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AAFP Advises VA on Proposed Rules to Expand Patient Access

The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180320vapayment.html

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 News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

CMS Considers New Direct Provider Contracting Model

The AAFP took advantage of CMS' request for information on a proposed new payment model to highlight the benefits of direct primary care and the Academy's own alternative payment model.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180611dpcrfi.html

MMWR Report: Fewer Youth Say They Use Tobacco Products

A new report from the CDC and FDA found that although fewer high school and middle school students overall used any tobacco product in 2017 compared to 2011, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among those who did use such products.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180703tobaccosurvey.html

Fix Payment to Improve Veterans' Health Care, AAFP Tells VA

Better payment is needed to ensure a primary care workforce adequate to veterans' needs, the AAFP recently told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a proposed rule involving veterans receiving primary care outside the VA system.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409veteransaccess.html

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS

Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190412grandfatherplans.html

Academy Pinpoints Strengths, Weaknesses in Draft Senate Bill

In detailed feedback to lawmakers on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, the AAFP applauded the bill's reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program while calling for increased funding for the program.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626lhccaletter.html

Academy Reacts to Latest FDA E-cigarette Policy Delay

After the FDA cited COVID-19 as a reason to delay stronger oversight of tobacco products, the AAFP and 49 allies urged the agency to work to protect the public health.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200429ecigdelay.html

AAFP Joins Call for Relief to Non-Medicare Physicians

It's past time to throw a lifeline to non-Medicare physicians working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, three physician organizations told HHS Secretary Alex Azar this week.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200430covidrelief.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

ONC’s Information Blocking Rule Takes Effect April 5

With new regulations prohibiting physicians and other health care providers from blocking health information sharing set to take effect next week, it’s important for AAFP members to know what to expect.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210402infoblockimplement.html

Academy Lobbies to Center COVID Solutions on Primary Care

In a letter to President Biden, the AAFP called for the Path Out of the Pandemic plan to adopt recommendations that support primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210923popplan.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180406everyoneteam-based.html

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180516vaccfellowship.html

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

The CDC has updated and expanded its 2011 recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine for 12 weeks to treat latent TB infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180706mmwrltbi.html

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107uspstf-lead.html

Consumer Health Group Warns of Loperamide Abuse, Misuse

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association wants to ensure family physicians know that high doses of loperamide can have serious -- even fatal -- cardiac effects. The group has launched a Loperamide Safety education campaign to get the word out to clinicians and patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109loperamideabuse.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

Apply Now to Be a 2019-2020 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

Last year's AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows recently sat down with AAFP News to describe their experience with the program; the deadline to apply for 2019-2020 is March 22.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190304vaccsciencefellows.html

CDC: Step Up Prevention of Deadly Staph Infections

A new CDC Vital Signs report and accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest a need for renewed efforts to prevent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313mmwr-staph.html

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness

Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190318childmentalillness.html

Study: Preterm Infants Less Likely to Be Fully Vaccinated

A recent study in Pediatrics found that more than half of all preterm infants had not received the full complement of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices by age 19 months.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190904pretermvax.html

Research Lacking on Screening for Cognitive Impairment

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, citing insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impairment in these ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190923uspstf-cognitive.html

Study: Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise

Research suggests that as the number of prescriptions written for opioids has dropped, there has been a corresponding rise in the use of nonopioid medications such as gabapentin and baclofen to treat certain types of pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200109nonopioidmeds.html

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination

Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200122flusurvey.html

CDC Releases Interim Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Report

According to a Feb. 21 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, the current influenza vaccine has been 45% effective overall against 2019-2020 seasonal influenza A and B viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200226interimfluve.html

ACIP Recommends Preexposure Ebola Virus Vaccine

During the Feb. 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to recommend a preexposure vaccine against Ebola virus for adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200304acipmtg.html

AAFP Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Breastfeeding, Medications

To help guide family physicians in providing optimal patient care, the AAFP recently issued a policy on prescribing medications for COVID-19, as well as a statement on breastfeeding and COVID-19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200421covidguidance.html

Tobacco Use: Ask Patients, Offer Advice, Provide Options

On June 2, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review regarding interventions for tobacco use cessation in adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200610uspstf-tobaccocessadults.html

Insufficient Evidence to Screen for Hearing Loss

The U.S. Preventive Services Task force recently posted a final recommendation statement concluding that evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210402uspstfhearingloss.html

Pause Recommended on Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause to use of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 based on reports of a rare type of blood clot occurring in some patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210415jjvaccpause.html

Review Examines Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents

New research published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210819mmwrcovidvacc.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

Task Force Makes Recommendations on SUD, Pain, Mental Health

A new Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force formed by the AMA with the AAFP and others has issued recommendations to improve access to care and harm-reduction strategies for patients with pain, substance use disorders or mental illness.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211014sudpain.html

FPs Hammer Out Practice-related Measures for AAFP to Take Up

Members who testified before the National Conference of Constituency Leaders Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement on April 26 discussed issues that affect patient care, including obstetrical privileges and HIV preexposure prophylaxis.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190501nccl-practenhance.html

Family Physicians Go Big With Advocacy Agenda

Family physicians at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders discussed and voted on several resolutions considered during the April 26 Reference Committee on Advocacy hearing.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190503nccl-advocacy.html

Transitional Care Management Boosts Outcomes, Satisfaction

Marc Price, D.O., writes that embracing transitional care management gave his practice a modest boost in revenue, better outcomes, and significant improvements in patient and staff satisfaction.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190107guested-tcm.html

FPM Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates

An article in FPM (formerly Family Practice Management) aims to keep family physicians current on the 2018 CPT codes they are most likely to use to help ensure they are paid properly.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180125fpmcoding.html

Panel: Payment Models Need More Incentives, Fewer Burdens

Physicians and analysts at the recent Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit said successful payment reform requires easing burdens and fine-tuning compensation.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180227costinnovation.html

Utilize CCM Codes to Maximize Patient Care, Payment

Use of chronic care management codes can help family physicians deliver reimbursable coordinated care for patients with two or more chronic diseases.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181130ccmcoding.html

Research Examines Economics of HPV Vaccination

An economic analysis found that expanding HPV vaccination coverage to all adults through age 45 would produce slight health benefits but be less cost-effective than the vaccination strategy previously in place.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200205hpvanalysis.html

Amazon Gives FPs Priority Access to COVID-19 Supplies

Thanks to a collaborative effort by the AAFP and Amazon, Amazon Business is opening its COVID-19 Supplies store to individual physicians, allowing Academy members to purchase much-needed personal protective equipment and other medical supplies.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200515amazonbiz.html

AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

Physician Employment Questions? The AAFP Has You Covered

AAFP members need look no further than the Academy’s Employment Contracting webpage to find the information they need to land just the right job opportunity and negotiate an employment agreement that meets their personal and professional needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211005employresources.html

Get Started in Value-based Care — With AAFP Resources

The November/December FPM takes a deep dive into value-based care and associated payment models, exploring this move away from quantity-focused fee-for-service in three different articles. Other new AAFP resources are also available.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211112vbcresources.html

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180103yir-clinical.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doctor_or_patient_who_owns.html

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/academy_offering_tools_for_chronic.html

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