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FPM Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates

An article in FPM (formerly Family Practice Management) aims to keep family physicians current on the 2018 CPT codes they are most likely to use to help ensure they are paid properly.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180125fpmcoding.html

FPM Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care

A research report published in the January/February issue of FPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190416fpmdementia.html

FPM Supplement Series Offers Intro to Value-based Payment

A series of FPM journal supplements aims to spell out what the shift from volume- to value-based payment means for family physicians and how they can succeed in a burgeoning VBP environment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210318vbpsupplements.html

FPs Act on Data, Credentialing, Other Hot Topics

The 2018 Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement tackled topics ranging from claims data to credentialing.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-pe.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

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

FPs Fight to Retain Full Scope, Ensure High-quality Care

The Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement at the 2019 Congress of Delegates discussed topics including privileging, credentialing, scope of practice and acupuncture.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-pe.html

FPs Flock to Domino's Annual Evidence-based Update

Frank Domino, M.D., once again drew a huge crowd to his popular presentation on updates in evidence-based medicine at the Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-domino.html

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative

An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180504cmslistening.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

FPs Hammer Out Practice-related Measures for AAFP to Take Up

Members who testified before the National Conference of Constituency Leaders Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement on April 26 discussed issues that affect patient care, including obstetrical privileges and HIV preexposure prophylaxis.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190501nccl-practenhance.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

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience

New research from the American Board of Family Medicine examines why physicians joined a practice transformation network, what they expected and what they got from the experience.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190528ptnetworsks.html

FPs Share Best Practices at Adolescent Immunization Summit

Family physicians and other participants at the AAFP's Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit held July 14-15 shared stories of specific changes that helped practices improve immunization rates for adolescents ages 11-18.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180718immsummit.html

FPs Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education

New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190514postpartumgroup.html

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates' Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181012cod-advocacy.html

FPs Take on Technology, Burnout, Patient Care Issues

At the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement heard testimony on issues related to technology, telemedicine, physician wellness and much more.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180502nccl-practenhance.html

FPs Talk Payment, Administrative Burden in Town Hall

Family physicians talked with AAFP officers about a number of hot-button issues during a Town Hall meeting before the 2019 Congress of Delegates officially convened in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190924townhall.html

FPs: Learn How to Use Hurricane 'External Cause' Codes

Updated guidance on external cause codes related to health care encounters after a hurricane went into effect on Oct. 1. It's important that family physicians in areas affected by such disasters know how to use these codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181001hurricanecodes.html

Free CME on Maternal Health Care Available Now

Family physicians and other clinicians can earn free CME on maternal health care thanks to an online program offered by the Office of Minority Health.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210415mhccme.html

Free Physicians From 'Transactional Tasks,' Authors Write

Assigning more tasks to nonphysicians can lead to better care and less burnout, according to an article in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180313personalizedcare.html

Fresh Perspectives

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-70.html

Fresh Perspectives

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-80.html

Fresh Perspectives

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-90.html

Fresh Perspectives

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-50.html

Frontline Physicians Call on Politicians to End Political Interference in the Delivery ...

Our health care system faces many challenges. We call on policymakers to partner with us to advance policies that protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, expand access to timely, evidence-based health care, and eliminate health disparities in our nation.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/physicians-call-on-politicians-to-end-political-interference-in-the-delivery-of-evidence-based-medicine.html

Full Steam Ahead on Academy's Health IT Innovation Project

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., offers an update on an Academy initiative that aims to develop health IT tools that are more useful and less burdensome than current products.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190806lv-healthit.html

Future FPs Share Their Vision for Family Medicine

With Match Day approaching, we asked four fourth-year medical students who hope to match into family medicine to share their thoughts on what drew them to the specialty and why they are optimistic about that choice.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/2022-match-student-q-and-a.html

Gallup Survey: Support for Childhood Vaccination Declining

Results of a recent Gallup survey indicate that overall support for childhood vaccinations has dropped 10% in the past two decades. The survey found that 84% of adults surveyed in 2019 said it was extremely or very important that parents vaccinate their children, down from 94% in 2001.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200318gallupvax.html

Gentrification Has Unintended Consequences for Urban Poor

Urban redevelopment has dire consequences for the longtime residents and businesses it displaces. Marie Ramas, M.D., addresses gentrification in her final Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180928fp-gentrification.html

Get Need-to-Know Facts on Ordering Durable Medical Equipment

Turn to new resources from Medicare administrative contractors for tips on prescribing and ordering durable medical equipment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181022dmeresources.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

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

Academy members receive exclusive products, programs, services and discounts totaling more than $4,000 in savings each year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., highlights some perks you might not be aware of.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200101lv-membervalue.html

Give Newborns Antibiotic Ointment to Prevent Eye Infection

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation statement recommends applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919uspstfgon.html

Giving Health Equity a Fair Shot

When Jerry Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., C.M.Q., saw a minority community being excluded early in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, he took it upon himself to create an equitable system for immunizations.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210426fdf-abraham.html

Global Group Warns COVID-19 May Hinder Measles Vaccination

The global Measles and Rubella Initiative has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic could postpone or suspend dozens of measles immunization programs worldwide, potentially leaving millions of children at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200424measles-covid.html

Going the Extra Mile for Transgender Patients

When Izzy Lowell, M.D., M.B.A., realized how great the need was for transgender care in her region, she created a five-state practice to fill the void.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190610fdf-lowell.html

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180213mmwrasthma.html

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS

Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190412grandfatherplans.html

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180411hepbshortage.html

Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200604covidmatch.html

Harness AI to Enable Family Medicine's Health Care Vision

Artificial intelligence is undeniably part of medicine's future. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians must be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities AI presents.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191204lv-ai.html

Heads Up to FPs: Medicare Home Health Changes Coming Jan. 1

Changes in Medicare rules for home health care that take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will reduce the payment timeframe and may require that physicians use more specific diagnosis codes.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191210mchomehealth.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

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180416fdalawsuit.html

Health IT Roundtable, White Paper Reflect AAFP Leadership

Following the AAFP’s participation, a recent roundtable and white paper offer detailed suggestions on improving health IT in the wake of COVID-19.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210610healthit.html

Health System Preparedness, Resilience Depend on PC, Says AAFP

In separate letters to HHS and senate health committee leaders, the AAFP called for a sharper primary care strategy to better prepare the health care system for public health emergencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200714hhs-senateletters.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

Heart Attack Risk Doubles for Daily E-cigarette Users

Using e-cigarettes every day almost doubles the risk for myocardial infarction, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For those who use e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes concurrently, the risk is fivefold.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180924ecigstudy.html

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