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Maintaining Maternity Care Vital to Rural Hospital Stability

Feb 13, 2019 - A panel of experts who took the stage during the recent Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., mulled various issues associated with rural hospital closures and maternity care and shared the story of one community's success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190213nrhamaternity.html

Are Your Patients Wasting Money on Supplements?

Feb 12, 2019 - According to the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, a recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of adults take vitamins or supplements, but less than 25 percent of respondents had a confirmed nutrient deficiency.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190213fp-supplements.html

Bolster Policy on Tobacco, ENDS, Secondhand Smoke, Says AAFP

Feb 12, 2019 - In a Feb. 6 letter to the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, the AAFP reminded the Trump administration about evidence-based strategies that can help reduce tobacco use.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190212tobaccoletter.html

Filling the Rural Gap With Good Recruiting, Telemedicine

Feb 12, 2019 - The Rural Health Disparities Summit in Washington, D.C., which the AAFP co-hosted, examined solutions to problems that are critical to the health of rural America.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190212ruraldisparities.html

Resident Is Laser-focused on Helping Others

Feb 11, 2019 - Volunteering with vulnerable populations put Sarah Matthews, M.D., on the path to a family medicine career.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190211fdf-matthews.html

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

Feb 11, 2019 - The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190211fundingpriorities.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2019 Immunization Schedules

Feb 11, 2019 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2019 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190211immunskeds.html

People in the News/Awards -- January/February

Feb 11, 2019 - A number of AAFP members have recently received various honors or recognition.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190211people-janfeb.html

Massachusetts Groups Call Physician Burnout Public Health Crisis

Feb 8, 2019 - Four health care groups recently published a report that labels physician burnout a full-blown public health crisis and suggests steps that can be taken to reach short-, medium- and long-term solutions.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190208burnoutcrisis.html

Fighting for Family Medicine for the Next 50 Years

Feb 7, 2019 - The AAFP is marking the 50th anniversary of family medicine with a focus on the future, redoubling work to ensure that FPs have the resources they need to continue giving patients the highest-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190207familymedat50.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

Feb 6, 2019 - The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

New Research Shows Family Medicine Scope Is Shrinking

Feb 6, 2019 - Findings published in Annals of Family Medicine show that family medicine's scope of practice is being eroded even as residents say their training is more comprehensive.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180206annalsscope.html

Learn About Breastfeeding Protections in Clinical Settings

Feb 6, 2019 - The AAFP and others hosted a free webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 11 that focused on the legal protections for breastfeeding in the health care industry.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190206breastfeedinglaw.html

Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Feb 5, 2019 - Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.html

Window of Opportunity Opening to Revalue E/M Codes

Feb 5, 2019 - Codes for evaluation and management services have not had a comprehensive review by CMS in more than a decade. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that it's time to correct that oversight.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190205itt-emcodes.html

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

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