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Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients

...Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients Commentary by PATRICIA CZAPP, MD, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland Case scenarios are writ- ten to express typical situations that family physicians may encounter; authors remain anony- mous. Send scenarios to

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The AAFP's EveryONE Project promotes diversity and addresses social determinants of health to advance health equity in all communities. Use this toolkit to improve your patients' health and help them thrive.

AAFP NRN Newsletter


Sponsor Questions

Sponsors can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the AAFP's Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Hold an Provider Course

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Provider Course in your area.

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018

...COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT AND CARE PLAN SERVICES A new CPT code enables payment for the in-depth assessment and care planning that is often needed for patients who are suffering from cognitive decline. Code 99483, Assessment of and care planning for a patient with cognitive...

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NY Physicians, Health Officials Create EVALI Assessment Tool

A diverse group of medical professionals and public health officials, including a team of physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., recently created a vaping-related lung illness assessment tool.

AAFP Performance Improvement CME

View all AAFP Continuing Medical Education on performance Improvement and earn CME credit.

People in the News/Awards -- November/December

AAFP members frequently receive various honors or are named to leadership positions. During the past two months, a pair of Academy members were so recognized.

CME By Topic | AAFP

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The New Model of Family Medicine: What’s In It for You -- Family Practice Management

...Team-based, proactive care supported by effective office systems, technology and a culture of improvement will help your patients and your bottom line. Dr. Bagley is the AAFP’s medical director of quality improvement. He was formerly in private practice for more than 25 years in...

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AAFP Comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 28, 2020

...program for all beneficiaries-and in improving access to high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated care. We deeply appreciate your efforts to support family medicine and primary care. We look forward to working with CMS on designing and implementing policies that support these...


Tools for Better Dementia Care

...Tools for Better Dementia Care Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Dr. Unwin is a practicing geriatrician and a professor of family and community...

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When Physician Family Members Are Involved in Patients’ Care

March 1, 2016 Curbside Consultation

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Recommended Curriculum Guideleines for Family Medicine Residents: Physician Leadership ...

The AAFP provides recommended curriculum guidelines for family medicine residents as it relates to physician leadership in the patient-centered medical home. AAFP Reprint No. 268.

Med School and Residency


...published in the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers estimated the number of hours a primary care physician would have to work each day to provide recommended chronic disease care to an average panel of 2,500 patients.1 Looking at the 10 most common diseases only, they found that...

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AAFP Letter to FMCSA on Diabetic Commercial Drivers - Oxtober 19, 2016

...applicants to be examined by their primary care physician rather than require examination by an endocrinologist. Accordingly, the AAFP applauds the FMCSA, and we fully support the Medical Review Board’s recommendation to allow primary care physicians to complete forms needed by...


fpm20110500p27.pdf is a team sport that requires a clear game plan. AN ORGANIZED APPROACH TO CHRONIC DISEASE CARE ROBERT K. LYON, MD, AND JAMES G. SLAWSON, MD S T U A R T B R A D F O R D A s primary care physicians, we spend the majority of our time caring...

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...Delivering patient-centered care using a team-based approach can require significant changes in how work is distributed - changes that may meet resistance, create anxiety, and necessitate developing new levels of trust and communication among physicians and staff. Our practice, a family...

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The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

Addressing Behavioral Health Issues During the COVID-19 Series | AAFP

Help your patients struggling with mental health concerns intensified by COVID-19. This free AAFP CME focuses on depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Course Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the AAFP's Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Hold an Instructor Course

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor Course in your area.

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities

Family physician Denise Rodgers, M.D., is leading a broad community effort to eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, fitness, housing and mental health in Newark, N.J.

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

The EveryONE Project Builds on Successful Year for 2019

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination

Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP.

What Influences Scope of Practice for Rural FPs?

A new study published in Family Medicine attempts to answer questions surrounding the decision to practice family medicine in rural areas and the factors that cause some rural FPs to limit their scope of practice.

RPS Consultants to Help Your Residency Program Excel

Customized graduate medical education consultation services backed by the AAFP and delivered by a team of residency experts.

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying


Created specifically for family medicine teams, AAFP TIPS provides intuitive, ready-to-use tools and training in multiple formats that foster both individual and group learning.

Practice Improvement Checklists

...The following foundational concepts are central to any high-functioning primary care practice. CHECKLIST Staffing  Develop physician leadership skills.  Define staff member roles and job descriptions.  Allow patients to select their personal physician(s). Financial Management ...

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General -- FPM

...Patients and physicians agree: not enough time for care If you don’t feel you’re spending enough time with your patients during appointments to provide the best care, it’s likely your patients agree with you. [Read More] Posted at 05:00PM Oct 06, 2017 by David Twiddy |...

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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...Preventive care November/December 2014 Issue SHOTS 2014 [SPPACES: App Reviews] SHOTS 2014 enables health care professionals to review immunization schedules and readily answer vaccine questions at the point of care. July/August 2014 Issue Offering Oral Health Services...

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Screenin for Sexually Transmitted Infections - Practice Manual

...Family physicians and other primary care providers are in an ideal position to help address the low- screening rates for STIs and aid in early detection of these diseases, thereby preventing transmission and future complications for patients who are affected. In the 2019 AAFP...

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Guide to social needs screening

...a person’s: • Access to medical care • Access to nutritious foods • Access to clean water and functioning utilities (e.g., electricity, sanitation, heating, and cooling) • Early childhood social and physical environment, including child care • Education and health literacy •...

Patient Care

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule with Comment Period -...

...the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). We offer the following recommendations to continue to strengthen primary care for Medicare beneficiaries, to enable more physicians to participate in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs), and to further...


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...physician-led, team-based care within the VA system. Furthermore, local facilities would be prohib- ited from providing physician-led, team-based care. The organizations acknowledged the nation’s shortage of physicians and nurses amid a growing demand for primary care, but pointed...

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Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents Health Systems ...

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Med School and Residency

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

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.

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an electronic health record-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers.

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...antibiotics based on her experience of past care at a local retail clinic. Antibiotics are not indicated; however, you oblige, recognizing that the patient may choose other health care options for future care, including retail and urgent care clinics. You also fear that the patient...

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afp20130315p400.pdf care for Medi- care beneficiaries. The bill would leave 2013 Medicare payment levels in place through 2014, and then provide annual updates of 0.5 percent for physician services for the next four years. It also includes a 2.5 percent increase in payments for primary care...

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...conditions.2 The time their physicians need to effectively address chronic conditions, provide recommended preven- tive health care, and treat acute problems far exceeds the number of hours available in a physician’s day.3,4 Although medications for chronic illnesses play a major...

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