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CDC Updates Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus

As the CDC continues to update its interim guidance for health care professionals on the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the AAFP will work to rapidly relay that information to members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200205coronavirusupdt.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

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Urges Physicians to Rapidly Recognize, Report AFM Cases

As the late summer/early fall 'season' for acute flaccid myelitis nears, the CDC is reminding medical professionals what they should look for to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report suspected cases to their health department.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190722mmwr-afm.html

CDC Warns Against Peripartum Use of Vaping Products

Among women in Oklahoma and Texas who reported recently having given birth in 2015, 7 percent said they used electronic vapor products at some point before, during or after pregnancy, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190311vapepregnancy.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206newimmunschedules.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2020 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2020 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200207vaccskeds.html

CDC: 2017 HPV Vaccination Rate Up 5.2 Points Over 2016

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180829mmwrhpv.html

CDC: Report Possible Vaping-associated Pulmonary Illness

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable

Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190515maternaldeath.html

Check Now: Your 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status May Have Changed

Physicians now can use a CMS tool to check their participation status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Physicians also may now view their Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on Physician Compare profile pages.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20181205mipseligibility.html

Chipping Away at the Burdens of Prior Authorization

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Hits All-time Low

Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults reached an all-time low of 13.7% in 2018, according to a new report from the CDC. Even so, says one FP expert, there's still "much to do."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191120mmwr-cigarettesmoking.html

Close Tobacco-friendly Loopholes in Trade Deal, Groups Urge

The AAFP has joined 23 other organizations in advising that a new U.S.-Japan trade treaty should protect both countries against lawsuits from the tobacco industry.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181204tobaccotrade.html

Closing the Gap Between Public Health Goals and Reality

Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A., wanted to influence health on a large scale. He found that opportunity as Virginia's deputy commissioner for population health.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180402fdf-oliver.html

Closing the Gaps on Health Disparities

FMX speaker Andrea Westby, M.D., is challenging race-based clinical practices and working to diversify the family medicine workforce.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210720fdf-westby.html

CME Aims to Boost Immunization Rates in Black Communities

The AAFP, through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, has unveiled a comprehensive CME program designed to increase adult immunization rates among African American patients.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210722immcme.html

CMS Considers New Direct Provider Contracting Model

The AAFP took advantage of CMS' request for information on a proposed new payment model to highlight the benefits of direct primary care and the Academy's own alternative payment model.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180611dpcrfi.html

CMS Launches User-friendly QPP Data Submission System

It's time for physicians to begin reporting their 2017 Quality Payment Program data, and now they can do so via CMS' new submission system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180104qppdatasubmit.html

CMS Releases Updated 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

CMS has finally updated an online tool that physicians need so they can check their eligibility for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180411mipstool.html

COD Addresses Medical Aid in Dying, Institutional Racism

Delegates to the 2018 Congress of Delegates in New Orleans addressed a number of clinical and patient-oriented issues, including medical aid in dying and institutional racism in health care.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181010cod-hops.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

Command Performance: Caring for Families in the Line of Duty

The way Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., sees it, his patients should always have access to the medical care they need -- even if they're in the middle of a war zone or providing relief in a hurricane-ravaged community.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190617fdf-kkelly.html

Committee Reviews Vaccines for COVID-19, Influenza, More

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Community Colleges Hold Key to Family Medicine Diversity

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests that attending community college increases the odds that U.S. medical school graduates will choose family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180718commcollege.html

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

Family Physicians: Shingles Vaccine for Adults 50+, Don’t Delay

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/concussions-media-kit.html

Conference Spotlights New Research to Benefit Primary Care

The talents of family medicine researchers from across the United States and elsewhere were on full display at the 48th annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210204napcrg.html

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170829itt-deadlines.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

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

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that 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/20190225uspstf-perinataldepress.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

Country in Crisis: Addressing our Addiction Epidemic

The AAFP is working with Congress and federal agencies to address the nation's growing drug addiction epidemic while ensuring that family physicians are able to care for patients in a manner that is free of unnecessary regulatory burdens. Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Cover MAT and Stabilize Formularies, AAFP Tells CMS

The AAFP recently called on CMS to mandate coverage of medication-assisted treatment and urged caution on midyear formulary updates in payment parameters for 2020.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301payment2020.html

COVID-19 and the Burden of Secondary Grief

After months of caring for people affected by COVID-19, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog about the burden of secondary grief.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/202001001fp-grief.html

COVID-19 Continues to Cause Some People to Put Off Care

Two family physicians offer advice about helping patients catch up on health care in response to two recent reports about delayed and missed care during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211006delayedcare.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

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

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

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

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

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.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

Creating A Medical Home is About Improvement, Not Checking Boxes

The process to become a recognized medical home should be focused on practice and performance improvement rather than completing a check list for a third-party company. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin has more.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Cullen: FPs Are Heroes in 'Epic Adventure' of U.S. Health Care

Newly installed AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., opened the 2018 Family Medicine Experience with a rousing speech about changing the health care system so FPs can do the work their patients need.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015fmx-cullenspeech.html

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.html

Cut Red Tape for Family Physicians, AAFP Tells Congress

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180222guestedglobal.html

Data Breach Reported for MyFitnessPal

Patients who use the MyFitnessPal app or website should know that a recent data security breach compromised the information of about 150 million users.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180403myfitnesspal.html

Data Sharing and Information Blocking Rules a Step in the Right Direction

Data Sharing and Information Blocking Rules a Step in the Right Direction

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/data-sharing-and-information-blocking-rules-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html

Deadline to Update Billing Info for AAPM Bonus Extended

CMS has announced that certain clinicians eligible to receive a 5% Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the Quality Payment Program’s 2018 performance year have until Dec. 13 to update their billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201123apmbonusext.html

Deaf Family Physician Aims to Improve Communication

Carolyn Stern, M.D., has overcome challenges related to hearing loss. Now she works to reduce such challenges for patients, physicians and interpreters.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201005fdf-stern.html

Dealing With Addiction at Home

Dealing With Addiction at Home

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

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

Decision 2020: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Health Care?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., examines where the presidential candidates stand on health care issues and how their visions align with AAFP policy.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201021fp-candidates.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

Delegates Act on Family Medicine Education Issues

Delegates discussed a wide variety of issues during the Reference Committee on Education hearing at the Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, including paid leave for new parents and CME changes meant to encourage precepting and meet other family medicine needs.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015cod-education.html

Delegates Act on Obesity Bias, Other Public Health Issues

Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed issues that included stigma and bias associated with obesity in the practice setting and elsewhere, family separation, and reproductive health.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

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

Delegates Address COVID-19 Pandemic on Multiple Fronts

The AAFP’s delegation sponsored, supported and helped amend a handful of resolutions regarding COVID-19 during the recent Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201125amameeting.html

Delegates Find Common Ground on Interstate Licensure, Data

Support for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, quicker discharge summaries and more complete claims databases were among resolution topics that won support from the Reference Committee on Advocacy during this year's Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190926cod-advocacy.html

Delegates Focus on Race in Medicine, Gender-affirming Care

During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on numerous resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, many of which focused on addressing race-based aspects of medical care and implicit bias.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs

During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, including some that focused on sexual education and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180502nccl-hops.html

Delegates Have Their Say on Practice Enhancement Issues

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

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

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

Delegates Tackle Rural OB Decline, Hospitality Event

Delegates to the 2018 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of issues, including how to stem the ongoing loss of obstetrical services in rural areas and potential changes to the combined AAFP candidate hospitality event held during the COD.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-orgfin.html

Demo Project Would Waive MIPS Requirements for Some Physicians

CMS seeks to hasten the transition to a value-based health care system with implementation of new demonstration project for clinicians who participate in programs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180710mipswaiver.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

Didn’t Match (or Fill)? Don’t Panic

This year’s virtual Match process could result in more unmatched applicants and unfilled residency slots. Two experts offer tips on navigating the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210310guested-soap.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Discussing Medications for Patients With Cognitive Impairment

New research finds that family physicians and other primary care clinicians face numerous challenges -- and use a variety of approaches to overcome those challenges -- when treating older patients who have cognitive impairment.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191206olderptmeduse.html

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.html

Do No (Financial) Harm

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., examines why understanding and addressing patients' financial health is as important as caring for their physical and mental health.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200911fp-financialhealth.html

Do Residents' Skills Match Medicare Patients' Needs?

New research suggests that family medicine residents' training does not align with the most common procedures that Medicare patients need.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190620proceduretraining.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

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190514itt-singlepayer.html

Dollars and Sense: Budget Resolution Addresses AAFP Priorities

The $3.5 trillion budget resolution set to dominate political conversation this fall reflects several AAFP priorities, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210817itt-2022budget.html

Domino Returns With Top 10 Updates for FPs

Frank Domino, M.D., wowed attendees with his annual 'Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine' discussion at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201021fmx-domino.html

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

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

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

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

Don't Loosen Short-term Insurance Rules, AAFP Warns HHS

A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180423shorttermins.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

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a "D" recommendation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180214uspstfovariancascreen.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

Don’t Return to Your Silo

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that COVID-19 has broken down silos in health care, and the collaborative approach should continue after the pandemic ends.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210107fp-silos.html

Donald or Hillary? How Choice Affects Health Care

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have expressed commitments to addressing the nation's opioid epidemic as well as support for improved access to mental health services and improve access to care for veterans. But the presidential candidates split -- widely -- on their ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

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

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

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

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.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

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

EHR Market Needs Competition, Innovation

Back in 2004, the Bush administration predicted that electronic health records would help clinicians avoid medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care within 10 years. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180501ITT_ehrs.html

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

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Eligible Clinicians: Report 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2

Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190114mipssubmission.html

Embracing Challenge to Forge Family Medicine Workforce

Program director Deborah Clements, M.D., is always on the lookout for prospective residents who have overcome challenges because she knows from experience that navigating hardships can make you a better doctor.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200309fdf-clements.html

Emerging Leader Institute Names Best Project Winners

The AAFP Foundation has announced the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute award recipients from its 2018 class, including the overall best project award winners.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190918emergingleaders.html

End of 2018 MIPS Program Performance Year Looms

Physicians must have an Enterprise Identity Data Management account user ID and password to submit 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance data to CMS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/2011081105mipsyearend.html

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