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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

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

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

We're Working to Make Sure Telemedicine Is Real Medicine

Jan 22, 2019 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the Academy has new resources to support telemedicine within family medicine practices.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190122itt-telemedicine.html

New Research Finds Rise in Pediatric Deaths From Opioids

Jan 18, 2019 - Findings from an analysis of CDC mortality data suggest that the number of opioid-related deaths in children each year may be much higher than previously reported.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190118pedopioids.html

What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Patients?

Jan 17, 2019 - As the partial government shutdown stretched into its fourth week, our new physician bloggers examined how the impasse in Washington, D.C., is affecting their patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190117fp-shutdown.html

FDA OKs New Eye-tracking Concussion Diagnosis Tool

Jan 17, 2019 - The FDA recently granted Oculogica Inc. authorization to market its EyeBox product, a noninvasive, baseline-free tool to aid in the diagnosis of concussion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190117concussiontool.html

Report: LARC Demand in Primary Care Outpacing Availability

Jan 17, 2019 - More robust training and support are needed for family physicians who deliver increasingly in-demand long-acting reversible contraception services, according to a new report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190117larcstudy.html

Why Do I Provide Maternity Care? The Answer's Simple

Jan 16, 2019 - There are many reasons some family physicians don't provide maternity care. But more than 30 years into practice, Robert Raspa, M.D., explains why it's still one of his favorite parts of the job.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190116lv-maternity.html

FPM Article Highlights 2019 CPT Code Updates, More

Jan 16, 2019 - FPM has published its annual article that highlights CMS CPT code updates and Medicare policy changes for the new year.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190116cptupdates.html

Study: EHRs Contribute to Family Physician Stress, Burnout

Jan 16, 2019 - A survey of nearly 1,800 physicians in Rhode Island found that the use of electronic health records contributes significantly to stress and burnout among physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190116ehrstudy.html

Beat the Clock: Why I Chose Direct Primary Care

Jan 15, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that the limitations of the 12-minute patient visits she experienced as a resident inspired her to start her own direct primary care practice.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190115fp-whydpc.html

Proposed Insurance Billing Change 'Dangerous,' Say Groups

Jan 15, 2019 - The Academy and five fellow medical organizations object to a proposed rule that would require health insurance exchange plans that cover certain women's health services to send separate bills.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190115exchangeltr.html

Russell Kohl, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker

Jan 15, 2019 - The Oklahoma AFP announces the candidacy of Russell Kohl, M.D., of Stilwell, Kan., for AAFP vice speaker.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190115kohl-cand-ann.html

Meet Family Medicine's Point Man on Immunizations

Jan 14, 2019 - His research and work on state and national committees put Jonathan Temte, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., on a path to become one of family medicine's foremost experts on immunizations.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190114fdf-temte.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

Jan 14, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190114hepbscreen.html

Eligible Clinicians: Report 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2

Jan 14, 2019 - Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190114mipssubmission.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

Jan 14, 2019 - The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report

Jan 11, 2019 - Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190111abmsvision.html

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

Jan 11, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190111oudprevresearchplan.html

Medicaid Expansion Could Be Key to Saving Rural Hospitals

Jan 9, 2019 - Nearly 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and almost 700 more are considered vulnerable. Tate Hinkle, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that Medicaid expansion could be the key to stopping the trend.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190109fp-ruralhospitals.html

Make Sure Policymakers Know We're Knights for Our Patients

Jan 9, 2019 - John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that physicians are more likely to be heard by payers and policymakers when health care discussions are framed in terms of patient care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190109lv-knights.html

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