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Beware Virulent Deer and Confounding EHR Notes

We asked our new physician bloggers about the worst EHR notes they have seen. They shared their experiences in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200113fp-ehrnotes.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

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks

In letters to CMS and HHS' Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200109selfreferralltrs.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

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200107itt-economics.html

Heralded Vape Flavor Ban Too Diluted in Final Form, AAFP Says

New restrictions on flavored e-cigarette products fall short, the AAFP said in a statement calling for a ban on menthol flavors and all forms of mixing fruit flavors.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200103flavorban.html

Unsure About Primary Care First? Webinar Explains New Model

With the Primary Care First application deadline approaching, the AAFP and other groups have created a webinar to help physicians decide whether to join the new payment model.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200103pcfwebinar.html

FDA Vaping Policy Is a Step in the Right Direction

FDA Vaping Policy Is a Step in the Right Direction

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/fda-vaping-policy-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

Academy members receive exclusive products, programs, services and discounts totaling more than $4,000 in savings each year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., highlights some perks you might not be aware of.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200101lv-membervalue.html

Study Highlights Lack of Self-care Among Medical Residents

New research indicates that a concerning number of medical residents do not have a routine place for care, making them less likely to utilize valuable preventive screenings and services.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191224residentscare.html

USPSTF: Offer Behavioral Counseling to Prevent STIs

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of behavioral counseling interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191218uspstf-stis.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

Views From the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience

This page features photos, videos and other content highlighting various events at the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-fmx.html

Family Physicians Aim to Grow AAFP, Embrace Inclusiveness

Family physicians attending the 2019 Congress of Delegates in Philadelphia debated resolutions addressing family-friendly meetings, gender pronouns on badges and more.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-orgfin.html

CDC Proposes Expanding Its HCV Testing Recommendations

The CDC intends to expand its current recommendations for hepatitis C virus screening and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes, which would include one-time screening for adults 18 and older.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191217cdchcvtest.html

Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition

An article in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine examines patient and family caregiver attitudes about their experiences with care transition management following an acute hospitalization.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180628annalstransitions.html

Delegates Find Common Ground on Interstate Licensure, Data

Support for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, quicker discharge summaries and more complete claims databases were among resolution topics that won support from the Reference Committee on Advocacy during this year's Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190926cod-advocacy.html

Michael Eisner: Find Your 'Why' and Embrace It

Former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner spoke about the importance of finding meaning in your work and making the most of opportunities during a mainstage speech at the Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190927fmx-eisner.html

New AAFP President Thrives on Serving Patients, Community

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., sat down with AAFP News to tell family physicians about himself and discuss issues he'll tackle in the coming year, including spurring development of EHR systems that suit the way family physicians work.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190925leroyqa.html

Delegates Act on Obesity Bias, Other Public Health Issues

Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed issues that included stigma and bias associated with obesity in the practice setting and elsewhere, family separation, and reproductive health.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-hops.html

AI Moving Health Care to 'Cusp of a Major Revolution'

During a mainstage event at the 2019 Family Medicine Experience, innovators in health IT discussed how artificial intelligence is poised to radically change health care delivery.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930fmx-healthit.html

FPs Fight to Retain Full Scope, Ensure High-quality Care

The Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement at the 2019 Congress of Delegates discussed topics including privileging, credentialing, scope of practice and acupuncture.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-pe.html

FPs Talk Payment, Administrative Burden in Town Hall

Family physicians talked with AAFP officers about a number of hot-button issues during a Town Hall meeting before the 2019 Congress of Delegates officially convened in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190924townhall.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

USPSTF Recommends Screening Older Men Who Smoked for AAA

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients, with recommendations included in that statement varying based on sex, age, smoking status and family history.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191211uspstf-aaascreen.html

Study Examines Factors Linked to FPs' Use of E-Visits

New research has found that less than 10% of practicing family physicians offer e-visits, with lack of payment and time thought to be primary factors behind the low adoption rate.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191211e-visits.html

Advocacy and Government

AAFP News' Advocacy and Government stories focus on the Academy's advocacy in Washington, D.C., and at the state level, health policy and legislation, funding for health programs and related issues.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

This is the topic page for AAFP News' Opinion section.

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

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

Heads Up to FPs: Medicare Home Health Changes Coming Jan. 1

Changes in Medicare rules for home health care that take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will reduce the payment timeframe and may require that physicians use more specific diagnosis codes.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191210mchomehealth.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Family Physicians Have Role in Care of Undocumented Patients

Family medicine residents who serve predominantly immigrant communities partnered with anthropology and immigration specialists to answer questions about caring for undocumented patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191209guested-undocumented.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

NY Physicians, Health Officials Create EVALI Assessment Tool

A diverse group of medical professionals and public health officials, including a team of physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., recently created a vaping-related lung illness assessment tool.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191204evalitool.html

Harness AI to Enable Family Medicine's Health Care Vision

Artificial intelligence is undeniably part of medicine's future. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians must be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities AI presents.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191204lv-ai.html

Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191203fp-screening.html

AAFP to CMS: Cut Prior Authorization to Preserve Programs

In two recent letters, the Academy advised CMS to protect the integrity of health care programs by reducing physicians' administrative burden and financial risk.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191203programintegrity.html

Study: FM Residents Tops in Correctly Prescribing Antimicrobials

New research finds that family medicine residents with extra training in antimicrobial stewardship were more likely than residents in other specialties with only standard training to prescribe antibiotics appropriately.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191202antibxstewardship.html

Unhealthy Habits Start at Young Age With Added Sugars

About 61% of infants and 98% of toddlers consumed added sugars on any given day, according to a recent study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191127unhealthyhabits.html

AAFP Tools Ready for Those Considering Primary Care First

The Primary Care First program is structurally sound and directionally appropriate, but it isn't for everyone. The Academy has developed tools to help members decide whether to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191126pcftools.html

Small-town FP Takes on National, Global Leadership Roles

David Barbe, M.D., M.H.A., has practiced in his rural hometown his entire career, but his leadership path led to national and global roles.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191125fdf-barbe.html

AAFP Leaders Give Thanks for Paths to Family Medicine

With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked some members of the AAFP Board of Directors why they're glad they chose family medicine. They shared their answers in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191125lv-thankgiving.html

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Hits All-time Low

Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults reached an all-time low of 13.7% in 2018, according to a new report from the CDC. Even so, says one FP expert, there's still "much to do."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191120mmwr-cigarettesmoking.html

Practice and Career

This AAFP News section features stories on professional issues that affect how family physicians run their practices and design their work teams to offer high-quality health care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

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

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20191120socialneeds-burnout.html

Should Fewer FPs Providing Hospital Care Cause Concern?

New research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care explores the declining presence of family physicians in hospital-based care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191119hospitalcare.html

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

In a recent study, Alabama-based researchers sought to understand the kind of support rural preceptors need to teach medical students in an eight-month longitudinal rural curriculum.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191119ruralpreceptors.html

Measles Infection Weakens Global Immune Defenses, Say Studies

Recently published research shows the degree to which measles infection can adversely affect a person's immune system, a condition that can last for months or even years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191119measlesimmunity.html

FP Leads Residents in Care for Homeless Patients

Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191118fdf-rothenberg.html

Parental Leave in Family Medicine Residencies Varies Widely

Parental leave policies and practices vary considerably among family medicine residency programs across the United States, according to a new study.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191115parentalleave.html

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.html

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