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Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200113fdf-chase.html

USPSTF: Research Lacking on Child Maltreatment Interventions

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, stating that evidence is insufficient to assess the harms and benefits of such interventions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181205uspstf-childabuse.html

Worrisome Increase in Marijuana Vaping Seen Among Youth

Findings from two recently published research letters show that rates of marijuana use in e-cigarettes have increased significantly among U.S. middle and high school students since 2017.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200310marijuanavape.html

Town Hall to Explore COVID-19’s Impact on Physicians

The AAFP will hold a special Virtual Town Hall from 7-8 p.m. CT on Jan. 13 to focus on how the pandemic is affecting family physicians’ mental health and well-being.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210112covidtownhall.html

Heralded Vape Flavor Ban Too Diluted in Final Form, AAFP Says

New restrictions on flavored e-cigarette products fall short, the AAFP said in a statement calling for a ban on menthol flavors and all forms of mixing fruit flavors.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200103flavorban.html

New Pandemic Stimulus Brings Wins, Concerns for AAFP

Legislation that Congress passed on Dec. 21 brought wins regarding several important issues that the AAFP has advocated on, but also some disappointment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201223fundingbill.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

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic ...

America’s Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/americas-frontline-physicians-call-on-government-to-act-on-gun-violence.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report

Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190111abmsvision.html

AAFP Weighs in With Its 'Vision for the Future

The AAFP responded to a draft report by the American Board of Medical Specialties Vision for the Future Commission with recommendations to make continuing board certification work for family physicians.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190123visioncomments.html

AAFP Guides CMS on Administrative Simplification Efforts

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS on how the agency can improve its efforts to reduce time physicians spend on tasks not directly related to patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190813adminsimpletter.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

Shawn Martin highlights two new free Academy resources -- one related to payment and one intended to improve patient care -- in the latest In The Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180123ITT_Resources.html

What Lies Ahead

Family physicians will never relinquish the future of their discipline to someone else's vision, Shawn Martin writes in his final In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200526itt-whatliesahead.html

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_urges_congress_to_uphold.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.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

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

AAFP Unveils Principles for Fair Measurement, Payment in APMs

A new set of principles from the AAFP says physicians cannot address social determinants of health without adequate payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180518apmprinciples.html

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden

The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180209burdenletter.html

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180511psascreen.html

HHS, CDC Address Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501latestmeasles.html

ACOG, AAP Update Guidance on Group B Strep in Infants

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently coordinated to issue updated guidance on preventing and managing group B streptococcal infection in infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190724groupbstrep.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.html

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

In a recent study, Alabama-based researchers sought to understand the kind of support rural preceptors need to teach medical students in an eight-month longitudinal rural curriculum.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191119ruralpreceptors.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.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

PrEP Your High-risk Patients to Help Protect Them From HIV

Jeffrey Kirchner, D.O., AAHIVS, outlines how family physicians can determine whether a patient could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181102prephiv.html

Delegates Have Their Say on Practice Enhancement Issues

Delegates voted on a number of issues submitted to the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement during the 2020 Congress of Delegates ― the AAFP’s first-ever virtual COD.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201015cod-practenhance.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

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

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

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

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vtegdline.html

NAM Publishes New Research on Opioid Tapering

The National Academy of Medicine recently published a discussion paper on best practices for opioid tapering for patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200825opioidtapering.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.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

Eight Questions for 2018: Yes, Single Payer Is One of Them

Despite opposition to "socialized, single-payer health care," nearly 120 million Americans have health care coverage through government-supported programs. With that growing number in mind, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin poses eight...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171219ITT_singlepayer.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

ACIP Updates Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2020-2021

The AAFP has reviewed and agrees with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations for the 2020-21 influenza season, which includes guidance for patients who may have COVID-19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200909acipflu.html

Committee Reviews Vaccines for COVID-19, Influenza, More

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made recommendations regarding COVID-19, dengue, influenza, rabies, zoster and pneumococcal disease during a virtual meeting June 23-25.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210701acip.html

USPSTF Revises Recommendation on Aspirin to Prevent CVD

A new draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease differs substantially from the task force’s current recommendation. Sarah Coles, M.D., chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science, ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211021aspirincvd.html

Candidates Sought for AAFP 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking family physicians to apply for the 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship; applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210909hefellowship.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

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

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