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The right (and wrong) way to make sure patients understand your instructions -- FPM

Jun 6, 2019 - An estimated 50 percent of patients leave their medical visits without understanding what their physician told them. The teach-back technique can help.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/teach_back_the_right_way.html

FPs Steer the AAFP With Plenty of Ways to Influence Course

Jun 5, 2019 - AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., explains how AAFP policy is set by members who represent a wide scope of opinions about the best ways to advance family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190605lv-governance.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

Seven ways your medical assistant can help you provide patient-centered care -- FPM

May 31, 2019 - Need new resources to provide better patient care? How about following these seven strategies to better use the medical assistants you already have?

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/medical_assistants.html

Transitional care management: four areas to improve -- FPM

May 30, 2019 - Patients sometimes fall through the gaps when moving from an acute care environment to home. Improve these four areas to prevent that from happening.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/transitional_care_management.html

How to encourage more appropriate quality measures -- FPM

May 29, 2019 - Many quality measure do not help patients or are out of the physician's control. If facing such measures, here are two things physicians can do.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/appropriate_quality_measures.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

Unpleasant Foot Odor and Skin Changes - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

May 15, 2019 - A woman presented with several months of increasingly problematic foot odor. Physical examination revealed small pits in the skin on her soles and a slight scale over the plantar surface of both feet.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p651.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

The first step to changing your practice culture -- FPM

May 24, 2019 - If your practice's culture isn't inspiring you and your colleagues to do their best work, change it. Start by sitting down and answering this key question.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/practice_culture_change.html

How to create simple annual visit plans for your patients -- FPM

May 23, 2019 - Family physicians often have to think through a patient's future care needs during a visit, which can hurt efficiency and allow things to go unaddressed. Creating annual visit plans with each patient may help.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/annual_visit_planning.html

Five problems with clinic design -- FPM

May 22, 2019 - The success of a clinic is often tied to how it is laid out and operated. If your practice has any of these five features, you could have a problem.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/clinic_design.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

Are your patients taking their medications? Seven questions to help you find out -- FPM

May 17, 2019 - Asking your patients directly if they are taking their prescribed medication may not give you an accurate answer. Use these more specific questions to get a better feel for their adherence.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/improving_medication_adherence.html

Three practical ways to assign risk levels to your patients -- FPM

May 16, 2019 - Determining who your sickest patients are ahead of time can help you more proactively manage them and make better use of limited resources. Here's how.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/risk_stratification.html

How to legally provide free transportation to patients -- FPM

May 15, 2019 - Federal rules allow physicians to provide free transportation to Medicare and Medicaid patients. But the rules are strict. Here's how to stay out of trouble.

Family Practice Management : In Practice Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/patient_inducements.html

Improving Vaccination Rates for the 2018-2019 Influenza Season -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - This organizational supplement summarizes information and resources the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) develops, utilizes, and disseminates to family physicians and their health care teams to increase influenza vaccination rates.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p17.html

Health Startups: Revolutionary or Threat to Primary Care?

May 14, 2019 - Startups based on health care algorithms are rapidly spreading. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., describes a model that allows family physicians to offer the convenience these companies tout while preserving the doctor-patient relationship.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190514fp-appbasedcare.html

New Primer Lays Out AAFP Approach to Health Care Reform

May 14, 2019 - A new resource from the AAFP explains how the Academy will work to ensure that the voice of family medicine helps shape the future of health care in the United States.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190514lv-healthcareform.html

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

May 14, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190514itt-singlepayer.html

Saline Irrigation for Allergic Rhinitis - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

May 1, 2019 - asal saline irrigation reduces the severity of allergy symptoms for up to eight weeks vs. no treatment. It is uncertain if adding nasal saline to pharmacologic treatment further improves symptoms over pharmacologic treatment alone.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p544.html

CMS clarifies documentation for teaching physicians' E/M services -- FPM

May 10, 2019 - Physicians who bill for E/M services while teaching medical students may face some changes under newly clarified federal guidelines.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/teaching_physician_services.html

Glycopyrrolate (Lonhala Magnair) for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease...

May 15, 2019 - Glycopyrrolate is a safe alternative to long-acting muscarinic antagonists delivered by metered-dose inhaler for patients with moderate to severe COPD.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p643.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Create annual visit plans for your patients | Use your EHR to close care gaps | Use passwords to practice mindfulness

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p32.html

Why Is Compassion So Important? Just Ask This Patient

May 7, 2019 - Family physicians know all about giving their patients compassionate care. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares the story of what happened when an ER team missed the mark.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190507lv-ervisit.html

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