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AAFP Membership: What's It Worth?

Learn about the value that AAFP membership offers, including access to tools, solutions, and free CME activities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/member-value.html

COVID-19 Vaccine News Archive

COVID-19 vaccine information can quickly, but we know you may still want access to previous updates that are still relevant. Below you can find past news and updates to support your patient care efforts.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-news-archive.html

Colposcopy (Position Paper)

Read the AAFP position paper on family physicians' scope of practice regarding a colposcopy test to detect cervical cancer.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

Emergency and Urgent Care Virtual Course | AAFP CME

Learn the latest from experts on acute medical issues at AAFP's Emergency and Urgent Care Livestream course, Dec 1-4. Earn 28 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/emergency/streaming.html

A Tale of Two Pandemics and a Call to Action

Alex McDonald, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that while misinformation and disinformation have disrupted progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time for more family physicians to speak up and speak out about the issue.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210902fp-ourshot.html

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Injections for Trigger Finger - Medicine by the ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Learn more about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug injections for trigger finger.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/od2.html

Recent-Onset Altered Mental Status: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Potential precipitating factors for the recent onset of altered mental status (AMS) include primary central nervous system insults, systemic infections, metabolic disturbances, toxin exposure, medications, chronic systemic diseases, and psychiatric conditions. Delirium is also an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/p461.html

End-Stage Renal Disease: Medical Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is diagnosed when kidney function is no longer adequate for long-term survival without kidney transplantation or dialysis. Primary care clinicians should refer people at risk of ESRD to nephrology to optimize disease management. Kidney transplantation ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/p493.html

Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Vocal cord dysfunction (i.e., vocal cords closing when they should be opening, particularly during inspiration) should be suspected in patients presenting with inspiratory stridor or wheezing; sudden, severe dyspnea (without hypoxia, tachypnea, or increased work of breathing); throat or...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/p471.html

Basal Cell Carcinoma: Comparison of Surgical and Nonsurgical Interventions - Cochrane ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - The recurrence rate after surgical management of BCC by standard surgical excision or Mohs micrographic surgery is very low. Recurrence after management with imiquimod (Aldara) is also low and may result in more favorable cosmetic outcomes. Other nonsurgical options may have acceptably ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/p459.html

Anticonvulsants, SNRIs, and Rubefacients Are Best Initial Choices for Chronic Pain ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Given the balance of benefits and harms, there is moderately good evidence for anticonvulsants (pregabalin [Lyrica] and gabapentin [Neurontin] were similarly effective and well tolerated) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs; with duloxetine [Cymbalta] and venlafaxine...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/od6.html

Antibiotic Therapy Does Not Prevent Death or Acute Exacerbations in Adults with ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - The study found an increased number of adverse events without any significant benefit from antimicrobial therapy compared with usual care alone for adults with IPF. The study was terminated earlier than planned because of futility and the possibility of significantly increased harm.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/od4.html

Should Allele Testing Be Done Before Prescribing Allopurinol to Prevent Severe ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Moderate evidence supports allele testing for HLA-B*58:01 before initiating allopurinol to decrease the incidence of SCARs in higher risk populations. Patient populations who are not at increased risk should not be screened.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/p513.html

AAFP Toolkit Addresses Violence Prevention in Health Care

The AAFP has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help train health care team members and staff in family medicine practices to identify situations that often precipitate violence and respond accordingly.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210826violencetoolkit.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement that recommends screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients at 24 weeks gestation or later.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210825uspstfgd.html

Participants Share Lessons Learned From Virtual Match

With another residency interview season approaching, AAFP News gathered a program director, a student advisor and an intern to get their insights from the 2021 virtual Match and their thoughts regarding 2022. Read more in this QandA.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210824matchqa.html

FDA Gives Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

On Aug. 23, the FDA gave full approval to use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in patients 16 and older in the United States, and the AAFP continues to update COVID-19 resources for family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210824fdacovidvacc.html

Three New Reports Highlight Importance of COVID Vaccination

Three new CDC studies reviewed the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infections and hospitalizations, and an AAFP commission chair highlights takeaways for FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210820mmwrcovidvaccs.html

Learner Access to Mental Health Services

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About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/learner-access-mentalhealth.html

Dollars and Sense: Budget Resolution Addresses AAFP Priorities

The $3.5 trillion budget resolution set to dominate political conversation this fall reflects several AAFP priorities, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210817itt-2022budget.html

Patient Awareness of the Importance of Immunizations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder both of the importance of vaccines in protecting community health, and of the immunization-related resources the Academy offers members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210816immmonth.html

Respiratory Tract Infections - American Family Physician

Aug 12, 2021 - ...11/01/2020 Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis [Medicine by the Numbers] 10/01/2019 Antibiotics for Acute Rhinosinusitis in Adults [Medicine by the Numbers] 09/01/2019 Treatment of the Common Cold 05/15/2019 Chronic Cough After Acute Viral Bronchiolitis: Suggestions from...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=29

Abdominal Pain, Acute - American Family Physician

Aug 12, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on acute abdominal pain and related issues, including acute pelvic pain, appendicitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis. This collection features AFP content on acute abdominal pain and related ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=73

Immunizations (excluding Influenza) - American Family Physician

Aug 12, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on child and adult immunizations (excluding influenza) and related issues, including travel immunizations and specific immunizations (hepatitis A and B, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus, meningococcus, pertussis, pneumococcus, rotavirus, smallpox,...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=63

Panelists Outline Anti-racism Advocacy Strategies for Students

Panelists at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students identified six strategies medical students can take to help diversify the physician workforce and improve outcomes for patients of color.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210812nc-antiracism.html

2022 Payment Adjustments for 2020 MIPS Performance Posted

CMS has released 2020 performance feedback for the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS-eligible clinicians can obtain their performance feedback, final score and MIPS payment adjustment information for 2022 from the QPP website.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210812mips2020feedback.html

CDC Updates Guidance on Treatment of STIs

The CDC released updated guidance on treating sexually transmitted infections; a family physician has identified several points of particular interest to FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210811stiguidlines.html

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.html

Academy Sees Health Equity Boost in Proposed HHS Rule

The AAFP supports proposed federal rulemaking that would increase access to comprehensive primary care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210805pprule.html

Avoiding a Telehealth Cliff

Robust virtual care, a byproduct of the public health emergency, is already in jeopardy. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the AAFP is pushing for thoughtful solutions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210803itt-telehealth.html

Comparison of Treatment Regimens for Helicobacter pylori Infection - Medicine by the ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - A network meta-analysis found that vonoprazan-based triple therapy and reverse hybrid therapy demonstrated the highest overall cure rates and SUCRA values; however, among Western countries, levofloxacin-based triple therapy had the highest cure rate and SUCRA value. Standard triple ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/od1.html

Ultrasound Guidance for the Placement of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters - Medicine by... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Learn more about ultrasound guidance for the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/od2.html

Hepatitis A - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Hepatitis A is a common viral infection worldwide that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. The incidence of infection in the United States decreased by more than 90% after an effective vaccine was introduced, but the number of cases has been increasing because of large community ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p368.html

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Home blood pressure monitoring provides important diagnostic information beyond in-office blood pressure readings and offers similar results to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring involves patients independently measuring their blood pressure with an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p237.html

Bioterrorism - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Bioterrorism is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, toxins, or fungi with the goal of causing panic, mass casualties, or severe economic disruption. From 1981 to 2018, there were 37 bioterrorist attacks worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p376.html

Onychomycosis: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Onychomycosis is a chronic fungal infection of the fingernail or toenail bed leading to brittle, discolored, and thickened nails. Onychomycosis is not just a cosmetic problem. Untreated onychomycosis can cause pain, discomfort, and physical impairment, negatively impacting quality of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p359.html

Diabetes-Related Foot Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Diabetes-related foot infections occur in approximately 40% of diabetes-related foot ulcers and cause significant morbidity. Clinicians should consider patient risk factors (e.g., presence of foot ulcers greater than 2 cm, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, poor vascular perfusion, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p386.html

Kawasaki Disease and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: An Overview and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Kawasaki disease (KD) and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) are inflammatory conditions that present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to the physician. Although many of their features overlap, they are two distinct conditions. KD is a febrile illness most ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p244.html

Splenomegaly: Diagnosis and Management in Adults - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Splenomegaly can be due to several mechanisms but is almost always a sign of a systemic condition. Patient habits, travel, and medical conditions can increase risk of splenomegaly and suggest etiology. Symptoms can suggest infectious, malignant, hepatic, or hematologic causes. Physical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p271.html

Outpatient Primary Care Management of Headaches: Guidelines from the VA/DoD - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense (VA/DoD) published updated guidelines for the treatment of headache disorders based on a systematic review.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p316.html

Neonatal Resuscitation: Updated Guidelines from the American Heart Association - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - The American Heart Association released minor updates to neonatal resuscitation recommendations with only minor changes to the previous algorithm.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p425.html

Depression, Cervical Myelopathy, Diagnostic Imaging, Eating Disorders, Vitamin K ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p354.html

Fecal Calprotectin for the Evaluation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Diagnostic Tests:... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Fecal calprotectin measurement is an accurate, simple, cost-effective test that can aid in selecting which patients presenting with possible IBD can be safely observed in the primary care setting.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p303.html

Resetting Your Priorities in Family Medicine Post-Pandemic -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - What if we stopped saying yes to new demands and reallocated our time based on our priorities? This three-part exercise can help.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p38.html

Hyperpigmentation of the Hands, Feet, and Tongue - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - A patient presented with a painless, non-pruritic rash involving his palms, soles, and tongue after undergoing chemotherapy.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p301.html

Management of Syphilis in People with HIV Infection - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Aug 1, 2021 - ...infection. There is a difference in the management of syphilis in people with HIV infection that may be beneficial for readers to note. The number of primary and secondary syphilis cases reported in the United States has been increasing, reaching 35,063 cases (10.8 cases per 100,000...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p335.html

Interventions to Improve Use of CPAP Machines in Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Behavioral interventions increase CPAP use compared with usual care. These interventions also increase CPAP adherence, measured by participants using their machine four or more hours per night, from 371 to 501 per 1,000 patients.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p356.html

A Compassionate Communication Refresher for Clinicians Experiencing COVID Fatigue -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - If the stress of the pandemic has challenged your patient communication skills, here’s how you can reestablish rapport.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/oa1.html

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