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Practices Need Smooth Handoff to New APM Model, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently joined with scores of other organizations to offer CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation detailed advice on improving alternative payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210603cpcapm.html

Task Force Lowers Recommended Age to Start CRC Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its updated recommendation for colorectal cancer screening, lowering the age at which to initiate routine screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Latest FPM Supplement Examines Innovative Care Delivery

The latest installment in the FPM journal’s supplement series on value-based payment, 'Innovative Care Delivery: Behavioral Health Integration and Home-based Primary Care,' highlights these two alternative care solutions.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210527innovcaredeliv.html

AAFP Continues Telehealth Push With Senate Testimony

As senators consider how to solidify telehealth policy flexibilities beyond the pandemic, a family physician advised them on action to ensure that virtual care improves comprehensive, continuous primary care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210526telehealthsenate.html

Chipping Away at the Burdens of Prior Authorization

From supporting Medicare Advantage legislation to offering new testimony about telehealth, the Academy is pushing hard to overhaul prior authorization.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210525itt-priorauth.html

Leadership Conference Town Hall Covers Gamut of Key Issues

Discussion at the 2021 Annual Leadership Conference Town Hall touched on issues of importance to family physicians, including increasing payment, telemedicine, workforce and COVID-19.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210517townhall.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Improving HIPAA Without Adding Burden

The AAFP recently sent HHS detailed suggestions to prevent a proposed HIPAA rule from increasing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210513hipaa.html

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Authorized for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for individuals aged 12 to 15 years. A May 17 AAFP webinar will give FPs the opportunity to learn more and ask questions of two CDC Vaccine Task Force members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210513pfizerteens.html

Moving in the Right Direction on Menthol

A proposed federal ban on menthol and other cigarette flavors is a big win for AAFP advocacy — and essential to achieving health equity.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210512itt-menthol.html

Latest AAFP Immunization Materials Keep FPs Up to Date

The AAFP recently mailed laminated, full-color copies of the latest Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices immunization schedules to members. The updated information is also available on the AAFP mobile app and the Shots Immunizations App.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210511immschedules.html

AAFP Tools Ease Patient Risk Stratification, Care Planning

Two AAFP resources ― the Risk-Stratified Care Management Scoring Algorithm and the Risk-Stratified Care Management Rubric ― can be useful in stratifying patients into risk levels based on utilization, chronic disease status, behavioral and mental health, and social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210505rscmtools.html

Evidence on Screening for Atrial Fibrillation Inconclusive

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation statement that concludes current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210504uspstfafib.html

Share Your Burden of Grief and Find Joy on the Other Side

Like so many physicians, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., has experienced grief on an unprecedented scale this past year. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she shares how she has come to acknowledge her grief and use it to begin healing.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210504fp-grieffollowup.html

AAFP Praises New Report that Recommends Increased Investment in and Access to ...

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/aafp-praises-new-report-that-recommends-increased-investment-in-and-access-to-high-quality-primary-care.html

ACIP Updates Recommendations on Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has issued updated recommendations on the use of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and FPs will play a crucial role in educating patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210429acipjjvac.html

Let’s Achieve Health Equity by Teaching Future FPs

Shoba Belegundu, M.D., writes that a key to addressing health disparities is graduating physicians with the ability to address the social determinants of health and the skills to advocate for health equity.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210429fp-equity.html

Report Links Vaccine Hesitancy to More Deaths, Restrictions

A new report examined the potential impact of vaccine hesitancy on the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued use of nonpharmaceutical interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210429vacchesitancy.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

Report Addresses Causes of Disparities, Offers Solutions

A recent brief from HHS examines health disparities occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspectives of race and ethnicity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210422hhsdisparities.html

Pause Recommended on Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause to use of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 based on reports of a rare type of blood clot occurring in some patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210415jjvaccpause.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

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

A Maternal Health Breakthrough and a PCF Model Update

CMS has given Illinois the go-ahead for 12 months’ postpartum Medicaid coverage, reflecting an AAFP advocacy goal.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210413itt-maternalhealth.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

AAFP Updates Recommendation on Lung Cancer Screening

The Academy has published an updated recommendation that supports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final recommendation on screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210406lungcancer.html

ONC’s Information Blocking Rule Takes Effect April 5

With new regulations prohibiting physicians and other health care providers from blocking health information sharing set to take effect next week, it’s important for AAFP members to know what to expect.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210402infoblockimplement.html

Insufficient Evidence to Screen for Hearing Loss

The U.S. Preventive Services Task force recently posted a final recommendation statement concluding that evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210402uspstfhearingloss.html

Task Force Lowers Age for Prediabetes, Diabetes Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft statement recommending screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in adults ages 35 to 70 who are overweight or obese.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210401uspstfprediabetes.html

AAFP Calls for Lasting Fix to Territorial Medicaid Funding

In a recent letter, the AAFP again urged Congress to adopt a long-term plan for funding Medicaid in the U.S. territories.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210401medicaidterritories.html

Addressing Health Equity, Social Determinants From Many Angles

The AAFP has made significant progress in addressing health equity and social determinants of health from a number of perspectives over the past decade.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210401nmhm.html

Strengthening the ACA Starts With Payment Parity

ACA, parity, Medicaid

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210331itt-kapca.html

Answering Your Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Patients and members have questions about COVID-19 vaccination related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Danielle Carter, M.D., has answers.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210330lv-vaccspregnancy.html

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening with Low-dose CT

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT in adults ages 50 to 80 who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210325uspstflungcancer.html

Register for April 7-9 AAFP Well-being Conference Livestream

The AAFP has a wide range of resources to help family physicians cope with the extra burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including next month’s Physician Health and Well-being Conference Livestream.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210324phwbconference.html

Primary Care Is Key to Pandemic Recovery, AAFP Tells Senators

In member testimony and a letter, the AAFP asked the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on March 9 to center primary care in COVID-19 vaccination and other efforts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210324helpcommittee.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

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210318itt-arpa.html

Match QandA: ‘Bring It On’

Cindy Ciccotelli, the student member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and her resident counterpart Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., share their thoughts — and hopes — regarding this year’s virtual Match.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210317lv-match.html

Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Payment Rates Will Improve Access for Patients

Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Payment Rates Will Improve Access for Patients

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-medicare-payment.html

Being an FP Means Always Stretching Your Scope, Knowledge

In this Fresh Perspectives post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., recounts her experiences learning about and providing gender-affirming care at a federally qualified health center.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210316fpgendercare.html

Task Force Recommends Screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A draft recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia in all sexually active women age 24 years and younger, and in women age 25 years and older who are at increased risk of infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210316uspstfgcct.html

American Rescue Plan Holds Big Wins for Primary Care

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package just signed into law provides substantial investments in many AAFP priorities, including public health, the medical workforce and health care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210316arpa.html

Didn’t Match (or Fill)? Don’t Panic

This year’s virtual Match process could result in more unmatched applicants and unfilled residency slots. Two experts offer tips on navigating the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210310guested-soap.html

U.S. Needs Permanent Telehealth Fix, AAFP Tells Congress

The AAFP recently called on lawmakers to make permanent several key improvements to telehealth policy that were advanced during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210310telehealthtestimony.html

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

American Rescue Plan Invests in Health Care Workforce

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/american-rescue-plan-invests-in-health-care-Workforce.html

USPSTF Recommends Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of aspirin to prevent morbidity and mortality from preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210308uspstfpreeclampsia.html

Measuring AAFP Efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In this third and final part of her interview with AAFP News, Academy President Ada Stewart, M.D., touches on the organization’s achievements and ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210304stewartqa3.html

Task Force: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients, and is now accepting comments.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210303uspstfgdscreening.html

Lose-Lose: Noncompete Agreements Hurt Doctors and Patients

Restrictive covenants, also known as noncompete agreements, represent a unique piece of contract architecture that exists in many business fields and may have merit in certain circumstances. When applied to medical practice, however, these agreements can be particularly harmful. Read ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210303fp-noncompete.html

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