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Talking with patients about risks: do's and don'ts -- FPM

To improve your communication with patients about risk, follow these do's and don'ts.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

Three practical skills that can help you be a better doctor -- FPM

Good doctors have not only excellent clinical skills but also practical skills they likely learned outside of medical school.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

Closing Down Tobacco Road

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's advocacy efforts related to tobacco and nicotine regulation and tells family physicians how to learn more about a new payment model.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191029itt-tobacco.html

Career Management -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download tools to help you plan and manage your career.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Career Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=3

Productivity -- FPM Toolbox

Oct 28, 2019 - Download worksheets to help you calculate panel size and distribute call more equitably.

Family Practice Management : FPM Toolbox : Productivity

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/toolBox/viewToolType.htm?toolTypeId=25

Medicare resolves beneficiary entitlement date errors -- FPM

CMS has fixed an issue with beneficiary entitlement date errors that caused improper claim denials and is reprocessing affected claims.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

AAFP Global Health Summit

Discover international family medicine activities, share your experiences and learn from others at the AAFP Global Health Summit, September 16-18, 2020

Events : Global Health Summit

https://www.aafp.org/events/global-health.html

Four quick tips for bringing humor to your practice -- FPM

Medicine is serious business. Some comic relief may be just what you and those around you need to get through a tough day.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

ICD-10-CM vaping coding guidance -- FPM

The CDC has issued supplemental ICD-10 guidance to help physicians submit claims for services provided to patients with vaping-related lung injuries.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Decoding the CPT midpoint rule -- FPM

If the time of service listed in a CPT code descriptor exceeds the time you spend providing the service, you may still be able to bill for it.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Do you know your RVUs? -- FPM

Knowing how many relative value units (RVUs) you generate for each service can help improve your productivity and your payment.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. 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/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

The first thing to do before you see your next patient -- FPM

Here's how to take a minute to calm your mind during a hectic day and refocus before you move on to your next patient.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

How to manage unrealistic antibiotic expectations -- FPM

Preempt requests for unnecessary antibiotics by having this quick conversation with patients before you examine them.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Six steps to start a group visit program for chronic care -- FPM

Group visits can help people with chronic conditions like obesity improve their health.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Acne Vulgaris: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Acne vulgaris is the most prevalent chronic skin disease in the United States, affecting nearly 50 million people per year, mostly adolescents and young adults. Potential sequelae of acne, such as scarring, dyspigmentation, and low self-esteem, may result in significant morbidity. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p475.html

Postpartum Care: An Approach to the Fourth Trimester - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - The postpartum period, defined as the 12 weeks after delivery, is an important time for a new mother and her family and can be considered a fourth trimester. Outpatient postpartum care should be initiated within three weeks after delivery in person or by phone, and may require multiple ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p485.html

Toilet Training: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Toilet training is a significant developmental milestone in early childhood. Most U.S. children achieve the physiologic, cognitive, and emotional development necessary for toilet training by 18 to 30 months of age. Markers of readiness for toilet training include being able to walk, put...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p468.html

Influenza Vaccination: Updated Recommendations from ACIP - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2019–2020 season.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p505.html

Screening for Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women: Recommendation...

Oct 15, 2019 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/od1.html

Predicting the Risk of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Oct 15, 2019 - What is the best approach to evaluate postoperative pulmonary risk?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p499.html

What Family Physicians Can Do to Reduce Maternal Mortality - Editorials - American ...

Oct 15, 2019 - Family physicians can catalyze efforts to ensure the safety of all people who give birth and to support well-being during the postpartum period.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p460.html

Elagolix (Orilissa) for Endometriosis Pain - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Elagolix can decrease pain in women with endometriosis, but it is expensive and has adverse effects similar to those of other medications that decrease estrogen levels.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p502.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease - FPIN's Clinical ...

Oct 15, 2019 - Patients with established cardiovascular disease or risk factors (e.g., ischemic cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, high risk of atherothrombotic disease) should receive dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin plus clopidogrel, which confers additional benefit over ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p463.html

Flu Vaccine, Car Seats, PTSD, Kidney Stones, Bridging Warfarin - AFP Clinical Answers -...

Oct 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/2019/1015/p462.html

Nail Changes Following a Viral Infection - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 15, 2019 Issue Photo Quiz Nail Changes Following a Viral Infection MARTHA MCGAREY METZGAR, DO, FAAFP, and KEN ZHONGYU ZHANG, MD, St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p497.html

Pharmacologic Treatment for Older Children with ADHD - Letters to the Editor - American...

Oct 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 15, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Pharmacologic Treatment for Older Children with ADHD Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct 15;100(8):455-456. Original Article: Right Care for Children: Top Five Do's and Don'ts Issue Date: March 15, 2019...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p455.html

Stop and Listen: Why We Need More Time With Patients

Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that in the era of 15-minute office visits, patients aren't being heard -- and the results can be deadly.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191015lv-misseddiagnosis.html

Advocacy in All Arenas: Making the Case for Family Medicine

Each year, the AAFP conducts face-to-face meetings with the nation's largest health insurers. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the goals of those meetings.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191015itt-privatesector.html

Toilet Training - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 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/2019/1015/p468-s1.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

More Medicare claims problems -- FPM

An issue with the Medicare eligibility contractor is causing claims to be incorrectly denied based on invalid beneficiary entitlement.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

How to de-escalate troubling patient encounters -- FPM

Here are four techniques to try when you face stressful or demeaning exchanges with patients or their families.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Four tips to help you spend less time charting -- FPM

To get through your routine documentation more efficiently and reduce work after clinic, try these tips.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

A side-by-side comparison of six apps for easier prescribing -- FPM

A family physician reviews six commonly used pharmaceutical apps to identify which ones offered the most critical features.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

Reduce malpractice risk with a SOOOAAP note -- FPM

You can improve the quality of your communication and decrease malpractice risk with this revised version of SOAP.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Three nasal spray mistakes your patients are probably making -- FPM

If patients say their nasal spray isn’t working, they might just need some instruction about how to use it correctly.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

A tool for more efficient Welcome to Medicare physicals -- FPM

An encounter form that details the many requirements of a Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination can help these visits go much more smoothly.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Anticoagulation: Updated Guidelines for Outpatient Management - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Anticoagulation therapy is recommended for preventing, treating, and reducing the recurrence of venous thromboembolism, and preventing stroke in persons with atrial fibrillation. Direct oral anticoagulants are first-line agents for eligible patients for treating venous thromboembolism ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p426.html

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent and can be fatal. At least 2.1 million Americans 12 years and older had opioid use disorder in 2016, and approximately 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p416.html

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by human enteroviruses and coxsackieviruses. Outbreaks can occur in the spring to fall and are common in North America, and most cases occur in patients younger than 10 years. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is transmitted by fecal-oral, oral-oral, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p408.html

Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - To describe the current phenomenon, we need a better term that puts the blame where it belongs and reminds us that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p4.html

Thickened Feedings for Infants with Gastroesophageal Reflux - FPIN's Help Desk Answers ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Bottle-fed infants with gastroesophageal reflux should be given thickened formula feedings.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p437.html

The Feasibility of Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Seven Lessons Learned ...

Oct 1, 2019 - If addressing patients’ social needs sounds overwhelming, the results of this pilot project might surprise you.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p13.html

Antibiotics for Acute Rhinosinusitis in Adults - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Because of the relatively high rate of reported adverse effects and the high likelihood of resolution of symptoms with supportive care and symptomatic management, the authors recommend selective antibiotic use in patients with acute sinusitis. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/od1.html

Incivility in Health Care: Strategies for De-escalating Troubling Encounters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - With rudeness, discrimination, and violence on the rise, how do we take care of our patients while protecting ourselves?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p8.html

Antihypertensive Drug Therapy for Mild to Moderate Hypertension During Pregnancy - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Compared with placebo, antihypertensive drug therapy for mild to moderate hypertension (defined by the authors as a blood pressure of 140 to 169 mm Hg systolic or 90 to 109 mm Hg diastolic) caused by chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, or preeclampsia during pregnancy does ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p403.html

Coding & Documentation - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Established vs. new patient codes | Office visits for immunization | Advance care planning and time

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p32.html

Oral Antibiotics Are Equal to IV Antibiotics for Serous Bone and Joint Infections - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Oral antibiotics started within seven days of surgery for patients with a serious bone or joint infection are as safe and effective as six weeks of IV antibiotics.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p441.html

e-Cigarettes More Effective Than Nicotine Replacement for Cessation of Tobacco Use in ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Among adults who smoked a median of 15 cigarettes per day, those who were randomized to receive e-cigarettes were more likely to be abstinent at one year than those who received nicotine replacement (number needed to treat [NNT] = 12).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p442.html

Common Misperceptions About Buprenorphine Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The antidote to the opioid use disorder epidemic is the thoughtful use of evidence-based medicine and an honest understanding of what we know—and what we don't know—about caring for people with substance use disorders.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p396.html

Scope of Practice: Reclaiming Young Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Caring for the whole family is a defining aspect of family medicine, yet many physicians have stopped seeing young patients. Here’s why and how to welcome them back.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p26.html

Uterine Fibroids, Traumatic Brain Injury, Treating Obesity, Breast Cancer Survivors - ...

Oct 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/2019/1001/p400.html

Effectiveness and Safety of Factor Xa Inhibitors in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation -...

Oct 1, 2019 - Treatment of AFib with a factor Xa inhibitor results in a decrease in the combined end point of stroke and embolic events (odds ratio [OR] = 0.89; 95% CI, 0.82 to 0.97), as well as a decrease in intracranial hemorrhage (OR = 0.50; 95% CI, 0.42 to 0.59) and all-cause mortality (OR = ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p405.html

Protecting Patients from Elder Abuse Scams - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Protecting patients from elder abuse scams.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p438.html

Perinatal Depression: AAP Policy Statement on Recognition and Management - Practice ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement regarding the integration of perinatal depression recognition and management into well-child visits.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p443.html

How to Use Group Visits to Manage Obesity -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Clinic and community resources combine to support patients in this unique group-visit model.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p20.html

Laboratory-Based Prediction Model Can Rule Out Serious Bacterial Infections in Febrile ...

Oct 1, 2019 - In febrile infants up to 60 days of age, the combination of a normal urinalysis result, an absolute neutrophil count of less than 4,090 per mL (4.1 × 109 per L), and a serum procalcitonin level of less than 1.71 ng per mL is accurate at ruling out serious bacterial infections.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p440.html

Pneumatic Compression in Addition to Pharmacologic Thromboprophylaxis Does Not Further ...

Oct 1, 2019 - This study found no benefit to the addition of intermittent pneumatic compression to pharmacologic anticoagulation for the prevention of proximal DVT in critically ill patients.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p440a.html

Three Essential Skills for a Doctor That I Learned From an After-School Job as a Youth ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The most unlikely of past experiences can shape who we are as physicians.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p36.html

Practice Pearls - Sep-Oct 2019 -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Check for fractures with your phone | Two ways to better handle transitional care management | Ensure patients’ proper use of nasal sprays | Schedule a ‘Happy Hour’ to share EHR tips

Family Practice Management : Practice Pearls

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p33.html

Keeping It Fresh -- FPM

Oct 1, 2019 - Variety in our daily work may be a way to improve care and satisfaction with practicing medicine.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0900/p3.html

Importance of Dyslipidemia Screening in Children and Adolescents - Letters to the ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Advertisement Oct 1, 2019 Issue Letters to the Editor Importance of Dyslipidemia Screening in Children and Adolescents Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct 1;100(7):391-392. Original Article: Right Care for Children: Top Five Do's and Don'ts Issue Date: March 15, 2019 See additional reader...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p391.html

Painful Scrotal Swelling - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 1, 2019 Issue Photo Quiz Painful Scrotal Swelling VIBHUTI ANSAR, MD, and KIHAE SHIN, DO, Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Georgia Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct 1;100(7):435-436. A 44-year-old man presented with...

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p435.html

Progestin Therapy Not Likely to Be Harmful in Women with First Trimester Bleeding - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 1, 2019 Issue Progestin Therapy Not Likely to Be Harmful in Women with First Trimester Bleeding Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct 1;100(7):392-393. Original Article: First Trimester Bleeding: Evaluation and Management Issue Date:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p392.html

Corrections - Oct 1, 2019 - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 1, 2019 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct 1;100(7):393. Updated Guideline and Terminology. The article, Testosterone Therapy: Review of Clinical Applications (October 1, 2017, p. 441) included a section...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p393.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

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

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

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

Members Set Course for AAFP at Congress of Delegates

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key new AAFP policies established last week during the Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191001itt-cod.html

Incentive payments coming soon for APM qualifying participants -- FPM

For clinicians participating in an advanced alternative payment model, 2019 incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could be headed your way soon.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Medicare instructs contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits ...

Have you had inappropriately denied claims for pneumococcal vaccination? Here's what to do.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

When being right makes things go wrong -- FPM

It's important to be right, but sometimes it's more important to be effective. Recognizing which battles to fight and which are counterproductive is the first step to implementing this leadership strategy.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

How to get more young patients into your practice -- FPM

Try these six steps to get more young people in your patient panel.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual | AAFP's Annual Conference

AAFP's Family Medicine Experience Virtual conference is the place for family physicians to earn CME, get inspired, and find patient care solutions.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx.html

Hitting the Road to Hear Your Stories, Find Solutions

New AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., says in this Leader Voices Blog post that he is eager to meet fellow Academy members where they are, hear their stories and work together to find solutions to the problems they face.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190925lv-leroylistening.html

Get certified to prescribe opioid withdrawal meds in four steps -- FPM

Family physicians write more opioid prescriptions by volume than any other specialty, but most don’t have the federal waiver required to prescribe medications that treat opioid addiction. Here’s how to get it.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

How Can I NOT Be Rural Enough?

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a program designed to recruit doctors to rural areas needs to do more to help address physician shortages.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190924fp-notrural.html

Flu resources and payment allowances: Medicare releases updates for the 2019-2020 ...

Updated influenza vaccine payment allowances went into effect August 1.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Steering Family Medicine Through Storm Toward Sunlight

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recaps his year as president and the work the Academy is doing on issues of importance to family physicians.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190924lv-cullenyear.html

Family Physician of the Year: Eduardo C. Gonzalez, MD, FAAFP

Meet Eduardo C. Gonzalez, MD, of Tampa, Florida, and learn how he’s mentoring the next generation of physicians at the University of South Florida.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/about/highlights19/fpoy-speech.html

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students

Join your peers at the 2020 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 30 - August 1, 2020.

Events : National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students

https://www.aafp.org/events/national-conference.html

2019 FMX Highlights

2019 FMX Highlights

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/about/highlights19.html

AAFP President Gary L. Leroy, MD, FAAFP

Introducing the AAFP’s new President Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP. LeRoy practices family medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and serves as associate dean of student affairs and admissions for the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Virtual

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/about/highlights19/pres-onsite.html

Ask your patients with chronic disease this key question -- FPM

Help patients with chronic disease make needed behavior change by asking them this one question that helps them set goals.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

The skill that differentiates good doctors and great doctors -- FPM

Being a great doctor may have more to do with biography than biology. Here’s how to cultivate this critical skill.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Don't Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that taking the wholesale approach of blaming mass shootings on mental illness stigmatizes patients who have mental health issues and deflects attention from real predictors of such incidents.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190918fp-massshootings.html

Our Wins Are Big Steps Toward Better Health Care Landscape

Michael Munger, M.D.; sustainable growth rate formula; SGR; MACRA; Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; MIPS; Quality Payment Program; QPP; American Board of Family Medicine; ABFM; continuing board certification; America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190918lv-mungerterm.html

Three ways to make social determinants screening doable -- FPM

A recent pilot project highlights three ways to lessen the workload related to screening for and addressing social determinants of health.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

The problem with the term physician burnout -- FPM

To describe the current phenomenon and address it effectively, a new term is needed, one that puts the blame where it belongs and also acknowledges that the problem is responsive to multiple treatment strategies.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Practice Self Care -- Physician Health First

Physicians can prevent professional burnout by taking steps to practice self-care. Find resources to help your well-being.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/practice-self-care.html

Otitis Media: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2019 - Acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common diagnosis in childhood acute sick visits. By three years of age, 50% to 85% of children will have at least one episode of AOM. Symptoms may include ear pain (rubbing, tugging, or holding the ear may be a sign of pain), fever, irritability, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p350.html

Urinary Incontinence in Women: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2019 - Urinary incontinence is a common problem among women worldwide, resulting in a substantial economic burden and decreased quality of life. The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative is the only major organization that recommends annual screening for urinary incontinence in all women ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p339.html

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the upper genital tract occurring predominantly in sexually active young women. Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are common causes; however, other cervical, enteric, bacterial vaginosis–associated, and respiratory ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p357.html

Ear and Hearing Disorders - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2019 - This collection features AFP content on ear and hearing disorders and related issues, including hearing loss, otitis externa, otitis media, and tinnitus. This collection features AFP content on ear and hearing disorders and related issues, including hearing loss, otitis ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=98

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for High-Risk TIA and Minor Stroke: BMJ Rapid Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Based on a recent randomized controlled trial followed by a systematic review, the BMJ and MAGIC group concluded that dual antiplatelet therapy use for a limited period after mild stroke is beneficial.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p378.html

Diagnosing Dementia and Clarifying Goals of Care - Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse ...

Sep 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/2019/0915/p369.html

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