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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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 Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education

May 14, 2019 - New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514postpartumgroup.html

Survey, FP Expert Agree: Interest in Telehealth on the Rise

May 14, 2019 - Recently published results of a physician survey on telehealth indicate that use of the technology has quadrupled since 2015 and is expected to continue to increase in the years to come.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514telehealth.html

Study Finds Family Physicians Offer More Value for Services

May 8, 2019 - A comprehensive analysis of Medicare claims data revealed that on a per-patient basis, low-value care spending is less when care is provided by family physicians rather than by other primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190508low-value.html

Reaping Rewards From Team-backed Quality Improvement

Apr 23, 2019 - Finger Lakes Family Care in Canandaigua, N.Y., has the whole care team and office staff members on board with its quality improvement efforts.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190423teamqi.html

FPM Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care

Apr 17, 2019 - A research report published in the January/February issue of FPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190416fpmdementia.html

Medical Practice and Profession News

Sep 18, 2012 - Medical Practice and Professional news including articles on the practice of medicine, professional / profession issues, practice enhancement, and related stories.

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

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

Apr 3, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

AAFP Joins CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Challenge

Mar 29, 2019 - The AAFP has partnered with CMS and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a project to better predict health outcomes and improve health care quality through artificial intelligence.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190329aichallenge.html

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Mar 27, 2019 - Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

AAFP's Innovation Fellow Studies Tech, Digital Scribes

Mar 20, 2019 - Medical student Erkin Otles, M.S.E., said the AAFP's Primary Care Innovation Fellowship opened doors, supplied resources and mentoring, and provided protected time for his research. Could you be next?

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190320itfellow.html

Patient Engagement Movement Gains Strength Nationwide

Mar 6, 2019 - Family physicians can learn about the value of patient engagement through 11 case studies, a free webinar and more delivered by a team associated with Family Medicine for America's Health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190306engagement.html

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