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Study Suggests Link Between FP Scope of Practice, Burnout

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests FPs with a broader scope of practice early in their careers may be less likely to feel burned out.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20180627burnout.html

How Small NYC Primary Care Practices Avoid Burnout Blues

Researchers recently found that health care professionals in small independent primary care practices in New York City reported much lower burnout rates than the national average.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20180731burnoutsmallpract.html

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180122medpacmips.html

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care

Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180202hhschoiceltr.html

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress

The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs..

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117reauthorize.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

Organizations: Apply for NHSC Assignments by June 20

The deadline is approaching for health care organizations to request a priority listing for assignment of National Health Service Corps scholarship program participants for 2018-2019.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180607nhsc.html

AAFP Urges Modifications to CMS' Proposed ACO Rule

The AAFP responded in writing to CMS with suggestions on how to improve its proposed rule on accountable care organizations.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181031acoltr.html

Telehealth Rules Must Protect Continuous Care, AAFP Tells CMS

The AAFP recently responded to CMS' request for comments on a Medicare Advantage plan proposed rule for 2020 that deals with telemedicine.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190107matelehealth.html

AAFP to CMS: Make 2019 MPFS Work for FPs, Primary Care

In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP made recommendations on ways the agency can change portions of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule to better support family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190109mpfscomment.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

Survey Shows Support for Tighter E-cigarette Regulation

A recent survey shows that a majority of adults are unsure how much nicotine is in e-cigarettes -- but still favor increased federal enforcement against use by minors.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190320ecigsurvey.html

Illinois Poised for Tobacco 21 Win After Chapter Push

After being vetoed last year, Tobacco 21 legislation appears ready to become law in Illinois, thanks in part to testimony from Illinois AFP Board Chair Asim Jaffer, M.D.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190327illinoistobacco.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements

The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190514aucletter.html

AAFP Fine-tunes Proposed Rule on GME, Rural Workforce

A proposed CMS rule that could boost the primary care workforce without creating additional administrative burden needs refinement, the Academy told the agency in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact "critical, common-sense" policies to reduce the threat of firearms violence their patients face.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.html

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order

In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200121scopeletter.html

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks

In letters to CMS and HHS' Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200109selfreferralltrs.html

Academy Raises Pressure for Federal Response to COVID-19

In a series of recent letters, the AAFP pressed lawmakers and administration officials to speed the flow of materials and data to family physicians and to reinforce the primary care safety net.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200316covidadvocacy.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

AAFP Calls for Lasting Fix to Territorial Medicaid Funding

In a recent letter, the AAFP again urged Congress to adopt a long-term plan for funding Medicaid in the U.S. territories.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210401medicaidterritories.html

Health IT Roundtable, White Paper Reflect AAFP Leadership

Following the AAFP’s participation, a recent roundtable and white paper offer detailed suggestions on improving health IT in the wake of COVID-19.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210610healthit.html

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180111uspstffinalscoliosis.html

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180117fluupdate.html

Up and Away Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe From Medications

The Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign and other groups are reminding physicians and patients about safely storing medications to protect children from accidental exposures.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180319upandaway.html

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

A recent analysis of results from two national surveys shows that increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the risks associated with e-cigarette use, with many now viewing them as at least as harmful as combustible cigarettes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180415e-cigsurveys.html

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180420ahrqsupplement.html

USPSTF Updates Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a screening option that says women ages 30-65 may undergo high-risk HPV testing combined with cytology every five years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180824cervcancer.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

AAFP Joins Other Groups to Develop Well-Woman Resource

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created a chart summarizing age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence to maturity that physicians can use during well-woman visits.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181206wpsichart.html

New Research Finds Rise in Pediatric Deaths From Opioids

Findings from an analysis of CDC mortality data suggest that the number of opioid-related deaths in children each year may be much higher than previously reported.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190118pedopioids.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

FDA: Some E-cigarette Users Report Having Seizures

The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409e-cigseizures.html

AAFP, Other Medical Groups Update Sports Physical Guidance

The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190611ppeupdate.html

USPSTF: Don't Routinely Screen Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement against routinely screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer. This guidance does not apply to patients who are at high risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190807uspstfpancreaticca.html

New Research Examines FPs' Prediabetes Knowledge, Practices

Researchers found that family physicians and other clinicians are highly skilled in screening for and managing prediabetes but are less aware of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and similar patient resources.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190816prediabetesstudy.html

Screen Pregnant Patients for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults, recommending that all pregnant patients be screened.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007uspstf-asb.html

CDC Proposes Expanding Its HCV Testing Recommendations

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD

A team of Canadian researchers has developed a list of three dozen medications that must or could be dose-adjusted or avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200212ckdmeds.html

Evidence Lacking on Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

USPSTF: Screen for HBV Infection in People at Increased Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200512uspstfhbvscreen.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Metformin ER Products

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Task Force: Research Needed in Counseling Youth on Illicit Drugs

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Meningococcal Disease

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Studies Examine Antibiotic Resistance, Stewardship Issues

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

ACIP Updates Recommendations for Meningococcal Vaccination

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

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

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

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Gains CDC Approval

The CDC has given approval to a third vaccine candidate for use against the virus that causes COVID-19, a move that the AAFP supported after review.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210302jjvaccine.html

New Tools Guide Lifestyle Medicine Integration for FPs

The AAFP recently launched new tools to assist family physicians in counseling patients on diet, exercise, stress management and other aspects of lifestyle medicine, and in billing and coding for these services.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210603lifestylemed.html

Task Force: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized a recommendation regarding behavioral counseling interventions aimed at promoting healthy weight gain and preventing excess gestational weight gain in pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Patient Awareness of the Importance of Immunizations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder both of the importance of vaccines in protecting community health, and of the immunization-related resources the Academy offers members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210816immmonth.html

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final statement recommending low-dose aspirin as preventive medication after 12 weeks’ gestation in people at high risk for preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211007uspstfpreeclampsia.html

FPs Focus on Empowering Physicians, Protecting Patients

The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180501nccl-orgfin.html

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190402membersatsurv.html

NCCL Delegates Reject Purity Politics for PAC

Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders considered resolutions on FamMedPAC donation strategy and making AAFP meetings more welcoming to families, among other issues.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190430nccl-orgfinance.html

FPs Call for Expanding Education Topics in Residency

During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on a number of resolutions considered during the Reference Committee on Education hearing that was held April 26.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

2020 Member Survey Is Your Change to Steer AAFP's Work

The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the March 31 deadline.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

New Senior VP Takes Reins of AAFP Advocacy Efforts

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

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

AAFP Accepting Nominations for 2021 Public Health Award

Applications for the AAFP Public Health Award, which honors members who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving public health, are being accepted until May 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210406publichealthaward.html

Family Medicine RapSDI Program 2021 Scholars Announced

Following a lengthy application process, the Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative has selected two RapSDI scholars for 2021.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210707rapsdi.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

As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

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

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

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

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation

The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180509guest-innovation.html

Lessons Learned From a Legislative Victory

Tennessee AFP President Sherry L. Robbins, M.D., writes that courage and collaboration were critical in shutting down a potentially harmful scope-of-practice bill in her state legislature.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180622gsted-tennafp.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

Researchers Explore Diminishing Scope of FP Practice

A recent policy brief examines how the trend toward more employed physicians impacts scope of practice in family medicine, noting that a broader scope benefits both patients and physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180418scope.html

New Transformation in Practice Series Simplifies Change

A new product created for family physicians is now available to be used as a team-based tool that makes practice improvement smoother and easier.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180525tips.html

Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition

An article in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine examines patient and family caregiver attitudes about their experiences with care transition management following an acute hospitalization.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180628annalstransitions.html

Enroll Now for 2019 Proficiency Testing Program

On Aug. 1, the AAFP Proficiency Testing Program opens its 2019 program enrollment with online ordering for new clients and nine new modules.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180801proftesting.html

AAFP Decries 50 Percent Cut for E/M Codes with Modifier 25

The AAFP has asked a major private payer in Rhode Island to reconsider a proposed 50 percent cut for certain evaluation and management services.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180821bcbsri.html

Burnout in Residency Coordinators Tied to Job Satisfaction

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Study Reveals Troubling Test Scores of Assistant Physicians

Researchers found that a new category of medical licensure in Missouri drew individuals with lower pass rates on standard licensing exams and did not adequately address the problem of medically underserved areas.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181109asstphys.html

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine explores whether and when older patients are receptive to discussions about long-term life expectancy with their physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181126lifeexpectancy.html

Learn About Breastfeeding Protections in Clinical Settings

The AAFP and others hosted a free webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 11 that focused on the legal protections for breastfeeding in the health care industry.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190206breastfeedinglaw.html

Study Finds Family Physicians Offer More Value for Services

A comprehensive analysis of Medicare claims data revealed that on a per-patient basis, low-value care spending is less when care is provided by family physicians rather than by other primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190508low-value.html

Wonca Seeks New CEO to Head Global Operations

The World Organization of Family Doctors, better known as Wonca, is seeking a CEO to take the reins of this global, not-for-profit academic umbrella organization that represents more than 550,000 family and general practice physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617woncaceo.html

Study Tests Protocol to Expand Use of Medical Translators

Recent research identified benefits and drawbacks to a protocol in which medical assistants arranged for language translation during the rooming process -- before the clinician ever entered the room.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190717translationstudy.html

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

The AAFP and six other health organizations have published a "Dear Colleague" letter that encourages health care professionals to ensure that adolescent patients present for a well visit at age 16.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190812well16yo.html

AAFP Query Prompts CMS Order on Pneumococcal Vaccine Denial

In response to AAFP concerns that some physicians' Medicare claims for administering pneumococcal vaccinations have been denied, CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191016claimsedits.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

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

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

AAFP Fields New Resource on Coding, Documentation Changes

Members are invited to review the latest addition to the AAFP’s collection of information, resources and tools regarding new office visit evaluation and management coding and documentation guidance that took effect on Jan. 1: the 2021 Office Visit E/M Guidelines Module.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210127e-mcodeguidelines.html

Behavioral Health Collaborative Seeks FPs for Study

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Latest FPM Supplement Examines Innovative Care Delivery

The latest installment in the FPM journal’s supplement series on value-based payment, 'Innovative Care Delivery: Behavioral Health Integration and Home-based Primary Care,' highlights these two alternative care solutions.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210527innovcaredeliv.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

Panel: Buprenorphine 'Can Give Patients Their Lives Back'

During a Family Medicine Experience main-stage presentation on opioids, an HHS representative said family physicians can help curb the crisis by prescribing buprenorphine. A panel of family physicians agreed.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-opioids.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

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

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

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Pandemic Is Shining a Light on Health Disparities

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

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

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

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

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