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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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