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FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

Apr 5, 2019 - The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

Study Identifies Best Predictors of Bacterial Sinus Infection

Apr 5, 2019 - A study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine identified three predictors that best helped clinicians diagnose patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190405ars-abrs.html

New MIG Focuses on Climate Change, Environmental Health

Apr 5, 2019 - A new AAFP member interest group is designed to increase family physicians' understanding of and action on climate change and its health harms.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190405environmentmig.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

Apr 3, 2019 - In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

Apr 3, 2019 - The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190403wpsi-anxiety.html

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

Apr 3, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

EAT-Lancet Recommendations Have Value, but Are They Feasible?

Apr 2, 2019 - A new report on diet and agriculture aims to improve the health of the earth and its human inhabitants. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., lauds the commission's effort but questions the feasibility of its recommendations.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190402fp-eatlancet.html

Trump Administration Rolling the Dice on Health Care

Apr 2, 2019 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the administration's recent decision to not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an interesting gamble ahead of the 2020 elections.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190402itt-acalawsuit.html

Review 2018 Open Payments Program Data Through May 15

Apr 2, 2019 - Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15 to review their data for the 2018 Open Payments program year before it is made public in June.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190402openpayments.html

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Apr 2, 2019 - Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190402membersatsurv.html

High-deductible Plans Give 'Prevention' a New Meaning

Apr 1, 2019 - Robert Raspa, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that high-deductible plans are causing patients to delay needed care, which leads to more costly urgent care later.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190401lv-hdhp.html

FP Set on Charting Her Own Course in Family Medicine

Apr 1, 2019 - When Bich-May Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H., found herself wanting more from her career, she figured out a way to pursue all her interests.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190401fdf-nguyen.html

AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA

Apr 1, 2019 - The Academy and five peer medical organizations are opposing an administration plan to argue against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190401acalawsuit.html

People in the News/Awards -- March 2019

Apr 1, 2019 - In March, four Academy members were named to prominent leadership positions or received various honors for their work.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190401people-march.html

AAFP Joins CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Challenge

Mar 29, 2019 - The AAFP has partnered with CMS and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a project to better predict health outcomes and improve health care quality through artificial intelligence.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190329aichallenge.html

AAFP Supports Slate of Bills to Protect, Assist Patients

Mar 28, 2019 - The Academy has written in support of House bills to preserve safeguards in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and make generic drugs more available.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190328housebills.html

Illinois Poised for Tobacco 21 Win After Chapter Push

Mar 27, 2019 - After being vetoed last year, Tobacco 21 legislation appears ready to become law in Illinois, thanks in part to testimony from Illinois AFP Board Chair Asim Jaffer, M.D.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190327illinoistobacco.html

New Report Details 2011-2016 Fentanyl Overdose Death Rates

Mar 27, 2019 - A new CDC report on drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl found skyrocketing rates of mortality related to the drug virtually across the board -- regardless of gender, geographic region and racial/ethnic background.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327cdcfentanyl.html

CDC Reports: More HIV Testing, Treatment Needed

Mar 27, 2019 - New CDC reports say most new HIV infections seen in the United States in 2016 were transmitted by the nearly 40 percent of people who didn't know they were infected or who knew but were not receiving care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327mmwr-hiv.html

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Mar 27, 2019 - Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

Mar 26, 2019 - The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.html

Not Tough Enough? What More Do You Want?

Mar 25, 2019 - Leonard Reeves, M.D., offers a rebuttal to a speaker who questioned the toughness of physicians amid a burnout crisis.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190325lv-toughenough.html

New ABFM Testing Format Calls for Novel Learning Tool

Mar 25, 2019 - The AAFP has launched the Longitudinal Assessment Self-Study Package for family physicians participating in the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot. The new resource combines the learning power of the Board Review Self-Study ...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190325fmcla-lassp.html

Resident Is Already an Agent of Change

Mar 25, 2019 - Family medicine resident Jamal Lawrence, M.D., is poised to achieve his childhood goal of caring for patients and a community.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190325fdf-lawrence.html

Residency Curriculum Hits Mark on Social Determinants

Mar 22, 2019 - Researchers at a St. Louis family medicine residency program assessed outcomes after implementation of a longitudinal experiential curriculum focused on underserved communities.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190322sdohresidency.html

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