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Let's Amplify the Real Front-line Physicians

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn pushes back against misinformation about the pandemic -- and spotlights members who are doing the same on the ground.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200805itt-facts.html

AAFP National Dues Deductibility

Learn about tax deductions for AAFP Member dues.

Membership : Join the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/membership/join/dues/deduct.html

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-future.html

Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match

Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-match.html

Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Board

The AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives (CGHI) aims to support the professional needs of AAFP members to be globally engaged, as well as promote family medicine and population-based, patient-centered, primary health care on a global scale.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/global-health/advisory-board.html

Teenage Injuries Put FP on Sports Medicine Career Path

His own athletic injuries sparked an interest in a health care career. Now Deepak Patel, M.D., is caring for athletes and sharing his expertise with medical students, residents and his peers.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200803fdf-patel.html

Transitioning to Direct Primary Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p29.html

Ten Tips for Cultivating Patience During Uncertain Times -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - It’s easy to feel impatient with ourselves and others these days. But research suggests impatience can be bad for our health. Here’s a better way to respond.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p43.html

Understanding Value-Based Payment: A Primer for Family Physicians -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - Public and private payers are transitioning away from fee-for-service and emphasizing value-based payment models. This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians describes what you need to know about the transition and how it may affect you and your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p25.html

Considerations for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and COVID-19

Read AAFP's position on breastfeeding and COVID-19.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-covid19.html

Coverage of Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants

Read AAFP's policy statement on coverage of vitamin d supplementation for infants.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/coverage-vitamin-d.html

Menstrual Hygiene Products, Access to

Read the AAFP's policy statement on access to menstrual hygiene products.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/menstrual-hygiene-products.html

Prescription of COVID-19 Medications

Read AAFP's policy on Prescription of COVID-19 Medications.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/prescription-covid19.html

Restraints on Incarcerated Women During Labor, Use of

Read the AAFP policy on the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/restraints-on-incarcerated-women-during-labor.html

Striving for Birth Equity.

Read about AAFP's policy on striving for birth equity.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/striving-for-birth-equity.html

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation

In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200730vhcact.html

HHS Issues Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Testing

HHS has imposed new reporting requirements that implement the agency's June guidance establishing national standards for data elements and patient demographic information related to COVID-19 testing that must be collected and reported.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200730coviddatareporting.html

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Is Personal

In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., relates the challenges of trying to protect the community she grew up in during a pandemic as a family physician and county health officer.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200730fl-publichealthpersonal.html

Study Examines Telehealth, Rural Disparities in Pandemic

New research suggests that telehealth services can improve health disparities for patients in rural areas, but lack of broadband access remains a barrier for many.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200730ruraltelehealth.html

Yes, You Can Practice Full-scope Family Medicine

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H.; writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that finding a job that allows her to use the full scope of her family medicine training was worth the second effort.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200729fp-scope.html

Your Patient Wants a Second Opinion? It's Not Personal

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes that her own experience as a patient offered a humbling reminder not take it personally when a patient asks for a second opinion.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200728lv-secondopinion.html

Videos Offer Peek at New AAFP Website, Mobile App

Three new videos highlight changes coming to aafp.org and the AAFP mobile app on Aug. 17 that promise to streamline content for practicing family physicians, residents and students.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200728launchvids.html

Family Medicine Is Key to Her Career in Global Health

When Erin Ferenchick, M.D., realized she needed more skills to make a difference in global health, she went back to school to become a family physician.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200727fdf-ferenchick.html

Considering direct primary care? Here are five tips to get started

Interest in DPC was growing even before the pandemic took a chunk out of fee-for-service revenues. If you’re among those interested in the model, here are five tips for making the switch.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Monograph (PPE) 5th Edition

This guide will help you complete your patients' preparticipation physical evaluations (PPE) for young athletes from middle school through college.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/care-resources/physical-safety/pre-participation-physical-evaluation-monograph.html

AAFP CME by Format

Browse AAFP CME activities by format including livestream, audio, subscription, print, and online.

CME : Browse

https://www.aafp.org/cme/browse/formats.html

In-person CME

View all AAFP CME activities by month.

CME : Browse

https://www.aafp.org/cme/browse/in-person.html

AAFP CME by Month

View all AAFP CME activities by month.

CME : Browse

https://www.aafp.org/cme/browse/by-month.html

Art of the Pivot: Redeployment as a Family Physician

Michael Hanak, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that family medicine played a key role in handling a COVID-19 surge at a Chicago hospital.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200723fl-covidsurge.html

Dietary Guidelines Committee Issues 2020 Scientific Report

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its 2020 Scientific Report, with new consideration of early-life nutrition and dietary patterns.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200723dietaryreport.html

AAFP Updates Unhealthy Drug Use, OUD Screening Guidance

The AAFP has published an updated recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use and a separate recommendation on screening for opioid use disorder, which differ somewhat from guidance issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200723aafpdrugrecs.html

AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship; applications are due by Oct. 1.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200723healthyequityfellows.html

AAFP Audits: The Why and What Webcast

This webcast talks CME providers through AAFP's CME Credit System audit process, why we conduct audits, and what to submit for audit requests.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/tutorials/audits.html

Addressing Key Changes and Questions on the New AAFP Credit Application Webcast

In this webcast, key changes and questions will be addressed about the new AAFP credit application.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/tutorials/key-changes-and-questions-about-new-credit-application.html

AAFP’s New Credit Application - What You Need to Know Webcast

This webcast will address the benefits of and changes to the new AAFP credit application and how to prepare for it.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/tutorials/new-credit-application.html

The Power of AAFP Prescribed Credit Webcast

Learn about the value of AAFP Prescribed Credit to AAFP members, non-AAFP member physicians, and other healthcare professionals.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/tutorials/prescribed-credit.html

PDW RPS Content Available in On Demand Package

Although the AAFP's PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium was canceled because of the pandemic, the Academy is making more than 18 hours of recorded content and materials available.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200721pdwrps.html

How to Improve Pandemic Response? Fortify Family Medicine

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn offers an overview of recent AAFP guidance on improving the nation's response to public health emergencies. It starts with making sure primary care is geared up and...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200721itt-fmpandemic.html

Town Hall COVID-19 On Demand Sessions | AAFP

Watch AAFP's Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 sessions anytime, anywhere on demand. Hear the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/covid-19/town-hall-on-demand/sessions.html

Coding for Tobacco Screening and Cessation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act began requiring insurance plans to cover preventive services such as tobacco use screening for all adults and adolescents, and tobacco cessation counseling for adults and adolescents who use tobacco.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/care-resources/tobacco-and-nicotine/coding-for-tobacco-screening-and-cessation.html

National Conference Panelist's Message: Speak Out and Lead

Tamieka Howell, M.D., wants other women and minorities to see that they can do what she's done: fill leadership roles at state and national levels.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200720fdf-howell.html

Despite Challenges, Virtual Match Can Bring Positive Change

Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that a virtual Match process will present challenges as well as opportunities for both medical students and residency programs.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200717lv-virtualmatch.html

Cancel Save and Close Return-to-School Guidelines Should be Evidence-Based and Flexible

Return-to-School Guidelines Should be Evidence-Based and Flexible.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/return-to-school-guidelines-should-be-evidence-based-and-flexible.html

CDC Updates Toolkit for STD/HIV Partner Services

The CDC recently updated its Toolkit for Technology-based STD and HIV Partner Services to make it easier for family physicians and other clinicians to care for people who may have been exposed to such infections.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200716cdcstdtoolkit.html

S.C. Family Physician Is Newly Named AMA President-elect

During last month's Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, South Carolina family physician Gerald Harmon, M.D., of Georgetown, was named the organization's president-elect.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200716harmonelected0.html

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

History Has Its Eyes on Us During This Crisis

Inspired by a recent viewing of the musical Hamilton, Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too many Americans are still waiting to be treated equally, and the AAFP is working to address inequities in health care.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200716lv-hamilton.html

FMAP Needs Long-term Bolstering, Say AAFP, Other Groups

A federal medical assistance percentage boost of at least 12% is vital to the nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP and more than 100 other groups told Congress in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200716fmapboost.html

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening With Low-dose CT

On July 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement, draft evidence review and draft decision analysis on screening for lung cancer.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200715uspstfdraftlung.html

Family Physician

Family physicians care for patients at every stage of life, from birth to advanced age. AAFP members will find extensive clinical resources that support efforts to provide high-quality care.

Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician.html

Health System Preparedness, Resilience Depend on PC, Says AAFP

In separate letters to HHS and senate health committee leaders, the AAFP called for a sharper primary care strategy to better prepare the health care system for public health emergencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200714hhs-senateletters.html

Direct Primary Care -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 13, 2020 - Some physicians are breaking ties with insurance companies and offering a direct-pay or cash-only approach to primary care services. This topic collection highlights several practices that have had success with variations of this model. Some physicians are breaking ties with insurance ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=90

It's Official: 2020 Congress of Delegates Goes Virtual

This year's Congress of Delegates will be held virtually to safeguard participants' health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join your colleagues online to weigh in on key policy issues.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200713candannounce.html

Called to Heal: FP Ministers to Both Patients and Society

Family physician and pastor Joedrecka Brown Speights, M.D., has a unique perspective on the many aspects of patients' well-being, including their spiritual health.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200713fdf-brownspeights.html

AAFP/ABFM Unified Credit Applications

Learn how to apply for AAFP Performance Improvement credit and ABFM Certification Activity points for PI activities through a single application process with this webcast from AAFP's Credit System.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/tutorials/abfm-unified-credit-application.html

Design CME to Meet AAFP's CME Requirements

Learn about certification of new and emerging topics including integrative medicine, functional medicine, and non-clinical topics with this webcast from AAFP's Credit System.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/tutorials/design-cme-to-meet-AAFP-credit-requirements.html

Telemedicine Is Worthy of Payers' Long-term Investment

John Cullen, M.D., writes that telemedicine has proven its worth during the pandemic. Now payers must ensure its viability as a long-term solution.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200709lv-telemedicine.html

Study: Data Show Primary Care Spend Is Lagging

A recent report uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to confirm that primary care expenditures are not rising relative to other sources of health care spending.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200709pcspend.html

Unemployment During Pandemic Amounts to a One-Two Punch

Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the pandemic -- and the higher unemployment rates it has caused -- has exposed the precarious nature of employer-sponsored health insurance.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200708fp-esi.html

CDHE Awards Chapters Implicit Bias Training Grants

Thanks to a grant from the AAFP Foundation, the Academy's Center for Diversity and Health Equity has awarded grants to 12 chapters to create implicit bias training events for members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200708implicitbiasgrants.html

Henley's Portrait Unveiling Stirs Emotions, Sparks Memories

On July 6, a small group of Academy leaders, staff and special guests gathered at AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kan., to witness the unveiling of the official portrait of outgoing EVP and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., who is retiring as of Aug. 1.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200708henleyportrait.html

Coming Soon: New AAFP Website and Mobile App

A new aafp.org and AAFP mobile app are coming Aug. 17 with upgrades that will help members find the best family medicine resources for their unique needs.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200708newwebsite.html

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Family Medicine Certification

Resources to help you meet your ABFM Family Medicine Certification Requirements. CME board review, KSA working groups, METRIC and the new PerformanceNavigator.

CME : Family Medicine Certification CME

https://www.aafp.org/cme/family-medicine-certification.html

Adult Sinusitis - Clinical Practice Guideline

Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on adult sinusitis.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/adult-sinusitis.html

Allergic Rhinitis

Access the AAFP-endorsed clinical practice guideline on allergic rhinitis.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/allergic-rhinitis.html

AAFP Joins Boycott of Facebook, Instagram Ads

The AAFP is joining hundreds of other companies and organizations in a monthlong advertising boycott to urge Facebook to address "hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence."

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200702stophate.html

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Lead

With the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students approaching, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that resident leadership roles led him to his current job and a state leadership position.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200702fp-leadership.html

Lock In Telehealth Flexibility, Protections, Says AAFP

In two recent letters, the AAFP and other groups asked Congress for permanent telehealth flexibility and laid out principles to ensure ongoing virtual care success.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200702telehealthletters.html

Academy Objects to Scope Overreach by Veterans Affairs

The AAFP recently joined a coalition of other medical groups in warning the Department of Veterans Affairs about the danger of allowing nonphysicians to practice without physician oversight.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200702vascope.html

AAFP Exhibitor Opportunities

Find out all of the opportunities that the AAFP has for exhibiting at national events. National Conference and Family Medicine Experience (FMX) have many ways for organizations to have the opportunity to get in front of AAFP members.

Events : AAFP Exhibitor Opportunities

https://www.aafp.org/events/exhibitor-opportunities.html

Coronavirus Remains Front and Center at June ACIP Meeting

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met virtually June 24 to discuss topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues pertaining to vaccines for influenza and meningococcal disease.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200701acipjunemtg.html

Are You Ready to Whack Your WAC?

Andrew Carroll, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that he reduced his work after clinic by 90% using Suki, a new artificial intelligence digital assistant. The AAFP is recruiting members to participate in stage two of its Suki pilot.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200701lv-suki.html

AAFP Praises Legislation to Restore Medicaid Payment Parity

The AAFP and three other physician organizations voiced strong support for a Senate bill that would restore Medicaid payment parity with Medicare rates.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200701medicaidparity.html

CDC Issues Guidance on Immunizations During Pandemic

The CDC has issued new interim guidance for family physicians and other clinicians on providing immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200630covidimmunize.html

Worth a Shot: Home Visits Keep Kids Up to Date in Pandemic

Beth Oller, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that she's making home visits to pediatric patients to ensure that kids stay up to date on immunizations during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200630fpimmunization.html

Making Technology Work for Family Physicians

Making Technology Work for Family Physicians

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/making-technology-work-for-family-physicians.html

Suki Clinical Digital Assistant Greatly Reduces EHR Documentation Time and Burden for ...

Suki Clinical Digital Assistant Greatly Reduces EHR Documentation Time and Burden for Family Physicians

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/suki-clinical-digital-assistant-reduces-ehr-documentation-and-burden-for-fps.html

DPC Was His Solution for Affordable, Full-scope Care

Nicholas Tomsen, M.D., was determined to use the full scope of his training, including obstetrics. He's doing it all in direct primary care.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200629fdf-tomsen.html

PCMH Incentive, Recognition, and Accreditation Programs

Incentive, recognition, and accreditation programs related to the patient-centered medical home.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/medical-home/recognition.html

Studies Examine Antibiotic Resistance, Stewardship Issues

New research suggests a link between increased influenza vaccine uptake and reduced antibiotic prescription rates, while a second study examines primary care physicians' attitudes about antibiotic stewardship.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200625antibxstudies.html

Beware Consequences of Delaying Primary Care in Pandemic

Although it may make sense to delay elective procedures during a pandemic, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that primary care is essential.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200625fp-coviddelay.html

Academy's Digital Assistant Pilot Advances to Stage Two

The AAFP is recruiting as many as 100 family physicians to participate in stage two of its pilot with Suki, a digital assistant that combines artificial intelligence and voice-enabled technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200625sukistagetwo.html

DPC Toolkit

The AAFP DPC Toolkit is designed to help you evaluate and plan for your conversion or start-up to a direct primary care practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/toolkit.html

Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Pain

AAFP policy on Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Pain

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/acupuncture-treatment.html

Credentialing and Privileging Decisions of Family Physicians by Non-Physician ...

AAFP Policy on Credentialing and Privileging Decisions of Family Physicians by Non-Physician Practitioners.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/credentialing-privileging.html

Point of Care Testing Policy

AAFP policy on point of care testing.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/point-of-care-testing-policy.html

Hospital Privileges as a Requirement for Insurance Participation

AAFP Policy on Hospital Privileges as a Requirement for Insurance Participation

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-insurance-participation.html

Care for Special Populations in Pandemic Adds Challenges

From masks and social distancing to closing group homes, Kyle Jones, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that physicians caring for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face added challenges with COVID-19.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200624fl-specialpopulations.html

Pandemic Exposes Flaws in Health Care Payment System

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the many challenges that the fee-for-service system presents to primary care. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn examines what needs to change.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200623itt-payment.html

Life and Work in Family Medicine

Discover the diverse, day-to-day experiences that family physicians can have as they serve in a wide variety of practice settings.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/explore-career-in-family-medicine/day-as-family-doctor.html

Meet the Doctors

Learn more about the physicians who contributed their stories to our series, "In Their Own Words: A QandA with Family Physicians."

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/explore-career-in-family-medicine/day-as-family-doctor/bios.html

Primary Care Leadership Collaborative

Get the skills you need as a student leader to transform your passion for family medicine into action.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/fmig/pclc.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Meningococcal Disease

The CDC on June 18 issued a health advisory notifying physicians about recent case reports of patients with meningococcal disease that is resistant to both penicillin and ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200622cipromeningococcal.html

Study Examines Community-based Lung Cancer Screening

Results of a recent Annals of Family Medicine study indicate that under the right conditions, lung cancer screenings can be performed safely and effectively in the community health setting.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200622lungcascreen.html

Mentor Found Niche in Place She Didn't Expect

Family physician and residency program director Kristina Diaz, M.D., is playing a vital role in her hometown's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200622fdf-diaz.html

New Physicians Selected for Leadership Roles

Danielle Carter, M.D., and Kevin Bernstein, M.D., M.M.S. -- both of Jacksonville, Fla. -- have been selected to fill family medicine leadership roles.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200618nccl-elections.html

Family Medicine Meetings and Conferences for Medical Students

Get information about meetings for residents and students held by the AAFP and other organizations.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/fmig/lead-fmig/meetings.html

Closure, COVID, Chaos: A Resident's Tale of Resilience

Merlyn Sunny Abraham, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that her family medicine class of seven women persisted through the closure of their hospital, the transfer of their program and a pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200618fp-drexel.html

Third-Year Electives During Residency

Your electives in your final year of residency is can be opportunities to get an inside look at practices you may be considering joining after graduation.

Students and Residents : Residents

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/residents/transition-into-practice/3rd-year-electives.html

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