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Student Choice of Family Medicine, Incentives for Increasing

Read AAFP's position on strategies and incentives to encourage medical students' choice of family medicine as a career.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/studentchoice-familymedicine.html

Advocacy and Government

AAFP News' Advocacy and Government stories focus on the Academy's advocacy in Washington, D.C., and at the state level, health policy and legislation, funding for health programs and related issues.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

The AAFP supports the ACO model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/acos.html

Toolkit

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.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/the-everyone-project/toolkit.html

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 News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191204evalitool.html

Self-care: What Patients Want vs. What Physicians Can Provide

Family physician Wayne Jonas, M.D., writes that a survey shows a big disconnect between patients' interest in self-care and the amount of information they get from physicians on the subject.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191203guested-selfcare.html

Practice Pearls - Nov-Dec 2019 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - Liven up your exam rooms | Be prepared for last-minute gynecologic exams | Use nudges to encourage behavior change

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p31.html

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

Patient Care

AAFP News' Patient Care section features stories on preventive care services, community and public health, patient care protocols and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Practice and Career

This AAFP News section features stories on professional issues that affect how family physicians run their practices and design their work teams to offer high-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20191120socialneeds-burnout.html

What can a care team coordinator do for you? -- FPM

In some practices coordinators lighten the load by taking on administrative and clinical duties so physicians can focus on patients.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/care_team_coordinators.html

Practice Options for Family Physicians

Learn about the many practice options open to physicians who choose a career in family medicine.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/explore-career-in-family-medicine/career-practice-options.html

AAFP TIPS

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.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-practice/aafp-tips.html

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.

Students and Residents : Residency Program Directors

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/residency-program-directors/residency-program-solutions.html

Here's What You Need to Know About Primary Care First

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes key points of the new Primary Care First program.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191112itt-PCF.html

Care of the Military Veteran: Selected Health Issues - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2019 - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.2 million veterans were living in the United States in 2017, of whom 1.6 million were female. Less than one-half of all veterans receive care at a Veterans Health Administration or military treatment facility, leaving most to receive services from...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p544.html

Physician Burnout and Stress While Interacting with Patients - Curbside Consultation - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2019 - Physicians, especially family physicians, face multiple stressors in modern medicine that can lead to disillusionment and burnout, which occur when the reality of practicing medicine does not match physicians' previous naive expectations.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p537.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent and can be fatal. At least 2.1 million Americans 12 years and older had opioid use disorder in 2016, and approximately 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p416.html

Common Misperceptions About Buprenorphine Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The antidote to the opioid use disorder epidemic is the thoughtful use of evidence-based medicine and an honest understanding of what we know—and what we don't know—about caring for people with substance use disorders.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p396.html

AAFP Names 2019–2020 Board of Directors

AAFP Names 2019–2020 Board of Directors

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-names-2019-2020-board-of-directors.html

New Research Shows Fewer Family Physicians Seeing Children

New longitudinal research conducted in Vermont shows that fewer family physicians are taking care of children. Rather, the researchers verified previous findings that showed a temporal trend of child visits moving from family medicine to pediatric practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190911fpschildren.html

Collaboration Improves Patient Outcomes, Lowers Cost

Researchers found that an interprofessional collaborative practice model used in an ambulatory care center led to better care, lower costs and greater clinician satisfaction.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190904annalscollaboration.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

Family Medicine Is Ticket to Wide World of Sports Medicine

Amy Leu, D.O., combined two of her passions -- sports and health care -- in a career that has taken her around the globe.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190826fdf-leu.html

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Complexity for Family Medicine

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Burden for Family Medicine

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/aafp-sustains-fight-to-reduce-administrative-burden-for-family-medicine.html

CDC Launches #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series

The CDC launched a new website for its #HowIRecommend videos series, featuring health care professionals talking about how they recommend vaccines to different types of patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190813reccvaccvideos.html

Create Practice Efficiencies -- Physician Health First

Find tools and resources to reduce paperwork, improve practice efficiencies, reclaim your time, and increase well-being and professional satisfaction.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/create-practice-efficiencies.html

Focusing on the Patient and Physician Experience -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Let FPM help you take care of your patients and find the joy in practice.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p5.html

The Nurse Closer: Using Nonclinician Staff to Make Patient Visits More Efficient -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - With a little training, nurses can wrap up the patient visit, reducing errors, improving patient satisfaction, and freeing up time for providers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p13.html

How to help sustain a quality improvement initiative -- FPM

Quality improvement efforts require motivated staff. These three suggestions can help keep employees engaged.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sustaining_quality_improvement.html

Researchers Push Primary Care Teams to 'Power Up'

Researchers describe a new model that extends clinician visits to team visits by pairing each physician with highly trained nurses or medical assistants.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190716primarycareteams.html

Identification of and Treatment for Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care Settings - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - We have identified the ways in which family physicians can implement the USPSTF screening recommendation for unhealthy alcohol use and then intervene when a patient has a positive screen.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p733.html

Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome Events: Screening and Treatment Guidelines...

Jun 15, 2019 - ...JAMES J. STEVERMER, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, Missouri ROBERT T. CHOW, MD, MBA, MACP, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, Baltimore, Maryland KATHERINE K. LEON, MS, SCAD Alliance, Alexandria, Virginia MELANIE D. BIRD, PhD,...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/od2.html

Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health

Members of the Practical Playbook initiative have released The Practical Playbook II, a new text that showcases the integration of public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612practicalplaybook2.html

Study Calls for Clarity on SDOH, Related Terminology

Researchers have found considerable differences in the way individual health care professionals, organizations and other stakeholders use shared language, such as social determinants of health and related terms.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190610sdohterms.html

Study: Talking About Medication Costs Yields Rewards

Researchers found that a 60-minute training intervention with physician practices helped increase the frequency of cost-of-medication conversations with patients, which, in turn, enabled clinicians to identify those for whom cost was a specific barrier.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190605costconversations.html

Seven Habits for Reducing Work After Clinic -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Imagine shutting your office door at the end of the day and not having any work that you need to take home. These shifts in practice can help you reclaim your time.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p10.html

Risk Stratification: A Two-Step Process for Identifying Your Sickest Patients -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Assessing the health risk of your patients can yield improvements in efficiency and use of resources.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p21.html

Rethinking Roles: Your Colleagues' and Your Own -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - How can you foster teamwork when you aren’t the boss?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p4.html

FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience

New research from the American Board of Family Medicine examines why physicians joined a practice transformation network, what they expected and what they got from the experience.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190528ptnetworsks.html

Rural Study Explores Team-based Approach to Diabetes Care

Results of a study recently published in the Southern Medical Journal highlight the effectiveness of a team-based approach to managing diabetes in a rural primary care setting.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190522ruraldiabetes.html

Five problems with clinic design -- FPM

The success of a clinic is often tied to how it is laid out and operated. If your practice has any of these five features, you could have a problem.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/clinic_design.html

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190430fp-keeplearning.html

Social Determinants of Health: Family Physicians’ Leadership Role - Editorials - ...

Apr 15, 2019 - Family physicians can be early adopters of SDOH tools and models for practice, and they can advocate for use of these tools across systems of care.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0415/p476.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

Medicare Wellness Visits: Reassessing Their Value to Your Patients and Your Practice --...

Apr 1, 2019 - Providing Medicare wellness visits can be challenging but can improve quality and practice revenue.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p25.html

Unlocking Clues to Current Health in Past History: Childhood Trauma and Healing -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - Adverse childhood events can have enduring effects on patients’ health, but these four steps can help promote healing.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p5.html

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