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AAFP Adds New Livestream Platform CME Options

The AAFP is offering a new livestreaming CME format for two upcoming musculoskeletal and sports care and two adult medicine courses. Each topic will be offered in two formats: six half-day sessions during a three-day event or one 90-minute session every week for 12 weeks.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191113newlivestreamcme.html

My Rx Is Simple: Do Less

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free time is undervalued in our society and that it's OK to say "no" to things that might overwhelm our schedules.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191113fp-doless.html

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

AAFP Applauds Senate Introduction of Primary Care Patient Protection Act

AAFP Applauds Senate Introduction of Primary Care Patient Protection Act

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/aafp-applauds-senate-introduction-of-primary-care-patient-protection-act.html

Thinking of Forming a MIPS Virtual Group for 2020?

Family physicians who plan to form a virtual group for reporting during the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period must notify CMS of their intent by Dec. 31.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191106virtualgroup.html

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

ACIP Updates Pertussis Vaccine Recommendation

During its Oct. 23-24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated its recommendation for the pertussis vaccine and was briefed on this season's flu activity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030acip.html

Patient Privacy Crucial in SUD Fight, Academy Tells HHS

The AAFP supports a proposed federal rule that acknowledges privacy is essential when family physicians are treating patients who have substance use disorder.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191030samhsaprivacy.html

Study Finds No Link Between IIV, Miscarriage

A study published in the journal Vaccine on Oct. 16 found no association between administration of inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women and miscarriage.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030iiv-sab.html

AAFP to Feds on Vaccines: End EHR Costs, Fight Hesitancy

The Academy has called on regulators to ensure HHS' 2020 National Vaccination Plan ends EHR financial burdens related to immunization functionality and addresses vaccine hesitancy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191029natvaccplan.html

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

In NFL and in Clinic, This FP Knows Teamwork Counts

After injuries ended his professional football career, family physician Kip Corrington, M.D., Ph.D., switched his focus from preventing touchdowns to preventing illness.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191028fdf-corrington.html

AAFP, Other Groups Laud Promising Rural ACO Improvement Act

The Academy and 14 other organizations have voiced support for a Senate bill that aims to fix a flawed formula used to measure accountable care organization performance.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191028ruralacoact.html

Survey: One in Five Young Americans Thinks Vaping Is Harmless

Results of an American Society of Clinical Oncology survey reveal that more than 20% of young Americans think that e-cigarettes are not only nonaddictive -- they're actually harmless.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191023ascovapesurvey.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

More Study Needed on Illicit Drug Use Counseling in Youth

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and evidence review that addressed primary care-based prevention of illicit drug use among children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191022uspstf-illicitdrugsyouth.html

AAFP to CMS: To Shrink Opioid Crisis, Grow Primary Care

The AAFP told CMS that the agency can help family physicians combat the opioid misuse crisis by increasing investment in primary care physician workforce growth and reducing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191021supportact.html

End Surprise Medical Billing, AAFP Tells Lawmakers

Congress must end surprise medical billing -- a practice that harms patients and damages the physician-patient relationship -- the AAFP said in a recent letter to lawmakers.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191017surprisebilling.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

Vaccination Gaps Leave Pregnant Moms, Infants Unprotected

According to recent research from the CDC, about 65% of mothers surveyed reported they had not received the seasonal influenza and tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccines before or during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016vaccinpregnancy.html

Survey Examines Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults

A survey of more than 169,000 American adults found that individuals with one or more documented medical conditions are far more likely to use marijuana than those without a medical condition.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016marijuanasurvey.html

Stop and Listen: Why We Need More Time With Patients

Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that in the era of 15-minute office visits, patients aren't being heard -- and the results can be deadly.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191015lv-misseddiagnosis.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

AAFP to HRSA: Primary Care Services Best Delivered by FPs

The AAFP has responded to a request for information from the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding rural communities' access to health care services. Noting that 17% of AAFP members currently practice in rural areas, the Academy said FPs are best-suited to deliver ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191009hrsaletter.html

AAFP Renews Push for Site-neutral Payment

The Academy continued its extensive advocacy for site-neutral payment in a recent round of letters to CMS and Congress, saying that such payment parity would encourage patients to make decisions based on quality rather than cost.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191009oppsletters.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

AAFP Welcomes Proposed Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

The Academy praised a proposed rule that would add stark warning labels to cigarette packs and called on regulators to go further to protect youth from nicotine.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191008cigarettewarnings.html

Screen Pregnant Patients for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults, recommending that all pregnant patients be screened.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007uspstf-asb.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

Become a Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Scholar

The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is currently accepting applications from FPs interested in conducting innovative, short-term clinical research projects.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190925fmd-rapsdi.html

Cut Red Tape for Family Physicians, AAFP Tells Congress

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., spoke to the House Committee on Small Business on Sept. 11 to make clear how administrative burdens harm physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923housetestimony.html

Research Lacking on Screening for Cognitive Impairment

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, citing insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impairment in these ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190923uspstf-cognitive.html

AAFP Offers CMS Improvements to Proposed 2020 MPFS

The AAFP recently responded to CMS' proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with a 61-page letter that focused on issues of importance to family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923mpfscomment.html

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.html

AAFP Rolls Out New Well-being Assessment Tool

As part of its ongoing effort to help family physicians increase professional satisfaction and fulfillment, the Academy has added a new assessment resource -- the Physician Well-being Index -- to its Physician Health First portal.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190923well-beingindex.html

AAFP Releases Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

The AAFP's new marijuana and cannabinoids position paper describes marijuana and related substance misuse as "complex issues impacting family medicine, patient health and public health."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190920cannabispaper.html

AHA v. Azar Decision Preserves System That Increases Patient Costs, Decreases Patient ...

AHA v. Azar Decision Preserves System That Increases Patient Costs, Decreases Patient Choices

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/aha-v-azar-decision-preserves-system-that-increases-patient-costs-decreases-patient-choices.html

AAFP Objects to Planned End of Medicaid Access Rule

The AAFP advised CMS not to rescind the Medicaid access rule and pointed out that boosting payment rates would do more to help beneficiaries access health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190918medicaidaccess.html

Emerging Leader Institute Names Best Project Winners

The AAFP Foundation has announced the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute award recipients from its 2018 class, including the overall best project award winners.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190918emergingleaders.html

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.html

AAFP to Congress: Reauthorize THCGME Program Now

The AAFP is pressing Congress to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program before it expires Sept. 30 and urges members to join a Speak Out campaign on this critical issue.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190917thcgmespeakout.html

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact "critical, common-sense" policies to reduce the threat of firearms violence their patients face.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.html

Newly Released Tools Support HHS Plan to End HIV Epidemic

On Sept. 3, the CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources to support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection and help keep those infected with HIV healthy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190913stophiv.html

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Risks of Marijuana Use

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recently issued an advisory on the health risks associated with marijuana use in adolescents and pregnant women, warning that no amount of the drug has been deemed safe.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190912sg-marijuana.html

AAFP Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.html

CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190911vapingupdate.html

AAFP to House Small Business Committee: Mandatory Prior Authorizations For Needed ...

AAFP to house small business committee: mandatory prior authorizations for needed medical services delays care, increases costs.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-to-house-small-business-committee.html

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