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Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200113fdf-chase.html

New Pandemic Stimulus Brings Wins, Concerns for AAFP

Legislation that Congress passed on Dec. 21 brought wins regarding several important issues that the AAFP has advocated on, but also some disappointment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201223fundingbill.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

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

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

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

Heralded Vape Flavor Ban Too Diluted in Final Form, AAFP Says

New restrictions on flavored e-cigarette products fall short, the AAFP said in a statement calling for a ban on menthol flavors and all forms of mixing fruit flavors.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200103flavorban.html

FPM Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care

A research report published in the January/February issue of FPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190416fpmdementia.html

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic ...

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/americas-frontline-physicians-call-on-government-to-act-on-gun-violence.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report

Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190111abmsvision.html

AAFP Weighs in With Its 'Vision for the Future

The AAFP responded to a draft report by the American Board of Medical Specialties Vision for the Future Commission with recommendations to make continuing board certification work for family physicians.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190123visioncomments.html

AAFP Guides CMS on Administrative Simplification Efforts

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS on how the agency can improve its efforts to reduce time physicians spend on tasks not directly related to patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190813adminsimpletter.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

Shawn Martin highlights two new free Academy resources -- one related to payment and one intended to improve patient care -- in the latest In The Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180123ITT_Resources.html

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.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

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

AAFP to Feds on Vaccines: End EHR Costs, Fight Hesitancy

The Academy has called on regulators to ensure HHS' 2020 National Vaccination Plan ends EHR financial burdens related to immunization functionality and addresses vaccine hesitancy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191029natvaccplan.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

AAFP Unveils Principles for Fair Measurement, Payment in APMs

A new set of principles from the AAFP says physicians cannot address social determinants of health without adequate payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180518apmprinciples.html

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden

The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180209burdenletter.html

HHS, CDC Address Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501latestmeasles.html

ACOG, AAP Update Guidance on Group B Strep in Infants

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently coordinated to issue updated guidance on preventing and managing group B streptococcal infection in infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190724groupbstrep.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.html

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

In a recent study, Alabama-based researchers sought to understand the kind of support rural preceptors need to teach medical students in an eight-month longitudinal rural curriculum.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191119ruralpreceptors.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180411hepbshortage.html

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180511psascreen.html

PrEP Your High-risk Patients to Help Protect Them From HIV

Jeffrey Kirchner, D.O., AAHIVS, outlines how family physicians can determine whether a patient could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181102prephiv.html

Delegates Have Their Say on Practice Enhancement Issues

Delegates voted on a number of issues submitted to the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement during the 2020 Congress of Delegates ― the AAFP’s first-ever virtual COD.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201015cod-practenhance.html

AAFP Joins Call to Protect Patients From Surprise Bills

The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190219surprisebilling.html

AAFP Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Improving HIPAA Without Adding Burden

The AAFP recently sent HHS detailed suggestions to prevent a proposed HIPAA rule from increasing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210513hipaa.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

The AAFP recently gave its "affirmation of value" designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vtegdline.html

AAFP to HRSA: Primary Care Services Best Delivered by FPs

The AAFP has responded to a request for information from the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding rural communities' access to health care services. Noting that 17% of AAFP members currently practice in rural areas, the Academy said FPs are best-suited to deliver ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191009hrsaletter.html

NAM Publishes New Research on Opioid Tapering

The National Academy of Medicine recently published a discussion paper on best practices for opioid tapering for patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200825opioidtapering.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

Big Medicaid Boost Is Next Priority, AAFP Tells Congress

Congress must make Medicaid a top priority in any further legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy and the Partnership for Medicaid told House and Senate leaders in an April 17 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200422covidmedicaid.html

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

Committee Reviews Vaccines for COVID-19, Influenza, More

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made recommendations regarding COVID-19, dengue, influenza, rabies, zoster and pneumococcal disease during a virtual meeting June 23-25.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210701acip.html

Candidates Sought for AAFP 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking family physicians to apply for the 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship; applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210909hefellowship.html

Lose-Lose: Noncompete Agreements Hurt Doctors and Patients

Restrictive covenants, also known as noncompete agreements, represent a unique piece of contract architecture that exists in many business fields and may have merit in certain circumstances. When applied to medical practice, however, these agreements can be particularly harmful. Read ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210303fp-noncompete.html

Eight Questions for 2018: Yes, Single Payer Is One of Them

Despite opposition to "socialized, single-payer health care," nearly 120 million Americans have health care coverage through government-supported programs. With that growing number in mind, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin poses eight...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171219ITT_singlepayer.html

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

I'm Listening: Part II

In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

New AAFP Policy Protects Medical Learners During Pandemic

The AAFP has issued a new policy intended to support and protect medical learners during the COVID-19 pandemic and similar types of public health crises.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200409medlearnerpolicy.html

Study Underscores Role of Effective Physician Communication

Study results show that when a physician is able to effectively communicate with parents about the benefits of vaccination, those parents are more likely to have their child vaccinated.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181025hpv-vacc.html

CDC: Report Possible Vaping-associated Pulmonary Illness

The CDC is asking clinicians to report unexplained pulmonary illness that may be related to e-cigarette use after nearly 200 potential cases have been reported in 22 states.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

ACIP Updates Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2020-2021

The AAFP has reviewed and agrees with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations for the 2020-21 influenza season, which includes guidance for patients who may have COVID-19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200909acipflu.html

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Chipping Away at the Burdens of Prior Authorization

From supporting Medicare Advantage legislation to offering new testimony about telehealth, the Academy is pushing hard to overhaul prior authorization.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210525itt-priorauth.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

AAFP Calls for Wide-ranging Approach to Lowering Drug Prices

The AAFP offered multiple suggestions, as well as some cautionary advice, in response to an HHS request for information on ways to lower drug prices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724hhsdrugsltr.html

Revisit Medicaid Payment, Protect Network Adequacy, AAFP Tells CMS

In a letter to CMS, the Academy expressed support for the agency's streamlining goals while voicing several key concerns about payment and telehealth standards.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190125managedcareltr.html

AAFP to CMS: To Shrink Opioid Crisis, Grow Primary Care

The AAFP told CMS that the agency can help family physicians combat the opioid misuse crisis by increasing investment in primary care physician workforce growth and reducing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191021supportact.html

AAFP to CMS: Medicare Rules Must Cut Burden, Empower FPs

In response to a proposed rule for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans, the AAFP advised CMS to focus on changes that make it easier for their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200416partscdrule.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Some Drugs Containing Valsartan

The FDA recently issued multiple safety alerts announcing voluntary recalls of drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan from a specific supply source.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725valsartan.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

CDC Issues Guidance on Immunizations During Pandemic

The CDC has issued new interim guidance for family physicians and other clinicians on providing immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200630covidimmunize.html

Task Force Lowers Age for Prediabetes, Diabetes Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft statement recommending screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in adults ages 35 to 70 who are overweight or obese.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210401uspstfprediabetes.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

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Cut Red Tape for Family Physicians, AAFP Tells Congress

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., spoke to the House Committee on Small Business on Sept. 11 to make clear how administrative burdens harm physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923housetestimony.html

AAFP to CMS: Lock In E/M Increase, Acknowledge Pandemic

In a detailed response to the proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule, the AAFP advised CMS to implement its planned 2021 increase to office visit evaluation and management codes for family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201008mpfscomment.html

CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190911vapingupdate.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

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Patients' New Medicare Cards

Family physicians need to make sure their electronic health record systems and clearinghouses are ready for the format of new Medicare cards that will begin rolling out in April.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180301medicarecards.html

AAFP to House Small Business Committee: Mandatory Prior Authorizations For Needed ...

AAFP to house small business committee: mandatory prior authorizations for needed medical services delays care, increases costs.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-to-house-small-business-committee.html

Can Physicians Save Patients From Violent Deaths?

Can Physicians Save Patients From Violent Deaths?

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

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

Making MACRA Manageable

The AAFP recently submitted an in-depth response to the proposed rule intended to guide implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines three key areas of the ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117medicarecomment.html

Better EHRs Vital to Value-based Care, AAFP Tells ONC

The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204oncletter.html

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

AAFP: Congress Must Take 'Bold Steps' to Steady Primary Care

Congress must direct its next round of financial relief to a primary care system jeopardized by COVID-19, the AAFP said in an April 13 letter to lawmakers.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200414primarycarerelief.html

AAFP Gives Administration Formula for Saving Primary Care

In a pair of recent letters, the AAFP again called on the administration and Congress to direct relief -- and more visionary policy -- to primary care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200511sustainpractices.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

ACIP Updates Japanese Encephalitis, Anthrax Vaccine Guidance

During the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update recommendations for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, along with guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis anthrax vaccination.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final recommendation statement 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/20190826uspstfbrca.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

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

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection

The CDC recently updated guidelines for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the first comprehensive guidelines on LTBI issued since 2000.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200219ltbiguidelines.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Diabetes Self-management Report

The AAFP has collaborated with several other health care and diabetes organizations to publish a consensus report on the use of diabetes self-management education and support in adults with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200609diabetesconsensusrpt.html

AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship; applications are due by Oct. 1.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200723healthyequityfellows.html

FDA: Avoid NSAIDs at 20 Weeks or Later in Pregnancy

The FDA recently issued a safety alert warning that NSAIDs at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause kidney dysfunction in developing infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201029nsaidspregnancy.html

ACIP Approves Updates to 2021 Immunization Schedules

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adopted revised adult and childhood immunization schedules and discussed COVID-19 issues, including work on vaccine development.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201113acipmeeting.html

Report Finds Low Adverse Event Rate From COVID-19 Vaccine

New research published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that adverse reactions associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are exceedingly rare.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210108covidvaers.html

CDC Updates Immunization Schedules for 2021

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and several other medical organizations, released the 2021 immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210224immschedules.html

Latest AAFP Immunization Materials Keep FPs Up to Date

The AAFP recently mailed laminated, full-color copies of the latest Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices immunization schedules to members. The updated information is also available on the AAFP mobile app and the Shots Immunizations App.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210511immschedules.html

AAFP Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendation

The AAFP’s updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening differs slightly from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including a finding that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening adults ages 45 to 49.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210901crcscreening.html

Measuring AAFP Efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In this third and final part of her interview with AAFP News, Academy President Ada Stewart, M.D., touches on the organization’s achievements and ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210304stewartqa3.html

Fighting for a Fee Schedule That Works for You, Your Patients

The AAFP is working on a detailed response to the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule that steers CMS toward fixes that will help family physicians give patients the comprehensive, continuous care they expect.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180821presmsg-mpfs.html

Family Physicians Have Role in Care of Undocumented Patients

Family medicine residents who serve predominantly immigrant communities partnered with anthropology and immigration specialists to answer questions about caring for undocumented patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191209guested-undocumented.html

HHS Issues Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Testing

HHS has imposed new reporting requirements that implement the agency's June guidance establishing national standards for data elements and patient demographic information related to COVID-19 testing that must be collected and reported.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200730coviddatareporting.html

Domino: Beer is OK (If You Exercise), But Avoid Kale

Frank Domino, M.D., delivered his popular "Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine" Sept. 27 during the Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia. As usual, his presentation drew a huge crowd.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191001fmx-domino.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

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