physicians. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's work to reduce prior authorization and ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200204itt-adminburden.html

AFP Podcast: Episode 103 - February 1, 2020 -- American Family Physician

Feb 4, 2020 - This episode includes discussions on screening and counseling adolescents and young adults, the sexual health history, onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) for prevention of migraine, breast cancer screening, and Clostridioides difficile infection.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/podcast/103.html

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About AAFP : Engage with the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/about/strategic-partnerships/refcomp.html

Mentor Blazed a Trail Worth Following

Feb 3, 2020 - Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., recently retired after serving nearly two decades as the first woman and the first member of a racial/ethnic minority to be named a permanent chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. But she says she still has work to do.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200203fdf-southpaul.html

Block Grant Plan Would Hurt Medicaid Patients, AAFP Warns

Feb 3, 2020 - A CMS proposal to allow Medicaid block grants would reduce access to care and strain the U.S. health care system, the Academy recently cautioned the agency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200203medicaidblockgrant.html

CDC Maps America's Growing Sedentary Lifestyle

Feb 3, 2020 - More than 15% of adults in all U.S. states and territories are physically inactive, according to CDC maps released Jan. 16 that show the prevalence of adult physical inactivity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/202000203inactivemaps.html

Menopause - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on menopause and related issues, including estrogen and progestogen therapy, hormone therapy, hot flashes, mood symptoms, sexual difficulties, and postmenopause. This collection features AFP content on menopause and related issues, including estrogen...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=59

Chronic Wounds: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2020 - Chronic wounds are those that do not progress through a normal, orderly, and timely sequence of repair. They are common and are often incorrectly treated. The morbidity and associated costs of chronic wounds highlight the need to implement wound prevention and treatment guidelines. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p159.html

Screening and Counseling Adolescents and Young Adults: A Framework for Comprehensive ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Healthy development is likely to occur when an adolescent’s risk factors are limited and when protective factors are fostered. Healthy development is further encouraged when youth feel valued, empowered, and form healthy social connections. Threats to the well-being of adolescents ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p147.html

Clostridioides difficile Infection: Update on Management - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2020 - Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection have recently been updated. Risk factors include recent exposure to health care facilities or antibiotics, especially clindamycin. C. difficile infection is characterized by a wide range of symptoms, from ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p168.html

The 2020 Medicare Documentation, Coding, and Payment Update -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is trying to make Medicare documentation less burdensome and planning more changes that should result in a pay raise for family physicians in the future.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p8.html

Breast Cancer Screening: ACP Releases Guidance Statements - Practice Guidelines - ...

Feb 1, 2020 - The American College of Physicians reviewed guidelines from other organizations and developed four statements to provide advice to clinicians about breast cancer screening for women who are at average risk.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p184.html

Shared Decision-Making for Administering PCV13 in Older Adults - Editorials - American ...

Feb 1, 2020 - In June 2019, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved a change from its age-based 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine recommendations to a shared clinical decision-making process.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p134.html

Coding & Documentation - Jan-Feb 2020 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Vaping-related illness | Billing Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries | Electrocardiogram recorded by a Holter monitor | Lung function tests

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p33.html

Treatments for Postmenopausal Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder - FPIN's Clinical ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Transdermal testosterone for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women results in an additional 0.92 sexually satisfying events per month, acne, and increased androgenic effects without major complications

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p182.html

Physician Well-Being: Prioritizing Your Own Health Through a Personal Health ...

Feb 1, 2020 - You can’t take care of others optimally unless you first take care of yourself. Start today.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p27.html

Adverse Events of Pharmacologic Treatments of Major Depression in Older Adults - ...

Feb 1, 2020 - What are the adverse events of antidepressants prescribed to treat major depressive disorder in adults 65 years and older?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p179.html

Antibiotics for Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Medicine by ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Prescription of antibiotics for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is controversial due to the variety of etiologies. This review examined the use of antibiotics to treat COPD in outpatient, inpatient, and ICU settings. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/od1.html

OnabotulinumtoxinA for Prevention of Migraine in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Feb 1, 2020 - OnabotulinumtoxinA reduces the number of migraine days per month by two days compared with placebo in adults with chronic migraines.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p144.html

Accuracy of Dermoscopy vs. Visual Inspection for Diagnosing Melanoma in Adults - ...

Feb 1, 2020 - The addition of dermoscopy to in-person visual inspection of skin lesions increases specificity and sensitivity in the detection of melanoma. In-person evaluation with dermoscopy is more accurate than image-based assessment.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p145.html

Improving the Waiting Room Experience -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Adding a touch of tech, a dose of education, and plenty of creature comforts to your waiting room can make it more palatable for patients.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p14.html

Social Media for Doctors: Taking Professional and Patient Engagement to the Next Level ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Some of the top family physicians on social media share their best practices for building a following and avoiding common pitfalls.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p19.html

Primary Care First: Practice Assessment Checklist -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Starting in 2021, PCF will be open to primary care clinicians practicing in 26 participating states and regions. Use this checklist to assess your practice’s readiness to participate in PCF, including care delivery capabilities, data infrastructure, and potential financial impact.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p25.html

Why Family Physicians Should Not Just Be Family Physicians: Rethinking Roles in ...

Feb 1, 2020 - In some settings, the cause of burnout isn’t having too much work - it’s having the wrong type of work.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p5.html

H. pylori, Heart Failure, Acupuncture, Injections for Tendinopathy, Hirsutism - AFP ...

Feb 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/2020/0201/p143.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2020 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Navigate patients’ anxiety about pelvic exams | Ask older patients these questions to assess dementia risk | Tell patients up front how much time you have

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p34.html

Listening to the Little Voice Inside -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - That nagging little voice can sometimes save you from a medical mistake, so don’t ignore it.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p38.html

Goal-Setting Theory for the New Year -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - Research points to four factors that will help make your goals more effective.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p3.html

Thank You, FPM Peer Reviewers (2019) -- FPM

Feb 1, 2020 - We would like to thank the following peer reviewers for their valuable contributions to FPM during 2019.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0100/p4.html

Painful Lower Extremity Ulcerations with Hyperpigmentation - Photo Quiz - American ...

Feb 1, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Feb 1, 2020 Issue Photo Quiz Painful Lower Extremity Ulcerations with Hyperpigmentation ERIK A KUMETZ, MD, 36th Medical Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Yigo, Guam NICHOLAS F. LOGEMANN, DO, Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p177.html

Five ways to stop making excuses and start practicing self-care -- FPM

Jan 31, 2020 - You cannot effectively take care of others or sustain a career in medicine unless you take care of yourself. Here are five ways to start.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

People in the News/Awards -- 2019 Wrapup

Jan 31, 2020 - AAFP members often are named to prominent leadership positions or receive various honors for their work. In addition, family medicine departments and residency programs frequently are recognized for their accomplishments.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200131people-awards.html

Sterling Ransone Jr., M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Jan 31, 2020 - The Virginia AFP announces the candidacy of Sterling Ransone Jr., M.D., of Deltaville, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200131ransone-cand-ann.html

Submit 2019 MIPS Data Early, Avoid Help Center Backlog

Jan 31, 2020 - The reporting period for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year is open until March 31, but don't wait -- CMS advises early data submission.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20200131mipsreporting.html

Team documentation: who does what during the visit? -- FPM

Jan 30, 2020 - Team documentation can boost physician efficiency, but which tasks should you delegate and which tasks should you keep?

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Cultural Sensitivity: The Importance of Cultural Sensitivity in Providing Effective ...

Jan 30, 2020 - Read the AAFP's position paper on the principles for improving care to diverse populations.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/cultural-diverse-populations.html

Restraints on Incarcerated Women During Labor, Use of

Jan 30, 2020 - Read the AAFP policy on the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/restraints-on-incarcerated-women-during-labor.html

Medicaid Block Grant Plan Hurts Most Vulnerable Patients in the United States

Jan 30, 2020 - Medicaid Block Grant Plan Hurts Most Vulnerable Patients in the United States

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2020/medicaid-block-grant-plan-hurts-most-vulnerable-patients-in-the-united-states.html

One thing every physician can do to help change health policy -- FPM

Jan 29, 2020 - Physicians, who see firsthand the effects poor health policy can have on a community, can be a powerful voice to help bring about change. Here’s how.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

FPs Are Best Equipped to Tackle Adverse Childhood Experiences

Jan 29, 2020 - More than 60% of adults report exposure to at least one adverse childhood event, which may affect their long-term physical and mental health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., outlines steps his state is taking to address the issue.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200129lv-aces.html

2020 Annual Reports

Jan 29, 2020 - The annual leadership reports from elected student and resident leaders, at National Conference in Kansas City.

Events : National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students

https://www.aafp.org/events/national-conference/congresses/reports.html

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win

Jan 28, 2020 - CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200128acupuncturepayment.html

Report: Two in Five Antibiotic Rxs May Not Be Needed

Jan 28, 2020 - A new study suggests that although two-fifths of antibiotic prescriptions overall may be unnecessary, FPs and other primary care physicians are better than their peers in other specialties at prescribing antibiotics appropriately.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200128antibxprescript.html

Data Stewardship

Jan 27, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy regarding data stewardship.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Continuity of Care, Definition of

Jan 27, 2020 - Learn AAFP's definition of continuity of care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Disclosure of Corporate Ties Affecting Formulary Choices and Drug Substitution

Jan 27, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy on disclosure of corporate ties affecting formulary choices and drug substitution.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/disclosure-corporate.html

Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) Definition

Jan 27, 2020 - Read the AAFP's guiding principles for establishing independent physicians associations definition and the benefits to business.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/independent-physicianassoc.html

Serious Reportable Events and Hospital Acquired Conditions

Jan 27, 2020 - Read about the AAFP's policy statement on Serious Reportable Events and Hospital Acquired Conditions.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/never-events.html

Discrimination, Patient

Jan 27, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy regarding discrimination of patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Patient-Centered Formularies

Jan 27, 2020 - Read AAFP's position on patient-centered formularies and guidelines for family physicians.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/patient-formularies.html

Payment, Physician

Jan 27, 2020 - Read the AAFP's position on the physician's responsibility to devise a reliable payment system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Payment for Non Face-to-Face Physician Services

Jan 27, 2020 - Learn about the AAFP's position on electronic communication and evaluation of payments and related payment.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payment-services.html

Performance Measures Criteria

Jan 27, 2020 - Learn about the AAFP's position on performance measure criteria including its measurability and achievability.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/performance-measures.html

Public Reporting of Physician Performance, Guiding Principles

Jan 27, 2020 - Read the AAFP's guiding principles for Public Reporting of Physician Performance, Guiding Principles as a means to improve clinical outcomes.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Tiered and Narrowed Physician Networks

Jan 27, 2020 - Read the AAFP's position on the use of tiered and narrowed primary care physician networks and its effect on family medicine.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Striving for Birth Equity

Jan 27, 2020 - Read about AAFP's policy on striving for birth equity.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/striving-for-birth-equity.html

Vision and Principles of a Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care (Position Paper)

Jan 27, 2020 - Read AAFP's recommendations of the Vision and Principles of a Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/visionprinciples-qualitymeasurement.html

NCCL Convener Has a Passion for Advocacy

Jan 27, 2020 - For Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., serving as convener of the 2020 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders is a chance to advocate for family physicians and their patients, and to help members on their own paths to leadership.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200127fdf-ramas.html

Federal Agency Seeks Your Comments on Diabetes Issues

Jan 27, 2020 - The National Clinical Care Commission is seeking public comment on a series of questions on diabetes prevention and treatment options to inform federal work in this area.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200127ncccqueries.html

Need Help Reviewing 2020 Medicare Coding, Payment Updates?

Jan 27, 2020 - The journal FPM recently published its annual guide to the updates in Medicare documentation, coding and payment that are most relevant to family physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200127cptcodesupdate.html

Six ways to make your practice more efficient and your patients more satisfied -- FPM

Jan 25, 2020 - Tips for making sure patient phone calls are returned, appointment scheduling is user-friendly, insurance changes have been logged, and more.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Screening for childhood trauma history -- FPM

Jan 24, 2020 - Several screening tools can help you identify patients whose health may be affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

AAFP President: Prepare Your Office for Novel Coronavirus

Jan 24, 2020 - Two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV that was first detected in Wuhan, China, have now been reported in the United States, with other suspected cases under investigation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200124novelcoronavirus.html

CMS testing diagnostic imaging referrals program in preparation for mandate -- FPM

Jan 23, 2020 - The Appropriate Use Criteria program will require an extra step before ordering advanced imaging starting in 2021, unless it's repealed.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

New codes for responding to portal messages -- FPM

Jan 23, 2020 - The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule update includes new payment opportunities for addressing medical needs through an online patient portal.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Coverage of Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants

Jan 23, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy statement on coverage of vitamin d supplementation for infants.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/coverage-vitamin-d.html

Health Literacy

Jan 23, 2020 - Read AAFP's policy regarding health literacy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Menstrual Hygiene Products, Access to

Jan 23, 2020 - Read the AAFP's policy statement on access to menstrual hygiene products.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/menstrual-hygiene-products.html

Motorized Vehicle Occupant Protection

Jan 23, 2020 - Read the AAFP's endorsement of the use of seat restraints by all occupants of motor vehicles.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/vehicle-protection.html

Publication Ethics -- American Family Physician

Jan 23, 2020 - afp, american family physician, publication ethics

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/publication-ethics-in-american-family-physician.html

Folic Acid/Zinc Supplements Fail to Boost Fertility in Men

Jan 23, 2020 - Dietary supplementation with folic acid and zinc does not improve fertility in men and may produce unwanted gastrointestinal symptoms, new research has found.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200123zincfolicacid.html

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Jan 22, 2020 - Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200122fp-mentalhealth.html

Advanced APM Bonuses Hit New Snag: Missing Payee Data

Jan 22, 2020 - CMS is asking qualifying alternative payment model participants who are still owed advanced APM bonuses for performance year 2017 to verify their payment data by Feb. 28.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200122paymentinfo.html

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination

Jan 22, 2020 - Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200122flusurvey.html

Burnout by Numbers

Jan 21, 2020 - Recent surveys and studies paint a bleak landscape regarding physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In The Trenches blog post that the continued shortcomings of electronic health records are the prime driver.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200121itt-ehr.html

AFP Podcast: Episode 102 - January 15, 2020 -- American Family Physician

Jan 21, 2020 - This episode includes discussions on pain medications before intrauterine device placement, muscle weakness, revefenacin, editorial: America Needs More Family Doctors , screening for hepatitis B infection in pregnancy, short-term systemic corticosteroids, management of atrial fibrillation.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/podcast/102.html

Study: FM Residencies Need More Telehealth Training

Jan 21, 2020 - Armed with survey results that show many residencies use telehealth infrequently, researchers say family medicine residents need more training in telehealth services.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200121residenttelehealth.html

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order

Jan 21, 2020 - In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200121scopeletter.html

Study Shows Ways to Effectively Manage Electronic Messages

Jan 21, 2020 - Two dozen primary care physicians, including several family physicians, share techniques and strategies for electronic messaging and inbox management in a new study.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200121manageinbox.html

Four things to focus on as you set new goals for the new year -- FPM

Jan 18, 2020 - Four evidence-based factors can guide you to goals that are attainable and sustainable, but also challenging and meaningful.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

This app tracks licenses, certifications, and CME -- FPM

Jan 17, 2020 - This free mobile app can keep track of your state licenses and certifications and send you alerts when they’re close to expiring.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

Journal Audio Set II -- CME

Jan 16, 2020 - Listen to American Family Physician topics in a convenient audio format. These recordings include diagnosing dementia, opioid use disorder, postpartum care, reducing maternal mortality

CME : CME by Topic

https://www.aafp.org/cme/cme-topic/all/journal-audio-set-2.html

Social Determinants of Health -- CME

Jan 16, 2020 - AAFP's audiobook on social determinants of health provides 50 minutes of tips and resources on caring for patients across the spectrum.

CME : CME by Topic

https://www.aafp.org/cme/cme-topic/all/audio-social-determinants-of-health.html

A template for referring seniors to community organizations -- FPM

Jan 16, 2020 - Community partners can help geriatric patients stay healthy. Here’s a ready-made template for referring patients to services offered by organizations near you.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

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

CDC Issues Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity

Jan 16, 2020 - The CDC recently released a Health Alert Network advisory to notify physicians that influenza activity nationally remains high, primarily due to heightened circulation of influenza B/Victoria viruses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200116fluactivity.html

Muscle Weakness in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2020 - Although the prevalence of muscle weakness in the general population is uncertain, it occurs in about 5% of U.S. adults 60 years and older. Determining the cause of muscle weakness can be challenging. True muscle weakness must first be differentiated from subjective fatigue or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0115/p95.html

Functional Dyspepsia: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2020 - Functional dyspepsia is defined as at least one month of epigastric discomfort without evidence of organic disease found during an upper endoscopy, and it accounts for 70% of dyspepsia. Symptoms of functional dyspepsia include postprandial fullness, early satiety, and epigastric pain or...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0115/p84.html

Short-Term Systemic Corticosteroids: Appropriate Use in Primary Care - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2020 - Short-term systemic corticosteroids, also known as steroids, are frequently prescribed for adults in the outpatient setting by primary care physicians. There is a lack of supporting evidence for most diagnoses for which steroids are prescribed, and there is evidence against steroid use ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0115/p89.html

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