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Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

Academy to HHS: Prioritize Primary Care in Vaccine Rollout

The AAFP is pressing federal and state officials to ensure that community-based primary care physicians and their practices have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210115pcvaccines.html

Academy Tools Keep You Up to Date on E/M Coding Changes

AAFP members can now pre-order evaluation and management coding reference cards to prepare for E/M coding and documentation guideline changes coming in 2021.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200917e-mcodeupdates.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

Academy, STFM Launch Shots by AAFP/STFM

The Academy and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine are excited to announce that the new Shots by AAFP/STFM applet is now available in the AAFP mobile app and as a stand-alone app, as well.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180402shotsapp.html

ACIP Approves New Guidance on HPV, Pneumococcal Vaccines

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

ACIP Reaffirms LAIV Recommendation for 2018-19 Flu Season

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has reaffirmed its October 2017 recommendation to include live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; FluMist) in its guidance for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180627acipjunemtg.html

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031acipmeeting.html

ACIP Recommends Preexposure Ebola Virus Vaccine

During the Feb. 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to recommend a preexposure vaccine against Ebola virus for adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200304acipmtg.html

ACIP Revises Immunization Best Practice Guidelines

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made a series of updates to its General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization on Aug. 10 to provide clinicians with the latest guidance and address patient concerns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210823acipbestpract.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

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

ACIP Updates Pertussis Vaccine Recommendation

During its Oct. 23-24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated its recommendation for the pertussis vaccine and was briefed on this season's flu activity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030acip.html

ACIP Updates Recommendations for Meningococcal Vaccination

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently released updated recommendations on the use of meningococcal vaccines.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201007meningococcalvacc.html

ACIP Updates Recommendations on Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has issued updated recommendations on the use of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and FPs will play a crucial role in educating patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

ACLF Speakers Urge FPs to Advocate for Health System Reform

During a panel discussion on health system reform at the AAFP's 2019 Annual Chapter Leader Forum, speakers said politicians are unlikely to change the health care system without action by patients and physicians.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190506aclf-2020.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

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

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

ACP Guideline Addresses Age-related Low Testosterone

The AAFP has endorsed the American College of Physicians' clinical practice guideline on treating adult men with age-related low testosterone, which recommends initiating testosterone treatment only for those experiencing sexual dysfunction.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200113age-relatedtestosterone.html

Actor's Death Offers Opening to Educate Patients on CRC Screening

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman offers an opportunity to educate patients about the need for colorectal cancer screening.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200923lv-crcscreening.html

Addressing Health Equity, Social Determinants From Many Angles

The AAFP has made significant progress in addressing health equity and social determinants of health from a number of perspectives over the past decade.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210401nmhm.html

Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Repayments

The U.S. Department of Education has extended a pause on student loan repayment, interest and collections until early next year, and the Academy continues to press for more relief.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210811studentdebt.html

Advocacy and Government

AAFP News' Advocacy and Government stories focus on the Academy's advocacy in Washington, D.C., and at the state level, health policy and legislation, funding for health programs and related issues.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

Advocacy, SDOH Must Be Part of Physician Training

Family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians should not only be trained to screen patients for the social determinants of health, but should also know how to advocate for their patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200214lv-advocacytraining.html

Advocating for Our Patients in the #MeToo Era

In words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., counters misconceptions regarding sexual violence with truths that she has learned from a clinical practice devoted to helping survivors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181009fp-sexualassault.html

AHA v. Azar Decision Preserves System That Increases Patient Costs, Decreases Patient ...

AHA v. Azar Decision Preserves System That Increases Patient Costs, Decreases Patient Choices

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/aha-v-azar-decision-preserves-system-that-increases-patient-costs-decreases-patient-choices.html

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

AI Moving Health Care to 'Cusp of a Major Revolution'

During a mainstage event at the 2019 Family Medicine Experience, innovators in health IT discussed how artificial intelligence is poised to radically change health care delivery.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

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

ALSO Mentor Prepares Peers for Obstetrical Emergencies

University of Wisconsin Professor Lee Dresang, M.D., has devoted more than two decades to helping ensure his peers at home and abroad are prepared for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210920fdf-dresang.html

AMA Honors Henley With Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA honored former AAFP EVP and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., with a lifetime achievement award. Henley urged attendees of the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates to support greater investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201118amahenley.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP News : Media Center

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

American Rescue Plan Holds Big Wins for Primary Care

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package just signed into law provides substantial investments in many AAFP priorities, including public health, the medical workforce and health care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210316arpa.html

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Analyze This: Graham Center's Work Shows Value of Primary Care

Analyze This: Graham Center's Work Shows Value of Primary Care

AAFP News : Blogs

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

And Down the Stretch They Come

As we near the final stretch of the midterm campaigns, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how FamMedPAC supports candidates who support primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180828itt_midterms.html

Anorexia In the Time of COVID

Disordered eating has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., offers an example of virtual visits and team-based care that’s making a difference.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201217fp-anorexia.html

Answering Your Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Patients and members have questions about COVID-19 vaccination related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Danielle Carter, M.D., has answers.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210330lv-vaccspregnancy.html

APMs: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180516vaccfellowship.html

Apply Now to Be a 2019-2020 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

Last year's AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows recently sat down with AAFP News to describe their experience with the program; the deadline to apply for 2019-2020 is March 22.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190304vaccsciencefellows.html

Are Family Physicians an Answer to VA's Primary Care Crisis?

Are Family Physicians an Answer to VA's Primary Care Crisis?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Are You a Champion of Family Medicine?

The AAFP Degree of Fellow will mark its 50th anniversary in 2022. We asked four of our new physician bloggers what earning the distinction meant to them.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210921fp-fellow.html

Are You Kidding Me? We Need More Primary Care Physicians

A recent commentary in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that primary care be left to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin points out the ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190319itt-workforce.html

Are You Ready for Next Year’s E/M Coding Changes?

AAFP’s new Family Medicine Practice Hacks video series and other resources can keep members up to date on evaluation and management coding and documentation guideline changes coming in 2021.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201020e-mcodingupdts.html

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?

A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180130ehrreferrals.html

Arizona FPs Tackle Threat to Expand Vaccine Exemptions

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Army Docs Inspired Pilot’s Path to Family Medicine

Maj. Mike Brisson, D.O., M.P.H., Ph.D., a winner of the AAFP’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was inspired to go to medical school by the osteopathic flight surgeons who treated him during his deployment in Afghanistan.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211012fdf-brisson.html

As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

This is the topic page for AAFP News' Opinion section.

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

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

Asthma Guideline Update Aims to Improve Care, Shared Decisions

Updated asthma management guidelines will influence treatment of mild and persistent asthma in more patient-centered ways, says an FP who contributed to the work.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210113asthmaguideline.html

Barriers Hindering Use of Telemedicine

Family physicians see promise in telemedicine, but numerous barriers -- including payment issues -- impede the technology's adoption. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Be a Voice for Change in Health Care

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., has found numerous avenues to be an advocate for patients and family medicine.;National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., ...

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190708fdf-richardson.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

Become a Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Scholar

The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is currently accepting applications from FPs interested in conducting innovative, short-term clinical research projects.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190925fmd-rapsdi.html

Behavioral Health Collaborative Seeks FPs for Study

The Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative is recruiting primary care clinicians to participate in a study on the effectiveness of the Collaborative’s existing resources.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210223bhistudy.html

Being an FP Means Always Stretching Your Scope, Knowledge

In this Fresh Perspectives post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., recounts her experiences learning about and providing gender-affirming care at a federally qualified health center.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210316fpgendercare.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

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

Beware Virulent Deer and Confounding EHR Notes

We asked our new physician bloggers about the worst EHR notes they have seen. They shared their experiences in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200113fp-ehrnotes.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

Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt Burden Wins AAFP Support

In a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, the AAFP called for passage of the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190620studentdebtbill.html

Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190219itt-bipartisan.html

Birth, Death, Hope and Money: Stories of Family Medicine

A diverse panel of five family physicians offered students and residents their perspectives on family medicine -- stories of triumphant hope and success -- during the 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180808nc-facesoffm.html

Bolster Policy on Tobacco, ENDS, Secondhand Smoke, Says AAFP

In a Feb. 6 letter to the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, the AAFP reminded the Trump administration about evidence-based strategies that can help reduce tobacco use.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190212tobaccoletter.html

Boost Naloxone Prescribing to Halt Opioid Overdose Deaths

A report on nationwide naloxone dispensing practices found that the ratio of naloxone prescriptions to high-dose opioid prescriptions is surprisingly low and that significant differences exist between dispensing rates in rural versus metropolitan areas.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190820naloxoneprescript.html

Bringing Family Medicine's Past to Bear on Its Future

Aaron George, D.O., was inspired to follow in his uncle's footsteps as his hometown's family physician, but an opportunity to help expand the region's primary care pipeline altered his career path.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190701fdf-george.html

Bringing You Up To Date: New Information on Previous Posts

Bringing You Up To Date: New Information on Previous Posts

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Budget Neutrality, Not Primary Care, Is Subspecialties’ Enemy

The 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule increases E/M payment as planned on Jan. 1, but Congress is weighing action that puts your long-overdue raise at risk.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201208itt-mpfs.html

Burnout in Residency Coordinators Tied to Job Satisfaction

A study published in the October issue of Family Medicine reports on job satisfaction and burnout among family medicine residency coordinators in the United States.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181101fmrcoords.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

Can We Create a Space of Moderation in This Pandemic?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., discusses her and her family’s experiences with COVID-19 while looking for ways that people can discuss the pandemic effectively.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210920fp-coviddiscussion.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

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

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

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others

When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190422fdf-muhammad.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

CDC Approves Second COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has approved a second vaccine for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. Differences between the vaccines could affect how and where they are distributed.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201221secondcovidvaccine.html

CDC Approves Use of First COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA and the CDC have officially approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, a decision that the AAFP supported after an expedited review.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201214covidvacc.html

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180112cdcopioidclarify.html

CDC Data Show U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Decline

A series of data briefs from the CDC shows that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second time in three years, with deaths from drug overdose and suicide largely responsible for the decline.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181210lifeexpectdrop.html

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era

The CDC's April 27 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180509rotavirus.html

CDC Issues Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity

The CDC recently released a Health Alert Network advisory to notify physicians that influenza activity nationally remains high, primarily due to heightened circulation of influenza B/Victoria viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200116fluactivity.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

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

CDC Launches Vaccinating Children Video Series

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Offers Free CME on Tapering, Discontinuing Opioids

The CDC is offering family physicians and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about opioid reduction strategies and earn free CME in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200303opioidtaperwebinar.html

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122safesleep.html

CDC Proposes Expanding Its HCV Testing Recommendations

The CDC intends to expand its current recommendations for hepatitis C virus screening and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes, which would include one-time screening for adults 18 and older.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191217cdchcvtest.html

CDC Provides Influenza Updates, New Clinician Resources

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

CDC Recommends Masks in Schools, COVID-19 Hot Spots

The CDC, in response to increased circulation of the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, updated its guidance to recommend use of masks in schools, as well as in other indoor locations in areas with substantial COVID-19 transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210729covidmasks.html

CDC Releases Guidance for 2018-19 Influenza Season

On Aug. 24, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizing recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180906seasonalflurecs.html

CDC Releases Interim Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Report

According to a Feb. 21 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, the current influenza vaccine has been 45% effective overall against 2019-2020 seasonal influenza A and B viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226interimfluve.html

CDC Studies Compare Antibiotic Use Before, During Pandemic

Two CDC-funded studies appear to shed light on antibiotic prescribing trends seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that although some short-term increases were seen among agents specifically investigated as potential COVID treatment options, overall antimicrobial prescribing was ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210610antibxstudies.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

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

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