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CDC Releases Interim Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Report

According to a Feb. 21 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, the current influenza vaccine has been 45% effective overall against 2019-2020 seasonal influenza A and B viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226interimfluve.html

Evidence Lacking on Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226uspstfcognitivescreen.html

Study: Many Young Women Receiving Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

More than half of all pelvic examinations performed in women younger than 21 may be unnecessary, new research suggests. And nearly three-fourths of Pap tests in these patients may not be needed.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200225pelvicexams.html

The Lady With Lavender Essential Oils Is New Dr. Google

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that patients will be the casualties of the war on science if doctors don't speak out about misinformation and false claims.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200224fp-media.html

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection

The CDC recently updated guidelines for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the first comprehensive guidelines on LTBI issued since 2000.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200219ltbiguidelines.html

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies

A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200220sgcessationreport.html

USMLE Change Benefits Students, Reflects AAFP Guidance

Medical students scored a major win last week when the United States Medical Licensing Examination program announced its intention to change score reporting for the USMLE Step 1 exam from the current three-digit numeric score to pass/fail beginning in 2022.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200220usmlechange.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

Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD

A team of Canadian researchers has developed a list of three dozen medications that must or could be dose-adjusted or avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200212ckdmeds.html

PCPs Outpace Specialists in Embracing Digital Health Tools

Use of digital health tools increased from 2016 to 2019, with FPs and other primary care physicians showing considerable interest in tools that allow them to provide remote patient care, a recent survey found.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200212digitalhealthtools.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2020 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2020 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200207vaccskeds.html

CDC Updates Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus

As the CDC continues to update its interim guidance for health care professionals on the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the AAFP will work to rapidly relay that information to members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200205coronavirusupdt.html

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win

CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200128acupuncturepayment.html

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates' Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181012cod-advocacy.html

Delegates Tackle Rural OB Decline, Hospitality Event

Delegates to the 2018 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of issues, including how to stem the ongoing loss of obstetrical services in rural areas and potential changes to the combined AAFP candidate hospitality event held during the COD.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-orgfin.html

Panel: Buprenorphine 'Can Give Patients Their Lives Back'

During a Family Medicine Experience main-stage presentation on opioids, an HHS representative said family physicians can help curb the crisis by prescribing buprenorphine. A panel of family physicians agreed.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-opioids.html

COD Addresses Medical Aid in Dying, Institutional Racism

Delegates to the 2018 Congress of Delegates in New Orleans addressed a number of clinical and patient-oriented issues, including medical aid in dying and institutional racism in health care.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181010cod-hops.html

Payment Tops FPs' Agenda at Town Hall

During a Town Hall meeting before the 2018 Congress of Delegates convened, AAFP leaders discussed the need to double the nation's investment in primary care. A few states already have moved to do so.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181008townhall.html

Delegates Act on Family Medicine Education Issues

Delegates discussed a wide variety of issues during the Reference Committee on Education hearing at the Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, including paid leave for new parents and CME changes meant to encourage precepting and meet other family medicine needs.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015cod-education.html

Cullen: FPs Are Heroes in 'Epic Adventure' of U.S. Health Care

Newly installed AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., opened the 2018 Family Medicine Experience with a rousing speech about changing the health care system so FPs can do the work their patients need.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015fmx-cullenspeech.html

FPs Act on Data, Credentialing, Other Hot Topics

The 2018 Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement tackled topics ranging from claims data to credentialing.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-pe.html

ZDoggMD: Primary Care Key to Fixing Broken Health Care System

During a main-stage presentation at the Family Medicine Experience, Zubin Damania, M.D. -- known to fans of his comedic and musical talents as ZDoggMD -- used a mock patient visit with Winnie-the-Pooh to illustrate what's wrong with health care.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-zdoggmd.html

AAFP President: Prepare Your Office for Novel Coronavirus

Two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV that was first detected in Wuhan, China, have now been reported in the United States, with other suspected cases under investigation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200124novelcoronavirus.html

FPs Flock to Domino's Annual Evidence-based Update

Frank Domino, M.D., once again drew a huge crowd to his popular presentation on updates in evidence-based medicine at the Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-domino.html

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200122fp-mentalhealth.html

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