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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

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

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 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

AAFP Credit System Unveils New Seal

Aug 26, 2019 - The AAFP Credit System has unveiled a new seal that CME providers can use to show their education has been vetted and approved by the AAFP.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190826creditsystemseal.html

AAFP Delegation Stands Up for Residency Teaching Faculty

Jun 19, 2019 - AAFP delegates supported physicians-in-training during this year's AMA House of Delegates annual meeting as they sought to ensure that their instructors can devote adequate time to teaching duties.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190619ama-educ.html

AAFP FAQ Aims to Educate FPs About Using Claims Data

Sep 6, 2019 - The AAFP has created a document to help family physicians understand all-payer claims databases so they can advocate for greater state investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190906claimsdatabasefaq.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 Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

Sep 11, 2019 - The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.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

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

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

Sep 16, 2019 - The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact critical, common-sense policies to stem the toll of gun violence that affects patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.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

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 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

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

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

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

AAFP Scores Win on Payment to Support Rural Residencies

Sep 5, 2019 - As of Oct. 1, Medicare will start picking up the tab for residents' training time at critical-access hospitals, a move that helps the AAFP's Rural Health Matters initiative.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190905ipps.html

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

Jun 19, 2019 - In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

Sep 4, 2019 - The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.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

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

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

AAFP, Other Groups Strongly Object to New Detention Policy

Aug 30, 2019 - The Academy and four other medical groups are voicing strong opposition to a new federal policy that poses significant short- and long-term health risks to immigrants being held in U.S. custody.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190830floresstatement.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

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

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190826pceact.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190828momsact.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt Burden Wins AAFP Support

Jun 20, 2019 - In a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, the AAFP called for passage of the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190620studentdebtbill.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

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

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

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

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

CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

Sep 11, 2019 - On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190911vapingupdate.html

CDC Underscores Need to Boost HPV Vaccination Coverage

Aug 29, 2019 - A pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports the CDC recently released clearly demonstrate that the need to improve HPV vaccination coverage remains substantial.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190829hpvvacc.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

CDC: Report Possible Vaping-associated Pulmonary Illness

Aug 27, 2019 - The CDC is asking clinicians to report unexplained pulmonary illness that may be related to e-cigarette use after nearly 200 potential cases have been reported in 22 states.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190827vapingillness.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

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Sep 4, 2019 - Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.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

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

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