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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

Time to Report on CARES Act’s Provider Relief Fund Payments

Physicians who received payments through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act’s Provider Relief Fund that exceeded $10,000 total from April 10-June 30, 2020, are required to report on the use of those funds during the current reporting period between now and Sept. 30, ...

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210713prfreporting.html

Tips for Landing Grants to Help Offer Mental Health Care

Grant funding can make a big difference in delivering mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kurt Bravata, M.D., shares lessons learned from successes and failures in pursuing funding.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200310fp-grants.html

Tips From the Virtual Interview Trail

Virtual residency interviews may remain part of the Match process beyond the pandemic. Fourth-year student Cynthia Ciccotelli offers future applicants her insights.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210127lv-virtualinterview.html

Tobacco Use: Ask Patients, Offer Advice, Provide Options

On June 2, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review regarding interventions for tobacco use cessation in adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200610uspstf-tobaccocessadults.html

Town Hall to Explore COVID-19’s Impact on Physicians

The AAFP will hold a special Virtual Town Hall from 7-8 p.m. CT on Jan. 13 to focus on how the pandemic is affecting family physicians’ mental health and well-being.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210112covidtownhall.html

Training the Next Generation of Family Physicians

Philip Diller, M.D., PhD., recently was named senior associate dean for educational affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He said it's important for more family physicians to take on roles as academic deans.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180924fdf-diller.html

Transitional Care Management Boosts Outcomes, Satisfaction

Marc Price, D.O., writes that embracing transitional care management gave his practice a modest boost in revenue, better outcomes, and significant improvements in patient and staff satisfaction.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190107guested-tcm.html

Trump Administration Rolling the Dice on Health Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the administration's recent decision to not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an interesting gamble ahead of the 2020 elections.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190402itt-acalawsuit.html

Trusted Relationship Allows Patients to Confide Horrors of Abuse

Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that continuity of care and a level of trust can help patients share their painful stories.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/trusted_relationship_allows_patients_to1.html

Truth Initiative Smoking Imagery Study Sparks Change

Truth Initiative, which focuses on dissuading youth and young adults from using tobacco, has released a report indicating that depictions of tobacco use in youth-rated broadcast/cable and streaming content rose by more than 379% in one year.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190717tobaccoimages.html

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations

Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180803fdtnimmunawards.html

U.S. FP Shares COVID-19 Insights From Practice in China

As thousands of U.S. family physicians brace for COVID-19 in their communities, AAFP member Laura Jordhen, M.D., shares her insights after experiencing the outbreak at her practice in China.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200318covidqa.html

U.S. Needs Permanent Telehealth Fix, AAFP Tells Congress

The AAFP recently called on lawmakers to make permanent several key improvements to telehealth policy that were advanced during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210310telehealthtestimony.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Unease During Pandemic Offers a Lesson in Understanding

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when physicians treat patients with anxiety after the COVID-19 crisis is over, they should remember how they felt during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200415fp-covidanxiety.html

Unemployment During Pandemic Amounts to a One-Two Punch

Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the pandemic -- and the higher unemployment rates it has caused -- has exposed the precarious nature of employer-sponsored health insurance.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200708fp-esi.html

Unhealthy Habits Start at Young Age With Added Sugars

About 61% of infants and 98% of toddlers consumed added sugars on any given day, according to a recent study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191127unhealthyhabits.html

Unsure About Primary Care First? Webinar Explains New Model

With the Primary Care First application deadline approaching, the AAFP and other groups have created a webinar to help physicians decide whether to join the new payment model.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200103pcfwebinar.html

Up and Away Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe From Medications

The Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign and other groups are reminding physicians and patients about safely storing medications to protect children from accidental exposures.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180319upandaway.html

Update Supervision Rule to Advance Rural Care, AAFP Advises

In a recent letter, the Academy urged CMS to update its cardiac rehabilitation policy to eliminate barriers for rural communities.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200818cardiacrehab.html

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students' ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180216studentdocumentation.html

USMLE Change Benefits Students, Reflects AAFP Guidance

Medical students scored a major win last week when the United States Medical Licensing Examination program announced its intention to change score reporting for the USMLE Step 1 exam from the current three-digit numeric score to pass/fail beginning in 2022.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200220usmlechange.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

USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for Patients Ages 15-65

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reports on screening for HIV, as well as for preventing HIV infection in those at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

USPSTF Recommends Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of aspirin to prevent morbidity and mortality from preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210308uspstfpreeclampsia.html

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening With Low-dose CT

On July 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement, draft evidence review and draft decision analysis on screening for lung cancer.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200715uspstfdraftlung.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

USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Illicit Drug Use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a draft recommendation statement that screening for illicit drug use is recommended in adults if services for diagnosis, treatment and care are available.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190827uspstfdrugscreening.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

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

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis

On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180208uspstfsyphilisscreen.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

USPSTF Updates Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a screening option that says women ages 30-65 may undergo high-risk HPV testing combined with cytology every five years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180824cervcancer.html

USPSTF: Do Not Screen for Carotid Artery Stenosis

On Feb. 2, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210212uspstfcas.html

USPSTF: Don't Routinely Screen Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement against routinely screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer. This guidance does not apply to patients who are at high risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190807uspstfpancreaticca.html

USPSTF: Don't Use ECG to Screen Low-risk Adults for CVD Events

On June 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for cardiovascular disease risk with electrocardiography. Based on the available evidence, the task force recommends against such screening in asymptomatic, low-risk individuals.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180614uspstfecgcvd.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180111uspstffinalscoliosis.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for AFib With ECG

On Aug. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography to prevent stroke.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815uspstf-afib.html

USPSTF: Expand Age Range for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation on colorectal cancer screening that lowers the age of first screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201105uspstfcrc.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190419uspstfleadfinal.html

USPSTF: Offer Behavioral Counseling to Prevent STIs

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of behavioral counseling interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191218uspstf-stis.html

USPSTF: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

On Dec. 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote healthy weight and weight gain during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201222pregnancyweight.html

USPSTF: Offer Medication to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation for prescribing risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk for breast cancer and low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190125breastcarx.html

USPSTF: Research Lacking on Child Maltreatment Interventions

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, stating that evidence is insufficient to assess the harms and benefits of such interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181205uspstf-childabuse.html

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week issued a draft recommendation statement calling for primary care clinicians to screen all adults for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to those with a positive screening result.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180608uspstfdraftalcohol.html

USPSTF: Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted for comment a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306uspstf-brcatest.html

USPSTF: Screen for HBV Infection in People at Increased Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200512uspstfhbvscreen.html

USPSTF: Screen for HIV in Patients Ages 15-65

On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted final recommendation statements and evidence reports on screening for and preventing HIV infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190619uspstfhivfinal.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

Utilize CCM Codes to Maximize Patient Care, Payment

Use of chronic care management codes can help family physicians deliver reimbursable coordinated care for patients with two or more chronic diseases.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181130ccmcoding.html

Vaccination Gaps Leave Pregnant Moms, Infants Unprotected

According to recent research from the CDC, about 65% of mothers surveyed reported they had not received the seasonal influenza and tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccines before or during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016vaccinpregnancy.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

Value of Physical Exam Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

A new study documents family physicians' experiences and perceptions of the physical examination, which they reported can have both objective and subjective benefits in caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190805physexamstudy.html

Veteran Mentor Finding New Ways to Help Students

Longtime mentor Rick Kellerman, M.D., recently honored by the AAFP for his outstanding support of a family medicine interest group, has found success in efforts to bring more FPs to rural areas.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210816fdf-kellerman.html

View Webinar on Physician Mental Health, Suicide Prevention

As part of the AAFP’s Leading Physician Well-being certificate program, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is offering a new webinar: Physician Mental Health: Preventing Suicide and Building Resilience.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210603afsp-webinar.html

Views From the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience

This page features photos, videos and other content highlighting various events at the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-fmx.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171019fp-metoo.html

Virtual Match Has Potential to Drive Innovation

Recent medical school graduate Margaret Miller, M.D., M.P.H., offers advice to the Class of 2021 on a Match process that will be unlike any before it in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200605lv-virtualmatch.html

Virtual Town Hall Updates FPs on COVID-19 Vaccine Work

The AAFP held a virtual Town Hall on Oct. 7 to share the latest news on COVID-19 vaccine development and offer guidance on patient communication.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201012covidvaccine.html

Want to Be a Physician Leader? Just Take the Reins

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., says physicians are natural leaders. She's working to ensure her colleagues feel empowered to create change.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180917fdf-bhuyan.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

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

We're Working to Make Sure Telemedicine Is Real Medicine

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the Academy has new resources to support telemedicine within family medicine practices.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190122itt-telemedicine.html

We’ll Take Every Opportunity to Push for Real Health Equity

In recent letters to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget, the Academy again showed leaders the map for improving health equity. All of its roads lead to primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210706itt-equity.html

We’re a Broken Record — And We’ll Keep Playing Louder

Whatever happens Nov. 3, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes that primary care needs Congress to take important action before year’s end.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201029itt-punchlist.html

Webinar Will Cover Best Practices for Tapering Opioids

The National Academy of Medicine will host a free webinar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 22 to discuss best practices and evidence standards on tapering patients off opioids. NAM plans to publish a discussion paper that builds on the webinar early next year.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190710opioidtaper.html

Whack the 'WAC'

The growing administrative burden on physicians is hampering patient care and fueling physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's efforts to address problems with the meaningful use program and to end ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/whack_the_wac.html

What a Patient Taught Me About Subtleties of Communication

Recent medical school graduate John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that spending a day with one chronic pain patient taught him an important lesson about communication.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180529lv-communication.html

What Are the Actual Causes of Hospital Admissions?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., and Graham Custar, M.D., look at the social drivers that actually lead to many hospital admissions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200602fp-admissions.html

What Do FM Residents Know About Environmental Health?

Results of a survey of Canadian family medicine residents suggest substantial gaps exist in their knowledge about and training on environmental health issues.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190717residentenvirohealth.html

What Drives Medical Students to Choose Family Medicine?

Results of focus group sessions with medical students at allopathic schools across the United States show that the decision to specialize in family medicine is influenced by several factors.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190305studentchoice.html

What Factors Hook Medical Students on Family Medicine?

In 2015, the AAFP conducted a national survey of all graduating AAFP student members to learn what influenced their specialty choices.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/2019026choicesurvey.html

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/what_happens_when_a_doctor.html

What Lies Ahead

Family physicians will never relinquish the future of their discipline to someone else's vision, Shawn Martin writes in his final In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200526itt-whatliesahead.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

White Docs Can -- and Should -- Address Racism in Health Care

Kristina Johnson, M.D., explains why she took on the challenge of creating anti-racism curricula for her residency program, and urges other white physicians to address racism in health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200909guested-racism.html

Who Inspired You to Go to Med School?

Medical school applications are surging as young people draw inspiration from physicians during the pandemic. Accordingly, we asked our new physician bloggers who inspired them to become doctors.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201223fp-inspiration.html

Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares insights from The Hill's Future of Health Care Summit.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190709ittfuturesummit.html

Why We Fight for Patients of Color

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., ponders how physicians can help people of color, who bear a disproportionate share of the effects of racism, violence and COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200903fp-breathe.html

Why We Need More Physician Entrepreneurs

In an era of increasing physician employment, Allison Edwards, M.D., explains why she chose to open her own practice and why she thinks others should, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181030fp-entrepreneurs.html

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/why_you_should_apply_for.html

Will You Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes?

Whether you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, there are steps family physicians can take to help patients and families, as well as their own practices and communities, prepare for the worst.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/will_you_be_prepared_when.html

Window of Opportunity Opening to Revalue E/M Codes

Codes for evaluation and management services have not had a comprehensive review by CMS in more than a decade. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that it's time to correct that oversight.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190205itt-emcodes.html

With Facts Ahead of Politics, Family Medicine Wins

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn checks in with the Oklahoma AFP about how it helped pass Medicaid expansion there this summer.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200819itt-expansionokla.html

Wonca Seeks New CEO to Head Global Operations

The World Organization of Family Doctors, better known as Wonca, is seeking a CEO to take the reins of this global, not-for-profit academic umbrella organization that represents more than 550,000 family and general practice physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617woncaceo.html

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

A recent article in Family Medicine sums up the outcomes of three years of work by the Family Medicine for America's Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190304fmahworkforce.html

Worrisome Increase in Marijuana Vaping Seen Among Youth

Findings from two recently published research letters show that rates of marijuana use in e-cigarettes have increased significantly among U.S. middle and high school students since 2017.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200310marijuanavape.html

WPSI Mulls Recommending Obesity Prevention in Midlife Women

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative is inviting public comment on whether WPSI should develop recommendations around the topic of preventing obesity in midlife women; the deadline to comment is June 19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200611wpsiobesityprev.html

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190403wpsi-anxiety.html

WPSI Seeks Comments on Obesity Prevention Recommendation

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative will accept public comments on a draft recommendation regarding obesity prevention in midlife women through Nov. 9.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201027wpsiobesity.html

Xanax Is Not the Answer to Xenophobia

Fear and anxiety are rampant in our society lately. Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that people need to recognize the true motivation behind their fears and think rationally.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180716lv-fear.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

Yes, You Can Practice Full-scope Family Medicine

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H.; writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that finding a job that allows her to use the full scope of her family medicine training was worth the second effort.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200729fp-scope.html

You Can Drive Change in Washington; Here's How

The AAFP has launched a new grassroots network designed to be a forum to educate, coordinate, and engage family physicians around family medicine's priority issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the details.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/you_can_drive_change_in.html

Your Patient Bucks Parents on Vaccine Request. Now What?

With a growing number of measles cases being reported, some children of vaccine-resistant parents are seeking immunizations. Julie Graves, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., looks at the challenges and opportunities the situation presents.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190313guested-vaccines.html

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