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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

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination

Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200122flusurvey.html

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order

In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200121scopeletter.html

Study Shows Ways to Effectively Manage Electronic Messages

Two dozen primary care physicians, including several family physicians, share techniques and strategies for electronic messaging and inbox management in a new study.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200121manageinbox.html

Check Now: Your 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status May Have Changed

Physicians now can use a CMS tool to check their participation status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Physicians also may now view their Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on Physician Compare profile pages.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20181205mipseligibility.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

Don't Loosen Short-term Insurance Rules, AAFP Warns HHS

A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180423shorttermins.html

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative

An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180504cmslistening.html

CDC Issues Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity

The CDC recently released a Health Alert Network advisory to notify physicians that influenza activity nationally remains high, primarily due to heightened circulation of influenza B/Victoria viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200116fluactivity.html

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes

A review of military health records has found that veterans who received nonpharmacologic therapies to manage chronic pain are less likely than those who did not to experience long-term adverse outcomes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200115nonpharmtx.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Implicit Bias Training Guide

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has introduced its Implicit Bias Training Guide to promote awareness among primary care physicians and their practice teams.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200115implicitbias.html

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200113fdf-chase.html

ACP Guideline Addresses Age-related Low Testosterone

The AAFP has endorsed the American College of Physicians' clinical practice guideline on treating adult men with age-related low testosterone, which recommends initiating testosterone treatment only for those experiencing sexual dysfunction.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200113age-relatedtestosterone.html

Beware Virulent Deer and Confounding EHR Notes

We asked our new physician bloggers about the worst EHR notes they have seen. They shared their experiences in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200113fp-ehrnotes.html

Study: Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise

Research suggests that as the number of prescriptions written for opioids has dropped, there has been a corresponding rise in the use of nonopioid medications such as gabapentin and baclofen to treat certain types of pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200109nonopioidmeds.html

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