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Grants Fund Childhood Obesity Projects in Family Medicine Residencies

Dec 16, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - The American Academy of Family Physicians, the AAFP Foundation and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce a series of grants to nine family medicine residency programs across the nation to help reduce childhood obesity in their communities. The grants will support ...

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Family Medicine Welcomes Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act

Dec 15, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - Family medicine educators and family physicians today hailed the introduction of the Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act of 2011 as an important step toward ensuring that Americans have access to needed health care in the future. The bipartisan legislation, ...

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Leading Physician Organizations Join Forces To Identify and Act on Ways to Reduce ...

Dec 14, 2011 - Recognizing that patients often ask for tests and treatments that are not necessarily in their best interest, and physicians often struggle with decisions about prescribing tests and procedures as a way of covering all possible bases, the ABIM Foundation has joined with nine leading ...

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Leading Health Care Groups Urge Providers To Talk to Pregnant Women About Influenza ...

Dec 9, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - The nation’s leading health care organizations joined forces today in a common message stressing the importance of pregnant women being vaccinated against seasonal influenza to protect themselves and their unborn babies. In a group letter sent to health care ...

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AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Marilyn Tavenner Nomination as CMS Administrator

Dec 2, 2011 - During this time of change, America’s health care system needs a steady, respected and pragmatic leader at the helm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination as CMS director fits the bill. Tavenner brings experience in both the private and ...

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Leading Health Care Organizations Issue Recommendations for Quality Patient Care in ...

Nov 30, 2011 - The nation’s leading health care organizations in the areas of obstetrics-gynecology, family medicine, and pediatrics issued an unprecedented call to action today for the nation’s health care providers and administrators.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/call-to-action-labor-and-delivery.html

AAFP Statement: Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Fails to End Health Insecurity ...

Nov 21, 2011 - The joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has dropped the ball by failing to agree on federal budget cuts demanded by the Budget Reduction Act of 2011. In doing so, they have also condemned millions of elderly and disabled Americans to continued health insecurity. Their inaction ...

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American Academy of Family Physicians Announces Re-launch of its Award-winning Website,...

Nov 16, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - The American Academy of Family Physicians recently launched its redesigned patient education website, FamilyDoctor.org. The award-winning site aims to improve health literacy and patient engagement through a new set of tools and features. The site’s improved layout and ...

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AAFP Statement: Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2011 Creates Stability for...

Nov 16, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians greatly appreciates the leadership of Rep. Allyson Schwartz in finding a way to address the unsustainable and inequitable formula that determines how physicians are paid by Medicare. The AAFP congratulates Rep. Schwartz for her legislative ...

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Reforming Health Delivery System is Only Solution to Improving Quality, Restraining ...

Nov 10, 2011 - Depending only on a fee-for-service system to pay for health care undermines Congressional efforts to improve the quality of care and constrain the cost of that care. In fact, such a system discourages the very primary care services on which transformation of the U.S. health care system...

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AAFP Statement: 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Reflects Flawed SGR Formula

Nov 2, 2011 - Medicare beneficiaries and the physicians who treat them will feel the brunt of the final 2012 Medicare physician fee schedule released yesterday. Since Congress has not yet addressed the physician payment cuts that are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare ...

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AAFP Targets Medicare Payment, Medical Education Funding in Campaign

Oct 28, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - Stand up and fight. That’s the message family physicians and patient advocates are getting in a month-long video campaign launched by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Focused on the long-standing flaws in the Medicare physician payment system, the challenges to...

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AAFP Statement: AAFP Commends CMS for Improving Medicare ACO Final Rule, Announcing the...

Oct 21, 2011 - The Medicare Accountable Care Organization final rule recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services represents a substantial step toward mending America’s broken health care system. The final rule sets the stage for transforming the way patients receive care and ...

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AAFP Launches Grass-Roots Outreach to Urge Repeal of Medicare’s Flawed Payment Formula

Sep 29, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - The American Academy of Family Physicians has launched a national grass-roots campaign urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula that determines Medicare physician payment. The campaign is part of the AAFP’s ...

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AAFP Statement: Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative an Important Breakthrough in ...

Sep 28, 2011 - Statement Attributable to: Glen Stream, MD, MBI President American Academy of Family Physicians The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative announced today by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This program is an important ...

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AAFP Statement: MedPAC Interim Recommendations Acknowledge the Need for Improved ...

Sep 21, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission for acknowledging in its draft recommendations on repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula that primary care is the foundation for a high-functioning health system that ensures ...

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Washington Doctor Named 2012 Family Physician of the Year

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - The American Academy of Family Physicians today named Richard D. Kovar, MD, FAAFP, the national 2012 Family Physician of the Year at the opening ceremony of its annual Scientific Assembly. The award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients ...

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Pennsylvania Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of ...

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, a family physician in York, Pa., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Filer was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s...

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Nevada Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family ...

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Daniel R. Spogen, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Reno, Nev., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Spogen was elected to a three-year term by the ...

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Missouri Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family ...

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Julie K. Wood, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Kansas City, Mo., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Wood was elected to a three-year term by the...

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Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, Chosen President-Elect of the American Academy of Family ...

Sep 14, 2011 - Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Denver, Colo., has been chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians

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Glen R. Stream, MD, MBI, Assumes Role of President of the American Academy of Family ...

Sep 14, 2011 - Glen R. Stream, MD, MBI, FAAFP, a family physician in Spokane, Wash., assumes the role of president of the American Academy of Family Physicians today

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John Meigs, MD, Elected Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Sep 14, 2011 - John Meigs, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Centreville, Ala., has been elected speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the governing body of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando

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Portland, Ore., Family Physician Named New Physician Member of the American Academy of ...

Sep 14, 2011 - Robyn Liu, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Portland, Ore., has been elected the New Physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Liu was elected to a one-year term by the ...

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Ohio Family Physician Receives Public Health Award at American Academy of Family ...

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Rob Crane, MD, a family physician from Dublin, Ohio, was awarded the 2011 Public Health Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The AAFP’s Public Health Award recognizes individuals who have made or are making ...

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Jackson, Miss., Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of ...

Sep 14, 2011 - Brent Smith, MD, a family physician in Jackson, Miss., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Smith was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family...

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Robert Graham, MD, Receives National Honor from American Academy of Family Physicians

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Robert Graham, MD, director of the Aligning Forces for Quality Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and professor of family medicine at the University of Cincinnati, today was awarded the 2011 John G. Walsh Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at ...

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Roland A. Goertz, MD, MBA, Assumes Role of Board Chair of the American Academy of ...

Sep 14, 2011 - Roland A. Goertz, MD, MBA, FAAFP, a family physician in Waco, Texas, assumes the role of board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians today

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University of Connecticut School of Medicine Student Elected to American Academy of ...

Sep 14, 2011 - Jessica Johnson, a student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Conn., has been elected to the board of the directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Johnson was elected to ...

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Javette Orgain, MD, Elected Vice Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Sep 14, 2011 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Javette Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Chicago, has been elected vice speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the governing body of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. As vice speaker, Orgain will ...

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Diverse Valuation Task Force Calls for Immediate Improvement in Primary Care Payment

Aug 23, 2011 - Immediate improvement in payment for primary care medical services got strong support from business, patient, health plan and medical organizations today when the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Primary Care Valuation Task Force convened for its inaugural meeting.

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AAFP Statement: Debt Ceiling Proposal Contains Pitfalls to Patients’ Access to Care

Aug 1, 2011 - The debt ceiling/deficit reduction plan being considered by Congress offers a potentially false promise to patients. It guarantees benefits but, by ignoring Medicare physician payment issues, it potentially denies the actual medical care those benefits cover. The legislation calls for ...

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AAFP, Avatar International Launch Patient Satisfaction Survey Portal

Jul 21, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Avatar International, an industry leader in healthcare quality improvement services, together announce the launch of a jointly created online patient survey portal to help physicians gather the information they need to better serve ...

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AAFP Convenes Expert Group to Reassess Value of Primary Care

Jul 20, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians has formed a new Primary Care Valuation Task Force to review the methods for valuing health care services and make recommendations about more accurately valuing and paying for primary care physician services.

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AAFP Primary Care Valuation Task Force Members

Jul 20, 2011 - Bios for the American Academy of Family Physicians' Primary Care Valuation Task Force.

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AAFP Statement: BIPARTISAN GANG OF 6 CALLS FOR REPEAL OF THE SGR

Jul 19, 2011 - (Washington, DC) - The undersigned organizations, representing over 700,000 physicians, commend the Senate Bipartisan Gang of 6 for recognizing that reform of the Medicare physician payment formula - specifically a full repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula - must be included in...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/physicianpayment-sgr.html

Students from 38 States Recognized for Achievements in National Tar Wars Poster, Video ...

Jul 13, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Alana McGuinness, a fifth-grader from Bristol, R.I., was named the 2011 Tar Wars national poster contest winner Monday, July 11, at a ceremony during the Tar Wars National Conference in Washington, D.C. As the national poster contest winner, Alana receives a family trip ...

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AAFP Statement: Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Underscores Need for Physician Payment ...

Jul 1, 2011 - The proposed 2012 Medicare physician fee schedule demonstrates, once again, the instability of the Medicare payment system. The threat of drastic pay cuts for medical services, followed by a short-term patch to the system, followed by another threat of pay cuts has been an ongoing ...

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AAFP Program of Excellence Awards Recognize 16 Family Medicine Interest Groups

Jun 27, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians has named 16 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups as the 2011 Program of Excellence Award winners for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine

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Clinical Report Guides Physicians in Helping Adolescents Transition to Adult Health Care

Jun 27, 2011 - Changing doctors is never easy. When you’re a teenager new to advocating for your own health care, or one who has a chronic illness like diabetes or cystic fibrosis, it can be even more challenging to make the transition. A new clinical report provides detailed guidance to ...

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AAFP: Deficit Reduction Must Address Medicare Payment, Primary Care Physician Shortage

Jun 21, 2011 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - Congress can reduce the federal deficit by reforming Medicare physician payment and increasing the primary care physician workforce to meet patient needs, according to Lori Heim, MD, chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. Heim urged the ...

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AAFP Statement: New Warning Labels Help Show the Real Dangers of Smoking

Jun 21, 2011 - The AAFP commends the Food and Drug Administration in developing strong new graphic warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements that more fully depict the negative health consequences of smoking. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/fda-tobacco-warning-labels.html

Family Medicine Residency Programs Recognized for Improving Childhood and Adult ...

Jun 15, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is excited to announce the 2011 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners. These awards recognize family medicine residency programs which have achieved increased immunization rates in their communities through creative ...

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Young Adults Want a Medical Home, National Survey Finds

Jun 14, 2011 - In spite of perceptions that they consider themselves young and invincible, the majority of Americans aged 18 to 26 are taking an active role in maintaining their health by seeing a family physician at least once a year for check ups and preventive services. That was the finding of a ...

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AAFP Statement: World loses great advocate, researcher with the death of Barbara Starfield

Jun 13, 2011 - World loses great advocate, researcher with the death of Barbara Starfield

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AAFP Statement: AAFP Makes Strong Request for RUC Changes, Creates Task Force to ...

Jun 10, 2011 - Today, the American Academy of Family Physicians took bold action toward more accurate and equitable payment for our members and their patients. We called on the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee - commonly referred to as ‘the RUC’ - to make specific changes in...

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Primary Care Physician Organizations Speak Out In Defense Of the Patient-Physician ...

May 26, 2011 - The organizations representing America’s primary care physicians today spoke out against proposed laws that could infringe on the patient-physician relationship.

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Letter to Congress: Preserve Mandatory Funding for Teaching Health Centers

May 25, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and four other family medicine education and research organizations have called on Congress to oppose H.R. 1216, a bill that would convert mandatory appropriations for teaching health centers into annual appropriations

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World Family Doctor Day is May 19, 2011

May 18, 2011 - The World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca*) celebrates World Family Doctor Day around the globe on May 18. Long the preferred model of care outside the United States, family medicine is the cornerstone of an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated ...

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American Academy of Family Physicians Reaches Membership Milestone

May 13, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that it currently represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. This marks the first time in the AAFP's 64-year history that membership has surpassed 100,000.

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