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AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

Feb 27, 2019 - The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

What Factors Hook Medical Students on Family Medicine?

Feb 26, 2019 - In 2015, the AAFP conducted a national survey of all graduating AAFP student members to learn what influenced their specialty choices.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/2019026choicesurvey.html

Organizations Call for $50 Million to Study Gun Violence

Feb 26, 2019 - Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190226gunresearch.html

Finding the Right Mentor Is Worth the Quest

Feb 25, 2019 - Mentors, regardless of specialty, can have a profound effect on students. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a surgeon helped start him on his way to a career in medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190225lv-mentoring.html

This FP's Roots Are in Global Health

Feb 25, 2019 - Laura Chambers-Kersh, M.D., knew she wanted to work with underserved communities as a teenager after volunteering with her family physician mother on the Navajo Nation.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190225fdf-chamberskersh.html

Breast Implants May Boost Lymphoma Risk, Says FDA

Feb 25, 2019 - On Feb. 6, the FDA issued an update on the number of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, reporting that as of Sept. 30, 2018, the agency had received a total of 660 case reports globally since 2010.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225breastimplants.html

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression

Feb 25, 2019 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225uspstf-perinataldepress.html

Take Note of Growing Demand for Subscription Services

Feb 22, 2019 - Consumer Reports recently advised consumers that direct primary care could save them money and improve their care. Allison Edwards, M.D., makes the case for the subscription model in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190222fp-subscriptioncare.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

Feb 22, 2019 - A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Shift Health System's Focus From Profit to Prevention

Feb 21, 2019 - Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a single-payer system reserved for primary care would put the focus on keeping people healthy rather than on treating illness.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190221lv-change.html

Study: FPs Who Learn Acupuncture Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Feb 21, 2019 - A recently published survey of family physicians found that those who received training in acupuncture prescribed fewer opioids to patients with chronic noncancer pain than those without acupuncture training.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190221acupuncture-opioids.html

Family Medicine Tops the List in Osteopathic Match

Feb 20, 2019 - Thirty-four percent of matches made during this year's final American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program Match were to family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190220aoamatch.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

Feb 20, 2019 - On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220fluvaccine.html

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

Feb 20, 2019 - A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220opioidprojections.html

Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Feb 19, 2019 - Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190219itt-bipartisan.html

AAFP Joins Call to Protect Patients From Surprise Bills

Feb 19, 2019 - The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190219surprisebilling.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Feb 19, 2019 - Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a D recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Coming Soon: Important Office Visit Survey

Feb 19, 2019 - On Feb. 25, 2019 all active AAFP members will have the opportunity to participate in an important survey by the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee for physician office visits (99202-99205, 99211-99215) and a new prolonged services code (99XXX).

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190219rucsurvey.html

Let's Take a Public Health Approach to Climate Change

Feb 18, 2019 - Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening. M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a public health approach to convincing the rest and addressing the problem.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190218fp-climate.html

Better Health Care for Veterans Requires Better Payment

Feb 18, 2019 - Ada Stewart, M.D., who cares for active-duty soldiers and veterans as a U.S. Army Reserve physician, as well as in her civilian practice, writes about the urgent need for payment and workforce reform in the nation's veterans health care system.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190218lv-veterans.html

Especially in the Army, FPs Are Called to Lead

Feb 18, 2019 - When Brig. Gen. Telita Crosland, M.D., M.P.H., assumed command of Regional Health Command-Atlantic last year, it gave her responsibility for 24,000 people, a budget of $1.6 billion and about 600,000 patients.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190218fdf-crosland.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

Feb 14, 2019 - The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

Is That Antibiotic Prescription Really Necessary?

Feb 14, 2019 - A review of prescription data for more than 19 million Americans that was recently published in The BMJ indicates that nearly one-quarter of all antibiotic prescriptions may have been prescribed inappropriately.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190214antibxscriptstudy.html

U.S. Surgeon General Vows to Fight for Rural America

Feb 13, 2019 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., spoke to physicians and others at the Rural Health Policy Institute about the opioid epidemic and social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190213nrhasurggen.html

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting

Feb 13, 2019 - The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes' effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190213NEJMe-cigstudy.html

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