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HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

AAFP Joins Support for Less Nicotine in Cigarettes

The AAFP has joined more than 40 public health and medical associations in support of a proposed update to the FDA's cigarette product standards.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180525nicotinelevels.html

New Transformation in Practice Series Simplifies Change

A new product created for family physicians is now available to be used as a team-based tool that makes practice improvement smoother and easier.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180525tips.html

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Joint Principles for Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship

...Injury Prevention and Violence Obesity Prevention and Treatment Preventive Health Prescription Drug Issues Tobacco and Nicotine Use Vaccines and Immunizations Women's Health By Topic: Primary Care Research FamMedPAC FamMedPAC (AAFP Members Only) Donate to...

AAFP News : Media Center

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

AAFP Joins Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care

The AAFP is a founding member of a new coalition dedicated to supporting value-based health care and empowering physician-led independent practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180522pepc.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

AAFP Fights for Patient Access to Covered Medicaid Services

The AAFP stands against a proposed rule that would amend the state documentation process on Medicaid fee-for-service payments and their effect on patient access.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180521medicaidaccess.html

AAFP Unveils Principles for Fair Measurement, Payment in APMs

A new set of principles from the AAFP says physicians cannot address social determinants of health without adequate payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180518apmprinciples.html

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180518cannabinoids.html

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180516vaccfellowship.html

Four Days of Family Medicine Advocacy

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

New CMS Strategy Aims to Benefit Small-town America

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

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

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

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation

The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180509guest-innovation.html

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era

The CDC's April 27 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180509rotavirus.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

NCCL Delegates Tackle Wide Range of Advocacy Issues

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

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

FPs Take on Technology, Burnout, Patient Care Issues

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

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs

During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, including some that focused on sexual education and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

FPs Focus on Empowering Physicians, Protecting Patients

The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180501nccl-orgfin.html

EHR Market Needs Competition, Innovation

Back in 2004, the Bush administration predicted that electronic health records would help clinicians avoid medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care within 10 years. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180501ITT_ehrs.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

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180420ahrqsupplement.html

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

AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee

The AAFP recently responded to an FDA request for comments on the use of nicotine for tobacco product cessation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180417nicotineltr.html

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180416fdalawsuit.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

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

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180411hepbshortage.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

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

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180406everyoneteam-based.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

Data Breach Reported for MyFitnessPal

Patients who use the MyFitnessPal app or website should know that a recent data security breach compromised the information of about 150 million users.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180403myfitnesspal.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

AAFP Payment Model Clears Another Hurdle

In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the progress of the Academy's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model, as well as a summary of how provisions of the recently passed federal ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180403ITT_PTAC2.html

Closing the Gap Between Public Health Goals and Reality

Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A., wanted to influence health on a large scale. He found that opportunity as Virginia's deputy commissioner for population health.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180402fdf-oliver.html

Academy, STFM Launch Shots by AAFP/STFM

The Academy and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine are excited to announce that the new Shots by AAFP/STFM applet is now available in the AAFP mobile app and as a stand-alone app, as well.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180402shotsapp.html

Study Suggests E-cigarettes Cause More Harm Than Good

A new study suggests that although e-cigarette use may help older smokers quit using tobacco, the devices may cause adolescents and young adults to actually start smoking traditional cigarettes and, eventually, become daily smokers.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180330e-cigstudy.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

AAFP Credit System Reconsiders Functional Medicine Topics

Effective immediately, the AAFP Credit System will begin approving functional medicine topics in accordance with its eligibility requirements and topic-specific guidance from the Commission on Continuing Professional Development.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180328functionalmed.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

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

FDA Proposes Reducing Nicotine in Combustible Cigarettes

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

AAFP Advises VA on Proposed Rules to Expand Patient Access

The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180320vapayment.html

AAFP, Missouri Chapter Warn State About Opioids Overreach

The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180315missouriopioids.html

Up and Away Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe From Medications

The Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign and other groups are reminding physicians and patients about safely storing medications to protect children from accidental exposures.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180319upandaway.html

Family Medicine Reaches New High in 2018 NRMP Match

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

AAFP News : CME

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

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.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

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

Let's Not Forget the Injured in Shootings

After a mass shooting, the focus often is on the shooter and the dead. Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., reminds us to consider the long-term needs of the injured.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180308guestedinjured.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307medicareadv.html

Independent Research Shows Value of AAFP Advocacy

A Washington research firm evaluated the efficacy and impact of the AAFP's advocacy activities. In this In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180306ITT_research.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Patients' New Medicare Cards

Family physicians need to make sure their electronic health record systems and clearinghouses are ready for the format of new Medicare cards that will begin rolling out in April.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180301medicarecards.html

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Panel: Payment Models Need More Incentives, Fewer Burdens

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Fix Physician Payment to Stem Opioid Epidemic, Says AAFP

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

Tackling a New Career — and Residency — at 58

Former NFL player and medical device company CEO Milt McColl, M.D., is finishing his medical training and loving every minute of it.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180226fdf-mccol.html

AAFP Advises ONC, Continues Fight for Interoperability

The AAFP recently offered suggestions to the federal government on a draft document that lays out a plan to prioritize nationwide health IT

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180223oncletter.html

AAFP, Chapters Caution HHS on Changing Medicaid Eligibility

The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180222medicaidwaivers.html

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180222guestedglobal.html

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180221uspstfobesity.html

Part II: Sharing Our Workforce, Clinical Priorities for 2018

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

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

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

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic ...

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/americas-frontline-physicians-call-on-government-to-act-on-gun-violence.html

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students' ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180216studentdocumentation.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180214uspstfovariancascreen.html

Osteopathic Match Again Shows Family Medicine on Top

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

AAFP News : CME

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

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180213mmwrasthma.html

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180212focus-dakis.html

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden

The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180209burdenletter.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis

On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180208uspstfsyphilisscreen.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206newimmunschedules.html

AAFP to FCC: Improve Rural Telehealth to Support Primary Care

The AAFP has responded to a proposed rule on rural telehealth from the Federal Communications Commission by offering suggestions for supporting physicians and improving patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180205ruraltelehealth.html

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care

Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180202hhschoiceltr.html

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

How U.S. Immigration Policy Damages Children's Well-being

Drawing on her experience at the U.S.-Mexico border, medical student Audrey Hertenstein Perez writes that more physicians should be involved in the immigration policy debate.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180202gstedimmigration.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

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

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?

A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180130ehrreferrals.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

FPM Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Keep Tabs on CMS Initiative to Reduce Paperwork

CMS recently launched an online newsletter to keep physicians informed about its new Patients Over Paperwork initiative.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180125popnewsletter.html

New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180122medpacmips.html

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress

The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs..

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117reauthorize.html

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122safesleep.html

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification

Family physicians are weary of the costs and effort involved in securing continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180122guested-cocpd.html

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117medicarecomment.html

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180117fluupdate.html

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification

The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180116simplification.html

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180112cdcopioidclarify.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180111uspstffinalscoliosis.html

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