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AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To ...

AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To Prevent Firearm-related Injury and Death

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-medical-and-public-health-organizations-call-for-fast-tracking-policies-to-prevent-firearm-related-injury-and-death.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Physicians, NPs Should Work Together to Improve Primary Care

Physicians, NPs Should Work Together to Improve Primary Care

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Breastfeeding: What Every FP Should Know but Didn't Learn in Med School

Breastfeeding: What Every FP Should Know but Didn't Learn in Med School

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Cancel Save and Close Return-to-School Guidelines Should be Evidence-Based and Flexible

Return-to-School Guidelines Should be Evidence-Based and Flexible.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/return-to-school-guidelines-should-be-evidence-based-and-flexible.html

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Prescription for Pain? Important Questions Patients Should Ask

Prescription for Pain? Important Questions Patients Should Ask

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

Should We Talk Politics With Patients?

As this year's contentious midterm campaigns draw to a close, Chris Baumert, M.D., ponders how physicians should handle patients' political questions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181105fp-politics.html

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

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

HHS Should Make Immediate Emergency Payments, AAFP Says

A letter from the AAFP and other organizations said HHS should use its broad power under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to deliver immediate financial relief, starting with one month of revenue to every physician enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200409hhspayment.html

Here's Why New Physicians Should Care About Global Health

Here's Why New Physicians Should Care About Global Health

AAFP News : Blogs

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

In NFL and in Clinic, This FP Knows Teamwork Counts

After injuries ended his professional football career, family physician Kip Corrington, M.D., Ph.D., switched his focus from preventing touchdowns to preventing illness.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191028fdf-corrington.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

Whether you call it physician burnout or moral injury, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that volunteering is one of her strategies for preventing the condition.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190408lv-volunteer.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.html

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Patient Preference, Priorities Should Matter

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the latest book by Atul Gawande, M.D., reinforces what she practices: Patients' priorities must be considered in care decisions.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Physicians, Wellness Should Begin With Us

Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that when physicians neglect their own needs, their ability to care for others suffers, as well.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

What Are the Actual Causes of Hospital Admissions?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., and Graham Custar, M.D., look at the social drivers that actually lead to many hospital admissions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200602fp-admissions.html

How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Patients trying to recover from substance use disorders face numerous obstacles. Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190422fp-secondchance.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Our Treatment of Immigrants Should Reflect Our Values

A new final rule would allow the federal government to detain migrant children indefinitely. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recounts how the Academy and others are objecting to the change and calling for improved conditions at detention centers to ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190906lv-detentionhealth.html

I'm Invited to a Patient's Wedding; Should I Save the Date?

How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians face when deciding the right thing to do.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

PCPs Should Play Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

White Docs Can -- and Should -- Address Racism in Health Care

Kristina Johnson, M.D., explains why she took on the challenge of creating anti-racism curricula for her residency program, and urges other white physicians to address racism in health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200909guested-racism.html

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180925itt-acos.html

Retail Telehealth Isn’t the Call Policymakers Should Answer

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Should Fewer FPs Providing Hospital Care Cause Concern?

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

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

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

FPs Should Lead: Thoughts on an Executive Career Path

James Ellzy, M.D., writes that health care could use more family physicians in executive roles. He offers tips for those interested in administration.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190611lv-physicianexecs.html

Everyone Should Realize FPs Are the Quarterbacks of Medicine

Family physicians are the quarterbacks of the health care team, so why do they get treated like kickers? Too many payers and policymakers still fail to appreciate the vital role FPs play in the health care system.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170911lv-meigs.html

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.html

No Need to Yield: Advocacy Is Our Lane

Some people think physicians should stay out of politics, but Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that being an advocate is a role that physicians must embrace.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181212lv-advocacy.html

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

The FDA recently warned that OTC teething products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than age 2, and that adults and older children should use benzocaine oral drug products only if they contain specific warnings on the drug label.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180530fdabenzocaine.html

Advocacy, SDOH Must Be Part of Physician Training

Family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians should not only be trained to screen patients for the social determinants of health, but should also know how to advocate for their patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200214lv-advocacytraining.html

Creating A Medical Home is About Improvement, Not Checking Boxes

The process to become a recognized medical home should be focused on practice and performance improvement rather than completing a check list for a third-party company. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin has more.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

AAFP to CMS: Don't Add to Physicians' Administrative Burden

CMS should maintain automatic reenrollment policies for exchange plans to protect physicians, patients and the market, the AAFP advised in a March 2 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200304paymentparameters.html

Start Saving for Retirement Now

A combination of lengthy training and high debt leads many physicians to delay saving for retirement. In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Peter Rippey, M.D., looks at what you should be doing now rather than later.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180529fp-retirement.html

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears

The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109fluoroquinolones.html

CDC Urges Physicians to Rapidly Recognize, Report AFM Cases

As the late summer/early fall 'season' for acute flaccid myelitis nears, the CDC is reminding medical professionals what they should look for to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report suspected cases to their health department.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190722mmwr-afm.html

Opportunities, Not Incentives, Drive PCPs to Do Better

In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., writes that policymakers should abandon the carrot-and-stick approach to payment schemes and give physicians time to provide better care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180720fp-opportunity.html

Protecting Yourself From Threat of Malpractice Suits

Now that the Senate appears unlikely to take up a tort reform bill passed by the House, Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., highlights information physicians should know to reduce their risks.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170818lv-liability.html

A New Intern's Reflections From the ICU

New resident Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., is applying family medicine's holistic approach to patients during her ICU rotation and suggests that others should do likewise, regardless of practice setting.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170901lv-reflect.html

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can—and should—do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Med Students Belong in Priority Group for COVID-19 Vaccine

The AAFP updated its policy regarding medical learners and the pandemic to specify that medical students should be included with other health professionals who are prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210119studentsvaccine.html

AAFP Supports CMS Move Toward Equitable Payment Rules

The AAFP said CMS should finalize a policy proposal in its proposed rule on the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system that would reduce payment differences between sites of service and also suggested another way to fix Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180926oppscomment.html

Expecting an APM Bonus? Ensure CMS Knows Where to Send It

Physicians participating in CMS’ Quality Payment Program who qualified for an Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the 2018 performance year should receive their payment soon ― if CMS has their current billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201013aapmbonus.html

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190305fp-maternalmortality.html

Family Physicians Can Cut Unnecessary Surgeries

Robust clinical trials demonstrate relevant outcomes of various surgeries. Does a surgery extend a patient's life? Does the surgery decrease a patient's pain? Does it improve the patient's quality of life? Answering these questions, along with weighing risks and other treatment options,...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the focus should be on building on aspects of the ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200707itt-aca.html

Finally, Alignment of Meaningful Quality Measures May be Reality

The AAFP, CMS, and other stakeholders recently released the Core Measure Set for Primary Care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the new alignment of quality measures should reduce administrative burden on primary care ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Patients, Physicians, Payer Benefit From Primary Care Investment

By investing in primary care, a BlueCross BlueShield program has helped reduce hospital admission rates by 19 percent and reduced readmissions by 20 percent while reducing spending by more than $600 million in a four-year period. Participating primary care practices have reaped ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

What's in a Name? Annual Exam Jargon Causes Confusion

The abundance of terminology related to annual exams can be confusing for patients and even physicians. Lynne Lillie, M.D., breaks down what should be included in various types of exams and how to get paid for each of them.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/what_s_in_a_name.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.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.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

Managing the Vacuum of Freedom After Residency

After being told what their next steps should be for years, graduating residents now get to choose their own path. Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that they shouldn't panic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180626fp-endtraining.html

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

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Close Tobacco-friendly Loopholes in Trade Deal, Groups Urge

The AAFP has joined 23 other organizations in advising that a new U.S.-Japan trade treaty should protect both countries against lawsuits from the tobacco industry.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181204tobaccotrade.html

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Must Include Physicians, AAFP Says

Stimulus legislation intended to ease burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic "should support and sustain physicians and their practices during this unprecedented national emergency," said the Academy and four other groups in a March 20 letter to congressional leaders.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200323covidstimulus.html

AAFP, ACP Release New Acute Pain Clinical Guideline

A new clinical guideline from the AAFP and the American College of Physicians recommends topical NSAIDs as first-line therapy for acute non-low back pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200818painguideline.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

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

Helicopter Parents Need to Know When to Land in Waiting Room

Helicopter Parents Need to Know When to Land in Waiting Room

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Let's Take a Public Health Approach to Climate Change

Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening. M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a public health approach to convincing the rest and addressing the problem.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190218fp-climate.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

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

Organizations Call for $50 Million to Study Gun Violence

Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190226gunresearch.html

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/gun-violence.html

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

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

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

Task Force: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients, and is now accepting comments.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210303uspstfgdscreening.html

Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/nearing_the_finish_line.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

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/what_happens_when_a_doctor.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.

AAFP News : CME

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

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations

Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180803fdtnimmunawards.html

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

AAFP News : Blogs

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

CDC Offers Free CME on Tapering, Discontinuing Opioids

The CDC is offering family physicians and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about opioid reduction strategies and earn free CME in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200303opioidtaperwebinar.html

AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180921kidscarsafety.html

More Study Needed on Illicit Drug Use Counseling in Youth

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and evidence review that addressed primary care-based prevention of illicit drug use among children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191022uspstf-illicitdrugsyouth.html

Command Performance: Caring for Families in the Line of Duty

The way Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., sees it, his patients should always have access to the medical care they need -- even if they're in the middle of a war zone or providing relief in a hurricane-ravaged community.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190617fdf-kkelly.html

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult.

Three Important Rules When Kids Find a Gun: Stop. Run Away. Tell an Adult.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/gun-safety-media-kit.html

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

Only 3 percent of final-year residents are interested in practicing in small towns. AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170925lv-ruralmedicine.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.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

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

Why We Need More Physician Entrepreneurs

In an era of increasing physician employment, Allison Edwards, M.D., explains why she chose to open her own practice and why she thinks others should, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181030fp-entrepreneurs.html

You Hate Your EHR? Help Develop Something Better

Instead of hoping someone will ask physicians about their technology needs, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that doctors should seek out developers looking for new ideas.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181218fp-ehrs.html

Unease During Pandemic Offers a Lesson in Understanding

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when physicians treat patients with anxiety after the COVID-19 crisis is over, they should remember how they felt during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200415fp-covidanxiety.html

Don’t Return to Your Silo

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that COVID-19 has broken down silos in health care, and the collaborative approach should continue after the pandemic ends.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210107fp-silos.html

True Mentors Help Students Find Where They Belong

Medical student Chandler Stisher writes that family medicine mentors should show students how the specialty aligns with their interests.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190204lv-mentors.html

WPSI Mulls Recommending Obesity Prevention in Midlife Women

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative is inviting public comment on whether WPSI should develop recommendations around the topic of preventing obesity in midlife women; the deadline to comment is June 19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200611wpsiobesityprev.html

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