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2016 Election: Dates to Remember

On Nov. 8, American voters will elect a new president and vice president, 469 members of Congress and a dozen governors. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some important dates to remember.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine

The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018.

2019 Recommendations of the AMA Opioid Task Force

...companies must have addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry and psychiatric physicians not only in the network but accepting new patients as well as mental health and substance use disorder parity coverage that is on par with medical and surgical benefits. Anything less is...

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2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

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2020 National Conference Virtual FAQs

...You will receive a registration confirmation email with your registrant ID number. How do I log into the National Conference virtual platform? View this page for specific platform access instructions. How do I update my profile? For instructions on how to update...


2020 National Residency Match Program Results: Where Does Family Medicine Stand and ...

Aug 15, 2020 - Although overshadowed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, results of the 2020 National Residency Match Program (The Match) are in.

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2020 Student and Resident Leadership Activities

...• Issues worked on: Advocated for reproductive rights, increased training opportunities in LGTBQ healthcare, elimination of race-based medicine, and resident work hours • Leadership skill developed: Finding my voice and in a room full of physicians with much more experience than...


2021 E/M Payment Boost Intact, Academy Reports

An AAFP summary of CMS' proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule confirms that the increase in payment to family physicians announced last year is still set to begin in 2021.


...T argeted use of hepatitis A vaccines in the United States since 1995 has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of reported cases of hepatitis A, from 32,000 in 1990 to 7,700 in 2003,1 with most of the decrease occurring in children.2 As a result of this trend and new...

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...of Adults with Mental Retardation CHRISTOPHER D. PRATER, M.D., and ROBERT G. ZYLSTRA, ED.D., L.C.S.W. University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit, Chattanooga, Tennessee A pproximately 1 percent of the gen- eral population has mental retar- dation.1 The U.S....

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...Metropolitan Group Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois PETER P. LOPEZ, M.D., DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida E pithelial tumors of the esophagus (i.e., squamous cell and adenocar- cinoma) are responsible...

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...2196 American Family Physician Volume 73, Number 12 June 15, 2006 Hip Fracture fatal PE is 1.4 to 7.5 percent.6 The effectiveness of several drug treatments (e.g., heparinoids, fondaparinux [Arix- tra], warfarin [Coumadin], antiplatelet agents) for the...

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21st Century Medicine, 20th Century People -- FPM

Apr 1, 2015 - Sometimes technology isn't the problem.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

28sixt.pdf husband and I moved from the coast of Virginia to a small town in North Carolina to hang out our shingle and dive into the business of medicine. We selected a growing, rural town that was close to urban areas but still deeply underserved by physicians. Within a month, both of us...

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33 hill newpatient.qxd

...applies only to the categories of evaluation and management (E/M) services titled Office or Other Outpatient Services and Preventive Medicine Services, but as a family physician, most of the codes you sub- mit fall into these categories, and the defini- tion is hard to incorporate...

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...for Musculoskeletal Conditions JOCELYN R. GRAVLEE, M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida DANIEL J. VAN DURME, M.D., Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida F amily physicians often must make decisions regarding the use of...

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...JENNIFER LEISER, MD, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah S erious mental illness (i.e., schizo- phrenia, nonaffective psychotic dis- orders, bipolar spectrum disorders, substance dependence, and suicidal- ity) affects 6 percent of adults in the United...

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...Amblyopia NIPA R. DOSHI, M.D., and MARIA LOURDES F. RODRIGUEZ, M.D. Drexel University College of Medicine, Warminster, Pennsylvania A mblyopia, often called lazy eye, is a decrease in visual acuity resulting from abnormal visual development in infancy and early childhood. The...

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...In any given week, four out of five U.S. adults will use prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, or dietary and herbal supplements. Nearly one-third of adults take five or more different medications.1 Given the volume of medications being taken, medication-related injuries...

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...factor in rising medical liability premiums appears to be the size of the awards, rather than the frequency of lawsuits. In Wisconsin, the number of claims filed actually decreased from 348 in 1990 to 249 in 2001.2 In 1995, the national median for jury awards was $500,000 and the...

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...502 American Family Physician Volume 75, Number 4 February 15, 2007 Oral Lesions SORT: KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRACTICE Clinical recommendation Evidence rating References When treating recurrent herpes labialis with systemic antivirals such as acyclovir...

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...524 American Family Physician Volume 75, Number 4 February 15, 2007 SORT: KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRACTICE Clinical recommendation Evidence rating References Emollients are the mainstay of maintenance therapy for atopic dermatitis. B 3, 4, 10 Topical...

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...July 1, 2008 Volume 78, Number 1 American Family Physician 57 such programs can accommodate only a fraction of the nation’s obese children. The widespread use of medications to treat child- hood obesity is likely many years away. Sig- nificant environmental and...

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6 Easy Steps to Low-Cost Electronic Medical Record -- Family Practice Management

...of California-Davis Medical Group in Sacramento. Dr. Jerant is an assistant professor of clinical family medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UC-Davis. The EMR system described in this article was developed by Dr. Jue, based partly on ideas developed by John...

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60-Second Survey Gives Insight Into Unmet Social Needs

Researchers found that a brief survey administered to patients helped identify obstacles to maintaining good health.


...February 15, 2006 Volume 73, Number 4 American Family Physician 637 Chronic Plaque Psoriasis psoriasis from other conditions with similar appearances such as lichen simplex chroni- cus, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermati- tis, and tinea corporis. PLAQUES...

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...and Treatment ABI V. RAYNER, M.D., M.P.H., JAMES G. O’BRIEN, M.D., and BEN SCHOENBACHLER, M.D. University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky V irtually all patients with dementia will develop changes in behav- ior and personality as the disease progresses.1...

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...cates approximately 3 percent of pregnancies and leads to one third of preterm births.1 It increases the risk of prematurity and leads to a number of other perinatal and neonatal complications, including a 1 to 2 percent risk of fetal death.2 Physicians caring for pregnant patients...

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...Pulmonary Disease: Diagnostic Considerations MARVIN DEWAR, M.D., J.D., and R. WHIT CURRY, JR., M.D. University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida T he global burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is increasing; the disease is projected to be the...

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...Diabetic Foot Infection MAZEN S. BADER, MD, MPH, Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Medicine, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada I n patients with diabetes, any foot infec- tion is potentially serious. Diabetic foot infections range in severity from superficial paronychia to...

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...88 American Family Physician Volume 78, Number 1 July 1, 2008 However, other risk factors are responsible for an increasing number of COPD cases.8 These risk factors include advancing age, secondhand smoke exposure, chronic exposure to environmental or...

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...Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy LAWRENCE LEEMAN, MD, MPH, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico PATRICIA FONTAINE, MD, MS, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota H ypertensive disorders represent the most common medical...

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A Battle to Overcome "Diabulimia" - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2009 - The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

A Better Day Tomorrow

...268 American Family Physician Volume 86, Number 3 ◆ August 1, 2012 COMMENTARY Understanding R.H.’s personal narrative has helped me provide better care. After learning the struggles R.H. and her family had been through, I began to see that her chronic medical...

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A Bubble Under the Tongue of a Child

...August 15, 2011 ◆ Volume 84, Number 4 American Family Physician 441 An eight-year-old girl presented with swell- ing in the floor of her mouth that began 10 days prior. She denied any recent fever or illness. Physical examination revealed a nontender, bluish,...

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A Bump on the Knee

July 15, 2015 Photo Quiz

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A Cancer-Finding Team - AFP 50 Years Ago - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2000 - ...years of family medicine. This feature, titled A Cancer-Finding Team and written by Lowell S. Goin, M.D., is reproduced from the April 1950 issue of GP. The commentary was written by Jim Nuovo, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University...

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A Case of Medical Uncertainty

...March 1, 2012 ◆ Volume 85, Number 5 American Family Physician 501 Case Scenario At the urgent care clinic where I work, a 38-year-old uninsured woman presented while en route from another part of the country. She expressed severe anxiety about muscle twitch- ing in...

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A Case of Medical Uncertainty - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Medical uncertainty (i.e., not knowing how to proceed with a patient-related problem) can stem from any number of potential situations in daily clinical practice. The causes of uncertainty are many, but the feeling of stress or discomfort it creates is a familiar constant, though it may...

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A Changing Landscape for 'Diary' - Inside AFP - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2001 - ...continue to provide contributions to Diary, Dr. Larimore's departure means that there will be fewer Diary writers to fill up an increasing number of Diary pages—since the column, like AFP, has increased in frequency over the past decade. So we put our heads together and came up with...

American Family Physician : Inside AFP

A Changing of the Guard for the "Radiologic Decision-Making" Series - Inside AFP - ...

May 1, 2000 - the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and George R. Bergus, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and director of the family practice–psychiatry combined residency program at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City. The Radiologic Decision-Making series...

American Family Physician : Inside AFP

A Clinical Approach to Diagnosing Wrist Pain - American Family Physician

...November 1, 2005 Volume 72, Number 9 American Family Physician 1753 A Clinical Approach to Diagnosing Wrist Pain TODD A. FORMAN, M.D., M.S.ED., The Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California SCOTT K. FORMAN, M.D., Newport...

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A Common Sense Approach to Perioperative Evaluation - Editorials - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2002 - ...Heart Association and the American College of Physicians. Perioperative cardiac complications, which affect a significant number of patients, cause substantial economic burden.2 Such complications are an important clinical and public health issue, and a simple, common-sense approach...

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A Comparison of Voice Recognition Programs -- FPM

Apr 1, 1999 - This installment in an ongoing series on using computers will compare three software programs for physician voice recognition/dictation.

Family Practice Management : Articles

A Comprehensive Newborn Examination: Part II. Skin, Trunk, Extremities, Neurologic

August 1, 2014 Scientific

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A Conversation About Fair Payment

A Conversation About Fair Payment

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A Diagnostic Approach to Pruritus

...July 15, 2011 ◆ Volume 84, Number 2 American Family Physician 195 A Diagnostic Approach to Pruritus BRIAN V. REAMY, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland CHRISTOPHER W. BUNT, MAJ, USAF, MC, and STACY FLETCHER, CAPT, USAF, MC...

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