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Quality Measures: How to Get Them Right -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Pay-for-performance programs have produced disappointing results. Fewer and more appropriate, evidence-based quality measures could help.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0700/p23.html

AAFP News - Aug 1, 2018 - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2018 - ...A study recently published in PLOS Medicine shows that numerous states and large metropolitan centers have seen an uptick in the number of nonmedical exemptions granted for childhood vaccinations. In the past decade, the number of philosophical exemptions to vaccination has...

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0801/p140.html

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180731itt_feeschedule.html

Opportunities, Not Incentives, Drive PCPs to Do Better

In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., writes that policymakers should abandon the carrot-and-stick approach to payment schemes and give physicians time to provide better care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180720fp-opportunity.html

It's Still the Prices, Stupid

High drug prices are driving dramatic increases in health care costs. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how HHS and the AAFP are responding.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180717itt_drugs.html

The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Fracture, Dementia, and Cancer After Long-Term ...

Jul 15, 2018 - Long-term hormone therapy decreased the risk of all fractures, including hip and vertebral fractures. However, the risks far outweighed the benefits of this intervention.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p117.html

Top POEMs of 2017 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ...

Jul 15, 2018 - This article discusses the POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) of 2017 judged to be most consistent with the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign. A POEM is a synopsis of a research study that reports patient-oriented outcomes, such as improvement in symptoms, quality ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p93.html

Stimulant and Designer Drug Use: Primary Care Management - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2018 - Approximately 10% of the U.S. population 12 years and older reported using illicit substances in 2015. This article reviews the clinical effects and treatment of persons who use cocaine, methamphetamines, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p85.html

Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Jul 15, 2018 - A 25-year-old Irish American woman presents for a wellness visit for herself and her two young children, a two-year-old boy and a seven-month-old girl. All three have fair skin, red hair, and freckles. She reports that she is looking forward to an upcoming family vacation to the ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p105.html

AAFP News - Jul 15, 2018 - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2018 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p78.html

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., shares lessons she has learned from the students and residents she trains, saying they give her hope for our future.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180702fp-trainees.html

Nebulized Hypertonic Saline for Bronchiolitis - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Jul 1, 2018 - Despite reported benefits associated with the use of hypertonic saline for bronchiolitis, we have chosen a yellow recommendation because the more recent trials and systematic reviews have shown either much smaller effect size or no benefit at all compared with the older trials. Learn more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p23.html

Allergy Testing: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2018 - An estimated 10% to 30% of the global population has an allergic disease. Clinical presentations of allergic diseases, respiratory infections, and autoimmune conditions have similar features. Allergy and immunologic testing can help clarify the diagnosis and guide treatment. Immediate ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p34.html

Individual Behavioral Counseling for Smoking Cessation - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - Individual behavioral counseling conducted by a trained therapist provides some benefit when compared with brief counseling and support; however, this benefit is less pronounced in the context of pharmacotherapy.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p21.html

Staples vs. Sutures After Cesarean Delivery - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Jul 1, 2018 - Patients believe that staples and subcuticular sutures provide similar cosmetic outcomes after cesarean deliveries. However, the risk of wound complications (e.g., infection, separation, hematoma, seroma) is doubled with staples.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p50.html

Delaying Visa Approvals Would Harm Medical Training, Patients

As a new training year approaches, many international medical graduates are waiting for H1-B visa approvals. The AAFP and others have been pressing the administration to expedite the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180619lv-visaapproval.html

AAFP Survey Reveals DPC Trends

As we prepare for the annual Direct Primary Care Summit, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results of the AAFP's recent survey related to DPC.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180619ITT_DPC.html

Antibiotics for Otitis Media in Children - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2018 - This meta-analysis concludes that the risk of a prolonged course of antibiotics was twice as high for children younger than two years with bilateral acute otitis media than for children two years and older with unilateral acute otitis media, indicating that antibiotics might be ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/od3.html

Geriatric Assessment: An Office-Based Approach - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - Family physicians should be proficient in geriatric assessment because, as society ages, older adults will constitute an increasing proportion of patients. Geriatric assessment evaluates medical, social, and environmental factors that influence overall well-being, and addresses ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p776.html

Localized Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - In the United States, prostate cancer will be diagnosed in one out of seven men in his lifetime. Most cases are localized, and only one in 39 men will die from the disease. Prostate cancer is most often detected using serum prostate-specific antigen testing. The National Comprehensive ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p798.html

Identifying Patients with Newly Diagnosed Acute Pulmonary Embolism Who Are at Low Risk ...

Jun 15, 2018 - Standard management of acute PE includes five days of inpatient treatment with parenteral anticoagulation, followed by long-term oral anticoagulation as an outpatient. However, guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians state that early discharge before five days can be ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p811.html

AFP 2018: How We’re Doing - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - This editorial updates and adds to previous reports on statistics for American Family Physician (AFP).

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p772.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2018 - A 61-year-old woman presents to your office for a well-woman examination. She had a normal Papanicolaou (Pap) test last year and has no medical problems. She quit smoking 10 years ago, reports a family history significant only for cardiovascular disease, and is sexually active with her ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p813.html

Injectable Extended-Release Naltrexone Effective for Opioid Use Disorder - POEMs - ...

Jun 15, 2018 - Injectable extended-release naltrexone administered every four weeks is similar in efficacy to daily oral buprenorphine/naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Patients using extended-release naltrexone reported higher satisfaction with treatment and were more likely to ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p819.html

What I Learned as a New Physician

In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., reflects on what she has learned in her first seven years as a small, rural practice owner.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180615fp-ollerfinale.html

Combined Inhaled Short-Acting Beta2 Agonist and Anticholinergic Agents for Asthma - ...

Jun 1, 2018 - Although the quality of evidence included in this review was low to moderate, the potential benefits of decreased hospitalization and relapse rates and the comparatively mild and limited adverse events suggest that patients presenting with acute asthma exacerbations are likely to ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/od1.html

Oncologic Emergencies: Recognition and Initial Management - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2018 - Most oncologic emergencies can be classified as metabolic, hematologic, structural, or treatment related. Tumor lysis syndrome is a metabolic emergency that presents as severe electrolyte abnormalities. Stabilization is focused on vigorous rehydration, maintaining urine output, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p741.html

Hyperhidrosis: Management Options - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2018 - Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that affects patients’ quality of life, resulting in social and work impairment and emotional distress. Primary hyperhidrosis is bilaterally symmetric, focal, excessive sweating of the axillae, palms, soles, or craniofacial region not caused by other ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p729.html

Ruling Out Pulmonary Embolism in the Primary Care Setting - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Jun 1, 2018 - What is the best approach to evaluate patients with suspected pulmonary embolism in the outpatient, primary care setting?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p750.html

Developing Standing Orders to Help Your Team Work to the Highest Level -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Use this seven-step plan to create protocols that improve efficiency and reduce physician workloads.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p13.html

High-Dose vs. Standard-Dose Heparin for VTE Prophylaxis in Obese Patients - FPIN's Help...

Jun 1, 2018 - In most patients weighing more than 220 lb (100 kg), high-dose heparin prophylaxis (7,500 units subcutaneously three times per day) does not further reduce the risk of VTE compared with standard-dose heparin (5,000 units subcutaneously two or three times per day).

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/od2.html

The Need for Systems of Care and a Trauma-Informed Approach to Intimate Partner ...

Jun 1, 2018 - ...In Reply: We appreciate Drs. Cronholm and Dichter's response to our IPV update. Many family medicine practices have embraced a team-based approach, in which physicians are able to focus their time and energy on addressing the complex ways trauma affects patients' health and on...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/ol1.html

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: An Opportunity or Unreasonable Burden? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Socioeconomic and environmental factors are the largest contributors to patient health, so is it our duty to address them?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p3.html

Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers for Detection of Alzheimer Disease in Patients with Mild...

Jun 1, 2018 - There is insufficient evidence to support the routine use of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers for the detection of progressive dementias in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These tests carry the risk of overdiagnosis of dementia and, therefore, overtreatment.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p714.html

NSAIDs for Postpartum Perineal Pain - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2018 - Women with third- or fourth-degree perineal lacerations or who received an episiotomy can be given oral NSAIDs to reduce perineal pain in the first six hours postpartum.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/od3.html

Deprescribing Unnecessary Medications: A Four-Part Process -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - With too many patients taking too many unnecessary medications, deprescribing has become a required skill for primary care physicians. Here’s how to go about it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p28.html

Five Mobile Apps for Mindfulness -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Recommend these apps for patients interested in incorporating mindfulness into their care plan.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0500/p21.html

Start Saving for Retirement Now

A combination of lengthy training and high debt leads many physicians to delay saving for retirement. In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Peter Rippey, M.D., looks at what you should be doing now rather than later.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180529fp-retirement.html

Our Patients Want -- and Need -- To Be Heard

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that advancing technology and a growing emphasis on the business of health care are straining the patient-physician relationship.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180518lv-hearpatient.html

Hyperpronation Method for Reduction of Nursemaid's Elbow - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

May 15, 2018 - Although data are limited, the results have consistently shown a higher rate of success with first attempt reduction of nursemaids' elbow when the hyperpronation method was used. For other outcomes, including pain and adverse effects such as bruising, no conclusions could be drawn ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/od2.html

Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention - American Family Physician

May 15, 2018 - Colorectal cancer is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Most colorectal cancers arise from preexisting adenomatous or serrated polyps. The incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer can be reduced with screening of average-risk adults 50 to 75 years of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p658.html

Maternal Obesity and Labor Induction - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

May 15, 2018 - Pregnant women who are obese have nearly double the rate of cesarean delivery, and obesity increases the median duration of active labor by up to four hours when labor is induced. The difference in cesarean delivery rate is larger in obese primigravida patients presenting with cervical ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p671.html

AAFP News - May 15, 2018 - American Family Physician

May 15, 2018 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p630.html

For Your Patients' Sake, Prepare Yourself for PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis significantly lowers the odds of getting HIV from sex and injectable drug use, but Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too few physicians are prescribing it. A session at the Family Medicine Experience can help.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180510lv-prep.html

Pregabalin (Lyrica) for Acute Fibromyalgia Pain - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

May 1, 2018 - Pregabalin (Lyrica) provides good pain relief to some patients with acute fibromyalgia pain but does not work for most persons. Learn more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/od1.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2017 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

May 1, 2018 - Based on systematic surveillance of more than 110 medical journals, 247 studies met criteria as POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) in 2017. Members of the Canadian Medical Association identified 20 of these POEMs as most relevant to practice. This article reviews the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p581.html

Charcot Foot: Clinical Clues, Diagnostic Strategies, and Treatment Principles - ...

May 1, 2018 - Acute Charcot neuroarthropathy of the foot and ankle is often difficult to diagnose because of limited findings in the patient history, physical examination, imaging, and laboratory studies. Delay in treatment results in the development of rigid foot and ankle deformities, increasing ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p594.html

Effectiveness and Safety of Celecoxib for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis - ...

May 1, 2018 - Compared with placebo, celecoxib improves pain (number needed to treat [NNT] = 4) and clinical symptoms (NNT = 7), but it has no effect on physical function in patients with RA.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p573.html

Effectiveness of Pneumococcal Vaccines - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

May 1, 2018 - The 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23; Pneumovax 23) decreases the relative risk of community-acquired pneumonia in adults by 13%. The risk is reduced by 28% in the population that includes adults older than 65 years, those with lung disease, and those living in a ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/od3.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health ...

May 1, 2018 - What is the effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cardiovascular outcomes?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p562.html

Advocacy, Like Sailing, Means Navigating Turbulent Seas

John Cullen, M.D., knows the ropes of sailing and advocacy. In this Leader Voices blog post, he says both require teamwork and persistence.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180420lv-sailing.html

Make Our Voices Heard on Continuing Board Certification

AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., provided comments at a recent hearing about continuing board certification. He urges family physicians to do the same in a survey from the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180417lv-abms.html

Qvar for Treatment of Chronic Asthma - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2018 - Learn the results of a Cochrane review which studied the effectiveness of Qvar in two sets of patients with chronic asthma: those receiving oral corticosteroids and those not receiving them.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p538.html

Edoxaban (Savaysa) for the Prevention of Thromboembolic Events - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2018 - Edoxaban is an alternative to warfarin and other oral anticoagulants for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p529.html

The Female Athlete Triad: Recommendations for Management - Editorials - American Family...

Apr 15, 2018 - Family physicians should be familiar with recommendations regarding the female athlete triad, because prevention and early intervention can significantly reduce morbidity from this disorder.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p499.html

Antibiotic Prophylaxis for COPD Exacerbations - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Apr 15, 2018 - Prophylactic antibiotics may be used to reduce the overall rate of COPD exacerbations and delay their onset. However, the appropriate antibiotic regimen and target population are unclear.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p527.html

AAFP News - Apr 15, 2018 - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2018 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p492.html

Compensation is up for family physicians -- FPM

Family physicians saw their annual compensation increase an average of 5 percent over last year, reflecting an industrywide rise in physician pay.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.html

AAFP Payment Model Clears Another Hurdle

In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the progress of the Academy's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model, as well as a summary of how provisions of the recently passed federal ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180403ITT_PTAC2.html

How to respond to patients’ misconceptions about antidepressants -- FPM

You can play a vital role in dispelling myths and illuminating your patients’ decision making regarding antidepressant treatment.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/misconceptions_about_antidepressants.html

Pneumococcal Vaccines in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Medicine by the ...

Apr 1, 2018 - Pneumococcal vaccines had no significant effect on mortality from cardiorespiratory disease when compared with control and had no significant effect on all-cause mortality. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p463.html

Cervical Cancer: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2018 - Human papillomavirus infection is the precursor for the development of cervical cancer and is detectable in 99.7% of squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma cases. Early detection of precancerous lesions with Papanicolaou testing remains the primary mechanism for cancer prevention. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p449.html

Encouraging Health Behavior Change: Eight Evidence-Based Strategies -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Using these brief interventions, you can help your patients make healthy behavior changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p31.html

Helping Your Adolescent and Young Adult Patients Get the Preventive Care and Services ...

Apr 1, 2018 - Make the most of opportunities to confidentially discuss health decisions and recommend screening tests and immunizations using this tool.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p17.html

Practice Pearls - Mar-Apr 2018 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Be mindful of the joy in medicine | Rule out heart murmurs more effectively in children | Take a lesson from the hospitality industry

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p42.html

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

Is Your Diagnosis Coding Ready for Risk Adjustment? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - As payment models change, diagnosis coding is more important than ever. Here’s how to be sure your codes capture your patients’ severity of illness.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p21.html

HIPAA: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Does your organization interpret HIPAA too strictly, too loosely, or just right? Find out with these FAQs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p12.html

Duration of Bisphosphonate Therapy - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2018 - Oral bisphosphonates significantly reduce clinical fracture risk at four years in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis (T-score less than −2.5). Treatment beyond five years is associated with further reductions in fractures in women with persistent femoral neck T-scores less than −2.5.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/od1.html

Putting Choosing Wisely into Practice - Editorials - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2018 - It is our responsibility as physicians to help our patients avoid interventions that are not helpful or, worse, potentially harmful.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p432.html

Short-Term Antipsychotics for Alzheimer Disease - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Apr 1, 2018 - Physicians should consider not using antipsychotics in patients with dementia. Patients with dementia, including Alzheimer disease, who are treated with antipsychotics for any length of time have a higher mortality rate than those not taking antipsychotics.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/od2.html

AAFP News - Apr 1, 2018 - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2018 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p434.html

Health Care Costs Soar, But Does U.S. Get What It Pays For?

At a time when overall health care costs are skyrocketing, U.S. spending on primary care office visits is in decline. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin breaks down the Health Care Cost and Utilization ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180320ITT_costs.html

Evaluation of Suspected Dementia - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2018 - Dementia is a significant and costly health condition that affects 5 million adults and is the fifth leading cause of death among Americans older than 65 years. The prevalence of dementia will likely increase in the future because the number of Americans older than 65 years is expected ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p398.html

Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2018 - Stable coronary artery disease refers to a reversible supply/demand mismatch related to ischemia, a history of myocardial infarction, or the presence of plaque documented by catheterization or computed tomography angiography. Patients are considered stable if they are asymptomatic or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p376.html

ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline: What Is New? What Do We Do? - Editorials - American ...

Mar 15, 2018 - Choosing a threshold and target for treatment should be based on the science supporting CVD risk reduction, while considering the benefits and harms in individual patient circumstances and respecting patient choice.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p372.html

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.html

Independent Research Shows Value of AAFP Advocacy

A Washington research firm evaluated the efficacy and impact of the AAFP's advocacy activities. In this In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180306ITT_research.html

Congress Needs to Hear From FPs -- Here's Your Chance

AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., reports from Capitol Hill, where the Academy's Board of Directors recently had dozens of meetings with legislators and congressional staff.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180302lv-hillvisits.html

Combination LABA Inhalers Compared with High-Dose Inhaled Steroids for Adults with ...

Mar 1, 2018 - We designated the use of long-acting beta agonist inhalers for adults with asthma as having no benefits because of a small potential benefit of questionable clinical utility (avoiding a brief burst of oral steroids) and the possibility of a fatal harm. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/od1.html

Buprenorphine Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - Opioid misuse, including the use of heroin and the overprescribing, misuse, and diversion of opioid pain medications, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in opioid use disorder and associated overdoses and deaths. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p313.html

Written Action Plans for Self-Management of COPD Exacerbations - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2018 - Written self-management plans, especially those that include guidance on smoking cessation, increase health-related quality of life in patients with COPD. They also decrease the need for respiratory-related hospital admissions among patients with high or low baseline risk.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p310.html

Medical Aid in Dying - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - Requests for hastened death are not unusual from patients with life-limiting illness, and many primary care physicians encounter these requests over the course of their career. Medical aid in dying is the practice of a physician providing a competent, terminally ill patient—at the ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p339.html

Real Action on Administrative Burden Is Long Overdue

The AAFP has been communicating with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about reducing administrative burden, and this week, leaders will address that critical issue on Capitol Hill.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180227lv-adminburden.html

Burnout Part 2: Adopting a Systems Approach to Prevention

Carl Olden, M.D., examines methods to approach physician burnout and resilience from the perspectives of the small practice, the multispecialty group and hospital medical staff.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180219lv-burnout.html

Acute Migraine Headache: Treatment Strategies - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2018 - Migraine is a primary headache disorder characterized by recurrent attacks. Acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, triptans, antiemetics, ergot alkaloids, and combination analgesics have evidence supporting their effectiveness in the treatment of migraine. Acetaminophen ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/p243.html

Vitamin D Screening and Supplementation in Community-Dwelling Adults: Common Questions ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Measurement of vitamin D levels and supplementation with oral vitamin D have become commonplace, although clinical trials have not demonstrated health benefits. The usefulness of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels to assess adequate exposure to vitamin D is hampered by variations in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/p254.html

Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections in Children - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Feb 15, 2018 - A recent observational study found that 2.2% of acutely ill children younger than five years met criteria for a UTI when their urine was cultured. However, in the same study, overall clinician impression that a UTI was present (fairly to very certain) identified only 28 out of 60 ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/p273.html

Vitamin D Screening and Supplementation in Primary Care: Time to Curb Our Enthusiasm - ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Evidence for vitamin D screening and supplementation in adults shows that these commonplace practices have virtually no established health benefits.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/p226.html

ACLF Session Descriptions

Get information on sessions for the ACLF track of the AAFP Leadership Conference.

Events : AAFP Leadership Conference

https://www.aafp.org/events/aclf-nccl/aclf/schedule/sessions-aclf.html

Part I: Sharing Our Legislative, Regulatory Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the AAFP's priorities for 2018 regarding payment reform and practice transformation.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180206ITT_Priorities.html

Done Right, Annual Wellness Visit Helps Patient and Practice

Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines the utility of the Medicare annual wellness visit and how to get paid properly for conducting it.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180205fp-medicareawv.html

With Most New Med Students Women Now, Let's Boost Our Support

For the first time, the new class of U.S. medical students has more women than men. Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that it's been a tough path for women, and obstacles remain.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180202lv-women.html

Hemorrhoids: Diagnosis and Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2018 - Many Americans between 45 and 65 years of age experience hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoidal size, thrombosis, and location (i.e., proximal or distal to the dentate line) determine the extent of pain or discomfort. The history and physical examination must assess for risk factors and clinical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p172.html

Beta Blockers Compared with Other Drug Options for the Treatment of Hypertension - ...

Feb 1, 2018 - Although beta blockers seem to have a positive impact on patient-oriented evidence that matters in patients with hypertension, they appear to be inferior when compared with other medications.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/od1.html

OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections for Urge Incontinence - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Feb 1, 2018 - Detrusor muscle injections of onabotulinumtoxinA can be used to decrease the number of episodes of urinary incontinence in women for whom treatment with anticholinergic agents has been ineffective.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/od3.html

Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - New codes for cognitive assessment and care planning, team-based care management, prolonged preventive services, and anticoagulation management are among this year’s changes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p5.html

Clostridium difficile Infection: Prevention and Treatment - Implementing AHRQ Effective...

Feb 1, 2018 - How effective are interventions to prevent and treat Clostridium difficile infection?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p196.html

Practice Pearls - Jan-Feb 2018 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2018 - Warn patients about privacy issues associated with genetic testing | Use text messages to boost flu shots | Encourage employee recognition

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0100/p34.html

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