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End-of-life Care Is as Important as All Care Preceding It

In this Leader Voices Blog post, family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., shares her first experience with helping a terminally ill patient decide how she wanted to live her final days.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191213lv-endoflife.html

ENDS Not a Means to Achieve Youth Cessation, AAFP Tells FDA

The AAFP recently told the FDA in no uncertain terms that electronic nicotine delivery systems are not an evidence-based method for youth nicotine cessation.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190108youthends.html

ENDS Not Effective as Tobacco Cessation Method, Says Study

According to a study recently published in PLOS ONE, users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) who also smoke cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking than are smokers who don't use ENDS.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180731endsstudy.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

Even an Occasional Cigarette Greatly Boosts Mortality Risk

A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181121nondailysmkrs.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

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

Evidence on Screening for Atrial Fibrillation Inconclusive

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation statement that concludes current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210504uspstfafib.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

Expand, Don’t Reduce, COVID-19 Testing, AAFP and Others Tell HHS

In a Sept. 3 letter, the AAFP and 234 other organizations called on HHS to reverse a recent change to COVID-19 testing guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200910testingletter.html

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline

Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is using research to understand the factors that influence student choice and, ultimately, improve the family physician pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180910fdf-phillips.html

Expecting an APM Bonus? Ensure CMS Knows Where to Send It

Physicians participating in CMS’ Quality Payment Program who qualified for an Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the 2018 performance year should receive their payment soon ― if CMS has their current billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201013aapmbonus.html

Expert Lists Ways to Boost Adolescent Immunization Rates

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak with AAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vaccineq-a.html

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

Family Medicine Cares: JUUL and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices are Bad for ...

Family Medicine Cares: JUUL and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices are Bad for Kids.

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Announces 2020 Scholars

The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is announcing that two scholars have been selected to begin work on clinical research projects.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200528rapsdischolars.html

Family Medicine Groups Join Call for Another Virtual Match

The AAFP and other family medicine organizations have issued recommendations for the 2021-22 Match cycle, including direction regarding virtual interviews, and the Academy has several resources to assist in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210709match2022.html

Family Medicine Laid Foundation for Public Health Career

Education and training in family medicine and public health led Tony Kuo, M.D., M.S.H.S., to a key role in the nation’s largest county.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210614fdf-kuo.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

Family Medicine Reaches New High in 2018 NRMP Match

Results from the 2018 National Resident Matching Program show family medicine residency programs gained ground for the ninth straight year.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180316match.html

Family Medicine's Role in Strengthening Public Health

National Public Health Week recently concluded. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the vital link between public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Family Physicians Aim to Grow AAFP, Embrace Inclusiveness

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

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

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

Family Physicians Alarmed by DOJ’s Request To Invalidate Affordable Care Act

Family Physicians Alarmed by DOJ’s Request to Invalidate Affordable Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/dojaca.html

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

Family Physicians Go Big With Advocacy Agenda

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

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

Family Physicians Have Role in Care of Undocumented Patients

Family medicine residents who serve predominantly immigrant communities partnered with anthropology and immigration specialists to answer questions about caring for undocumented patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191209guested-undocumented.html

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Family Physicians Learn to Say 'Yes, And …'

When things get awkward, "that's when you're learning something," Belinda Fu, M.D., told audience members during the April 25 plenary that launched the National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190426nccl-plenary.html

Family Physicians Remind Patients to Guard Children from Accidental Overdose

Family Physicians Remind Consumers to Guard Children from Accidental Overdose

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Familydoctor.org Adds New Writing Opportunity for Members

For the first time, the AAFP's award-winning consumer website familydoctor.org is accepting content submissions about patient care experiences from family physicians who are interested in authoring patient education materials.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20181219writefd-org.html

Familydoctor.org Helps Spread Flu Prevention Message

Familydoctor.org has created an online communications toolkit to help family physicians amplify key flu prevention messages to their patients this influenza season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181130famdocflukit.html

FAQ, Webinar Aim to Clarify How to Apply New E/M Guidelines

Six months have passed since the 2021 office visit/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines took effect, but many physicians still have questions about how to apply them. A new FAQ and upcoming webinar from the AAFP promise to provide answers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210616e-mresources.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

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Some Drugs Containing Valsartan

The FDA recently issued multiple safety alerts announcing voluntary recalls of drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan from a specific supply source.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725valsartan.html

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic that prioritizes enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180108fdahomeopathy.html

FDA Proposes Reducing Nicotine in Combustible Cigarettes

The FDA announced on March 15 that it was issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to explore reducing nicotine in cigarettes to "minimally or nonaddictive levels."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180321fdanicotine.html

FDA Updates Safety Warnings for Fluoroquinolones

The FDA has announced changes to the safety labeling of fluoroquinolones, including stronger warnings about mental health side effects and blood sugar disturbances.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180712fluoroquinolones.html

FDA Vaping Policy Is a Step in the Right Direction

FDA Vaping Policy Is a Step in the Right Direction

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/fda-vaping-policy-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html

FDA Warns of Increased Lymphoma Risk From Breast Implants

On Feb. 6, the FDA issued an update on the number of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, reporting that as of Sept. 30, 2018, the agency had received a total of 660 case reports globally since 2010.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225breastimplants.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

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease

The FDA is warning clinicians about prescribing clarithromycin to patients with heart disease because of the risk for serious cardiac and other complications -- and even death -- that persists years later.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180301clarithromycin.html

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears

The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can—and should—do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Fighting for a Fee Schedule That Works for You, Your Patients

The AAFP is working on a detailed response to the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule that steers CMS toward fixes that will help family physicians give patients the comprehensive, continuous care they expect.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180821presmsg-mpfs.html

Fighting for Family Medicine for the Next 50 Years

The AAFP is marking the 50th anniversary of family medicine with a focus on the future, redoubling work to ensure that FPs have the resources they need to continue giving patients the highest-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190207familymedat50.html

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

Final Thoughts on the SGR; A Look Ahead at MACRA

President Obama signed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 into law on April 16, which eliminates the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at what MACRA ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Finally, Alignment of Meaningful Quality Measures May be Reality

The AAFP, CMS, and other stakeholders recently released the Core Measure Set for Primary Care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the new alignment of quality measures should reduce administrative burden on primary care ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Finding a Way Forward, Together

Finding a Way Forward, Together

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Fix Disparities, Payment to Improve Maternal Health, AAFP Advises

The AAFP offered detailed advice to CMS on addressing the maternal mortality rate, including examining the role of racism, and improving access to care by family physicians and payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200603ruralmaternal.html

Fix Payment to Improve Veterans' Health Care, AAFP Tells VA

Better payment is needed to ensure a primary care workforce adequate to veterans' needs, the AAFP recently told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a proposed rule involving veterans receiving primary care outside the VA system.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409veteransaccess.html

Fix Physician Payment to Stem Opioid Epidemic, Says AAFP

A starting point for addressing the nation's opioid misuse epidemic would be to ensure physicians can spend enough time with patients and are compensated appropriately, the AAFP recently told a Senate committee.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180227senateopioid.html

Fix the Biggest Leak in the Primary Care Pipeline

Despite record numbers of medical students matching into family medicine, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., says U.S. allopathic medical schools must produce more family physicians.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200327guested-pipeline.html

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

FMAP Needs Long-term Bolstering, Say AAFP, Other Groups

A federal medical assistance percentage boost of at least 12% is vital to the nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP and more than 100 other groups told Congress in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200716fmapboost.html

FMX Offers Something for Every Family Physician

The AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) offers physicians the ability to earn an entire year's worth of CME, a jam-packed expo hall, and abundant social and networking opportunities.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/fmx_offers_something_for_every.html

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

Four Days of Family Medicine Advocacy

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Four Projects Aim to Shape Future of Family Medicine

The AAFP has launched new work that aims to move the needle for family medicine by focusing on administrative burden, public perception, advocacy and improving member interactions with the Academy.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190517specialprojects.html

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

The Resident, the latest TV medical drama, doesn't do physicians or patients any favors with its skewed portrayal of health care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180212fp-badtv.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

FP Is Taking a Direct Approach to Making Things Better

Allison Edwards, M.D., isn't shy about sharing her opinion when things need improvement. At two upcoming AAFP events, she'll share her perspective as a direct primary care practice owner.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190415fdf-edwards.html

FP Leads Residents in Care for Homeless Patients

Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191118fdf-rothenberg.html

FP Steps in With Compassion for Child Sex Abuse Victims

Samuel "Le" Church, M.D., M.P.H., literally rebuilt his practice so he could help childhood victims of sexual assault.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181015fdf-church.html

FPM Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

FPM Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care

A research report published in the January/February issue of FPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190416fpmdementia.html

FPM Supplement Series Offers Intro to Value-based Payment

A series of FPM journal supplements aims to spell out what the shift from volume- to value-based payment means for family physicians and how they can succeed in a burgeoning VBP environment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210318vbpsupplements.html

FPs Act on Data, Credentialing, Other Hot Topics

The 2018 Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement tackled topics ranging from claims data to credentialing.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

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

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

FPs Fight to Retain Full Scope, Ensure High-quality Care

The Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement at the 2019 Congress of Delegates discussed topics including privileging, credentialing, scope of practice and acupuncture.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

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

FPs Flock to Domino's Annual Evidence-based Update

Frank Domino, M.D., once again drew a huge crowd to his popular presentation on updates in evidence-based medicine at the Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

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

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative

An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180504cmslistening.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

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

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

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

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

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience

New research from the American Board of Family Medicine examines why physicians joined a practice transformation network, what they expected and what they got from the experience.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190528ptnetworsks.html

FPs Share Best Practices at Adolescent Immunization Summit

Family physicians and other participants at the AAFP's Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit held July 14-15 shared stories of specific changes that helped practices improve immunization rates for adolescents ages 11-18.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180718immsummit.html

FPs Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education

New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514postpartumgroup.html

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

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

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

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

FPs Take on Technology, Burnout, Patient Care Issues

At the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement heard testimony on issues related to technology, telemedicine, physician wellness and much more.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

FPs Talk Payment, Administrative Burden in Town Hall

Family physicians talked with AAFP officers about a number of hot-button issues during a Town Hall meeting before the 2019 Congress of Delegates officially convened in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190924townhall.html

FPs: Learn How to Use Hurricane 'External Cause' Codes

Updated guidance on external cause codes related to health care encounters after a hurricane went into effect on Oct. 1. It's important that family physicians in areas affected by such disasters know how to use these codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181001hurricanecodes.html

Free CME on Maternal Health Care Available Now

Family physicians and other clinicians can earn free CME on maternal health care thanks to an online program offered by the Office of Minority Health.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210415mhccme.html

Free Physicians From 'Transactional Tasks,' Authors Write

Assigning more tasks to nonphysicians can lead to better care and less burnout, according to an article in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180313personalizedcare.html

Fresh Perspectives

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Fresh Perspectives

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

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-70.html

Fresh Perspectives

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

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-50.html

Fresh Perspectives

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

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-60.html

Frontline Physicians Call on Politicians to End Political Interference in the Delivery ...

Our health care system faces many challenges. We call on policymakers to partner with us to advance policies that protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, expand access to timely, evidence-based health care, and eliminate health disparities in our nation.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/physicians-call-on-politicians-to-end-political-interference-in-the-delivery-of-evidence-based-medicine.html

Gallup Survey: Support for Childhood Vaccination Declining

Results of a recent Gallup survey indicate that overall support for childhood vaccinations has dropped 10% in the past two decades. The survey found that 84% of adults surveyed in 2019 said it was extremely or very important that parents vaccinate their children, down from 94% in 2001.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200318gallupvax.html

Gentrification Has Unintended Consequences for Urban Poor

Urban redevelopment has dire consequences for the longtime residents and businesses it displaces. Marie Ramas, M.D., addresses gentrification in her final Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180928fp-gentrification.html

Get Need-to-Know Facts on Ordering Durable Medical Equipment

Turn to new resources from Medicare administrative contractors for tips on prescribing and ordering durable medical equipment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181022dmeresources.html

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Give Newborns Antibiotic Ointment to Prevent Eye Infection

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation statement recommends applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919uspstfgon.html

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