Family-Centered Pregnancy Care CME course, July 20—23 in Denver, CO. Reconnect in person with your family medicine peers. Manage common maternal and pregnancy complications and achieve optimal maternal and fetal outcomes.
Keep up with the latest information on COVID-19 including developments in vaccine efficacy and availability, new variants, and more by visiting the AAFP's COVID-19 vaccine hub.
Connect in person with residency programs and gain hands-on experience in family medicine at National Conference 2022, July 28–30 in Kansas City, MO. Early bird savings end June 17—save $50 now!
Women's Health CME Livestream, June 21-24. Learn strategies to identify the risks and appropriately counsel patients about medical problems that may manifest differently, or more frequently, both physically and mentally, in women.
Use the AAFP's new member directory to connect with colleagues. Search by location, residency program, and more. Privacy settings put you in control of what information, if any, you want to share with others.
Join your colleagues at the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, May 22-24 in Washington, DC. Family Medicine Needs Your Voice.
A new report on COVID-19 vaccines from the Kaiser Family Foundation emphasizes the challenges family physicians and other health care professionals are facing as they try to combat misinformation and increase vaccine confidence.
May 26, 2022 — The AAFP has approved the most recent actions by the FDA and CDC regarding the amendment of an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children.
A new national hotline offers 24/7 help to new and expecting mothers who are experiencing mental health challenges; an AAFP commission chair explains what it means for family physicians.
HHS, USDA Seek Comment on Dietary Guidelines Questions
Health Equity Review Promised
Questions mark the first of several rounds of input for the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
USPSTF Draft Recommends Against Postmenopause Hormone Therapy
Updated Estrogen Guidance
The U.S. Preventive Task Force is inviting comments on a draft recommendation and draft evidence review on the use of hormone therapy to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal patients.
USPSTF Updates Recommendation on Aspirin to Prevent CVD
Small Net Benefit
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says the question of whether to start low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease in adults ages 40 to 59 years with a 10% or greater 10-year CVD risk should be an individual decision.
A patient-reported outcome measure featured in two recent FPM supplements has potential to reduce administrative burden and impact value-based payment.
AAFP Advocacy Helps Reopen HRSA PRF Reporting Portal
Following AAFP advocacy, recipients of Period 1 Provider Relief Funds who missed a key November deadline received more time to take action.
CMS Guidance on EFT/ERA Transactions Reflects AAFP Advocacy
Agency Answers Concerns
After staunch AAFP advocacy, CMS released new guidance for HIPAA-covered entities conducting certain electronic transactions that seeks to clarify regulations designed to streamline payer-to-physician electronic claims payments.
DPC Management Solution Completes Successful Innovation Lab
Shift From FFS
A recent AAFP Innovation Lab studied Hint Health’s direct primary care membership management solution, HintOS, which is designed to help physicians handle all aspects of prospective membership and payment as they shift to a DPC payment model.
In a recent letter, the Academy provided CMS with detailed guidance on ensuring Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to timely and comprehensive care.
Flexibility, Equity, Payment Top AAFP Telehealth Guidance
Moving Beyond PHE
In a letter to the White House, the AAFP detailed telehealth policy recommendations that should be implemented beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency.
AAFP Calls for Comprehensive Prior Authorization Reform
No Added Conditions
In a recent letter to HHS, the AAFP called for comprehensive reform of prior authorization and objected to any federal mandate that physicians use electronic prior authorization.
Remove Burdens from Surprise Billing Rule, AAFP Tells CMS
Don't Increase Work for FPs
The AAFP recently gave CMS guidance on fine-tuning a new rule so it protects the physician-patient relationship and prevents unnecessary delays in care.
The Academy is offering a free, blended CME activity on long COVID that will allow learners to earn up to 10 AAFP Prescribed credits.
New STFM Podcast Tackles Implicit Bias, Microaggressions
Focus on Academic Medicine
A conversation with Academy staff on latest edition of the STFM Underrepresented in Medicine Journey to Academic Medicine podcast addresses implicit bias, microaggressions and related topics.
Family Medicine Welcomes Largest Class of Residents Ever
'Resilience' Seen in Results
When the results of the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program are added to the National Resident Matching Program Main Residency Match total, it’s likely that the 2022 class of family medicine residents will be the largest in the specialty’s history.
Future FPs Share Their Vision for Family Medicine
With Match Day approaching, we asked four fourth-year medical students who hope to match into family medicine to share their thoughts on what drew them to the specialty and why they are optimistic about that choice.
Meet the family physicians at the forefront of the specialty who are going the extra mile to care for their patients and communities.
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New Docs in Practice
<b>Teetering on the Edge of the Moral Injury Cliff</b><p> </p>In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kimberly Becher, M.D., describes how she nearly lost her life after ignoring for too long the emotional and physical symptoms of critical moral injury she traces back to patients’ COVID denial.
Leader Voices Blog
An AAFP Leaders Forum
<b>The ‘Best Medicine’ Is Good for Us, Too</b><p> </p>Amanda Stisher, M.D., who recently hosted an AAFP livestream event for residents with Will Flanary, M.D. — aka Dr. Glaucomflecken — writes that humor and self-expression are vital in medicine.
In the Trenches
AAFP Advocacy Updates
<b>Stand Together to Achieve the AAFP’s Top Advocacy Goals</b><p> </p>Congress needs to feel the strength of our numbers. Here’s how you can help make that happen.
FPs on the Front Lines
Meeting the Challenge
<b>Small Talk About COVID-19 Can Make a Big Difference</b><p> </p>Maurice Duggins, M.D., shares a success story about his work to get the Wichita State men’s basketball team vaccinated against COVID-19.
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