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Rural Study Explores Team-based Approach to Diabetes Care

May 22, 2019 - Results of a study recently published in the Southern Medical Journal highlight the effectiveness of a team-based approach to managing diabetes in a rural primary care setting.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190522ruraldiabetes.html

AAFP Warns Against Spread of Low-value Health Insurance

May 21, 2019 - Responding to an HHS request for information, the Academy strenuously objected to the idea of encouraging the proliferation of health insurance plans that do not include important patient protections.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190521insurancecompacts.html

PCPs Discuss but Don't Document Social, Emotional Health

May 21, 2019 - New research shows that although nearly six minutes of primary care office visits with complex patients was devoted to discussing social and emotional topics, little of this data was recorded in the EHR.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190521ehrsocialhealth.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

May 20, 2019 - We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

FP Delivers Best of Family Medicine Throughout Long Career

May 20, 2019 - During his 65-year career as a family physician, Alexander D. A.D. Brickler II, M.D., has cared for a remarkable number of Tallahassee families and delivered more than 30,000 babies. The recently retired 90-year-old also helped deliver racially integrated health care to his Florida city.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190520fdf-brickler.html

AAFP Objects to Interference With Doctor-Patient Relationship

May 17, 2019 - The Academy and five peer physician organizations are strongly objecting to aggressive political interference in the physician-patient relationship that jeopardizes patients' access to lawful care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190517interference.html

Four Projects Aim to Shape Future of Family Medicine

May 17, 2019 - The AAFP has launched new work that aims to move the needle for family medicine by focusing on administrative burden, public perception, advocacy and improving member interactions with the Academy.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190517specialprojects.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable

May 15, 2019 - Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190515maternaldeath.html

Health Startups: Revolutionary or Threat to Primary Care?

May 14, 2019 - Startups based on health care algorithms are rapidly spreading. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., describes a model that allows family physicians to offer the convenience these companies tout while preserving the doctor-patient relationship.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190514fp-appbasedcare.html

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

May 14, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190514itt-singlepayer.html

New Primer Lays Out AAFP Approach to Health Care Reform

May 14, 2019 - A new resource from the AAFP explains how the Academy will work to ensure that the voice of family medicine helps shape the future of health care in the United States.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190514lv-healthcareform.html

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements

May 14, 2019 - The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190514aucletter.html

FPs Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education

May 14, 2019 - New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514postpartumgroup.html

Survey, FP Expert Agree: Interest in Telehealth on the Rise

May 14, 2019 - Recently published results of a physician survey on telehealth indicate that use of the technology has quadrupled since 2015 and is expected to continue to increase in the years to come.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514telehealth.html

FP Aims to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Family Medicine

May 13, 2019 - Edward Bujold, M.D., isn't one to settle for the status quo. Rather, his passion for family medicine and drive to serve patients in his community keep him continually striving to be -- and do -- better.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190513fdf-bujold.html

CDC Warns of Misapplication of Its Opioid Guideline

May 9, 2019 - The CDC recently warned that misapplication of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain -- United States, 2016, can risk patient health and safety. The guideline is intended for use solely by primary care physicians treating chronic pain in patients 18 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190509cdcopioidgdln.html

Policy Brief Makes Case for Funding Teaching Health Centers

May 8, 2019 - Researchers find that family medicine residents who train in teaching health centers often practice in safety-net settings such as federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, public health clinics, institutional clinics and clinics that are part of the Indian Health Service.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190508thcfunding.html

Youth Tobacco Use Demands Stronger FDA Response, Groups Say

May 8, 2019 - The AAFP recently joined with 35 other organizations in signing on to a letter that calls on the FDA to take more forceful action against youths' use of e-cigarettes and related tobacco products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190508youthsmoking.html

AAFP Recruiting for Ask and Act Office Champions Project

May 8, 2019 - The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimagining Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190508reimagineask-act.html

Study Finds Family Physicians Offer More Value for Services

May 8, 2019 - A comprehensive analysis of Medicare claims data revealed that on a per-patient basis, low-value care spending is less when care is provided by family physicians rather than by other primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190508low-value.html

Why Is Compassion So Important? Just Ask This Patient

May 7, 2019 - Family physicians know all about giving their patients compassionate care. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares the story of what happened when an ER team missed the mark.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190507lv-ervisit.html

Panelists Describe Turning Passion Into Patient Advocacy

May 7, 2019 - Panelists speaking at the AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders on April 25 highlighted how they built on their passion for patient care to expand their advocacy efforts outside the office setting and effect change in their communities.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190507nccl-advocacypanel.html

Your Patient Is Crying. What Do You Do?

May 6, 2019 - What can you offer a crying patient besides a tissue? In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., discusses why patients cry, why it sometimes helps and how to react.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190506fp-crying.html

FP Mentor Guides Youths to Careers in Health Care

May 6, 2019 - Beulette Hooks, M.D., never met a black physician while she was growing up. Now she's working to ensure young people in her community have mentors in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190506fdf-hooks.html

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