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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

Delegates Urge Advocacy on Access to Care, Other Issues

The 2021 Congress of Delegates this month adopted several measures related to AAFP advocacy, including a call for access to health care without tethering health insurance to employment and coverage of medication to address obesity.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/2021-cod-advocacy.html

Delegates, AAFP Leaders Show Advocacy Alignment at Town Hall

Behavioral health integration, telehealth flexibility and administrative simplification were among the topics members asked AAFP leaders to talk about at the Town Hall.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/2022-leadership-conference-town-hall.html

Demo Project Would Waive MIPS Requirements for Some Physicians

CMS seeks to hasten the transition to a value-based health care system with implementation of new demonstration project for clinicians who participate in programs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180710mipswaiver.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200717lv-virtualmatch.html

Didn’t Match (or Fill)? Don’t Panic

This year’s virtual Match process could result in more unmatched applicants and unfilled residency slots. Two experts offer tips on navigating the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210310guested-soap.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

Discussing Medications for Patients With Cognitive Impairment

New research finds that family physicians and other primary care clinicians face numerous challenges -- and use a variety of approaches to overcome those challenges -- when treating older patients who have cognitive impairment.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191206olderptmeduse.html

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.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

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.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190620proceduretraining.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

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Dollars and Sense: Budget Resolution Addresses AAFP Priorities

The $3.5 trillion budget resolution set to dominate political conversation this fall reflects several AAFP priorities, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210817itt-2022budget.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

Domino: Beer is OK (If You Exercise), But Avoid Kale

Frank Domino, M.D., delivered his popular "Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine" Sept. 27 during the Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia. As usual, his presentation drew a huge crowd.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191001fmx-domino.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

Don't Routinely Screen for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published a final recommendation statement on screening pregnant individuals for bacterial vaginosis to prevent preterm delivery, recommending against screening those who are not at increased risk.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200415uspstfbactvaginosis.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a "D" recommendation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180214uspstfovariancascreen.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

Don’t Return to Your Silo

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that COVID-19 has broken down silos in health care, and the collaborative approach should continue after the pandemic ends.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210107fp-silos.html

Don’t Screen for COPD in Asymptomatic Adults, Says USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is welcoming comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic adults for COPD.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211122uspstfcopd.html

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.html

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Is Personal

In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., relates the challenges of trying to protect the community she grew up in during a pandemic as a family physician and county health officer.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200730fl-publichealthpersonal.html

Eligible Clinicians: Report 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2

Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190114mipssubmission.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

Emerging Leader Institute Names Best Project Winners

The AAFP Foundation has announced the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute award recipients from its 2018 class, including the overall best project award winners.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190918emergingleaders.html

End of 2018 MIPS Program Performance Year Looms

Physicians must have an Enterprise Identity Data Management account user ID and password to submit 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance data to CMS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/2011081105mipsyearend.html

End Surprise Medical Billing, AAFP Tells Lawmakers

Congress must end surprise medical billing -- a practice that harms patients and damages the physician-patient relationship -- the AAFP said in a recent letter to lawmakers.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191017surprisebilling.html

End-of-life Care Is as Important as All Care Preceding It

In this Leader Voices Blog post, family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., shares her first experience with helping a terminally ill patient decide how she wanted to live her final days.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191213lv-endoflife.html

ENDS Not a Means to Achieve Youth Cessation, AAFP Tells FDA

The AAFP recently told the FDA in no uncertain terms that electronic nicotine delivery systems are not an evidence-based method for youth nicotine cessation.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190108youthends.html

ENDS Not Effective as Tobacco Cessation Method, Says Study

According to a study recently published in PLOS ONE, users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) who also smoke cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking than are smokers who don't use ENDS.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180731endsstudy.html

Enroll Now for 2019 Proficiency Testing Program

On Aug. 1, the AAFP Proficiency Testing Program opens its 2019 program enrollment with online ordering for new clients and nine new modules.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180801proftesting.html

Even an Occasional Cigarette Greatly Boosts Mortality Risk

A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181121nondailysmkrs.html

Even Without In-person COD, All of Us Are Heard

As delegates review resolutions in reference committee reports, it’s time to remember that the Academy welcomes a diversity of member opinions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20220127wfp-cod.html

Evidence Inconclusive on Screening for Atrial Fibrillation

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently published a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/afib-screening-2022-update.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

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

Evidence on Screening for Atrial Fibrillation Inconclusive

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation statement that concludes current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210504uspstfafib.html

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180420ahrqsupplement.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

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline

Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is using research to understand the factors that influence student choice and, ultimately, improve the family physician pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180910fdf-phillips.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

Expert Lists Ways to Boost Adolescent Immunization Rates

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak with AAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vaccineq-a.html

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

Family Medicine Cares: JUUL and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices are Bad for ...

Family Medicine Cares: JUUL and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices are Bad for Kids.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/Juuling.html

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