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Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

Academy Pinpoints Strengths, Weaknesses in Draft Senate Bill

In detailed feedback to lawmakers on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, the AAFP applauded the bill's reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program while calling for increased funding for the program.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626lhccaletter.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

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

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

ONC’s Information Blocking Rule Takes Effect April 5

With new regulations prohibiting physicians and other health care providers from blocking health information sharing set to take effect next week, it’s important for AAFP members to know what to expect.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210402infoblockimplement.html

Academy Lobbies to Center COVID Solutions on Primary Care

In a letter to President Biden, the AAFP called for the Path Out of the Pandemic plan to adopt recommendations that support primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210923popplan.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

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

The CDC has updated and expanded its 2011 recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine for 12 weeks to treat latent TB infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180706mmwrltbi.html

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care

On July 12, the AAFP will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to noon CDT that addresses clinical preventive service recommendations for adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Consumer Health Group Warns of Loperamide Abuse, Misuse

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association wants to ensure family physicians know that high doses of loperamide can have serious -- even fatal -- cardiac effects. The group has launched a Loperamide Safety education campaign to get the word out to clinicians and patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109loperamideabuse.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

CDC: Step Up Prevention of Deadly Staph Infections

A new CDC Vital Signs report and accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest a need for renewed efforts to prevent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313mmwr-staph.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

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness

Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190318childmentalillness.html

Study: Preterm Infants Less Likely to Be Fully Vaccinated

A recent study in Pediatrics found that more than half of all preterm infants had not received the full complement of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices by age 19 months.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190904pretermvax.html

Study: Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise

Research suggests that as the number of prescriptions written for opioids has dropped, there has been a corresponding rise in the use of nonopioid medications such as gabapentin and baclofen to treat certain types of pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200109nonopioidmeds.html

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination

Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200122flusurvey.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

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

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

Insufficient Evidence to Screen for Hearing Loss

The U.S. Preventive Services Task force recently posted a final recommendation statement concluding that evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210402uspstfhearingloss.html

Review Examines Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents

New research published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210819mmwrcovidvacc.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

Task Force Makes Recommendations on SUD, Pain, Mental Health

A new Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force formed by the AMA with the AAFP and others has issued recommendations to improve access to care and harm-reduction strategies for patients with pain, substance use disorders or mental illness.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211014sudpain.html

FPs Hammer Out Practice-related Measures for AAFP to Take Up

Members who testified before the National Conference of Constituency Leaders Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement on April 26 discussed issues that affect patient care, including obstetrical privileges and HIV preexposure prophylaxis.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190501nccl-practenhance.html

Family Physicians Go Big With Advocacy Agenda

Family physicians at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders discussed and voted on several resolutions considered during the April 26 Reference Committee on Advocacy hearing.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190503nccl-advocacy.html

Transitional Care Management Boosts Outcomes, Satisfaction

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

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

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

FPM Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates

An article in FPM (formerly Family Practice Management) aims to keep family physicians current on the 2018 CPT codes they are most likely to use to help ensure they are paid properly.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180125fpmcoding.html

Panel: Payment Models Need More Incentives, Fewer Burdens

Physicians and analysts at the recent Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit said successful payment reform requires easing burdens and fine-tuning compensation.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180227costinnovation.html

Study: High-deductible Plans May Impede Preventive Care

A recent study found that individuals with high-deductible health plans but no health savings accounts are less likely to see primary care physicians, receive preventive care or seek subspecialty services.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180612hdhpstudy.html

Utilize CCM Codes to Maximize Patient Care, Payment

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

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

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

AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

Physician Employment Questions? The AAFP Has You Covered

AAFP members need look no further than the Academy’s Employment Contracting webpage to find the information they need to land just the right job opportunity and negotiate an employment agreement that meets their personal and professional needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211005employresources.html

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180103yir-clinical.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doctor_or_patient_who_owns.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

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

HHS Program Offers Free Practice Transformation Support

The Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative will bring free practice improvement support, coaching, and training to more than 140,000 clinicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the initiative's Practice Transformation ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

If Payers Could Reduce Administrative Burden, 'That'd Be Great'

In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to reduce administrative requirements and physician burnout.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171024.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

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

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

AAFP to FCC: Improve Rural Telehealth to Support Primary Care

The AAFP has responded to a proposed rule on rural telehealth from the Federal Communications Commission by offering suggestions for supporting physicians and improving patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180205ruraltelehealth.html

Keep Tabs on CMS Initiative to Reduce Paperwork

CMS recently launched an online newsletter to keep physicians informed about its new Patients Over Paperwork initiative.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180125popnewsletter.html

MMWR Report: Fewer Youth Say They Use Tobacco Products

A new report from the CDC and FDA found that although fewer high school and middle school students overall used any tobacco product in 2017 compared to 2011, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among those who did use such products.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180703tobaccosurvey.html

AAFP Nudges ONC Toward EHR Interoperability

The Academy has offered feedback to the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability, usability and certification testing.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181030oncltr.html

AAFP, Other Groups Laud Promising Rural ACO Improvement Act

The Academy and 14 other organizations have voiced support for a Senate bill that aims to fix a flawed formula used to measure accountable care organization performance.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191028ruralacoact.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

AAFP Advises White House on Building Robust Workforce

In a recent letter, the AAFP offered the Biden administration recommendations on strengthening the primary care workforce.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210205workforce.html

Academy Joins Call for Bold Health Policy Improvements

In a letter to the White House, the AAFP and its fellow front-line physician organizations called for action to get physicians vaccinated against COVID-19 and other sweeping improvements to health policy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210223whitehousepolicy.html

AAFP Highlights Primary Care in Rescue Package Needs

The AAFP called on Congress to bolster primary care as legislators write the bills for the American Rescue Plan.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210215arpletter.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180406everyoneteam-based.html

Suicide Rates Spike Across United States, Says CDC

The CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report June 7 that revealed suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180612cdcsuicide.html

Counseling Helps Prevent Perinatal Depression in High-risk Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Study Examines Fallout of California Vaccine Exemption Law

Study results show that although immunization rates for children entering kindergarten in California are near record levels, the number of medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased substantially since a 2015 law banned nonmedical exemptions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181127califvaccstudy.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

Offer Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Kids, Teens

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement examining how primary care interventions affect tobacco use prevention and cessation in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190719uspstfyouthsmoking.html

Research Lacking on Screening for Cognitive Impairment

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, citing insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impairment in these ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190923uspstf-cognitive.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

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

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

Pause Recommended on Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause to use of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 based on reports of a rare type of blood clot occurring in some patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210415jjvaccpause.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

Researchers Make the Case for Home-based Medical Care

Noting an increase in the use of home-based medical care in the United States, researchers conclude that more primary care clinicians willing to provide this type of care are needed, and they call for improvements in value-based payment to help fill that gap.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181212homecare.html

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and ...

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Fresh Perspectives

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-80.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

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

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

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

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170821fp-race.html

Tax Bills Could Add to Health Care's Ills

Provisions in both the House and Senate tax bills could hold negative consequences for physicians and patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details in the latest In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171121ITT_taxes.html

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates' Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181012cod-advocacy.html

Views From the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience

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

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

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

Family Physicians Aim to Grow AAFP, Embrace Inclusiveness

Family physicians attending the 2019 Congress of Delegates in Philadelphia debated resolutions addressing family-friendly meetings, gender pronouns on badges and more.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-orgfin.html

New AAFP President Heeded Call to Serve

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., talks about her path to medicine and leadership as well as the challenges facing family medicine in this QandA.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201013stewartqanda.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

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

The (Micro) Economics of Health

In the latest blog installment on his pursuit of a master’s degree in public health, Stewart Decker, M.D., explains how microeconomics affects the way patients and politicians take physicians’ advice.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201210fp-mph6.html

Four Days of Family Medicine Advocacy

Hundreds of family physicians and medical students will be in Washington, D.C., next week for the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks ahead at the popular event.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180515itt_fmas.html

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180731itt_feeschedule.html

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Correcting CMS’ Suggested Correction for Value-based Systems

Here’s what CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s recent op-ed gets wrong about accountable care organizations and value-based models.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201124itt-vbs.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

Ready Or Not, ICD-10 is Here

ICD-10 will be implemented this week. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy’s resources related to that change. He also offers an update on a bill intended to reform meaningful use (and how you can help).

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ready_or_not_icd_10.html

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

Academy members receive exclusive products, programs, services and discounts totaling more than $4,000 in savings each year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., highlights some perks you might not be aware of.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200101lv-membervalue.html

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

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

AAFP News : CME

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

AAFP Credit System Reconsiders Functional Medicine Topics

Effective immediately, the AAFP Credit System will begin approving functional medicine topics in accordance with its eligibility requirements and topic-specific guidance from the Commission on Continuing Professional Development.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180328functionalmed.html

Research Shines a Light on SDOH Training

A review of primary care residency program curricula has found wide variations in the ways in which these programs teach residents about social determinants of health.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190204sdohresidency.html

What Factors Hook Medical Students on Family Medicine?

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

AAFP News : CME

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

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

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

AAFP News : CME

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

Questions About CME Credit? AAFP Has Answers

In this QandA, Steven Furr, M.D., chair of the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development, tackles frequently asked questions about CME and AAFP credit.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190423aafpcme.html

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-rescongress.html

Many Maps, One Aim: Charting a Course to Family Medicine

The 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students kicked off with a moving main-stage storytelling presentation centered on the theme "Exploring More."

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-storytelling.html

Students Focus on Physician Wellness, Additional Training

During the 2019 National Congress of Student Members in Kansas City, Mo., delegates adopted multiple resolutions that addressed protecting physician wellness and requested additional training.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-studentcongress.html

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