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'Country Doc' Leading Health Advocacy in Lone Star State

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

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

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

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201026fdf-coles.html

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-future.html

'What? Me Worry?' Family Medicine Residency Trained Me Well

'What? Me Worry?' Family Medicine Residency Trained Me Well

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

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

"Frontier Areas," Medical Care Roles

Read AAFP's policy on medical roles in frontier areas.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/frontier-areas.html

"Vital Signs" for Assessing Your Practice's Financial Health -- FPM

Dec 1, 2009 - Paying attention to key metrics can help keep your practice operationally and financially healthy.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p25.html

"You Should See My Doctor": Cost-Effective Marketing Ideas for Your Practice -- FPM

Jan 1, 2002 - Marketing doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated or unethical. To begin, simply treat your current patients right.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0100/p33.html

(Small) Trends in Physician Compensation -- FPM

Dec 1, 1998 - ...Family physicians without obstetrics saw the largest increase among all of primary care. Their median compensation rose 2.69 percent to $136,002. Midlevel providers also saw a relatively large increase for the year, jumping 4.41 percent to $57,907. Enlarge Enlarge Source: Medical...

Family Practice Management : FP Stat

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/1998/1100/p82.html

<FEFF>Family Physicians Practicing High-Volume Obstetric Care Have Recently Dropped by ...

June 1, 2017: Close-ups

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/afp20170615p762.pdf

1. Assess Your Practice and Collect Baseline Data

Step 1: Assess Your Practice and Collect Baseline Data

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/assess-collect.html

10 Ways Family Practices Lose Money -- FPM

Jun 1, 2003 - Learn how to plug the leaks that deplete your practice’s income.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0600/p51.html

1025.pdf

...1. Norwitz ER, Robinson JN, Repke JT. Labor and delivery. In: Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies. 4th ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2002:364. 2. Abouzaher C. Antepartum and postpartum haemorrhage. In: Murray CJ, Lopez AD, eds....

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0315/afp20060315p1025.pdf

1049.pdf

...degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, and completed a residency in family practice and a fellowship in obstetrics at Franklin Square Hospital Center. Address correspondence to Steven Shearer, Ph.D., Department of Family Medicine, Franklin Square...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0315/afp20060315p1049.pdf

1999 USPHS/IDSA Guidelines for the Prevention of Opportunistic Infections in Persons ...

Jan 1, 2000 - ...the Federal Register and the MMWR. The final document is endorsed by the USPHS and IDSA, as well as by the Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. How to Use the Information in the Guidelines Jump to section +...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0101/p163.html

19EducationReferenceCommitteeReport.pdf

...family medicine, physicial medicine and 11 rehabilitation, psychiatry, pediatrics, internal medicine, neurology, general surgery, 12 obstetrics and gynecology, and anesthesiology, and orthopedic surgeons and emergency 13 room physicians to take a course on the appropriate use of...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/19EducationReferenceCommitteeReport.pdf

19PracticeEnhancementReferenceCommitteeReport.pdf

...hospital systems and 10 administrators that family physicians should be granted privileges to practice operative and 11 non-operative Obstetrics with similar criteria set forth for other physicians that are allowed 12 to practice similar services, and be it further 13 14 RESOLVED,...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/19PracticeEnhancementReferenceCommitteeReport.pdf

2. Determine Your Goal

Step 2: Determine Your Goal

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/determine-goal.html

2001

AFP issues for the year of 2001.

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/issues/2001.html

2003

AFP issues for the year of 2003.

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/issues/2003.html

2009_NCSC_Summary_of_Actions.doc

...Family Physicians (AAFP) investigate what measures can be used to demonstrate adequate ongoing competency for maternity care and operative obstetrics for practicing physicians, and be it further RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) investigate jointly...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/2009%20NCSC%20Summary%20of%20Actions.doc

2012 Agenda for the Reference Committee on Education

...to address GLBT education in medical schools, and 34 35 WHEREAS, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) has also issued a 36 recommendation to address GLBT issues in obstetrics and gynecology curricula, now, 37 therefore, be it 38 39 RESOLVED, That the American...

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/about_us/special_constituencies/2012RCAR_Education.pdf

2012 Consent Calendar for the Reference Committee on Organization and Finance

...American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) create an 36 additional online community for family physicians related to prenatal care and obstetrics 37 on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Connection, and that the 38 presence of this social media tool be promoted, and...

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/about_us/special_constituencies/2012RCR_Organization-Finance.pdf

2012NCSCSummaryofActions.docx

...the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) create an additional online community for family physicians related to prenatal care and obstetrics on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Connection and that the presence of this social media tool be promoted....

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/2012NCSCSummaryofActions.docx

2013 Advocacy Report

...both sides of the debate. While the resolution is an attempt to align 16 AAFP policy on this question with that of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, it 17 is the AAFP’s responsibility to make its own evidence-based decisions. 18 19 The committee pointed to questions...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/2013-advocacy-report.pdf

2013 Practice Enhancement Report

...be evidence-based. Physician 19 credentialing should allow for any and all combinations of competencies in adult, 20 pediatric and obstetric care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. 21 22 Recognizing that on rare occasions minimum quotas (or numbers) may be...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/2013-pe-report.pdf

2013 Practice Enhancement Resolutions

...be evidence-based. Physician 32 credentialing should allow for any and all combinations of competencies in adult, 33 pediatric and obstetric care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. 34 35 Recognizing that on rare occasions minimum quotas (or numbers) may be...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/2013-pe-resolutions.pdf

2013NCSCSummaryofActions.docx

...possible, be evidence-based. Physician credentialing should allow for any and all combinations of competencies in adult, pediatric and obstetric care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. · Recognizing that on rare occasions minimum quotas (or numbers) may be required...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/2013NCSCSummaryofActions.docx

2014NCSCSummaryofActions.docx

...(HRSA) and others to investigate ways to promote and advocate for training family physicians to provide full spectrum care, including obstetrics with an emphasis on providing rural and underserved care. Women, Minority Education Commission on Education Accept for...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/2014NCSCSummaryofActions.docx

2015 Agenda for the Reference Committee on Education

...and 26 27 WHEREAS, professional medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics 28 and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology have put forth position papers calling 29 for increased educational training of medical professionals with regard to health...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/2015-education.pdf

2017 Agenda for the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement

...5. Resolution No. 5005 Increasing the Number of Family Physicians Providing Operative Obstetrics 6. Resolution No. 5006 Coverage of Assisted Reproductive Technologies 7. Resolution No. 5007 Support Income Transparency to Achieve Equitable Pay Among Family Physicians 8....

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/PracticeEnhancementAgenda2017.pdf

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180220msspdisaster.html

2017 NCCL Resolutions with Actions

...toolkit for use by family physicians seeking to become credentialed in the provision of maternity care, including high-risk and operative obstetrics, and be it further RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians maternity credentialing toolkit include resources...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/2017NCCLResolutions.pdf

2017 Report of the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement

...for use by family physicians seeking 37 to become credentialed in the provision of maternity care, including high-risk and operative 38 obstetrics, and be it further 39 40 RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians maternity credentialing 41 toolkit include resources...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/PracticeEnhancementReport2017.pdf

2018 Agenda of the Reference Committee on Education

...supporting it as a first-line aspect of contraceptive care with assurance of insurance coverage, and 8 9 WHEREAS, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has both a position statement 10 and online links to information regarding implementation of long-acting, reversible...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/18EducationReferenceCommitteeAgenda.pdf

2018 Agenda of the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science

...proper management of many obstetrical emergencies as outlined in the American Academy 25 of Family Physicians, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics curriculum, and 26 27 WHEREAS, skin-to-skin contact is the standard of care for healthy newborns in the newborn period 28 to optimize...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/18HealthPublicScienceReferenceCommitteeAgenda.pdf

2018 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180428ncclelections.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

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

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190402membersatsurv.html

2019 MIPS Data Submission Deadline Approaching Fast

Family physicians and other eligible clinicians have until March 31 to report their 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System data.

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20200306submitmipsdata.html

2019 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190427nccl-elections.html

2019 NCCL Summary of Actions

...residents in family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, pediatrics, internal medicine, neurology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and anesthesiology, and orthopedic surgeons and emergency room physicians to take a course on the appropriate use of...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/2019NCCLSummaryofActions.pdf

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine

The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018.

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

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

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

2020 AAFP Commission Members

List of 2020 AAFP Commission members.

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/2020-members.html

2020 Member Survey Is Your Change to Steer AAFP's Work

The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the March 31 deadline.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

2021 E/M Coding Reference Cards

Order the 2021 E/M coding reference cards to assist in the family physician's practice. Maximize payment and reduce the stress associated with audits by understanding how to properly document and code for E/M services.

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/getting-paid/coding/e-m-coding-reference-cards.html

2021 E/M Payment Boost Intact, Academy Reports

An AAFP summary of CMS' proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule confirms that the increase in payment to family physicians announced last year is still set to begin in 2021.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200827mpfs.html

2175.pdf

...37. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Sterilization of women, including those with mental disabilities. Accessed September 16, 2005, at: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/ethics/ethics056.pdf. 38. Vinning EP, Freeman JM. Epilepsy and developmental...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0615/afp20060615p2175.pdf

3. Implement and Test Interventions

Step 3: Implement and test interventions.

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/implement-test.html

4. Measure Your Success

Step 4: Measure your success

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/measure-success.html

5. Spread the Change to Others

Spread the change to others

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/spread-change.html

6. Sustain the Improvement Over Time

Step 6: Sustain the improvement over time

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/sustain-improvement.html

60-Second Survey Gives Insight Into Unmet Social Needs

Researchers found that a brief survey administered to patients helped identify obstacles to maintaining good health.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190612minutesurvey.html

659.pdf

...The Authors TANYA M. MEDINA, M.D., is in private practice in Kissimmee, Fla. Dr. Medina completed a fellowship in family practice obstetrics at Florida Hospital, Orlando. She is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0215/afp20060215p659.pdf

A Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

When Jennifer Edgoose, M.D., M.P.H., objected to the lack of diversity in her residency program, her department chair challenged her to do something about it. She didn't stop there.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181112fdf-edgoose.html

A Diagnostic Approach to Pruritus

...Cholestasis of pregnancy, obstetric cholestasis, jaundice of pregnancy, pruritus gravidarum, prurigo gravidarum, icterus gravidarum Third trimester Tends to recur in subsequent pregnancies Sudden onset of intense pruritus Often starts on palms or soles, then becomes...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/afp20110715p195.pdf

A Diagnostic Approach to Pruritus - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2011 - Pruritus can be a symptom of a distinct dermatologic condition or of an occult underlying systemic disease. Of the patients referred to a dermatologist for generalized pruritus with no apparent primary cutaneous cause, 14 to 24 percent have a systemic etiology. In the absence of a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/p195.html

A Familiar Voice for Family Medicine

His prolific work as a family medicine researcher has given Douglas Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., global platforms where he can discuss important health issues.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200427fdf-kamerow.html

A Group Practice Disagrees About Offering Contraception - Curbside Consultation - ...

Mar 15, 2002 - This case concerns the justification of moral constraints that a physician group decides to apply to itself in the provision of patient services. Family physicians confront this issue with regard to reproductive medical services and state laws such as those in Oregon regarding ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0315/p1230.html

A Job-Share Model for the New Millenium -- FPM

Sep 1, 2002 - This approach to family practice assures continuity of care for your patients as well as a healthy life balance and a decent paycheck for you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0900/p29.html

A Job-Share Model for the New Millennium -- Family Practice Management

...OB = Obstetrics S = Surgery assistant September 2002 ■ www.aafp.org / fpm ■ F A M I L Y P R A C T I C E M A N A G E M E N T ■ 31 circle of care. ➤ Benefits Professional. The benefits of a job-share arrangement like ours include continued pro- fessional growth and...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2002/0900/fpm20020900p29.pdf

A Major Medical Error - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2001 - Virtually all of us have faced the awful realization that we have made a serious error. Almost as chilling is the prospect of telling the patient or family members about the error.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0301/p985.html

A Needed Role Model and Advocate for Family Medicine

Family physician Andrea Anderson, M.D., has helped her specialty take root at a school that had lacked a family medicine presence.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200511fdf-anderson.html

A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention

A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention

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

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

A Note About Clinical Preventive Service Recommendations

Read about the development of clinical preventive service recommendations, and a list of AAFP recommendations that differ from the USPSTF.

|AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/aafp-uspstf.html

A Primary Care Checklist for Medical Schools

Medical schools vary in their approach to including primary care in their overall curriculum. Use this checklist to look for programs that support family medicine.

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/considering-medical-school/medical-school-programs-primary-care/a-primary-care-checklist-for-medical-schools.html

A Shoe-in for Malpractice - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2003 - The questions being asked in this case scenario can be consolidated into one, Should I continue as this patient's physician? An attorney's typical answer to such a query is often a cautious It depends. In this case, a more definite answer is appropriate: No.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0801/p565.html

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

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

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

AAFP Adds New Livestream Platform CME Options

The AAFP is offering a new livestreaming CME format for two upcoming musculoskeletal and sports care and two adult medicine courses. Each topic will be offered in two formats: six half-day sessions during a three-day event or one 90-minute session every week for 12 weeks.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191113newlivestreamcme.html

AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the AAFP and 32 other medical organizations are arguing to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191023dacaamicus.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.

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

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.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.

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

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180618hhs-hpvltr.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.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

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

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

AAFP Advocacy Conferences

The AAFP hosts annual advocacy-centered events to empower its members with the most up-to-date information on our most important issues.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/advocacy-conferences.html

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation

In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200730vhcact.html

AAFP Advocacy Wins With CMS Telehealth Payment Boost

CMS announced retroactive increased payment for audio-only telemedicine that covers more services, a change the AAFP has been urging since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200505telehealthboost.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health Care Coverage

Learn about the AAFP's advocacy work around changes in health care coverage systems and processes, including changes to the ACA, CHIP, and more.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health Care Delivery

The AAFP supports access to basic health care services for all people that improves health outcomes via patient-centered, cost-effective care.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health IT

The AAFP's advocacy work around health information technology aims to improve communication between patients, family physicians, payers, and pharmacies.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-it.html

AAFP Advocacy: Legal Issues

The AAFP advocates on behalf of family physicians in an increasingly complex legal environment, such as simplifying administrative burden and HIPAA.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal.html

AAFP Advocacy: Physician Payment

Stay current on Medicare payment policies, APMs, and the AAFP's work to advocate for physician payment that does not add to administrative complexity.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment.html

AAFP Advocacy: Physician Workforce

The AAFP believes primary care physicians are vital to the health of our nation, so we work to promote programs, initiatives, and funding to support it.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce.html

AAFP Advocacy: Public Health

The AAFP advocates for primary care-centered public health and preventive medicine policies.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health.html

AAFP Advocacy: Recent Family Medicine Wins

The Academy's Government Relations team is constantly fighting for family medicine and AAFP members on the Hill. Learn more about recent efforts.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/wins.html

AAFP Advocacy: Research

The AAFP supports emerging research initiatives in family medicine as well as primary care training and education through organizations such as AHRQ.

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/primary-care-research.html

AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills

The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients' health.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190424statespending.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

The AAFP recently gave its "affirmation of value" designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

AAFP and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is an advanced primary care model built on learnings from the original CPC initiative.

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/cpc-plus.html

AAFP Announces New Innovation Lab Collaboration

The AAFP Innovation Lab is seeking a dozen or so Academy members to evaluate a novel AI-driven point-of-care platform for primary care dubbed Navina.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200925navina.html

AAFP Applauds ACOG Efforts to Address Maternal Mortality

AAFP Applauds ACOG Efforts to Address Maternal Mortality

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/acog-maternal-mortality.html

AAFP Applauds Background Check Bill That Wins Swift Passage

The Academy voiced support for a House bill strengthening background checks for firearm sales, which the AAFP called "common-sense legislation."

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301bkgrndchecks.html

AAFP Applauds FDA Move on E-cigarette Flavors, Menthol

The AAFP recently hailed an FDA move toward restricting the sale of most flavored e-cigarette products and banning menthol in combustible cigarettes.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181119fdamenthol.html

AAFP Applauds Funding Package for Coronavirus Response Efforts; Urges Communication and...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-applauds-funding-package.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

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