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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

Delegates Address COVID-19 Pandemic on Multiple Fronts

The AAFP’s delegation sponsored, supported and helped amend a handful of resolutions regarding COVID-19 during the recent Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201125amameeting.html

Questions About Telehealth? Get Answers in Upcoming Webinar

Whether you’re in a solo or small practice trying to grow a sustainable telehealth operation, or you’ve been tasked with leading telehealth efforts in your large practice, an upcoming AAFP webinar can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your practice and ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201125telehealthwebinar.html

Correcting CMS’ Suggested Correction for Value-based Systems

Here’s what CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s recent op-ed gets wrong about accountable care organizations and value-based models.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201124itt-vbs.html

Deadline to Update Billing Info for AAPM Bonus Extended

CMS has announced that certain clinicians eligible to receive a 5% Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the Quality Payment Program’s 2018 performance year have until Dec. 13 to update their billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201123apmbonusext.html

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201119hpbchildren.html

How Do We Match FP Training to Society’s Future Needs?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is planning major revisions to residency requirements for family medicine. Karen Mitchell, M.D., the director of the AAFP’s Division of Medical Education, outlines what that means and the Academy’s role in the process.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20201118guestedstarfield.html

AMA Honors Henley With Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA honored former AAFP EVP and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., with a lifetime achievement award. Henley urged attendees of the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates to support greater investment in primary care.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20201118amahenley.html

ACIP Approves Updates to 2021 Immunization Schedules

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adopted revised adult and childhood immunization schedules and discussed COVID-19 issues, including work on vaccine development.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201113acipmeeting.html

Feds Warn Physicians, Hospitals of Likely Cyberattacks

The FBI and two other federal agencies recently warned health care professionals and facilities about an imminent cybercrime threat that already has ensnared hospitals across the country.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201110healthitcyberattack.html

USPSTF: Expand Age Range for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation on colorectal cancer screening that lowers the age of first screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201105uspstfcrc.html

FPs in Advocacy Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the key to getting involved in public health is identifying the people who are working on issues you care about and offering your expertise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201104fp-smokeadvocacy.html

FDA: Avoid NSAIDs at 20 Weeks or Later in Pregnancy

The FDA recently issued a safety alert warning that NSAIDs at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause kidney dysfunction in developing infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201029nsaidspregnancy.html

Pregnancy Taught Me How to ‘Lean Out’

In the midst of a difficult pregnancy, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that female physicians don’t always address their own needs, and she shares her personal story.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201029fp-leanout.html

We’re a Broken Record — And We’ll Keep Playing Louder

Whatever happens Nov. 3, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes that primary care needs Congress to take important action before year’s end.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201029itt-punchlist.html

Academy Joins Call to Unburden HDHP Patients in Pandemic

In a recent letter, the AAFP lauded the Helping Families Access Pediatric Care Act as good for patients, especially those enrolled in high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201028accesscact.html

WPSI Seeks Comments on Obesity Prevention Recommendation

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative will accept public comments on a draft recommendation regarding obesity prevention in midlife women through Nov. 9.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201027wpsiobesity.html

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201026fdf-coles.html

Decision 2020: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Health Care?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., examines where the presidential candidates stand on health care issues and how their visions align with AAFP policy.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201021fp-candidates.html

Political Panel: Post-election Health Care Forecast

A political panel on navigating the health care landscape at the 2020 virtual Family Medicine Experience offered insights from two veteran political operatives.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201022fmx-politicalpanel.html

Domino Returns With Top 10 Updates for FPs

Frank Domino, M.D., wowed attendees with his annual 'Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine' discussion at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201021fmx-domino.html

Are You Ready for Next Year’s E/M Coding Changes?

AAFP’s new Family Medicine Practice Hacks video series and other resources can keep members up to date on evaluation and management coding and documentation guideline changes coming in 2021.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201020e-mcodingupdts.html

Health Equity Grabs Spotlight at Family Medicine Experience

Mobilizing for health equity was the focus of an hour-long presentation delivered by Uché Blackstock, M.D., at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201020fmx-inequity.html

FPs Act on Health Coverage, Buprenorphine Prescribing, More

Employer-based health care coverage, the buprenorphine X waiver and COVID-19 were among the advocacy topics taken up at the 2020 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201019cod-advocacy.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20201016lv-tech.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

New Academy President Says No to Status Quo

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., told virtual FMX attendees that it was time for family medicine to take its rightful place as the foundation of a high-quality health care system.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201014stewartspeech.html

Expecting an APM Bonus? Ensure CMS Knows Where to Send It

Physicians participating in CMS’ Quality Payment Program who qualified for an Advanced Alternative Payment Model bonus for the 2018 performance year should receive their payment soon ― if CMS has their current billing information.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201013aapmbonus.html

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

New AAFP President Heeded Call to Serve

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., talks about her path to medicine and leadership as well as the challenges facing family medicine in this QandA.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201013stewartqanda.html

It Has Been an Honor to Serve

As his term as AAFP Board chair winds down, John Cullen, M.D., reflects on leading during a crisis.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201013lv-cullenfarewell.html

Academy Officers Cover Key Issues at Town Hall

AAFP officers provided updates and answered members’ questions about issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, payment, telemedicine and health equity during a virtual Town Hall prior to the Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201012codtownhall.html

Virtual Town Hall Updates FPs on COVID-19 Vaccine Work

The AAFP held a virtual Town Hall on Oct. 7 to share the latest news on COVID-19 vaccine development and offer guidance on patient communication.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201012covidvaccine.html

AAFP to CMS: Lock In E/M Increase, Acknowledge Pandemic

In a detailed response to the proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule, the AAFP advised CMS to implement its planned 2021 increase to office visit evaluation and management codes for family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201008mpfscomment.html

ACIP Updates Recommendations for Meningococcal Vaccination

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently released updated recommendations on the use of meningococcal vaccines.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201007meningococcalvacc.html

Sorry, Boss, I Can't Guarantee Your Worker Is COVID-free

With asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 and the potential for false-negative tests, Allison Edwards, M.D., questions the utility of providing doctor’s notes for patients returning to work in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201007fp-covidnote.html

Deaf Family Physician Aims to Improve Communication

Carolyn Stern, M.D., has overcome challenges related to hearing loss. Now she works to reduce such challenges for patients, physicians and interpreters.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201005fdf-stern.html

Task Force: Evidence on Vitamin D Deficiency Screening Inconclusive

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201001vitamind.html

COVID-19 and the Burden of Secondary Grief

After months of caring for people affected by COVID-19, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog about the burden of secondary grief.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/202001001fp-grief.html

Survey Tracks COVID-19's Effects on Delayed Medical Care

Results of a CDC survey indicate that more than 40% of American adults have avoided or delayed receiving medical care due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200929delayedcare.html

Actor's Death Offers Opening to Educate Patients on CRC Screening

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman offers an opportunity to educate patients about the need for colorectal cancer screening.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200923lv-crcscreening.html

AAFP Joins Push to Take Politics Out of COVID-19 Vaccine Work

In a recent letter and a separate statement, the Academy and dozens of medical and health groups called on health officials to put science ahead of politics as COVID-19 vaccine studies continue.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200923covidscience.html

AAFP Continues Working for Racial Equity

AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science Chair Scott Hartman, M.D., outlines the work the commission has undertaken regarding racial equity at the direction of the Academy's Congress of Delegates.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200922guested-equality.html

Academy Tools Keep You Up to Date on E/M Coding Changes

AAFP members can now pre-order evaluation and management coding reference cards to prepare for E/M coding and documentation guideline changes coming in 2021.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200917e-mcodeupdates.html

Retail Telehealth Isn’t the Call Policymakers Should Answer

A new report issued by the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy misses the mark, writes AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200915itt-telehealth.html

Do No (Financial) Harm

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., examines why understanding and addressing patients' financial health is as important as caring for their physical and mental health.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200911fp-financialhealth.html

Preparing for Flu Season During Pandemic

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the coming challenges of a flu season overlapping a pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200910fp-flu.html

Expand, Don’t Reduce, COVID-19 Testing, AAFP and Others Tell HHS

In a Sept. 3 letter, the AAFP and 234 other organizations called on HHS to reverse a recent change to COVID-19 testing guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200910testingletter.html

White Docs Can -- and Should -- Address Racism in Health Care

Kristina Johnson, M.D., explains why she took on the challenge of creating anti-racism curricula for her residency program, and urges other white physicians to address racism in health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200909guested-racism.html

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