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Third COVID-19 Vaccine Gains CDC Approval

The CDC has given approval to a third vaccine candidate for use against the virus that causes COVID-19, a move that the AAFP supported after review.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210302jjvaccine.html

New Toolkit Helps Members Address Chronic Pain

The AAFP has published a new Chronic Pain Toolkit, providing family physicians with the latest resources and information to help them effectively assess, diagnose and manage chronic pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210301cptoolkit.html

Texas Leader Was Drawn to Opportunity to Heal, Teach

Mary Nguyen, M.D., went from not having a doctor as a child of immigrants to being a leader of physicians and an advocate for patients.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210301fdf-nguyen.html

CDC Updates Immunization Schedules for 2021

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and several other medical organizations, released the 2021 immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210224immschedules.html

Survey to Inform AAFP’s Work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Family physicians will assess the AAFP’s strengths and opportunities on diversity, equity and inclusion in an all-member survey.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210224deisurvey.html

Academy Joins Call for Bold Health Policy Improvements

In a letter to the White House, the AAFP and its fellow front-line physician organizations called for action to get physicians vaccinated against COVID-19 and other sweeping improvements to health policy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210223whitehousepolicy.html

Behavioral Health Collaborative Seeks FPs for Study

The Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative is recruiting primary care clinicians to participate in a study on the effectiveness of the Collaborative’s existing resources.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210223bhistudy.html

AAFP Highlights Primary Care in Rescue Package Needs

The AAFP called on Congress to bolster primary care as legislators write the bills for the American Rescue Plan.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210215arpletter.html

Level 2 Performance Evaluations Postponed Indefinitely

The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners announced Feb. 11 that its COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation is postponed indefinitely.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210215comlexusa2.html

Starfield Summit Is First Step in Revising Residency

The AAFP and other family medicine organizations have offered substantial input to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education regarding revisions to the specialty’s residency program requirements.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210215starfield.html

USPSTF: Do Not Screen for Carotid Artery Stenosis

On Feb. 2, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210212uspstfcas.html

AAFP Seeks Women’s Equity and Leadership Project Candidates

The AAFP is seeking applicants to serve as members of a cohort participating in the Women’s Wellness Through Equity and Leadership project. Interested members have until Feb. 28 to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210211welproject.html

Striving for Diversity and Equality in Family Medicine

In recognition of Black History Month, the AAFP spotlights its own efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210210aafpblackhistory.html

AAFP Publishes Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Manual

The Academy has published a new practice manual on the treatment of opioid use disorder that brings together many of the Academy’s resources on the topic in one convenient tool.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210209oudmanual.html

PCPs Should Play Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

It is critical that state and federal authorities do more to engage primary care physicians to help the United States reach the necessary COVID-19 vaccination rate.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210205lv-covidvacc.html

AAFP Advises White House on Building Robust Workforce

In a recent letter, the AAFP offered the Biden administration recommendations on strengthening the primary care workforce.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210205workforce.html

Conference Spotlights New Research to Benefit Primary Care

The talents of family medicine researchers from across the United States and elsewhere were on full display at the 48th annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210204napcrg.html

Students, You’re Better Prepared Than You Think

Residency programs and applicants participating in the Match can now begin entering their rank order lists. In this guest editorial, residents offer students tips to consider during this unique Match cycle.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210202guested-match.html

Sponsors End USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam

The Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners announced Jan. 26 that they were discontinuing the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills exam rather than revamping it.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210129usmlestep2.html

Students Optimistic About Future of Family Medicine

After a chaotic 2020, we asked four AAFP student leaders what they are excited about regarding the future of family medicine. Here is what they shared.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210127fmfuture.html

AAFP Fields New Resource on Coding, Documentation Changes

Members are invited to review the latest addition to the AAFP’s collection of information, resources and tools regarding new office visit evaluation and management coding and documentation guidance that took effect on Jan. 1: the 2021 Office Visit E/M Guidelines Module.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210127e-mcodeguidelines.html

AAFP Sees Harms to Team-based Care in VA Interim Final Rule

The AAFP and other medical societies this month urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to rescind an interim final rule that would decrease the standard of care for U.S. veterans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210127vascope.html

Tips From the Virtual Interview Trail

Virtual residency interviews may remain part of the Match process beyond the pandemic. Fourth-year student Cynthia Ciccotelli offers future applicants her insights.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210127lv-virtualinterview.html

AAFP Pushes for More Changes to ONC Rule Compliance Dates

Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP has urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to further delay the deadline for physicians to comply with information blocking provisions outlined in the 21st Century Cures Act.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210121infoblocking.html

Report Finds Fewer American Youths Use Tobacco Products

A new report from the CDC and FDA has found that while use of several types of tobacco products declined between 2019 and 2020, about one in six middle school and high school students still use tobacco products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210121youthtobacco.html

Med Students Belong in Priority Group for COVID-19 Vaccine

The AAFP updated its policy regarding medical learners and the pandemic to specify that medical students should be included with other health professionals who are prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210119studentsvaccine.html

Academy to HHS: Prioritize Primary Care in Vaccine Rollout

The AAFP is pressing federal and state officials to ensure that community-based primary care physicians and their practices have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210115pcvaccines.html

Asthma Guideline Update Aims to Improve Care, Shared Decisions

Updated asthma management guidelines will influence treatment of mild and persistent asthma in more patient-centered ways, says an FP who contributed to the work.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210113asthmaguideline.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

Report Finds Low Adverse Event Rate From COVID-19 Vaccine

New research published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that adverse reactions associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are exceedingly rare.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210108covidvaers.html

Don’t Return to Your Silo

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that COVID-19 has broken down silos in health care, and the collaborative approach should continue after the pandemic ends.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210107fp-silos.html

Screen At-risk Individuals for Hepatitis B Virus Infection

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in adolescents and adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210107uspstfhepb.html

AAFP to Develop Value-based Payment Model for Primary Care

Noting that family physicians are foundational to the success of value-based care in United States, the AAFP Board of Directors has approved and funded a special project to empower Academy members to partner with payers to help improve quality and control total costs of care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210107vision2025.html

New Year, New Paradigm(s)

President-elect Biden says it’s going to take patience, persistence and determination to beat this virus. It’s also going to take primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210106itt-newyear.html

Who Inspired You to Go to Med School?

Medical school applications are surging as young people draw inspiration from physicians during the pandemic. Accordingly, we asked our new physician bloggers who inspired them to become doctors.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201223fp-inspiration.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

USPSTF: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

On Dec. 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling interventions to promote healthy weight and weight gain during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201222pregnancyweight.html

CDC Approves Second COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has approved a second vaccine for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. Differences between the vaccines could affect how and where they are distributed.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201221secondcovidvaccine.html

Program Directors: Virtual Interviews Better Than Expected

The pandemic forced the unprecedented step of moving all Match interviews online. In this QandA, four family medicine residency program directors share their insights regarding virtual interviews.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20201218matchqanda.html

AAFP Demands Fair Physician Pay, Patient Protection

In a Dec. 16 letter, the AAFP responded to an interim final rule on coverage and payment requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, including Medicaid provisions.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201217covidvaccrule.html

Anorexia In the Time of COVID

Disordered eating has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., offers an example of virtual visits and team-based care that’s making a difference.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201217fp-anorexia.html

AAFP, NAM Partner to Host Opioid Tapering Webinar

A Dec. 18 webinar on opioid tapering co-hosted by the AAFP and the National Academy of Medicine will feature an expert panel of family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201215opioidwebinar.html

CDC Approves Use of First COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA and the CDC have officially approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, a decision that the AAFP supported after an expedited review.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201214covidvacc.html

The (Micro) Economics of Health

In the latest blog installment on his pursuit of a master’s degree in public health, Stewart Decker, M.D., explains how microeconomics affects the way patients and politicians take physicians’ advice.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201210fp-mph6.html

Budget Neutrality, Not Primary Care, Is Subspecialties’ Enemy

The 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule increases E/M payment as planned on Jan. 1, but Congress is weighing action that puts your long-overdue raise at risk.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201208itt-mpfs.html

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in At-risk Adults

On Nov. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, evidence review and evidence summary on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201203cvcounseling.html

New AAFP Resources Walk FPs Through 2021 Coding Changes

A series of compelling vignettes and a comprehensive report in FPM offer family physicians an up-close look at coding and documentation changes taking effect next year.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201202e-mchangesupdt.html

Med Student Is Helping Black Applicants Find Their Match

Meharry Medical College student Carmen Simmons is connecting Black family medicine applicants with residency programs during the virtual Match.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201130fdf-simmons.html

Taking a Stand for My D.O. Colleagues

Following unfounded criticisms of osteopathic medicine, Shyam Odeti, M.D., M.S., writes that physicians must stand together when our profession is dragged by pundits and pitchmen.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20201125guested-do.html

MMWR: One in Five U.S. Adults Uses Tobacco Products

Newly published research indicates that about one in five American adults used tobacco products in 2019, with considerable discrepancies in the types of products used based on age and other factors.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201125tobaccouse.html

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