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USPSTF: Screen for HIV in Patients Ages 15-65

On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted final recommendation statements and evidence reports on screening for and preventing HIV infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190619uspstfhivfinal.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.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

Wonca Seeks New CEO to Head Global Operations

The World Organization of Family Doctors, better known as Wonca, is seeking a CEO to take the reins of this global, not-for-profit academic umbrella organization that represents more than 550,000 family and general practice physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617woncaceo.html

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

AAFP, Other Medical Groups Update Sports Physical Guidance

The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190611ppeupdate.html

Going the Extra Mile for Transgender Patients

When Izzy Lowell, M.D., M.B.A., realized how great the need was for transgender care in her region, she created a five-state practice to fill the void.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190610fdf-lowell.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic

The AMA Opioid Task Force, to which the AAFP belongs, released recommendations on May 30 that call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190605amaopioidtf.html

Study: Talking About Medication Costs Yields Rewards

Researchers found that a 60-minute training intervention with physician practices helped increase the frequency of cost-of-medication conversations with patients, which, in turn, enabled clinicians to identify those for whom cost was a specific barrier.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190605costconversations.html

Proposed Rule Would Hurt Transgender Patients, Women, Say Groups

A coalition that includes the AAFP recently objected to an HHS proposed rule that could allow discrimination against transgender people and restrict women's access to health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190603-1557rule.html

Study Links Patient Appointment Times, Cancer Screening Rates

New research suggests that patients' appointment time may factor into whether their primary care physician refers them for breast and/or colorectal cancer screening.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190531visit-time.html

AAFP Seeks Applicants for 2019-20 Health Equity Fellowship

Building on a successful inaugural run, the AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the yearlong 2019-20 health equity fellowship.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529healthequityfellow.html

Sharp Rise Seen in Teen Self-Poisoning Suicide Attempts

Rates of attempted suicide by self-poisoning among U.S. adolescents and young adults have more than doubled in the past decade. Among girls and young women, rates nearly tripled during that period.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529self-poison.html

Lawmakers Need Guidance to Fix U.S. 'Wealth Care' Culture

The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit opened with detailed advice on how FPs can use stories and data to win greater support from legislators for primary care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190528fmas-caseforpc.html

FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience

New research from the American Board of Family Medicine examines why physicians joined a practice transformation network, what they expected and what they got from the experience.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190528ptnetworsks.html

Four Projects Aim to Shape Future of Family Medicine

The AAFP has launched new work that aims to move the needle for family medicine by focusing on administrative burden, public perception, advocacy and improving member interactions with the Academy.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190517specialprojects.html

AAFP Objects to Interference With Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Academy and five peer physician organizations are strongly objecting to aggressive political interference in the physician-patient relationship that jeopardizes patients' access to lawful care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190517interference.html

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable

Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190515maternaldeath.html

Frontline Physicians Call on Politicians to End Political Interference in the Delivery ...

Our health care system faces many challenges. We call on policymakers to partner with us to advance policies that protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, expand access to timely, evidence-based health care, and eliminate health disparities in our nation.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/physicians-call-on-politicians-to-end-political-interference-in-the-delivery-of-evidence-based-medicine.html

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements

The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190514aucletter.html

FPs Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education

New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514postpartumgroup.html

Study Finds Family Physicians Offer More Value for Services

A comprehensive analysis of Medicare claims data revealed that on a per-patient basis, low-value care spending is less when care is provided by family physicians rather than by other primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190508low-value.html

Youth Tobacco Use Demands Stronger FDA Response, Groups Say

The AAFP recently joined with 35 other organizations in signing on to a letter that calls on the FDA to take more forceful action against youths' use of e-cigarettes and related tobacco products.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190508youthsmoking.html

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