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Expand, Don’t Reduce, COVID-19 Testing, AAFP and Others Tell HHS

In a Sept. 3 letter, the AAFP and 234 other organizations called on HHS to reverse a recent change to COVID-19 testing guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200910testingletter.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

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

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

AAFP Urges Congress to Preserve Military Medical Workforce

The AAFP and other medical groups recently asked House and Senate leaders to delay a planned decrease in military medical staffing levels.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200901militarycuts.html

2021 E/M Payment Boost Intact, Academy Reports

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200827mpfs.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

Best Project Winners Named By Emerging Leader Institute

The AAFP Foundation recently announced the project award winners from the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute's fifth class.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200825emergingleaders.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

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

AAFP, ACP Release New Acute Pain Clinical Guideline

A new clinical guideline from the AAFP and the American College of Physicians recommends topical NSAIDs as first-line therapy for acute non-low back pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200818painguideline.html

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-future.html

Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match

Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-match.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

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Is Personal

In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., relates the challenges of trying to protect the community she grew up in during a pandemic as a family physician and county health officer.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200730fl-publichealthpersonal.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

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

AAFP Updates Unhealthy Drug Use, OUD Screening Guidance

The AAFP has published an updated recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use and a separate recommendation on screening for opioid use disorder, which differ somewhat from guidance issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

National Conference Panelist's Message: Speak Out and Lead

Tamieka Howell, M.D., wants other women and minorities to see that they can do what she's done: fill leadership roles at state and national levels.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200720fdf-howell.html

Cancel Save and Close Return-to-School Guidelines Should be Evidence-Based and Flexible

Return-to-School Guidelines Should be Evidence-Based and Flexible.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/return-to-school-guidelines-should-be-evidence-based-and-flexible.html

Despite Challenges, Virtual Match Can Bring Positive Change

Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that a virtual Match process will present challenges as well as opportunities for both medical students and residency programs.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200717lv-virtualmatch.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

FMAP Needs Long-term Bolstering, Say AAFP, Other Groups

A federal medical assistance percentage boost of at least 12% is vital to the nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP and more than 100 other groups told Congress in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200716fmapboost.html

S.C. Family Physician Is Newly Named AMA President-elect

During last month's Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, South Carolina family physician Gerald Harmon, M.D., of Georgetown, was named the organization's president-elect.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200716harmonelected0.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

Health System Preparedness, Resilience Depend on PC, Says AAFP

In separate letters to HHS and senate health committee leaders, the AAFP called for a sharper primary care strategy to better prepare the health care system for public health emergencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200714hhs-senateletters.html

Telemedicine Is Worthy of Payers' Long-term Investment

John Cullen, M.D., writes that telemedicine has proven its worth during the pandemic. Now payers must ensure its viability as a long-term solution.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200709lv-telemedicine.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

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the focus should be on building on aspects of the ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200707itt-aca.html

Lock In Telehealth Flexibility, Protections, Says AAFP

In two recent letters, the AAFP and other groups asked Congress for permanent telehealth flexibility and laid out principles to ensure ongoing virtual care success.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200702telehealthletters.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

Studies Examine Antibiotic Resistance, Stewardship Issues

New research suggests a link between increased influenza vaccine uptake and reduced antibiotic prescription rates, while a second study examines primary care physicians' attitudes about antibiotic stewardship.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200625antibxstudies.html

Care for Special Populations in Pandemic Adds Challenges

From masks and social distancing to closing group homes, Kyle Jones, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that physicians caring for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face added challenges with COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200624fl-specialpopulations.html

Pandemic Exposes Flaws in Health Care Payment System

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the many challenges that the fee-for-service system presents to primary care. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn examines what needs to change.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200623itt-payment.html

Study Examines Community-based Lung Cancer Screening

Results of a recent Annals of Family Medicine study indicate that under the right conditions, lung cancer screenings can be performed safely and effectively in the community health setting.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200622lungcascreen.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Meningococcal Disease

The CDC on June 18 issued a health advisory notifying physicians about recent case reports of patients with meningococcal disease that is resistant to both penicillin and ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200622cipromeningococcal.html

It's Your Future: Don't Let Others Thwart Your Ambitions

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that she first encountered racism when her elementary school teacher told her she couldn't become a doctor.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200617lv-ambition.html

Screen Adults for Unhealthy Drug Use, Says Task Force

On June 9, the U.S. Preventive Services task force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for unhealthy drug use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200616uspstf-illicitdrugscreen.html

Declare Racism Public Health Emergency, AAFP Tells White House

Racism must be understood as a public health issue and declared a public health emergency, the AAFP told the administration and key members of Congress in a pair of June 10 letters.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200612racismpriority.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

Create COVID-19 Litigation Safe Harbor, AAFP Tells Congress

Primary care physicians need temporary, targeted liability relief in the aftermath of COVID-19, the Academy and hundreds of other medical and professional organizations told lawmakers recently.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200610liabilityrelief.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

Pandemic Is Shining a Light on Health Disparities

Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that the pandemic is amplifying the health inequities minorities face in the United States.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200610fl-disparities.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

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

Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200604covidmatch.html

Task Force: Research Needed in Counseling Youth on Illicit Drugs

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that the evidence is insufficient to balance the benefits and harms of primary care-based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200604uspstfdrugs.html

Academy Urges Congress to Extend Medicaid Payment Increase

Upping the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for Medicaid is a vital response to COVID-19, the Academy and 18 other groups told congressional letters in a June 2 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200604fmapletter.html

Fix Disparities, Payment to Improve Maternal Health, AAFP Advises

The AAFP offered detailed advice to CMS on addressing the maternal mortality rate, including examining the role of racism, and improving access to care by family physicians and payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200603ruralmaternal.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

Snorkeling or Paralysis: An FP's Strange Experience With COVID-19

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., explains how the pandemic has forced him to try some unconventional things, including new approaches to personal protective equipment, in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200602fl-newapproaches.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Metformin ER Products

The FDA is asking several pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily recall products containing extended-release formulations of metformin, a drug prescribed to millions of patients with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200601metforminrecall.html

New Senior VP Takes Reins of AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, fields our questions in this QandA.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200601quinnqa.html

AAFP Endorses Bill Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities

In a May 28 letter, the Academy voiced support for legislation that would create a task force to address racial and ethnic health disparities associated with COVID-19.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200601coviddisparities.html

Lend Your Voice to Academy's Week of Action

Due to the pandemic, the Academy is taking its annual advocacy event online. John Cullen, M.D., urges family physicians to make their voices heard June 1-5 to help stabilize, strengthen and sustain primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200529lv-weekofaction.html

New AAFP Resources Prepare Members for E/M Coding Changes

The AAFP is rolling out resources to help members take advantage of big changes to office/outpatient evaluation and management visit coding -- and payment -- that are coming Jan. 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200528emresources.html

Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Announces 2020 Scholars

The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is announcing that two scholars have been selected to begin work on clinical research projects.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200528rapsdischolars.html

Navigating Paper Walls, Digital Windows in Pandemic

Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post that masks and other COVID-19 precautions have changed the way he communicates with patients in his rural practice.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200527fl-ruralcovid.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, Others Warn Azar of Imminent Primary Care Closures

Funding to independent and community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid participants, must come soon, the AAFP and other groups told HHS this week.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200522closurewarning.html

Offer Behavioral Counseling to Prevent CVD in at-Risk Adults

On May 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent cardiovascular disease in at-risk adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200520uspstfcvd.html

Amazon Gives FPs Priority Access to COVID-19 Supplies

Thanks to a collaborative effort by the AAFP and Amazon, Amazon Business is opening its COVID-19 Supplies store to individual physicians, allowing Academy members to purchase much-needed personal protective equipment and other medical supplies.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200515amazonbiz.html

ACOs, Value-based Care Hang in COVID-19 Balance, AAFP Warns

To safeguard the future of value-based care, relief is needed for Medicare Shared Savings Program participants affected by COVID-19, the AAFP told HHS in a May 14 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200514covidacos.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

The Fight for FPs Will Go On -- From a New Front

As he prepares to transition to the role of AAFP CEO/EVP this summer, Shawn Martin reflects in this In the Trenches blog post on his eight years in the Academy's Washington, D.C., office.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200512itt-fighton.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

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

AAFP Advocacy Wins With CMS Telehealth Payment Boost

CMS announced retroactive increased payment for audio-only telemedicine that covers more services, a change the AAFP has been urging since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200505telehealthboost.html

AAFP Immunization Materials Help Keep FPs Informed

The Academy recently mailed laminated, full-color copies of the 2020 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the ACIP to all active members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200501immschedules.html

AAFP Joins Call for Relief to Non-Medicare Physicians

It's past time to throw a lifeline to non-Medicare physicians working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, three physician organizations told HHS Secretary Alex Azar this week.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200430covidrelief.html

Academy Reacts to Latest FDA E-cigarette Policy Delay

After the FDA cited COVID-19 as a reason to delay stronger oversight of tobacco products, the AAFP and 49 allies urged the agency to work to protect the public health.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200429ecigdelay.html

COVID-19: Lessons Learned So Far

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers three key observations on family medicine and the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200428itt-covidlessons.html

Research Examines Economics of HPV Vaccination

An economic analysis found that expanding HPV vaccination coverage to all adults through age 45 would produce slight health benefits but be less cost-effective than the vaccination strategy previously in place.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200205hpvanalysis.html

Death of Patient With COVID-19 Was Unlike Any Other

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when a patient of his died of COVID-19, the uncertainty and anxiety shrouding her death made it unlike any other he had ever experienced.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200427fp-coviddeath.html

Global Group Warns COVID-19 May Hinder Measles Vaccination

The global Measles and Rubella Initiative has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic could postpone or suspend dozens of measles immunization programs worldwide, potentially leaving millions of children at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200424measles-covid.html

COVID-19 Shows What Is Truly Valuable in Health Care

The financial burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on family physicians must be addressed as a threat to the very foundation of the U.S. health care system, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200423lv-familymedicinevalue.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

AAFP Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Breastfeeding, Medications

To help guide family physicians in providing optimal patient care, the AAFP recently issued a policy on prescribing medications for COVID-19, as well as a statement on breastfeeding and COVID-19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200421covidguidance.html

AAFP Delivers Strong Advice to Reduce Maternal Morbidity

The AAFP recently sent a detailed response to a Senate Finance Committee request for information on how to improve the nation's maternal morbidity and mortality rates.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200420maternalrfi.html

Study: Effective Communication Key During Health Crises

Findings from a recently published study involving family physicians reaffirm the Academy's efforts to inform and educate its members during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200420riskcomms.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

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

AAFP to CMS: Protect CPC+ Practices From COVID-19 Losses

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus practices navigating the COVID-19 pandemic are endangered by financial pressures that CMS must ease, the AAFP and 28 other stakeholders told the agency in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

Don't Routinely Screen for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published a final recommendation statement on screening pregnant individuals for bacterial vaginosis to prevent preterm delivery, recommending against screening those who are not at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200415uspstfbactvaginosis.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

Carpe Diem: It's Time to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In the Trenches blog post that the current health crisis presents an opportunity to drastically improve the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200414itt-fixsystem.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

COVID-19 Diagnosis Didn't Stop FP From Helping Patients

Family physician Mary Krebs, M.D., diagnosed herself with COVID-19. Then she cared for more than 150 patients in three days via telemedicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200413fdf-krebs.html

HHS Should Make Immediate Emergency Payments, AAFP Says

A letter from the AAFP and other organizations said HHS should use its broad power under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to deliver immediate financial relief, starting with one month of revenue to every physician enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200409hhspayment.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

Academy Calls for Detailed COVID-19 Patient Data From HHS

In an April 3 letter, the Academy and several fellow medical groups urged HHS to release more granular patient data on COVID-19. It's a significant call to action, according to AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200409coviddata.html

Resources Help FPs Clear New COVID-19 Hurdles

Dennis Gingrich writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the COVID-19 pandemic is straining family physicians' ingrained abilities to multitask, but he highlights numerous resources from the AAFP and others that can help.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200407lv-multitaskresources.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

Taking Care of Each Other in This Time of Crisis

Kimberly Becher, M.D., reports in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how she is caring for her rural community amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how that community is supporting her clinic with needed supplies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200331fp-covidcare.html

Fix the Biggest Leak in the Primary Care Pipeline

Despite record numbers of medical students matching into family medicine, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., says U.S. allopathic medical schools must produce more family physicians.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200327guested-pipeline.html

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Must Include Physicians, AAFP Says

Stimulus legislation intended to ease burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic "should support and sustain physicians and their practices during this unprecedented national emergency," said the Academy and four other groups in a March 20 letter to congressional leaders.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200323covidstimulus.html

Inside Look at Using Telemedicine During COVID-19 Pandemic

The AAFP recently updated its guidance on using telehealth to specifically address caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members can also exchange information on virtual visits via a new online community.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200323covidtelehealth.html

COVID-19: FP Searches for Supplies, Information and Lessons

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, Allison Edwards, M.D., describes the difficulty and frustration of preparing for the pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200320fp-ppesearch.html

AAFP Tells Insurers to Meet Demand for Telehealth Payment

To allow family physicians maximum flexibility to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP this week asked Congress and insurers to require that all health insurance plans expand coverage for virtual care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200320telehealthcoverage.html

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