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Screen Pregnant Patients for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults, recommending that all pregnant patients be screened.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007uspstf-asb.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

Become a Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Scholar

The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is currently accepting applications from FPs interested in conducting innovative, short-term clinical research projects.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190925fmd-rapsdi.html

Cut Red Tape for Family Physicians, AAFP Tells Congress

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., spoke to the House Committee on Small Business on Sept. 11 to make clear how administrative burdens harm physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923housetestimony.html

Research Lacking on Screening for Cognitive Impairment

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, citing insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impairment in these ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190923uspstf-cognitive.html

AAFP Offers CMS Improvements to Proposed 2020 MPFS

The AAFP recently responded to CMS' proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with a 61-page letter that focused on issues of importance to family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923mpfscomment.html

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.html

AAFP Rolls Out New Well-being Assessment Tool

As part of its ongoing effort to help family physicians increase professional satisfaction and fulfillment, the Academy has added a new assessment resource -- the Physician Well-being Index -- to its Physician Health First portal.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190923well-beingindex.html

AAFP Releases Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

The AAFP's new marijuana and cannabinoids position paper describes marijuana and related substance misuse as "complex issues impacting family medicine, patient health and public health."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190920cannabispaper.html

AHA v. Azar Decision Preserves System That Increases Patient Costs, Decreases Patient ...

AHA v. Azar Decision Preserves System That Increases Patient Costs, Decreases Patient Choices

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/aha-v-azar-decision-preserves-system-that-increases-patient-costs-decreases-patient-choices.html

AAFP Objects to Planned End of Medicaid Access Rule

The AAFP advised CMS not to rescind the Medicaid access rule and pointed out that boosting payment rates would do more to help beneficiaries access health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190918medicaidaccess.html

Emerging Leader Institute Names Best Project Winners

The AAFP Foundation has announced the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute award recipients from its 2018 class, including the overall best project award winners.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190918emergingleaders.html

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.html

AAFP to Congress: Reauthorize THCGME Program Now

The AAFP is pressing Congress to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program before it expires Sept. 30 and urges members to join a Speak Out campaign on this critical issue.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190917thcgmespeakout.html

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact "critical, common-sense" policies to reduce the threat of firearms violence their patients face.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.html

Newly Released Tools Support HHS Plan to End HIV Epidemic

On Sept. 3, the CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources to support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection and help keep those infected with HIV healthy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190913stophiv.html

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Risks of Marijuana Use

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recently issued an advisory on the health risks associated with marijuana use in adolescents and pregnant women, warning that no amount of the drug has been deemed safe.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190912sg-marijuana.html

AAFP Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.html

CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190911vapingupdate.html

AAFP to House Small Business Committee: Mandatory Prior Authorizations For Needed ...

AAFP to house small business committee: mandatory prior authorizations for needed medical services delays care, increases costs.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-to-house-small-business-committee.html

Offer to Prescribe Medication to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final statement recommending risk-reducing medications for women who have an increased risk for breast cancer and a low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190909uspstf-breastcameds.html

AAFP FAQ Aims to Educate FPs About Using Claims Data

The AAFP has created a document to help family physicians understand all-payer claims databases so they can advocate for greater state investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190906claimsdatabasefaq.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

Study: Preterm Infants Less Likely to Be Fully Vaccinated

A recent study in Pediatrics found that more than half of all preterm infants had not received the full complement of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices by age 19 months.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190904pretermvax.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.html

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