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White House Call for ‘Family’ Vaccination Needs Family Physicians

The administration’s new plan to increase COVID-19 immunization in the face of the omicron variant needs a booster shot of primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211207itt-covidvacc.html

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics: 30 Years of Filling Gaps

As Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics marks its 30th anniversary, Mark Deutchman, M.D., writes that all family physicians who offer obstetrics care can benefit from the regularly updated, evidence-based course.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20211202guested-also.html

Survey Finds COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Spread

Findings from a new Kaiser Family Foundation report indicate that a substantial number of people either believe or are unsure about false statements regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines used to prevent it. The AAFP offers several resources to help FPs educate patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211130vaccmisinfo.html

AAFP OKs Plan for All U.S. Adults to Get COVID-19 Boosters

The AAFP has approved recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that allow for administration of a single booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in all U.S. adults 18 and older.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211123covidboosters.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

AFP Updates Members on Asthma Management

AFP has published a summary of the federal government’s recent asthma management guideline update, as well as an editorial that explains how the update differs from recommendations released by other organizations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118afpasthma.html

2022 Immunization Schedules Updated at November ACIP Meeting

Immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults, as well as vaccines for hepatitis B, orthopoxviruses and Ebola, were among the topics discussed at this month’s meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118acip.html

Time to End Predatory Payment Practices, AAFP Tells CMS

In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP called on the agency to rein in health plans’ practice of using third-party vendors, which often charge mandatory extra fees, to process payments to physicians via the electronic funds transfer transaction standard.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211103eftlettercms.html

USPSTF Publishes Draft Recommendations on Vision Problems

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a pair of draft recommendation statements that found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma or impaired visual acuity in certain populations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211115uspstfvision.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

WPSI Accepting Public Comments on New Draft Recommendations

New draft recommendations on contraception and HIV infection from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative have been posted on the organization’s website; the deadline for the public to submit comments is Nov. 24.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211109wpsi.html

AAFP Pledges Support for Equity in Health Tech Tools

The AAFP has joined 40 other health care and advocacy organizations, health technology firms, and other stakeholder groups in committing to a prescribed set of principles that aim to ensure digital health technologies support diversity and promote equity.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211108digitaltechpledge.html

Report: Overhaul Transition From Med School to Residency

A recent report called for a comprehensive overhaul of the process that transitions medical students to residency training. The AAFP already is taking steps that address many of the recommendations.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20211102ugrcrecs.html

Social Determinants Grab Spotlight in New Obesity Report

The latest findings of an annual obesity report shed new light on how social determinants of health and COVID-19 have contributed to the obesity crisis in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211028stateofobesity.html

Three AAFP Presidents, One Message: Stabilize Primary Care

Three AAFP presidents this week call on Congress to stabilize primary care. Stephanie Quinn, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy, details their agenda in the In the Trenches Blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211026itt-hillmeetings.html

Maintaining Empathy in Vaccine Discussions Is Key

Talking with patients about the COVID-19 vaccines has been challenging for many family physicians. In this Fresh Perspectives post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., M.P.H., shares some of his own experiences and reminds members why it’s important to keep having these conversations.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20211025fp-empathy.html

USPSTF Revises Recommendation on Aspirin to Prevent CVD

A new draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease differs substantially from the task force’s current recommendation. Sarah Coles, M.D., chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science, ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211021aspirincvd.html

Member Feedback Shapes Academy Priorities

The results of this year’s Member Satisfaction Survey show that members continue to see high value in the AAFP’s efforts. Overall satisfaction rose this year — a year of a pandemic in which family physicians had more need than ever for a bold champion.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20211021satisfaction.html

Academy Backs Push for HDHP Primary Care Deductible Waivers

The AAFP recently wrote in support of the Primary and Virtual Care Affordability Act, which would allow the waiver of primary care and telehealth deductibles through 2023 for patients covered by high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211020hdhpwaivers.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

AAFP Urges Better Broadband for Telehealth, Health Equity

AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., testified to a Senate subcommittee that improved broadband access is essential for building on the success of telehealth that has been seen during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211012telehealth.html

Army Docs Inspired Pilot’s Path to Family Medicine

Maj. Mike Brisson, D.O., M.P.H., Ph.D., a winner of the AAFP’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was inspired to go to medical school by the osteopathic flight surgeons who treated him during his deployment in Afghanistan.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211012fdf-brisson.html

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final statement recommending low-dose aspirin as preventive medication after 12 weeks’ gestation in people at high risk for preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211007uspstfpreeclampsia.html

COVID-19 Continues to Cause Some People to Put Off Care

Two family physicians offer advice about helping patients catch up on health care in response to two recent reports about delayed and missed care during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211006delayedcare.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

Inspirational FPs Are Speaking Out to Protect Patients

For National Primary Care Week, medical student Amy Hoffman writes in the Leader Voices Blog about family physicians who are making their voices heard and combatting misinformation during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20211001lv-npcw.html

How Our Community Practice Took On COVID ― and Beat It

When COVID-19 came to Lazarus Gehring, M.D.’s upstate New York community last year, he and his practice partners and staff saw they had an opportunity to do something historic. Yet they still managed to surprise themselves. Learn more in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20210930fl-gehringcovid.html

Screening Recommended for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in all sexually active women 24 years or younger, as well as those who are older and at increased risk for infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210929uspstfuspstfgcct.html

New AAFP President: Fight Back Against Misinformation

In a Sept. 28 speech during the Family Medicine Experience, new AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., shared his path to leadership and urged others to be advocates for patients and family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210928fmx-ransone.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

Are You a Champion of Family Medicine?

The AAFP Degree of Fellow will mark its 50th anniversary in 2022. We asked four of our new physician bloggers what earning the distinction meant to them.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210921fp-fellow.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210920fp-coviddiscussion.html

ALSO Mentor Prepares Peers for Obstetrical Emergencies

University of Wisconsin Professor Lee Dresang, M.D., has devoted more than two decades to helping ensure his peers at home and abroad are prepared for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210920fdf-dresang.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Act to Stabilize Primary Care Practices

The Academy’s detailed comments on CMS’ 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule pressed for policy improvements on a number of fronts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210916mpfscomments.html

Join Leading Physician Well-being’s 2022 Cohort

Leading Physician Well-being, a tuition-free program from the AAFP and United Health Foundation that seeks to foster physician leadership skills to promote and maintain stability, boost team morale, and support well-being in the workplace, is seeking applicants for the 2022 program.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210915lpwcohort2.html

It’s High Time We Took the Tech Bull by the Horns

Family physicians need to carve out a definitive role in the development of new health technologies so those solutions fit the needs of robust primary care practices, says Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210913fp-healthtech.html

Candidates Sought for AAFP 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking family physicians to apply for the 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship; applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210909hefellowship.html

Osteopathic Workshop to Emphasize Comprehensive Approach

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center physician Jarrod Harrall, D.O., answers our questions about The Osteopathic Approach: FMX Preconference Workshop.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210909doapproach.html

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp--recommendation-covid-misinformation.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

ONC Webinar to Outline How Information Blocking Affects You

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host a Sept. 14 webinar designed to update physicians on the finer points of recently implemented information-blocking regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210908infoblockwebinar.html

AAFP Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendation

The AAFP’s updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening differs slightly from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including a finding that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening adults ages 45 to 49.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210901crcscreening.html

Medical Student Finding Ways to Connect with Patients, Peers

Communication is the common thread in the numerous projects medical student Valentina Sedlacek is undertaking to help patients and draw her peers to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210830fdf-sedlacek.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement that recommends screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients at 24 weeks gestation or later.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210825uspstfgd.html

Participants Share Lessons Learned From Virtual Match

With another residency interview season approaching, AAFP News gathered a program director, a student advisor and an intern to get their insights from the 2021 virtual Match and their thoughts regarding 2022. Read more in this QandA.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210824matchqa.html

ACIP Revises Immunization Best Practice Guidelines

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made a series of updates to its General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization on Aug. 10 to provide clinicians with the latest guidance and address patient concerns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210823acipbestpract.html

Three New Reports Highlight Importance of COVID Vaccination

Three new CDC studies reviewed the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infections and hospitalizations, and an AAFP commission chair highlights takeaways for FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210820mmwrcovidvaccs.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

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