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Confirmed U.S. Measles Cases Now Highest in 25 Years

Apr 25, 2019 - The CDC reported this week that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States had reached 695, the highest figure since 1994 and more than the total number of measles cases for 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

HHS Announces CMS Primary Cares Initiative

Apr 24, 2019 - HHS recently announced new payment models influenced, in part, by AAFP input, with the intention of initiating valued-based transformation in primary care settings.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills

Apr 24, 2019 - The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients' health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Expert Lists Ways to Boost Adolescent Immunization Rates

Apr 24, 2019 - AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak with AAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

Apr 24, 2019 - The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Questions About CME Credit? AAFP Has Answers

Apr 23, 2019 - In this QandA, Steven Furr, M.D., chair of the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development, tackles frequently asked questions about CME and AAFP credit.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

Reaping Rewards From Team-backed Quality Improvement

Apr 23, 2019 - Finger Lakes Family Care in Canandaigua, N.Y., has the whole care team and office staff members on board with its quality improvement efforts.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Apr 22, 2019 - Patients trying to recover from substance use disorders face numerous obstacles. Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.

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

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others

Apr 22, 2019 - When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Apr 19, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Apr 18, 2019 - Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

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Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

Apr 17, 2019 - The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

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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

FPM Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care

Apr 17, 2019 - A research report published in the January/February issue of FPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

Surveys: Physician Salaries Are Increasing, Burnout Persists

Apr 16, 2019 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in the latest In the Trenches blog post that findings from a pair of Medscape surveys on compensation and burnout offer a mix of good and bad news.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

Taking a 'Measure What You Treasure' Approach to Burnout

Apr 16, 2019 - Speakers at a session held during the AAFP's Residency Program Solutions conference focused on one residency's experience of identifying burnout and building a wellness culture.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

FP Honored for Selfless Service in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

Apr 16, 2019 - Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases

Apr 16, 2019 - Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

You Don't Need a Title to Lead

Apr 15, 2019 - As the AAFP's signature leadership development events approach, Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., reflects on his own leadership path in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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

FP Is Taking a Direct Approach to Making Things Better

Apr 15, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., isn't shy about sharing her opinion when things need improvement. At two upcoming AAFP events, she'll share her perspective as a direct primary care practice owner.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

Apr 15, 2019 - A recent analysis of results from two national surveys shows that increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the risks associated with e-cigarette use, with many now viewing them as at least as harmful as combustible cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS

Apr 12, 2019 - Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?

Apr 12, 2019 - An article recently published in Canadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

Food is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers

Apr 10, 2019 - A residency program has discovered an innovative way to encourage and facilitate good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

AAFP Letter Cites Concerns With CMS' Proposed Lab Rule

Apr 9, 2019 - A recent AAFP letter to CMS expresses concerns with portions of a proposed rule that would increase the financial burden on in-office laboratories, possibly forcing the closure of those that are operating on already thin margins.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

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