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AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

CMS releases 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and QPP proposals -- FPM

The proposed rule has implications for telehealth, vaccine administration payment, and work RVUs, among other things.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2022_mpfs_proposal.html

Interest in Nutrition Spurred FP to Research Path

Family physician Lauren Ciszak, M.D., turned her longstanding interest in nutrition into a clinical research project that could improve patients’ physical and emotional well-being.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210726fdf-ciszak.html

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and ...

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-mandates.html

Here’s how to find out if you’re a 2021 qualifying participant for Medicare’s ...

CMS updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool this month based on the first snapshot of 2021 Alternative Payment Model data.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2021_qualifying_participants.html

What We’re Telling Congress To Do About Medical School Debt

AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches Blog that the AAFP recently reminded lawmakers how forgiving medical school debt is an achievable way to strengthen the physician workforce and improve health equity.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210723itt-debt.html

CME Aims to Boost Immunization Rates in Black Communities

The AAFP, through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, has unveiled a comprehensive CME program designed to increase adult immunization rates among African American patients.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210722immcme.html

DPC and COVID: Looking Back as We Move Forward

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, but as we ease back into the pre-pandemic rhythm of working, seeing family and cautiously exploring public spaces, it seems only natural to take a step back and reflect on what the past year and a half have brought us. In this Fresh Perspectives blog ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210722fp-dpccovid.html

10 tips for managing your EHR inbox -- FPM

For every hour physicians spend providing direct patient care, they spend nearly two hours on EHR and desk work within the clinic day, plus one to two hours after clinic. Here's how to save some time.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

AAFP COVID-19 CME Webinar Series On Demand

Watch AAFP’s CME webinar series on COVID-19 anytime, anywhere on demand. Get the latest clinical topic updates and perspectives with the ongoing pandemic crisis.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/covid-19/webinar-series-on-demand.html

Why you may not have seen a pay increase from the 2021 E/M code revaluation -- FPM

Given the significant increases in wRVUs for E/M services, many primary care physicians have been asking, Why hasn’t my pay increased? There are two main factors to consider.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Closing the Gaps on Health Disparities

FMX speaker Andrea Westby, M.D., is challenging race-based clinical practices and working to diversify the family medicine workforce.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210720fdf-westby.html

Three areas where progress is being made on administrative simplification -- FPM

Administrative tasks take up too much of family physicians’ time, but efforts are underway to streamline burdensome processes.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

FMX Product Theaters | MedTalks

Become an AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Exhibitor. September 28-October 2, 2021.

Events : FMX 2021

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/exhibitors/product-theaters.html

New CME Helps Family Physicians Fight Imposter Syndrome

A new, member-exclusive CME activity on overcoming imposter syndrome aims to support family physicians who are underrepresented in medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210719impostercme.html

How to use today’s visit to plan for the next one -- FPM

Pre-visit planning is a way to ensure that your patients get the tests they need, and you get the results you need, before their next visit.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

New Clinical Guidance Page Highlights Academy COPD Resources

The AAFP has created a COPD clinical guidance webpage that features a new guideline from the Academy on pharmacologic management of COPD exacerbations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210716copd.html

AAFP Resources Explore Administrative Simplification

Visit the AAFP’s newly launched Administrative Simplification webpage for a look at how the Academy is working to cut administrative burden. It’s a battle that’s being fought on multiple fronts, and this new resource highlights many of those efforts.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210716adminsimp.html

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and related issues, including acute and chronic COPD, spirometry, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, corticosteriods, and pulmonary complications. This collection features AFP content on chronic ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=32

Skin Conditions - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on common skin conditions and related issues, including acne, dermatitis, dermatologic emergencies, generalized rash, lichen planus, nail disorders, newborn skin, office procedures, premalignant lesions, and psoriasis. This collection features AFP ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=21

Musculoskeletal Care - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on musculoskeletal care and related issues, including fracture management, joint aspiration, joint injections, pain in various parts of the body (foot and ankle; neck and back; hip; knee; arm and shoulder; and wrist and hand). This collection ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=17

Dementia - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on dementia and related issues, including Alzheimer’s, Binswanger’s type, dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. This collection features AFP content on dementia and related issues, including Alzheimer’s, Binswanger’s type, dementia, and dementia ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=5

Pain: Chronic - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on chronic pain and related issues, including end-of-life care, NSAIDs, and opioid therapy. This collection features AFP content on chronic pain and related issues, including end-of-life care, NSAIDs, and opioid therapy.

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=61

HIV/AIDS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS and related issues, including antiretroviral therapy, behavioral counseling, HIV testing, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection prevention. This collection features AFP content on human ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=11

LGBTQ+ Patient Care Online CME | AAFP

Explore issues affecting LGBTQ+ community and earn 6.5 CME credits. Topics: peripartum care, health inequalities for LGBTQ+ youth, and HIV prevention.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/lgbtq-plus-patient-care.html

Stream Chronic Diseases CME Conference in December | AAFP

Stay ahead of common patient conditions by registering for AAFP's Care of Chronic Conditions virtual CME conference Dec 1-4. Earn up to 26 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/chronic-conditions/streaming.html

Simplify Allergy Testing and Patient Health Management

A patient presents with a cough, shortness of breath, headache, and congestion. Is it a respiratory infection? Asthma? Or an allergy? Unfortunately, all three can have similar symptoms, making them difficult to differentiate. Being able to confirm a patient has allergies as the cause of...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/simplify-allergy-testing-and-patient-health-management.html

Help Patients Visualize Insomnia for Others

Things that are hard to see can be even harder to explain, especially for your patients with insomnia. But now there’s a way you can help them visualize insomnia—and even find the words to describe their struggle to family and friends—with the See My Insomnia visualizer.

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/help-patients-visualize-insomnia-for-others.html

Staying Between the Lines: Why Time in Range Matters

Do you know what time in range (TIR) is? A recent Dexcom survey found that nearly half of people with insulin-treated diabetes are unaware of TIR. A glucose monitoring metric, TIR denotes the percentage of time an individual’s glucose level is within target range (70-180 mg/dL) and is ...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/staying-between-the-lines-why-time-in-range-matters1.html

Nominations Open for Wonca North America Presidency

Family physicians who are interested in global health issues and have strong leadership skills may apply through Aug. 6 for consideration as the next regional president for the North America Region of the World Organization of Family Doctors.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210715woncanorthamerica.html

AAFP Notches Multiple Advocacy Wins for IMGs

The AAFP has scored a number of victories on behalf of international medical graduates, who account for more than 20 percent of the family physician workforce.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210714imgadvocacy.html

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

Jul 13, 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

Topic Collections -- FPM

Jul 13, 2021 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewAll.htm

Practice Efficiency -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 13, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of practice efficiency. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of practice efficiency.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=44

Physician Burnout & Work-Life Balance -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 13, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of life balance -- from finding joy in your work to blending work and family. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of life balance -- from finding joy in your work to blending work and ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=43

Administrative Simplification -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 13, 2021 - The documentation, paperwork, and quality reporting burden on physicians is immense. What can physicians do to reduce their administrative hassles, and what are organizations doing on their behalf? This FPM topic collection explores these issues. The documentation, paperwork, and ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=112

Electronic Health Records -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 13, 2021 - This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of electronic health records -- from selecting an EHR system to optimizing an EHR in your practice. This article collection features popular FPM content on the subject of electronic health records -- from selecting an ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=34

FP Essentials #506 Heart Failure | July 2021 | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

FP Essentials is a monthly monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition on heart failure includes topics on preserved or reduced ejection fraction, right-sided heart failure, and advanced refractory heart failure.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/506-ed.html

Administrative Simplification

Family physicians can learn how the AAFP advocates for and works to increase administrative simplification so that physicians can increase time spent caring for patients and find greater joy in practice.

Membership : Key Initiatives

https://www.aafp.org/membership/initiatives/administrative-simplification.html

Payment Program Aims to Boost Health Center OUD Treatment

A new program from the Health Resources and Services Administration will compensate certain facilities that employ family physicians and other clinicians who have recently obtained a buprenorphine waiver.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210713hrsawaiver.html

Time to Report on CARES Act’s Provider Relief Fund Payments

Physicians who received payments through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act’s Provider Relief Fund that exceeded $10,000 total from April 10-June 30, 2020, are required to report on the use of those funds during the current reporting period between now and Sept. 30, ...

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210713prfreporting.html

Facing recoupment of COVID-19 advanced payments? This updated info could be useful -- FPM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently updated its FAQ page for the COVID-19 Accelerated or Advanced Payment program.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Rush Mentor Aims to Bolster Primary Care Pipeline

Carl Lambert Jr., M.D., said it was a blessing to find a Black male family physician role model during medical school. Now he aims to fill that mentoring role for others.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210712fdf-lambert.html

Members-only E/M Guidelines Webinar Recording Now Online

AAFP members who weren’t able to view last month’s live webinar, Demystifying the 2021 Office Visit E/M Guidelines, can now access a recorded version of the event.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210712e-mresourceupdts.html

Family Medicine Groups Join Call for Another Virtual Match

The AAFP and other family medicine organizations have issued recommendations for the 2021-22 Match cycle, including direction regarding virtual interviews, and the Academy has several resources to assist in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210709match2022.html

AAFP-PT Orders for 2022 Now Being Accepted

If you’re one of the majority of family physicians who have chosen to streamline the care you offer patients by performing many of your own laboratory tests using AAFP Proficiency Testing, you should know that you can now access the program’s 2022 specimen catalog and order forms.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210708aafp-pt2022.html

Tar Wars Campaign Releases Updated Resources

The AAFP has updated the Tar Wars campaign Presentation and Program Guide tools, giving participants cutting-edge resources to educate school-aged children about the harms of tobacco use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210707tarwars.html

Family Medicine RapSDI Program 2021 Scholars Announced

Following a lengthy application process, the Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative has selected two RapSDI scholars for 2021.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210707rapsdi.html

First reporting period for Provider Relief Funds now open -- FPM

Recipients of one or more payments exceeding $10,000 total during the first payment period are required to report the use of those funds during the current reporting period.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

Direct Primary Care Was the Change She Needed

DPC Summit speaker Jennifer Harader says changing to direct primary care increased her scope of practice, improved her work-life balance and saved her career.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210706fdf-harader.html

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