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Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD

A team of Canadian researchers has developed a list of three dozen medications that must or could be dose-adjusted or avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200212ckdmeds.html

Evidence Lacking on Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226uspstfcognitivescreen.html

Don't Routinely Screen for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published a final recommendation statement on screening pregnant individuals for bacterial vaginosis to prevent preterm delivery, recommending against screening those who are not at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200415uspstfbactvaginosis.html

USPSTF: Screen for HBV Infection in People at Increased Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200512uspstfhbvscreen.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Metformin ER Products

The FDA is asking several pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily recall products containing extended-release formulations of metformin, a drug prescribed to millions of patients with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200601metforminrecall.html

Task Force: Research Needed in Counseling Youth on Illicit Drugs

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that the evidence is insufficient to balance the benefits and harms of primary care-based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200604uspstfdrugs.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Meningococcal Disease

The CDC on June 18 issued a health advisory notifying physicians about recent case reports of patients with meningococcal disease that is resistant to both penicillin and ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200622cipromeningococcal.html

Studies Examine Antibiotic Resistance, Stewardship Issues

New research suggests a link between increased influenza vaccine uptake and reduced antibiotic prescription rates, while a second study examines primary care physicians' attitudes about antibiotic stewardship.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200625antibxstudies.html

ACIP Updates Recommendations for Meningococcal Vaccination

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently released updated recommendations on the use of meningococcal vaccines.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201007meningococcalvacc.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

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

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

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

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

Task Force: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized a recommendation regarding behavioral counseling interventions aimed at promoting healthy weight gain and preventing excess gestational weight gain in pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210610pregnancyweight.html

New Tools Guide Lifestyle Medicine Integration for FPs

The AAFP recently launched new tools to assist family physicians in counseling patients on diet, exercise, stress management and other aspects of lifestyle medicine, and in billing and coding for these services.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210603lifestylemed.html

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.html

Patient Awareness of the Importance of Immunizations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder both of the importance of vaccines in protecting community health, and of the immunization-related resources the Academy offers members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210816immmonth.html

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final statement recommending low-dose aspirin as preventive medication after 12 weeks’ gestation in people at high risk for preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211007uspstfpreeclampsia.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

FPs Focus on Empowering Physicians, Protecting Patients

The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180501nccl-orgfin.html

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190402membersatsurv.html

NCCL Delegates Reject Purity Politics for PAC

Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders considered resolutions on FamMedPAC donation strategy and making AAFP meetings more welcoming to families, among other issues.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190430nccl-orgfinance.html

FPs Call for Expanding Education Topics in Residency

During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on a number of resolutions considered during the Reference Committee on Education hearing that was held April 26.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190503nccl-educ.html

2020 Member Survey Is Your Change to Steer AAFP's Work

The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the March 31 deadline.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

New Senior VP Takes Reins of AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, fields our questions in this QandA.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200601quinnqa.html

Striving for Diversity and Equality in Family Medicine

In recognition of Black History Month, the AAFP spotlights its own efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210210aafpblackhistory.html

AAFP Accepting Nominations for 2021 Public Health Award

Applications for the AAFP Public Health Award, which honors members who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving public health, are being accepted until May 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210406publichealthaward.html

Family Medicine RapSDI Program 2021 Scholars Announced

Following a lengthy application process, the Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative has selected two RapSDI scholars for 2021.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210707rapsdi.html

End of 2018 MIPS Program Performance Year Looms

Physicians must have an Enterprise Identity Data Management account user ID and password to submit 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance data to CMS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/2011081105mipsyearend.html

As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

This is the topic page for AAFP News' Opinion section.

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

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

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation

The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180509guest-innovation.html

Lessons Learned From a Legislative Victory

Tennessee AFP President Sherry L. Robbins, M.D., writes that courage and collaboration were critical in shutting down a potentially harmful scope-of-practice bill in her state legislature.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180622gsted-tennafp.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

Researchers Explore Diminishing Scope of FP Practice

A recent policy brief examines how the trend toward more employed physicians impacts scope of practice in family medicine, noting that a broader scope benefits both patients and physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180418scope.html

New Transformation in Practice Series Simplifies Change

A new product created for family physicians is now available to be used as a team-based tool that makes practice improvement smoother and easier.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180525tips.html

Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition

An article in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine examines patient and family caregiver attitudes about their experiences with care transition management following an acute hospitalization.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180628annalstransitions.html

Enroll Now for 2019 Proficiency Testing Program

On Aug. 1, the AAFP Proficiency Testing Program opens its 2019 program enrollment with online ordering for new clients and nine new modules.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180801proftesting.html

AAFP Decries 50 Percent Cut for E/M Codes with Modifier 25

The AAFP has asked a major private payer in Rhode Island to reconsider a proposed 50 percent cut for certain evaluation and management services.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180821bcbsri.html

Burnout in Residency Coordinators Tied to Job Satisfaction

A study published in the October issue of Family Medicine reports on job satisfaction and burnout among family medicine residency coordinators in the United States.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181101fmrcoords.html

Study Reveals Troubling Test Scores of Assistant Physicians

Researchers found that a new category of medical licensure in Missouri drew individuals with lower pass rates on standard licensing exams and did not adequately address the problem of medically underserved areas.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181109asstphys.html

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine explores whether and when older patients are receptive to discussions about long-term life expectancy with their physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181126lifeexpectancy.html

Learn About Breastfeeding Protections in Clinical Settings

The AAFP and others hosted a free webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 11 that focused on the legal protections for breastfeeding in the health care industry.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190206breastfeedinglaw.html

Study Finds Family Physicians Offer More Value for Services

A comprehensive analysis of Medicare claims data revealed that on a per-patient basis, low-value care spending is less when care is provided by family physicians rather than by other primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190508low-value.html

Wonca Seeks New CEO to Head Global Operations

The World Organization of Family Doctors, better known as Wonca, is seeking a CEO to take the reins of this global, not-for-profit academic umbrella organization that represents more than 550,000 family and general practice physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190617woncaceo.html

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

The AAFP and six other health organizations have published a "Dear Colleague" letter that encourages health care professionals to ensure that adolescent patients present for a well visit at age 16.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190812well16yo.html

Study Tests Protocol to Expand Use of Medical Translators

Recent research identified benefits and drawbacks to a protocol in which medical assistants arranged for language translation during the rooming process -- before the clinician ever entered the room.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190717translationstudy.html

AAFP Query Prompts CMS Order on Pneumococcal Vaccine Denial

In response to AAFP concerns that some physicians' Medicare claims for administering pneumococcal vaccinations have been denied, CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191016claimsedits.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

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

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