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Treating the Common Cold in Children - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Sep 1, 2019 Issue Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p281-s2.html

Three phrases you can use to help patient visits stay on track -- FPM

When a patient visit goes on too long and puts you behind schedule, the rest of the day can feel rushed, chaotic, and frustrating. To keep visits running on time as you meet patients’ needs, try using these three phrases.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/key_phrases.html

How to code flu shots correctly -- FPM

New flu shot codes and payment allowances go into effect each year on Aug. 1 for Medicare, allowing vaccination efforts to begin as soon as the seasonal influenza vaccine is available.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_flu_shots.html

Assess Your Well-being -- Physician Health First

Assess your well-being and risk of burnout with the Physician Well-being Index. The brief online assessment allows physicians to check their risk of burnout and take steps to improve well-being.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/assess-well-being.html

The problem with sharing patients -- FPM

When patients seek primary care from multiple sources, it may seem convenient, but it ultimately fragments their health care. Here’s one way to address the issue.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sharing_patients.html

Cigna to stop paying for consultation codes -- FPM

Cigna is set to stop paying CPT codes for consultations provided to their customers. Here's how to avoid losing that revenue.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cigna_stops_paying_consultation_codes.html

Moving Practice Has Been Good for Me, Staff, Patients

What's a family doc to do when rents skyrocket in a tight real estate market? Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that she turned her problem into an opportunity to improve her practice.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190826lv-moving.html

Drowning in paperwork requests? Try redirecting these three types -- FPM

Having to fill out paperwork for patients you haven't treated or diagnosed can be a burden. Follow this advice for sending that work where it belongs.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/paperwork_requests.html

Patient Surveys/Questionnaires -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 22, 2019 - Download sample patient satisfaction surveys and other questionnaires.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Patient Surveys/Questionnaires

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=23

Practice Improvement -- FPM Toolbox

Aug 22, 2019 - Download worksheets and self-assessments to aid practice improvement.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Practice Improvement

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=24

Six simple symptom diaries to help your patients help you -- FPM

Patients who keep track of their symptoms or activities can make diagnosis and treatment much easier. These examples of patient diaries can get you started.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/symptom_diaries.html

Your next job: How to find the right work environment -- FPM

Physicians investigating a new job will naturally be concerned about compensation. But you should also ask these five questions to see if the new workplace is right for you.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/job_hunting.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

Direct Primary Care: A Snapshot

Direct primary care family physician Allison Edwards, M.D., reflects in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on insights from the AAFP's DPC Data Brief and offers a path for the movement to grow thoughtfully.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190820fp-dpcsnapshot.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

Eight tactics to identify and reduce your implicit biases -- FPM

Unconscious biases can affect the quality of care and make workplaces more difficult. These tips can help you discover and combat your own biases.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/implicit_bias.html

Health Maintenance in School-Aged Children: Part I. History, Physical Examination, ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The goals of the health maintenance visit in school-aged children (five to 12 years) are promoting health, detecting disease, and counseling to prevent injury and future health problems. During the visit, the physician should address patient and parent/caregiver concerns and ask about ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p213.html

Health Maintenance in School-Aged Children: Part II. Counseling Recommendations - ...

Aug 15, 2019 - School-aged children (five to 12 years) are establishing patterns of behavior that may last a lifetime; therefore, during health maintenance visits, it is important to counsel families on healthy lifestyle practices. Children should eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p219.html

Electronic Cigarettes: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2019 - Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are popular devices designed to heat a liquid solution, often containing nicotine, that generates an inhaled aerosol, or vapor. e-Cigarettes have been marketed as healthier alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Thus, most adult users are current or...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p227.html

Human Trafficking: How Family Physicians Can Recognize and Assist Victims - Editorials ...

Aug 15, 2019 - Identifying a trafficking victim requires an understanding of the law as well as knowledge of risk factors and signs and symptoms of exploitation.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p202.html

5% Fluorouracil Is the Preferred Treatment for Actinic Keratoses - POEMs - American ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The use of topical 5% fluorouracil is most likely to result in successful elimination of actinic keratoses in a field on the head or face.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p249a.html

Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Children: AAP Provides Recommendations - Practice ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has created an evidence-based guideline recommending the use of isotonic fluids for patients 28 days to 18 years of age to reduce the risk of developing hyponatremia.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p251.html

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Postpartum Depression - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Aug 15, 2019 - In women with postpartum depression, the addition of CBT reduces depressive symptoms more effectively than usual care alone (medication and other therapies), with a medium effect size at the end of the intervention and a residual small effect size six months later.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p244.html

Secnidazole (Solosec) for Bacterial Vaginosis - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2019 - Secnidazole is much more expensive than generic metronidazole and other available treatments. However, it is a safe option for women who desire a single-dose treatment or for patients in whom treatment compliance is a concern.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p242.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Aug 15, 2019 - High-quality evidence suggests that long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids do not prevent mortality (all-cause or cardiovascular) or cardiovascular disease events when used as primary or secondary prevention. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p209.html

Identifying Outpatients with Acute Cough at Very Low Risk of Pneumonia - Point-of-Care ...

Aug 15, 2019 - In patients with acute cough, is it possible to identify a subset with a very low likelihood of community-acquired pneumonia?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p246.html

Proportional Erosion of the Primary Care Physician Workforce Has Continued Since 2010 -...

Aug 15, 2019 - We estimate that 217,208 primary care physicians provided direct patient care in the United States in 2018. This represents an even lower percentage (30%) of the total U.S. physician cohort than the 2010 Council on Graduate Medical Education's (COGME's) recommendation to increase ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p211.html

Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Recommendation Statement - ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The USPSTF recommends prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns to prevent gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p236.html

Treating Hepatitis C in the Family Medicine Office - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2019 - Patient story about being diagnosed with hepatitis C and successful treatment by family doctor.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p248.html

Short-Term Clopidogrel Plus Aspirin Prevents Second Ischemic Stroke Better Than Aspirin...

Aug 15, 2019 - Combined treatment with clopidogrel and aspirin, started within 24 hours of the first event, will decrease the likelihood of a recurrent stroke in an additional 2% of patients compared with aspirin alone, with a slight increase in the risk of extra-cranial bleeding.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p249.html

Asthma, Back and Neck Pain, Pain During Labor, TIA, CBT for Anxiety - AFP Clinical ...

Aug 15, 2019 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p208.html

Thessaly vs. McMurray Test for Diagnosis of Meniscal Injuries - Letters to the Editor -...

Aug 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 15, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Thessaly vs. McMurray Test for Diagnosis of Meniscal Injuries Am Fam Physician. 2019 Aug 15;100(4):200-201. Original Article: Knee Pain in Adults and Adolescents: The Initial Evaluation Issue...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p200.html

Bilateral Lower Extremity Discoloration - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 15, 2019 Issue Photo Quiz Bilateral Lower Extremity Discoloration APARNA JAIN, MBBS, Mayo Clinic Health System, Albert Lea, Minnesota AUTUMN KRCIL, OMS IV, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa Am Fam Physician. 2019 Aug...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p239.html

OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections for Chronic Migraine Prophylaxis - Letters to the Editor ...

Aug 15, 2019 - Advertisement Aug 15, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections for Chronic Migraine Prophylaxis Am Fam Physician. 2019 Aug 15;100(4):198. Original Article: Migraine Headache Prophylaxis Issue Date: January 1, 2019 See additional reader comments at:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p198.html

Substance Use Disorders: Considerations in Maternity and Neonatal Care - Letters to the...

Aug 15, 2019 - Advertisement Aug 15, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Substance Use Disorders: Considerations in Maternity and Neonatal Care Am Fam Physician. 2019 Aug 15;100(4):199-200. Original Article: Primary Care for Persons Who Inject Drugs Issue Date: January 15, 2019 See additional reader...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p199.html

Tips for getting more patients to agree to chronic care management services -- FPM

Patients eligible for chronic care management services have to agree to receive them before their physicians can get reimbursed. Physicians who have gone through the process share their best practices.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/chronic_care_management.html

Satellite CME Symposia

Earn extra CME at Satellite CME events available during AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 24-26, in Philadelphia.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/cme/opportunities/satellite.html

e-Cigarettes, Vaping and Juuls: What You Need to Know - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 15, 2019 Issue Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p227-s1.html

Provide employee criticism the right way -- FPM

Providing employees with critical feedback can be difficult. One physician shares how he does it, and how to increase the likelihood that the worker listens.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/employee_criticism.html

Residency Grad Thanks His Best Teachers -- His Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, recent graduate Kyle Leggott, M.D., reflects on one of the most difficult tasks of his residency training: saying goodbye to his patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190812fp-thankpatients.html

The secret to better communication with patients? Talk less -- FPM

Instead of overloading patients with information they won’t remember, focus on communicating just three things your patients need to know.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/three_things_patients_need_to_know.html

Anthem plans to shorten timely filing limit for claims -- FPM

Anthem is notifying practices that they may have less time to timely file patient claims.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/anthem_timely_filing_window.html

Product Theaters

Enjoy a complimentary box lunch provided by the AAFP while hearing the very latest from industry experts in theaters located in the Expo Hall. FMX | September 24-28| Philadelphia, PA

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/expo/theaters.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

One time-saving task your nurse can do at the end of every visit -- FPM

Expanding the role of nurses and medical assistants in your practice can help you be more efficient. Here’s one time-saving task they can start doing at the end of every patient visit.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/end_of_visit_task.html

Fight Burnout Causes -- Physician Health First

Find advocacy stories, tools, and resources to fight the causes of physician burnout, including a broken health care system and increased administrative complexities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/fight-burnout-causes.html

Create Practice Efficiencies -- Physician Health First

Find tools and resources to reduce paperwork, improve practice efficiencies, reclaim your time, and increase well-being and professional satisfaction.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/create-practice-efficiencies.html

Develop Leadership Skills -- Physician Health First

Find tools and resources to help you develop leadership skills that can improve physician well-being and professional satisfaction.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/develop-leadership-skills.html

Find Joy in Practice -- Physician Health First

Find tools and resources to help you reignite your joy in practice and passion for medicine.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/find-joy-in-practice.html

Make Technology Work -- Physician Health First

Improve your relationship with health IT and discover how you can use EHR technology to foster connections with your patients.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/make-technology-work.html

The right way to leave your job -- FPM

When it’s time to say goodbye to a job you have invested significant time and energy to, there’s a right way and a wrong way to end things.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/leaving_your_job.html

Full Steam Ahead on Academy's Health IT Innovation Project

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., offers an update on an Academy initiative that aims to develop health IT tools that are more useful and less burdensome than current products.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190806lv-healthit.html

Celebrating Disruptive Innovators in Primary Care

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin spotlights four family physician leaders who found innovative ways to improve care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190806itt-disrupters.html

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190806fp-weightloss.html

Three suggestions for addressing patients' sexual assault history -- FPM

If your patient has experienced sexual assault as an adult, discussing it with them could lead to improved recovery. Frame that discussion the right way by following these three suggestions.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sexual_assault_history.html

Ingrown Toenail Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Ingrown toenails account for approximately 20% of foot problems in primary care. The great toe is most often affected. Ingrown toenails occur most commonly in young men, and nail care habits and footwear are most often contributory factors. No consensus has been reached for the best ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p158.html

Hirsutism in Women - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Hirsutism is the excessive growth of terminal hair in a typical male pattern in a female. It is often a sign of excessive androgen levels. Although many conditions can lead to hirsutism, polycystic ovary syndrome and idiopathic hyperandrogenism account for more than 85% of cases. Less ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p168.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Chronic tendon injuries are common athletic and occupational injuries that account for many physician visits. Tendons have a complex biology that provides a unique combination of strength, flexibility, and elasticity but also predisposes them to injury. The term tendinopathy is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p147.html

Should Adults with Prediabetes Be Prescribed Metformin to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus? ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Discussing with patients the pros and cons of medications for borderline glucose values could distract us from more important topics such as lifestyle changes, smoking cessation, and blood pressure control. Time is the most valuable resource in a physician-patient partnership, and there...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p136.html

How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Taking steps to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions toward groups can promote health equity.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p29.html

Infantile Hemangioma: AAP Releases Guideline for Management - Practice Guidelines - ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Infantile hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of childhood, occurring in up to approximately 5% of infants. These benign vascular tumors are small, self-resolving, and do not require treatment.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p186.html

Chronic Neck Pain: Nonpharmacologic Treatment - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care...

Aug 1, 2019 - Which noninvasive nonpharmacologic treatments for chronic neck pain improve function or pain for at least one month?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p180.html

Should Adults with Prediabetes Be Prescribed Metformin to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus? ...

Aug 1, 2019 - High-quality evidence supports metformin use for diabetes prevention among younger or more obese individuals or for women with a history of gestational diabetes. Clinicians should consider prescribing metformin, in addition to intensive lifestyle interventions, in accordance with ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p134.html

A New Approach to New Physician Orientation: Six Key Components -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - In an era of patient-centered medical homes and value-based care, the old approach to physician orientation just doesn’t cut it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p24.html

Skin-to-Skin Contact for Improved Duration of Breastfeeding - FPIN's Help Desk Answers ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Skin-to-skin-contact in the immediate postnatal period should be recommended to all mothers because it is associated with a higher likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge and for up to six months afterward (number needed to treat [NNT] = 5 to 8).

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/od2.html

Coding & Documentation - Jul-Aug 2019 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Using the new chronic care management code | Pessary care | Documenting an interval history

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p34.html

The Nurse Closer: Using Nonclinician Staff to Make Patient Visits More Efficient -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - With a little training, nurses can wrap up the patient visit, reducing errors, improving patient satisfaction, and freeing up time for providers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p13.html

In Support of Buprenorphine Deregulation -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Family physicians should join the fight to remove limits on prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p6.html

Communication Tips for Caring for Survivors of Sexual Assault -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - You can support your patients’ recovery from sexual assault by interacting with them in an empowering, compassionate manner.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p19.html

Dapagliflozin in High-Risk Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Hospitalization for Heart Failure ...

Aug 1, 2019 - The only cardiovascular benefit to treatment with dapagliflozin was a reduction in the likelihood of hospitalization; 125 patients would need to be treated for 10 years to prevent one hospitalization.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p184.html

Vaccines for Preventing Influenza in Healthy Children, Healthy Adults, and Older Adults...

Aug 1, 2019 - Influenza vaccination reduces rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza and symptomatic influenza-like illness in healthy children, healthy adults, and older adults. There is no consistent evidence that influenza vaccination reduces school absenteeism in children, parental absenteeism ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p143.html

More Evidence Against Antibiotics for Acute Asthma Exacerbations - POEMs - American ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Antibiotics do not benefit patients hospitalized with an asthma exacerbation. Evidence from this study suggests worse outcomes with antibiotic use, including a longer hospital stay, higher costs, and greater risk of diarrhea.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p185.html

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening in...

Aug 1, 2019 - This meta-analysis provides high-quality evidence that flexible sigmoidoscopy and fecal occult blood testing both reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer. The study did not provide a clear answer regarding a superior screening modality, so the decision to choose one test over ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/od1.html

Why I Don't Share Patients -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Health care is fragmented enough, so why would we want to fragment it even more?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p40.html

Focusing on the Patient and Physician Experience -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Let FPM help you take care of your patients and find the joy in practice.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p5.html

Introducing FPM's New Medical Editor -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - We welcome Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, to the FPM editorial team.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p4.html

Asthma, PAD and Cardiovascular Disease, Persons Who Inject Drugs, Crohn’s Disease, ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p140.html

Practice Pearls - Jul-Aug 2019 -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Reduce time spent doing other physicians’ paperwork | Send preventive service reminders according to birth months | Help put patients at ease during visits | Identify patients’ unmet social needs to facilitate referrals

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p35.html

Adolescent Vaccination: Protect Their Future -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Strategies to improve your adolescent patients’ immunizations.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p9.html

Hematologic Abnormality in a Young Soldier - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 1, 2019 Issue Photo Quiz Hematologic Abnormality in a Young Soldier ADAM B. HOWES, MD, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar Am Fam Physician. 2019 Aug 1;100(3):176-178. A healthy 21-year-old male soldier...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p176.html

How to help sustain a quality improvement initiative -- FPM

Quality improvement efforts require motivated staff. These three suggestions can help keep employees engaged.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/sustaining_quality_improvement.html

Ingrown Toenails - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 1, 2019 Issue Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p158-s1.html

Where Do You Draw the Line With Patients, Animals?

Amid calls for stricter standards for emotional support animals, we asked our new physician bloggers how they handle letter-writing requests from patients regarding their animals. This Fresh Perspectives blog post includes their answers.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190731fp-pets.html

Is moonlighting right for you? -- FPM

Moonlighting can help your pocketbook or your career. But follow these steps to make sure it doesn't cause new problems.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/moonlighting.html

Medicare releases proposed rule on 2020 physician fee schedule -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for 2020. Here are some of the highlights affecting family physicians.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2020_physician_payment_fee_schedule.html

Pharyngitis (Sore Throat) - American Family Physician

Jul 29, 2019 - Advertisement AFP BY TOPIC Pharyngitis (Sore Throat) Editors' Choice of Best Available Content This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on pharyngitis, sore throat, and strep throat. New research may affect the interpretation and...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=110

National Conference Helped Set Our Family Medicine Paths

In this video post from the event, Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., the resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and student Board member Chandler Stisher, M.D., discuss how the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students influenced their career paths.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190726lv-nationalconfvideo.html

Three things to remember when choosing a code without a diagnosis -- FPM

Selecting the appropriate ICD-10 code depends on having a diagnosis. If you don't have a confirmed diagnosis, follow this advice to record your patient's signs and symptoms.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/coding_without_diagnosis.html

The first step to better patient visits and satisfaction -- FPM

There are many simple steps physicians can take to make their visits more successful and satisfying for the patient. The first is making sure to sit down.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/patient_communication_sitting.html

How to remind patients they're due for preventive care -- FPM

Patients can forget to schedule preventive care visits. Sending out reminders is a good approach, but you have to be careful not to get too much of a good thing.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/preventive_care_scheduling.html

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why Refer to social work is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190723fp-homeless.html

Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

Five ways to add some warmth and personality to your exam rooms -- FPM

Exam rooms don’t have to feel cold and boring. Here are five ideas for adding some personal touches that will make the space more inviting to patients and more comfortable for you and your staff.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/exam_room_decor.html

Three myths about patient access -- FPM

Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs is to improve patients’ access to primary care. But many practices are going about access improvement all wrong.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/patient_access_myths.html

Got a new colleague? Do these things on day one -- FPM

A well-organized orientation process can help maximize physician performance and retention. Here are three ways you can help.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/new_physician_orientation.html

Erythema Multiforme: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - Erythema multiforme is an immune-mediated reaction that involves the skin and sometimes the mucosa. Classically described as target-like, the erythema multiforme lesions can be isolated, recurrent, or persistent. Most commonly, the lesions of erythema multiforme present symmetrically on...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p82.html

Hearing Loss in Adults: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - More than 30 million U.S. adults have hearing loss. This condition is underrecognized, and hearing aids and other hearing enhancement technologies are underused. Hearing loss is categorized as conductive, sensorineural, or mixed. Age-related sensorineural hearing loss (i.e., ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p98.html

Acupuncture for Pain - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - Acupuncture has been increasingly used as an integrative or complementary therapy for pain. It is well-tolerated with little risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional acupuncture and nontraditional techniques, such as electroacupuncture and dry needling, often result in reported pain...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p89.html

Misoprostol Alone is Associated with High Rate of Successful First-Trimester Abortion -...

Jul 15, 2019 - Misoprostol alone was associated with a nearly 80% success rate in the first trimester of pregnancy on meta-analysis.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p119.html

Interpregnancy Care: Guidelines from ACOG and SMFM - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jul 15, 2019 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have published guidelines focusing on interpregnancy care to improve outcomes of future pregnancies and the overall health of women, regardless of their future pregnancy plans.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p121.html

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