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This Is Our Chance to Shape Our Specialty’s Future

Three 2021 residency graduates share their opinions on the ACGME’s proposed residency requirements for family medicine and urge others to participate in a public comment period.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20220121fp-acgme.html

Value Week Shows Our Push to Increase PC Investment

The AAFP is leading the charge to broaden and improve value-based payment — and continuing the fight for a stronger federal anti-pandemic strategy.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20220120itt-valueweek.html

New Research Links COVID-19 and Diabetes Risk in Youth

Findings from an analysis of health claims data have suggested an association between a diagnosis of COVID-19 and the development of diabetes in people younger than 18 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20220120coviddiabetes.html

New Research Addresses Inequities in FP Workforce

Researchers from the AAFP, the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, and the American Board of Family Medicine are joining forces to examine diversity and equity issues in the family physician workforce.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20220119dei.html

January/February FPM Delivers Practicum on Coding, Payment

If you still have questions about how to apply last year’s evaluation and management guideline changes, you can find answers in the January/February issue of FPM. The journal issue is loaded with E/M coding and documentation guidance, as well as information about other payment updates ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20220114fpm-paycode.html

AAFP: All Options Must be on the Table to Get Americans Vaccinated

AAFP: All Options Must be on the Table to Get Americans Vaccinated

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/all-options-must-be-on-the-table-to-get-americans-vaccinated.html

Telehealth Key to Maintaining Access to Addiction Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a significant rise in substance use disorders. At the same time, temporary regulatory waivers and increased insurance coverage have paved the way for greater telemedicine access to meet that need. Those changes must be made permanent.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20220111guested-telemedsud.html

AAFP Gathers Latest on Boosters, Guidance, Treatment, More

During the past few weeks, the federal government has implemented a series of actions designed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the omicron variant, and the Academy is making sure family physicians have the latest information and tools.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20220110covidupdates.html

In-person Congress of Delegates Canceled

Although the delayed regular session of the 2021 Congress of Delegates will no longer be held, members are invited to guide policy-making decisions by participating in virtual reference committees Jan. 22-23.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20220107codcanceled.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening Youth for Diabetes

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for further research after finding inconclusive evidence on the balance of benefits and harms of screening youth for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20220106uspstfdiabetes.html

Students, Here’s How to Turn Interview Notes Into a Rank List

To help medical students making Match decisions during another virtual interview season, AAFP News gathered a faculty member, a fourth-year student and two family medicine interns to share their insights on comparing and evaluating programs.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20211222matchqanda.html

Medicare GME Final Rule is a Significant Step to Improve Health Equity, Address Primary...

Medicare GME Final Rule is a Significant Step to Improve Health Equity, Address Primary Care Workforce Shortage, Physician Maldistribution

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/medicare-gme-final-rule.html

AAFP Updates Recommendation for Diabetes Screening

The Academy recently published a new clinical guidance page on diabetes that features the latest clinical recommendations, implementation tools, educational materials and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211216diabetes.html

Small Talk About COVID-19 Can Make a Big Difference

In this FPs on the Front Lines post, Maurice Duggins, M.D., shares a success story about his work to get the Wichita State men’s basketball team vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20211209fl-basketballvacc.html

White House Call for ‘Family’ Vaccination Needs Family Physicians

The administration’s new plan to increase COVID-19 immunization in the face of the omicron variant needs a booster shot of primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211207itt-covidvacc.html

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics: 30 Years of Filling Gaps

As Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics marks its 30th anniversary, Mark Deutchman, M.D., writes that all family physicians who offer obstetrics care can benefit from the regularly updated, evidence-based course.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20211202guested-also.html

Survey Finds COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Spread

Findings from a new Kaiser Family Foundation report indicate that a substantial number of people either believe or are unsure about false statements regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines used to prevent it. The AAFP offers several resources to help FPs educate patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211130vaccmisinfo.html

AAFP OKs Plan for All U.S. Adults to Get COVID-19 Boosters

The AAFP has approved recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that allow for administration of a single booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in all U.S. adults 18 and older.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211123covidboosters.html

Don’t Screen for COPD in Asymptomatic Adults, Says USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is welcoming comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic adults for COPD.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211122uspstfcopd.html

AFP Updates Members on Asthma Management

AFP has published a summary of the federal government’s recent asthma management guideline update, as well as an editorial that explains how the update differs from recommendations released by other organizations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118afpasthma.html

2022 Immunization Schedules Updated at November ACIP Meeting

Immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults, as well as vaccines for hepatitis B, orthopoxviruses and Ebola, were among the topics discussed at this month’s meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118acip.html

Time to End Predatory Payment Practices, AAFP Tells CMS

In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP called on the agency to rein in health plans’ practice of using third-party vendors, which often charge mandatory extra fees, to process payments to physicians via the electronic funds transfer transaction standard.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211103eftlettercms.html

USPSTF Publishes Draft Recommendations on Vision Problems

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a pair of draft recommendation statements that found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma or impaired visual acuity in certain populations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211115uspstfvision.html

Get Started in Value-based Care — With AAFP Resources

The November/December FPM takes a deep dive into value-based care and associated payment models, exploring this move away from quantity-focused fee-for-service in three different articles. Other new AAFP resources are also available.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211112vbcresources.html

WPSI Accepting Public Comments on New Draft Recommendations

New draft recommendations on contraception and HIV infection from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative have been posted on the organization’s website; the deadline for the public to submit comments is Nov. 24.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211109wpsi.html

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