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Advocacy, Social Determinants Must Be Part of Physician Training

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

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

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

Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

PCPs Outpace Specialists in Embracing Digital Health Tools

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

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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

AAFP Gives Proposed Transparency Rules Cautious Thumbs-up

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

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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

New Director Brings Rural Perspective to Graham Center

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

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes

Jan 15, 2020 - A review of military health records has found that veterans who received nonpharmacologic therapies to manage chronic pain are less likely than those who did not to experience long-term adverse outcomes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200115nonpharmtx.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Implicit Bias Training Guide

Jan 15, 2020 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has introduced its Implicit Bias Training Guide to promote awareness among primary care physicians and their practice teams.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200115implicitbias.html

PAMA Laboratory Reporting Delay a Win for AAFP

Jan 14, 2020 - In a move the Academy has advocated for months, Congress has mandated a one-year delay for required reporting of clinical laboratory data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200114pamadelay.html

Beware Virulent Deer and Confounding EHR Notes

Jan 13, 2020 - We asked our new physician bloggers about the worst EHR notes they have seen. They shared their experiences in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200113fp-ehrnotes.html

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Jan 13, 2020 - Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200113fdf-chase.html

ACP Guideline Addresses Age-related Low Testosterone

Jan 13, 2020 - The AAFP has endorsed the American College of Physicians' clinical practice guideline on treating adult men with age-related low testosterone, which recommends initiating testosterone treatment only for those experiencing sexual dysfunction.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200113age-relatedtestosterone.html

Try These Tips to Overcome Flu Vaccine Hesitancy

Jan 9, 2020 - During what is shaping up to be a severe flu season, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on vaccinating reluctant patients in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200109lv-fluvacc.html

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks

Jan 9, 2020 - In letters to CMS and HHS' Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200109selfreferralltrs.html

Study: Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise

Jan 9, 2020 - Research suggests that as the number of prescriptions written for opioids has dropped, there has been a corresponding rise in the use of nonopioid medications such as gabapentin and baclofen to treat certain types of pain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200109nonopioidmeds.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Jan 7, 2020 - Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Jan 7, 2020 - Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200107itt-economics.html

Health Equity Fellow Targets Obesity in Clinic, Community

Jan 6, 2020 - AAFP Health Equity Fellow Keisha Harvey, M.D., has embarked on a broad campaign to address obesity with efforts in physician offices and throughout the community.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200106fdf-harvey.html

Heralded Vape Flavor Ban Too Diluted in Final Form, AAFP Says

Jan 3, 2020 - New restrictions on flavored e-cigarette products fall short, the AAFP said in a statement calling for a ban on menthol flavors and all forms of mixing fruit flavors.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200103flavorban.html

Unsure About Primary Care First? Webinar Explains New Model

Jan 3, 2020 - With the Primary Care First application deadline approaching, the AAFP and other groups have created a webinar to help physicians decide whether to join the new payment model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200103pcfwebinar.html

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

Jan 1, 2020 - Academy members receive exclusive products, programs, services and discounts totaling more than $4,000 in savings each year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., highlights some perks you might not be aware of.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200101lv-membervalue.html

Study Highlights Lack of Self-care Among Medical Residents

Dec 24, 2019 - New research indicates that a concerning number of medical residents do not have a routine place for care, making them less likely to utilize valuable preventive screenings and services.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191224residentscare.html

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