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'Care Planning Act' Gets Big Thumbs Up From AAFP

Jun 16, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined nine other organizations in signing on to a letter of support for advance care planning legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, dubbed the Care Planning Act, would provide for care-coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries experiencing ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150616advancecareltr.html

'COPD Comprehensive' Materials Created With Family Medicine Residents in Mind

Dec 7, 2011 - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and asthma combined account for 20 percent of visits to family physicians in this country. This prevalence of COPD in patients cared for most often by family physicians led the AAFP, in collaboration with the Association of Family Medicine...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20111207copdcomprehensive.html

'Country Doc' Leading Health Advocacy in Lone Star State

Jul 23, 2018 - : As he winds down his fourth decade in practice, Douglas Curran, M.D., remains a leading physician advocate in his state as president of the Texas Medical Association.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180723fdf-curran.html

'Dear Prescriber' Letter Describes Opioids REMS, Encourages Physician Participation

Aug 29, 2012 - Family physicians who received a letter outlining the FDA's recently approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) requirement for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids needn't panic, according to Ann Karty, M.D., medical director in the AAFP Continuing Medical ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120829remsletter.html

'Do You Know Who I Am?'

Oct 27, 2014 - Patients want more than a diagnosis and treatment from their physicians, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anna Quindlen told Assembly-goers during her Oct. 23 presentation. They want to be seen, heard and respected, she said.

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Congress and Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141027quindlenaddress.html

'Flipped Classroom' Format to Be Piloted at FMX in Denver

May 1, 2015 - Attendees at this year's AAFP Family Medicine Experience in Denver will be treated to a first for this venue: the chance to participate in CME offered in a flipped classroom format.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150501flippedclass.html

'Flu Is Coming,' Say CDC Officials; Vaccinate Before the Holidays

Dec 8, 2010 - At this time last year, more than 40 states were reporting widespread influenza activity during a flu season in which 12,000 Americans died from illness caused by the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. As of Nov. 27 of this year, however, only one state -- Georgia -- was reporting regional...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20101208fluvaccinate.html

'Four Pillars' Blueprint Charts Course for Physician Workforce Reform

Jan 22, 2014 - A burgeoning demand for a primary care physician workforce that can meet the needs of the United States has led to much introspection on what can be done to increase the number of primary care physicians in the United States. Meeting that demand will require changes in education, ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140122fourpillars.html

'Health Is Primary' Launches to Much Fanfare at Assembly

Oct 29, 2014 - Attendees at this year's AAFP Assembly got a first glimpse of a three-year communications campaign being launched by the AAFP and its seven family medicine sister organizations. Dubbed Health is Primary, the campaign will use advertising, news media outreach, online communications and ...

AAFP News : News From 2014 AAFP Congress and Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2014-cod-assembly/20141029fmahlaunch.html

'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Feb 12, 2018 - Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180212focus-dakis.html

'Inspirational' Forum Grooms FP Leaders, Helps Chapters

Mar 7, 2012 - 'Inspirational' Forum Grooms FP Leaders, Helps Chapters

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

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

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Oct 22, 2018 - Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

'Physician Compare' Gives Patients Access to Your Quality Data

Jan 22, 2016 - CMS is hosting free webinars to help physicians understand quality reporting and the Physician Compare website.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160122physiciancompare.html

'Physician Compare' Website: Keep It Current, Keep It Accurate, Academy Tells CMS

Jan 18, 2011 - The AAFP has called on CMS to ensure that the information provided on its new Physician Compare website, which was established according to provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is accurate and up-to-date.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/201118physiciancompare.html

'Real Answers' Panel Stresses Importance of Family Physicians in Health Care ...

Sep 27, 2013 - Family physicians are helping transform an uncooperative health care system into a patient-centered care delivery model that really works. But helping is not enough. It's time to start leading. That was the message delivered Sept 26 during the Panel Session: Real Answers at the AAFP ...

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130927answerspanel.html

'Red Flag' Document Offers Guidance on Prescribing Controlled Substances

Mar 13, 2015 - The AAFP, along with a coalition of stakeholder organizations, released a consensus document on March 12 that highlights the challenges and red flags associated with prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150313redflagdoc.html

'Repeal the SGR' Is Leaders' Mantra on Capitol Hill

Mar 21, 2014 - Advocates often say that when you want to get legislation passed, you need a unified group carrying a single message. That is the mantra AAFP leaders recently brought to Washington regarding Medicare physician payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140321sgrcaphillvisit.html

'Silent Exodus' From Medicine Threatens Patient Access to Care, Study Says

Oct 16, 2012 - The nation's physicians are disengaging from the practice of medicine by working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients. This silent exodus from the medical profession, driven by changes in the practice environment, has reduced patient access to physician services. That's one of the key ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121016merrittjobsat.html

'Solid Investments in Primary Care Workforce' Needed, AAFP Member Tells Congressional ...

Apr 26, 2013 - Congress could alleviate the nation's growing shortage of primary care physicians by making a greater investment in primary care training programs and taking steps to ensure that more medical school and residency training takes place outside of hospitals and in the community. That was ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130426rusttestimony.html

'Stand Out' Issue at COD: Fair Payment for Family Physicians

Sep 16, 2011 - A full plate of resolutions faced the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement when the Congress of Delegates and various reference committee hearings commenced Sept. 12 in Orlando, Fla. From perceived public and private payer shenanigans to member dissatisfaction with the ...

AAFP News : News From 2011 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-cod-assembly/20110916codpracenhance.html

'Stop the Bleed' Aims to Turn Bystanders into 'By-doers'

Oct 23, 2015 - 'Stop the Bleed' Aims to Turn Bystanders into 'By-doers'

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

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

'Tis the Season: For Us, Holidays Mix Sacrifice, Blessings

Dec 23, 2014 - 'Tis the Season: For Us, Holidays Mix Sacrifice, Blessings

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

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

'What? Me Worry?' Family Medicine Residency Trained Me Well

Sep 19, 2014 - 'What? Me Worry?' Family Medicine Residency Trained Me Well

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

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

$149 Million in HRSA Grants Highlight Primary Care Workforce Needs

Jul 27, 2016 - Health Resources and Services Administration grants totaling $149 million are intended to shore up primary care training and address key workforce needs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160727hrsagrants.html

$4.2 Million in Federal Grants Open to Rural Physicians

Feb 15, 2016 - Rural family physicians in public or nonprofit settings can apply for a portion of federal grant money totaling nearly $4.2 million annually for three years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160215ruralfunding.html

$5 Million Grant Will Help AAFP Foundation Undertake Diabetes Research Project

Nov 17, 2010 - Peers For Progress -- an initiative of the AAFP Foundation -- has received a $5 million grant through the Foundation to evaluate how a combination of peer support, community outreach and an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician can affect outcomes and quality of life for ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20101117peersdiabetesgrant.html

1,300 FPs Chosen to Participate in Multipayer Demonstration Project

Aug 22, 2012 - Today, CMS announced the names of 500 primary care practices located in seven regions across the country that have been selected to participate in CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. According to CMS, the initiative will include more than 2,000 health care professionals ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120822cpciparticipants.html

100+ Medical Organizations Urge Changes to Proposed Rule

Jul 1, 2016 - The AAFP joined more than 100 medical organizations in asking CMS to make changes to the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160701macrasignon.html

2009: The Year in Review

Jan 6, 2010 - In 2009, primary care and family physicians garnered the attention of the nation as health care reform efforts and the influenza A (H1N1) virus vied for headlines across the country.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100106year-in-review.html

2010 Tar Wars Winner Trumps Brother's Achievement

Jul 29, 2010 - Jared Gorthy wasn't the first member of his family to be selected a state winner in the Colorado AFP's annual Tar Wars poster contest. That honor went to his brother Derek, who won the state contest and finished seventh at the Tar Wars National Conference in 2007.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100729tarwars-gorthy.html

2010: The Year in Review

Mar 30, 2011 - This is the topic page for AAFP News Now's look back at the highlights of 2010.

AAFP News : 2010: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2010-year-in-review.html

2011 AAFP Congress of Delegates to Meet in Orlando, Fla.

Jun 28, 2011 - The AAFP Congress of Delegates will meet Sept. 12-14 in the Orange Ballroom of the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla. The Congress will convene in conjunction with the AAFP Scientific Assembly, which will meet Sept. 14-17.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110628cod-announcement.html

2011 AMA House of Delegates Weighs Maintenance of Certification, Licensure Issues

Jun 29, 2011 - Issues involving maintenance of certification, or MOC, maintenance of licensure, or MOL, and osteopathic continuous certification, or OCC, were ardently debated by new-to-practice and established physicians during the 2011 annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, June 18-22 in ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110629ama-moc.html

2011 Family Physician of the Year Finds Unique Niche Among Rural Underserved

Sep 29, 2010 - Fresh out of the U.S. Army a decade ago, S. Hughes Melton, M.D., knew exactly what he wanted to do and where he wanted to do it: He wanted to be a family physician with a practice among the rural underserved.

AAFP News : News From 2010 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2010cod-assembly/20100929fpoy-2011.html

2011: The Year in Review

Jul 25, 2012 - This is the topic page for AAFP News Now's 2011: The Year in Review coverage.

AAFP News : 2011: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-year-in-review.html

2012 AAFP Congress of Delegates to Meet in Philadelphia

Jul 3, 2012 - The AAFP Congress of Delegates will meet Oct. 15-17 in Grand Ballroom E-L of the Philadelphia Marriott in Philadelphia. The Congress will convene in conjunction with the AAFP Scientific Assembly, which will meet Oct. 17-20.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20120703congress-announcement.html

2012 EHR User Satisfaction Survey Provides Feedback From FP Colleagues

Nov 19, 2012 - It's official. Family Practice Management garnered the largest response ever -- 3,088 family physician participants -- for the fifth iteration of its electronic health record (EHR) survey. This year's offering, titled The 2012 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses from 3,088 Family ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121119ehrsatsurvey.html

2012 Family Physician of the Year Inspires Exceptional Care for Those With Nowhere Else...

Sep 13, 2011 - In 1993, Richard Kovar, M.D., traveled to Romania as a volunteer working to improve conditions for the country's children. The country was a mess, in shambles, he recalls. Following the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, children had been abandoned by their parents, and many were ...

AAFP News : News From 2011 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-cod-assembly/20110914fpoy2012.html

2012-13 Flu Vaccine Guidance Updates Recommendations for Kids

Aug 31, 2012 - The AAFP has adopted the CDC's recommendations for the use of influenza vaccine for the 2012-13 influenza season. The recommendations describe the virus strains included in the latest U.S. seasonal influenza vaccine and provide usage guidance for the upcoming season. Specifically, the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120831newflurecs.html

2012: Year in Review

Jan 16, 2013 - This is the topic page for AAFP News Now's year-end coverage of key issues the Academy tackled during 2012.

AAFP News : 2012: Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-year-in-review.html

2013 AAFP Congress of Delegates to Meet in San Diego

Jul 9, 2013 - The AAFP Congress of Delegates will meet Sept. 23-25 in Marriott Hall of the San Diego Marriott Marina and Marquis. The Congress will convene in conjunction with the AAFP Scientific Assembly, which will meet Sept. 24-28 in the San Diego Convention Center. During the Congress' reference ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20130709cod-announcement.html

2013 FPOY Works Hard to Lift Up Those Around Him

Oct 17, 2012 - In this world there are lifters and there are leaners. Thomas Albani, Jr., M.D., believes in lifting up others. It's a value the Youngstown, Ohio, family physician inherited from his father. There are people that help and people that make life harder, says Albani. I always felt it was ...

AAFP News : News From 2012 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-cod-assembly/20121017fpoyalbani.html

2013 NCSC Delegates Elect New Leaders

Apr 29, 2013 - AAFP constituent chapter delegates who attended the Academy's National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) April 25-27 in Kansas City, Mo., elected colleagues to fill various leadership positions.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20130429ncscelections.html

2013: The Year in Review

Jan 2, 2014 - This is the topic page for AAFP News' year-end coverage of key issues the Academy tackled during 2013.

AAFP News : 2013: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-year-in-review.html

2014 AAFP Congress of Delegates Convenes Oct. 20-22 in Washington

Jul 30, 2014 - The 2014 AAFP Congress of Delegates will convene Oct. 20-22 in Washington in conjunction with the AAFP Assembly.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140730codannounce.html

2014 Family Physician of Year Is Small-town Doc With Statewide Impact

Sep 27, 2013 - A little more than a month ago, Keith Davis, M.D., returned to Albany, Ore., for his 40th high school reunion. While he was in the area, he visited his mother, who reminded him of one of the many reasons he has championed patient access to care in the Idaho community that he now calls ...

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130927fpoy.html

2014 Hypertension Guideline Stands to Simplify Treatment, Says Expert

Dec 18, 2013 - In a world that grows more complex every day, wouldn't it be a welcome change to have just one thing become a little simpler? Well, when it comes to busy family physicians managing their patients' hypertension, a newly released guideline could go a long way to accomplishing that goal.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131218hypertensiongdln.html

2014 NCSC Delegates Debate Issues Vital to Physicians, Patients

May 7, 2014 - National Conference of Special Constituency delegates gathered in Kansas City, Mo., May 1-3 to write, debate and vote on a number of resolutions related to medical practice and patient health.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140507ncsc-practenhance-advoc.html

2014 NCSC Delegates Elect New Leaders

May 3, 2014 - AAFP chapter delegates who attended the Academy's 2014 National Conference of Special Constituencies in Kansas City, Mo., elected colleagues May 1-2 to fill various leadership positions.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140503ncscelects.html

2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules Serve as Reminder to Vaccinate

Feb 19, 2014 - Among the changes affecting the newly released 2014 recommended immunizations schedules, perhaps one of the biggest is what family physicians won't see this year. For the first time, the familiar figures, footnotes and tables have not been published in full in the CDC's Morbidity and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140219immunizsched.html

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