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AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To ...

AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To Prevent Firearm-related Injury and Death

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-medical-and-public-health-organizations-call-for-fast-tracking-policies-to-prevent-firearm-related-injury-and-death.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

Physicians Are Directly Impacted by Government, so You Should Directly Influence ...

Physicians Are Directly Impacted by Government, so You Should Directly Influence Government

AAFP News : Blogs

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

HHS Should Make Immediate Emergency Payments, AAFP Says

A letter from the AAFP and other organizations said HHS should use its broad power under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to deliver immediate financial relief, starting with one month of revenue to every physician enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200409hhspayment.html

In NFL and in Clinic, This FP Knows Teamwork Counts

After injuries ended his professional football career, family physician Kip Corrington, M.D., Ph.D., switched his focus from preventing touchdowns to preventing illness.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191028fdf-corrington.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

Whether you call it physician burnout or moral injury, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that volunteering is one of her strategies for preventing the condition.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190408lv-volunteer.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.html

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

What Are the Actual Causes of Hospital Admissions?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., and Graham Custar, M.D., look at the social drivers that actually lead to many hospital admissions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200602fp-admissions.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

PCPs Should Play Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

It is critical that state and federal authorities do more to engage primary care physicians to help the United States reach the necessary COVID-19 vaccination rate.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210205lv-covidvacc.html

White Docs Can -- and Should -- Address Racism in Health Care

Kristina Johnson, M.D., explains why she took on the challenge of creating anti-racism curricula for her residency program, and urges other white physicians to address racism in health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200909guested-racism.html

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180925itt-acos.html

Retail Telehealth Isn’t the Call Policymakers Should Answer

A new report issued by the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy misses the mark, writes AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200915itt-telehealth.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

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

The Resident, the latest TV medical drama, doesn't do physicians or patients any favors with its skewed portrayal of health care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180212fp-badtv.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

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

The FDA recently warned that OTC teething products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than age 2, and that adults and older children should use benzocaine oral drug products only if they contain specific warnings on the drug label.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180530fdabenzocaine.html

No Need to Yield: Advocacy Is Our Lane

Some people think physicians should stay out of politics, but Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that being an advocate is a role that physicians must embrace.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181212lv-advocacy.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

Creating A Medical Home is About Improvement, Not Checking Boxes

The process to become a recognized medical home should be focused on practice and performance improvement rather than completing a check list for a third-party company. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin has more.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.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

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears

The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Urges Physicians to Rapidly Recognize, Report AFM Cases

As the late summer/early fall 'season' for acute flaccid myelitis nears, the CDC is reminding medical professionals what they should look for to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report suspected cases to their health department.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190722mmwr-afm.html

Med Students Belong in Priority Group for COVID-19 Vaccine

The AAFP updated its policy regarding medical learners and the pandemic to specify that medical students should be included with other health professionals who are prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210119studentsvaccine.html

AAFP Supports CMS Move Toward Equitable Payment Rules

The AAFP said CMS should finalize a policy proposal in its proposed rule on the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system that would reduce payment differences between sites of service and also suggested another way to fix Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180926oppscomment.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

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the focus should be on building on aspects of the ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200707itt-aca.html

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can—and should—do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Finally, Alignment of Meaningful Quality Measures May be Reality

The AAFP, CMS, and other stakeholders recently released the Core Measure Set for Primary Care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the new alignment of quality measures should reduce administrative burden on primary care ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Patients, Physicians, Payer Benefit From Primary Care Investment

By investing in primary care, a BlueCross BlueShield program has helped reduce hospital admission rates by 19 percent and reduced readmissions by 20 percent while reducing spending by more than $600 million in a four-year period. Participating primary care practices have reaped ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815choosingwisely.html

AAFP-PT Orders for 2022 Now Being Accepted

If you’re one of the majority of family physicians who have chosen to streamline the care you offer patients by performing many of your own laboratory tests using AAFP Proficiency Testing, you should know that you can now access the program’s 2022 specimen catalog and order forms.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210708aafp-pt2022.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

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

Pick-Your-Pace Program Can Help FPs Prepare for 2018

This year marks the initial performance period of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Programs. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights new resources available to help family physicians, and he ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.html

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Close Tobacco-friendly Loopholes in Trade Deal, Groups Urge

The AAFP has joined 23 other organizations in advising that a new U.S.-Japan trade treaty should protect both countries against lawsuits from the tobacco industry.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181204tobaccotrade.html

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Must Include Physicians, AAFP Says

Stimulus legislation intended to ease burdens posed by the COVID-19 pandemic "should support and sustain physicians and their practices during this unprecedented national emergency," said the Academy and four other groups in a March 20 letter to congressional leaders.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200323covidstimulus.html

AAFP, ACP Release New Acute Pain Clinical Guideline

A new clinical guideline from the AAFP and the American College of Physicians recommends topical NSAIDs as first-line therapy for acute non-low back pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200818painguideline.html

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180523uspstfmaltreat.html

Independent Research Shows Value of AAFP Advocacy

A Washington research firm evaluated the efficacy and impact of the AAFP's advocacy activities. In this In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180306ITT_research.html

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