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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

Study Identifies Best Predictors of Bacterial Sinus Infection

A study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine identified three predictors that best helped clinicians diagnose patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190405ars-abrs.html

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.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190403wpsi-anxiety.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.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

AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA

The Academy and five peer medical organizations are opposing an administration plan to argue against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190401acalawsuit.html

People in the News/Awards -- March 2019

In March, four Academy members were named to prominent leadership positions or received various honors for their work.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190401people-march.html

AAFP Supports Slate of Bills to Protect, Assist Patients

The Academy has written in support of House bills to preserve safeguards in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and make generic drugs more available.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190328housebills.html

Illinois Poised for Tobacco 21 Win After Chapter Push

After being vetoed last year, Tobacco 21 legislation appears ready to become law in Illinois, thanks in part to testimony from Illinois AFP Board Chair Asim Jaffer, M.D.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190327illinoistobacco.html

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes

Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190327visitplanner.html

Family Physicians Alarmed by DOJ’s Request To Invalidate Affordable Care Act

Family Physicians Alarmed by DOJ’s Request to Invalidate Affordable Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/dojaca.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

The AAFP recently gave its "affirmation of value" designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

Survey Shows Support for Tighter E-cigarette Regulation

A recent survey shows that a majority of adults are unsure how much nicotine is in e-cigarettes -- but still favor increased federal enforcement against use by minors.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190320ecigsurvey.html

Report: FM Residency Diversity Can Be Fast-tracked

A family physician co-author of a recent study outlined key interventions that helped one residency program quickly increase diversity despite a largely unchanged pipeline.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190319residentdiversity.html

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness

Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190318childmentalillness.html

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine

The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190315matchday.html

Researchers Calculate Medical School Production of FPs

An article published in the March issue of Family Medicine identifies factors that contribute to allopathic and osteopathic institutions' output of family physicians over time.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190315fmproduction.html

Your Patient Bucks Parents on Vaccine Request. Now What?

With a growing number of measles cases being reported, some children of vaccine-resistant parents are seeking immunizations. Julie Graves, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., looks at the challenges and opportunities the situation presents.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190313guested-vaccines.html

CDC: Step Up Prevention of Deadly Staph Infections

A new CDC Vital Signs report and accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest a need for renewed efforts to prevent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313mmwr-staph.html

Is Physician Burnout on the Decline?

Results of a survey of more than 5,900 U.S. physicians found that for many specialties, including family medicine, burnout incidence has decreased in recent years and satisfaction with work-life balance has increased.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190313burnoutdown.html

Arizona FPs Tackle Threat to Expand Vaccine Exemptions

Arizona legislators recently introduced three bills that would expand vaccine exemptions and create new challenges for health care professionals who administer vaccines.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190312vaccexempt.html

CDC Warns Against Peripartum Use of Vaping Products

Among women in Oklahoma and Texas who reported recently having given birth in 2015, 7 percent said they used electronic vapor products at some point before, during or after pregnancy, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190311vapepregnancy.html

Medicare Advantage Plans Must Rein in Prior Authorizations

The AAFP joined nearly 100 other medical organizations in asking CMS for stronger oversight of Medicare Advantage prior authorization rules.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190308mapriorauth.html

ACIP Updates Japanese Encephalitis, Anthrax Vaccine Guidance

During the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update recommendations for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, along with guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis anthrax vaccination.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306acipmtg.html

USPSTF: Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted for comment a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306uspstf-brcatest.html

What Drives Medical Students to Choose Family Medicine?

Results of focus group sessions with medical students at allopathic schools across the United States show that the decision to specialize in family medicine is influenced by several factors.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190305studentchoice.html

Apply Now to Be a 2019-2020 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

Last year's AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows recently sat down with AAFP News to describe their experience with the program; the deadline to apply for 2019-2020 is March 22.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190304vaccsciencefellows.html

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

A recent article in Family Medicine sums up the outcomes of three years of work by the Family Medicine for America's Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190304fmahworkforce.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

Organizations Call for $50 Million to Study Gun Violence

Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190226gunresearch.html

What Factors Hook Medical Students on Family Medicine?

In 2015, the AAFP conducted a national survey of all graduating AAFP student members to learn what influenced their specialty choices.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/2019026choicesurvey.html

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225uspstf-perinataldepress.html

FDA Warns of Increased Lymphoma Risk From Breast Implants

On Feb. 6, the FDA issued an update on the number of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, reporting that as of Sept. 30, 2018, the agency had received a total of 660 case reports globally since 2010.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225breastimplants.html

Understanding Patient Empanelment, Weighting

A new study describes how a Wisconsin medical school health system created a framework for weighting patient panels.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190222empanelment.html

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220opioidprojections.html

Cover MAT and Stabilize Formularies, AAFP Tells CMS

The AAFP recently called on CMS to mandate coverage of medication-assisted treatment and urged caution on midyear formulary updates in payment parameters for 2020.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301payment2020.html

AAFP Joins Call to Protect Patients From Surprise Bills

The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190219surprisebilling.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a "D" recommendation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes' effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190213NEJMe-cigstudy.html

Bolster Policy on Tobacco, ENDS, Secondhand Smoke, Says AAFP

In a Feb. 6 letter to the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, the AAFP reminded the Trump administration about evidence-based strategies that can help reduce tobacco use.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190212tobaccoletter.html

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190211fundingpriorities.html

Massachusetts Group Calls Physician Burnout Public Health Crisis

Four health care groups recently published a report that labels physician burnout a full-blown public health crisis and suggests steps that can be taken to reach short-, medium- and long-term solutions.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190208burnoutcrisis.html

Fighting for Family Medicine for the Next 50 Years

The AAFP is marking the 50th anniversary of family medicine with a focus on the future, redoubling work to ensure that FPs have the resources they need to continue giving patients the highest-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190207familymedat50.html

New Research Shows Family Medicine Scope Is Shrinking

Findings published in Annals of Family Medicine show that family medicine's scope of practice is being eroded even as residents say their training is more comprehensive.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180206annalsscope.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

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

Better EHRs Vital to Value-based Care, AAFP Tells ONC

The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204oncletter.html

Research Shines a Light on SDOH Training

A review of primary care residency program curricula has found wide variations in the ways in which these programs teach residents about social determinants of health.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190204sdohresidency.html

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