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Nurse Practitioners

Read the AAFP's position on the role of nurse practitioners in an integrated practice environment and the physician's supervision role.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nurse-practitioners.html

Payment, Physician

Read the AAFP's position on the physician's responsibility to devise a reliable payment system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payment-physician.html

Nurse Midwives, Certified

Learn about the AAFP's guidelines for integrated practices and the supervision of nurse midwives.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nurse-midwives.html

Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) Definition

Read the AAFP's guiding principles for establishing independent physicians associations definition and the benefits to business.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/independent-physician-associations.html

Payer Acceptance of Supplemental Data

Learn about the AAFP's position on payer acceptance of supplemental data.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payer-acceptance.html

Coverage, Patient Education, and Counseling for Family Planning, Contraceptive Methods,...

Read the AAFP's policy statement on coverage, patient education, and counseling for family planning, contraceptive methods, and sterilization procedures.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/coverage-family-planning.html

Visa (J-1) Waiver Program

Read the AAFP policy on waiver programs for the J-1 VISA.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/visa-ji-waiver.html

Colonoscopy Privileging

Read the AAFP's position on granting privileges to family physicians trained to perform colonoscopy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/colonoscopy-privileging.html

Family Physicians Delivering Emergency Medical Care - Critical Challenges and ...

Read AAFP's position paper about family physicians delivering emergency medical care - critical challenges and opportunities.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/family-physicians-emergency-care.html

Graduate Medical Education Financing Policy

Read AAFP's six principles for GME financing reform.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/graduate-medical-education-financing.html

Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Misuse: A Public Health Concern (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's position on opioids and pain management.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/chronic-pain-management-opiod-misuse.html

EGD, Training and Credentialing of Family Physicians In (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's position paper on training and credentialing of family physicians in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/egd-training-credentialing.html

Obstetric Ultrasound Examination (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's policy on Obstetric Ultrasound Examination (Position Paper)

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/obstetric-ultrasound.html

Electrocardiograms, Family Physician Interpretation (Position Paper)

Learn about AAFP's Position Paper on family physician interpretation of electrocardiography.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/electrocardiograms-interpretation.html

Breastfeeding and Lactation for Medical Trainees

Read AAFP's position on breastfeeding and lactation for medical trainees.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-lactation-medical-trainees.html

Ethics and Advance Planning for End-of-Life Care

Read about AAFP's policy on ethics and advance planning for end-of-life care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/ethics-advance-planning.html

Integration of Primary Care and Public Health (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's position paper on Integration of Primary Care and Public Health.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/integration-primary-care.html

Parental Leave During Residency Training

Read AAFP's policy on parental leave plans during residency training.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/parental-leave.html

Violence (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's position paper on family violence as an important public health issue.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/violence-position-paper.html

Substance Use Disorders

Read AAFP's policies on substance use disorders and related health prevention programs.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/substance-use-disorders.html

Neonatal Circumcision

Read AAFP's policy on Neonatal Circumcision.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/neonatal-circumcision.html

Family Physician Burnout, Well-Being, and Professional Satisfaction (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's position on family physician burnout, well-being, and professional satisfaction.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/family-physician-burnout.html

Medicaid, Core Principles

Learn about AAFP's support of policies related to Medicaid care and payments.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/medicaid-principles.html

Fees, Global Surgical

Read about AAFP's policy on global surgical fee.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/fees-global-surgical.html

Health Care Costs, Methods for Reducing

Learn about AAFP's policy regarding methods to reduce health care costs.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/health-care-costs-reducing.html

Essential Community Provider

Learn about AAFP's policy on essential community providers.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/essential-community-provider.html

Hospital Bylaws on Low Volume/No Volume Privileging

Learn about AAFP's policy on hospital bylaws on low volume/no volume privileging.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/hospital-bylaws-privileging.html

Privileging Policy Statements

Read AAFP's position on specialty societies maintaining privileging policies.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileging-policy-statements.html

Family Medicine Facts

Family medicine is the most versatile of all physician specialties and family physicians are just as diverse as their patients.

About AAFP : Dive into the Specialty of the Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/about/dive-into-family-medicine/family-medicine-facts.html

Meet our Leadership

The AAFP is governed by a Congress of Delegates, a Board of Directors, and a number of commissions and committees.

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Older Men Who Smoked for AAA

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients, with recommendations included in that statement varying based on sex, age, smoking status and family history.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191211uspstf-aaascreen.html

Study Examines Factors Linked to FPs' Use of E-Visits

New research has found that less than 10% of practicing family physicians offer e-visits, with lack of payment and time thought to be primary factors behind the low adoption rate.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191211e-visits.html

CDC: Time to Ramp Up HIV Testing, Treatment, Prevention

Too many Americans are unaware they have HIV infection, and when they know, they aren't treating it correctly, according to a new CDC report. A separate study found that distributing HIV self-tests increased awareness and prevented transmission.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191211mmwrhiv.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Investment in the primary care workforce is vital, so the AAFP seeks to preserve funding for GME residency programs in family medicine.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/gme.html

AAFP Schools Congressional Task Force on Rural Health

In a recent letter, the AAFP advised a House task force on steps to address the nation's rural health crisis with more primary care physicians practicing at their full scope.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191209ruraltaskforce.html

Medical Liability

The AAFP supports medical liability reform of regulation that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/medical-liability.html

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address and aim to treat the significant health impact of obesity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/obesity.html

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

The AAFP supports the ACO model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Physician Payment

With the repeal of the SGR, family physicians can focus more on caring for their Medicare patients without worrying about interruptions in payment.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/medicare.html

Family Physicians Have Role in Care of Undocumented Patients

Family medicine residents who serve predominantly immigrant communities partnered with anthropology and immigration specialists to answer questions about caring for undocumented patients.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191209guested-undocumented.html

Global Health

Family physicians have a significant stake in global health issues because the health of patients within U.S. borders is affected by the health of populations worldwide, and health outcomes in other countries can be affected by developments in the U.S.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/global-health.html

Discussing Medications for Patients With Cognitive Impairment

New research finds that family physicians and other primary care clinicians face numerous challenges -- and use a variety of approaches to overcome those challenges -- when treating older patients who have cognitive impairment.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191206olderptmeduse.html

Pain Management and Opioid Use

Chronic pain management is a public health concern with significant increases in the use of opioids for pain relief. There is a corresponding growth in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S. and overdose from those drugs.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/care-resources/pain-management.html

AAFP CME Faculty

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

CME : AAFP CME Faculty

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

Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191203fp-screening.html

Pelvic Floor Muscle Training for Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Women - Medicine ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - Urinary incontinence is common in adult women, leading to health complications such as rash and urinary tract infections. This review discusses pelvic floor muscle training for the treatment of urinary incontinence in women.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/od1.html

Acute Kidney Injury: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - Acute kidney injury is a clinical syndrome characterized by a rapid decline in glomerular filtration rate and resultant accumulation of metabolic waste products. Acute kidney injury is associated with an increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular events, and progression to chronic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p687.html

Nonspecific Low Back Pain and Return To Work - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - Nonspecific low back pain refers to a condition without a distinct etiology to explain its associated symptoms. This pain may become chronic and is a major cause of work loss around the world. Without a specific explanation for a patient’s symptoms, the family physician is charged with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p697.html

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

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