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Six codes to remember as COVID-19 cases surge across the country -- FPM

COVID-19 cases are surging again in many states, with the U.S. setting new records for daily infections. These are the key codes to remember when testing for or diagnosing the illness.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Check flu vaccine codes to avoid claim denials -- FPM

If you are receiving denials on your Medicare claims for influenza vaccinations this season, it may be due to inadvertent coding errors.

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

Safely treat respiratory illness during flu season -- FPM

Outdoor patient care has become less feasible in many parts of the country as cold weather sets in, but there are several ways to increase safety while providing respiratory care within clinic buildings.

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

Pregnancy Taught Me How to ‘Lean Out’

In the midst of a difficult pregnancy, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that female physicians don’t always address their own needs, and she shares her personal story.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201029fp-leanout.html

We’re a Broken Record — And We’ll Keep Playing Louder

Whatever happens Nov. 3, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes that primary care needs Congress to take important action before year’s end.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201029itt-punchlist.html

Patients will soon have expanded rights to read your clinical notes: how to make them ...

Next year, the 21st Century Cures Act goes into effect, giving patients the right to immediate electronic access to their health records. Here are four tips for writing patient-friendly notes in an open notes world.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

The best way to handle medical misinformation -- FPM

The key? Don’t get defensive or drawn into a debate with your patients. Instead, briefly state the facts and then move on with the rest of the visit.

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

Big changes in E/M coding: 10 tools to help you prepare -- FPM

To help you prepare for the coming change in E/M coding, here are 10 resources from FPM and the AAFP.

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

Decision 2020: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Health Care?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., examines where the presidential candidates stand on health care issues and how their visions align with AAFP policy.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201021fp-candidates.html

Six resources for physicians who want to learn about racial equity -- FPM

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests have brought new attention to longstanding race-based disparities in health outcomes. These online resources can help physicians become stronger advocates for change.

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

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

Coding E/M visits by medical decision making -- FPM

Starting Jan. 1, physicians will be able to code evaluation and management visits based solely on medical decision making, which is made up of three elements.

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

Outpatient Management of COVID-19: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2020 - Common presenting symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 include fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. However, patients may have a wide range of symptoms representing a spectrum of mild to severe illness. Symptoms in children tend to be milder and may include fever, cough, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p478.html

Inguinal Hernias: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Groin hernias are caused by a defect of the abdominal wall in the groin area and comprise inguinal and femoral hernias. Inguinal hernias are more common in men. Although groin hernias are easily diagnosed on physical examination in men, ultrasonography is often needed in women. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p487.html

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Nonpharmacologic, Noninvasive Treatments - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia are the most common types of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Because no individual therapy has consistent benefit, a multimodal treatment approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain is recommended. Many ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p465.html

Influenza - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on influenza and related issues, including influenza vaccination and avian influenza. This collection features AFP content on influenza and related issues, including influenza vaccination and avian influenza.

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=14

Acute Diverticulitis: Identifying Patients Unlikely to Have Complications - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Can a clinical prediction rule accurately identify patients at low risk of complicated acute diverticulitis, defined as diverticulitis accompanied by abscess or peritonitis?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p495.html

Formal Training in POCUS Can Positively Impact Family Medicine Practices - Letters to ...

Oct 15, 2020 - Letters to the Editor from AFP readers regarding previously published articles.

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p454.html

Influenza Vaccination: Updated 2020-2021 Recommendations from ACIP - Practice ...

Oct 15, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2020–2021 season.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p505.html

Terbinafine and Itraconazole Are Most Effective for Toenail Onychomycosis - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - For toenail onychomycosis, continuous terbinafine (Lamisil), 250 mg, and continuous itraconazole (Sporanox), 200 mg, for 12 to 24 weeks are the preferred therapies.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od5.html

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - M.P. is a 14-year-old patient who comes to your office for a well-child visit. After taking a history and conducting a physical examination, you conclude that the patient is doing well. M.P. eats a healthy diet at home and is part of a local soccer league.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p493.html

School-Based Asthma Management Programs - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Comprehensive public school–based programs providing supervised administration of asthma medication and/or education for staff, children, and parents markedly decrease asthma-related ED visits for school-aged children.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od2.html

Trifarotene (Aklief) for the Treatment of Acne - STEPS - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Trifarotene is a monotherapy option for acne affecting the face and trunk and offers an alternative to topical antibiotics or anti-inflammatory agents for the management of moderate inflammatory and noninflammatory acne.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p499.html

Pruritic Rash on the Hand of a Home Gardener - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - A patient presented with a pruritic rash on the hand after working in the garden.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p497.html

C-Reactive Protein Is the Most Useful Biomarker for Diagnosis of Outpatient CAP - POEMs... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - This review found that the best evidence supports C-reactive protein as the most useful and accurate biomarker for diagnosing CAP in adults presenting with lower respiratory tract symptoms.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od6.html

Diary of a Family Physician - Oct 15, 2020 - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - First-person accounts from the front lines of family medicine.

American Family Physician : Diary of a Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p460.html

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use: Recommendation Statement ...

Oct 15, 2020 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care–based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, in children, ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od1.html

AFP 2020: Reflections, New Fellows, Updates, and AFP Statistics - Editorials - American...

Oct 15, 2020 - This editorial highlights the top 20 AFP articles of 2019, provides an update on AFP's statistics for print circulation and website visits, and thanks our peer reviewers.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p457.html

Learning Disorders, Perinatal Depression, Infants with GERD, Kidney Injury, Amblyopia -... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p463.html

Cycled Hyperbaric Oxygen Improves the Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - Hyperbaric oxygen provided with a device that cycles oxygen from high pressure to low pressure increased the likelihood of complete healing of diabetic foot ulcers when combined with standard dressing and an offloading boot.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od3.html

Increased Daily Steps Associated with Reduced All-Cause Mortality - POEMs - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2020 - This study found that a greater number of daily steps was significantly associated with lower all-cause mortality.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/od4.html

Inguinal (Groin) Hernias - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2020 - << Previous article Next article >> Oct 15, 2020 Issue Please note: This information was current at the time of publication. But medical information is always changing, and some information given here may be out of date. For regularly updated information on a variety of health topics,...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p487-s1.html

Family Medicine Has Risen to Challenge of COVID-19

Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on his year as AAFP president, including the rapid response to the pandemic by the Academy and its members.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201014lv-leroyreflect.html

FMX 2020 Highlights

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https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/2021/2020-highlights.html

New and revised codes for COVID-19 testing -- FPM

The American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel approved new and revised codes for COVID-19 testing this week. The updates to the CPT code set take effect immediately.

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

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

It Has Been an Honor to Serve

As his term as AAFP Board chair winds down, John Cullen, M.D., reflects on leading during a crisis.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201013lv-cullenfarewell.html

Lack of peer connection leads to a soulless efficiency in medicine -- FPM

Lacking time for - or not valuing - peer connection has serious consequences for physicians.

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

Fewer kids are getting vaccinations during COVID-19: what you can do -- FPM

The CDC reports a troubling drop in childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying home during the pandemic. Here are two ways practices can help reverse this trend.

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

Sorry, Boss, I Can't Guarantee Your Worker Is COVID-free

With asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 and the potential for false-negative tests, Allison Edwards, M.D., questions the utility of providing doctor’s notes for patients returning to work in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201007fp-covidnote.html

HHS announces new COVID-19 funding for physicians -- FPM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The application period is Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.

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

Five ways to fight system-induced distress before it causes burnout -- FPM

A multilevel approach to resisting a health care system that relies on overworking physicians to make up for its own inefficiencies.

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

A brief method for triaging patients during a pandemic -- FPM

When the leaders of Eglin Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Florida opened an outdoor clinic in their parking lot in response to COVID-19, they established a triage process for deciding which patients would be sent there, as opposed to being seen virtually or inside the clinic.

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

Medicare delays recoupment of COVID-19 loans -- FPM

President Trump has signed legislation that relaxes loan repayment terms for family physicians who received COVID-19 relief funds via the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment program.

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

Cocktail Recipes

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https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/events/recipes.html

Asthma - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2020 - 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

Persistent Night Sweats: Diagnostic Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Night sweats are a nonspecific symptom that patients commonly experience but rarely discuss with their physicians without prompting. Although many life-threatening causes such as malignancies or infections have been described, most patients who report persistent night sweats in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p427.html

Prenatal Care - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2020 - This collection features AFP content on prenatal care and related issues, including preconception care, folic acid, medication safety, nausea and vomiting, pregnancy complications, and prenatal screening. This collection features AFP content on prenatal care and related issues, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=25

Alcohol Use Disorders - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2020 - 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

Pregnancy Myths and Practical Tips - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - For many patients, pregnancy is a highly anticipated and exciting phase of life, but it can also be anxiety provoking. Family physicians can resolve some of this anxiety and promote maternal and fetal health by making specific recommendations at prenatal visits. A daily prenatal vitamin...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p420.html

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