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'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Feb 12, 2018 - Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180212focus-dakis.html

'Physician Compare' Gives Patients Access to Your Quality Data

Jan 22, 2016 - CMS is hosting free webinars to help physicians understand quality reporting and the Physician Compare website.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160122physiciancompare.html

2014 Hypertension Guideline Stands to Simplify Treatment, Says Expert

Dec 18, 2013 - In a world that grows more complex every day, wouldn't it be a welcome change to have just one thing become a little simpler? Well, when it comes to busy family physicians managing their patients' hypertension, a newly released guideline could go a long way to accomplishing that goal.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131218hypertensiongdln.html

A Changing Climate Threatens Our Health

Jun 1, 2017 - The health threats posed by climate change are alarming. Given the scope of the problem, everyone could potentially be affected -- and likely, many of us will be.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_changing_climate_threatens_our.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Mar 20, 2019 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

AAFP Awards Third Round of Tobacco Control Mini-grants

Aug 8, 2017 - The AAFP's latest class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients devised innovative approaches to controlling tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170808tobaccominigrants.html

AAFP Calls for Revisions in Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

Aug 24, 2016 - The AAFP is commending the 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for valuing primary care but has also called for many revisions to the proposal.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160824feeschedule.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

AAFP Decides to Not Endorse AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

Dec 12, 2017 - After a rigorous review, the AAFP has chosen to not endorse the recent hypertension guideline from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212notendorseaha-accgdlne.html

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

Jan 3, 2018 - The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180103yir-clinical.html

AAFP Endorses ACC/AHA Cholesterol Management Guidelines With Qualifications

Jun 18, 2014 - The AAFP recently endorsed, with qualifications, guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association on treatment of high cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140618cholesterolgdlnendorse.html

AAFP Issues Atrial Fibrillation Drug Therapy Guideline

Jun 5, 2017 - The AAFP recently released an updated version of its clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170605afibguideline.html

AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'

May 22, 2013 - AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/aafp_joins_cdc_campaign_urging.html

AAFP Partners With HHS to Promote Patient Education Tool

Jun 7, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to promote its interactive myhealthfinder tool, which helps patients determine what preventive services they need.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170607myhealthfinder.html

AAFP Releases Second Choosing Wisely List of Tests, Procedures That Physicians, ...

Feb 21, 2013 - As part of an ongoing effort to help physicians curtail the practice of ordering unnecessary tests and procedures, the AAFP today released its second Choosing Wisely list of recommendations. For this extension of the original American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation initiative, ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130221choosingwisely2.html

AAFP Supports Integration of Oral Health Into Primary Care

Dec 24, 2015 - The AAFP has announced its support for a new preventive oral health care delivery model that pairs primary and dental care teams.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151224oralhealth.html

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171115ahaacchbpguideline.html

AAFP Voices Support for HHS' Million Hearts Initiative

Oct 12, 2011 - Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is responsible for 800,000 deaths in the United States -- or one in three people -- and an estimated $444 billion in overall costs each year. That's according to a recent article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. To combat this public ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20111012millionhearts.html

AAFP, ACP: Lower Older Adultsand#8217; SBP to Below 150 mm Hg

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP and the American College of Physicians published a joint guideline on appropriate systolic blood pressure targets for patients 60 and older who have hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118htnguideline.html

AAFP, Health Groups Demand 'R' Rating for Movies With Smoking

Aug 30, 2017 - The AAFP recently joined 16 other health organizations to demand that movie producers, distributors and exhibitors apply an R rating to all films that include depictions of smoking or tobacco.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170830moviesmokingltr.html

AAFP's LearningLink Adds Series on Thromboprophylaxis in Atrial Fibrillation

Jul 20, 2011 - The AAFP's online classroom, LearningLink, has been updated with a new two-part CME series about thromboprophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. The series reviews and applies evidence-based guidelines for thrombotic risk stratification and prevention of stroke in patients with...

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20110720thrombolearnlink.html

Academy Endorses Guideline on Identifying, Treating Adult Obesity

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140819obesityendorse.html

Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Jul 23, 2019 - Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 9, 2018 - On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Nov 28, 2018 - On Nov. 10, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released a new cholesterol guideline that includes recommendations for more personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181128ahaacccholesterol.html

Bipartisan Teaching Health Center Bill Is Vital to Workforce

Jul 26, 2017 - Without congressional action, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program will expire Sept. 30. A newly introduced bill to extend funding has support from both sides of the aisle.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170725thcgmebill.html

Birth, Death, Hope and Money: Stories of Family Medicine

Aug 8, 2018 - A diverse panel of five family physicians offered students and residents their perspectives on family medicine -- stories of triumphant hope and success -- during the 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180808nc-facesoffm.html

CDC Data Show Obesity Among U.S. Adults Remains High

Sep 5, 2017 - On Aug. 31, the CDC released maps depicting adult obesity prevalence by state and territory, which show that obesity levels in the United States remain high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170905obesitymaps.html

CDC Data Show U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Decline

Dec 10, 2018 - A series of data briefs from the CDC shows that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second time in three years, with deaths from drug overdose and suicide largely responsible for the decline.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181210lifeexpectdrop.html

CDC Issues Guidance for Physicians in Response to Meningitis Outbreak

Oct 10, 2012 - The CDC has issued guidance for clinicians in the wake of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has caused more than 110 illnesses and 11 deaths in 10 states as of Oct. 10. The cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid -- methylprednisolone acetate -- manufactured by New ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20121010meningitisoutbreakexpands.html

CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties

Jun 22, 2018 - Research reported in the June 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found the prevalence of obesity was higher among U.S. adults living in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180622mmwr-obesity.html

CMS Aims to Reduce Costs in Medicare Advantage Plans

Sep 11, 2015 - CMS will soon open the application process for a new value-based insurance design model that aims to reduce costs in Medicare Advantage health plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150911valueinsurance.html

CMS Announces Participants in Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction Model

Jul 26, 2016 - On July 21, CMS announced the names of 516 practices -- including scores of family medicine offices -- that will participate in its Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160726millionheartscvdmodel.html

CMS Fields New Pilot Program to Bolster Medicare Advantage

Aug 16, 2016 - The new Medicare Advantage Value-based Insurance Design Model initiative will permit health plans to be more flexible when designing incentives for enrollees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160816medicareadvantage.html

Combination Drug Therapy, Not Exercise, Shows Short-term Potential to Benefit Youth ...

Jun 5, 2012 - According to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes may be compelled to begin combination therapy or insulin injections sooner than expected. Using data from the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120605diabetesdrugcombo.html

Delaware AFP Wholeheartedly Supports State's Million Hearts Initiative

Mar 31, 2014 - Just as it is in the rest of the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Delaware, according the latest CDC mortality statistics. But in 2012, when current Delaware AFP (DAFP) President Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., was chair of the chapter's community outreach ...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140331delawareafp.html

Despite Gains in Managing Tobacco Use, Obesity, More Is Needed

Jul 12, 2013 - There's probably not a patient panel in the world that doesn't include its share of patients affected by tobacco use or obesity. Given the extreme morbidity and mortality associated with these two public health scourges -- to say nothing of the immense sums expended each year on medical...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20100712amapublichealth.html

Despite Narrowing Gap, Racial Health Disparities Remain

May 9, 2017 - The death rate for African-Americans declined 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, but health disparity gaps between blacks and whites remain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170509mmwr-healthdispar.html

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Jan 18, 2016 - Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doctor_or_patient_who_owns.html

Don't Use HRT for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

Dec 15, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation against the use of combined estrogen and progestin to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171215uspstfhrt.html

DPC Summit Draws Hundreds of Enthusiastic Family Physicians

Jul 15, 2015 - The first direct primary care summit held in the Midwest, organized by the AAFP and two partner organizations, drew hundreds of physicians eager to learn more about the practice model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150715dpcsummit.html

EHRs Spur Fundamental Changes in Medicine, but Questions Persist About Overall ...

Apr 17, 2013 - Chris Tashjian, M.D., has been a family physician for the past 25 years and has spent most of his career practicing in a paper-driven medical environment. In that paper-based world, Tashjian says he was forced to practice reactive medicine, responding to the needs and concerns of his ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130417ehrprocon.html

Even as Diabetes Prevalence Triples, Rates of Serious Complications Drop

May 5, 2014 - A CDC study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that between 1990 and 2010, the number of adults with diabetes more than tripled, even as diabetes-related complications declined.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140505diabetescomps.html

Evidence Backs Low-dose Aspirin for Ages 50-59, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Apr 13, 2016 - On April 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation statement on the use of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160413uspstfaspirin.html

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

Jan 22, 2018 - On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122uspstfcvdscreens.html

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Apr 20, 2018 - Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180420ahrqsupplement.html

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

May 16, 2018 - Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

Family Physicians Play Major Role in Preventing, Treating Obesity, Say Experts

May 17, 2010 - The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States has soared during the past two decades. In fact, according to a report recently released by the surgeon general, the prevalence of obesity among adults grew from 13.4 percent in 1980 to 34.3 percent in 2008.

AAFP News : Special Report: Overweight and Obesity

https://www.aafp.org/news/obesity/20100517overview.html

Family Physicians Play Major Role in Urban ERs

Sep 29, 2015 - A sizable percentage of family physicians work in emergency departments, but many had not previously been counted as FPs because they reported being ER physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150929fpemergencies.html

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

Jul 13, 2015 - On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150713nsaidrisk.html

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