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USPSTF: Screen for HIV in Patients Ages 15-65

Jun 19, 2019 - On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted final recommendation statements and evidence reports on screening for and preventing HIV infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190619uspstfhivfinal.html

FPs Share Best Practices for Raising Immunization Rates

Jun 18, 2019 - Participants at the wrap-up conference for the AAFP's Adult Immunization Office Champions Project exchanged tips to improve adult immunization rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190618immchamps.html

CDC: Prescription Opioid Misuse Linked to Binge Drinking

Jun 18, 2019 - New research indicates that more than half of Americans ages 12 and older who have misused prescription opioids have also engaged in binge drinking.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190618opioid-bingedrnk.html

Participating in CMS' 2019 QPP? New Resources Available

Jun 18, 2019 - Check out new information available from CMS to help achieve success in the 2019 Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190618qppresources.html

Command Performance: Caring for Families in the Line of Duty

Jun 17, 2019 - The way Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., sees it, his patients should always have access to the medical care they need -- even if they're in the middle of a war zone or providing relief in a hurricane-ravaged community.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190617fdf-kkelly.html

Study Looks at Formation of FPs' Professional Identity

Jun 17, 2019 - New research indicates that curricular changes and strong family physician role models are important factors in establishing professional identity among family medicine residents.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617profidentity.html

Wonca Seeks New CEO to Head Global Operations

Jun 17, 2019 - The World Organization of Family Doctors, better known as Wonca, is seeking a CEO to take the reins of this global, not-for-profit academic umbrella organization that represents more than 550,000 family and general practice physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617woncaceo.html

JAMA Research: Elderly Deaths From Falls Increase

Jun 12, 2019 - Death rates from falls for older adults in the United States have significantly increased in the past 16 years, but an exercise program might help.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612elderlyfalls.html

Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health

Jun 12, 2019 - Members of the Practical Playbook initiative have released The Practical Playbook II, a new text that showcases the integration of public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612practicalplaybook2.html

60-Second Survey Gives Insight Into Unmet Social Needs

Jun 12, 2019 - Researchers found that a brief survey administered to patients helped identify obstacles to maintaining good health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190612minutesurvey.html

AAFP Joins Supreme Court Filing Against Louisiana Law

Jun 11, 2019 - The Academy recently joined an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court saying that a Louisiana law threatens women's access to safe health care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190611geeamicus.html

AAFP, Other Medical Groups Update Sports Physical Guidance

Jun 11, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190611ppeupdate.html

Going the Extra Mile for Transgender Patients

Jun 10, 2019 - When Izzy Lowell, M.D., M.B.A., realized how great the need was for transgender care in her region, she created a five-state practice to fill the void.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190610fdf-lowell.html

Study Calls for Clarity on SDOH, Related Terminology

Jun 10, 2019 - Researchers have found considerable differences in the way individual health care professionals, organizations and other stakeholders use shared language, such as social determinants of health and related terms.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190610sdohterms.html

CDC Offers Measles Outbreak Toolkit

Jun 7, 2019 - The CDC has released a measles outbreak toolkit for health care professionals that family physicians can use to better arm themselves to fight the current measles epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190607measlestoolkit.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

Jun 5, 2019 - The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

Academy Lauds Bills Aimed at Curbing Teen Smoking, Vaping

Jun 5, 2019 - The AAFP is voicing support for several recent bills addressing the U.S. epidemic of youth tobacco and nicotine use.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605tobacco21.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic

Jun 5, 2019 - The AMA Opioid Task Force, to which the AAFP belongs, released recommendations on May 30 that call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190605amaopioidtf.html

Study: Talking About Medication Costs Yields Rewards

Jun 5, 2019 - Researchers found that a 60-minute training intervention with physician practices helped increase the frequency of cost-of-medication conversations with patients, which, in turn, enabled clinicians to identify those for whom cost was a specific barrier.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190605costconversations.html

Chronic Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care Varies Widely

Jun 4, 2019 - Chronic opioid prescribing in primary care varies significantly by patient and clinician characteristics, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Practice setting -- urban versus suburban -- also seemingly played a role.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190604chronicopioidstudy.html

FP Reflects on Service on Front Lines of Family Medicine

Jun 3, 2019 - During a 22-year stint in the Army, including more than a decade serving as a White House physician, Col. Kevin O'Connor, D.O., has found himself continually searching for ways to better serve his patients, whether it's in a classroom, at a hospital or in a war zone.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190603fdf-oconnor.html

Proposed Rule Would Hurt Transgender Patients, Women, Say Groups

Jun 3, 2019 - A coalition that includes the AAFP recently objected to an HHS proposed rule that could allow discrimination against transgender people and restrict women's access to health care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190603-1557rule.html

Study Links Patient Appointment Times, Cancer Screening Rates

May 31, 2019 - New research suggests that patients' appointment time may factor into whether their primary care physician refers them for breast and/or colorectal cancer screening.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190531visit-time.html

CMS Prescription Drug Final Rule Addresses AAFP Concerns

May 29, 2019 - CMS recently released a final rule on Medicare drug prices that held some wins for the AAFP and other physician organizations that are fighting for patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190529drugpricerule.html

AAFP Seeks Applicants for 2019-20 Health Equity Fellowship

May 29, 2019 - Building on a successful inaugural run, the AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the yearlong 2019-20 health equity fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529healthequityfellow.html

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