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Strengthening the ACA Starts With Payment Parity

ACA, parity, Medicaid

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210331itt-kapca.html

Answering Your Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Patients and members have questions about COVID-19 vaccination related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Danielle Carter, M.D., has answers.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210330lv-vaccspregnancy.html

Three easy ways to add risk stratification to your workflow -- FPM

As value-based payment models grow, identifying at-risk patients has become even more important.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Agenda setting: start visits this way, and they’re more likely to end on time -- FPM

How do you keep patients from bringing up more concerns late in a visit and making it difficult for you to get to the next visit on schedule? Comprehensive agenda setting. Here’s how get started.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Adding care management to your practice: four steps -- FPM

Care management has the potential to improve the health of a practice’s most at-risk patients while reducing costs. But how do you get started?

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

When and how to count data under the revised E/M office guidelines -- FPM

When the new rules for evaluation and management office visits went into effect at the beginning of the year, they immediately caused confusion about how to count data to determine the level of medical decision making.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Primary Care First alternative payment model applications open, deadline in April -- FPM

The Primary Care First model offers a multi-payer system for practices ready to take on more risk through payments based on utilization and outcomes.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Six Ways to Practice Family Medicine

With Match Day approaching, we asked our new physician bloggers to share how they practice family medicine and what they enjoy about their respective niches. Their answers offer a glimpse at the breadth of the specialty.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210318fp-match.html

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210318itt-arpa.html

CMS raises payment for COVID-19 vaccine administration -- FPM

The increase, which the American Academy of Family Physicians and other groups advocated for, reflects the additional resources and work required to safely store and administer the vaccines.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Match QandA: ‘Bring It On’

Cindy Ciccotelli, the student member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and her resident counterpart Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., share their thoughts - and hopes - regarding this year’s virtual Match.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210317lv-match.html

Being an FP Means Always Stretching Your Scope, Knowledge

In this Fresh Perspectives post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., recounts her experiences learning about and providing gender-affirming care at a federally qualified health center.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210316fpgendercare.html

Hyperlipidemia - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on hyperlipidemia and related issues, including dyslipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, kidney disease, lipid disorders, metabolic syndrome, statins, and triglyceride levels. This collection features AFP content on hyperlipidemia ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=13

Skin Conditions - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on common skin conditions and related issues, including acne, dermatitis, dermatologic emergencies, generalized rash, lichen planus, nail disorders, newborn skin, office procedures, premalignant lesions, and psoriasis. This collection features AFP ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=21

Coronary Artery Disease/Coronary Heart Disease - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary heart disease (CHD) and related issues, including acute coronary syndrome, angina, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and myocardial infarction. This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=4

Topical Corticosteroids: Choice and Application - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - Topical corticosteroids are an essential tool for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Topical corticosteroids are classified by strength and the risk of adverse effects such as atrophy, striae, rosacea, telangiectasias, purpura, and other ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p337.html

Common Fractures of the Radius and Ulna - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - Fractures of the radius and ulna are the most common fractures of the upper extremity, with distal fractures occurring more often than proximal fractures. A fall onto an outstretched hand is the most common mechanism of injury for fractures of the radius and ulna. Evaluation with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p345.html

Pain Management in Labor - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - A patient’s sense of empowerment and control is most predictive of maternal satisfaction with childbirth. Analgesia during labor greatly affects this experience. Individual patient priorities for labor pain management should be explored as part of routine prenatal care. Continuous labor...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p355.html

Oral and Dental Conditions - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on oral and dental conditions and related issues, including temporomandibular disorders, smell and taste disorders, dental infections, and salivary gland disorders. This collection features AFP content on oral and dental conditions and related ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=108

The KIDs List: Medications That Are Potentially Inappropriate in Children - Editorials ...

Mar 15, 2021 - The Key Potentially Inappropriate Drugs in Pediatrics (KIDs) List is an open access, evidence-based reference aimed at improving medication safety in children.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p330.html

Medications for Smoking Cessation: Guidelines from the American Thoracic Society - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - The American Thoracic Society (ATS) published guidelines for medication initiation in tobacco-dependent adults based on a systematic review.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p380.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents - Putting Prevention into... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - A 10-year-old boy with obesity and a family history significant for hypertension and hyperlipidemia presents to your clinic for a well-child examination. The parents are concerned about their child 's risk for hypertension and ask whether they should be monitoring his blood pressure.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p371.html

Canadian Syncope Risk Score: A Validated Risk Stratification Tool - Point-of-Care ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - Which adults presenting to an emergency department with syncope should be hospitalized?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p375.html

Bempedoic Acid (Nexletol) for the Treatment of Hyperlipidemia and Familial ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - Bempedoic acid is labeled as add-on therapy to diet and maximally tolerated statin for the treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia or atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p377.html

Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for...

Mar 15, 2021 - The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p366.html

Helping Ambivalent Patients Make Healthy Decision About COVID-19 - Lown Right Care: ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering health 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/2021/0315/p334.html

Visual Disturbance and Skin Rash - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - A patient presented with progressive bilateral visual blurring and a maculopapular rash on the trunk.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p373.html

Depression, HPV Immunizations, Coccidioidomycosis, Upper GI Bleeding, Headaches - AFP ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - 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/2021/0315/p333.html

Clinical Considerations for the Management of Hypertriglyceridemia - Letters to the ...

Mar 15, 2021 - Mar 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Clinical Considerations for the Management of Hypertriglyceridemia Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 15;103(6):325-326. Original Article: Management of Hypertriglyceridemia: Common Questions and Answers Issue Date: September 15, 2020 See additional...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p325.html

Evidence-Based Use of Opioids - Letters to the Editor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Evidence-Based Use of Opioids Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 15;103(6):326-327. Original Article: Appropriate Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain [Lown Right Care] Issue Date: September 15, 2020 See additional...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p326.html

Oral and Dental Injury Prevention in Children and Adolescents - Letters to the Editor -...

Mar 15, 2021 - Mar 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Oral and Dental Injury Prevention in Children and Adolescents Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 15;103(6):328. Original Article: Prevention of Unintentional Childhood Injury Issue Date: October 1, 2020 Available at: htt...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p328.html

Clarifications issued for new E/M office visit rules -- FPM

The revisions include more guidance about what counts toward the data portion of medical decision making.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Add continuous glucose monitoring to your practice: a step-by-step guide -- FPM

Continuous glucose monitoring provides more data about daily glucose trends than finger-stick measurements. Here’s how to start a CGM program in your practice.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Seven tips for starting your workday the right way -- FPM

Starting on time may mean something different for each physician, depending on the practice.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Managing Pain in Labor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 15, 2021 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 health topics,...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0315/p355-s1.html

Coding and Documentation -- FPM Toolbox

Mar 9, 2021 - Download tools to help you understand coding and documentation requirements for new and established patient visits.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Coding and Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=6

Patient Care During COVID Shouldn’t Imperil Your Well-being

Rural family physician Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that one of the lessons she’s learned during the pandemic is to hold yourself harmless from the faults and foibles of your patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210309fp-covid-pwb.html

Lose-Lose: Noncompete Agreements Hurt Doctors and Patients

Restrictive covenants, also known as noncompete agreements, represent a unique piece of contract architecture that exists in many business fields and may have merit in certain circumstances. When applied to medical practice, however, these agreements can be particularly harmful. Read ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210303fp-noncompete.html

Responses to common concerns about the new E/M guidelines -- FPM

As family physicians adjust to the new CPT guidelines for office/outpatient evaluation and management services, some common themes are beginning to emerge.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Blitzing for Family Medicine

The AAFP’s president and Board last week made an intensive lobbying push in a series of virtual advocacy meetings with congressional members and staff.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210302itt-lobbying.html

Initiating Hormonal Contraception - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Most patients can safely begin using hormonal contraception at any point in their menstrual cycle. An evidence-based, flexible, patient-centered approach to initiating contraception promotes health and enhances patients’ reproductive autonomy. A recent Papanicolaou test is not necessary...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p291.html

Peripheral Nerve Entrapment and Injury in the Upper Extremity - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Peripheral nerves in the upper extremities are at risk of injury and entrapment because of their superficial nature and length. Injury can result from trauma, anatomic abnormalities, systemic disease, and entrapment. The extent of the injury can range from mild neurapraxia, in which the...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p275.html

Alcohol Use Disorders - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on alcohol abuse and dependence and related issues, including alcoholism, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and detoxification. This collection features AFP content on alcohol abuse and dependence and related issues, including alcoholism, alcohol ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=1

Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma: Management Strategies - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease in the United States. Up to 17% of asthma cases are classified as difficult to treat, and 3.7% of these are considered severe. Uncontrolled asthma is characterized by poor symptom control or frequent exacerbations. In difficult-to-treat ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p286.html

Substance Abuse - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - Advertisement AFP BY TOPIC Substance Abuse Editors' Choice of Best Available Content This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on substance abuse and related issues, including addiction, drug dependence, and urine drug screening. New...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=27

Colonoscopy Follow-up: U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Updates ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Screening colonoscopy findings define the future risk of colorectal cancer and the need for repeat screening. The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer updated recommended follow-up intervals after screening colonoscopy in average-risk individuals.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p314.html

Better Primary Care Continuity Is Associated with Lower Mortality Risk - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Most studies in this systematic review found a protective effect of greater primary care continuity and all-cause mortality.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p311a.html

Structural MRI for the Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease in Patients with MCI - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - There is insufficient evidence to recommend structural brain magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose Alzheimer disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p273.html

Antiplatelet Agents for Preventing Early Recurrence of Ischemic Stroke or TIA - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - After atherothrombotic ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack, adding clopidogrel to aspirin reduced recurrent strokes but increased major hemorrhages.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/od1.html

Enhancing Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support in Clinical Practice - ...

Mar 1, 2021 - Health systems and family physicians should mobilize to ensure that all people with type 2 diabetes have access to diabetes self-management education and support, including nutritional, physical, and emotional support.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p265.html

HPV Vaccine, Especially Before Age 17, Is Associated with a Large Reduction in Invasive... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - HPV vaccination is associated with a significant reduction in the likelihood of invasive cervical cancer.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p312.html

Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Facilitation Programs for Alcohol Use Disorder -... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Manualized (standardized and replicable) Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12-step facilitation programs produce higher rates of continuous abstinence than other established treatments.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p272.html

Erosions and Vesicles in a Febrile Infant - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - A five-month-old child with a history of dry skin presented with a spreading rash and fever.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p305.html

Bone Mineral Density Testing: One and Done - POEMs - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Rechecking bone mineral density (BMD) after three years does not add additional prognostic information. Serial BMD testing is not useful in estimating fracture risk and assessing the need for treatment because BMD does not change much within three years.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p311.html

Caring for the Physician Affected by Substance Use Disorder - Curbside Consultation - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - A 34-year-old physician, H.M., is an established patient in my practice. H.M. presents for a follow-up visit after finishing inpatient treatment for opioid use disorder.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p302.html

Low-Dose Edoxaban Effective for Stroke Prevention in Older Patients with Atrial ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - A lower dose of edoxaban is effective in decreasing stroke and systemic embolism in older patients with atrial fibrillation compared with placebo.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p312a.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma vs. Corticosteroids for Refractory Plantar Fasciitis - FPIN's ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Platelet-rich plasma injections are similar to corticosteroids for pain relief and improvement in function in patients with refractory plantar fasciitis lasting less than 12 weeks.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p307.html

Serum Lactate Testing to Predict Mortality in Patients with Sepsis - Diagnostic Tests: ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Management of patients with sepsis is challenging and mortality is high. Early diagnosis and prompt initiation of therapy are essential. Higher lactate levels correlate with increased risk of mortality, particularly with lactate levels greater than 4.0 mmol per L and in the setting of ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p309.html

Antidepressants for Older People, Point-of-Care Ultrasonograpy, BRCA Testing, ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - 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/2021/0301/p270.html

An Osteopathic Approach to Neck Pain - Letters to the Editor - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 1, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor An Osteopathic Approach to Neck Pain Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):262-263. Original Article: Neck Pain: Initial Evaluation and Management Issue Date: August 1, 2020 See additional reader comments at: https:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p262.html

Long-term Benefits of Manipulation for Neck Pain - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Mar 1, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Long-term Benefits of Manipulation for Neck Pain Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):261-262. Original Article: Neck Pain: Initial Evaluation and Management Issue Date: August 1, 2020 See additional reader...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p261a.html

Long-term Benefits of Manipulation for Neck Pain - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Mar 1, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Is Typically Not an Urgent Condition Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):261. Original Article: Neck Pain: Initial Evaluation and Management Issue Date: August 1, 2020 See additional...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p261.html

Corrections - Mar 1, 2021 - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2021 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):263. Incorrect statistics. In the article, Breast Cancer Screening: Common Questions and Answers, (January 1, 2021, p. 33), the figure listed for breast cancer deaths...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p263.html

Corrections - Mar 1, 2021 - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2021 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):263. Incorrect Figure Legends. In the article, Hip Pain in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis, (January 15, 2021, p. 81), the legend for Figure 3B...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p263a.html

Corrections - Mar 1, 2021 - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Mar 1, 2021 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2021 Mar 1;103(5):263. Incorrect Unit of Measure. In the article, Eating Disorders in Primary Care: Diagnosis and Management, (January 1, 2021, p. 22), the second sentence of the...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p263b.html

CMS expands MIPS reporting relief for 2020 performance year -- FPM

CMS will automatically apply the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exemption in most cases, but there are some caveats.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Uncertainty and Hope: A COVID-19 Update From Rural America

As vaccination rolls out and health care teams continue banding together in videoconferences and other collaboration, Jen Brull, M.D., sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210225lv-ruralcovid.html

A rule to remember when administering COVID-19 vaccines to Medicare Advantage patients ...

When you file a COVID-19 vaccine administration claim for a Medicare Advantage patient, you have to know the patient's traditional Medicare ID number.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Coping with COVID stress -- FPM

Feelings of grief, anger, fear, and guilt are real, but these tips can help you navigate them.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Three factors that cause difficult patient encounters, and how to manage them -- FPM

The causes of difficult patient encounters can be broken down into three categories: patient factors, physician factors, and situational factors.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

It’s Time to Double Down on Payment Parity

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgent need for Medicaid primary care payment to be at least equal to the Medicare rate. Parity is also how we ensure a more robust pipeline.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210217itt-parity.html

Asthma - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on asthma and related issues, including allergens, beta agonists, chronic cough, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, inhalers, and wheezing. This collection features AFP content on asthma and related issues, including allergens, beta agonists, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=3

Bipolar Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Bipolar disorders are common, recurrent mental health conditions of variable severity that are difficult to diagnose. Affected individuals have higher rates of other mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and comorbid chronic medical illnesses. New diagnostic criteria and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0215/p227.html

Health Maintenance and Counseling - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on health maintenance and counseling and related issues, including dietary and nutrition guidelines, health maintenance in children, lifestyle counseling, and physical activity. This collection features AFP content on health maintenance and ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=64

Health Maintenance for Women of Reproductive Age - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Health maintenance for women of reproductive age includes counseling and screening tests that have been demonstrated to prevent disease and improve health. This article focuses mainly on conditions that are more common in women or have a unique impact on female patients. Family ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0215/p209.html

Frailty: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Frailty, which is a geriatric syndrome that affects 5% to 17% of older adults, is a state of increased vulnerability across multiple health domains that leads to adverse health outcomes. Frail older adults are at increased risk of falls, disability, hospitalizations, and death. Frailty ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0215/p219.html

Immunizations (excluding Influenza) - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on child and adult immunizations (excluding influenza) and related issues, including travel immunizations and specific immunizations (hepatitis A and B, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus, meningococcus, pertussis, pneumococcus, rotavirus, smallpox,...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Performance-Enhancing Drug Use in Recreational Athletes - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2021 - Family physicians may be surprised to learn the number of their patients who use performance-enhancing drugs, either deliberately to improve athletic performance or unknowingly through contaminated dietary supplements.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0215/p203.html

Lemborexant (Dayvigo) for the Treatment of Insomnia - STEPS - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Lemborexant (Davigo) is labeled for adults with insomnia to improve with sleep onset and maintenance.

American Family Physician : STEPS

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Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services...

Feb 15, 2021 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

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

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ACIP Approves 2021 Adult and Child/ Adolescent Immunization Schedules - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - The 2021 adult and child/adolescent immunization schedules have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia: Updated Guidelines from the Wilderness Medical ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - The Wilderness Medical Society has published updated guidelines for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of exercise-associated hyponatremia.

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Fewer Subsequent Strokes with Ticagrelor Plus Aspirin than with Aspirin Alone - POEMs -... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - For patients with mild to moderate acute nonembolic ischemic stroke, treatment with ticagrelor plus aspirin for 30 days resulted in fewer subsequent strokes but similar overall disability and an increase in severe bleeding compared with aspirin alone.

American Family Physician : POEMs

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Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate for Acute Asthma Exacerbation in Children and Adults - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Patients who received intravenous magnesium sulfate for acute asthma exacerbation in the emergency department had decreased hospital admissions and no serious adverse effects.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

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Severely Pruritic, Whip-like Dermatitis - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - A patient presented with fever, headache, cough, sore throat, and a widespread pruritic rash two days after ingestion of shiitake mushrooms.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

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Compression Reduces Recurrent Cellulitis in Patients with Chronic Leg Edema - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Adding compression to patient education reduces the likelihood of recurrent cellulitis in patients with chronic leg edema.

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Negative Colonoscopy Result Predicts No Colon Cancer for More Than 10 Years - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Following a high-quality colonoscopy (adequate bowel preparation, full visualization, and high rates of detection by the colonoscopist), patients at average risk with no neoplasm found on examination had the same rate of developing colorectal cancer or dying from it in the 10- to ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

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Bariatric Surgery Associated with Decreased All-Cause Mortality and Lower Rates of ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - Based on population registry data, bariatric surgery is associated with lower all-cause mortality and a lower risk of developing many subsequent obesity-related conditions.

American Family Physician : POEMs

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Diary of a Family Physician - Feb 15, 2021 - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2021 - First-person accounts from the front lines of family medicine.

American Family Physician : Diary of a Family Physician

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Breast Cancer Screening, Plantar Warts, IUD Insertion, Osteoporosis, Anal Fissures - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 15, 2021 - 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

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Case Report: Back Pain as a Presenting Symptom of Systemic Mastocytosis - Letters to ...

Feb 15, 2021 - Feb 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Case Report: Back Pain as a Presenting Symptom of Systemic Mastocytosis Am Fam Physician. 2021 Feb 15;103(4):200-201. To the Editor: A 51-year-old man with a history of hypertension, depression, and anxiety presented with low back pain at rest...

American Family Physician : Letter

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Broad Screening Is Needed for All Patients at Risk of Syphilis - Letters to the Editor ...

Feb 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Feb 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Broad Screening Is Needed for All Patients at Risk of Syphilis Am Fam Physician. 2021 Feb 15;103(4):199-200. Original Article: Syphilis: Far from Ancient History Issue Date: July 15, 2020 Available at:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0215/p199.html

Case Report: Back Pain as a Presenting Symptom of Systemic Mastocytosis - Letters to ...

Feb 15, 2021 - Feb 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Case Report: DKA with Lower-than-Expected Blood Glucose in the Setting of SGLT2 Inhibitor Use Am Fam Physician. 2021 Feb 15;103(4):200. To the Editor: A 45-year-old patient presented to the emergency department after three days of generalized...

American Family Physician : Letter

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Case Report: Limitations of Virtual Care in Older Adults with Functional and Cognitive ...

Feb 15, 2021 - Feb 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Case Report: Limitations of Virtual Care in Older Adults with Functional and Cognitive Impairment Am Fam Physician. 2021 Feb 15;103(4):201. To the Editor: An 85-year-old patient with hypertension, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular...

American Family Physician : Letter

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Using cognitive reframing to encourage behavior change -- FPM

Negative experiences can lead to negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. But cognitive reframing can stop the pattern.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Three common reasons for level 5 E/M office visits in primary care -- FPM

To quickly identify and correctly code most level 5 office visits, keep in mind these three common reasons for level 5 work

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/level5_visits.html

Three steps to prepare for an opioid overdose in your clinic -- FPM

An overdose inside your medical clinic may not be a common occurrence, but it's still one to be prepared for.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Primary Care Physicians 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.

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

How to avoid Medicare annual wellness visit denials -- FPM

Identifying whether to code for an Initial Preventive Physical Exam (aka the Welcome to Medicare visit), an Initial Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) or a Subsequent Medicare AWV can be tricky.

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

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