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Direct Primary Care: A Snapshot

Aug 20, 2019 - Direct primary care family physician Allison Edwards, M.D., reflects in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on insights from the AAFP's DPC Data Brief and offers a path for the movement to grow thoughtfully.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190820fp-dpcsnapshot.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

Aug 20, 2019 - When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

Aug 20, 2019 - The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

Residency Grad Thanks His Best Teachers -- His Patients

Aug 12, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, recent graduate Kyle Leggott, M.D., reflects on one of the most difficult tasks of his residency training: saying goodbye to his patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190812fp-thankpatients.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Aug 8, 2019 - Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Aug 6, 2019 - Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190806fp-weightloss.html

Full Steam Ahead on Academy's Health IT Innovation Project

Aug 6, 2019 - In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., offers an update on an Academy initiative that aims to develop health IT tools that are more useful and less burdensome than current products.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190806lv-healthit.html

Celebrating Disruptive Innovators in Primary Care

Aug 6, 2019 - In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin spotlights four family physician leaders who found innovative ways to improve care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190806itt-disrupters.html

Where Do You Draw the Line With Patients, Animals?

Jul 31, 2019 - Amid calls for stricter standards for emotional support animals, we asked our new physician bloggers how they handle letter-writing requests from patients regarding their animals. This Fresh Perspectives blog post includes their answers.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190731fp-pets.html

National Conference Helped Set Our Family Medicine Paths

Jul 26, 2019 - In this video post from the event, Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., the resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and student Board member Chandler Stisher, M.D., discuss how the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students influenced their career paths.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190726lv-nationalconfvideo.html

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

Jul 23, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why Refer to social work is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190723fp-homeless.html

Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Jul 23, 2019 - Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

We Can't Leave Health Care Policies to Chance

Jul 12, 2019 - In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on a recent visit to the New Jersey AFP's annual meeting and the need for quality measures that make sense.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190712lv-boardwalk.html

Reaping Benefits (and Avoiding Pitfalls) of Social Media

Jul 10, 2019 - After recent research showed the effect one negative social media post can have on a doctor's credibility, we asked our new physician bloggers how -- and why -- they use social media. This Fresh Perspectives blog post presents their responses.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190710fp-socialmedia.html

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

Jul 9, 2019 - Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the AAFP is launching an Academy-wide effort to improve health care in rural communities. In this Leader Voices Blog ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190709lv-ruralhealthmatters.html

Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation?

Jul 9, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares insights from The Hill's Future of Health Care Summit.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190709ittfuturesummit.html

Health Spending Keeps Going Up; Why Are Outcomes Worse?

Jul 3, 2019 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that even as U.S. health care costs continue to climb, several key outcomes are in steep decline.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190703fp-hcspendingup.html

Global Health: FPs Care for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

Jun 27, 2019 - Family physicians' broad training allows them to provide care for anyone, anytime, anywhere. That, writes Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., in this Leader Voices Blog post, is why family docs are ideally suited to offer global health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190627lv-globalhealth.html

Now's the Time: Speak Out to Support Primary Care

Jun 25, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights two primary care issues being debated by Congress and explains how you can help them advance.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190625itt-hcbills.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

Jun 24, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Jun 19, 2019 - Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

Mentoring Is Key to Expanding Primary Care Pipeline

Jun 19, 2019 - Reaching family medicine's ambitious workforce goals will take creativity and collaboration. Dennis Gingrich, M.D., offers an example that has made a difference in Pennsylvania.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190619lv25x30.html

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

Jun 12, 2019 - As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

Jun 11, 2019 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

FPs Should Lead: Thoughts on an Executive Career Path

Jun 11, 2019 - James Ellzy, M.D., writes that health care could use more family physicians in executive roles. He offers tips for those interested in administration.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190611lv-physicianexecs.html

FPs Steer the AAFP With Plenty of Ways to Influence Course

Jun 5, 2019 - AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., explains how AAFP policy is set by members who represent a wide scope of opinions about the best ways to advance family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190605lv-governance.html

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Jun 3, 2019 - Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190603fp-mentalhealth.html

Weight of New 'M.D.' Carries Rewarding Responsibility

May 29, 2019 - Newly graduated family physician Chandler Stisher, M.D., M.P.H., reflects on what the two new letters after his name mean for him, his patients and his community.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190529lv-graduation.html

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

May 28, 2019 - A new coalition co-founded by the Academy aims to realign the incentives and design of health care, writes AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190528itt-consumersfirst.html

AAFP Commences Search for Next CEO/EVP

Aug 23, 2019 - The AAFP is actively engaged in the process of finding a successor to outgoing CEO/EVP Douglas Henley, M.D., who officially steps down in August 2020.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190823ceosearch.html

NY Residency Program Teaches Grads to Serve Underserved

Aug 21, 2019 - A recent research report details survey findings that show most graduates of a New York University residency practice primary care and serve underserved communities.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190821underservedresidency.html

AAFP Calls for FDA Discretion in Compounding Guidance

Aug 21, 2019 - The AAFP and other medical organizations warned FDA officials that proposed guidance on compounded drug products could limit patient access to necessary and timely treatments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821fdacompounding.html

AAFP Voices Concern About New 'Public Charge' Rule

Aug 21, 2019 - The AAFP has joined a call for the Department of Homeland Security to rescind a new public charge regulation that creates an unacceptable barrier between physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821publiccharge.html

Family Medicine Is Poised to Lead on Addiction Care

Aug 21, 2019 - Millions of Americans are struggling with some form of addiction. Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, D.O., M.P.F., outlines steps family physicians can take to address the problem.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190821guested-addiction.html

Boost Naloxone Prescribing to Halt Opioid Overdose Deaths

Aug 20, 2019 - A report on nationwide naloxone dispensing practices found that the ratio of naloxone prescriptions to high-dose opioid prescriptions is surprisingly low and that significant differences exist between dispensing rates in rural versus metropolitan areas.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190820naloxoneprescript.html

Keeping Family Physicians Up to Date

Aug 19, 2019 - A knack for combining statistics, clinical advice and humor has made Family Medicine Experience mainstage presenter Frank Domino, M.D., a popular speaker, editor and educator.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190819fdf-domino.html

Practicing in Rural Areas May Reduce Burnout, Study Finds

Aug 16, 2019 - Results of a small pilot study suggest that family physicians who practice in rural areas have significantly lower burnout rates than their nonrural peers.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190816ruralburnout.html

New Research Examines FPs' Prediabetes Knowledge, Practices

Aug 16, 2019 - Researchers found that family physicians and other clinicians are highly skilled in screening for and managing prediabetes but are less aware of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and similar patient resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190816prediabetesstudy.html

Report Examines Benefits of Investing in Primary Care

Aug 15, 2019 - A new study breaks down states' primary care spending patterns and what they mean for select patient outcomes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190815statespending.html

Video Visits Tested in Homebound Geriatric Patients

Aug 14, 2019 - Researchers from New York and California developed a test pilot to assess the feasibility of video visits for homebound elderly patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190814videovisitresearch.html

AAFP Guides CMS on Administrative Simplification Efforts

Aug 13, 2019 - The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS on how the agency can improve its efforts to reduce time physicians spend on tasks not directly related to patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190813adminsimpletter.html

CDC Launches #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series

Aug 13, 2019 - The CDC launched a new website for its #HowIRecommend videos series, featuring health care professionals talking about how they recommend vaccines to different types of patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190813reccvaccvideos.html

AAFP Promotes Health Equity Curricular Toolkit

Aug 12, 2019 - The AAFP has unveiled its Health Equity Curricular Toolkit, a structured curricular tool intended to facilitate discussions between clinical and public health learners and primary care faculty about social determinants of health and related issues.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190812healtheqcurrictoolkit.html

Following a Calling to Bolster Public Health

Aug 12, 2019 - Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service, says he felt called to make a difference in public health.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190812fdf-toedt.html

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

Aug 12, 2019 - The AAFP and six other health organizations have published a Dear Colleague letter that encourages health care professionals to ensure that adolescent patients present for a well visit at age 16.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190812well16yo.html

New MIGs Focus on Intimate Partner Violence, EMR Optimization

Aug 9, 2019 - The Academy's Board of Directors has given the thumbs up to two new AAFP member interest groups: the EMR Optimization and Intimate Partner Violence MIGs. That brings the total number of MIGs to 20.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190809ipv-emrmigs.html

Letter Urges Protection of Access to Military Health Care

Aug 7, 2019 - The AAFP and other medical groups recently called on House and Senate leaders to protect military medical staffing levels from a harmful proposed budget cut.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190807dodcuts.html

USPSTF: Don't Routinely Screen Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Aug 7, 2019 - Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement against routinely screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer. This guidance does not apply to patients who are at high risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190807uspstfpancreaticca.html

AAFP Launches New Audio Journal Products

Aug 6, 2019 - Two new audio products from the AAFP provide members easy access to select content from the Academy journals FPM and American Family Physician.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190806journalaudio.html

AAFP Recruiting for Alcohol SBI Office Champions Project

Aug 6, 2019 - The AAFP seeks to recruit as many as 25 family medicine practices to participate in its new Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Office Champions Project. The deadline to apply for the project is Aug. 31.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190806alcoholsbiproject.html

From Homeless Teen to Family Doc

Aug 5, 2019 - Sheryl Recinos, M.D., M.A., can connect with patients experiencing homelessness because she has experienced it herself.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190805fdf-recinos.html

HHS Designates $20 Million for New Rural Residency Programs

Aug 5, 2019 - HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration will distribute $20 million over three years as part of an initiative to grow the rural physician workforce.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190805ruralhealthawards.html

Value of Physical Exam Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

Aug 5, 2019 - A new study documents family physicians' experiences and perceptions of the physical examination, which they reported can have both objective and subjective benefits in caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190805physexamstudy.html

Academy Takes First Look at Proposed Rule for 2020 MPFS

Aug 2, 2019 - As the AAFP begins formulating detailed comments to CMS on its proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule, several key elements already stand out. An initial summary the Academy has developed highlights those points.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190802mpfssummary.html

AHRQ Recruiting Clinics for Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Aug 2, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is recruiting 250-500 pediatric/adult ambulatory care clinics to participate in a free, 12-month antibiotic stewardship program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190802ahrqabxprogram.html

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

Jul 31, 2019 - During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-rescongress.html

Many Maps, One Aim: Charting a Course to Family Medicine

Jul 31, 2019 - The 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students kicked off with a moving main-stage storytelling presentation centered on the theme Exploring More.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-storytelling.html

Students Focus on Physician Wellness, Additional Training

Jul 31, 2019 - During the 2019 National Congress of Student Members in Kansas City, Mo., delegates adopted multiple resolutions that addressed protecting physician wellness and requested additional training.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-studentcongress.html

Resiliency Program Reduces Burnout Symptoms in FM Residents

Jul 30, 2019 - Results of a small trial showed a resiliency program was effective in reducing burnout symptoms in family medicine residents. In addition to reducing some symptoms in the short term, researchers noted that there were no significant increases in any burnout measurements in the long term.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190730resiliencystudy.html

Specialty's Breadth Drew Resident Leader to Family Medicine

Jul 29, 2019 - Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., volunteered in free clinics for nine years as a college and medical student. The array of skills displayed by her family medicine mentors made her specialty choice an easy one.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190729fdf-askari.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

Jul 29, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement and evidence review on screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection. Based on that review, the USPSTF recommended screening pregnant women for HBV at their first prenatal visit to help ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190729uspstfhbvfinal.html

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders for the Coming Year

Jul 27, 2019 - Delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders July 27 in Kansas City, Mo., to represent them in the coming year.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190727nc-elections.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Postpone PAMA Laboratory Reporting

Jul 24, 2019 - The AAFP and more than two dozen other organizations recently urged congressional leaders to delay required reporting of 2020 clinical laboratory data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190724pamaltr.html

ACOG, AAP Update Guidance on Group B Strep in Infants

Jul 24, 2019 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently coordinated to issue updated guidance on preventing and managing group B streptococcal infection in infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190724groupbstrep.html

FPM's New Medical Editor Shares Vision, Goals for Journal

Jul 24, 2019 - Sarina Schrager, M.D., M.S., was recently appointed the new medical editor of FPM. Schrager brings extensive writing and editing experience to the role, as well as a background in full-scope family medicine practice and education.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190724schrager-fpm.html

ABFM Certification Pilot Proves Worthy Alternative

Jul 24, 2019 - The American Board of Family Medicine has announced it is extending its Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot through 2020. After six months as a participant, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., shares his take on the alternative exam.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190724gst-ed-fmcla.html

New Study, Guidance Affirm Transgender Patients' Care Needs

Jul 24, 2019 - A recent study and updated clinical guidance remind physicians that treating transgender patients starts with providing solid primary care services along with nonjudgmental communication.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190724lgbtcare.html

Working to Inspire Fellow Medical Students

Jul 22, 2019 - Margaret Miller, student chair of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, will see a year's worth of hard work come to fruition this week in Kansas City, Mo.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190722fdf-miller.html

CDC Urges Physicians to Rapidly Recognize, Report AFM Cases

Jul 22, 2019 - As the late summer/early fall 'season' for acute flaccid myelitis nears, the CDC is reminding medical professionals what they should look for to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report suspected cases to their health department.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190722mmwr-afm.html

Offer Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Kids, Teens

Jul 19, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement examining how primary care interventions affect tobacco use prevention and cessation in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190719uspstfyouthsmoking.html

What Do FM Residents Know About Environmental Health?

Jul 17, 2019 - Results of a survey of Canadian family medicine residents suggest substantial gaps exist in their knowledge about and training on environmental health issues.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190717residentenvirohealth.html

AAFP Pushes for Legislative Fix for Harmful Title X Rule

Jul 17, 2019 - The AAFP has joined numerous other health professional organizations in calling on the Senate to limit the harmful impact of HHS' Title X final rule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190717titlexrule.html

Truth Initiative Smoking Imagery Study Sparks Change

Jul 17, 2019 - Truth Initiative, which focuses on dissuading youth and young adults from using tobacco, has released a report indicating that depictions of tobacco use in youth-rated broadcast/cable and streaming content rose by more than 379% in one year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190717tobaccoimages.html

Study Tests Protocol to Expand Use of Medical Translators

Jul 17, 2019 - Recent research identified benefits and drawbacks to a protocol in which medical assistants arranged for language translation during the rooming process -- before the clinician ever entered the room.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190717translationstudy.html

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

Jul 16, 2019 - New research indicates that more than one out of three cases of medical malpractice that result in death or permanent disability can be linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190716diagnosisstudy.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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