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E/M Changes for 2021: The Beginning, Not the End -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - The E/M coding revisions aren’t perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians’ documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p8.html

Widening Disease Definitions: What Can Physicians Do? - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2021 - Disease definitions are often broadened over time to include milder and earlier cases. A strong driver for such definitional changes is the belief that they will benefit patients by preventing more severe disease or future complications.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p138.html

Dysphagia: Evaluation and Collaborative Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2021 - Dysphagia is common but may be underreported. Specific symptoms, rather than their perceived location, should guide the initial evaluation and imaging. Obstructive symptoms that seem to originate in the throat or neck may actually be caused by distal esophageal lesions. Oropharyngeal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p97.html

Chronic Conditions Online CME Course | AAFP

Gain a wide-ranging overview of family medicine-specific content related to chronic conditions with this AAFP self-study CME course. Earn 29.25 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/chronic-conditions/self-study.html

Mammography, Lymphomas, Hypertension in Pregnancy, Dyspepsia - AFP Clinical Answers - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p15.html

Medications for Treatment-Resistant Depression in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - In patients with treatment-resistant depression, augmenting therapy with atypical antipsychotics can be effective.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p16.html

Increasing Share of Practicing Female Family Physicians, 2010-2020 - Graham Center ...

Jan 1, 2021 - The growing role of women in family medicine is increasingly apparent—more than 50% of U.S. medical students are women, and higher shares of women are entering and graduating from family medicine residency programs.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0101/p12.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

Off-Label Use and Misuse of Hormone Supplements: AACE and ACE Position Statement - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology developed a summary of known risks of using off-label hormone treatments.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p759.html

Diary of a Family Physician - Dec 15, 2020 - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2020 - First-person accounts from the front lines of family medicine.

American Family Physician : Diary of a Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1215/p758.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

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

Parkinson Disease - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - Parkinson disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with significant morbidity and mortality. Most patients consult with their primary care physician about Parkinson disease symptoms before seeking care from a specialist. The diagnosis of Parkinson disease is clinical, and key...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p679.html

Top POEMs of 2019 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - In this article, we discuss the POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) of 2019 judged to be most consistent with the principles of Choosing Wisely, an international campaign to reduce unnecessary testing and treatments. We selected these POEMs through a crowdsourcing strategy of...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p673.html

Case Reports: Rhabdomyolysis Associated with COVID-19 - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 1, 2020 - ...Asthma, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity None Obesity, prediabetes, Hypertension, schizophrenia, seizures Diabetes, hypertension Hypertension, prediabetes None None None Hypertension Presenting signs and symptoms Cough, SOB, fever Myalgias, fever,...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p645a.html

Shoulder Pain and Stiffness with Abnormal Imaging Findings - Photo Quiz - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - A 51-year-old patient presented with several years of diffuse shoulder pain and abnormal imaging findings.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p695.html

Case Reports: Rhabdomyolysis Associated with COVID-19 - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 1, 2020 - ...An 88-year-old woman with a history of hypertension, pulmonary embolism (receiving apixaban [Eliquis]), hypothyroidism, and chronic kidney disease presented with three hours of slurred speech, dizziness, and blurred vision. On arrival, her symptoms improved, and she was afebrile....

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p645.html

Tips for using total time to code E/M office visits in 2021

Some tips for coding using total time under the new rules for E/M office visits that take effect Jan. 1, plus an example of a visit well-suited for time-based coding.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/total_time_tips.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

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Common Questions and Answers on Diagnosis and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease in the United States, affecting up to 30% of adults. There are two forms of NAFLD: nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), defined as 5% or greater hepatic steatosis without hepatocellular injury or fibrosis, and...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p603.html

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related issues, including the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of adults and children with ADHD. This collection features AFP content on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=68

Low-Dose Aspirin Beneficial for the Prevention of Preterm Birth in Nulliparous Patients... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - The routine use of low-dose aspirin, 81 mg daily, starting as early as six weeks' gestational age provided a statistically significant absolute risk reduction (nearly 2 percentage points) in the incidence of preterm birth among nulliparous patients with singleton gestation in ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/od4.html

U.S. Must Work to Improve Maternal Mortality Rate

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that a physician’s recent death due to complications from pregnancy is a grim reminder that the United States must do more to address maternal mortality.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201112lv-maternalmortality.html

U.S. Must Work to Improve Maternal Mortality Rate

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that a physician’s recent death due to complications from pregnancy is a grim reminder that the United States must do more to address maternal mortality.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20201112lv-maternalmortality.html

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American Family Physician : American Family Physician

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