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Coaching Patients About Successful Blood Pressure Management - Lown Right Care: ...

Mar 15, 2019 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering heath care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/p357.html

Screening for Atrial Fibrillation with Electrocardiography: Recommendation Statement - ...

Mar 15, 2019 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od1.html

Lorcaserin Is Safe, But Only Modestly Effective for Weight Loss - POEMs - American ...

Mar 15, 2019 - Lorcaserin, 10 mg twice daily, helps some patients lose 10% or more of their body weight (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10) and appears to be safe in terms of cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od4.html

Match Day 2019: Decade of Growth Fuels Future of Primary Care

Mar 15, 2019 - Match 2019: Decade of Growth Fuels Future of Primary Care

Press Center : Media Kits

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/kits/match-day-2019.html

Researchers Calculate Medical School Production of FPs

Mar 15, 2019 - An article published in the March issue of Family Medicine identifies factors that contribute to allopathic and osteopathic institutions' output of family physicians over time.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190315fmproduction.html

Family Medicine 2019 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Results Analysis -- ...

Mar 14, 2019 - Review a brief analysis on 2019 National Resident Matching Program results impacting family medicine.

Med School and Residency : For Residency Program Directors and Staff

https://www.aafp.org/medical-school-residency/program-directors/nrmp.html

Vision and Principles of a Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care (Position Paper)

Mar 14, 2019 - Read AAFP's recommendations of the Vision and Principles of a Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/visionprinciples-qualitymeasurement.html

Is Physician Burnout on the Decline?

Mar 13, 2019 - Results of a survey of more than 5,900 U.S. physicians found that for many specialties, including family medicine, burnout incidence has decreased in recent years and satisfaction with work-life balance has increased.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190313burnoutdown.html

Your Patient Bucks Parents on Vaccine Request. Now What?

Mar 13, 2019 - With a growing number of measles cases being reported, some children of vaccine-resistant parents are seeking immunizations. Julie Graves, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., looks at the challenges and opportunities the situation presents.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190313guested-vaccines.html

Teaching Health Centers are Integral to Future Access to Care

Mar 12, 2019 - Teaching Health Centers are Integral to Future Access to Care

Press Center : Media Kits

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/kits/teaching-health-centers.html

Arizona FPs Tackle Threat to Expand Vaccine Exemptions

Mar 12, 2019 - Arizona legislators recently introduced three bills that would expand vaccine exemptions and create new challenges for health care professionals who administer vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190312vaccexempt.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

Mar 7, 2019 - Bills have been introduced in Congress that would authorize funding for the teaching health center program. Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., makes the case for supporting the model, and tells others how they can help.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190307lv-thcgme.html

Under Pressure: Health Care Needs Reform, Stable Markets

Mar 5, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update after legislators from both sides of the aisle introduced bills regarding health insurance.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190305itt-insurancereform.html

What Drives Medical Students to Choose Family Medicine?

Mar 5, 2019 - Results of focus group sessions with medical students at allopathic schools across the United States show that the decision to specialize in family medicine is influenced by several factors.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190305studentchoice.html

Curious About the ABFM Pilot? Here's My Experience So Far

Mar 4, 2019 - Family physicians have long clamored for an alternative to the high-stakes continuing certification exam. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., offers her perspective on the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190304lv-fmcla.html

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

Mar 4, 2019 - A recent article in Family Medicine sums up the outcomes of three years of work by the Family Medicine for America's Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190304fmahworkforce.html

Telemedicine and Telehealth -- Health IT Guides

Mar 4, 2019 - Read about telemedicine and how using technology to deliver care at a distance can improve patient access and continuity of care.

Practice Management : Health-IT Guides

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/health-it/telemedicine-telehealth.html

Metformin for Improving Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Pregnant Women Who Are Obese - ...

Mar 1, 2019 - This meta-analysis showed no clear benefit for metformin in reducing the risk of large for gestational age infants. Additionally, there was no difference in important secondary outcomes such as gestational diabetes, hypertensive disease in pregnancy, shoulder dystocia, advanced perineal...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/od1.html

Hepatitis B: Screening, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2019 - Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a partly double-stranded DNA virus that causes acute and chronic liver infection. Screening for hepatitis B is recommended in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit and in adolescents and adults at high risk of chronic infection. Hepatitis B vaccination ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p314.html

Engage with the AAFP: Why Family Medicine?

Mar 1, 2019 - Learn why family medicine is such an important audience to reach as part of engaging with the AAFP.

About AAFP : Engage with the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/about/strategic-partnerships/sp-why-fam-med.html

Gastroenteritis and Diarrhea in Children - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2019 - This collection features AFP content on gastroenteritis and diarrhea in children and related issues, including dehydration, foodborne illnesses, probiotics, and rotavirus vaccination. This collection features AFP content on gastroenteritis and diarrhea in children and related issues, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=9

2019 CME Session Topics

Feb 27, 2019 - View the CME topics that will be discussed at the 2019 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 24-28, 2019, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/cme/opportunities/session-topics.html

What's Included With FMX On Demand

Feb 27, 2019 - FMX On Demand is your online library of the most popular FMX sessions. Earn a year's worth of credit!

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/cme/opportunities/on-demand/packages.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

Feb 27, 2019 - The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

What Factors Hook Medical Students on Family Medicine?

Feb 26, 2019 - In 2015, the AAFP conducted a national survey of all graduating AAFP student members to learn what influenced their specialty choices.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/2019026choicesurvey.html

This FP's Roots Are in Global Health

Feb 25, 2019 - Laura Chambers-Kersh, M.D., knew she wanted to work with underserved communities as a teenager after volunteering with her family physician mother on the Navajo Nation.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190225fdf-chamberskersh.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

Feb 22, 2019 - A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Study: FPs Who Learn Acupuncture Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Feb 21, 2019 - A recently published survey of family physicians found that those who received training in acupuncture prescribed fewer opioids to patients with chronic noncancer pain than those without acupuncture training.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190221acupuncture-opioids.html

Family Medicine Tops the List in Osteopathic Match

Feb 20, 2019 - Thirty-four percent of matches made during this year's final American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program Match were to family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190220aoamatch.html

Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Feb 19, 2019 - Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190219itt-bipartisan.html

AAFP NRN Newsletter -- National Research Network

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Patient Care : National Research Network

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/nrn/nrn/news.html

Better Health Care for Veterans Requires Better Payment

Feb 18, 2019 - Ada Stewart, M.D., who cares for active-duty soldiers and veterans as a U.S. Army Reserve physician, as well as in her civilian practice, writes about the urgent need for payment and workforce reform in the nation's veterans health care system.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190218lv-veterans.html

Type 2 Diabetes Therapies: A STEPS Approach - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - A concise way to evaluate pharmacotherapy options for type 2 diabetes mellitus is to use the five patient-oriented STEPS criteria: safety, tolerability, efficacy, price, and simplicity. The first-line treatment option, metformin, is safe and fairly well-tolerated, has excellent ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p237.html

Manipulative Therapies: What Works - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Manipulative therapies include osteopathic manipulative treatment and many other forms of manual therapies used to manage a variety of conditions in adults and children. Spinal manipulative therapy may provide short-term improvement in patients with acute or chronic low back pain, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p248.html

Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task...

Feb 15, 2019 - The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology alone in women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with cervical cytology alone, every 5 years with high-risk human papillomavirus ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/od1.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

Feb 14, 2019 - The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

Are Your Patients Wasting Money on Supplements?

Feb 12, 2019 - According to the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, a recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of adults take vitamins or supplements, but less than 25 percent of respondents had a confirmed nutrient deficiency.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190213fp-supplements.html

Bolster Policy on Tobacco, ENDS, Secondhand Smoke, Says AAFP

Feb 12, 2019 - In a Feb. 6 letter to the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, the AAFP reminded the Trump administration about evidence-based strategies that can help reduce tobacco use.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190212tobaccoletter.html

Chronic Care Management (CCM) -- Physician Payment

Feb 11, 2019 - Learn how to get paid for the new Medicare chronic care management fee.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/coding/medicare-coordination-services/chronic-care.html

People in the News/Awards -- January/February

Feb 11, 2019 - A number of AAFP members have recently received various honors or recognition.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190211people-janfeb.html

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

Feb 11, 2019 - The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190211fundingpriorities.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2019 Immunization Schedules

Feb 11, 2019 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2019 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190211immunskeds.html

Massachusetts Groups Call Physician Burnout Public Health Crisis

Feb 8, 2019 - Four health care groups recently published a report that labels physician burnout a full-blown public health crisis and suggests steps that can be taken to reach short-, medium- and long-term solutions.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190208burnoutcrisis.html

Fighting for Family Medicine for the Next 50 Years

Feb 7, 2019 - The AAFP is marking the 50th anniversary of family medicine with a focus on the future, redoubling work to ensure that FPs have the resources they need to continue giving patients the highest-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190207familymedat50.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

Feb 6, 2019 - The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Feb 5, 2019 - Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.html

Senate Weighs Crucial Teaching Health Center Legislation

Feb 4, 2019 - Following testimony from the AAFP, the Senate introduced legislation to renew Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program funding for five years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204thcgmebill.html

Dyspnea Due to Acute Heart Failure Syndrome - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family...

Feb 1, 2019 - This review concluded that the individual components of the clinical history and physical examination, electrocardiography, and chest radiography are not useful independently for confirming or excluding the diagnosis of acute heart failure syndrome in patients presenting to the ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/od1.html

Gastroenteritis in Children - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2019 - Acute gastroenteritis is defined as a diarrheal disease of rapid onset, with or without nausea, vomiting, fever, or abdominal pain. In the United States, acute gastroenteritis accounts for 1.5 million office visits, 200,000 hospitalizations, and 300 deaths in children each year. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p159.html

First Trimester Bleeding: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2019 - Approximately one-fourth of pregnant women will experience bleeding in the first trimester. The differential diagnosis includes threatened abortion, early pregnancy loss, and ectopic pregnancy. Pain and heavy bleeding are associated with an increased risk of early pregnancy loss. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p166.html

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