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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

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

PCPs Should Play Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

It is critical that state and federal authorities do more to engage primary care physicians to help the United States reach the necessary COVID-19 vaccination rate.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210205lv-covidvacc.html

Pennsylvania Moves to Cut Administrative Burden on MAT

Pennsylvania and seven major insurers have agreed to end prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181120pennpriorauth.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

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180511psascreen.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

Physician Employment Questions? The AAFP Has You Covered

AAFP members need look no further than the Academy’s Employment Contracting webpage to find the information they need to land just the right job opportunity and negotiate an employment agreement that meets their personal and professional needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211005employresources.html

Physician Groups Urge CMS to Rethink Risk Payment Suspension

The AAFP and five other physician organizations are asking CMS to reconsider a decision to stop $10.4 billion in risk-adjustment payments to health insurers.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180712riskadj.html

Physician Well-being: Building on a Strong Foundation

AAFP News spoke with AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., about the Academy's ongoing plans to address family physicians' risk for burnout and promote physician well-being and resilience.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190102physwellbeing.html

Physicians Are Directly Impacted by Government, so You Should Directly Influence ...

Physicians Are Directly Impacted by Government, so You Should Directly Influence Government

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Pick-Your-Pace Program Can Help FPs Prepare for 2018

This year marks the initial performance period of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Programs. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights new resources available to help family physicians, and he ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk About Death

Dying in America has changed with medical technology, but our comfort level in talking about it has not. Leonard Reeves, M.D, discusses helping patients plan ahead.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171013lv-end-of-life.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

Poll: Drug Costs Top List of Public's Health Care Concerns

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, a wide majority of Americans are concerned about the high cost of many prescription drugs and think government action is needed to address the problem. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Practice and Career

This AAFP News section features stories on professional issues that affect how family physicians run their practices and design their work teams to offer high-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Practices Need Smooth Handoff to New APM Model, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently joined with scores of other organizations to offer CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation detailed advice on improving alternative payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210603cpcapm.html

Practicing in Rural Areas May Reduce Burnout, Study Finds

Results of a small pilot study suggest that family physicians who practice in rural areas have significantly lower burnout rates than their nonrural peers.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190816ruralburnout.html

Pre-conference Workshop Aims to Advance Health Equity

The Family Medicine Advancing Health Equity workshop aimed to help participants become change agents who lead the way to health equity.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180427equityworkshop.html

Pregnancy Taught Me How to ‘Lean Out’

In the midst of a difficult pregnancy, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that female physicians don’t always address their own needs, and she shares her personal story.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201029fp-leanout.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

Preparing for Flu Season During Pandemic

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the coming challenges of a flu season overlapping a pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200910fp-flu.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

Pride Month: Academy Updates LGBTQ Health Toolkit

In recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the AAFP has updated its LGBTQ Health Toolkit webpage with links to more than 20 related articles and blog posts, CME products, and policy statements.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210617lgbtqtoolkit.html

Primary Care Benefit Could Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs

The U.S. health care system focuses too much attention on caring for the sick rather than on preventing illness in the first place. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes that case in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171204lv-sickcare.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

Primary Care Is Key to Pandemic Recovery, AAFP Tells Senators

In member testimony and a letter, the AAFP asked the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on March 9 to center primary care in COVID-19 vaccination and other efforts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210324helpcommittee.html

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Program Directors: Virtual Interviews Better Than Expected

The pandemic forced the unprecedented step of moving all Match interviews online. In this QandA, four family medicine residency program directors share their insights regarding virtual interviews.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20201218matchqanda.html

Proposed Insurance Rule Won’t Protect Patients and Weakens Market

Proposed Insurance Rule Won’t Protect Patients and Weakens Market

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/proposed-insurance-rule-wont-protect-patients-and-weakens-market.html

Proposed Rule Would Hurt Transgender Patients, Women, Say Groups

A coalition that includes the AAFP recently objected to an HHS proposed rule that could allow discrimination against transgender people and restrict women's access to health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190603-1557rule.html

Put the iPad Down: Find Ways to Cut Back on Screen Time

Put the iPad Down: Find Ways to Cut Back on Screen Time

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/put_the_ipad_down_find.html

Questions About CME Credit? AAFP Has Answers

In this QandA, Steven Furr, M.D., chair of the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development, tackles frequently asked questions about CME and AAFP credit.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190423aafpcme.html

Questions About Telehealth? Get Answers in Upcoming Webinar

Whether you’re in a solo or small practice trying to grow a sustainable telehealth operation, or you’ve been tasked with leading telehealth efforts in your large practice, an upcoming AAFP webinar can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your practice and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201125telehealthwebinar.html

Ready Or Not, ICD-10 is Here

ICD-10 will be implemented this week. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy’s resources related to that change. He also offers an update on a bill intended to reform meaningful use (and how you can help).

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ready_or_not_icd_10.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

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190211fundingpriorities.html

Reducing Administrative Burden a Must

Administrative and regulatory burden is one of the top reasons independent practices close and is a leading cause of physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues, such as prior authorizations, the Academy is...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Register for April 7-9 AAFP Well-being Conference Livestream

The AAFP has a wide range of resources to help family physicians cope with the extra burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including next month’s Physician Health and Well-being Conference Livestream.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210324phwbconference.html

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds

A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journal Brain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126subconcussivecte.html

Report Addresses Causes of Disparities, Offers Solutions

A recent brief from HHS examines health disparities occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspectives of race and ethnicity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210422hhsdisparities.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

Report Finds Low Adverse Event Rate From COVID-19 Vaccine

New research published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that adverse reactions associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are exceedingly rare.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210108covidvaers.html

Report Links Vaccine Hesitancy to More Deaths, Restrictions

A new report examined the potential impact of vaccine hesitancy on the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued use of nonpharmaceutical interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210429vacchesitancy.html

Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program released a report that found, among other things, an increase in the percentage of infants in the United States born with a low birthweight.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180327disparitiesrpt.html

Report: FM Residency Diversity Can Be Fast-tracked

A family physician co-author of a recent study outlined key interventions that helped one residency program quickly increase diversity despite a largely unchanged pipeline.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190319residentdiversity.html

Report: PCMH Improves Quality, Reduces Cost

A recently published report found that advanced primary care practices built on the principles of the patient-centered medical home improve quality and reduce the cost of health care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Research Examines Economics of HPV Vaccination

An economic analysis found that expanding HPV vaccination coverage to all adults through age 45 would produce slight health benefits but be less cost-effective than the vaccination strategy previously in place.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200205hpvanalysis.html

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180521acupuncture.html

Research Finds Less STI Testing, More Cases During Pandemic

An analysis of sexually transmitted infection test results found that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there were significant declines in testing but an increase in positivity for chlamydia and gonorrhea. A family physician offers suggestions for using the findings in patient discussions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210701sticovid.html

Research Lacking on Screening for Cognitive Impairment

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, citing insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impairment in these ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190923uspstf-cognitive.html

Research Page Into Social Determinants of Health

Research Page Into Social Social Determinants of Health

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/social-determinants-of-health/research-page-into-social-social-determinants-of-health.html

Research Shines a Light on SDOH Training

A review of primary care residency program curricula has found wide variations in the ways in which these programs teach residents about social determinants of health.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190204sdohresidency.html

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220opioidprojections.html

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Researchers Calculate Medical School Production of FPs

An article published in the March issue of Family Medicine identifies factors that contribute to allopathic and osteopathic institutions' output of family physicians over time.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190315fmproduction.html

Researchers Explore Diminishing Scope of FP Practice

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Researchers Investigate Primary Care Professional Burnout

Researchers surveyed physicians and other primary care professionals in a medical home setting to see how task-sharing is related to physician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20180131burnoutstudy.html

Researchers Make the Case for Home-based Medical Care

Noting an increase in the use of home-based medical care in the United States, researchers conclude that more primary care clinicians willing to provide this type of care are needed, and they call for improvements in value-based payment to help fill that gap.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181212homecare.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

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

Residency Leaders Encourage Training in Opioid Prescribing

A session on prescribing opioids appropriately that was presented during the 2018 AAFP Residency Program Solutions conference included tips for educating patients and spotting red flags.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180403rpsopioids.html

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-rescongress.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

Resiliency Program Reduces Burnout Symptoms in FM Residents

Results of a small trial showed a resiliency program was effective in reducing burnout symptoms in family medicine residents. In addition to reducing some symptoms in the short term, researchers noted that there were no significant increases in any burnout measurements in the long term.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190730resiliencystudy.html

Resources Help FPs Clear New COVID-19 Hurdles

Dennis Gingrich writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the COVID-19 pandemic is straining family physicians' ingrained abilities to multitask, but he highlights numerous resources from the AAFP and others that can help.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200407lv-multitaskresources.html

Retail Telehealth Isn’t the Call Policymakers Should Answer

A new report issued by the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy misses the mark, writes AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200915itt-telehealth.html

Review Examines Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents

New research published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210819mmwrcovidvacc.html

Review Task Force Recommendations on Board Certification

The AAFP Task Force on Board Certification in Family Medicine has issued a report containing recommended next steps to address longstanding member concerns about the continuing board certification process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180703mocreport.html

Reviewing a Strange, Historic Week in Washington

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived yet another repeal effort, and an HHS secretary was ousted. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the strange final week of September (and relates how you can help with ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171010.html

Revisit Medicaid Payment, Protect Network Adequacy, AAFP Tells CMS

In a letter to CMS, the Academy expressed support for the agency's streamlining goals while voicing several key concerns about payment and telehealth standards.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190125managedcareltr.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

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

Screen Adults for Unhealthy Drug Use, Says Task Force

On June 9, the U.S. Preventive Services task force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for unhealthy drug use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200616uspstf-illicitdrugscreen.html

Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use, Says USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement that calls for primary care clinicians to screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114uspstfalcohol.html

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180504violence.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

Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final recommendation statement on risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190826uspstfbrca.html

Screen Pregnant Patients for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement and evidence review on screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection. Based on that review, the USPSTF recommended screening pregnant women for HBV at their first prenatal visit to help ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190729uspstfhbvfinal.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190114hepbscreen.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

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

SGR: Time to say goodbye to a familiar foe

Medicare will implement the largest and most damaging payment cut in its history in less than 30 days, as a result of the flawed and failed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin details how family physicians can ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Share Your Burden of Grief and Find Joy on the Other Side

Like so many physicians, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., has experienced grief on an unprecedented scale this past year. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she shares how she has come to acknowledge her grief and use it to begin healing.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210504fp-grieffollowup.html

Share Your Feedback on Continuing Board Certification

AAFP members have until May 11 to complete a survey on the future of continuing board certification. The survey is part of a collaborative effort to bring together multiple stakeholders to re-envision continuing certification.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180411certfuturesurvey.html

Sharp Rise Seen in Teen Self-Poisoning Suicide Attempts

Rates of attempted suicide by self-poisoning among U.S. adolescents and young adults have more than doubled in the past decade. Among girls and young women, rates nearly tripled during that period.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529self-poison.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

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

Should Fewer FPs Providing Hospital Care Cause Concern?

New research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care explores the declining presence of family physicians in hospital-based care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191119hospitalcare.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/should_we_reject_unvaccinated_patients.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

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