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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

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200113fdf-chase.html

Med Students Belong in Priority Group for COVID-19 Vaccine

The AAFP updated its policy regarding medical learners and the pandemic to specify that medical students should be included with other health professionals who are prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210119studentsvaccine.html

Medical Educator Is Keen on Evidence

Whether through conference presentations, journals, mentoring or podcasting, Steven Brown, M.D., is delivering evidence-based medicine to students, residents and physicians.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180806fdf-sbrown.html

Medical Student Finding Ways to Connect with Patients, Peers

Communication is the common thread in the numerous projects medical student Valentina Sedlacek is undertaking to help patients and draw her peers to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210830fdf-sedlacek.html

Medicare Advantage Plans Must Rein in Prior Authorizations

The AAFP joined nearly 100 other medical organizations in asking CMS for stronger oversight of Medicare Advantage prior authorization rules.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190308mapriorauth.html

Medicare and Medicaid: 'Doing the Right Thing for Those in Need'

Medicare and Medicaid provide coverage for 120 million Americans, but creation of the programs initially met with fierce opposition. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks back at the evolution of the programs as they approach their 50th anniversaries.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win

CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200128acupuncturepayment.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

Michael Eisner: Find Your 'Why' and Embrace It

Former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner spoke about the importance of finding meaning in your work and making the most of opportunities during a mainstage speech at the Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190927fmx-eisner.html

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

MIPS: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

MMWR Report: Fewer Youth Say They Use Tobacco Products

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

MMWR: COVID-19 Has Provoked Drop in Childhood Immunizations

A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely affecting childhood immunizations in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200508covidvax.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

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180523uspstfmaltreat.html

More Study Needed on Illicit Drug Use Counseling in Youth

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and evidence review that addressed primary care-based prevention of illicit drug use among children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191022uspstf-illicitdrugsyouth.html

More U.S. Students Match to Family Medicine in Record Year

In the first entirely unified match for allopathic and osteopathic medical students, the total number of U.S. students and graduates matching into the specialty increased by 103 while the overall family medicine match increased by nearly 500.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200320matchday.html

Moving from Meaningless to Meaningful Use

The flawed meaningful use program does not move our health care system closer to widespread adoption of electronic health records, and it is time for a change. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin explains why the Academy is launching an advocacy ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Moving in the Right Direction on Menthol

A proposed federal ban on menthol and other cigarette flavors is a big win for AAFP advocacy — and essential to achieving health equity.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210512itt-menthol.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

My Rx Is Simple: Do Less

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free time is undervalued in our society and that it's OK to say "no" to things that might overwhelm our schedules.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191113fp-doless.html

NAM Publishes New Research on Opioid Tapering

The National Academy of Medicine recently published a discussion paper on best practices for opioid tapering for patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200825opioidtapering.html

National Conference Panelist's Message: Speak Out and Lead

Tamieka Howell, M.D., wants other women and minorities to see that they can do what she's done: fill leadership roles at state and national levels.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200720fdf-howell.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

NC Panelists Recommend Looking Back to Move Forward

The AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students opened Aug. 2 with a main stage event that featured a panel of health equity advocates discussing how to best address social determinants of health, reduce inequalities in health care and successfully ...

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180808nc-mainstage1.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

NCCL Delegates Tackle Wide Range of Advocacy Issues

The Reference Committee on Advocacy at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders discussed more than a dozen wide-ranging issues aimed at protecting family physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

NDEP Updates Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

The National Diabetes Education Program has released an update to its Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which was first published in 2014.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180905ndepprinciples.html

Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line

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

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

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180219nchsdepression.html

Never Say Never: Social Media Can Be a Force for Good

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that it takes a village in the digital age means children need to be able to turn to trusted adults not only in person but on social media, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210625fp-socialmedia.html

New AAFP Policy Protects Medical Learners During Pandemic

The AAFP has issued a new policy intended to support and protect medical learners during the COVID-19 pandemic and similar types of public health crises.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200409medlearnerpolicy.html

New AAFP President Heeded Call to Serve

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

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

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

New AAFP President Thrives on Serving Patients, Community

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., sat down with AAFP News to tell family physicians about himself and discuss issues he'll tackle in the coming year, including spurring development of EHR systems that suit the way family physicians work.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190925leroyqa.html

New AAFP President: Fight Back Against Misinformation

In a Sept. 28 speech during the Family Medicine Experience, new AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., shared his path to leadership and urged others to be advocates for patients and family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210928fmx-ransone.html

New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

Shawn Martin highlights two new free Academy resources -- one related to payment and one intended to improve patient care -- in the latest In The Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180123ITT_Resources.html

New AAFP Resources Prepare Members for E/M Coding Changes

The AAFP is rolling out resources to help members take advantage of big changes to office/outpatient evaluation and management visit coding -- and payment -- that are coming Jan. 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200528emresources.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

New Academy President Says No to Status Quo

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., told virtual FMX attendees that it was time for family medicine to take its rightful place as the foundation of a high-quality health care system.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201014stewartspeech.html

New CME Helps Family Physicians Fight Imposter Syndrome

A new, member-exclusive CME activity on overcoming imposter syndrome aims to support family physicians who are underrepresented in medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210719impostercme.html

New CMS Strategy Aims to Benefit Small-town America

CMS announced a new strategy intended to ensure that the 60 million people who live in rural areas of the United States have the same access to affordable, high-quality health care as the rest of the country.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180515cmsrural.html

New Data From AAFP Reveals Increased Complexity of Family Physician Visits

AAFP Reveals Increased Complexity of Family Physician Visits

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/complexity-of-care-of-family-physician-visit.html

New Diabetes Diagnosis Could Benefit Household

A study published in the July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine found that partners of patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to improve their health behaviors than are partners of patients without the disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180713diabetespartners.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.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

New HHS/ONC Tool Helps Consumers Access Health Records

Patients may come to their next appointment ready to talk about a new resource that aims to help patients, parents and caregivers access and use health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180413patientrecords.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.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

New Payment Model Deserves Quick Approval, AAFP Tells HHS

After being greenlighted by a panel of experts Congress convened last year, testing for a new payment model created by the AAFP and tailored for primary care is only awaiting federal approval, the Academy recently reminded HHS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180330apmletter.html

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen

A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181015obesityrpt.html

New Research Examines Diversity in Family Medicine

New research shows that although the family physician workforce has diversified over the past 30 years, some racial and ethnic minorities remain underrepresented.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102jabfmdiversity.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

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

New Research Shows Family Medicine Scope Is Shrinking

Findings published in Annals of Family Medicine show that family medicine's scope of practice is being eroded even as residents say their training is more comprehensive.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180206annalsscope.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

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission

New research suggests that obesity in patients who contract influenza may prolong viral shedding time and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180813flu-obesity.html

New Study, Guidance Affirm Transgender Patients' Care Needs

A recent study and updated clinical guidance remind physicians that treating transgender patients starts with providing solid primary care services along with nonjudgmental communication.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190724lgbtcare.html

New Toolkit Helps Members Address Chronic Pain

The AAFP has published a new Chronic Pain Toolkit, providing family physicians with the latest resources and information to help them effectively assess, diagnose and manage chronic pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210301cptoolkit.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

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

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

Newly Released Tools Support HHS Plan to End HIV Epidemic

On Sept. 3, the CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources to support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection and help keep those infected with HIV healthy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190913stophiv.html

No Margin, No Mission: Better Physician Pay = Better Patient Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines six areas of focus where the Academy's advocacy work is aimed at improving payment for primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190108itt-betterpayment.html

No Need to Yield: Advocacy Is Our Lane

Some people think physicians should stay out of politics, but Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that being an advocate is a role that physicians must embrace.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181212lv-advocacy.html

No, I'm Not 'Settling' for Family Medicine

Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes that misconceptions about family medicine are "toxic" for medical students and negatively affect an already inadequate primary care workforce.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes

A review of military health records has found that veterans who received nonpharmacologic therapies to manage chronic pain are less likely than those who did not to experience long-term adverse outcomes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200115nonpharmtx.html

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.html

Not So Fast: AAFP Urging FTC Scrutiny of Health Industry Mergers

Mergers in the health industry—whether hospitals, health systems, or health insurance companies—can increase costs and decrease competition. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin explains how the Academy is fighting business deals that are bad for ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

NY Physicians, Health Officials Create EVALI Assessment Tool

A diverse group of medical professionals and public health officials, including a team of physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., recently created a vaping-related lung illness assessment tool.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191204evalitool.html

Obesity Associated With Risk of Early-onset CRC in Women

A study published online in JAMA Oncology found a connection between obesity and an increased risk of early-onset colorectal cancer among women younger than age 50.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181023obesitycrc.html

Offer Behavioral Counseling to Prevent CVD in at-Risk Adults

On May 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent cardiovascular disease in at-risk adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200520uspstfcvd.html

Offer Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Kids, Teens

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Offer to Prescribe Medication to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final statement recommending risk-reducing medications for women who have an increased risk for breast cancer and a low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190909uspstf-breastcameds.html

ONC Webinar to Outline How Information Blocking Affects You

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host a Sept. 14 webinar designed to update physicians on the finer points of recently implemented information-blocking regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210908infoblockwebinar.html

ONC’s Information Blocking Rule Takes Effect April 5

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

One Good Look at Vast Scope of Family Medicine, and I Was Hooked

New AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., was working as a hospital orderly when exposure to family medicine residents changed his path.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170913lv-munger.html

Organizations Call for $50 Million to Study Gun Violence

Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190226gunresearch.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

Osteopathic Match Again Shows Family Medicine on Top

Results from the 2018 American Osteopathic Association Match Day show osteopathic medical school seniors and newly minted D.O. physicians who participated in the AOA Match favor family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180214osteomatch.html

Osteopathic Workshop to Emphasize Comprehensive Approach

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center physician Jarrod Harrall, D.O., answers our questions about The Osteopathic Approach: FMX Preconference Workshop.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210909doapproach.html

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

The FDA recently warned that OTC teething products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than age 2, and that adults and older children should use benzocaine oral drug products only if they contain specific warnings on the drug label.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180530fdabenzocaine.html

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210318itt-arpa.html

Pandemic Exposes Flaws in Health Care Payment System

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the many challenges that the fee-for-service system presents to primary care. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn examines what needs to change.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200623itt-payment.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

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

Panel: Payment Models Need More Incentives, Fewer Burdens

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Panelists Describe Turning Passion Into Patient Advocacy

Panelists speaking at the AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders on April 25 highlighted how they built on their passion for patient care to expand their advocacy efforts outside the office setting and effect change in their communities.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190507nccl-advocacypanel.html

Panelists Outline Anti-racism Advocacy Strategies for Students

Panelists at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students identified six strategies medical students can take to help diversify the physician workforce and improve outcomes for patients of color.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210812nc-antiracism.html

Parental Leave in Family Medicine Residencies Varies Widely

Parental leave policies and practices vary considerably among family medicine residency programs across the United States, according to a new study.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191115parentalleave.html

Part II: Sharing Our Workforce, Clinical Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy's priorities related to physician workforce and clinical expertise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180220ITT_Priorities2.html

Participants Share Lessons Learned From Virtual Match

With another residency interview season approaching, AAFP News gathered a program director, a student advisor and an intern to get their insights from the 2021 virtual Match and their thoughts regarding 2022. Read more in this QandA.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210824matchqa.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

Patient Privacy Crucial in SUD Fight, Academy Tells HHS

The AAFP supports a proposed federal rule that acknowledges privacy is essential when family physicians are treating patients who have substance use disorder.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191030samhsaprivacy.html

Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191203fp-screening.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

Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition

The World Health Organization has released a list of essential lab tests to ensure patients around the globe receive the right tests and treatment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180626wholabs.html

Patients, Physicians, Payer Benefit From Primary Care Investment

By investing in primary care, a BlueCross BlueShield program has helped reduce hospital admission rates by 19 percent and reduced readmissions by 20 percent while reducing spending by more than $600 million in a four-year period. Participating primary care practices have reaped ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Pause Recommended on Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Payment Tops FPs' Agenda at Town Hall

During a Town Hall meeting before the 2018 Congress of Delegates convened, AAFP leaders discussed the need to double the nation's investment in primary care. A few states already have moved to do so.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181008townhall.html

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