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January/February FPM Delivers Practicum on Coding, Payment

If you still have questions about how to apply last year’s evaluation and management guideline changes, you can find answers in the January/February issue of FPM. The journal issue is loaded with E/M coding and documentation guidance, as well as information about other payment updates ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20220114fpm-paycode.html

AAFP: All Options Must be on the Table to Get Americans Vaccinated

AAFP: All Options Must be on the Table to Get Americans Vaccinated

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/all-options-must-be-on-the-table-to-get-americans-vaccinated.html

Telehealth Key to Maintaining Access to Addiction Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a significant rise in substance use disorders. At the same time, temporary regulatory waivers and increased insurance coverage have paved the way for greater telemedicine access to meet that need. Those changes must be made permanent.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20220111guested-telemedsud.html

AAFP Gathers Latest on Boosters, Guidance, Treatment, More

During the past few weeks, the federal government has implemented a series of actions designed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the omicron variant, and the Academy is making sure family physicians have the latest information and tools.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20220110covidupdates.html

In-person Congress of Delegates Canceled

Although the delayed regular session of the 2021 Congress of Delegates will no longer be held, members are invited to guide policy-making decisions by participating in virtual reference committees Jan. 22-23.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20220107codcanceled.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening Youth for Diabetes

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for further research after finding inconclusive evidence on the balance of benefits and harms of screening youth for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20220106uspstfdiabetes.html

Students, Here’s How to Turn Interview Notes Into a Rank List

To help medical students making Match decisions during another virtual interview season, AAFP News gathered a faculty member, a fourth-year student and two family medicine interns to share their insights on comparing and evaluating programs.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20211222matchqanda.html

AAFP Updates Recommendation for Diabetes Screening

The Academy recently published a new clinical guidance page on diabetes that features the latest clinical recommendations, implementation tools, educational materials and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211216diabetes.html

Small Talk About COVID-19 Can Make a Big Difference

In this FPs on the Front Lines post, Maurice Duggins, M.D., shares a success story about his work to get the Wichita State men’s basketball team vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20211209fl-basketballvacc.html

White House Call for ‘Family’ Vaccination Needs Family Physicians

The administration’s new plan to increase COVID-19 immunization in the face of the omicron variant needs a booster shot of primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211207itt-covidvacc.html

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics: 30 Years of Filling Gaps

As Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics marks its 30th anniversary, Mark Deutchman, M.D., writes that all family physicians who offer obstetrics care can benefit from the regularly updated, evidence-based course.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20211202guested-also.html

Survey Finds COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Spread

Findings from a new Kaiser Family Foundation report indicate that a substantial number of people either believe or are unsure about false statements regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines used to prevent it. The AAFP offers several resources to help FPs educate patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211130vaccmisinfo.html

AAFP OKs Plan for All U.S. Adults to Get COVID-19 Boosters

The AAFP has approved recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that allow for administration of a single booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in all U.S. adults 18 and older.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211123covidboosters.html

Don’t Screen for COPD in Asymptomatic Adults, Says USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is welcoming comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic adults for COPD.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211122uspstfcopd.html

AFP Updates Members on Asthma Management

AFP has published a summary of the federal government’s recent asthma management guideline update, as well as an editorial that explains how the update differs from recommendations released by other organizations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118afpasthma.html

2022 Immunization Schedules Updated at November ACIP Meeting

Immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults, as well as vaccines for hepatitis B, orthopoxviruses and Ebola, were among the topics discussed at this month’s meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118acip.html

Time to End Predatory Payment Practices, AAFP Tells CMS

In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP called on the agency to rein in health plans’ practice of using third-party vendors, which often charge mandatory extra fees, to process payments to physicians via the electronic funds transfer transaction standard.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211103eftlettercms.html

USPSTF Publishes Draft Recommendations on Vision Problems

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a pair of draft recommendation statements that found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma or impaired visual acuity in certain populations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211115uspstfvision.html

Get Started in Value-based Care — With AAFP Resources

The November/December FPM takes a deep dive into value-based care and associated payment models, exploring this move away from quantity-focused fee-for-service in three different articles. Other new AAFP resources are also available.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211112vbcresources.html

WPSI Accepting Public Comments on New Draft Recommendations

New draft recommendations on contraception and HIV infection from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative have been posted on the organization’s website; the deadline for the public to submit comments is Nov. 24.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211109wpsi.html

AAFP Pledges Support for Equity in Health Tech Tools

The AAFP has joined 40 other health care and advocacy organizations, health technology firms, and other stakeholder groups in committing to a prescribed set of principles that aim to ensure digital health technologies support diversity and promote equity.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211108digitaltechpledge.html

Report: Overhaul Transition From Med School to Residency

A recent report called for a comprehensive overhaul of the process that transitions medical students to residency training. The AAFP already is taking steps that address many of the recommendations.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20211102ugrcrecs.html

Social Determinants Grab Spotlight in New Obesity Report

The latest findings of an annual obesity report shed new light on how social determinants of health and COVID-19 have contributed to the obesity crisis in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211028stateofobesity.html

Three AAFP Presidents, One Message: Stabilize Primary Care

Three AAFP presidents this week call on Congress to stabilize primary care. Stephanie Quinn, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy, details their agenda in the In the Trenches Blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211026itt-hillmeetings.html

Maintaining Empathy in Vaccine Discussions Is Key

Talking with patients about the COVID-19 vaccines has been challenging for many family physicians. In this Fresh Perspectives post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., M.P.H., shares some of his own experiences and reminds members why it’s important to keep having these conversations.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20211025fp-empathy.html

USPSTF Revises Recommendation on Aspirin to Prevent CVD

A new draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease differs substantially from the task force’s current recommendation. Sarah Coles, M.D., chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science, ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211021aspirincvd.html

Member Feedback Shapes Academy Priorities

The results of this year’s Member Satisfaction Survey show that members continue to see high value in the AAFP’s efforts. Overall satisfaction rose this year — a year of a pandemic in which family physicians had more need than ever for a bold champion.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20211021satisfaction.html

Academy Backs Push for HDHP Primary Care Deductible Waivers

The AAFP recently wrote in support of the Primary and Virtual Care Affordability Act, which would allow the waiver of primary care and telehealth deductibles through 2023 for patients covered by high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211020hdhpwaivers.html

Task Force Makes Recommendations on SUD, Pain, Mental Health

A new Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force formed by the AMA with the AAFP and others has issued recommendations to improve access to care and harm-reduction strategies for patients with pain, substance use disorders or mental illness.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211014sudpain.html

AAFP Urges Better Broadband for Telehealth, Health Equity

AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., testified to a Senate subcommittee that improved broadband access is essential for building on the success of telehealth that has been seen during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211012telehealth.html

Army Docs Inspired Pilot’s Path to Family Medicine

Maj. Mike Brisson, D.O., M.P.H., Ph.D., a winner of the AAFP’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was inspired to go to medical school by the osteopathic flight surgeons who treated him during his deployment in Afghanistan.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211012fdf-brisson.html

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final statement recommending low-dose aspirin as preventive medication after 12 weeks’ gestation in people at high risk for preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211007uspstfpreeclampsia.html

COVID-19 Continues to Cause Some People to Put Off Care

Two family physicians offer advice about helping patients catch up on health care in response to two recent reports about delayed and missed care during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211006delayedcare.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

Inspirational FPs Are Speaking Out to Protect Patients

For National Primary Care Week, medical student Amy Hoffman writes in the Leader Voices Blog about family physicians who are making their voices heard and combatting misinformation during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20211001lv-npcw.html

How Our Community Practice Took On COVID ― and Beat It

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

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

New AAFP President: Fight Back Against Misinformation

In a Sept. 28 speech during the Family Medicine Experience, new AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., shared his path to leadership and urged others to be advocates for patients and family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210928fmx-ransone.html

Academy Lobbies to Center COVID Solutions on Primary Care

In a letter to President Biden, the AAFP called for the Path Out of the Pandemic plan to adopt recommendations that support primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210923popplan.html

Are You a Champion of Family Medicine?

The AAFP Degree of Fellow will mark its 50th anniversary in 2022. We asked four of our new physician bloggers what earning the distinction meant to them.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210921fp-fellow.html

Can We Create a Space of Moderation in This Pandemic?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., discusses her and her family’s experiences with COVID-19 while looking for ways that people can discuss the pandemic effectively.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210920fp-coviddiscussion.html

ALSO Mentor Prepares Peers for Obstetrical Emergencies

University of Wisconsin Professor Lee Dresang, M.D., has devoted more than two decades to helping ensure his peers at home and abroad are prepared for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210920fdf-dresang.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Act to Stabilize Primary Care Practices

The Academy’s detailed comments on CMS’ 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule pressed for policy improvements on a number of fronts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210916mpfscomments.html

Join Leading Physician Well-being’s 2022 Cohort

Leading Physician Well-being, a tuition-free program from the AAFP and United Health Foundation that seeks to foster physician leadership skills to promote and maintain stability, boost team morale, and support well-being in the workplace, is seeking applicants for the 2022 program.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210915lpwcohort2.html

It’s High Time We Took the Tech Bull by the Horns

Family physicians need to carve out a definitive role in the development of new health technologies so those solutions fit the needs of robust primary care practices, says Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210913fp-healthtech.html

Candidates Sought for AAFP 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking family physicians to apply for the 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship; applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210909hefellowship.html

Osteopathic Workshop to Emphasize Comprehensive Approach

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center physician Jarrod Harrall, D.O., answers our questions about The Osteopathic Approach: FMX Preconference Workshop.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210909doapproach.html

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp--recommendation-covid-misinformation.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

ONC Webinar to Outline How Information Blocking Affects You

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host a Sept. 14 webinar designed to update physicians on the finer points of recently implemented information-blocking regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210908infoblockwebinar.html

AAFP Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendation

The AAFP’s updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening differs slightly from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including a finding that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening adults ages 45 to 49.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210901crcscreening.html

Medical Student Finding Ways to Connect with Patients, Peers

Communication is the common thread in the numerous projects medical student Valentina Sedlacek is undertaking to help patients and draw her peers to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210830fdf-sedlacek.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement that recommends screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients at 24 weeks gestation or later.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210825uspstfgd.html

Participants Share Lessons Learned From Virtual Match

With another residency interview season approaching, AAFP News gathered a program director, a student advisor and an intern to get their insights from the 2021 virtual Match and their thoughts regarding 2022. Read more in this QandA.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210824matchqa.html

ACIP Revises Immunization Best Practice Guidelines

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Three New Reports Highlight Importance of COVID Vaccination

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

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

Dollars and Sense: Budget Resolution Addresses AAFP Priorities

The $3.5 trillion budget resolution set to dominate political conversation this fall reflects several AAFP priorities, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210817itt-2022budget.html

Patient Awareness of the Importance of Immunizations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder both of the importance of vaccines in protecting community health, and of the immunization-related resources the Academy offers members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210816immmonth.html

AAFP Praises U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory to Curb Misinformation About COVID-19

AAFP Praises U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory to Curb Misinformation About COVID-19

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-praises-us-surgeon-generals-advisory.html

Veteran Mentor Finding New Ways to Help Students

Longtime mentor Rick Kellerman, M.D., recently honored by the AAFP for his outstanding support of a family medicine interest group, has found success in efforts to bring more FPs to rural areas.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210816fdf-kellerman.html

Panelists Outline Anti-racism Advocacy Strategies for Students

Panelists at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students identified six strategies medical students can take to help diversify the physician workforce and improve outcomes for patients of color.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210812nc-antiracism.html

2022 Payment Adjustments for 2020 MIPS Performance Posted

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

CDC Updates Guidance on Treatment of STIs

The CDC released updated guidance on treating sexually transmitted infections; a family physician has identified several points of particular interest to FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210811stiguidlines.html

Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Repayments

The U.S. Department of Education has extended a pause on student loan repayment, interest and collections until early next year, and the Academy continues to press for more relief.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210811studentdebt.html

Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against ...

Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against COVID-19

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-pregnant-individuals.html

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.html

Academy Sees Health Equity Boost in Proposed HHS Rule

The AAFP supports proposed federal rulemaking that would increase access to comprehensive primary care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210805pprule.html

Sports and Medical Organizations Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations be Part of ...

Sports and Medical Organizations Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations be Part of all Sports Physicals

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-sports-physicals.html

AAFP Supports Recent COVID-19 Safety Guidance From CDC

AAFP Supports Recent COVID-19 Safety Guidance From CDC

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-supports-covid-safety-guidance.html

CDC Recommends Masks in Schools, COVID-19 Hot Spots

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and ...

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-mandates.html

CME Aims to Boost Immunization Rates in Black Communities

The AAFP, through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, has unveiled a comprehensive CME program designed to increase adult immunization rates among African American patients.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210722immcme.html

Closing the Gaps on Health Disparities

FMX speaker Andrea Westby, M.D., is challenging race-based clinical practices and working to diversify the family medicine workforce.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210720fdf-westby.html

New CME Helps Family Physicians Fight Imposter Syndrome

A new, member-exclusive CME activity on overcoming imposter syndrome aims to support family physicians who are underrepresented in medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210719impostercme.html

Time to Report on CARES Act’s Provider Relief Fund Payments

Physicians who received payments through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act’s Provider Relief Fund that exceeded $10,000 total from April 10-June 30, 2020, are required to report on the use of those funds during the current reporting period between now and Sept. 30, ...

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210713prfreporting.html

Family Medicine Groups Join Call for Another Virtual Match

The AAFP and other family medicine organizations have issued recommendations for the 2021-22 Match cycle, including direction regarding virtual interviews, and the Academy has several resources to assist in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210709match2022.html

AAFP-PT Orders for 2022 Now Being Accepted

If you’re one of the majority of family physicians who have chosen to streamline the care you offer patients by performing many of your own laboratory tests using AAFP Proficiency Testing, you should know that you can now access the program’s 2022 specimen catalog and order forms.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210708aafp-pt2022.html

Family Medicine RapSDI Program 2021 Scholars Announced

Following a lengthy application process, the Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative has selected two RapSDI scholars for 2021.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210707rapsdi.html

We’ll Take Every Opportunity to Push for Real Health Equity

In recent letters to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget, the Academy again showed leaders the map for improving health equity. All of its roads lead to primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210706itt-equity.html

Committee Reviews Vaccines for COVID-19, Influenza, More

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made recommendations regarding COVID-19, dengue, influenza, rabies, zoster and pneumococcal disease during a virtual meeting June 23-25.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Never Say Never: Social Media Can Be a Force for Good

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that it takes a village in the digital age means children need to be able to turn to trusted adults not only in person but on social media, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210625fp-socialmedia.html

AAFP Keeps Vaccine Pressure on Congress; White House Praises FPs

In recent written testimony to Congress, the Academy reiterated family physicians’ crucial role in vaccination counseling and delivery and called for robust funding for education and outreach campaigns to encourage routine immunizations and build vaccine confidence.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210624vaxtestimony.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

FAQ, Webinar Aim to Clarify How to Apply New E/M Guidelines

Six months have passed since the 2021 office visit/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines took effect, but many physicians still have questions about how to apply them. A new FAQ and upcoming webinar from the AAFP promise to provide answers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210616e-mresources.html

Academy Rolls Out New Tobacco Cessation Resources

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Family Medicine Laid Foundation for Public Health Career

Education and training in family medicine and public health led Tony Kuo, M.D., M.S.H.S., to a key role in the nation’s largest county.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210614fdf-kuo.html

Health IT Roundtable, White Paper Reflect AAFP Leadership

Following the AAFP’s participation, a recent roundtable and white paper offer detailed suggestions on improving health IT in the wake of COVID-19.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210610healthit.html

Task Force: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized a recommendation regarding behavioral counseling interventions aimed at promoting healthy weight gain and preventing excess gestational weight gain in pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Studies Compare Antibiotic Use Before, During Pandemic

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

New Tools Guide Lifestyle Medicine Integration for FPs

The AAFP recently launched new tools to assist family physicians in counseling patients on diet, exercise, stress management and other aspects of lifestyle medicine, and in billing and coding for these services.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

View Webinar on Physician Mental Health, Suicide Prevention

As part of the AAFP’s Leading Physician Well-being certificate program, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is offering a new webinar: Physician Mental Health: Preventing Suicide and Building Resilience.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210603afsp-webinar.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

Task Force Lowers Recommended Age to Start CRC Screening

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

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Latest FPM Supplement Examines Innovative Care Delivery

The latest installment in the FPM journal’s supplement series on value-based payment, 'Innovative Care Delivery: Behavioral Health Integration and Home-based Primary Care,' highlights these two alternative care solutions.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210527innovcaredeliv.html

AAFP Continues Telehealth Push With Senate Testimony

As senators consider how to solidify telehealth policy flexibilities beyond the pandemic, a family physician advised them on action to ensure that virtual care improves comprehensive, continuous primary care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210526telehealthsenate.html

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