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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

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190419uspstfleadfinal.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

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

The AAFP is mailing all active and resident family physician members full-color laminated copies of the 2019 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190429immschedsmailed.html

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable

Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190515maternaldeath.html

AAFP Joins U.S. Call to Action on Climate Change

The AAFP has joined more than 70 other organizations in signing on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. The document features 10 policy recommendations that government leaders can use to address climate change.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190702climatecall2action.html

Webinar Will Cover Best Practices for Tapering Opioids

The National Academy of Medicine will host a free webinar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 22 to discuss best practices and evidence standards on tapering patients off opioids. NAM plans to publish a discussion paper that builds on the webinar early next year.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190710opioidtaper.html

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Risks of Marijuana Use

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recently issued an advisory on the health risks associated with marijuana use in adolescents and pregnant women, warning that no amount of the drug has been deemed safe.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190912sg-marijuana.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

AAFP Releases Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

The AAFP's new marijuana and cannabinoids position paper describes marijuana and related substance misuse as "complex issues impacting family medicine, patient health and public health."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190920cannabispaper.html

Survey Examines Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults

A survey of more than 169,000 American adults found that individuals with one or more documented medical conditions are far more likely to use marijuana than those without a medical condition.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016marijuanasurvey.html

Study Finds No Link Between IIV, Miscarriage

A study published in the journal Vaccine on Oct. 16 found no association between administration of inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women and miscarriage.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030iiv-sab.html

Measles Infection Weakens Global Immune Defenses, Say Studies

Recently published research shows the degree to which measles infection can adversely affect a person's immune system, a condition that can last for months or even years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191119measlesimmunity.html

CDC Issues Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity

The CDC recently released a Health Alert Network advisory to notify physicians that influenza activity nationally remains high, primarily due to heightened circulation of influenza B/Victoria viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200116fluactivity.html

CDC Updates Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus

As the CDC continues to update its interim guidance for health care professionals on the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the AAFP will work to rapidly relay that information to members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200205coronavirusupdt.html

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies

A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200220sgcessationreport.html

Study: Many Young Women Receiving Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

More than half of all pelvic examinations performed in women younger than 21 may be unnecessary, new research suggests. And nearly three-fourths of Pap tests in these patients may not be needed.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200225pelvicexams.html

AAFP Creates COVID-19 Member Community, Preparation Checklist

The AAFP continues to work with the CDC and state/local health departments to disseminate the latest coronavirus disease 2019 guidance to Academy members through one resource.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200311coronavirus4.html

Study: Effective Communication Key During Health Crises

Findings from a recently published study involving family physicians reaffirm the Academy's efforts to inform and educate its members during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200420riskcomms.html

Survey Tracks COVID-19's Effects on Delayed Medical Care

Results of a CDC survey indicate that more than 40% of American adults have avoided or delayed receiving medical care due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200929delayedcare.html

Virtual Town Hall Updates FPs on COVID-19 Vaccine Work

The AAFP held a virtual Town Hall on Oct. 7 to share the latest news on COVID-19 vaccine development and offer guidance on patient communication.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201012covidvaccine.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

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in At-risk Adults

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Asthma Guideline Update Aims to Improve Care, Shared Decisions

Updated asthma management guidelines will influence treatment of mild and persistent asthma in more patient-centered ways, says an FP who contributed to the work.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210113asthmaguideline.html

AAFP, NAM Partner to Host Opioid Tapering Webinar

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Screen At-risk Individuals for Hepatitis B Virus Infection

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Report Finds Fewer American Youths Use Tobacco Products

A new report from the CDC and FDA has found that while use of several types of tobacco products declined between 2019 and 2020, about one in six middle school and high school students still use tobacco products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210121youthtobacco.html

USPSTF: Do Not Screen for Carotid Artery Stenosis

On Feb. 2, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210212uspstfcas.html

USPSTF Recommends Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of aspirin to prevent morbidity and mortality from preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210308uspstfpreeclampsia.html

Task Force Recommends Screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A draft recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia in all sexually active women age 24 years and younger, and in women age 25 years and older who are at increased risk of infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210316uspstfgcct.html

AAFP Updates Recommendation on Lung Cancer Screening

The Academy has published an updated recommendation that supports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final recommendation on screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210406lungcancer.html

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Authorized for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for individuals aged 12 to 15 years. A May 17 AAFP webinar will give FPs the opportunity to learn more and ask questions of two CDC Vaccine Task Force members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210513pfizerteens.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

Task Force Lowers Recommended Age to Start CRC Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its updated recommendation for colorectal cancer screening, lowering the age at which to initiate routine screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Studies Compare Antibiotic Use Before, During Pandemic

Two CDC-funded studies appear to shed light on antibiotic prescribing trends seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that although some short-term increases were seen among agents specifically investigated as potential COVID treatment options, overall antimicrobial prescribing was ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Academy Rolls Out New Tobacco Cessation Resources

The AAFP, with a supporting grant from the CVS Health Foundation, has developed several new tobacco cessation resources that members can download and use to help patients at the point of care.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210616ask-act-resources.html

CDC Recommends Masks in Schools, COVID-19 Hot Spots

The CDC, in response to increased circulation of the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, updated its guidance to recommend use of masks in schools, as well as in other indoor locations in areas with substantial COVID-19 transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210729covidmasks.html

Three New Reports Highlight Importance of COVID Vaccination

Three new CDC studies reviewed the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infections and hospitalizations, and an AAFP commission chair highlights takeaways for FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210820mmwrcovidvaccs.html

ACIP Revises Immunization Best Practice Guidelines

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made a series of updates to its General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization on Aug. 10 to provide clinicians with the latest guidance and address patient concerns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210823acipbestpract.html

Screening Recommended for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in all sexually active women 24 years or younger, as well as those who are older and at increased risk for infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210929uspstfuspstfgcct.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

People in the News/Awards -- March 2019

In March, four Academy members were named to prominent leadership positions or received various honors for their work.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190401people-march.html

Delegates Focus on Race in Medicine, Gender-affirming Care

During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on numerous resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, many of which focused on addressing race-based aspects of medical care and implicit bias.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

ACLF Speakers Urge FPs to Advocate for Health System Reform

During a panel discussion on health system reform at the AAFP's 2019 Annual Chapter Leader Forum, speakers said politicians are unlikely to change the health care system without action by patients and physicians.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190506aclf-2020.html

AMA Honors Henley With Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA honored former AAFP EVP and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., with a lifetime achievement award. Henley urged attendees of the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates to support greater investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201118amahenley.html

Delegates Address COVID-19 Pandemic on Multiple Fronts

The AAFP’s delegation sponsored, supported and helped amend a handful of resolutions regarding COVID-19 during the recent Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201125amameeting.html

Addressing Health Equity, Social Determinants From Many Angles

The AAFP has made significant progress in addressing health equity and social determinants of health from a number of perspectives over the past decade.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210401nmhm.html

Leadership Conference Town Hall Covers Gamut of Key Issues

Discussion at the 2021 Annual Leadership Conference Town Hall touched on issues of importance to family physicians, including increasing payment, telemedicine, workforce and COVID-19.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210517townhall.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

CMS Launches User-friendly QPP Data Submission System

It's time for physicians to begin reporting their 2017 Quality Payment Program data, and now they can do so via CMS' new submission system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180104qppdatasubmit.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

CMS Releases Updated 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

CMS has finally updated an online tool that physicians need so they can check their eligibility for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180411mipstool.html

Demo Project Would Waive MIPS Requirements for Some Physicians

CMS seeks to hasten the transition to a value-based health care system with implementation of new demonstration project for clinicians who participate in programs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180710mipswaiver.html

Check Now: Your 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status May Have Changed

Physicians now can use a CMS tool to check their participation status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Physicians also may now view their Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on Physician Compare profile pages.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20181205mipseligibility.html

Eligible Clinicians: Report 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2

Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190114mipssubmission.html

In Defense of Family Medicine Certification

Craig Czarsty, M.D., former Board chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), offers a rebuttal to criticism of the ABFM's initial board certification and continuing certification processes.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180131guestedabfm.html

Spread the Word on May 22: FPs Treat Body and Mind

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., invites FPs to join a National Day of Action to let people know that when they need help, their family physician is a good place to start.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180511prezmsg.html

ABFM Certification Pilot Proves Worthy Alternative

The American Board of Family Medicine has announced it is extending its Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot through 2020. After six months as a participant, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., shares his take on the alternative exam.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190724gst-ed-fmcla.html

Students, You’re Better Prepared Than You Think

Residency programs and applicants participating in the Match can now begin entering their rank order lists. In this guest editorial, residents offer students tips to consider during this unique Match cycle.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210202guested-match.html

Didn’t Match (or Fill)? Don’t Panic

This year’s virtual Match process could result in more unmatched applicants and unfilled residency slots. Two experts offer tips on navigating the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210310guested-soap.html

AAFP Continues Working for Racial Equity

AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science Chair Scott Hartman, M.D., outlines the work the commission has undertaken regarding racial equity at the direction of the Academy's Congress of Delegates.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200922guested-equality.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study: EHRs Contribute to Family Physician Stress, Burnout

A survey of nearly 1,800 physicians in Rhode Island found that the use of electronic health records contributes significantly to stress and burnout among physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190116ehrstudy.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

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Study Links Patient Appointment Times, Cancer Screening Rates

New research suggests that patients' appointment time may factor into whether their primary care physician refers them for breast and/or colorectal cancer screening.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190531visit-time.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

Study: Talking About Medication Costs Yields Rewards

Researchers found that a 60-minute training intervention with physician practices helped increase the frequency of cost-of-medication conversations with patients, which, in turn, enabled clinicians to identify those for whom cost was a specific barrier.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190605costconversations.html

Researchers Push Primary Care Teams to 'Power Up'

Researchers describe a new model that extends clinician visits to team visits by pairing each physician with highly trained nurses or medical assistants.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190716primarycareteams.html

Value of Physical Exam Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

A new study documents family physicians' experiences and perceptions of the physical examination, which they reported can have both objective and subjective benefits in caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190805physexamstudy.html

Boost Naloxone Prescribing to Halt Opioid Overdose Deaths

A report on nationwide naloxone dispensing practices found that the ratio of naloxone prescriptions to high-dose opioid prescriptions is surprisingly low and that significant differences exist between dispensing rates in rural versus metropolitan areas.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190820naloxoneprescript.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

AAFP FAQ Aims to Educate FPs About Using Claims Data

The AAFP has created a document to help family physicians understand all-payer claims databases so they can advocate for greater state investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190906claimsdatabasefaq.html

Thinking of Forming a MIPS Virtual Group for 2020?

Family physicians who plan to form a virtual group for reporting during the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period must notify CMS of their intent by Dec. 31.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191106virtualgroup.html

Unsure About Primary Care First? Webinar Explains New Model

With the Primary Care First application deadline approaching, the AAFP and other groups have created a webinar to help physicians decide whether to join the new payment model.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200103pcfwebinar.html

Study Shows Ways to Effectively Manage Electronic Messages

Two dozen primary care physicians, including several family physicians, share techniques and strategies for electronic messaging and inbox management in a new study.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200121manageinbox.html

PCPs Outpace Specialists in Embracing Digital Health Tools

Use of digital health tools increased from 2016 to 2019, with FPs and other primary care physicians showing considerable interest in tools that allow them to provide remote patient care, a recent survey found.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200212digitalhealthtools.html

S.C. Family Physician Is Newly Named AMA President-elect

During last month's Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, South Carolina family physician Gerald Harmon, M.D., of Georgetown, was named the organization's president-elect.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200716harmonelected0.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

AAFP to Develop Value-based Payment Model for Primary Care

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

AAFP Seeks Women’s Equity and Leadership Project Candidates

The AAFP is seeking applicants to serve as members of a cohort participating in the Women’s Wellness Through Equity and Leadership project. Interested members have until Feb. 28 to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210211welproject.html

Conference Spotlights New Research to Benefit Primary Care

The talents of family medicine researchers from across the United States and elsewhere were on full display at the 48th annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210204napcrg.html

AAFP Tools Ease Patient Risk Stratification, Care Planning

Two AAFP resources ― the Risk-Stratified Care Management Scoring Algorithm and the Risk-Stratified Care Management Rubric ― can be useful in stratifying patients into risk levels based on utilization, chronic disease status, behavioral and mental health, and social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210505rscmtools.html

2022 Payment Adjustments for 2020 MIPS Performance Posted

CMS has released 2020 performance feedback for the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS-eligible clinicians can obtain their performance feedback, final score and MIPS payment adjustment information for 2022 from the QPP website.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210812mips2020feedback.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

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

Academy Officers Cover Key Issues at Town Hall

AAFP officers provided updates and answered members’ questions about issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, payment, telemedicine and health equity during a virtual Town Hall prior to the Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201012codtownhall.html

Political Panel: Post-election Health Care Forecast

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

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

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

Care for Special Populations in Pandemic Adds Challenges

From masks and social distancing to closing group homes, Kyle Jones, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that physicians caring for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face added challenges with COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200624fl-specialpopulations.html

How Our Community Practice Took On COVID ― and Beat It

When COVID-19 came to Lazarus Gehring, M.D.’s upstate New York community last year, he and his practice partners and staff saw they had an opportunity to do something historic. Yet they still managed to surprise themselves. Learn more in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20210930fl-gehringcovid.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

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

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