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AAFP Statement on Regulatory and Adminstraive Reforms - January 30, 2017

...Primary care - and particularly family medicine - is foundational to continued progress in reforming our nation’s health care system. Family medicine and primary care are delivered by dedicated individual family physicians and their health care teams in urban and rural communities....


AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Complexity for Family Medicine

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Burden for Family Medicine


Created specifically for family medicine teams, AAFP TIPS (Transformation in Practice Series) provides intuitive, ready-to-use tools and training in multiple formats that foster both individual and group learning.

AAFP to CMS: Medicare Rules Must Cut Burden, Empower FPs

In response to a proposed rule for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans, the AAFP advised CMS to focus on changes that make it easier for their patients.

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 to HHS: Let Physicians Transform Their Practices

In response to a request for information, the AAFP urged HHS' Office of Inspector General to confirm that any new CMS action would "allow for physician collaboration and partnerships to improve care delivery and appropriate beneficiary incentives."

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order

In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways.

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Diabetes Self-management Report

The AAFP has collaborated with several other health care and diabetes organizations to publish a consensus report on the use of diabetes self-management education and support in adults with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP, Others Criticize Bill That Interferes with Physician-Patient Relationship

...In their joint statement, the organizations point out that safety and injury prevention are crucial components of preventive medical care. The Florida measure, HB 155, which is expected to become law, would prohibit physicians from intentionally entering firearms ownership...

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AAFP's Annual Meeting Offers Plenty to 'Experience' in Denver

Thousands of family physicians will gather two weeks from today in Denver for an opportunity to learn, network, and have fun at the AAFP's Family Medicine Experience (FMX). AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some of what is to come ...

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AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes - May 31, 2020 accessible during the public health emergency (PHE) period to achieve the many critical aims, we also look forward to working with the agency further to support the appropriate expansion of telehealth and access to care with a patient's family physician and usual source of care...


AAPF Letter to Ways and Means on Stark Law and MACRA

AAFP response to a request for information from the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, on the topic of what modifications to the Stark Law are needed for MACRA implementation.


Accessibility Is the Key -- FPM

May 1, 1998 - The author offers basic tips about scheduling office hours to better meet patients' needs.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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.

Achieving a More Minority-Friendly Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2002 - How successful is your practice at meeting the needs of diverse patients? These 10 tips can help you improve.

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Achieving Sustainable Increases in Childhood Immunization Rates -- FPM

Aug 1, 2014 - Analyzing and eliminating physical and procedural barriers to immunization allowed this practice to improve its performance.

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ACOs Are Coming: Should You Sell Your Practice? -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - If a hospital or health system comes knocking, make sure you’ve considered these key issues.

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ACP Immunization Advisor -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - The ACP Immunization Advisor app provides mobile access to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) current adult immunization schedule and adult vaccine indications and information.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

Acute Kidney Injury: A Guide to Diagnosis and Management

...kidney injury is two to three cases per 1,000 persons.3 Seven percent of hospitalized patients and about two-thirds of patients in intensive care units develop acute kidney injury,2 often as part of the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.4 Acute kidney injury is associated with...

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Acute Kidney Injury: A Guide to Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2012 - Acute kidney injury is characterized by abrupt deterioration in kidney function, manifested by an increase in serum creatinine level with or without reduced urine output. The spectrum of injury ranges from mild to advanced, sometimes requiring renal replacement therapy. The diagnostic ...

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Acute Otitis Media in Children -- FPM

Jun 1, 2004 - The article presents an evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating otitis media and provides an encounter form.

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Adding a Dose of Levity to Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2002 - A little levity and a sense of humor may help prevent burnout and give physicians the perspective they need to deal with the difficulties of practicing medicine today.

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Adding Health Education Specialists to Your Practice -- FPM

Apr 1, 2014 - These multifaceted employees can improve patient care, generate additional net revenue, and prepare your practice for the future.

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Addressing Ambulatory Patient Safety in Your Practice -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Reducing errors in care requires establishing a culture of safety, systematic reporting, consistent follow-up, and sustained commitment.

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Addressing Common Inefficiencies in Office Practice -- FPM

Dec 1, 2010 - A well-organized workflow will save you time, money and aggravation.

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...Principles for Administrative Simplification The regulatory framework with which primary care physicians must comply is daunting and often demoralizing. Standardization is not required among public or private payers, and many physicians participate with 10 or more payers. Physicians are...

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Adolescent Vaccination: Protect Their Future -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Strategies to improve your adolescent patients’ immunizations.

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Advance Care Planning: How to Have the Conversation You Want With Your Patients -- FPM

Dec 1, 2019 - More patients are receiving intensive care in their last days of life, even though studies show that most don’t want it. Family physicians are uniquely positioned to make sure patients’ wishes are recorded and respected.

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Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)

AAFP's Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) is an evidence-based multidisciplinary training program that prepares maternity health care providers to better manage obstetric emergencies.

Advancing Multidisciplinary Team Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2013 - A novel approach to treating patients with eating disorders may be a model for those with other complex conditions.

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AFP and FPM Media Kits

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AFP Clerkship 2012-2013

... Care of Special Pop  CHD  COPD  Dementia  Depression  Diabetes  DVT  Dyspepsia  End of Life Care  Eye  Family Planning  Gastroenteritis  Genetics  Geriatric Care  Headache  Health Maintenance  Heart Failure ...

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AFP Documents with Keyword: Cancer Complications - American Family Physician

...May 1, 2020 Issue Megestrol for Palliative Care in Patients with Cancer [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries] Megestrol may be considered as a component of palliative care nutritional support in patients with cancer. Jun 1, 2018 Issue Oncologic Emergencies: Recognition and Initial...

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...Care of the Returning Veteran JEFFREY D. QUINLAN, MD, Navy Medicine Support Command, Jacksonville, Florida MICHAEL R. GAURON, MD, Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada BRUCE R. DESCHERE, MD, Naval Hospital Pensacola...

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...Primary Care Groups Release Joint ACO Principles, AMA Adopts Related Principles In response to language in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that encourages physicians to orga- nize as accountable care organizations (ACOs), the nation’s top primary care medical...

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...AAFP, Other Primary Care Organizations Adopt Joint Principles for Medical Education The AAFP and three other primary care professional organizations have released a new policy to guide the edu- cation of U.S. medical school students in an era of health care reform that promotes...

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...Practices, the differences in coverage rates can be attributed to several factors, includ- ing cost, adult patient beliefs, and fragmented care. For more information, visit health-of-the-public/20120215adultvaccs.html. RAND Report Identifies...

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afp20130315p400.pdf care for Medi- care beneficiaries. The bill would leave 2013 Medicare payment levels in place through 2014, and then provide annual updates of 0.5 percent for physician services for the next four years. It also includes a 2.5 percent increase in payments for primary care...

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...and expanding the role of primary care in the nation’s Medicare system. Dr. Stream outlined several recommen- dations, including the creation of a new category of evalu- ation and management codes to reflect the complexity of primary care visits, and incentives to encourage adop-...

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...tive payment system for federally qualified health centers. The rule is expected to increase payments and poten- tially improve access to care for an estimated 21 million patients. Beginning October 1, 2014, federally qualified health centers will receive a single payment for all...

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...aimed at improving how primary care is delivered and how primary care physicians are paid. The Com- prehensive Primary Care Plus model is a five-year test that will begin in January 2017. The initiative, which will build on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative that launched in...

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...Underutilization of Team-Based Care Linked to Burnout in Primary Care Physicians The challenges that come with undergoing significant prac- tice change, such as transitioning to a team-based model of care, may have unintentionally created new stresses for primary care physicians,...

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...Academy of Family Physicians. Clinical practice guidelines: hypertension in adults over 60. January 2017. patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all/hypertension-over-60. html. Accessed January 18, 2018. 11. Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, Rich R, et al. Pharmacologic...

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...EveryONE Project Unveils Team-Based Tools To help family physicians modify their practices to better address patients’ social determinants of health, the Every- ONE Project from the AAFP has released a toolkit and implementation guide that focus on a team-based approach. Social...

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...Original Article: Preventive Health Care for Women Who Have Sex with Women Issue Date: March 1, 2017 Available online at: html To the Editor: I appreciated this timely article, but the authors neglect to mention a crucial element of...

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...Original Article: Preventive Health Care for Women Who Have Sex with Women Issue Date: March 1, 2017 Available online at: html To the Editor: I appreciated this timely article, but the authors neglect to mention a crucial element of...

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...Original Article: Preventive Health Care for Women Who Have Sex with Women Issue Date: March 1, 2017 Available online at: html To the Editor: I appreciated this timely article, but the authors neglect to mention a crucial element of...

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