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CDC: Time to Ramp Up HIV Testing, Treatment, Prevention

Dec 11, 2019 - Too many Americans are unaware they have HIV infection, and when they know, they aren't treating it correctly, according to a new CDC report. A separate study found that distributing HIV self-tests increased awareness and prevented transmission.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191211mmwrhiv.html

Study Examines Factors Linked to FPs' Use of E-Visits

Dec 11, 2019 - New research has found that less than 10% of practicing family physicians offer e-visits, with lack of payment and time thought to be primary factors behind the low adoption rate.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191211e-visits.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Dec 10, 2019 - Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

AAFP Schools Congressional Task Force on Rural Health

Dec 9, 2019 - In a recent letter, the AAFP advised a House task force on steps to address the nation's rural health crisis with more primary care physicians practicing at their full scope.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191209ruraltaskforce.html

Family Physicians Have Role in Care of Undocumented Patients

Dec 9, 2019 - Family medicine residents who serve predominantly immigrant communities partnered with anthropology and immigration specialists to answer questions about caring for undocumented patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191209guested-undocumented.html

Discussing Medications for Patients With Cognitive Impairment

Dec 6, 2019 - New research finds that family physicians and other primary care clinicians face numerous challenges -- and use a variety of approaches to overcome those challenges -- when treating older patients who have cognitive impairment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191206olderptmeduse.html

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Nov 26, 2019 - Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191126itt-payincrease.html

AAFP Tools Ready for Those Considering Primary Care First

Nov 26, 2019 - The Primary Care First program is structurally sound and directionally appropriate, but it isn't for everyone. The Academy has developed tools to help members decide whether to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191126pcftools.html

Trump 'Absolutely Heard Us' on Vaping, Says AAFP President

Nov 22, 2019 - AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., joined a coalition of physician and health groups at the White House on Nov. 22 to call on President Trump to finalize a promised ban on nontobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191122whitehousevape.html

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

Nov 20, 2019 - New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20191120socialneeds-burnout.html

Should Fewer FPs Providing Hospital Care Cause Concern?

Nov 19, 2019 - New research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care explores the declining presence of family physicians in hospital-based care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191119hospitalcare.html

Measles Infection Weakens Global Immune Defenses, Say Studies

Nov 19, 2019 - Recently published research shows the degree to which measles infection can adversely affect a person's immune system, a condition that can last for months or even years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191119measlesimmunity.html

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

Nov 15, 2019 - AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.html

CDC: Preventing ACEs May Mitigate Chronic Health Issues

Nov 13, 2019 - At least five of the 10 leading causes of death are associated with adverse childhood experiences, according to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report from the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191113mmwraces.html

Fee Schedule Summary: AAFP Advice Visible in CMS Final Rule

Nov 12, 2019 - The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule includes higher payment for family physicians in 2021 that the AAFP has been pressing CMS to implement.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191112mpfssummary.html

Academy Applauds Primary Care Patient Protection Act

Nov 11, 2019 - The Primary Care Patient Protection Act would alleviate financial worries and improve health outcomes for family physicians' patients who have high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191111pcppa.html

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

Nov 7, 2019 - As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Researchers Explore Rural Training Track Assets, Risks

Nov 1, 2019 - New research looks at the challenges family medicine residency rural training tracks face as they struggle, in many cases, to stay in operation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191101rttresidencies.html

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

Oct 30, 2019 - It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Oct 29, 2019 - Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

Closing Down Tobacco Road

Oct 29, 2019 - In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's advocacy efforts related to tobacco and nicotine regulation and tells family physicians how to learn more about a new payment model.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191029itt-tobacco.html

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

Oct 23, 2019 - As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

Oct 23, 2019 - In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the AAFP and 32 other medical organizations are arguing to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191023dacaamicus.html

Survey: One in Five Young Americans Thinks Vaping Is Harmless

Oct 23, 2019 - Results of an American Society of Clinical Oncology survey reveal that more than 20% of young Americans think that e-cigarettes are not only nonaddictive -- they're actually harmless.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191023ascovapesurvey.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

AAFP Creates New MIG for Employed Physicians

Oct 15, 2019 - Employed family physicians have a new member interest group where they can network, communicate ideas and share common interests.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20191015employedmig.html

Family Medicine Is Key to Abundant Opportunities

Oct 14, 2019 - Former AAFP President Warren Jones, M.D., has been taking on leadership roles in family medicine for decades. At 71, he's not done yet.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191014fdf-jones.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

Oct 14, 2019 - In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.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

Certification, CME, Residency Issues Top Delegates' Agenda

Oct 2, 2019 - Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of education-related issues, including the pros and cons of the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-education.html

Family Physicians Aim to Grow AAFP, Embrace Inclusiveness

Oct 2, 2019 - Family physicians attending the 2019 Congress of Delegates in Philadelphia debated resolutions addressing family-friendly meetings, gender pronouns on badges and more.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-orgfin.html

Delegates Act on Obesity Bias, Other Public Health Issues

Oct 2, 2019 - Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed issues that included stigma and bias associated with obesity in the practice setting and elsewhere, family separation, and reproductive health.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-hops.html

Domino: Beer is OK (If You Exercise), But Avoid Kale

Oct 1, 2019 - Frank Domino, M.D., delivered his popular Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine Sept. 27 during the Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia. As usual, his presentation drew a huge crowd.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191001fmx-domino.html

FPs Fight to Retain Full Scope, Ensure High-quality Care

Sep 30, 2019 - The Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement at the 2019 Congress of Delegates discussed topics including privileging, credentialing, scope of practice and acupuncture.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-pe.html

New AAFP President Pledges Relief for Practice Challenges

Sep 27, 2019 - Newly installed AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio, introduced himself to members Sept. 25 in his first major address during the 2019 Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190927fmx-leroy.html

New AAFP President Thrives on Serving Patients, Community

Sep 25, 2019 - AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., sat down with AAFP News to tell family physicians about himself and discuss issues he'll tackle in the coming year, including spurring development of EHR systems that suit the way family physicians work.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190925leroyqa.html

Steering Family Medicine Through Storm Toward Sunlight

Sep 24, 2019 - In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recaps his year as president and the work the Academy is doing on issues of importance to family physicians.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190924lv-cullenyear.html

News From 2019 Congress of Delegates and FMX

Sep 24, 2019 - This is the topic page for AAFP News coverage of the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx.html

FPs Talk Payment, Administrative Burden in Town Hall

Sep 24, 2019 - Family physicians talked with AAFP officers about a number of hot-button issues during a Town Hall meeting before the 2019 Congress of Delegates officially convened in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190924townhall.html

AAFP Offers CMS Improvements to Proposed 2020 MPFS

Sep 23, 2019 - The AAFP recently responded to CMS' proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with a 61-page letter that focused on issues of importance to family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923mpfscomment.html

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Sep 23, 2019 - Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.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

Emerging Leader Institute Names Best Project Winners

Sep 18, 2019 - The AAFP Foundation has announced the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute award recipients from its 2018 class, including the overall best project award winners.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190918emergingleaders.html

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

Sep 17, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

AAFP to Congress: Reauthorize THCGME Program Now

Sep 17, 2019 - The AAFP is pressing Congress to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program before it expires Sept. 30 and urges members to join a Speak Out campaign on this critical issue.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190917thcgmespeakout.html

Social Justice Brought Resident Leader to Family Medicine

Sep 16, 2019 - Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., had a job she loved running a pediatric practice, but her desire to do more led her to medical school and family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190916fdf-byrne.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

Many Patients Hide Life-threatening Issues From Clinicians

Sep 10, 2019 - New research indicates that many patients who experience an imminent threat such as suicidality, abuse or sexual assault routinely withhold this information from their clinicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190910withhholdinfo.html

Student Leader Found Intersection of Medicine, Social Justice

Sep 9, 2019 - Medical student Julia Wang, a daughter of immigrants, is emerging as a champion for health equity and social justice.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190909fdf-wang.html

AAFP Scores Win on Payment to Support Rural Residencies

Sep 5, 2019 - As of Oct. 1, Medicare will start picking up the tab for residents' training time at critical-access hospitals, a move that helps the AAFP's Rural Health Matters initiative.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190905ipps.html

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