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Three big benefits of small talk -- FPM

Making time for a few seconds of friendly conversation at the beginning and end of each patient visit may be more productive than you’d think. Here are three benefits of making small talk with your patients.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

We Can't Leave Health Care Policies to Chance

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on a recent visit to the New Jersey AFP's annual meeting and the need for quality measures that make sense.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190712lv-boardwalk.html

How to cultivate a warm handoff for patient referrals -- FPM

Both you and your patients can benefit when referrals are characterized by a warm handoff. Focus on these three key elements.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Meet FPM’s new medical editor -- FPM

FPM's new medical editor lays out her vision for the future of the journal and how it can help physicians make their patient care experience more productive and satisfying.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Reaping Benefits (and Avoiding Pitfalls) of Social Media

After recent research showed the effect one negative social media post can have on a doctor's credibility, we asked our new physician bloggers how -- and why -- they use social media. This Fresh Perspectives blog post presents their responses.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190710fp-socialmedia.html

Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares insights from The Hill's Future of Health Care Summit.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190709ittfuturesummit.html

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the AAFP is launching an Academy-wide effort to improve health care in rural communities. In this Leader Voices Blog ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190709lv-ruralhealthmatters.html

MIPS feedback reports for 2018 now available -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released reports showing how physicians fared during the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance year.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2018_QPP_Feedback_Reports.html

Health Spending Keeps Going Up; Why Are Outcomes Worse?

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that even as U.S. health care costs continue to climb, several key outcomes are in steep decline.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190703fp-hcspendingup.html

Polypharmacy: Evaluating Risks and Deprescribing - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Polypharmacy, defined as regular use of at least five medications, is common in older adults and younger at-risk populations and increases the risk of adverse medical outcomes. There are several risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy. Patient-related factors include having multiple ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p32.html

Amenorrhea: A Systematic Approach to Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Menstrual patterns can be an indicator of overall health and self-perception of well-being. Primary amenorrhea, defined as the lifelong absence of menses, requires evaluation if menarche has not occurred by 15 years of age or three years post-thelarche. Secondary amenorrhea is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p39.html

Lead Poisoning in Children - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Asymptomatic lead poisoning has become more common in children. Blood lead levels of less than 5 µg per dL are associated with impairments in neurocognitive and behavioral development that are irreversible. Risk factors for lead poisoning include age younger than five years, low ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p24.html

Helping Patients Cope with Grief - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - The loss of a loved one, especially a spouse or a child, is perhaps one of the most difficult events a person will experience in a lifetime. The resulting grief can be overwhelming and incapacitating for a time. Family physicians can be sources of comfort to those who grieve the loss of...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p54.html

Pharmacologic Therapy for Heart Failure - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Compared with monotherapy, the combination of an ACE inhibitor and an ARB has not been shown to improve cardiovascular or overall mortality in patients with symptomatic heart failure. The combination is associated with an increased number of adverse drug effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p49.html

Medication Management for Chronic Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction - ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists reduce hospitalizations for patients with HFpEF. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers have not been shown to change the morbidity or mortality in patients with HFpEF.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p17.html

Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Helicobacter pylori Infection - Cochrane for ...

Jul 1, 2019 - When compared with serology or stool antigen tests, the urea breath test has the highest diagnostic accuracy to identify H. pylori infection in patients without a history of gastrectomy or recent use of antibiotics or proton pump inhibitors.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p16.html

Physical Activity: Updated Recommendations from HHS - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jul 1, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published updated recommendations on physical activity based on a systematic review of the effect of physical activity on health. The committee addressed 38 questions and 104 subquestions and graded the evidence based on ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p58.html

mSEPT9 (Epi proColon) Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer Screening - Diagnostic Tests: ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Epi proColon is a blood test used for the detection of the methylated septin 9 (mSEPT9) gene. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for colorectal cancer screening in people at average risk who have declined first-line screening tests.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p10.html

Preventing Spontaneous Abortion with Progestin Therapy - Medicine by the Numbers - ...

Jul 1, 2019 - The use of progestin therapy in women with recurrent pregnancy loss appears to reduce the incidence of spontaneous abortion, preterm labor, and stillbirth, and increase the rate of live birth. However, due to issues with the studies the authors were hesitant to give progestin their full...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/od1.html

Evaluating Diagnostic Tests: Introducing a New Feature in AFP - Editorials - American ...

Jul 1, 2019 - This new feature cuts through the hype and provides independent, objective assessments of new diagnostic tests that readers are considering incorporating into their practices.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p8.html

Migraine Headache, Hypertension in Children, CVD Risk, Acupuncture, Incarcerated ...

Jul 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/2019/0701/p12.html

Symmetrical Reticulated Lower Extremity Rash - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 1, 2019 Issue Photo Quiz Symmetrical Reticulated Lower Extremity Rash NISRINE N. MAKAREM, MD, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jul 1;100(1):51-52. A healthy 30-year-old woman...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p51.html

Lyme Disease As Possible Contributing Factor for Knee Pain - Letters to the Editor - ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 1, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Lyme Disease As Possible Contributing Factor for Knee Pain Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jul 1;100(1):4. Original Article: Knee Pain in Adults and Adolescents: The Initial Evaluation Issue Date:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p4.html

Correction - Corrections - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 1, 2019 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jul 1;100(1):4. Incorrect evidence evaluation and study statistics. The FPIN's Help Desk Answers, Wearable Devices for Weight Loss (December 1, 2018, p. 670),...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p4a.html

Lead Poisoning in Children - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 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/2019/0701/p24-s1.html

How to avoid burnout in a broken health care system -- FPM

The administrative barriers facing physicians who want to provide quality care keep growing. How do you avoid lose sight of what's important?

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Thirteen ways to reduce the burden of prior authorizations -- FPM

If you've spent any time on the phone with an insurer seeking approval for certain medications or procedures, you likely wished for an easier way. Here are a number of possible avenues to shorten the process.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Global Health: FPs Care for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

Family physicians' broad training allows them to provide care for anyone, anytime, anywhere. That, writes Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., in this Leader Voices Blog post, is why family docs are ideally suited to offer global health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190627lv-globalhealth.html

Treating migraines? There's an app for that -- FPM

Treating migraines is difficult because of the many factors that can trigger an attack. Suggest this mobile app to patients so they can be more engaged in their own care.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Now's the Time: Speak Out to Support Primary Care

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights two primary care issues being debated by Congress and explains how you can help them advance.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190625itt-hcbills.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

A sample workflow to address medication nonadherence related to cost -- FPM

To quickly screen for and address prescription cost concerns, use this sample workflow.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Think 99214 if you see these problems or procedures -- FPM

The risk component of medical decision making is more subjective and can be difficult to identify, so here’s what to look for.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/99214_presenting_problems.html

Add some fun to your practice -- FPM

Patients often come to your practice feeling anxious, hurt, or afraid. Adding some levity can help put them at ease, and it can help your stressed-out colleagues as well.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

Mentoring Is Key to Expanding Primary Care Pipeline

Reaching family medicine's ambitious workforce goals will take creativity and collaboration. Dennis Gingrich, M.D., offers an example that has made a difference in Pennsylvania.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190619lv25x30.html

Bartholin Duct Cyst and Gland Abscess: Office Management - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - The Bartholin glands, located in the base of the labia minora, have a role in vaginal lubrication. Because of the presence of other glands, removal of a Bartholin gland does not affect lubrication. Ductal blockage of these typically pea-sized structures can result in enlargement of the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p760.html

Plantar Fasciitis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that one in 10 people will experience in their lifetime. Plantar fasciopathy is an appropriate descriptor because the condition is not inflammatory. Risk factors include limited ankle dorsiflexion, increased body mass index, and standing for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p744.html

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Globally, approximately 20% of the 400 million individuals with diabetes mellitus have diabetic kidney disease (DKD). DKD is associated with higher cardiovascular and all-cause morbidity and mortality, so timely diagnosis and treatment are critical. Screening for early DKD is best done ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p751.html

Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use in ...

Jun 15, 2019 - The USPSTF recommends screening for unhealthy alcohol use in primary care settings in adults 18 years or older, including pregnant women, and providing persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce unhealthy alcohol use.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/od1.html

Lung Cancer Screening: Pros and Cons - Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse -...

Jun 15, 2019 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering heath care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p740.html

Identification of and Treatment for Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care Settings - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - We have identified the ways in which family physicians can implement the USPSTF screening recommendation for unhealthy alcohol use and then intervene when a patient has a positive screen.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p733.html

Erenumab (Aimovig) for Migraine Prophylaxis in Adults - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Erenumab is a safe option for migraine prophylaxis in adults. However, it is expensive and should be reserved for patients who have experienced intolerable adverse effects while taking oral migraine prophylaxis medication or who have poor adherence to daily preventive treatment.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p781.html

Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Determining Safe Treatment in the Outpatient Setting - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - When is it safe to treat a patient with community-acquired pneumonia a an outpatient?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p768.html

Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome Events: Screening and Treatment Guidelines...

Jun 15, 2019 - The purpose of this guideline is to provide recommendations that are relevant to primary care for the screening and treatment of depression in patients following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/od2.html

Painful Vesicular Eruption on the Index Finger of a Butcher - Photo Quiz - American ...

Jun 15, 2019 - A man who worked as a butcher presented with erythema, swelling, and painful lesions on his index finger that did not resolve with antibiotics. Plain radiography did not show bony abnormalities.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p773.html

Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use in ...

Jun 15, 2019 - A 20-year-old male with a history of exercise-induced asthma presents to your office for his yearly physical. He is a student at the local university and is on the university fencing team. When asked about his classwork, he expresses that college is going okay but can be stressful ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p771.html

Depression After ACS Events: AAFP Releases Updated Guidelines - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - The American Academy of Family Physicians has released a guideline focusing on depression in adults within three months of an ACS event (unstable angina or myocardial infarction). The guideline is based on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and observational studies and...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p785.html

H. pylori Screening Before Initiation of Long-term NSAIDs - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries -...

Jun 15, 2019 - Physicians should perform laboratory screening for and eradicate H. pylori before initiating long-term NSAID therapy in NSAID-naive patients to reduce the risk of peptic ulcer disease.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p783.html

Coronary Syndrome, HPV Vaccination, Acute Sore Throat, Food Allergies, Breastfeeding - ...

Jun 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/2019/0615/p737.html

Ensuring Primary Care Access in States with an Aging Family Physician Workforce - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - In many states, at least 40% of family physicians are older than 55. Therefore, policymakers should support broad training models that produce enough primary care physicians to meet state population needs.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p743.html

Use of More Specific Terminology May Assist in Better Diagnosis of Abdominal Wall ...

Jun 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Use of More Specific Terminology May Assist in Better Diagnosis of Abdominal Wall Injuries Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 15;99(12):731-732. Original Article: Abdominal Wall Pain: Clinical...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p731a.html

Use of More Specific Terminology May Assist in Better Diagnosis of Abdominal Wall ...

Jun 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Well-Child Visits Provide Physicians Opportunity to Deliver Interconception Care to Mothers Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 15;99(12):731. Original Article: Well-Child Visits for Infants and Young...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p731.html

Corrections - Jun 15, 2019 - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2019 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 15;99(12):732. Incorrect amount listed in table. The article Gastroenteritis in Children (February 1, 2019, p. 159) contained an error in the last column of row...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p732a.html

Corrections - Jun 15, 2019 - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2019 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 15;99(12):732. Anatomy clarification. The article Renal Cell Carcinoma: Diagnosis and Management (February 1, 2019, p. 179) incorrectly identified the right...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p732.html

Plantar Fasciitis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 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/2019/0615/p744-s1.html

Is your EHR slowing you down? -- FPM

No one got into medicine for the typing. Here are ways to speed up your use of electronic health record systems.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Got an idea to reduce physician burden? CMS wants to hear it -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has opened a request for information, looking for ways to reduce paperwork and allow physicians to spend more time on patient care.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Three tips for making a referral for counseling -- FPM

Some patients may still believe there is a stigma attached to seeking counseling. But if you believe it would benefit him or her, here are some suggestions to help make the process easier.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Test your E/M coding skills -- FPM

E/M coding for repeat patient visits during the same day can be tricky. How would you code this scenario?

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

FPs Should Lead: Thoughts on an Executive Career Path

James Ellzy, M.D., writes that health care could use more family physicians in executive roles. He offers tips for those interested in administration.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190611lv-physicianexecs.html

Work after clinic: seven ideas for regaining control over your time -- FPM

Although changes are needed to address the underlying problem of administrative complexity in health care, individual physicians can take practical steps to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of time they spend working after hours.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Medicare changing rules for modifiers to override claims edits -- FPM

Medicare and some private payers are set to make it easier to use modifiers to override claims edits.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

How to establish yourself as a physician leader -- FPM

Because of their medical authority, every physician is a leader in their organization to some extent. Those who expand their leadership potential tend to have four characteristics.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

The right (and wrong) way to make sure patients understand your instructions -- FPM

An estimated 50 percent of patients leave their medical visits without understanding what their physician told them. The teach-back technique can help.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

FPs Steer the AAFP With Plenty of Ways to Influence Course

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., explains how AAFP policy is set by members who represent a wide scope of opinions about the best ways to advance family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190605lv-governance.html

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190603fp-mentalhealth.html

Adolescent Substance Use and Misuse: Recognition and Management - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Adolescent use of illicit substances imposes an enormous burden on individuals, families, and communities. The types of illicit substances adolescents are using have changed drastically over the past decade with decreases in alcohol use (including binge alcohol use) offset by increases ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p689.html

Varicose Veins: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Varicose veins are twisted, dilated veins most commonly located on the lower extremities. The exact pathophysiology is debated, but it involves a genetic predisposition, incompetent valves, weakened vascular walls, and increased intravenous pressure. Risk factors include family history ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p682.html

Caregiver Care - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Eighty percent of adults requiring long-term care currently live at home in the community, and unpaid family caregivers provide 90% of their care. Family caregivers serve as a critical extension of the U.S. health care system, and the demand for family caregivers is expected to increase...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p699.html

Prostate Disorders - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - This collection features content on prostates disorders and related issues, including benign prostatic hyperplasia, hematospermia, and prostatitis. This collection features content on prostates disorders and related issues, including benign prostatic hyperplasia, hematospermia, and ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=97

Risk Stratification: A Two-Step Process for Identifying Your Sickest Patients -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Assessing the health risk of your patients can yield improvements in efficiency and use of resources.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p21.html

A Bump on the Gum - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - A child presented with a painful, round, erythematous lesion on the gingiva of the left upper gum above the canine tooth.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p713.html

Rethinking Aspirin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Editorials - ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Aspirin's routine use for primary prevention has been the subject of controversy because of questionable benefits and increased bleeding risk. Aspirin therapy may reduce the relative risk of a first heart attack or stroke, but this benefit could be outweighed by the risk of ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p670.html

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Screening and Evaluation - FPIN's Help Desk ...

Jun 1, 2019 - The Conners Abbreviated Symptom Questionnaire has the best combination of positive and negative likelihood ratios.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p712.html

Overview of New ACC/AHA Lipid Guidelines - POEMs - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - These updated guidelines, made without any input from primary care physicians who manage most patients with hyperlipidemia, are more complex than the 2013 guidelines and will likely lead to even more recommendations for statins, ezetimibe (Zetia), and PSK9 inhibitors.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p716.html

Seven Habits for Reducing Work After Clinic -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Imagine shutting your office door at the end of the day and not having any work that you need to take home. These shifts in practice can help you reclaim your time.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p10.html

Transitional Care Management: Practical Processes for Your Practice -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Helping patients safely bridge the gap from acute care to ambulatory care is good for patients and practices too.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p27.html

Cancer Screening: ACS Releases Annual Summary of Recommendations - Practice Guidelines ...

Jun 1, 2019 - The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides a summary of recommendations for cancer screening each year, including any updates and recent data, and advice for when recommendations cannot be made.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p719.html

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Same-day return visit | Modifier for incident-to services | Inpatient care billing by teaching physician | Biopsy of the outer ear | Multiple X-rays

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p31.html

A Practical Approach to Reducing Patients' Prescription Costs -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - A single screening question and an arsenal of cost-reducing strategies can help you help your patients afford their medications.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p5.html

Measles Vaccine, Acute Appendicitis, Screening for Heart Disease, Abdominal Pain, ...

Jun 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/2019/0601/p675.html

Alternative Interventions for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Men -...

Jun 1, 2019 - In men with chronic pelvic pain and urinary dysfunction who have not responded to standard medical management, extracorporeal shock wave therapy reduces symptoms and increases quality of life. Acupuncture may also provide benefit to some patients.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p677.html

Benefits and Harms for Low-Dose Aspirin in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus - POEMs - ...

Jun 1, 2019 - The 7,740 patients who took low-dose aspirin experienced 51 fewer vascular deaths, nonfatal myocardial infarctions, or nonfatal ischemic strokes; 29 fewer transient ischemic attacks; and 44 fewer revascularizations than patients who took placebo over a mean of 7.4 years.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p718.html

Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients with COPD - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Jun 1, 2019 - This research fails to determine whether the modest potential benefits of antibiotic prophylaxis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease outweigh the risk of resistance. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/od1.html

Anticoagulation for the Long-term Treatment of VTE in Patients with Cancer - Cochrane ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), vitamin K antagonists, and direct oral anticoagulants, when used to prevent recurrent VTE, have a similar impact on all-cause mortality.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p676.html

Improving Vaccination Rates for the 2018-2019 Influenza Season -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - This organizational supplement summarizes information and resources the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) develops, utilizes, and disseminates to family physicians and their health care teams to increase influenza vaccination rates.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p17.html

An Unhappily Married Patient - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Overall, marriage enhances health. Men gain greater health benefits from marriage than their wives. Conversely, wives are more negatively affected by a bad marriage than their husbands. In general, the health benefit of marriage is maximized in a good marriage but negated in a bad ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p708.html

A New Lexicon for Physicians: A Poem for Physicians Who Care -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - What if EHRs, MIPS, and MACRA all stood for something else--something truly meaningful?

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p36.html

My Kidney Donation: Unexpected Twists - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - An altruistic kidney donation and an unexpected nephrectomy.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p672.html

Aspirin, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, and Placebo Equally Effective in Preventing Colorectal ...

Jun 1, 2019 - After 12 months, neither aspirin nor EPA, alone or in combination, are any better than placebo at preventing colorectal adenomas in patients with high-risk neoplasia.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p717.html

Rethinking Roles: Your Colleagues' and Your Own -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - How can you foster teamwork when you aren’t the boss?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p4.html

Practice Pearls - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Create annual visit plans for your patients | Use your EHR to close care gaps | Use passwords to practice mindfulness

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p32.html

Preoperative Nutritional Optimization in Older Patients Reduces Complications - Letters...

Jun 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Preoperative Nutritional Optimization in Older Patients Reduces Complications Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 1;99(11):665-666. Original Article: Preoperative Assessment in Older Adults: A...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p665.html

Probiotic Ineffective for Treatment of Acute Gastroenteritis in Young Children - POEMs ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2019 Issue POEMs Patient-Oriented Evidence That Matters Probiotic Ineffective for Treatment of Acute Gastroenteritis in Young Children Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 1;99(11):717-718. Clinical Question Is the probiotic...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p717a.html

Medical Content Should Be Equitable and Inclusive of Diverse Populations - Letters to ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Advertisement Jun 1, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Medical Content Should Be Equitable and Inclusive of Diverse Populations Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 1;99(11):664-665. To the Editor: I am writing to bring your attention to the need for more racially inclusive language and...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p664.html

Corrections - Jun 1, 2019 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2019 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 1;99(11):666. Strength of evidence. The article, The Pregnant Patient: Managing Common Acute Medical Problems (November 1, 2018, p. 595), contained an error in...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p666.html

Corrections - Jun 1, 2019 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jun 1, 2019 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jun 1;99(11):666. Incorrect disease risk. The article, The Pregnant Patient: Managing Common Acute Medical Problems (November 1, 2018, p. 595), contained an error in...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p666a.html

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