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'Dear Prescriber' Letter Describes Opioids REMS, Encourages Physician Participation

Aug 29, 2012 - Family physicians who received a letter outlining the FDA's recently approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) requirement for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids needn't panic, according to Ann Karty, M.D., medical director in the AAFP Continuing Medical ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120829remsletter.html

'Flu Is Coming,' Say CDC Officials; Vaccinate Before the Holidays

Dec 8, 2010 - At this time last year, more than 40 states were reporting widespread influenza activity during a flu season in which 12,000 Americans died from illness caused by the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. As of Nov. 27 of this year, however, only one state -- Georgia -- was reporting regional...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20101208fluvaccinate.html

2012-13 Flu Vaccine Guidance Updates Recommendations for Kids

Aug 31, 2012 - The AAFP has adopted the CDC's recommendations for the use of influenza vaccine for the 2012-13 influenza season. The recommendations describe the virus strains included in the latest U.S. seasonal influenza vaccine and provide usage guidance for the upcoming season. Specifically, the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120831newflurecs.html

2014 Hypertension Guideline Stands to Simplify Treatment, Says Expert

Dec 18, 2013 - In a world that grows more complex every day, wouldn't it be a welcome change to have just one thing become a little simpler? Well, when it comes to busy family physicians managing their patients' hypertension, a newly released guideline could go a long way to accomplishing that goal.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131218hypertensiongdln.html

2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules Serve as Reminder to Vaccinate

Feb 19, 2014 - Among the changes affecting the newly released 2014 recommended immunizations schedules, perhaps one of the biggest is what family physicians won't see this year. For the first time, the familiar figures, footnotes and tables have not been published in full in the CDC's Morbidity and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140219immunizsched.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

AAFP Addresses Contraceptive Access and Coverage With FDA, CMS

Aug 21, 2017 - An Aug. 9 letter to FDA and CMS leaders stemmed from resolutions regarding contraception that were adopted by the 2016 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170821contraceptivesletter.html

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

Aug 15, 2018 - The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815choosingwisely.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

Jun 18, 2018 - HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits to further boost those rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180618hhs-hpvltr.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Mar 20, 2019 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

AAFP Among Organizations Calling on CMS to Allow Medicaid Coverage for Quitlines

Jul 6, 2010 - The AAFP is one of three dozen organizations that recently signed a letter to CMS, urging the agency to allow states to obtain federal Medicaid matching funds for the cost of tobacco cessation services provided by quitlines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20100706medicaidquitlines.html

AAFP Awards Third Round of Tobacco Control Mini-grants

Aug 8, 2017 - The AAFP's latest class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients devised innovative approaches to controlling tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170808tobaccominigrants.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

Jun 26, 2019 - The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

AAFP Backs HUD Proposal to Make Public Housing Smoke-free

Nov 18, 2015 - On Nov. 12, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule that would require indoor areas of public housing properties to be smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151118hudsmoke-free.html

AAFP Backs Initiative to Ensure Newborns Receive Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose

Jul 23, 2013 - The AAFP, along with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has endorsed a birth-dose initiative from the Immunization Action Coalition that recommends newborns be given the first ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130723hepbinitiative.html

AAFP Backs Potential Ban of Tobacco Sales in Military Installations

Nov 10, 2014 - The AAFP recently signed on to a letter urging the Senate Committee on Armed Services to reject language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent banning tobacco sales in military installations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141110militarytobacco.html

AAFP Balances Critical Need for Effective Pain Management, Realities of Opioid Abuse

Aug 2, 2012 - The AAFP opposes mandated CME as a prerequisite to DEA registration or licensure to prescribe opioid analgesics. In its Aug. 1 position paper, Pain Management and Opioid Abuse the Academy states that mandated CME could limit patient access to legitimate pain management needs. Family ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120802opioidspaper.html

AAFP Board Chair Spotlights Breadth of Family Medicine Training in Letters to CMS

Aug 23, 2011 - The AAFP took full advantage of a teachable moment recently, when AAFP Board Chair Lori Heim, M.D., of Vass, N.C., reminded CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., that the breadth of family medicine training includes screening, diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20110823cms-depression-alcohol.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907hhsopioidrfi.html

AAFP Calls for Banning Menthol in Tobacco Products

Aug 14, 2013 - The AAFP is urging the FDA to ban the use of menthol in cigarettes and other tobacco products, saying in an Aug. 7 comment letter to the agency that menthol is a flavoring agent that encourages tobacco use. In response to a potential FDA regulation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130814mentholltr.html

AAFP Calls for Careful Study of Medical Marijuana Use, Gun Violence

Oct 1, 2014 - In new clinical policy, the AAFP says decisions about medical marijuana use should be based on rigorous research. The Academy also has come out in support of OTC access to oral contraception. Regarding firearms safety, the AAFP is calling for more study of gun violence as a public ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141001policyrndup.html

AAFP Calls for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research

Dec 11, 2015 - The AAFP wrote to House and Senate leaders this week, calling for an elimination of the ban on federal funding for objective, scientific research on gun violence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151211gunresearchltr.html

AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccination This Season

Sep 29, 2017 - On Sept. 20, the AAFP signed on to a CDC letter asking health care professionals to help promote the influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170929fluvaccletter.html

AAFP Calls on NHLBI to Release Long-awaited Clinical Practice Guidelines

Sep 3, 2013 - In a recent letter to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) director Gary Gibbons, M.D., AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash., voiced concern regarding the NHLBI's decision to stop issuing clinical practice guidelines and focus instead only on ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130903nhlbiguidelinesltr.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

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