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Are You a Champion of Family Medicine?

The AAFP Degree of Fellow will mark its 50th anniversary in 2022. We asked four of our new physician bloggers what earning the distinction meant to them.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210921fp-fellow.html

Can We Create a Space of Moderation in This Pandemic?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., discusses her and her family’s experiences with COVID-19 while looking for ways that people can discuss the pandemic effectively.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210920fp-coviddiscussion.html

ALSO Mentor Prepares Peers for Obstetrical Emergencies

University of Wisconsin Professor Lee Dresang, M.D., has devoted more than two decades to helping ensure his peers at home and abroad are prepared for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210920fdf-dresang.html

Medicare announces influenza vaccine payment rates for 2021-2022

The payment allowances range from about $10 to $66, depending on brand and formulation

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Five side gigs physicians can do from home to earn extra income

With a wide knowledge base and scope of practice, family physicians are well-suited for many side gigs beyond just seeing patients in a clinic. The internet has only expanded such opportunities.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education 2021 Winners | AAFP

These residents were selected as the winners of the 2021 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/awards/student-resident-awards/gme/2021-winners.html

Booster Doses FAQs

mRNA COVID-19 vaccines booster doses are pending authorization by the FDA, and review and recommendation from the CDC’s ACIP. This is in response to data published by CDC showing a decline in vaccine effectiveness in preventing infection over time.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/booster-doses-faqs.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Act to Stabilize Primary Care Practices

The Academy’s detailed comments on CMS’ 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule pressed for policy improvements on a number of fronts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210916mpfscomments.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.html

New AAFP Resources Can Help Streamline Prior Authorizations

A new Family Medicine Practice Hack video offers tips to streamline prior authorization procedures, and a members-only workbook with sample cheat sheets can simplify the process of assembling information needed to submit prior authorizations for different payers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210916papracthack.html

Hyperlipidemia - American Family Physician

Sep 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

Alcohol Use Disorders - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 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

Dyspepsia - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP on dyspepsia and related issues, including Helicobacter pylori infection, general epigastric dysfunction, and GERD. This collection features AFP on dyspepsia and related issues, including Helicobacter pylori infection, general epigastric dysfunction, and GERD.

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=8

FMX 2021 Highlights | AAFP

During AAFP's Family Medicine Experience 2021, we celebrated boundary breakers across our specialty, who found innovative ways to shape a future where health care knows no boundaries.

Events : FMX 2022

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/2021-highlights.html

Join Leading Physician Well-being’s 2022 Cohort

Leading Physician Well-being, a tuition-free program from the AAFP and United Health Foundation that seeks to foster physician leadership skills to promote and maintain stability, boost team morale, and support well-being in the workplace, is seeking applicants for the 2022 program.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210915lpwcohort2.html

We’re Back on the Hill for a Day of Intense Advocacy

The AAFP, with the Group of Six, lobbied Congress this week to pass several key bills, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210915itt-hillvisits.html

AAFP Membership: What's It Worth?

Learn about the value that AAFP membership offers, including access to tools, solutions, and free CME activities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/member-value.html

Circuitous Route to Med School Provided Invaluable Experiences

An unconventional career path has given University of Washington medical student Danielle Ervin invaluable life experience and perspective.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210913fdf-ervin.html

HHS offers another $25.5 billion in provider relief funds and more time to report

The funding includes $8.5 billion for those who serve rural areas and an additional $17 billion for Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

OHSU Primary Care Scappoose Clinic wins 2021 FPM Award for Practice and Quality ...

Oregon Health and Science University's Scappoose Clinic has won this year’s FPM Award for Practice and Quality Improvement for their rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccine in a primary care clinic.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/fpm_award_2021.html

It’s High Time We Took the Tech Bull by the Horns

Family physicians need to carve out a definitive role in the development of new health technologies so those solutions fit the needs of robust primary care practices, says Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210913fp-healthtech.html

COVID-19 Vaccine News Archive

COVID-19 vaccine information can quickly, but we know you may still want access to previous updates that are still relevant. Below you can find past news and updates to support your patient care efforts.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-news-archive.html

FP Essentials #508 Drug Prescribing | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

CME monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition on drug prescribing includes pharmacists; new drugs and drug classes; interactions; polypharmacy and deprescribing.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/508-ed.html

Let's Connect | AAFP FMX

Learn all the ways to network and socialize with your peers at AAFP FMX 2021.

Events : FMX 2022

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/about/experience/lets-connect.html

Daron W. Gersch, MD, FAAFP

Vice Speaker - Daron W. Gersch, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/gersch.html

Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP

Director - Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/smith.html

Why We Object to All Intrusions Between Us and Our Patients

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the A Word From the President blog that the Academy is advocating to protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship against new attacks.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20210909wfp-intrusions.html

Osteopathic Workshop to Emphasize Comprehensive Approach

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center physician Jarrod Harrall, D.O., answers our questions about The Osteopathic Approach: FMX Preconference Workshop.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210909doapproach.html

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

Candidates Sought for AAFP 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking family physicians to apply for the 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship; applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210909hefellowship.html

Gail Guerrero-Tucker, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Directo - Gail Guerrero-Tucker, MD, MPH, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/guerrero-tucker.html

Amy Hoffman

Student Member - Amy Hoffman

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/Hoffman.html

Teresa L. Lovins, MD, FAAFP

Director - Teresa L. Lovins:, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/lovins.html

Samuel E. Mathis, MD, FAAFP

New Physician Member - Samuel Mathis, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/mathias.html

Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP

Director - Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/nosal.html

Amanda Stisher, MD

Resident Member - Amanda Stisher, MD

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/Stisher.html

Colposcopy (Position Paper)

Read the AAFP position paper on family physicians' scope of practice regarding a colposcopy test to detect cervical cancer.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/colposcopy-position-paper.html

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp--recommendation-covid-misinformation.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

ONC Webinar to Outline How Information Blocking Affects You

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host a Sept. 14 webinar designed to update physicians on the finer points of recently implemented information-blocking regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210908infoblockwebinar.html

Report CME | AAFP FMX

Attendees of 2021 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Conference may register their CME on this page.

Events : FMX 2022

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

FMX Attendee Information | AAFP

AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) attendees can access resources and more to have the best experience during FMX 2021.

Events : FMX 2022

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

A Tale of Two Pandemics and a Call to Action

Alex McDonald, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that while misinformation and disinformation have disrupted progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time for more family physicians to speak up and speak out about the issue.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210902fp-ourshot.html

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Outpatient Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Approximately one-half of patients with alcohol use disorder who abruptly stop or reduce their alcohol use will develop signs or symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The syndrome is due to overactivity of the central and autonomic nervous systems, leading to tremors, insomnia, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p253.html

Kawasaki Disease and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: An Overview and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Kawasaki disease (KD) and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) are inflammatory conditions that present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to the physician. Although many of their features overlap, they are two distinct conditions. KD is a febrile illness most ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p244.html

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Home blood pressure monitoring provides important diagnostic information beyond in-office blood pressure readings and offers similar results to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring involves patients independently measuring their blood pressure with an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p237.html

Hereditary Hemochromatosis: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Hereditary hemochromatosis is an autosomal recessive disorder that disrupts iron homeostasis, resulting in systemic iron overload. It is the most common inherited disorder among people of northern European ancestry. Despite the high prevalence of the gene mutation, there is a low and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p263.html

Splenomegaly: Diagnosis and Management in Adults - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Splenomegaly can be due to several mechanisms but is almost always a sign of a systemic condition. Patient habits, travel, and medical conditions can increase risk of splenomegaly and suggest etiology. Symptoms can suggest infectious, malignant, hepatic, or hematologic causes. Physical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p271.html

Neglected Parasitic Infections: What Family Physicians Need to Know—A CDC Update - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Chagas disease, cysticercosis, and toxoplasmosis affect millions of people in the United States and are considered neglected parasitic diseases. Few resources are devoted to their surveillance, prevention, and treatment. Chagas disease, transmitted by kissing bugs, primarily affects ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p277.html

Cervical Cancer Screening: Updated Guidelines from the American Cancer Society - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released new guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p314.html

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