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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

America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose the Administration’s Decision to Jeopardize ...

America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose the Administration’s Decision to Jeopardize Access to Women’s Preventive Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/contraceptive-access-rules.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107uspstf-lead.html

CDC Provides Influenza Updates, New Clinician Resources

The CDC recently issued an update on the current flu season and published resources to help clinicians make a strong recommendation that their patients receive the flu vaccine.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107cdcflu.html

Survey Takes Hard Look at Physician-Patient Conversations

A new Harris Poll survey indicates that considerable gaps exist in communication between patients and primary care physicians, with physicians tending to focus more on physical well-being and treatments than on other factors important to patients, such as mental health, diet and sleep.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181107doc-patientcomms.html

Should We Talk Politics With Patients?

As this year's contentious midterm campaigns draw to a close, Chris Baumert, M.D., ponders how physicians should handle patients' political questions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181105fp-politics.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

Leading From Within the Health Care System

Ajoy Kumar, M.D., realized as an intern just how broken our health care system is. He's been working to change that ever since.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181105fdf-kumar.html

PrEP Your High-risk Patients to Help Protect Them From HIV

Jeffrey Kirchner, D.O., AAHIVS, outlines how family physicians can determine whether a patient could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181102prephiv.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

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

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031acipmeeting.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

Why We Need More Physician Entrepreneurs

In an era of increasing physician employment, Allison Edwards, M.D., explains why she chose to open her own practice and why she thinks others should, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181030fp-entrepreneurs.html

AAFP Nudges ONC Toward EHR Interoperability

The Academy has offered feedback to the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability, usability and certification testing.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181030oncltr.html

Taking the Family Medicine Message to the Masses

Former AAFP President Richard Roberts, M.D., J.D., may have retired from his day jobs, but he's still working for family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181029fdf-roberts.html

Screen Reproductive-aged Women for Intimate Partner Violence

On Oct. 23, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181026uspstf-ipv.html

Study Underscores Role of Effective Physician Communication

Study results show that when a physician is able to effectively communicate with parents about the benefits of vaccination, those parents are more likely to have their child vaccinated.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181025hpv-vacc.html

The Never-ending Quest to Achieve Health for All

Forty years ago, the nations of the world put out a call for health care for all. This week, nearly 200 countries renewed their commitment to primary care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181025guested-almaata.html

A Look Ahead to Election Day and a Look Back at FMX

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers his thoughts on the upcoming election and his top five highlights from the recent Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181023itt-fmxtop5.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

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

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

We Shouldn't Have to Struggle to Put Patients First

U.S. hospital care costs exceeded $1 trillion last year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D. -- a bargain newborn in 1954 at $43.45 -- says the industrial approach to medicine must change.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181019lv-patientsfirst.html

Take a Look: Three New AAFP TIPS Products Now Available

The AAFP recently added three new topics to the Transformation in Practice Series that the Academy launched last spring: clinical data registries, continuity of care and team documentation.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181019newtips.html

A Workforce Without Women? Good Luck, Chuck

Kimberly Becher, M.D., responds to recent statements by politicians who questioned women's place in the workforce. Spoiler alert: She's not amused.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181016fp-nowomen.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

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

FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis

Many rural communities are losing access to maternity care. AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that his rural Alaska community offers proof that family physicians can fill that void.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181010lv-obdeserts.html

Advocating for Our Patients in the #MeToo Era

In words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., counters misconceptions regarding sexual violence with truths that she has learned from a clinical practice devoted to helping survivors.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181009fp-sexualassault.html

Reclaiming Family Medicine's Broad Scope Benefits Everyone

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the debate about family medicine scope of practice shouldn't focus just on midlevel providers, but also on subspecialists.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181009itt-scope.html

JAMA Research Challenges Perceptions of Physician Burnout

Research recently published in JAMA found no clear consensus on how physician burnout is measured or defined. A second study in the same issue examined the prevalence of burnout among medical residents and how it affected their views of their profession and specialty choice.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20181008burnoutresearch.html

We're Making Progress on the Issues That Matter to FPs

As his term comes to an end, Michael Munger, M.D., reflects in this Leader Voices Blog post on his year as AAFP president and ponders the challenges that remain for family medicine.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181008lv-mungerfinale.html

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult.

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult.

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/gun-safety-media-kit.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

Survey Finds One in Three U.S. Teens Texts While Driving

New research has found that more than one in three U.S. teenagers sends a text message or reads email on their cellphone while driving, and that the prevalence of such risky behaviors increases with age.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180928textndrive.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

AAFP Supports CMS Move Toward Equitable Payment Rules

The AAFP said CMS should finalize a policy proposal in its proposed rule on the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system that would reduce payment differences between sites of service and also suggested another way to fix Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180926oppscomment.html

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180925itt-acos.html

Why I'm Building a Solo Practice -- Again

More than 30 years into practice, Erica Swegler, M.D., explains in this Leader Voices Blog post why she decided to buck current employment trends and go back to her roots as a solo family physician.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180925lv-solopractice.html

Heart Attack Risk Doubles for Daily E-cigarette Users

Using e-cigarettes every day almost doubles the risk for myocardial infarction, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For those who use e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes concurrently, the risk is fivefold.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180924ecigstudy.html

Training the Next Generation of Family Physicians

Philip Diller, M.D., PhD., recently was named senior associate dean for educational affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He said it's important for more family physicians to take on roles as academic deans.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180924fdf-diller.html

AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180921kidscarsafety.html

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an electronic health record-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180919ehrsdoh.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

Want to Be a Physician Leader? Just Take the Reins

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., says physicians are natural leaders. She's working to ensure her colleagues feel empowered to create change.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180917fdf-bhuyan.html

Keep Cancer-fighting Tax on Tanning, Groups Tell Congress

The AAFP is asking the House of Representatives to preserve a tax on indoor tanning -- and calling on Academy members to add their voices in support.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180914tanningtax.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912htntxfalls.html

AAFP Offers CMS Five Major Changes to Fee Schedule

The AAFP submitted 92 pages of comments to help CMS create a Medicare physician fee schedule that works for family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers a summary in his latest In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180911itt-mpfs.html

A Hiring Manager's Perspective on the Art of Interviewing

Are you looking for a job or preparing for residency interviews? Hiring manager Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., tells you what she's looking for when she's interviewing candidates.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180910fp-interviewer.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

Why Does Equal Pay for Equal Work Still Elude Us?

The compensation gap between male and female physicians is widening. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., writes that this inequity is inexcusable and must end.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180907lv-genderpaygap.html

CDC Releases Guidance for 2018-19 Influenza Season

On Aug. 24, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizing recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180906seasonalflurecs.html

AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear 'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law

The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180905starkletter.html

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180905twentyfiveby2030.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

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Concussions Can Happen to Anyone, Not Just Football Players

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

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Don't Forget Why You Chose Medicine in the First Place

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes that remembering why you chose a career in medicine can be as important as how you go about pursuing that career.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180904lv-yourwhy.html

Counseling Helps Prevent Perinatal Depression in High-risk Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831uspstfperidep.html

Study: Obesity at Young Age Increases Cancer Risk Later

Recently published research suggests that young individuals who are obese run a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer later in life.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831obesitycancer.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

Conflicting Beliefs Shouldn't Hinder Patient Care

Recent news of pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions raises a question: What happens when the beliefs of a health care professional conflict with those of a patient?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180828lv-pharmrefusal.html

And Down the Stretch They Come

As we near the final stretch of the midterm campaigns, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how FamMedPAC supports candidates who support primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180828itt_midterms.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

Short-term Inactivity May Trigger Diabetes Symptoms

Results of a recently published small study suggest that a sudden, short-term drop in physical activity may produce diabetes symptoms in older adults at risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180822inactivediabetes.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

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

The Illogical Cost of Care: Why Do We Stand for It?

Allison Edwards, M.D., and colleagues banded together to erase more than $1 million of patients' medical debt. But for others, cost and lack of transparency lead to financial crisis. Learn more in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180821fp-carecost.html

How Will Medicare Shared Savings Program Changes Affect You?

The AAFP is urging family physicians to join a free webinar on Aug. 20 that will outline proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180817msspwebinar.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

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815choosingwisely.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for AFib With ECG

On Aug. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography to prevent stroke.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815uspstf-afib.html

Employers Must Play Active Role in Burnout Prevention

For the good of patients, physicians and the bottom line, employers have to start doing more to promote physician wellness and prevent burnout, writes Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180814fp-burnoutemployers.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

AAFP's Opioid Survey Seeks Powerful Firsthand Testimony

The Academy is seeking member feedback regarding pain management and the opioid epidemic. Your response to a 10-minute survey will help support the AAFP's advocacy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180813opioidsurvey.html

Birth, Death, Hope and Money: Stories of Family Medicine

A diverse panel of five family physicians offered students and residents their perspectives on family medicine -- stories of triumphant hope and success -- during the 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : CME

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

Residents Tackle Tough Issues to Ensure Good Patient Care

Residents attending the AAFP's 2018 National Congress of Family Medicine Residents wrote and discussed more than two dozen resolutions on issues ranging from electronic health records to women's health.

AAFP News : CME

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

Rural Locums Provide Balance for Urban Doc

Mixing rural locum tenens shifts with her urban direct primary care practice keeps Allison Edwards, M.D., balanced and allows her to work at the full breadth of her training.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180806fp-locums.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

Rise of 'JUULing' Among Youth Sparks Sharp Response

JUUL, a popular brand of e-cigarette, is the focus of an FDA crackdown, multiple lawsuits and, most recently, an ongoing investigation by one state's attorney general. The AAFP has created resources to help educate family physicians and their patients about the device.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180806juul.html

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations

Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180803fdtnimmunawards.html

Why Am I a Family Physician? Because FPs Are the 'Real Docs'

Why family medicine? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes the case for students to choose the specialty and for policymakers to invest more in it.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180803lv-fmchoice.html

Study Examines Role of Various Factors in Hearing Aid Use

A new study examines the socioeconomic factors that determine whether a person with hearing loss owns or uses hearing aids, while recent legislation aims to make it easier for people to afford these types of devices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180801hearingaids.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

Academy Sends MACRA Concerns, QPP Advice to Congress

In a recent letter to Congress, the Academy expressed support for the overall goals of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act while outlining key strategies to improve its Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180801macraltr.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

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180731itt_feeschedule.html

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

AAFP Joins Push for Tough FDA Stance on Black Market Tobacco

Bootlegged cigarettes are only part of the illicit tobacco picture, according to a July 16 letter the AAFP and other stakeholder groups sent to the FDA.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180726illicittobacco.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

AAFP Calls for Wide-ranging Approach to Lowering Drug Prices

The AAFP offered multiple suggestions, as well as some cautionary advice, in response to an HHS request for information on ways to lower drug prices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724hhsdrugsltr.html

AAFP Issues Summary of Proposed 2019 Medicare Fee Schedule

The AAFP has created a two-page summary of CMS' proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. The summary is a precursor to a much lengthier and detailed formal comment letter the AAFP will submit by the agency's Sept. 10 deadline.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724mpfssumm.html

'Country Doc' Leading Health Advocacy in Lone Star State

As he winds down his fourth decade in practice, Douglas Curran, M.D., remains a leading physician advocate in his state as president of the Texas Medical Association.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180723fdf-curran.html

Opportunities, Not Incentives, Drive PCPs to Do Better

In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., writes that policymakers should abandon the carrot-and-stick approach to payment schemes and give physicians time to provide better care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180720fp-opportunity.html

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

Community Colleges Hold Key to Family Medicine Diversity

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

AAFP News : CME

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

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

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