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ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report

Jan 11, 2019 - Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding in Premenopausal Women - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2019 - Abnormal uterine bleeding is a common symptom in women. The acronym PALM-COEIN facilitates classification, with PALM referring to structural etiologies (polyp, adenomyosis, leiomyoma, malignancy and hyperplasia), and COEIN referring to nonstructural etiologies (coagulopathy, ovulatory ...

American Family Physician : Article

About Direct Primary Care

Jan 28, 2019 - AAFP - About Direct Primary Care

Press Center : Media Kits

About FamMedPAC

Mar 29, 2019 - Learn how FamMedPAC seeks to secure a place at the table for family physicians when legislative decisions are made.

Advocacy : Contribute

About National Conference | AAFP

Jul 29, 2019 - Learn about the AAFP National Conference, including reasons to attend, scholarships, and more. July 30 - August 1, 2020 | Kansas City Convention Center | 301 W. 13th | Kansas City, MO

Events : National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students

About the American Academy of Family Physicians

Jan 18, 2019 - Learn about the American Academy of Family Physicians, a medical association representing more than 130,000 family physicians.

About AAFP

Abrupt Rash with Painful, Nonpruritic Purpura on the Lower Extremities - Photo Quiz - ...

Nov 1, 2018 - << Previous article Next article >> Nov 1, 2018 Issue Photo Quiz Abrupt Rash with Painful, Nonpruritic Purpura on the Lower Extremities EFREN F. WU, MD, FAAFP, and PETER M. ZHANG, MD, MPH, University of California, Riverside, Family Medicine Residency, Palm Springs, California Am Fam...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

Academy Adds Obstetrics Member Interest Group

Jan 23, 2019 - A new AAFP member interest group on obstetrics aims to help family physicians integrate comprehensive, evidence-based maternity health care into their practices.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

Academy Calls for Drug Pricing Transparency, Action

Apr 17, 2019 - In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

May 15, 2019 - In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Academy Lauds Bills Aimed at Curbing Teen Smoking, Vaping

Jun 5, 2019 - The AAFP is voicing support for several recent bills addressing the U.S. epidemic of youth tobacco and nicotine use.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Academy Lauds Lawmakers as Champions of Family Medicine

May 22, 2019 - During the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., the Academy recognized Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., with Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Academy Objects to Harmful 'Public Charge' Rule Change

Dec 6, 2018 - In a Dec. 3 letter, the AAFP signaled its strong opposition to a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule, which it said would endanger public health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

Academy Praises Bill Lowering Direct Primary Care Barrier

Aug 26, 2019 - The Academy recently applauded legislation that would revise the federal tax code to allow health savings account funds to be applied to direct primary care fees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Academy Pushes Lawmakers to Deliver Rural MOMS Act

Aug 28, 2019 - The AAFP recently applauded a Senate bill that aims to improve the critically compromised state of maternal health in rural communities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

Academy Takes Aim at Maternal Mortality Crisis

May 1, 2019 - The AAFP is building a coalition and taking other concrete steps to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and to ensure that family physicians can be part of the solution.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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

Academy Warns of Danger in Proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule

Nov 7, 2018 - In a recent letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the AAFP called for the preservation of current emission, efficiency and technology standards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Jan 24, 2019 - The AAFP supports the development of this primary care model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

ACIP Approves 2019 Adult and Childhood/Adolescent Immunization Schedules - Practice ...

Feb 15, 2019 - The 2019 adult and childhood/adolescent immunization schedules have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

Oct 31, 2018 - During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

ACIP Updates Japanese Encephalitis, Anthrax Vaccine Guidance

Mar 6, 2019 - During the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update recommendations for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, along with guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis anthrax vaccination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

ACLF Speakers Urge FPs to Advocate for Health System Reform

May 6, 2019 - During a panel discussion on health system reform at the AAFP's 2019 Annual Chapter Leader Forum, speakers said politicians are unlikely to change the health care system without action by patients and physicians.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain Conditions - POEMs - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2018 - Acupuncture, with its meridians, chi, and other concepts that do not seem to line up with anything physiologic, is vexing to most of us who trained in Western medicine. However, this meta-analysis, based on data from almost 21,000 patients, found it to be more effective than no ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

Acupuncture for Pain - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - Acupuncture has been increasingly used as an integrative or complementary therapy for pain. It is well-tolerated with little risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional acupuncture and nontraditional techniques, such as electroacupuncture and dry needling, often result in reported pain...

American Family Physician : Article

Acupuncture for Pain Relief - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - << Previous article Next article >> Jul 15, 2019 Issue Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of health topics,...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

Acute Hand Infections - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Acute hand infections are often caused by puncture wounds and are generally classified into superficial or deep infections. Superficial infections occur in the skin and subcutaneous tissues, whereas deep infections can involve the tendon sheaths, adjacent anatomic compartments, deep ...

American Family Physician : Article

Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP -- Board of Directors

Oct 10, 2018 - Ada D. Stewart, MD, serves on the AAFP Board of Directors.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

Ada D. Stewart, RPh, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS, HMDC

Apr 15, 2019 - AAFP Candidate Ada D. Stewart, RPh, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS, HMDC

2019 Candidates for AAFP Leadership : President-Elect

Ada Stewart, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Dec 7, 2018 - The South Carolina AFP announces the candidacy of Ada Stewart, M.D., of Columbia, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

Add some fun to your practice -- FPM

Jun 19, 2019 - Patients often come to your practice feeling anxious, hurt, or afraid. Adding some levity can help put them at ease, and it can help your stressed-out colleagues as well.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

Additional Rheumatologic Tests Critical in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis - Letters ...

Feb 15, 2019 - Letters to the Editor from AFP readers regarding previously published articles.

American Family Physician : Letter

Adhesive Capsulitis: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2019 - Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a common shoulder condition characterized by pain and decreased range of motion, especially in external rotation. Adhesive capsulitis is predominantly an idiopathic condition and has an increased prevalence in patients with diabetes...

American Family Physician : Article

Administrative Simplification -- Legal Issues

Sep 11, 2019 - Reducing the administrative burden on physicians is an important step toward reducing the cost of health care. The AAFP supports simplifying reimbursement processes.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

Adolescent Health Care, Confidentiality

Mar 18, 2019 - Read the AAFP's recommendations regarding confidentiality and privacy when treating adolescent patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

Adolescent Health Care, Role of the Family Physician

Mar 18, 2019 - Read the AAFP's position on family physicians qualified expertise in treating adolescent patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

Adolescent Immunizations Best Practices Summit Panel Presentations

Sep 21, 2018 -

Patient Care : Well-being and Prevention

Adolescent Substance Use and Misuse: Recognition and Management - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Adolescent use of illicit substances imposes an enormous burden on individuals, families, and communities. The types of illicit substances adolescents are using have changed drastically over the past decade with decreases in alcohol use (including binge alcohol use) offset by increases ...

American Family Physician : Article

Adolescent Vaccination: Protect Their Future -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Strategies to improve your adolescent patients’ immunizations.

Family Practice Management : Articles

Advance Care Planning -- Physician Payment

Jan 29, 2019 - Advance care planning (ACP) is the face-to-face time a physician or other qualified health care professional spends with a patient, family member, or surrogate to explain and discuss advance directives. Two CPT codes are used to report ACP services: 99497 and 99498.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

Advance Care Planning Increases Execution of Advance Directives and Surrogate ...

Dec 1, 2018 - In this study, an intensive advance care planning intervention dramatically increased the completion of advance directives and the identification of surrogate decision makers.

American Family Physician : POEMs

Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) FAQ -- Physician Payment

Feb 11, 2019 - Get the answers to your questions about Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPM) with the AAFP AAPM FAQ.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs) -- Physician Payment

Jan 31, 2019 - Information on Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs), one of the two new payment tracks created under MACRA.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

Advancing Health Equity by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Family ...

May 28, 2019 - Read the AAFP's policy on Advancing Health Equity by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Family Medicine (Position Paper)

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Aug 13, 2019 - Read AAFP's policy on adverse childhood experiences.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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