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ACIP Approves Updates to 2021 Immunization Schedules

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adopted revised adult and childhood immunization schedules and discussed COVID-19 issues, including work on vaccine development.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201113acipmeeting.html

Feds Warn Physicians, Hospitals of Likely Cyberattacks

The FBI and two other federal agencies recently warned health care professionals and facilities about an imminent cybercrime threat that already has ensnared hospitals across the country.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201110healthitcyberattack.html

USPSTF: Expand Age Range for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation on colorectal cancer screening that lowers the age of first screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201105uspstfcrc.html

FPs in Advocacy Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the key to getting involved in public health is identifying the people who are working on issues you care about and offering your expertise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201104fp-smokeadvocacy.html

FDA: Avoid NSAIDs at 20 Weeks or Later in Pregnancy

The FDA recently issued a safety alert warning that NSAIDs at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause kidney dysfunction in developing infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201029nsaidspregnancy.html

Pregnancy Taught Me How to ‘Lean Out’

In the midst of a difficult pregnancy, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that female physicians don’t always address their own needs, and she shares her personal story.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201029fp-leanout.html

We’re a Broken Record — And We’ll Keep Playing Louder

Whatever happens Nov. 3, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes that primary care needs Congress to take important action before year’s end.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201029itt-punchlist.html

Academy Joins Call to Unburden HDHP Patients in Pandemic

In a recent letter, the AAFP lauded the Helping Families Access Pediatric Care Act as good for patients, especially those enrolled in high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201028accesscact.html

WPSI Seeks Comments on Obesity Prevention Recommendation

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative will accept public comments on a draft recommendation regarding obesity prevention in midlife women through Nov. 9.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201027wpsiobesity.html

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201026fdf-coles.html

Decision 2020: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Health Care?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., examines where the presidential candidates stand on health care issues and how their visions align with AAFP policy.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201021fp-candidates.html

Political Panel: Post-election Health Care Forecast

A political panel on navigating the health care landscape at the 2020 virtual Family Medicine Experience offered insights from two veteran political operatives.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201022fmx-politicalpanel.html

Domino Returns With Top 10 Updates for FPs

Frank Domino, M.D., wowed attendees with his annual 'Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine' discussion at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201021fmx-domino.html

Are You Ready for Next Year’s E/M Coding Changes?

AAFP’s new Family Medicine Practice Hacks video series and other resources can keep members up to date on evaluation and management coding and documentation guideline changes coming in 2021.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201020e-mcodingupdts.html

Health Equity Grabs Spotlight at Family Medicine Experience

Mobilizing for health equity was the focus of an hour-long presentation delivered by Uché Blackstock, M.D., at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201020fmx-inequity.html

FPs Act on Health Coverage, Buprenorphine Prescribing, More

Employer-based health care coverage, the buprenorphine X waiver and COVID-19 were among the advocacy topics taken up at the 2020 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201019cod-advocacy.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

Delegates Have Their Say on Practice Enhancement Issues

Delegates voted on a number of issues submitted to the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement during the 2020 Congress of Delegates ― the AAFP’s first-ever virtual COD.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201015cod-practenhance.html

New Academy President Says No to Status Quo

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., told virtual FMX attendees that it was time for family medicine to take its rightful place as the foundation of a high-quality health care system.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201014stewartspeech.html

Expecting an APM Bonus? Ensure CMS Knows Where to Send It

Physicians participating in CMS’ Quality Payment Program who qualified for an Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the 2018 performance year should receive their payment soon ― if CMS has their current billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201013aapmbonus.html

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

New AAFP President Heeded Call to Serve

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., talks about her path to medicine and leadership as well as the challenges facing family medicine in this QandA.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201013stewartqanda.html

It Has Been an Honor to Serve

As his term as AAFP Board chair winds down, John Cullen, M.D., reflects on leading during a crisis.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201013lv-cullenfarewell.html

Virtual Town Hall Updates FPs on COVID-19 Vaccine Work

The AAFP held a virtual Town Hall on Oct. 7 to share the latest news on COVID-19 vaccine development and offer guidance on patient communication.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201012covidvaccine.html

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