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AAFP to Develop Value-based Payment Model for Primary Care

Noting that family physicians are foundational to the success of value-based care in United States, the AAFP Board of Directors has approved and funded a special project to empower Academy members to partner with payers to help improve quality and control total costs of care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210107vision2025.html

New Year, New Paradigm(s)

President-elect Biden says it’s going to take patience, persistence and determination to beat this virus. It’s also going to take primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210106itt-newyear.html

Who Inspired You to Go to Med School?

Medical school applications are surging as young people draw inspiration from physicians during the pandemic. Accordingly, we asked our new physician bloggers who inspired them to become doctors.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201223fp-inspiration.html

New Pandemic Stimulus Brings Wins, Concerns for AAFP

Legislation that Congress passed on Dec. 21 brought wins regarding several important issues that the AAFP has advocated on, but also some disappointment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201223fundingbill.html

USPSTF: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

On Dec. 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote healthy weight and weight gain during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201222pregnancyweight.html

CDC Approves Second COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has approved a second vaccine for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. Differences between the vaccines could affect how and where they are distributed.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201221secondcovidvaccine.html

Program Directors: Virtual Interviews Better Than Expected

The pandemic forced the unprecedented step of moving all Match interviews online. In this QandA, four family medicine residency program directors share their insights regarding virtual interviews.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20201218matchqanda.html

AAFP Demands Fair Physician Pay, Patient Protection

In a Dec. 16 letter, the AAFP responded to an interim final rule on coverage and payment requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, including Medicaid provisions.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201217covidvaccrule.html

Anorexia In the Time of COVID

Disordered eating has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., offers an example of virtual visits and team-based care that’s making a difference.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201217fp-anorexia.html

AAFP, NAM Partner to Host Opioid Tapering Webinar

A Dec. 18 webinar on opioid tapering co-hosted by the AAFP and the National Academy of Medicine will feature an expert panel of family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201215opioidwebinar.html

CDC Approves Use of First COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA and the CDC have officially approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, a decision that the AAFP supported after an expedited review.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201214covidvacc.html

The (Micro) Economics of Health

In the latest blog installment on his pursuit of a master’s degree in public health, Stewart Decker, M.D., explains how microeconomics affects the way patients and politicians take physicians’ advice.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201210fp-mph6.html

Budget Neutrality, Not Primary Care, Is Subspecialties’ Enemy

The 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule increases E/M payment as planned on Jan. 1, but Congress is weighing action that puts your long-overdue raise at risk.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201208itt-mpfs.html

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in At-risk Adults

On Nov. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, evidence review and evidence summary on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201203cvcounseling.html

New AAFP Resources Walk FPs Through 2021 Coding Changes

A series of compelling vignettes and a comprehensive report in FPM offer family physicians an up-close look at coding and documentation changes taking effect next year.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201202e-mchangesupdt.html

Med Student Is Helping Black Applicants Find Their Match

Meharry Medical College student Carmen Simmons is connecting Black family medicine applicants with residency programs during the virtual Match.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201130fdf-simmons.html

Taking a Stand for My D.O. Colleagues

Following unfounded criticisms of osteopathic medicine, Shyam Odeti, M.D., M.S., writes that physicians must stand together when our profession is dragged by pundits and pitchmen.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20201125guested-do.html

MMWR: One in Five U.S. Adults Uses Tobacco Products

Newly published research indicates that about one in five American adults used tobacco products in 2019, with considerable discrepancies in the types of products used based on age and other factors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201125tobaccouse.html

Delegates Address COVID-19 Pandemic on Multiple Fronts

The AAFP’s delegation sponsored, supported and helped amend a handful of resolutions regarding COVID-19 during the recent Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201125amameeting.html

Questions About Telehealth? Get Answers in Upcoming Webinar

Whether you’re in a solo or small practice trying to grow a sustainable telehealth operation, or you’ve been tasked with leading telehealth efforts in your large practice, an upcoming AAFP webinar can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your practice and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201125telehealthwebinar.html

Correcting CMS’ Suggested Correction for Value-based Systems

Here’s what CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s recent op-ed gets wrong about accountable care organizations and value-based models.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201124itt-vbs.html

Deadline to Update Billing Info for AAPM Bonus Extended

CMS has announced that certain clinicians eligible to receive a 5% Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the Quality Payment Program’s 2018 performance year have until Dec. 13 to update their billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201123apmbonusext.html

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201119hpbchildren.html

How Do We Match FP Training to Society’s Future Needs?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is planning major revisions to residency requirements for family medicine. Karen Mitchell, M.D., the director of the AAFP’s Division of Medical Education, outlines what that means and the Academy’s role in the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20201118guestedstarfield.html

AMA Honors Henley With Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA honored former AAFP EVP and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., with a lifetime achievement award. Henley urged attendees of the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates to support greater investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201118amahenley.html

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