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Answering Your Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Patients and members have questions about COVID-19 vaccination related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Danielle Carter, M.D., has answers.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210330lv-vaccspregnancy.html

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening with Low-dose CT

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT in adults ages 50 to 80 who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210325uspstflungcancer.html

Register for April 7-9 AAFP Well-being Conference Livestream

The AAFP has a wide range of resources to help family physicians cope with the extra burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including next month’s Physician Health and Well-being Conference Livestream.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210324phwbconference.html

Primary Care Is Key to Pandemic Recovery, AAFP Tells Senators

In member testimony and a letter, the AAFP asked the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on March 9 to center primary care in COVID-19 vaccination and other efforts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210324helpcommittee.html

FPM Supplement Series Offers Intro to Value-based Payment

A series of FPM journal supplements aims to spell out what the shift from volume- to value-based payment means for family physicians and how they can succeed in a burgeoning VBP environment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210318vbpsupplements.html

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210318itt-arpa.html

Match QandA: ‘Bring It On’

Cindy Ciccotelli, the student member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and her resident counterpart Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., share their thoughts — and hopes — regarding this year’s virtual Match.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210317lv-match.html

Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Payment Rates Will Improve Access for Patients

Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Payment Rates Will Improve Access for Patients

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-medicare-payment.html

Being an FP Means Always Stretching Your Scope, Knowledge

In this Fresh Perspectives post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., recounts her experiences learning about and providing gender-affirming care at a federally qualified health center.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210316fpgendercare.html

Task Force Recommends Screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A draft recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia in all sexually active women age 24 years and younger, and in women age 25 years and older who are at increased risk of infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210316uspstfgcct.html

American Rescue Plan Holds Big Wins for Primary Care

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package just signed into law provides substantial investments in many AAFP priorities, including public health, the medical workforce and health care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210316arpa.html

Didn’t Match (or Fill)? Don’t Panic

This year’s virtual Match process could result in more unmatched applicants and unfilled residency slots. Two experts offer tips on navigating the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210310guested-soap.html

U.S. Needs Permanent Telehealth Fix, AAFP Tells Congress

The AAFP recently called on lawmakers to make permanent several key improvements to telehealth policy that were advanced during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210310telehealthtestimony.html

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/american-rescue-plan-invests-in-health-care-Workforce.html

USPSTF Recommends Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of aspirin to prevent morbidity and mortality from preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210308uspstfpreeclampsia.html

Measuring AAFP Efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In this third and final part of her interview with AAFP News, Academy President Ada Stewart, M.D., touches on the organization’s achievements and ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210304stewartqa3.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

Lose-Lose: Noncompete Agreements Hurt Doctors and Patients

Restrictive covenants, also known as noncompete agreements, represent a unique piece of contract architecture that exists in many business fields and may have merit in certain circumstances. When applied to medical practice, however, these agreements can be particularly harmful. Read ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210303fp-noncompete.html

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Gains CDC Approval

The CDC has given approval to a third vaccine candidate for use against the virus that causes COVID-19, a move that the AAFP supported after review.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210302jjvaccine.html

New Toolkit Helps Members Address Chronic Pain

The AAFP has published a new Chronic Pain Toolkit, providing family physicians with the latest resources and information to help them effectively assess, diagnose and manage chronic pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210301cptoolkit.html

Texas Leader Was Drawn to Opportunity to Heal, Teach

Mary Nguyen, M.D., went from not having a doctor as a child of immigrants to being a leader of physicians and an advocate for patients.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210301fdf-nguyen.html

CDC Updates Immunization Schedules for 2021

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and several other medical organizations, released the 2021 immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210224immschedules.html

Survey to Inform AAFP’s Work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Family physicians will assess the AAFP’s strengths and opportunities on diversity, equity and inclusion in an all-member survey.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210224deisurvey.html

Academy Joins Call for Bold Health Policy Improvements

In a letter to the White House, the AAFP and its fellow front-line physician organizations called for action to get physicians vaccinated against COVID-19 and other sweeping improvements to health policy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210223whitehousepolicy.html

Behavioral Health Collaborative Seeks FPs for Study

The Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative is recruiting primary care clinicians to participate in a study on the effectiveness of the Collaborative’s existing resources.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210223bhistudy.html

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