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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

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

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

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Jun 3, 2019 - Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190603fp-mentalhealth.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

Weight of New 'M.D.' Carries Rewarding Responsibility

May 29, 2019 - Newly graduated family physician Chandler Stisher, M.D., M.P.H., reflects on what the two new letters after his name mean for him, his patients and his community.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190529lv-graduation.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

Sharp Rise Seen in Teen Self-Poisoning Suicide Attempts

May 29, 2019 - Rates of attempted suicide by self-poisoning among U.S. adolescents and young adults have more than doubled in the past decade. Among girls and young women, rates nearly tripled during that period.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Research Highlights the Enigma of Primary Care Spending

May 29, 2019 - A recent analysis of overall health care spending on Medicare beneficiaries found that spending on primary care accounted for just a small percentage of total fee-for-service expenditures.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190529pcspendstudy.html

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

May 28, 2019 - A new coalition co-founded by the Academy aims to realign the incentives and design of health care, writes AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190528itt-consumersfirst.html

FP Relies on Faith to Help Her Keep Blazing New Trails

May 28, 2019 - As a young girl living in inner-city Detroit, Ophelia Garmon-Brown, M.D., lacked the resources that many of her colleagues had as children. What Garmon-Brown had, however, was an abundance of faith that continues, even today, to guide her work.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190528fdf-garmon-brown.html

Lawmakers Need Guidance to Fix U.S. 'Wealth Care' Culture

May 28, 2019 - The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit opened with detailed advice on how FPs can use stories and data to win greater support from legislators for primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190528fmas-caseforpc.html

FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience

May 28, 2019 - New research from the American Board of Family Medicine examines why physicians joined a practice transformation network, what they expected and what they got from the experience.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190528ptnetworsks.html

Consumers First Coalition Launches With AAFP on Board

May 24, 2019 - The Academy this month helped launch the Consumers First Coalition, an alliance designed to examine and improve disparities in the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190524consumersfirst.html

Academy Lauds Lawmakers as Champions of Family Medicine

May 22, 2019 - During the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., the Academy recognized Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., with Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190522fmasawards.html

CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers

May 22, 2019 - The CDC has updated its guidelines for TB screening, testing and treatment for health care personnel and published the revised guidance in a May 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190522tbguidelineupdt.html

Rural Study Explores Team-based Approach to Diabetes Care

May 22, 2019 - Results of a study recently published in the Southern Medical Journal highlight the effectiveness of a team-based approach to managing diabetes in a rural primary care setting.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190522ruraldiabetes.html

AAFP Warns Against Spread of Low-value Health Insurance

May 21, 2019 - Responding to an HHS request for information, the Academy strenuously objected to the idea of encouraging the proliferation of health insurance plans that do not include important patient protections.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190521insurancecompacts.html

PCPs Discuss but Don't Document Social, Emotional Health

May 21, 2019 - New research shows that although nearly six minutes of primary care office visits with complex patients was devoted to discussing social and emotional topics, little of this data was recorded in the EHR.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190521ehrsocialhealth.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

May 20, 2019 - We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

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