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New Behavioral Health Resources Now Available

The Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative this month published an enhanced and updated version of its BHI Compendium, which is supplemented by a series of practice guides and related materials.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211103bhitools.html

AAFP Signs Off on Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

After expedited review of the evidence, the AAFP has approved a recommendation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to allow for the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211103covidvaccchildren.html

2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Represents Step Toward Prioritizing Primary Care, ...

2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Represents Step Toward Prioritizing Primary Care, Family Medicine

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/2022-Medicare-Physician-Fee-Schedule.html

Musculoskeletal Medicine Online Course | AAFP CME

Register for this Feb 16-19 virtual CME course focused on range of motion, stability, and other musculoskeletal treatments. Earn AAFP and AOA credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/musculoskeletal-medicine-livestream.html

Report: Overhaul Transition From Med School to Residency

A recent report called for a comprehensive overhaul of the process that transitions medical students to residency training. The AAFP already is taking steps that address many of the recommendations.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20211102ugrcrecs.html

AAFP Applauds FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages ...

AAFP Applauds FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-19-vaccines-children.html

Women's Health Online CME Course | AAFP

Enhance your ability to develop evaluation and treatment plans for every woman you treat, at every stage of her life with this AAFP online CME course. Earn 21 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/womens/self-study.html

In AAFP Win, HHS Moves to Repeal SUNSET Rule

In a win for the Academy’s advocacy, HHS has proposed to withdraw a rule that would have added unnecessary administrative complexity without clear benefit.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211101sunsetrule.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for Eating Disorders

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is accepting comments on a draft recommendation and draft evidence review that found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for eating disorders.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211029uspstfeating.html

Provisions in President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework Support Family Physicians, ...

Provisions in President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework Support Family Physicians, Primary Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/provisions-in-president-bidens-build-back-better-framework-support-family-physicians-primary-care.html

Social Determinants Grab Spotlight in New Obesity Report

The latest findings of an annual obesity report shed new light on how social determinants of health and COVID-19 have contributed to the obesity crisis in the United States.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211028stateofobesity.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Use in Children Conversation | AAFP

Join us for a virtual conversation addressing the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children, November 3 from 7-8 pm CST.

Family Physician : Patient Care

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

Global Health Summit Conference | AAFP

Network and learn with global health advocates at the AAFP's Global Health Summit conference.

Events : Global Health Summit

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

AAMC Honors FP Mentor With National Award

More than two decades after she first experienced it as a student, Natalie Rodriguez, M.D., remains dedicated to the patients and students at the University of California-San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211026fdf-rodriguez.html

HHS Loan Repayment Grants Answer Academy’s Workforce Push

Following AAFP advocacy, HHS has announced $100 million of funding for state loan repayment programs to support primary care practices in underserved communities.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211026slrp.html

Three AAFP Presidents, One Message: Stabilize Primary Care

Three AAFP presidents this week call on Congress to stabilize primary care. Stephanie Quinn, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy, details their agenda in the In the Trenches Blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211026itt-hillmeetings.html

Family Physicians Urge Policymakers to Focus on Mental Health Care for Children, Families

Family Physicians Urge Policymakers to Focus on Mental Health Care for Children, Families

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/family-physicians-mental-health-care-children-families.html

Children and Adolescents

It is anticipated that a vaccine will be authorized for children aged 5-11 very soon. In preparation, the AAFP is working with the White House, HHS, and the CDC to provide information and resources to assist family physicians and their patients.

Family Physician : Patient Care

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

Maintaining Empathy in Vaccine Discussions Is Key

Talking with patients about the COVID-19 vaccines has been challenging for many family physicians. In this Fresh Perspectives post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., M.P.H., shares some of his own experiences and reminds members why it’s important to keep having these conversations.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20211025fp-empathy.html

AAFP Approves Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Plan From FDA, CDC

The FDA, CDC and AAFP have approved recommendations that will expand the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for tens of millions of Americans.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211025covidboosters.html

Booster Dose Table

The CDC recommended that all three COVID-19 vaccines can be used as booster doses in eligible populations. These individuals can receive a different vaccine than the one they first received. This table compares booster options.

Family Physician : Patient Care

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

USPSTF Revises Recommendation on Aspirin to Prevent CVD

A new draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease differs substantially from the task force’s current recommendation. Sarah Coles, M.D., chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science, ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211021aspirincvd.html

Member Feedback Shapes Academy Priorities

The results of this year’s Member Satisfaction Survey show that members continue to see high value in the AAFP’s efforts. Overall satisfaction rose this year — a year of a pandemic in which family physicians had more need than ever for a bold champion.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20211021satisfaction.html

Academy Backs Push for HDHP Primary Care Deductible Waivers

The AAFP recently wrote in support of the Primary and Virtual Care Affordability Act, which would allow the waiver of primary care and telehealth deductibles through 2023 for patients covered by high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211020hdhpwaivers.html

Thoughts to Ponder Before You Sign an Employment Contract

With the AAFP rolling out new resources related to physician employment contracts, we asked our new physician bloggers to share advice for residents pondering their first contracts.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20211019fp-contracts.html

Bringing a ‘Whole-hog’ Approach to Prevention, Public Health

Oregon AFP President Stewart Decker, M.D., strives to help his rural community as both a family physician and a public health advocate.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211019fdf-decker.html

Real Talk with Family Docs Event Series

Register for a series that features family physicians across the country who are opening up to medical students about why they chose their career and what their daily lives are like.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/explore-career-in-family-medicine/real-talk-with-family-docs-event-series.html

Cardiovascular Conditions Online CME Course | AAFP

Discover new ways to treat and manage your patients with cardiovascular conditions with this AAFP online CME activity. Earn 27.5 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/cardiovascular/self-study.html

AAFP, NHMA Join Forces on Advancing Health Equity

The AAFP and the National Hispanic Medical Association recently signed an agreement to work together to address health disparities in Latinx/Hispanic patients and remedy underrepresentation of Latinx/Hispanic physicians.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20211018aafpnhma.html

Title X Final Rule Reflects Academy Advocacy

Following three years of Academy advocacy, HHS this month finalized Title X rule-making in favor of family physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211014titlex.html

Task Force Makes Recommendations on SUD, Pain, Mental Health

A new Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force formed by the AMA with the AAFP and others has issued recommendations to improve access to care and harm-reduction strategies for patients with pain, substance use disorders or mental illness.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211014sudpain.html

It’s Not Too Late to Experience FMX With On Demand

If you missed the recent Family Medicine Experience, you can still experience it with FMX On Demand and earn more than 120 enduring CME credits. You can also register now for the 2022 event and save up to $200.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20211014fmx.html

FP Essentials #509 Kidney Disease | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

CME monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition includes acute kidney injury; chronic kidney disease; end-stage renal disease; kidney stones.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/509-ed.html

Army Docs Inspired Pilot’s Path to Family Medicine

Maj. Mike Brisson, D.O., M.P.H., Ph.D., a winner of the AAFP’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, was inspired to go to medical school by the osteopathic flight surgeons who treated him during his deployment in Afghanistan.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211012fdf-brisson.html

AAFP Urges Better Broadband for Telehealth, Health Equity

AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., testified to a Senate subcommittee that improved broadband access is essential for building on the success of telehealth that has been seen during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211012telehealth.html

The Art and Science of Quitting Your Job

According to Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., new physicians aren’t trained how to quit a job, let alone how to quit gracefully. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she discusses her decision to leave her previous position and shares lessons learned.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20211012fp-quitgrace.html

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final statement recommending low-dose aspirin as preventive medication after 12 weeks’ gestation in people at high risk for preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211007uspstfpreeclampsia.html

COVID-19 Continues to Cause Some People to Put Off Care

Two family physicians offer advice about helping patients catch up on health care in response to two recent reports about delayed and missed care during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211006delayedcare.html

AAFP Applauds HHS Decision to Restore Title X, Improve Access to Comprehensive Care

AAFP Applauds HHS Decision to Restore Title X, Improve Access to Comprehensive Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-hhs-decision-restore-title-x.html

Live CME No Longer Required for AAFP Membership

In the AAFP’s latest move to adapt to family physicians’ evolving needs, the Academy has eliminated the requirement for active members to earn 25 credits of CME through live activities.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20211005cmereq.html

Potential Wins Seen as Congress Ponders Reconciliation

In a recent letter, the Academy identified several sections of the House reconciliation bill that are in strong alignment with AAFP priorities.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211005reconciliation.html

Physician Employment Questions? The AAFP Has You Covered

AAFP members need look no further than the Academy’s Employment Contracting webpage to find the information they need to land just the right job opportunity and negotiate an employment agreement that meets their personal and professional needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211005employresources.html

Substance Use Disorders Online CME | AAFP

Implement a patient-centered approach to diagnose and manage patients with a substance use disorder with this AAFP online activity. Earn 17.75 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/substance-use-disorders.html

Family Medicine Worth the Wait for GME Award Winner

After taking a 10-year break from her training, Melanie Dance, M.D., M.P.H., a winner of the AAFP’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, is making the most of her second chance at residency.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20211004fdf-dance.html

Child and Adolescent Health Online CME Course | AAFP

Grow your pediatric medicine skills and advance the level of care you deliver to your youngest patients with this online CME from AAFP. Earn 25.5 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/child-adolescent-health/self-study.html

Life After Residency: Exploring Practice Options in Family Medicine -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Your options are limitless, so start your job search with a clear understanding of your personal and professional interests.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p30.html

Inspirational FPs Are Speaking Out to Protect Patients

For National Primary Care Week, medical student Amy Hoffman writes in the Leader Voices Blog about family physicians who are making their voices heard and combatting misinformation during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20211001lv-npcw.html

Questions About Repurposed Content | AAFP Credit System

View answers to frequently asked questions regarding the AAFP CME Credit System and repurposed content.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/faq/repurposed-content.html

Repurposed Content Tutorial | AAFP Credit System

This tutorial from AAFP Credit System will provide CME providers information about the repurposed content process option available in the AAFP online application.

CME : AAFP Credit System

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

COVID-19 Booster Rollout Begins as Vaccination Rate Climbs

The CDC’s approval of booster shots of a COVID-19 vaccine for certain populations has confused some patients, renewing the need for robust counseling from family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210930pfizerbooster.html

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