Health of the Public

FPs Can Help Minimize Alpha Blocker Risks for Cataract Surgery

Reminding Patients to Alert Ophthalmologists Is Key to Avoiding Complications

April 15, 2014 02:54 pm — The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have issued an educational update about cataract surgery complications associated with use of systemic alpha blockers. According to a joint news release from the organizations, the update is being released in concert with two studies published this month.

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Recent Health of the Public Stories

04/09/2014 — Recently, HHS' Million Hearts initiative recognized nine public and private medical practices and health systems across the United States for achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control. Solo family physician Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., was on that list.

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04/02/2014 — The AAFP recently joined five other national family medicine organizations to release "Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home." Published in the March/April Annals of Family Medicine, the new document complements the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and was created to address bringing behavioral health into the PCMH model.

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AAFP Urges HHS to Clarify ACA's Tobacco-cessation Benefit

Academy Joins Other Groups in Urging HHS to Act

03/31/2014 — Last month, the AAFP joined more than 30 other health care organizations in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to provide clear guidance to insurers on the tobacco-cessation benefits that must be offered in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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