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Town Hall to Explore COVID-19’s Impact on Physicians

The AAFP will hold a special Virtual Town Hall from 7-8 p.m. CT on Jan. 13 to focus on how the pandemic is affecting family physicians’ mental health and well-being.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210112covidtownhall.html

Health Equity

The AAFP fights for efforts to promote health equity and health equality.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/health-equity.html

Chronic Conditions Online CME Course | AAFP

Gain a wide-ranging overview of family medicine-specific content related to chronic conditions with this AAFP self-study CME course. Earn 29.25 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/chronic-conditions/self-study.html

Report Finds Low Adverse Event Rate From COVID-19 Vaccine

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

Screen At-risk Individuals for Hepatitis B Virus Infection

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210107uspstfhepb.html

AAFP to Develop Value-based Payment Model for Primary Care

Noting that family physicians are foundational to the success of value-based care in United States, the AAFP Board of Directors has approved and funded a special project to empower Academy members to partner with payers to help improve quality and control total costs of care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210107vision2025.html

New Year, New Paradigm(s)

President-elect Biden says it’s going to take patience, persistence and determination to beat this virus. It’s also going to take primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210106itt-newyear.html

AAFP Adopts New ACCME Standards

View the new ACCME Standards that AAFP has adopted and will be implemented in January 2022.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/new-accme-standards.html

COVID-19 Physician Well-being

As a physician, you dedicate your time and energy to caring for your patients' well-being. It's imperative for you to invest in your well-being, especially amid the stress of COVID-19. Explore resources and information to support your well-being.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-physician-wellbeing.html

Diagnostic Imaging: Appropriate and Safe Use - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - The use of diagnostic radiography has doubled in the past two decades. Image Gently (children) and Image Wisely (adults) are multidisciplinary initiatives that seek to reduce radiation exposure by eliminating unnecessary procedures and offering best practices. Patients with an estimated...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p42.html

Eating Disorders in Primary Care: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening conditions characterized by disordered eating and weight-control behaviors that impair physical health and psychosocial functioning. Early intervention may decrease the risk of long-term pathology and disability. Clinicians should ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p22.html

Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Letters to the Editor - ...

Jan 1, 2021 - ...Physician article.4 Dialogue should begin by asking if the patient feels safe and valued in their relationship.4 When video is available, physicians should recognize nonverbal indicators of abuse, such as avoidance of eye contact or suspicious injuries on the head, neck, or...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p6.html

Corrections - Jan 1, 2021 - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2021 - ...of people who died from opioid overdoses in 2017. The correct sentence should have read In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose (47,600 involving opioids), making it the leading cause of injury-related death in people 25 to 64 years of age. The online version of...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p8a.html

Who Inspired You to Go to Med School?

Medical school applications are surging as young people draw inspiration from physicians during the pandemic. Accordingly, we asked our new physician bloggers who inspired them to become doctors.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201223fp-inspiration.html

New Pandemic Stimulus Brings Wins, Concerns for AAFP

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

USPSTF: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

On Dec. 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote healthy weight and weight gain during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201222pregnancyweight.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

Program Directors: Virtual Interviews Better Than Expected

The pandemic forced the unprecedented step of moving all Match interviews online. In this QandA, four family medicine residency program directors share their insights regarding virtual interviews.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20201218matchqanda.html

The new Medicare G code: Everything you need to know to take advantage of it

On Dec. 21, Congress delayed implementation of the primary care add-on code, G2211, for three years as part of the 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding, and it applied the savings to increase Medicare base payments for all services and specialties by an additional ...

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/g2211_summary.html

AAFP Demands Fair Physician Pay, Patient Protection

In a Dec. 16 letter, the AAFP responded to an interim final rule on coverage and payment requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, including Medicaid provisions.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201217covidvaccrule.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

Patient Education Resources

Find education resources that help you address your patient questions and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/patient-education-resources.html

Peripheral Neuropathy: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Peripheral neuropathy, a common neurologic problem encountered by family physicians, can be classified clinically by the anatomic pattern of presenting symptoms and, if indicated, by results of electrodiagnostic studies for axonal and demyelinating disease. The prevalence of peripheral ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p732.html

Acute Chest Pain in Adults: Outpatient Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Approximately 1% of primary care office visits are for chest pain, and 2% to 4% of these patients will have unstable angina or myocardial infarction. Initial evaluation is based on determining whether the patient needs to be referred to a higher level of care to rule out acute coronary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p721.html

Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Degenerative cervical myelopathy encompasses a collection of pathologic conditions that result in progressive spinal cord dysfunction secondary to cord compression. Patients are typically male (3: 1 male-to-female ratio), and the average age of presentation is 64 years. The exact ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p740.html

AAFP, NAM Partner to Host Opioid Tapering Webinar

A Dec. 18 webinar on opioid tapering co-hosted by the AAFP and the National Academy of Medicine will feature an expert panel of family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201215opioidwebinar.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

Cost Conversations with Patients Webcast

Cost Conversations with Patients: A Team-based Approach Webcast developed in partnership with GoodRx

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/medical-home/patient-caregiver-engagement/cost-conversations-with-patients-webcast.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

Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS)

Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS)

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-cmms.html

Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD)

Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) Description

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-cocpd.html

Commission on Finance and Insurance (CFI)

Commission on Finance and Insurance (CFI) Description

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-cfi.html

Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP)

Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP)

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-cqp.html

Commission on Federal and State Policy (CFSP)

Commission on Federal and State Policy (CFSP)

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-cfsp.html

Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS)

Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS)

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-chps.html

Commission on Education (COE)

Commission on Education (COE) Description

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-coe.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

FP Comprehensive 2021 | AAFP

Identify knowledge gaps or prepare for the ABFM exam with this comprehensive review of family medicine. Features practice tests and questions by body system.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/fp-comprehensive.html

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in At-risk Adults

On Nov. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, evidence review and evidence summary on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201203cvcounseling.html

New AAFP Resources Walk FPs Through 2021 Coding Changes

A series of compelling vignettes and a comprehensive report in FPM offer family physicians an up-close look at coding and documentation changes taking effect next year.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201202e-mchangesupdt.html

Shoulder Pain and Stiffness with Abnormal Imaging Findings - Photo Quiz - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - A 51-year-old patient presented with several years of diffuse shoulder pain and abnormal imaging findings.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p695.html

Management of Acute Pain from Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidance for Family Physicians ...

Dec 1, 2020 - Primary care plays a large role in the management of acute pain; therefore, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians developed a clinical practice guideline for the nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management of acute pain from non–low back, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p649.html

Top POEMs of 2019 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - In this article, we discuss the POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) of 2019 judged to be most consistent with the principles of Choosing Wisely, an international campaign to reduce unnecessary testing and treatments. We selected these POEMs through a crowdsourcing strategy of...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p673.html

Coding & Documentation - Nov-Dec 2020 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Suspected exposure to communicable disease | Diabetes type 1.5 | Remote patient monitoring | Tetanus immunization due to injury | Performing venipuncture on a child

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p45.html

Management of Acute Pain from Non–Low Back Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidelines from ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians have published guidelines based on a systematic review and network meta-analysis of 207 studies involving 32,959 patients that evaluated treatments for acute musculoskeletal pain other than low back pain.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p697.html

Case Reports: Rhabdomyolysis Associated with COVID-19 - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 1, 2020 - ...for rhabdomyolysis. The median creatine kinase level on presentation was 4,460 U per L (74.48 μkat per L). Three patients had acute kidney injury on presentation and liver enzymes were elevated in all patients except one. Inflammatory markers (erythrocyte sedimentation rate,...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p645a.html

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/1100/p6.html

Antibiotics for Uncomplicated Diverticulitis - Medicine by the Numbers - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Learn more about the benefits and harms of antibiotics for uncomplicated diverticulitis.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/od2.html

Cirrhosis, Ureteral Stones, Depression, Sleep Apnea, Scoliosis - AFP Clinical Answers -... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p664.html

Case Reports: Rhabdomyolysis Associated with COVID-19 - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 1, 2020 - ...or 11400 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy., Leawood, KS 66211-2680. Include your complete address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Letters should be fewer than 400 words and limited to six references, one table or figure, and three authors. Letters submitted for publication in AFP must...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p645.html

Med Student Is Helping Black Applicants Find Their Match

Meharry Medical College student Carmen Simmons is connecting Black family medicine applicants with residency programs during the virtual Match.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201130fdf-simmons.html

Taking a Stand for My D.O. Colleagues

Following unfounded criticisms of osteopathic medicine, Shyam Odeti, M.D., M.S., writes that physicians must stand together when our profession is dragged by pundits and pitchmen.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20201125guested-do.html

MMWR: One in Five U.S. Adults Uses Tobacco Products

Newly published research indicates that about one in five American adults used tobacco products in 2019, with considerable discrepancies in the types of products used based on age and other factors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201125tobaccouse.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

Questions About Telehealth? Get Answers in Upcoming Webinar

Whether you’re in a solo or small practice trying to grow a sustainable telehealth operation, or you’ve been tasked with leading telehealth efforts in your large practice, an upcoming AAFP webinar can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your practice and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201125telehealthwebinar.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

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

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201119hpbchildren.html

How Do We Match FP Training to Society’s Future Needs?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is planning major revisions to residency requirements for family medicine. Karen Mitchell, M.D., the director of the AAFP’s Division of Medical Education, outlines what that means and the Academy’s role in the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20201118guestedstarfield.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

Care for the Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Patient

Read AAFP policy on Care for the Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Patient.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/transgender-nonbinary.html

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Common Questions and Answers on Diagnosis and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease in the United States, affecting up to 30% of adults. There are two forms of NAFLD: nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), defined as 5% or greater hepatic steatosis without hepatocellular injury or fibrosis, and...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p603.html

ADHD in Children: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a multidimensional chronic neurodevelopmental condition that affects 8.4% of U.S. children between two and 17 years of age and may pose long-term morbidity if untreated. The evaluation for ADHD begins when parents or caregivers present ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p592.html

Augmentation Therapy, Menstrual Bleeding, VTE, Pancreatic Cancer, Acute Kidney Injury -... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p587.html

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Updated Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has published updated guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p629.html

Oral Semaglutide (Rybelsus) for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Oral semaglutide (Rybelsus) is labeled as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p627.html

Evidence to Avoid Overtesting and Overuse in Diabetes Mellitus and Other Diseases - ...

Nov 15, 2020 - What can physicians do to avoid overuse? Start by asking the right questions.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p583.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

Current and Future State of Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Address the clinical and educational gaps for primary care providers with a focus on the current and future state of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes with this free CME activity.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/current-and-future-state-of-cvd-and-type-2-diabetes.html

Feds Warn Physicians, Hospitals of Likely Cyberattacks

The FBI and two other federal agencies recently warned health care professionals and facilities about an imminent cybercrime threat that already has ensnared hospitals across the country.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201110healthitcyberattack.html

FPM

As a family physician, FPM (Practice and Career) provides you and your care teams with resources to help you achieve practice efficiencies, enhance quality, navigate legal and regulatory issues, boost income, and safeguard your professional well-being.

Family Physician : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/fpm.html

USPSTF: Expand Age Range for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation on colorectal cancer screening that lowers the age of first screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201105uspstfcrc.html

FPs in Advocacy Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the key to getting involved in public health is identifying the people who are working on issues you care about and offering your expertise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201104fp-smokeadvocacy.html

Eye Emergencies - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2020 - Central retinal artery occlusions, chemical injuries, mechanical globe injuries, and retinal detachments are eye emergencies that can result in permanent vision loss if not treated urgently. Family physicians should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of each condition and be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p539.html

Evidence Against the Routine Use of MRI for Nonoperative Treatment of Chronic ...

Nov 1, 2020 - Physicians should consider the ramifications before ordering an MRI in the setting of chronic pain. An MRI that is not indicated can lead to a procedure that is not necessary as both patient and physician focus on the abnormal study finding. Most patients improve with conservative ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p521.html

Accidental Hypothermia: Guidelines from the Wilderness Medical Society - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2020 - The Wilderness Medical Society has published an updated guideline on treating accidental hypothermia outside of hospitals, including a staging classification system based on clinical observation.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p571.html

FDA: Avoid NSAIDs at 20 Weeks or Later in Pregnancy

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Pregnancy Taught Me How to ‘Lean Out’

In the midst of a difficult pregnancy, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that female physicians don’t always address their own needs, and she shares her personal story.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201029fp-leanout.html

We’re a Broken Record — And We’ll Keep Playing Louder

Whatever happens Nov. 3, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes that primary care needs Congress to take important action before year’s end.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201029itt-punchlist.html

Academy Joins Call to Unburden HDHP Patients in Pandemic

In a recent letter, the AAFP lauded the Helping Families Access Pediatric Care Act as good for patients, especially those enrolled in high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201028accesscact.html

WPSI Seeks Comments on Obesity Prevention Recommendation

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative will accept public comments on a draft recommendation regarding obesity prevention in midlife women through Nov. 9.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201027wpsiobesity.html

Sensitivity to Diversity and Cultural Proficiency in AAFP Education

AAFP Policy on Sensitivity to Diversity and Cultural Proficiency in AAFP Education

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/sensitivity-diversity0.html

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201026fdf-coles.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

Political Panel: Post-election Health Care Forecast

A political panel on navigating the health care landscape at the 2020 virtual Family Medicine Experience offered insights from two veteran political operatives.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201022fmx-politicalpanel.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

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

Health Equity Grabs Spotlight at Family Medicine Experience

Mobilizing for health equity was the focus of an hour-long presentation delivered by Uché Blackstock, M.D., at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201020fmx-inequity.html

FPs Act on Health Coverage, Buprenorphine Prescribing, More

Employer-based health care coverage, the buprenorphine X waiver and COVID-19 were among the advocacy topics taken up at the 2020 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201019cod-advocacy.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Nonpharmacologic, Noninvasive Treatments - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia are the most common types of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Because no individual therapy has consistent benefit, a multimodal treatment approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain is recommended. Many ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p465.html

Learning Disorders, Perinatal Depression, Infants with GERD, Kidney Injury, Amblyopia -... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p463.html

Inguinal Hernias: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Groin hernias are caused by a defect of the abdominal wall in the groin area and comprise inguinal and femoral hernias. Inguinal hernias are more common in men. Although groin hernias are easily diagnosed on physical examination in men, ultrasonography is often needed in women. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p487.html

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - M.P. is a 14-year-old patient who comes to your office for a well-child visit. After taking a history and conducting a physical examination, you conclude that the patient is doing well. M.P. eats a healthy diet at home and is part of a local soccer league.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p493.html

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use: Recommendation Statement ...

Oct 15, 2020 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care–based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, in children, ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od1.html

Diary of a Family Physician - Oct 15, 2020 - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2020 - First-person accounts from the front lines of family medicine.

American Family Physician : Diary of a Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p460.html

Rural Health Online CME Course | AAFP

Address the needs of physicians in rural communities on topics that include chronic disease management, behavioral health, substance use disorders, and more with this AAFP online CME course. Earn 24.25 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/rural-health/self-study.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

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