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Gabapentinoids for Pain: Potential Unintended Consequences - Editorials - American ...

Dec 1, 2019 - The widespread and often indiscriminate prescribing of gabapentinoids is not supported by robust evidence, and it carries known and unknown risks.

American Family Physician : Editorials

Combined Hormonal Contraceptives for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding - Cochrane for Clinicians... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - Combined oral contraceptives decrease the number of women reporting menorrhagia over six months compared with placebo (absolute risk reduction = 36.7%; number needed to treat = 2.7).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

AAFP News : Blogs

CDC Reports Mixed Progress Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

According to a newly released CDC report, on average, someone in the United States develops an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds, and every 15 minutes, someone dies from such an infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

AAFP Tools Ready for Those Considering Primary Care First

The Primary Care First program is structurally sound and directionally appropriate, but it isn't for everyone. The Academy has developed tools to help members decide whether to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

Trump 'Absolutely Heard Us' on Vaping, Says AAFP President

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., joined a coalition of physician and health groups at the White House on Nov. 22 to call on President Trump to finalize a promised ban on nontobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Hits All-time Low

Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults reached an all-time low of 13.7% in 2018, according to a new report from the CDC. Even so, says one FP expert, there's still "much to do."

AAFP News : Patient Care

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

Patient Care

AAFP News' Patient Care section features stories on preventive care services, community and public health, patient care protocols and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care




Should Fewer FPs Providing Hospital Care Cause Concern?

New research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care explores the declining presence of family physicians in hospital-based care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

Measles Infection Weakens Global Immune Defenses, Say Studies

Recently published research shows the degree to which measles infection can adversely affect a person's immune system, a condition that can last for months or even years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Specific Learning Disabilities: The Family Physician's Role - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2019 - Academic underachievement, such as failing a class and the threat of being held back because of academic issues, is common. Family physicians can provide support and guidance for families as they approach their child’s unique academic challenges. Specific learning disabilities are a ...

American Family Physician : Article

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2019 - The prevalence of major unipolar depression in children and adolescents is increasing in the United States. In 2016, approximately 5% of 12-year-olds and 17% of 17-year-olds reported experiencing a major depressive episode in the previous 12 months. Screening for depression in ...

American Family Physician : Article

The FMIG Network Online Community

The FMIG Network online community connects you to other FMIG leaders. Hosted by the AAFP and your FMIG Network regional coordinators, join the online community to stay in the know about important news, events and opportunities, ask questions, contribute to discussions, and get ideas and...

Students and Residents : Medical Students

Potential Drug Interactions in Patients Taking Oral Contraceptive Pills - Letters to ...

Nov 15, 2019 - ...women for other conditions, such as migraines and mood disorders. I expect that the absolute number of patients who are taking these drugs while taking OCPs is probably a lot less than the number who might be prescribed an antibiotic while taking warfarin (Coumadin), for example....

American Family Physician : Letter

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

AAFP News : Blogs

Family Medicine National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Results Analysis

Review a brief analysis on National Resident Matching Program results impacting family medicine.

Students and Residents : Residency Program Directors

The Match: Getting Into a Residency Program

There are several major milestones in the Match. Navigating all of them takes a year or more of planning and decision-making.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

Practice Options for Family Physicians

Learn about the many practice options open to physicians who choose a career in family medicine.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

Early Cardioversion No Better Than Delayed Cardioversion for Recent-Onset Symptomatic ...

Nov 15, 2019 - For patients presenting to the emergency department with recent-onset symptomatic atrial fibrillation, early cardioversion is no better than delayed cardioversion in achieving sinus rhythm within four weeks.

American Family Physician : POEMs

The Patient-Centered Medical Home

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of care that aims to transform the delivery of comprehensive primary care to children, adolescents, and adults.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Education Requirements for Family Medicine

Learn about residency and other requirements and opportunities for becoming a family physician.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

FMIG Advisor Community

Join a community where you can connect with faculty and staff across the country working to promote family medicine and support family medicine interest groups.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

As-Needed Budesonide/Formoterol Similar to Maintenance Budesonide Plus SABA in Patients...

Nov 15, 2019 - In these patients with mild asthma (more than one-half used a short-acting beta-agonist [SABA] such as albuterol two or fewer times per week), as-needed use of a combined budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) inhaler was as effective at preventing exacerbations as daily maintenance ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

Medicare Physician Participation Options

Review the latest Medicare information and options for physicians from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Lead an FMIG

Access information, tools, and advice to help you organize a successful Family Medicine Interest Group on your medical school campus.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

Doctors Back to School (DBTS)

Doctors Back to School (DBTS) is a program that aims to encourage children from underrepresented minority groups to look at medicine as a career option.

Students and Residents : Pre-med and Medical Students Educators

Medical School Loans - Repayment and Consolidation Options | AAFP

Need to repay or consolidation medical school debt? Discover the available options for repaying your medical school loans with these calculators and recommendations.

Students and Residents : Medical Students


Information on Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Alternative Payment Models (APMs), or MIPS APMs, a subset of one of the two new payment tracks created under MACRA.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Personal Finances - How to Manage Your Money | AAFP

You don't need a new question bank to understand personal finance. Learn the basic concepts that can help you save money while paying for medical school.

Students and Residents : Medical Students


Merit-based Incentive Program System (MIPS) is one of two payment tracks under the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Repaying Medical School Debt - Tips for Early Career | AAFP

Many financial decisions come with earning your first salary as a physician. We guide you through the important choices you need to make to achieve your financial and lifestyle goals.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

Medical School Scholarships - Tools to Find Funding | AAFP

It’s possible to graduate medical school for less with a proactive scholarship strategy. Understand the types of scholarships available and how to find them.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

How to Get into Medical School | Medical School and Residency

Learn about requirements when applying for medical school, including MCAT, work experience, and academic records and use expert tips to help you prepare.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

Finances and Your Practice

Learn about metrics for financial success for family physicians who own their own practices.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Quality Measures

Learn about quality measures that help quantify health care processes, outcomes, patient perceptions, and organizational systems.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Regulatory Compliance

Ensure you are up-to-date on compliance regulations and standards relating to your practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Accountable Care Organizations

Learn about accountable care organizations and how they empower family physicians to manage quality care for patients.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Medical School Debt - Loan Forgiveness Programs | AAFP

Participating in a loan forgiveness program is one way to wipe out medical school debt. Primary care physicians have several repayment opportunities available to them.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

CDC: Preventing ACEs May Mitigate Chronic Health Issues

At least five of the 10 leading causes of death are associated with adverse childhood experiences, according to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report from the CDC.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Fee Schedule Summary: AAFP Advice Visible in CMS Final Rule

The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule includes higher payment for family physicians in 2021 that the AAFP has been pressing CMS to implement.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

Academy Applauds Primary Care Patient Protection Act

The Primary Care Patient Protection Act would alleviate financial worries and improve health outcomes for family physicians' patients who have high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

AAFP: Primary Care Caucus

The Primary Care Caucus focuses its efforts on an approach to advance primary care that is comprehensive, continuous, and connected.

Advocacy : Track Family Medicine Bills and Issues

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.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

Thinking of Forming a MIPS Virtual Group for 2020?

Family physicians who plan to form a virtual group for reporting during the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period must notify CMS of their intent by Dec. 31.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

Vaccine Coverage in Young Children Holding Steady

Two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports issued last month offer a snapshot of vaccination coverage among young children in the United States. In particular, coverage rates for three vaccines children need to start school are holding steady at close to the desired 95% threshold.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Taking Hypertension Medication at Bedtime Improves CVD Risk

The Hygia Chronotherapy Trial found that bedtime hypertension therapy better reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease than taking blood pressure medication on awakening, as previous studies have suggested.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Ticagrelor Compared to Clopidogrel in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Stable Coronary ...

Nov 1, 2019 - The authors determined there is no benefit from the use of ticagrelor in patients with acute coronary syndrome and stable coronary artery disease because of the uncertainty about benefits and evidence of potential harms.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

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