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A New Identity for Family Medicine: Physicians for the Underserved -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - By emphasizing the family physician's role as a caregiver for patients in underserved areas, we can strengthen our specialty.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0500/p14.html

A New Model of Charitable Care: The Robin Hood Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - This self-sustaining practice provides concierge care and indigent care in equal amounts. Here's how it works.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p12.html

A New View of Occult and Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding -- American Family Physician

...876 AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN www.aafp.org/afp VOLUME 69, NUMBER 4 / FEBRUARY 15, 2004 TABLE 1 Causes of Occult Gastrointestinal Blood Loss Upper tract source Esophagus/stomach Reflux esophagitis* Erosive gastritis/ulceration* Varices Cameron’s erosions within a hiatal...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0215/afp20040215p875.pdf

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

A New Year's Present From Medicare -- and Three From FPM -- FPM

Jan 1, 1998 - Alludes to HCFA's delay in enforcing the new version of the documentation guidelines, introduces online version of FPM Quiz.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0100/p6.html

A Palm-Top Computer in Every Practice? -- FPM

Sep 1, 2000 - This article will give an overview of hand-held computers and provide practical tips for using them in physician practices.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0900/p59.html

A Pedunculated Mass on the Thigh

December 15, 2016: Photo Quiz

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1215/afp20161215p1003.pdf

A Pedunculated Mass on the Thigh - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2016 - A woman presented with a lesion on her thigh that had gradually increased in size over the previous five years.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1215/p1003.html

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

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

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

A Physician's Guide to Locum Tenens -- FPM

Feb 1, 1999 - If you've ever been curious about this unique practice option, here's how one family physician made it work.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0200/p41.html

A Physician's Guide to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: The Basics -- FPM

Oct 1, 2010 - With the changes made in the final rule, earning the EHR incentives is still not easy, but at least it's easier.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0900/p17.html

A Physician’s Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy

...Back in 2018, we reached a significant tipping point in medicine. For the first time, physician practice owners were not in the majority. Instead, most practicing physi-cians reported being employed, with family medicine having the highest share of employed physicians.1 Loss of...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/fpm20200500p26.pdf

A Physician’s Guide to Navigating a Bureaucracy -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2020 - To get what you need to create a more ideal practice, you must learn to navigate the bureaucracy of your organization. Here’s how.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0500/p26.html

A Pilot Grounded: Living with Chronic Back Pain

...February 1, 2012 ◆ Volume 85, Number 3 www.aafp.org/afp American Family Physician 231 A Pilot Grounded: Living with Chronic Back Pain The editors of AFP wel- come submissions for Close-ups. Guidelines for contributing to this feature can be found in the Authors’ Guide at...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/afp20120201p231.pdf

A Practical Approach to Hypercalcemia - American Family Physician

...MAY 1, 2003 / VOLUME 67, NUMBER 9 www.aafp.org/afp AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN 1959 other inorganic molecules. Low albumin lev- els can affect the total serum calcium level. Directly measuring the free calcium level is more convenient and accurate, but the follow- ing formula can be...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0501/afp20030501p1959.pdf

A Practical Approach to Neonatal Jaundice - American Family Physician

May 1, 2008 - Kernicterus and neurologic sequelae caused by severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia are preventable conditions. A structured and practical approach to the identification and care of infants with jaundice can facilitate prevention, thus decreasing rates of morbidity and mortality. Primary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0501/p1255.html

A Practical Approach to Screening for Social Determinants of Health

...Dr. O’Gurek is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Henke serves as chief medical officer of Community of Hope, a community health center in Washington, D.C. Author...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/fpm20180500p7.pdf

A Practical Approach to Uncomplicated Seizures in Children - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2000 - Uncomplicated seizures and epilepsy are common in infants and children. Family physicians should be aware of certain epilepsy syndromes that occur in children, such as febrile seizures, benign focal epilepsy of childhood, complex partial epilepsy, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and video ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0901/p1109.html

A Practical Guide to Anaphylaxis - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2003 - Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction with respiratory, cardiovascular, cutaneous, or gastrointestinal manifestations resulting from exposure to an offending agent, usually a food, insect sting, medication, or physical factor. It causes approximately 1,500 deaths in the United ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1001/p1325.html

A Practical Guide to Anaphylaxis - American Family Physician

...A Practical Guide to Anaphylaxis ANGELA W. TANG, M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA School of Medicine O A patient informa- tion handout on ana- phylaxis, written by the author of this article, is provided on page 1339. See page 1241 for definitions of strength-...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1001/afp20031001p1325.pdf

A Practical Guide to Caring for Caregivers - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2000 - Patients who provide care to family members or friends with dementia are likely to be in a family physician's practice. The caregiver role can be stressful, and identifying these patients can give the family physician opportunities to help patients cope with the challenges of the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1215/p2613.html

A Practical Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Office-Based Family Physicians -- FPM

Apr 1, 2013 - Medical emergencies may not be common in the office setting, but that's precisely why you need to practice your response to them.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/0300/p13.html

A Practical Guide to Infant Oral Health - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2004 - Early childhood caries is the most common chronic disease in young children and may develop as soon as teeth erupt. Bacteria, predominately mutans streptococci, metabolize simple sugars to produce acid that demineralizes teeth, resulting in cavities. Physicians should examine children's...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1201/p2113.html

A Pregnant Woman Victimized by Physical Abuse - Curbside Consultation - American Family...

Jul 15, 2002 - Domestic violence in the United States is a problem of enormous proportions and represents a significant health concern.1 It results in more injuries requiring medical attention than rape, accidents, and muggings combined.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0715/p337.html

A Primary Care Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences - Curbside Consultation - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2020 - A 41-year-old long-time patient presented with concerns about irritability, depression, and anxiety after getting into another fight with her mother-in-law. The patient was concerned that her symptoms were getting worse, and she was worried about lacking control over her emotions and ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0701/p55.html

A Primary Care Approach to the Patient with Claudication - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2000 - Peripheral arterial occlusive disease occurs in about 18 percent of persons over 70 years of age. Usually, patients who have this disease present with intermittent claudication with pain in the calf, thigh or buttock that is elicited by exertion and relieved with a few minutes of rest. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1027.html

A Primer on Employment Contracts -- FPM

Dec 1, 2002 - This article identifies and defines the key terms contained in most physicians' employment contracts.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/1100/p73.html

A Primer on Wireless Networks -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - The author, a family physician, explains the benefits and pitfalls of using local wireless networks in a busy clinical practice (for example, to access electronic medical records wirelessly).

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p69.html

A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE REFILLS

...About the Authors Dr. Willis is associate professor of family medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is also chief medical officer of quality and medical management at Indiana University Medical Group - Primary Care in Indianapolis. Gerald Eaton is a commercial...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/1100/fpm20101100p22.pdf

A Proactive Approach to Controlled Substance Refills -- FPM

Dec 1, 2010 - Using the recurring-calendar-event function in Microsoft Outlook, this practice created a systematic approach that ensures patient refills on the day they're due.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/1100/p22.html

A Problem Oriented Approach to the HIPAA Security Standards -- FPM

Aug 1, 2001 - Every practice will have to comply with HIPAA. You can take the first step by performing a self-audit of your practice’s current security measures.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/0700/p37.html

A Productivity Primer -- FPM

May 1, 2002 - The author describes the different ways physician productivity is currently being measured and how those measurements are being used.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0500/p72.html

A Quick Review of Reassignment Can Help Avert Fraud Accusations -- FPM

Sep 1, 1998 - The author explains the Medicare policy on reassignment, the exceptions and why it's important in the current climate of increased fraud and abuse enforcement.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/0900/p21.html

A Quick Tour of the Changes in FPM -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - Board here. The tour bus is about to depart.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/p7.html

A Rational Approach to the Treatment of Hypertension in Special Populations - American ...

Jul 1, 1999 - Hypertension in blacks is usually characterized by low renin, expanded volume and sensitivity to salt. Diuretics are the preferred initial therapy, but response to calcium channel antagonists is also good. The blood pressure response to monotherapy with beta blockers or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p156.html

A Refresher on Coding Consultations -- FPM

Mar 1, 2007 - Here's a guide to the sometimes confusing documentation requirements for consultations.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0300/p45.html

A Refresher on Medical Necessity -- FPM

Aug 1, 2006 - Reviewing the rules and examining your coding practices can decrease denials and help you get paid.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0700/p28.html

A Report Card for 32 Payers: Not Making the Grade -- FPM

Jun 1, 2007 - In this survey of physicians' experiences, payers fall short.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2007/0600/p43.html

A Request for Further Guidance -- FPM

Apr 1, 2003 - Follows up on A Piece of Your Mind (Nov/Dec 2002) by asking for more specific guidance on two topics FPM might cover.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0400/p8.html

A Review of HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral - Inside AFP - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2004 - ...E. Gallant, M.D., M.P.H., John Hopkins University School of Medicine, provides a review of counseling, testing, and referral of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. In an effort to reduce the annual number of new cases of HIV infection, the Centers for Disease...

American Family Physician : Inside AFP

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0715/p227.html

A Salute to 30 Years of Light-hearted Art in AFP - Inside AFP - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2005 - ...cards eventually did all the Hallmark humorous cards particular markets, such England, Germany, and France. According to Mr. however, QS was number one career and Hallmark was second! exposure of having his artwork in AFP resulted other projects as well. Several years ago, David...

American Family Physician : Inside AFP

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1201/p2157.html

A Simple Cough Algorithm for Children with Chronic Cough - POEMs - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2013 - In children with chronic cough, a simple approach of ruling out specific indicators of cause, followed by treating a wet cough with antibiotics, results in a significant decrease in the duration of cough. Some of the causes of chronic cough were reactive airway disease, bronchiectasis, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1115/od1.html

A Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature -- Family Practice Management

...The article Making Evidence-Based Medicine Doable in Everyday Practice in the February 2004 issue of FPM describes several organizations that can help us. These organizations, such as the Cochrane Library, Bandolier and Clinical Evidence, develop clinical questions and then review...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/fpm20040500p47.pdf

A Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature -- FPM

May 1, 2004 - The PP-ICONS approach will help you separate the clinical wheat from the chaff in mere minutes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0500/p47.html

A Simple Technology to Improve Office Efficiency -- FPM

Jun 1, 2002 - The author explains how simple technologies, such as a handheld pager system, can improve communication among physicians and staff members within the office.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0600/p55.html

A Specific Probiotic Decreases Crying in Infants Younger than Two Months with Colic - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Is probiotic supplementation effective in decreasing crying in infants with colic?

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/od5.html

A Streamlined Approach to Prescription Management -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - Synchronizing each patient's prescriptions so they're handled all at once could save your practice at least an hour a day.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p11.html

A Sure Way to Improve Your Dictation -- FPM

Jan 1, 2005 - The article explains the merits of dictating notes in the exam room with the patient present, as a way to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2005/0100/p55.html

A Systematic Approach to Identifying Drug-Seeking Patients -- FPM

Apr 1, 2008 - When patients present with suspicious complaints of pain, these seven steps can help you prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0400/pa3.html

A Team Approach to Quality Improvement -- FPM

Apr 1, 1999 - To realize change, rely on the knowledge and experience of a team such as the authors', which improved the care of patients with diabetes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/0400/p25.html

A Team Approach to Reducing a Financial Deficit -- FPM

Dec 1, 1999 - This article describes how a multi-specialty group successfully handled a financial crisis at their institution using a bottom-up decision making process.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1999/1100/p51.html

A Team-Based Care Model that Improves Job Satisfaction

...Medicine Center and associate program director of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Denver. He led the APEX model transition at AF Williams. Dr. English is the associate medical director of practice transformation at the AF Williams Family...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/fpm20180300p6.pdf

A Team-Based Care Model That Improves Job Satisfaction -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Expanding the role of medical assistants to better support providers can improve not only traditional outcomes but also job satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p6.html

A Team-Building Model for Team-Based Care -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - Focusing on their strengths and borrowing concepts from family therapy helped bring this family medicine group together in pursuit of a common goal.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p19.html

A Tool for Safely Treating Chronic Pain -- FPM

Dec 1, 2001 - The article explains how one family practice uses a medication use agreement to prevent medication misuse while helping patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2001/1100/p47.html

A Toolkit for Building and Growing a Sustainable Telehealth Program in Your Practice

...to solidify family medicine as the cornerstone of a functioning health care system. We lobby government, negotiate with payers, partner with employers, educate patients, and champion family medicine on the national stage. The AAFP exists to support family physicians so they...

Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/practice_management/telehealth/2020-AAFP-Telehealth-Toolkit.pdf?intcmp=practrans_pc_octtelempa_promo_pos2

A Toolkit for Building and Growing a Sustainable Telehealth Program in Your Practice

...to solidify family medicine as the cornerstone of a functioning health care system. We lobby government, negotiate with payers, partner with employers, educate patients, and champion family medicine on the national stage. The AAFP exists to support family physicians so they...

Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/practice_management/telehealth/2020-AAFP-Telehealth-Toolkit.pdf

A Vietnamese Child with a Rash on the Back

January 15, 2016 Photo Quiz

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/afp20160115p131.pdf

A Whole Issue of Doctor Tools -- FPM

Sep 1, 2006 - Your practice toolkit isn’t complete without these.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0900/p14.html

AACE Releases Guidelines for Menopausal Hormone Therapy

...864 American Family Physician www.aafp.org/afp Volume 86, Number 9 ◆ November 1, 2012 Coverage of guidelines from other organizations does not imply endorsement by AFP or the AAFP. A collection of Practice Guidelines published in AFP is available at...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/afp20121101p864.pdf

AAFP Active Membership Application

...please indicate with a check mark your preferred phone number. obusiness (________)________________________________________________ ohome (________)___________________________________________________ ocell (________)____________________________________________________...

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/about_us/membership_applications/active-member-app.pdf

AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

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.

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

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification

The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180116simplification.html

AAFP Adult Immunization Office Champions Project

...• 25 family medicine practices and residencies were selected to participate into the project • Focus on increasing immunization rates for influenza, zoster, and pneumococcal • Improving the use of provider’s strong recommendation to adults patients • Ensuring immunization...

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/about_us/strategic_partnerships/immunization_summit/adult-imms-office-champs.pdf

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307medicareadv.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

AAFP Advocacy on MACRA Implementation Paying Off

CMS recently announced a Pick Your Pace plan that would provide greater flexibility for physicians regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the options outlined by CMS ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

AAFP Advocacy Promotes Compassionate Care

After years of advocacy efforts, public policy has begun to align with AAFP policy in regards to advance care planning. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at how the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule would ensure that family physicians are ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation

In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200730vhcact.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health Care Coverage

Learn about the AAFP's advocacy work around changes in health care coverage systems and processes, including changes to the ACA, CHIP, and more.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage.html

AAFP and ACP Release Guideline on Dementia Treatment - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Apr 15, 2008 - A guideline created by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) reviews the data on the effects of pharmacologic treatment of dementia for improving cognition, global function, behavior/mood, and quality of life (QOL)/activities of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0415/p1173.html

AAFP Announces New Innovation Lab Collaboration

The AAFP Innovation Lab is seeking a dozen or so Academy members to evaluate a novel AI-driven point-of-care platform for primary care dubbed Navina.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200925navina.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Learn about the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, recognizing leadership, civic involvement and exemplary patient care.

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/awards/student-resident-awards/gme.html

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Pharmacists

...pharmacists and physicians, such as collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM). However, the AAFP believes that only licensed doctors of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, and podiatry should have the statutory authority to prescribe drugs. The AAFP believes that independent...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-Pharmacists.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Physician Assistants

...determination of scope of practice, adaptability of supervision requirements, determination of co-signature requirements, and maximum number of PAs a physician can supervise at one time. All states have passed legislation regarding the use of the term licensure to describe the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-PhysicianAssistants.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education Legislation in the ...

...mix of trained physicians. However, research has shown the need for a greater investment in primary care physicians. A 2019 JAMA Internal Medicine study found that every 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 population was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME116thCongress.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Education and Training - Family Physicians vs Nurse Practitioners

...and the clerkships grants students the Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, which entitles them to start full clinical training in a residency program. Most family medicine residency programs, which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/FPvsNP.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education

...AAFP Position To increase the number of family medicine graduates in the United States, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to removing significant barriers stifling the growth in family medicine specialty choice among U.S. medical graduates. AAFP policy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion

...12.7 million individuals newly eligible for Medicaid under the law’s Medicaid expansion provisions.3,4 The greatest declines in the number of uninsured post-ACA have been in the 36 states and DC that expanded Medicaid eligibility to include largely working adults without children...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/BKG-MedicaidExpansion.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Work Requirements

...Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Analyses of these programs suggest that work requirements do not spur a significant number of beneficiaries to seek and gain employment7 and that the evidence to support the idea that work has a positive impact on health and health...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/BKG-MedicaidWorkRequirements.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Physician Preceptor Tax Credits

...and coordinated care through robust family medicine preceptorship programs. Evidence shows that early and consistent mentorship of medical students by preceptors increases the likelihood of these students choosing family medicine as a career. The AAFP will continue to advocate for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-PreceptorTaxCredit.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Primary Care Spend

...and efforts to increase the level of investment. Transparency in Primary Care Spending Despite an increase in the number of medical students choosing family medicine and other primary care specialties for residency, resources and investment within the United States remain skewed...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/BKG-PrimaryCareSpend.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sustain Primary Care

...of their patients, COVID-19 and non-COVID-related. The FFS payment model, by design, reimburses based on the number of services delivered. At the core of family medicine is a focus on health, wellness and prevention. These goals are not appropriately supported by our current payment...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/action_week/BKG-SustainPrimaryCare.pdf

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

AAFP Breaks Down 2021 MPFS Final Rule for Members

The Academy has released its summary of the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule for members, including details of evaluation and management coding improvements.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201210mpfssummary.html

AAFP Calls for Wide-ranging Approach to Lowering Drug Prices

The AAFP offered multiple suggestions, as well as some cautionary advice, in response to an HHS request for information on ways to lower drug prices.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724hhsdrugsltr.html

AAFP CME Faculty

Share your passion for family medicine with others -- learn how to get involved as an AAFP CME faculty member.

https://www.aafp.org/cme/faculty.html

AAFP CME Faculty Overview

Share your passion for family medicine with others -- learn how to get involved as an AAFP CME faculty member.

https://www.aafp.org/cme/faculty/overview.html

AAFP CME Rate Card

...readers turn for more information on upcoming courses and programs. The AAFP CME is designed to help physicians meet the ABFM’s Family Medicine Certification (formerly MC-FP) requirements when and how it works for their schedule. The American Family Physician and FPM medical...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/journals/afp/AAFP_CME_Rate_Card.pdf

AAFP Comment Letter on 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 28, 2018

...actuarially based upon the framework of FFS payment. Thus, if current FFS payments are not improved, the current undervaluation of family medicine and primary care payment will result in a similar undervaluation of primary care in evolving primary care APMs. In the long run,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2019FinalMPFS-122818.pdf

AAFP Comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 28, 2020

...family medicine and primary care. We look forward to working with CMS on designing and implementing policies that support these shared goals through both the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Our members are on the frontlines of medicine,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-Response2021MPFSProposedRule-092820.pdf

AAFP Comments on IRS Proposed Rule on Direct Primary Care Arrangements - August 10, 2020

...access to primary care for all Americans. DPC and other direct care models are increasing in popularity among our members and a growing number of family physicians are expressing an interest in the DPC model. However, there are identified barriers that may prevent some patients from...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-IRS-ProposedDPCRule-081020.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on MSSP/ACO Proposed Rule - October 15, 2018

...is related to at least two factors-being physician-led and having a strong primary care foundation. A September 2018 New England Journal of Medicine article found that physician-led ACOs generated savings that increased over a three-year study period compared to hospital-led ACOs.2...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-ACO-MSSP-101518.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2018 Inpatient Proposed Rule

...that meets their needs. It should be noted that this will occur at a point when upgrading to 2015 Edition CEHRT could minimize the number of significant disruptions to patient care. As some members have begun the process of switching EHR systems, reports of information blocking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-IPPSProposedRule-060817.pdf

AAFP Comments to DEA on MAT Interim Final Rule - December 23, 2020

AAFP comments on the DEA Medication-Assisted treatment interim final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-DEA-MATFinalRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Comments to DHS on Proposal to Eliminate the H-1B Visa Lottery - December 1, 2020

...Department proposes to grant petitions based on wage level, awarding them first to those with the highest wages. Due to existing caps on the number of H-1B physicians that are accepted, this means that petitioners with lower wage levels will never be selected and it is unlikely that...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-H1BLotteryProposedRule-120120.pdf

AAFP Comments to HHS on Proposed Rule to Automate Prior Authorizations - December 23, 2020

The AAFP is in favor of requirements for payers to automate and respond to prior authorization requests in a timely manner, so we are concerned that this proposal will not have a meaningful impact on reducing administrative burden, since it does not include Medicare Advantage plans or ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-PriorAuthProposedRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Comments to HHS on SUNSET Proposal - December 2, 2020

...the regulation. More specifically, the Department proposes to require that all regulations are assessed for their impact on a substantial number of small entities. For those that are deemed to have a significant impact, HHS will have to more formally review them to determine whether...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-CommentsSUNSETProposal-120220.pdf

AAFP Creates COVID-19 Member Community, Preparation Checklist

The AAFP continues to work with the CDC and state/local health departments to disseminate the latest coronavirus disease 2019 guidance to Academy members through one resource.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200311coronavirus4.html

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