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Family Physician Couple Returns to Rural Roots in Minnesota

Oct 18, 2019 - Two family physicians who just happen to be married give AAFP News a firsthand view of their wide scope of practice and strong community ties in their small rural town of Sleepy Eye, Minn.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191018sleepyeye.html

AAFP Query Prompts CMS Order on Pneumococcal Vaccine Denial

Oct 16, 2019 - In response to AAFP concerns that some physicians' Medicare claims for administering pneumococcal vaccinations have been denied, CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191016claimsedits.html

AAFP to HRSA: Primary Care Services Best Delivered by FPs

Oct 9, 2019 - The AAFP has responded to a request for information from the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding rural communities' access to health care services. Noting that 17% of AAFP members currently practice in rural areas, the Academy said FPs are best-suited to deliver ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191009hrsaletter.html

PAMA Pay Cuts: How Have They Affected Your Practice?

Sep 30, 2019 - The Academy is encouraging family physicians to complete a survey that explores the effects of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act on their ability to provide office-based laboratory services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190930pamasurvey.html

Transformation in Practice Series Takes on Agenda-setting

Sep 20, 2019 - A new resource from the AAFP aims to help physicians who struggle to fit all of their patients' needs, concerns and questions into a typical 15-minute office visit and put an end to those hand on the doorknob moments.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190920tipsagenda.html

New Research Shows Fewer Family Physicians Seeing Children

Sep 11, 2019 - New longitudinal research conducted in Vermont shows that fewer family physicians are taking care of children. Rather, the researchers verified previous findings that showed a temporal trend of child visits moving from family medicine to pediatric practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190911fpschildren.html

AAFP FAQ Aims to Educate FPs About Using Claims Data

Sep 6, 2019 - The AAFP has created a document to help family physicians understand all-payer claims databases so they can advocate for greater state investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190906claimsdatabasefaq.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Sep 4, 2019 - Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

New AAFP Policy Pushes Payers to Accept Supplemental Data

Aug 29, 2019 - The AAFP has created a new policy to press payers to accept all performance data physicians want to submit so they do not lose out on value-based payments.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190829supplementaldata.html

Boost Naloxone Prescribing to Halt Opioid Overdose Deaths

Aug 20, 2019 - A report on nationwide naloxone dispensing practices found that the ratio of naloxone prescriptions to high-dose opioid prescriptions is surprisingly low and that significant differences exist between dispensing rates in rural versus metropolitan areas.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190820naloxoneprescript.html

Report Examines Benefits of Investing in Primary Care

Aug 15, 2019 - A new study breaks down states' primary care spending patterns and what they mean for select patient outcomes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190815statespending.html

Video Visits Tested in Homebound Geriatric Patients

Aug 14, 2019 - Researchers from New York and California developed a test pilot to assess the feasibility of video visits for homebound elderly patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190814videovisitresearch.html

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

Aug 12, 2019 - The AAFP and six other health organizations have published a Dear Colleague letter that encourages health care professionals to ensure that adolescent patients present for a well visit at age 16.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190812well16yo.html

Value of Physical Exam Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

Aug 5, 2019 - A new study documents family physicians' experiences and perceptions of the physical examination, which they reported can have both objective and subjective benefits in caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190805physexamstudy.html

AHRQ Recruiting Clinics for Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Aug 2, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is recruiting 250-500 pediatric/adult ambulatory care clinics to participate in a free, 12-month antibiotic stewardship program.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190802ahrqabxprogram.html

Resiliency Program Reduces Burnout Symptoms in FM Residents

Jul 30, 2019 - Results of a small trial showed a resiliency program was effective in reducing burnout symptoms in family medicine residents. In addition to reducing some symptoms in the short term, researchers noted that there were no significant increases in any burnout measurements in the long term.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190730resiliencystudy.html

New Study, Guidance Affirm Transgender Patients' Care Needs

Jul 24, 2019 - A recent study and updated clinical guidance remind physicians that treating transgender patients starts with providing solid primary care services along with nonjudgmental communication.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190724lgbtcare.html

Study Tests Protocol to Expand Use of Medical Translators

Jul 17, 2019 - Recent research identified benefits and drawbacks to a protocol in which medical assistants arranged for language translation during the rooming process -- before the clinician ever entered the room.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190717translationstudy.html

Researchers Push Primary Care Teams to 'Power Up'

Jul 16, 2019 - Researchers describe a new model that extends clinician visits to team visits by pairing each physician with highly trained nurses or medical assistants.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190716primarycareteams.html

Learn to Conquer Your EHR System During 'Happy Hour'

Jul 10, 2019 - A recent article in the July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine describes how implementation of a peer-to-peer learning format has eased physician frustrations with their EHRs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190710ehrhappyhour.html

Full-scope Family Medicine Flourishes in Southwestern Kansas

Jul 8, 2019 - Family physician Drew Miller, M.D., is one of seven FPs providing high-quality, full-scope health care -- including delivering babies -- in the small town of Lakin, Kan., home to some 2,200 souls.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190708rural-miller.html

Study Links Social Media Posts, Professional Credibility

Jun 28, 2019 - New research from Canada indicates that posting even one negative comment on Facebook can damage a health care professional's credibility in the eyes of the public.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190628socialmediastudy.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

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

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

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