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Don’t Screen for COPD in Asymptomatic Adults, Says USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is welcoming comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic adults for COPD.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211122uspstfcopd.html

FM Mentor Addresses Diversity, Equity With Data

Kendall Campbell, M.D., was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine for his work on physician workforce diversity and health equity.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211118fdf-campbell.html

2022 Immunization Schedules Updated at November ACIP Meeting

Immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults, as well as vaccines for hepatitis B, orthopoxviruses and Ebola, were among the topics discussed at this month’s meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118acip.html

AFP Updates Members on Asthma Management

AFP has published a summary of the federal government’s recent asthma management guideline update, as well as an editorial that explains how the update differs from recommendations released by other organizations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118afpasthma.html

Family Physicians Have Their Academy’s Thanks — and Support

In this season of gratitude, AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., thanks family physicians for all they’ve been doing during the pandemic and highlights the Academy’s work to support members.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20211118wfp-thanksgiving.html

AAFP at NAPCRG 2021

The AAFP National Research Network will be sharing study results and updates at this year's NAPCRG Annual Meeting.

Events : AAFP at NAPCRG 2021

https://www.aafp.org/events/nrn-napcrg-2021.html

Leadership Development

Resources for family physicians to explore and take on leadership roles in family medicine and clinical practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/leadership-development-opportunities.html

Culture of Well-being

Resources to help family physicians create a culture of well-being in the clinical environment, allowing them to thrive personally and professionally.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being.html

Clinical Practice Culture

Studies show high levels of burnout amongst family physicians. Mark Greenawald, MD, FAAFP, provides resources to help physicians move beyond just surviving to thriving in their practices.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/clinical-practice-culture.html

Leadership Habits

Five leadership habits for family physicians to embrace.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/leadership-habits.html

Listening Techniques

Dr. Vu Kiet Tran provides listening techniques for physicians to yield powerful results in patient care.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/listening-techniques.html

Team-based Care

Dr. Marie Brown talks about the important shift to team-based care to improve the patient-physician relationship, increase efficiency, and support physician and staff well-being.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/increasing-joy-in-practice/team-approach.html

Reframing Common Challenges

Dr. Jay Winner recommends a number of ways to reframe common challenges within family medicine.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/reframing-common-challenges.html

Joy in Practice

Resources to help family physicians create and increase joy in practice, improve efficiency, and reduce burnout.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/increasing-joy-in-practice.html

Practicing Self-care

Resources for family physicians to increase health, happiness and efficiency by practicing self-care.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/practicing-self-care.html

Resources to Address Burnout

Mayo Clinic Proceedings articles outline organizational strategies for tackling physician burnout.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/increasing-joy-in-practice/resources-to-address-burnout.html

Physician Leadership

Dr. Yushu Jack Chou provides advice and guidance for taking leadership roles in family medicine and how doing so can help reignite your passion for the practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/creating-a-culture-of-well-being/physician-leadership.html

Healthy Eating Habits

Resources to help establish health eating habits and make healthier choices.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/practicing-self-care/healthy-eating-habits.html

Suicide Prevention and Emergency Help

Resources for family physicians who may be in crisis, coping with loss or experiencing trauma.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/suicide-prevention-and-emergency-help.html

Mindfulness at Work

Dr. Ronald Epstein shares connections between mindfulness and medicine and how it can offer support to overall physician well-being.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/practicing-self-care/mindfulness.html

Change coming for Medicare Advantage COVID-19 vaccine administration claims

Beginning Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require billing clinicians to submit COVID-19 vaccine administration claims for patients covered by Medicare Advantage plans directly to the plans.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/medicare_advantage_covid_claims.html

Physician Well-being | AAFP

The Physician Health First initiative is devoted to improving your well-being and professional satisfaction by addressing the causes of physician burnout, including the broken U.S. health care system, the organizations employing physicians, the practice environment, individual ...

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being.html

Physician Mental Health and Suicide: Combatting the Stigma

TBD

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/suicide-prevention-and-emergency-help/combatting-stigma.html

Emergency Help

TBD

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/suicide-prevention-and-emergency-help/emergency-help.html

Access and Improve Your Sleep

TBD

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/managing-your-career/physician-well-being/practicing-self-care/improve-sleep.html

Asthma - American Family Physician

Nov 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

Breast Disorders - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2021 - This collection features content on breast disorders and related issues, including breast cyst aspiration, breast masses, breast pain, galactorrhea, gynecomastia, and mastitis. This collection features content on breast disorders and related issues, including breast cyst aspiration, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=96

USPSTF Publishes Draft Recommendations on Vision Problems

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a pair of draft recommendation statements that found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma or impaired visual acuity in certain populations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211115uspstfvision.html

Value-based care: 10 resources for getting started

Value-based care can lead to better patient outcomes and financial rewards. These 10 resources offer a starting point for physicians.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/value_based_care_resources.html

Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Makes Significant Investments to ...

Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Makes Significant Investments to Address Health Inequities

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/bipartisan-infrastructure.html

Get Started in Value-based Care — With AAFP Resources

The November/December FPM takes a deep dive into value-based care and associated payment models, exploring this move away from quantity-focused fee-for-service in three different articles. Other new AAFP resources are also available.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211112vbcresources.html

FP Essentials #510 Child Developmental Delays and Disorders | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

CME monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition includes motor delay; speech and language delay; failure to thrive; autism spectrum disorder.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/510-ed.html

Webinar Addresses Care for Multiple Chronic Conditions

A Nov. 18 webinar offers family physicians and other clinicians guidance on providing optimal care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211111chroniccare.html

In AAFP Win, CMS Reverses Course on MIPS Policy

Representing an advocacy win for AAFP members, CMS will automatically apply the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception to the 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211111mipswin.html

Mandates and Exemptions

A new emergency regulation requires COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Staff must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. Learn how this applies to family medicine practice.

Family Physician : Patient Care

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

Major Depressive Disorder Mobile App

Primary care clinicians play an important role in setting care and treatment goals for patients with Major Depressive Disorder. A new research project will support the development of patient- and clinician-informed content for a mobile app and test the app in clinical settings.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/nrn/studies/all/major-depressive-disorder-mobile-app.html

Eligibility Requirements Webcast | AAFP Credit System

This webcast from AAFP Credit System will provide CME providers with a breakdown of the new 2022 eligibility requirements.

CME : AAFP Credit System

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

CMS to automatically apply ‘extreme and uncontrollable circumstances’ policy to some ...

The policy will apply to eligible clinicians who are allowed to participate in MIPS as individuals. It will not apply to groups, virtual groups, or alternative payment model entities.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/mips_auto_adjustment.html

Care Management -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Care management activities facilitate coordinated patient care across the health care system, leading to increased patient satisfaction, improved outcomes, and reduced costs through avoidance of unnecessary hospital and emergency department utilization. Care management activities ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=115

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=113

Value-Based Care and Payment -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of MACRA and value-based payment.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=105

Billing & Claims -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subjects of billing, claims, collections, and other ways to maximize revenue -- from reducing denials to implementing patient payment policies. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subjects of billing, ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=50

Residents and New Physicians -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - If you're just getting started in practice and need help with the basics -- from coding to negotiating a contract -- check out the following FPM resources: If you're just getting started in practice and need help with the basics -- from coding to negotiating a contract -- check out the ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=95

Access to Care -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Providing good care doesn't count for much if patients can't access your care easily. This article collection features popular FPM content on issues in improving access to care, from advanced-access scheduling to after-hours call. Providing good care doesn't count for much if patients ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=48

Virtual Visits -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Advertisement Topic Collection Virtual Visits Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Categories Virtual Visits Virtual Visits During COVID-19 Other Resources Last Update: 11/09/2021 Virtual Visits 06/01/2020 Managing a Telephone Encounter: Five Tips...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=116

Medicare -- FPM Topic Collection

Nov 9, 2021 - Advertisement Topic Collection Medicare Editors' Choice of Best Available Content Are you up to date with the latest Medicare rules that affect your patient care? This article collection features popular FPM content on this topic. Categories Medicare Participation...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=102

A First Look at November’s Big Rules

AAFP advocacy is clearly reflected in the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule and in other newly issued regulations, Stephanie Quinn, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy, writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211109itt-mpfs.html

WPSI Accepting Public Comments on New Draft Recommendations

New draft recommendations on contraception and HIV infection from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative have been posted on the organization’s website; the deadline for the public to submit comments is Nov. 24.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211109wpsi.html

Cigna changes policy on paying for an E/M visit with cerumen removal

Starting Nov. 14, Cigna will deny office visit evaluation and management (E/M) services as not separately payable when billed with the removal of impacted cerumen if the removal is the sole reason for the visit.

Publications : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cigna_cerumen_emcoding.html

FP Researcher Elected to National Academy of Medicine

More than two decades of partnering with Indigenous populations in community-engaged research has earned Alexandra Adams, M.D., Ph.D., election to the National Academy of Medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211108fdfadams.html

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