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Diagnosis and Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2016 - Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) are the most common complication of osteoporosis, affecting more than 700,000 Americans annually. Fracture risk increases with age, with four in 10 white women older than 50 years experiencing a hip, spine, or vertebral fracture in their lifetime. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p44.html

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Improving Function and Reducing Risk - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2016 - Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program individually tailored to the needs of patients with cardiovascular disease. The overall goals focus on improving daily function and reducing cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiac rehabilitation includes interventions ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p37.html

Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy for Acute Respiratory Infections - FPIN's ...

Jul 1, 2016 - A procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy algorithm should be used to decrease antibiotic use in adults with acute respiratory infections. The use of a procalcitonin-guided therapy algorithm reduces antibiotic use by 3.47 days without increasing morbidity or mortality in adults with ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p53.html

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

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

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

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

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

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

FP Salaries Increasing, But How Much?

FP Salaries Increasing, But How Much?

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

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

Common Occupational Disorders: Asthma, COPD, Dermatitis, and Musculoskeletal Disorders ...

Jun 15, 2016 - An occupational illness is an event or exposure that occurs in the workplace that causes or contributes to a condition or worsens a preexisting condition. If an occupational disorder is suspected, a directed history should be taken with particular attention to establishing a temporal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1000.html

CDC Develops Guideline for Opioid Prescribing - Practice Guidelines - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2016 - A recently released guideline aims to establish patient-centered approaches to initiating, managing, and discontinuing opioid use. The recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize the serious risks and harms associated with opioids.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1042.html

AAFP Offering Resources, Support for Small Practices

Solo and small practices often outperform larger practices in evaluations, but the once dominant practice models have seen their numbers decline dramatically. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some resources and ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_offering_resources_support_for.html

Corticosteroids for Community-Acquired Pneumonia - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Jun 1, 2016 - Studies show that 1 in 20 patients avoided mechanical ventilation and 1 in 16 patients avoided ARDS; 1 in 29 patients developed hyperglycemia requiring treatment. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/od1.html

Genital Herpes: A Review - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2016 - Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease, affecting more than 400 million persons worldwide. It is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) and characterized by lifelong infection and periodic reactivation. A visible outbreak consists of single or clustered vesicles on the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p928.html

Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2016 - Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. One-third of these deaths may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including diet and physical activity. The Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality, whereas the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p919.html

Four Coding and Payment Opportunities You Might Be Missing -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - You’re likely already doing the work, so why not get paid for it?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p30.html

Understanding the New 60-Day Overpayment Rule -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - Federal regulations for identifying and reimbursing Medicare overpayments impose new obligations you can't afford to ignore.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p12.html

Maximizing Your Medical Assistant's Role -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - Delegation, technology, and training enabled our MAs - and doctors - to grow.

Family Practice Management : Employed Practice

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p5.html

Seven Principles for Improving Service and Patient Satisfaction -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - A systematic approach that follows these seven principles can help you translate patient feedback into improved service.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p15.html

Encouraging Children’s Literacy in Your Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - Providing free books to your youngest patients can improve literacy and patient satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p20.html

When to Discontinue Antiepileptic Drug Therapy for Patients in Remission - Cochrane for...

Jun 1, 2016 - Children with epilepsy should be seizure-free for at least two years before stopping antiepileptic drug therapy, especially those who have partial seizures or a history of abnormal electroencephalography (EEG) results.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p914.html

Genital Herpes: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2016 - ...you should see your doctor for testing and medicine. How is it treated? Genital herpes cannot be cured, but outbreaks can be treated. Your doctor can give you medicines to make the sores go away more quickly and to reduce the number of outbreaks. When you have herpes sores, you...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p928-s1.html

AAFP News - Jun 1, 2016 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p894.html

We're Getting the Media to Spread the Word About Family Medicine

We're Getting the Media to Spread the Word About Family Medicine

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

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

How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?

How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?

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

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

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

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

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

Identification and Management of Peripartum Depression - American Family Physician

May 15, 2016 - Peripartum depression affects up to one in seven women and is associated with significant maternal and neonatal morbidity if untreated. A history of depression is the strongest risk factor for developing peripartum depression. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0515/p852.html

FPs Can Be Trusted Guides When the Dying Don't Specify Wishes

FPs Can Be Trusted Guides When the Dying Don't Specify Wishes

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

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

Insurance Hurdles Add Challenge to Treating Pain

Insurance Hurdles Add Challenge to Treating Pain

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

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

Primary Care of the Prostate Cancer Survivor - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - This summary of the American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Guidelines targets primary care physicians who coordinate care of prostate cancer survivors with subspecialists. Prostate cancer survivors should undergo prostate-specific antigen screening every six to 12 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p764.html

Ibuprofen for Treatment of Episodic Tension-Type Headaches - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

May 1, 2016 - Studies show that 1 in 14 patients were parin-free at two hours and none experienced adverse events. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/od1.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2015 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - In 2015, a group of primary care clinicians with expertise in evidence-based practice performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals. They identified 251 studies that addressed a primary care question and had the potential to change practice ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p756.html

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Recommendation Statement - ...

May 1, 2016 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children for whom no concerns of ASD have been raised by their parents or a clinician.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p774.html

Gluten Is Not the Culprit in Many Patients’ Symptoms - POEMs - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - Gluten may not be the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms in many patients with nonceliac gluten sensitivity. Only one-third of patients on a gluten-free diet experienced symptoms and correctly identified when they were given gluten-containing flour. Almost one-half (49%) of patients ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p788.html

Fluoride Varnish for Preventing Dental Caries in Children and Adolescents - Cochrane ...

May 1, 2016 - Topically applied fluoride varnishes are safe and effective in preventing dental caries in children and adolescents. There is little information about adverse effects or treatment acceptability. Family physicians should consider incorporating fluoride varnish into childhood preventive ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p743.html

Teaching Health Centers Key to Solving FP Shortage

Teaching health centers are a hidden gem in graduate medical education. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the training model deserves greater investment to develop more primary care physicians for underserved areas.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/teaching_health_centers_key_to.html

Ah, Nuts: Is Kellogg's Putting Consumers at Risk by Adding Allergen to Food?

Ah, Nuts: Is Kellogg's Putting Consumers at Risk by Adding Allergen to Food?

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

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

Diagnosis and Management of Adnexal Masses - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - Adnexal masses can have gynecologic or nongynecologic etiologies, ranging from normal luteal cysts to ovarian cancer to bowel abscesses. Women who report abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or bloating, difficulty eating, or rapid satiety that occurs more than 12 times ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p676.html

Cancer Screening in Older Patients - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - Although cancer is the second leading cause of death among persons 65 years and older, there is a paucity of clinical trial data about the effectiveness and harms of cancer screening in this population. Given the heterogeneous nature of the older population, cancer screening in these ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p659.html

Ivabradine (Corlanor) for Heart Failure - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - In patients with stable systolic heart failure already on maximal medication therapy, adding ivabradine may reduce the number of hospitalizations related to heart failure (NNT for two years = 20), but it does not reduce cardiovascular mortality. In addition, many patients will not ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p682.html

AAFP News - Apr 15, 2016 - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p640.html

Shutting Rural Labor and Delivery Units Threatens Access, Health

Shutting Rural Labor and Delivery Units Threatens Access, Health

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

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

Common Questions About Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Women - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2016 - Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in women, including healthy women with normal genitourinary anatomy. Recurrent UTI is typically defined as three or more UTIs within 12 months, or two or more occurrences within six months. The same species that caused previous ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p560.html

Common Questions About Oppositional Defiant Disorder - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2016 - Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a disruptive behavior disorder characterized by a pattern of angry or irritable mood, argumentative or defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting for at least six months. Children and adolescents with ODD may have trouble controlling their temper ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p586.html

Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists in the Treatment of Acute Asthma - Medicine by the ...

Apr 1, 2016 - Studies show there were no patient-important benefits and no hospital admissions were prevented. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p552.html

Prevention and Treatment of Drowning - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2016 - Nearly 4,000 drowning deaths occur annually in the United States, with drowning representing the most common injury-related cause of death in children one to four years of age. Drowning is a process that runs the spectrum from brief entry of liquid into the airways with subsequent ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p576.html

Lower Your Overhead With a Patient Portal -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - Patients connecting with your practice through the Internet require fewer staff and generate lower costs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p21.html

Screening Your Adult Patients for Depression -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - Family physicians are well-placed to catch depression in patients early - and get reimbursed for it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p16.html

Medicare Payment Reform: Making Sense of MACRA -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - Value-based payment will bring big changes to practices. Here’s what we know now.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p12.html

Coding & Documentation - Mar-Apr 2016 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - ...When advance care planning is provided in conjunction with a Medicare annual wellness visit, is it paid as a preventive medicine service? A Yes. Advance care planning is a preventive service only when provided in conjunction with an annual wellness visit and reported with modifier...

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p32.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2016 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - ...task list, and the volume can be unpredictable. Each day, we review the task list on the whiteboard, noting two things: 1) the overall number of tasks and 2) the oldest referral. We can then decide how to allocate staff time to efficiently complete the tasks. Tracking safety. We...

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p34.html

AAFP News - Apr 1, 2016 - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p542.html

Women in Leadership Build Support for Other Female Physicians

Women in Leadership Build Support for Other Female Physicians

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

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

So Long, New York, You Were Exactly the Trial This New FP Needed

So Long, New York, You Were Exactly the Trial This New FP Needed

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

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

Meet the Press: Why Working With the Media Makes Sense

Meet the Press: Why Working With the Media Makes Sense

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

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

Lessons Learned From the Match

Lessons Learned From the Match

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

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

Here's My Number, Call Me (Maybe)

Here's My Number, Call Me (Maybe)

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

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

Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians screen adults for alcohol misuse and provide persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking behaviors with brief behavioral counseling to reduce alcohol misuse. However, only a minority of American adults with high-risk ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p457.html

Foods Containing Saturated Fat: Dietary Limits Are Still Essential - Letters to the ...

Mar 15, 2016 - ...to the editor: Lesser and colleagues should be commended for addressing nutrition, an often neglected subject in family medicine. However, I question the assertion that consuming whole foods containing saturated fat is inversely associated with incident cardiovascular disease and...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p438.html

APMs: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/apms_a_primer_on_the.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Mar 15, 2016 - A 55-year-old black man presents for a blood pressure evaluation. He is trying to be more physically active and health conscious but has not seen a physician for five years. He takes no medications, has no concerns, and his physical examination findings are unremarkable. According to ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p511.html

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Mar 15, 2016 - Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes may be more effective than placebo devices for smoking cessation. They may also aid in smoking reduction, but the quality of available evidence is low. Little is known about their safety.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p492.html

Fake Teen Doc Reflects Need for Real Minority Physicians

Fake Teen Doc Reflects Need for Real Minority Physicians

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

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

E-prescribing Holds Potential to Curb Opioid Abuse

E-prescribing Holds Potential to Curb Opioid Abuse

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

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

Hyperthyroidism: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Hyperthyroidism is an excessive concentration of thyroid hormones in tissues caused by increased synthesis of thyroid hormones, excessive release of preformed thyroid hormones, or an endogenous or exogenous extrathyroidal source. The most common causes of an excessive production of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p363.html

Controlled Cord Traction During the Third Stage of Labor - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Mar 1, 2016 - The overall risk-to-benefit ratio of controlled cord traction is unclear. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/od1.html

Aortic Stenosis: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Aortic stenosis affects 3% of persons older than 65 years. Although survival in asymptomatic patients is comparable to that in age- and sex-matched control patients, it decreases rapidly after symptoms appear. During the asymptomatic latent period, left ventricular hypertrophy and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p371.html

Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Chronic pelvic pain in women is defined as persistent, noncyclic pain perceived to be in structures related to the pelvis and lasting more than six months. Often no specific etiology can be identified, and it can be conceptualized as a chronic regional pain syndrome or functional ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p380.html

Influenza Vaccination for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2016 - Influenza vaccination may reduce cardiovascular mortality in patients with established cardiovascular disease. The effect of vaccination is unclear among patients in the general population without known cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p357.html

Teaching Abroad Helps Grow Family of Family Medicine

Teaching Abroad Helps Grow Family of Family Medicine

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

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

No Difference Between Oxycodone/Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen for Acute ...

Mar 1, 2016 - This study found no significant difference in the management of acute musculoskeletal extremity pain, including fractures, with oxycodone/acetaminophen vs. hydrocodone/acetaminophen. Adverse events, including nausea and dizziness, occurred significantly more often with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p411.html

AAFP News - Mar 1, 2016 - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p342.html

Finding Right Fit Key to Match Process

Finding Right Fit Key to Match Process

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

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

Clinical Evaluation of Bleeding and Bruising in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2016 - Bleeding and bruising are common symptoms in the primary care setting. The patient history can help determine whether the bruising or bleeding is abnormal. The International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis has developed a bleeding assessment tool that can be used to indicate ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p279.html

The Why and How of High-Value Prescribing - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2016 - Adopting high-value prescribing strategies can help family physicians increase the quality of care, decrease costs, and fulfill our professional obligation to provide health care that is based on the wise and cost-effective management of limited clinical resources.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p262.html

Conjugated Estrogens/Bazedoxifene (Duavee) for Menopausal Symptoms - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2016 - Conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene is effective for the treatment of menopausal symptoms and may be better tolerated than conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone. It will maintain bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and hip, but its effect on fractures is not known. Cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p307.html

Treating Low Vitamin D Levels Is Ineffective in Postmenopausal Women - POEMs - American...

Feb 15, 2016 - You do not have to treat a low vitamin D level if your patient is a typical community-dwelling postmenopausal woman younger than 75 years. The usual dosage of vitamin D, 800 IU (20 mcg) daily, will not increase levels even after a year of therapy and has little effect on calcium ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p315.html

AAFP News - Feb 15, 2016 - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p260.html

MIPS: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/mips_a_primer_on_the.html

Cyclobenzaprine in the Treatment of Low Back Pain - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Feb 1, 2016 - Studies show that 1 in 3 patients experiences global improvement in back pain symptoms at 10 days, while 1 in 4 patients experiences medication adverse effects. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/od2.html

Responses to Medical Students' Frequently Asked Questions About Family Medicine - ...

Feb 1, 2016 - This article provides answers to many of the common questions that medical students ask about the specialty of family medicine. It describes the crucial role that family physicians have in the evolving health care environment, the scope of practice, the diverse career opportunities ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/od1.html

Primary Care of the Solid Organ Transplant Recipient - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2016 - The advancing science of transplantation has led to more transplants and longer survival. As a result, primary care physicians are more involved in the care of transplant recipients. Immunosuppressive therapy has significantly decreased rates of transplant rejection but accounts for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p203.html

AFP Goes Audio: Introducing the American Family Physician Podcast - Editorials - ...

Feb 1, 2016 - Podcasts are an increasingly important way to disseminate information to the medical community. We hope that many readers of AFP, the number one journal in primary care, will also become listeners.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p174.html

The Problem With Patient Satisfaction Scores -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - Scoring of individual physicians is becoming more widespread. Here’s how to improve the process.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p23.html

Coding and Billing Rules in 2016: Out With the Old, In With the New -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - Incident-to rules and advance care planning top the list of changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p14.html

The Evolution of Meaningful Use: Today, Stage 3, and Beyond -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - The late-breaking regulations for electronic health records require practices to get up to speed quickly.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p17.html

An Overlooked Cause of Physician Burnout -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - When we cannot give patients the care they need, we all suffer. But the converse is also true.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p6.html

Quinine for Leg Cramps - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2016 - Quinine is moderately effective in decreasing the frequency and intensity of muscle cramps, but it is also associated with an increase in minor adverse effects. In addition, there is a risk of rare but serious adverse effects.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p177.html

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

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

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

Diabetes Mellitus: Screening and Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common diagnoses made by family physicians. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney failure, and vascular and heart disease. Screening patients before signs and symptoms develop leads to earlier diagnosis and treatment, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p103.html

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - Elevated blood pressure in pregnancy may represent chronic hypertension (occurring before 20 weeks’ gestation or persisting longer than 12 weeks after delivery), gestational hypertension (occurring after 20 weeks’ gestation), preeclampsia, or preeclampsia superimposed on chronic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p121.html

Surveyed physicans say burnout is increasing -- FPM

Surveyed physicans say burnout is increasing

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/surveyed_physicans_say_burnout_is.html

2016 Election: Dates to Remember

On Nov. 8, American voters will elect a new president and vice president, 469 members of Congress and a dozen governors. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some important dates to remember.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_election_dates_to_remember.html

Somatic Symptom Disorder - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2016 - With the release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., the diagnostic category previously known as somatoform disorders is now called somatic symptom and related disorders. The revisions were intended to increase their relevance in the primary care ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p49.html

Home Visits for Pregnant Adolescents - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2016 - Nurse home visits for pregnant adolescents seem to improve resource utilization and prenatal clinic visit show rates.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p25.html

AAFP News - Jan 1, 2016 - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p13.html

End of Medicare Bonuses Underlines Need for New Payment Models

End of Medicare Bonuses Underlines Need for New Payment Models

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

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

Government Hears From FPs on Opioid Abuse Crisis

Government Hears From FPs on Opioid Abuse Crisis

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

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

Evaluation of the Solitary Pulmonary Nodule - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2015 - A solitary pulmonary nodule is a common radiologic finding that is often discovered incidentally and may require significant workup to establish a definitive diagnosis. A solitary pulmonary nodule is a well-circumscribed round lesion measuring up to 3 cm in diameter and surrounded by ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1215/p1084.html

Nonpharmacologic Management of Chronic Insomnia - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2015 - Insomnia affects 10% to 30% of the population with a total cost of $92.5 to $107.5 billion annually. Short-term, chronic, and other types of insomnia are the three major categories according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, 3rd ed. The criteria for diagnosis are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1215/p1058.html

Seeking Solutions to Gun Violence at the Scene of the Crime

Seeking Solutions to Gun Violence at the Scene of the Crime

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

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

Barriers Hindering Use of Telemedicine

Family physicians see promise in telemedicine, but numerous barriers -- including payment issues -- impede the technology's adoption. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/barriers_hindering_use_of_telemedicine.html

Evaluation of Patients with Leukocytosis - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2015 - An elevated white blood cell count has many potential etiologies, including malignant and nonmalignant causes. It is important to use age- and pregnancy-specific normal ranges for the white blood cell count. A repeat complete blood count with peripheral smear may provide helpful ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1004.html

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