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Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180221uspstfobesity.html

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180219nchsdepression.html

Study Suggests E-cigarettes Cause More Harm Than Good

A new study suggests that although e-cigarette use may help older smokers quit using tobacco, the devices may cause adolescents and young adults to actually start smoking traditional cigarettes and, eventually, become daily smokers.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180330e-cigstudy.html

Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program released a report that found, among other things, an increase in the percentage of infants in the United States born with a low birthweight.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180327disparitiesrpt.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis

The AAFP recently joined with five other medical organizations to release joint principles addressing the opioid epidemic that are intended to inform congressional policies on the issue.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180613opioidprinciples.html

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

Results of a new study show that the number of nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased in two-thirds of the states that allow exemptions for philosophical, as well as religious, reasons.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180620vaccineexempts.html

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180703hlthframewrk.html

FDA Updates Safety Warnings for Fluoroquinolones

The FDA has announced changes to the safety labeling of fluoroquinolones, including stronger warnings about mental health side effects and blood sugar disturbances.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180712fluoroquinolones.html

New Diabetes Diagnosis Could Benefit Household

A study published in the July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine found that partners of patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to improve their health behaviors than are partners of patients without the disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180713diabetespartners.html

Rise of 'JUULing' Among Youth Sparks Sharp Response

JUUL, a popular brand of e-cigarette, is the focus of an FDA crackdown, multiple lawsuits and, most recently, an ongoing investigation by one state's attorney general. The AAFP has created resources to help educate family physicians and their patients about the device.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180806juul.html

ENDS Not Effective as Tobacco Cessation Method, Says Study

According to a study recently published in PLOS ONE, users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) who also smoke cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking than are smokers who don't use ENDS.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180731endsstudy.html

Study: Obesity at Young Age Increases Cancer Risk Later

Recently published research suggests that young individuals who are obese run a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer later in life.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831obesitycancer.html

NDEP Updates Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

The National Diabetes Education Program has released an update to its Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which was first published in 2014.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180905ndepprinciples.html

Give Newborns Antibiotic Ointment to Prevent Eye Infection

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation statement recommends applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919uspstfgon.html

Screen Reproductive-aged Women for Intimate Partner Violence

On Oct. 23, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181026uspstf-ipv.html

CDC Provides Influenza Updates, New Clinician Resources

The CDC recently issued an update on the current flu season and published resources to help clinicians make a strong recommendation that their patients receive the flu vaccine.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107cdcflu.html

Familydoctor.org Helps Spread Flu Prevention Message

Familydoctor.org has created an online communications toolkit to help family physicians amplify key flu prevention messages to their patients this influenza season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181130famdocflukit.html

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190111oudprevresearchplan.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190114hepbscreen.html

CDC Launches Vaccinating Children Video Series

On Jan. 15, the CDC launched an educational video series for parents explaining how vaccines for their children work.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123vaccinevideo.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a "D" recommendation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

AAFP Recruiting for Ask and Act Office Champions Project

The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimagining Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190508reimagineask-act.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic

The AMA Opioid Task Force, to which the AAFP belongs, released recommendations on May 30 that call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190605amaopioidtf.html

ACIP Approves New Guidance on HPV, Pneumococcal Vaccines

During the June 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update its recommendations for use of the nine-valent HPV and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190703acipjunemtg.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Older Men Who Smoked for AAA

On June 18, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients. Men ages 65-75 who smoke or used to smoke benefit most from screening; the task force recommends one-time screening with ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190708uspstf-aaascreen.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement and evidence review on screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection. Based on that review, the USPSTF recommended screening pregnant women for HBV at their first prenatal visit to help ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190729uspstfhbvfinal.html

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.html

MMWR: COVID-19 Has Provoked Drop in Childhood Immunizations

A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely affecting childhood immunizations in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200508covidvax.html

Task Force: Evidence on Vitamin D Deficiency Screening Inconclusive

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201001vitamind.html

AAFP Publishes Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Manual

The Academy has published a new practice manual on the treatment of opioid use disorder that brings together many of the Academy’s resources on the topic in one convenient tool.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210209oudmanual.html

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening with Low-dose CT

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT in adults ages 50 to 80 who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210325uspstflungcancer.html

Report Links Vaccine Hesitancy to More Deaths, Restrictions

A new report examined the potential impact of vaccine hesitancy on the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued use of nonpharmaceutical interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210429vacchesitancy.html

Pride Month: Academy Updates LGBTQ Health Toolkit

In recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the AAFP has updated its LGBTQ Health Toolkit webpage with links to more than 20 related articles and blog posts, CME products, and policy statements.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210617lgbtqtoolkit.html

FPs Take on Technology, Burnout, Patient Care Issues

At the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement heard testimony on issues related to technology, telemedicine, physician wellness and much more.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180502nccl-practenhance.html

Survey to Inform AAFP’s Work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Family physicians will assess the AAFP’s strengths and opportunities on diversity, equity and inclusion in an all-member survey.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210224deisurvey.html

Academy Sends MACRA Concerns, QPP Advice to Congress

In a recent letter to Congress, the Academy expressed support for the overall goals of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act while outlining key strategies to improve its Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180801macraltr.html

Family Medicine Cares: JUUL and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices are Bad for ...

Family Medicine Cares: JUUL and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices are Bad for Kids.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/Juuling.html

Family Physicians Remind Patients to Guard Children from Accidental Overdose

Family Physicians Remind Consumers to Guard Children from Accidental Overdose

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/opioids.html

Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis Call for Comprehensive, Public Health Approach to ...

Leaders of six medical organizations called on Congress to adopt policies that recognize opioid use disorder (OUD) as a chronic disease of the brain that requires comprehensive treatment.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/joint-principles-on-opioid-crisis.html

AAFP Praises New Report that Recommends Increased Investment in and Access to ...

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/aafp-praises-new-report-that-recommends-increased-investment-in-and-access-to-high-quality-primary-care.html

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/american-rescue-plan-invests-in-health-care-Workforce.html

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification

Family physicians are weary of the costs and effort involved in securing continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180122guested-cocpd.html

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180222guestedglobal.html

Yes, There's a Doctor on Board -- and She's a Family Physician

Kim Yu, M.D., writes that two in-flight emergencies during an international flight taught her important lessons about teamwork, collaboration and communication.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180614guested-yu.html

Practice and Career

This AAFP News section features stories on professional issues that affect how family physicians run their practices and design their work teams to offer high-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

AAFP Joins Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care

The AAFP is a founding member of a new coalition dedicated to supporting value-based health care and empowering physician-led independent practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180522pepc.html

Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition

The World Health Organization has released a list of essential lab tests to ensure patients around the globe receive the right tests and treatment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180626wholabs.html

New Research Examines Diversity in Family Medicine

New research shows that although the family physician workforce has diversified over the past 30 years, some racial and ethnic minorities remain underrepresented.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102jabfmdiversity.html

Is That Antibiotic Prescription Really Necessary?

A review of prescription data for more than 19 million Americans that was recently published in The BMJ indicates that nearly one-quarter of all antibiotic prescriptions may have been prescribed inappropriately.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190214antibxscriptstudy.html

FPs Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education

New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514postpartumgroup.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191126pcftools.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Implicit Bias Training Guide

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has introduced its Implicit Bias Training Guide to promote awareness among primary care physicians and their practice teams.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200115implicitbias.html

Questions About Telehealth? Get Answers in Upcoming Webinar

Whether you’re in a solo or small practice trying to grow a sustainable telehealth operation, or you’ve been tasked with leading telehealth efforts in your large practice, an upcoming AAFP webinar can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your practice and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201125telehealthwebinar.html

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp--recommendation-covid-misinformation.html

AAFP Supports Recent COVID-19 Safety Guidance From CDC

AAFP Supports Recent COVID-19 Safety Guidance From CDC

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-supports-covid-safety-guidance.html

Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Payment Rates Will Improve Access for Patients

Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Payment Rates Will Improve Access for Patients

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-medicare-payment.html

Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against ...

Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against COVID-19

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-pregnant-individuals.html

Sports and Medical Organizations Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations be Part of ...

Sports and Medical Organizations Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations be Part of all Sports Physicals

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-sports-physicals.html

FDA Vaping Policy Is a Step in the Right Direction

FDA Vaping Policy Is a Step in the Right Direction

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/fda-vaping-policy-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-20.html

Joint Principles for Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship

...Injury Prevention and Violence Obesity Prevention and Treatment Preventive Health Prescription Drug Issues Tobacco and Nicotine Use Vaccines and Immunizations Women's Health By Topic: Primary Care Research FamMedPAC FamMedPAC (AAFP Members Only) Donate to...

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/joint_principles_for_protecting_the_patient_physician_relationship.html

New Data From AAFP Reveals Increased Complexity of Family Physician Visits

AAFP Reveals Increased Complexity of Family Physician Visits

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/complexity-of-care-of-family-physician-visit.html

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/opioid-media-kit.html

Vaccines Are Safe, Effective and Save Lives

Vaccines Are Safe, Effective and Save Lives

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/vaccines-are-safe-effective-and-save-lives.html

America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose the Administration’s Decision to Jeopardize ...

America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose the Administration’s Decision to Jeopardize Access to Women’s Preventive Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/contraceptive-access-rules.html

Family Physicians Alarmed by DOJ’s Request To Invalidate Affordable Care Act

Family Physicians Alarmed by DOJ’s Request to Invalidate Affordable Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/dojaca.html

Proposed Insurance Rule Won’t Protect Patients and Weakens Market

Proposed Insurance Rule Won’t Protect Patients and Weakens Market

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/proposed-insurance-rule-wont-protect-patients-and-weakens-market.html

Frontline Physicians Call on Politicians to End Political Interference in the Delivery ...

Our health care system faces many challenges. We call on policymakers to partner with us to advance policies that protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, expand access to timely, evidence-based health care, and eliminate health disparities in our nation.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/physicians-call-on-politicians-to-end-political-interference-in-the-delivery-of-evidence-based-medicine.html

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180518cannabinoids.html

Survey Breaks Down Clinicians' Views on Transgender Care

A new report in the Annals of Family Medicine indicates that most -- but not all -- primary care clinicians are willing to provide care for transgender patients, but some feel unprepared to do so.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181214transgendercare.html

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen

A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181015obesityrpt.html

Family Physicians Learn to Say 'Yes, And …'

When things get awkward, "that's when you're learning something," Belinda Fu, M.D., told audience members during the April 25 plenary that launched the National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190426nccl-plenary.html

Do No (Financial) Harm

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., examines why understanding and addressing patients' financial health is as important as caring for their physical and mental health.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200911fp-financialhealth.html

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Complexity for Family Medicine

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Burden for Family Medicine

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/aafp-sustains-fight-to-reduce-administrative-burden-for-family-medicine.html

FPs Act on Data, Credentialing, Other Hot Topics

The 2018 Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement tackled topics ranging from claims data to credentialing.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-pe.html

FPs Talk Payment, Administrative Burden in Town Hall

Family physicians talked with AAFP officers about a number of hot-button issues during a Town Hall meeting before the 2019 Congress of Delegates officially convened in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190924townhall.html

We Are All Vulnerable: Our Strength Is in Our Communities

Moazzum Bajwa, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post about steps that people can take throughout their communities to protect the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200406fp-covidvulnerable.html

Massachusetts Group Calls Physician Burnout Public Health Crisis

Four health care groups recently published a report that labels physician burnout a full-blown public health crisis and suggests steps that can be taken to reach short-, medium- and long-term solutions.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190208burnoutcrisis.html

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline

On Nov. 10, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released a new cholesterol guideline that includes recommendations for more personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181128ahaacccholesterol.html

Arizona FPs Tackle Threat to Expand Vaccine Exemptions

Arizona legislators recently introduced three bills that would expand vaccine exemptions and create new challenges for health care professionals who administer vaccines.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190312vaccexempt.html

COVID-19 Continues to Cause Some People to Put Off Care

Two family physicians offer advice about helping patients catch up on health care in response to two recent reports about delayed and missed care during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211006delayedcare.html

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs

During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, including some that focused on sexual education and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180502nccl-hops.html

Panelists Describe Turning Passion Into Patient Advocacy

Panelists speaking at the AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders on April 25 highlighted how they built on their passion for patient care to expand their advocacy efforts outside the office setting and effect change in their communities.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190507nccl-advocacypanel.html

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

Is Social Media Changing the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

Survey results reveal age-related differences in the ways patients use the internet and social media to find health information and talk with their physicians. Fortunately, family physicians are rising to the challenges that poses.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180608commsurveys.html

Survey Takes Hard Look at Physician-Patient Conversations

A new Harris Poll survey indicates that considerable gaps exist in communication between patients and primary care physicians, with physicians tending to focus more on physical well-being and treatments than on other factors important to patients, such as mental health, diet and sleep.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181107doc-patientcomms.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

COVID-19 and the Burden of Secondary Grief

After months of caring for people affected by COVID-19, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog about the burden of secondary grief.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/202001001fp-grief.html

Telemedicine: The Good, the Bad, the Pleasantly Surprising

With family physicians transitioning more patient visits to telemedicine during the pandemic, we asked our new physician bloggers to share how they are handling the adjustment in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200414fp-covidtelemedicine.html

It’s High Time We Took the Tech Bull by the Horns

Family physicians need to carve out a definitive role in the development of new health technologies so those solutions fit the needs of robust primary care practices, says Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210913fp-healthtech.html

No Margin, No Mission: Better Physician Pay = Better Patient Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines six areas of focus where the Academy's advocacy work is aimed at improving payment for primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190108itt-betterpayment.html

FPs Share Best Practices at Adolescent Immunization Summit

Family physicians and other participants at the AAFP's Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit held July 14-15 shared stories of specific changes that helped practices improve immunization rates for adolescents ages 11-18.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180718immsummit.html

AAFP Taps Veteran Family Medicine Advocate as Next CEO/EVP

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin was introduced March 11 as the successor to retiring Academy CEO and EVP Douglas Henley, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200312smartinceo.html

AAFP%20Letter%20to%20Congress%20on%20Gun%20Violence%20Research.pdf

...to deal with the ramifications of gun violence all too frequently. The prevalence of gun-related injuries and death has become a major public health issue and the federal government should approach it as any other public health issue - through a comprehensive analysis of data that...

AAFP News

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/AAFP%20Letter%20to%20Congress%20on%20Gun%20Violence%20Research.pdf

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