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Four Projects Aim to Shape Future of Family Medicine

The AAFP has launched new work that aims to move the needle for family medicine by focusing on administrative burden, public perception, advocacy and improving member interactions with the Academy.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

The Never-ending Quest to Achieve Health for All

Forty years ago, the nations of the world put out a call for health care for all. This week, nearly 200 countries renewed their commitment to primary care.

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

Your Patient Bucks Parents on Vaccine Request. Now What?

With a growing number of measles cases being reported, some children of vaccine-resistant parents are seeking immunizations. Julie Graves, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., looks at the challenges and opportunities the situation presents.

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

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification

The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

New Study, Guidance Affirm Transgender Patients' Care Needs

A recent study and updated clinical guidance remind physicians that treating transgender patients starts with providing solid primary care services along with nonjudgmental communication.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

Resiliency Program Reduces Burnout Symptoms in FM Residents

Results of a small trial showed a resiliency program was effective in reducing burnout symptoms in family medicine residents. In addition to reducing some symptoms in the short term, researchers noted that there were no significant increases in any burnout measurements in the long term.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

FAQ, Webinar Aim to Clarify How to Apply New E/M Guidelines

Six months have passed since the 2021 office visit/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines took effect, but many physicians still have questions about how to apply them. A new FAQ and upcoming webinar from the AAFP promise to provide answers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Blogs

Reclaiming Family Medicine's Broad Scope Benefits Everyone

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the debate about family medicine scope of practice shouldn't focus just on midlevel providers, but also on subspecialists.

AAFP News : Blogs

Trump Administration Rolling the Dice on Health Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the administration's recent decision to not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an interesting gamble ahead of the 2020 elections.

AAFP News : Blogs

Moving in the Right Direction on Menthol

A proposed federal ban on menthol and other cigarette flavors is a big win for AAFP advocacy — and essential to achieving health equity.

AAFP News : Blogs

AAFP Delegation Gives Family Medicine Voice at AMA Meeting

The AMA House of Delegates met last week in Chicago to discuss and debate policies aimed at improving our health care system. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update from the perspective of the Academy's delegation.

AAFP News : Blogs

Country in Crisis: Addressing our Addiction Epidemic

The AAFP is working with Congress and federal agencies to address the nation's growing drug addiction epidemic while ensuring that family physicians are able to care for patients in a manner that is free of unnecessary regulatory burdens. Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement...

AAFP News : Blogs

Poll: Drug Costs Top List of Public's Health Care Concerns

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, a wide majority of Americans are concerned about the high cost of many prescription drugs and think government action is needed to address the problem. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

AAFP News : Blogs

Speak Out to Preserve Health Care Coverage

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States and Congress is moving forward with efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without firm plans for a replacement. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn...

AAFP News : Blogs

Despite Challenges, Virtual Match Can Bring Positive Change

Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that a virtual Match process will present challenges as well as opportunities for both medical students and residency programs.

AAFP News : Blogs

Birth, Death, Hope and Money: Stories of Family Medicine

A diverse panel of five family physicians offered students and residents their perspectives on family medicine -- stories of triumphant hope and success -- during the 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.


AAFP Welcomes Proposed Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

The Academy praised a proposed rule that would add stark warning labels to cigarette packs and called on regulators to go further to protect youth from nicotine.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

ACOs, Value-based Care Hang in COVID-19 Balance, AAFP Warns

To safeguard the future of value-based care, relief is needed for Medicare Shared Savings Program participants affected by COVID-19, the AAFP told HHS in a May 14 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

Lock In Telehealth Flexibility, Protections, Says AAFP

In two recent letters, the AAFP and other groups asked Congress for permanent telehealth flexibility and laid out principles to ensure ongoing virtual care success.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week issued a draft recommendation statement calling for primary care clinicians to screen all adults for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to those with a positive screening result.

AAFP News : Patient Care

USPSTF: Don't Use ECG to Screen Low-risk Adults for CVD Events

On June 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for cardiovascular disease risk with electrocardiography. Based on the available evidence, the task force recommends against such screening in asymptomatic, low-risk individuals.

AAFP News : Patient Care

ACIP Reaffirms LAIV Recommendation for 2018-19 Flu Season

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has reaffirmed its October 2017 recommendation to include live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; FluMist) in its guidance for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Global Group Warns COVID-19 May Hinder Measles Vaccination

The global Measles and Rubella Initiative has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic could postpone or suspend dozens of measles immunization programs worldwide, potentially leaving millions of children at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Report Addresses Causes of Disparities, Offers Solutions

A recent brief from HHS examines health disparities occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspectives of race and ethnicity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others

When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

Giving Health Equity a Fair Shot

When Jerry Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., C.M.Q., saw a minority community being excluded early in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, he took it upon himself to create an equitable system for immunizations.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

New research indicates that more than one out of three cases of medical malpractice that result in death or permanent disability can be linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.

AAFP News : Blogs

FPs Flock to Domino's Annual Evidence-based Update

Frank Domino, M.D., once again drew a huge crowd to his popular presentation on updates in evidence-based medicine at the Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

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

Advocating for Our Patients in the #MeToo Era

In words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., counters misconceptions regarding sexual violence with truths that she has learned from a clinical practice devoted to helping survivors.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

Can We Create a Space of Moderation in This Pandemic?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., discusses her and her family’s experiences with COVID-19 while looking for ways that people can discuss the pandemic effectively.

AAFP News : Blogs

Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.

AAFP News : Blogs

NC Panelists Recommend Looking Back to Move Forward

The AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students opened Aug. 2 with a main stage event that featured a panel of health equity advocates discussing how to best address social determinants of health, reduce inequalities in health care and successfully ...


Do Residents' Skills Match Medicare Patients' Needs?

New research suggests that family medicine residents' training does not align with the most common procedures that Medicare patients need.


Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.


Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match

Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.


Family Medicine Groups Join Call for Another Virtual Match

The AAFP and other family medicine organizations have issued recommendations for the 2021-22 Match cycle, including direction regarding virtual interviews, and the Academy has several resources to assist in the process.


Panelists Outline Anti-racism Advocacy Strategies for Students

Panelists at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students identified six strategies medical students can take to help diversify the physician workforce and improve outcomes for patients of color.


'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

Researchers Investigate Primary Care Professional Burnout

Researchers surveyed physicians and other primary care professionals in a medical home setting to see how task-sharing is related to physician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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