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COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

Academy Raises Pressure for Federal Response to COVID-19

In a series of recent letters, the AAFP pressed lawmakers and administration officials to speed the flow of materials and data to family physicians and to reinforce the primary care safety net.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200316covidadvocacy.html

AAFP Taps Veteran Family Medicine Advocate as Next CEO/EVP

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin was introduced March 11 as the successor to retiring Academy CEO and EVP Douglas Henley, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200312smartinceo.html

Data Sharing and Information Blocking Rules a Step in the Right Direction

Data Sharing and Information Blocking Rules a Step in the Right Direction

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/data-sharing-and-information-blocking-rules-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html

AAFP Creates COVID-19 Member Community, Preparation Checklist

The AAFP continues to work with the CDC and state/local health departments to disseminate the latest coronavirus disease 2019 guidance to Academy members through one resource.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200311coronavirus4.html

Worrisome Increase in Marijuana Vaping Seen Among Youth

Findings from two recently published research letters show that rates of marijuana use in e-cigarettes have increased significantly among U.S. middle and high school students since 2017.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200310marijuanavape.html

Tips for Landing Grants to Help Offer Mental Health Care

Grant funding can make a big difference in delivering mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kurt Bravata, M.D., shares lessons learned from successes and failures in pursuing funding.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200310fp-grants.html

Embracing Challenge to Forge Family Medicine Workforce

Program director Deborah Clements, M.D., is always on the lookout for prospective residents who have overcome challenges because she knows from experience that navigating hardships can make you a better doctor.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200309fdf-clements.html

AAFP to CMS: Don't Add to Physicians' Administrative Burden

CMS should maintain automatic reenrollment policies for exchange plans to protect physicians, patients and the market, the AAFP advised in a March 2 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200304paymentparameters.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

2020 Member Survey Is Your Change to Steer AAFP's Work

The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the March 31 deadline.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.html

CDC Offers Free CME on Tapering, Discontinuing Opioids

The CDC is offering family physicians and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about opioid reduction strategies and earn free CME in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200303opioidtaperwebinar.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

Evidence Lacking on Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Study: Many Young Women Receiving Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

More than half of all pelvic examinations performed in women younger than 21 may be unnecessary, new research suggests. And nearly three-fourths of Pap tests in these patients may not be needed.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200225pelvicexams.html

The Lady With Lavender Essential Oils Is New Dr. Google

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that patients will be the casualties of the war on science if doctors don't speak out about misinformation and false claims.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200224fp-media.html

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection

The CDC recently updated guidelines for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the first comprehensive guidelines on LTBI issued since 2000.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200219ltbiguidelines.html

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies

A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200220sgcessationreport.html

USMLE Change Benefits Students, Reflects AAFP Guidance

Medical students scored a major win last week when the United States Medical Licensing Examination program announced its intention to change score reporting for the USMLE Step 1 exam from the current three-digit numeric score to pass/fail beginning in 2022.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200220usmlechange.html

Advocacy, SDOH Must Be Part of Physician Training

Family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians should not only be trained to screen patients for the social determinants of health, but should also know how to advocate for their patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200214lv-advocacytraining.html

Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD

A team of Canadian researchers has developed a list of three dozen medications that must or could be dose-adjusted or avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200212ckdmeds.html

PCPs Outpace Specialists in Embracing Digital Health Tools

Use of digital health tools increased from 2016 to 2019, with FPs and other primary care physicians showing considerable interest in tools that allow them to provide remote patient care, a recent survey found.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200212digitalhealthtools.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2020 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2020 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200207vaccskeds.html

CDC Updates Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus

As the CDC continues to update its interim guidance for health care professionals on the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the AAFP will work to rapidly relay that information to members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200205coronavirusupdt.html

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win

CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200128acupuncturepayment.html

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates' Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181012cod-advocacy.html

Panel: Buprenorphine 'Can Give Patients Their Lives Back'

During a Family Medicine Experience main-stage presentation on opioids, an HHS representative said family physicians can help curb the crisis by prescribing buprenorphine. A panel of family physicians agreed.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-opioids.html

Delegates Tackle Rural OB Decline, Hospitality Event

Delegates to the 2018 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of issues, including how to stem the ongoing loss of obstetrical services in rural areas and potential changes to the combined AAFP candidate hospitality event held during the COD.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-orgfin.html

Payment Tops FPs' Agenda at Town Hall

During a Town Hall meeting before the 2018 Congress of Delegates convened, AAFP leaders discussed the need to double the nation's investment in primary care. A few states already have moved to do so.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181008townhall.html

COD Addresses Medical Aid in Dying, Institutional Racism

Delegates to the 2018 Congress of Delegates in New Orleans addressed a number of clinical and patient-oriented issues, including medical aid in dying and institutional racism in health care.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181010cod-hops.html

Cullen: FPs Are Heroes in 'Epic Adventure' of U.S. Health Care

Newly installed AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., opened the 2018 Family Medicine Experience with a rousing speech about changing the health care system so FPs can do the work their patients need.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015fmx-cullenspeech.html

Delegates Act on Family Medicine Education Issues

Delegates discussed a wide variety of issues during the Reference Committee on Education hearing at the Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, including paid leave for new parents and CME changes meant to encourage precepting and meet other family medicine needs.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015cod-education.html

FPs Act on Data, Credentialing, Other Hot Topics

The 2018 Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement tackled topics ranging from claims data to credentialing.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016cod-pe.html

ZDoggMD: Primary Care Key to Fixing Broken Health Care System

During a main-stage presentation at the Family Medicine Experience, Zubin Damania, M.D. -- known to fans of his comedic and musical talents as ZDoggMD -- used a mock patient visit with Winnie-the-Pooh to illustrate what's wrong with health care.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-zdoggmd.html

AAFP President: Prepare Your Office for Novel Coronavirus

Two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV that was first detected in Wuhan, China, have now been reported in the United States, with other suspected cases under investigation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200124novelcoronavirus.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181016fmx-domino.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200122fp-mentalhealth.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

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 News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200121scopeletter.html

Study Shows Ways to Effectively Manage Electronic Messages

Two dozen primary care physicians, including several family physicians, share techniques and strategies for electronic messaging and inbox management in a new study.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200121manageinbox.html

Check Now: Your 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status May Have Changed

Physicians now can use a CMS tool to check their participation status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Physicians also may now view their Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on Physician Compare profile pages.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20181205mipseligibility.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

Don't Loosen Short-term Insurance Rules, AAFP Warns HHS

A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180423shorttermins.html

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative

An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180504cmslistening.html

CDC Issues Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity

The CDC recently released a Health Alert Network advisory to notify physicians that influenza activity nationally remains high, primarily due to heightened circulation of influenza B/Victoria viruses.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200116fluactivity.html

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes

A review of military health records has found that veterans who received nonpharmacologic therapies to manage chronic pain are less likely than those who did not to experience long-term adverse outcomes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200115nonpharmtx.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Implicit Bias Training Guide

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has introduced its Implicit Bias Training Guide to promote awareness among primary care physicians and their practice teams.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200115implicitbias.html

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200113fdf-chase.html

ACP Guideline Addresses Age-related Low Testosterone

The AAFP has endorsed the American College of Physicians' clinical practice guideline on treating adult men with age-related low testosterone, which recommends initiating testosterone treatment only for those experiencing sexual dysfunction.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200113age-relatedtestosterone.html

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