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Study: Veteran Care a Unique Challenge to Non-VA Primary Care

Feb 5, 2019 - Authors of a study sought to identify training, tools and processes that might improve veteran care in primary care practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190205veterancare.html

True Mentors Help Students Find Where They Belong

Feb 4, 2019 - Medical student Chandler Stisher writes that family medicine mentors should show students how the specialty aligns with their interests.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190204lv-mentors.html

Research Shines a Light on SDOH Training

Feb 4, 2019 - A review of primary care residency program curricula has found wide variations in the ways in which these programs teach residents about social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190204sdohresidency.html

Creating an Academic Hub for Addiction Medicine

Feb 4, 2019 - After completing his training with an addiction medicine fellowship, Luke Peterson, D.O., brought what he learned back to Phoenix to train others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190204fdf-peterson.html

Better EHRs Vital to Value-based Care, AAFP Tells ONC

Feb 4, 2019 - The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204oncletter.html

Senate Weighs Crucial Teaching Health Center Legislation

Feb 4, 2019 - Following testimony from the AAFP, the Senate introduced legislation to renew Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program funding for five years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204thcgmebill.html

Download AAFP's 2019 MIPS Playbook Today

Feb 4, 2019 - The AAFP once again is offering family physicians a valuable resource to help them succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190204mipsplaybook.html

New Study: A Taste of Rural Medicine Proves Powerful

Jan 30, 2019 - Researchers found that urban-based medical students had a more positive opinion of rural medicine after an eight-week rural surgical rotation.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190130ruralrotation.html

Prevent Newborns' Eye Infection With Antibiotic Ointment

Jan 30, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190130uspstfgon.html

Don't Be Shy About Asking for Help Patients Need

Jan 29, 2019 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that finding creative ways to solve patients' problems outside of her clinic is good for both her and her patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190129fp-grants.html

Our Health Care System Is Sick

Jan 28, 2019 - The U.S. health care system focuses more on care of the sick than prevention. Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes that even our sick care is less than ideal.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190128lv-sickcare.html

Rural FP Delivers Unique Gifts for Littlest Patients

Jan 28, 2019 - When small-town family physician Erik Bostrom, M.D., decided to make baby blankets for each of the newborns he delivers, he also made national news.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190128fdf-bostrom.html

Medicare Part D Proposed Rule Triggers AAFP Response

Jan 28, 2019 - In a letter to CMS, the AAFP raised objections about portions of a proposed rule that would create barriers to certain Medicare Part D drugs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180128medicareletters.html

More Opioids Being Prescribed in Rural America

Jan 28, 2019 - The CDC analyzed patient opioid prescription data from Athenahealth and found that the percentage of patients prescribed an opioid was higher in rural areas than in urban settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190128ruralopioids.html

Revisit Medicaid Payment, Protect Network Adequacy, AAFP Tells CMS

Jan 25, 2019 - In a letter to CMS, the Academy expressed support for the agency's streamlining goals while voicing several key concerns about payment and telehealth standards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190125managedcareltr.html

USPSTF: Offer Medication to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Jan 25, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation for prescribing risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk for breast cancer and low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190125breastcarx.html

AAFP Leads Effort to Extend MSSP Application Deadline

Jan 24, 2019 - The AAFP and 11 other medical organizations said it would be challenging, if not impossible, for accountable care organizations to work within CMS' original timeframe.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190124msspextension.html

AAFP Seeks Flexibility in Medicare GME Funding Cap

Jan 24, 2019 - The AAFP asked CMS to allow more flexibility in the cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education to help offset the shortage of family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190124gmecap.html

Family of Family Medicine Is Working to Expand the Workforce

Jan 23, 2019 - An ambitious initiative to expand the family medicine pipeline is the latest example of collaboration among the specialty's eight national organizations.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190123lv-workingparty.html

Apply Now for STFM Pilots Aimed at Improved Training

Jan 23, 2019 - Departments of family medicine have until Feb. 22 to apply for pilot projects aimed at improving student training at ambulatory care sites.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190123stfmpilot.html

AAFP Weighs in With Its 'Vision for the Future'

Jan 23, 2019 - The AAFP responded to a draft report by the American Board of Medical Specialties Vision for the Future Commission with recommendations to make continuing board certification work for family physicians.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190123visioncomments.html

CDC: Adolescents Curious, Susceptible to Hookah Smoking

Jan 23, 2019 - Nearly three out of 10 adolescents who have never smoked a hookah or water pipe reported curiosity or susceptibility about using a hookah, according to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123cdchookah.html

CDC Launches Vaccinating Children Video Series

Jan 23, 2019 - On Jan. 15, the CDC launched an educational video series for parents explaining how vaccines for their children work.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123vaccinevideo.html

Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., Runs for AAFP Director

Jan 23, 2019 - The Delaware AFP announces the candidacy of Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., of Media, Pa., for AAFP director.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190123savoy-cand-ann.html

Academy Adds Obstetrics Member Interest Group

Jan 23, 2019 - A new AAFP member interest group on obstetrics aims to help family physicians integrate comprehensive, evidence-based maternity health care into their practices.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190123obmig.html

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