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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

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

AAFP Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendation

The AAFP’s updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening differs slightly from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including a finding that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening adults ages 45 to 49.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210901crcscreening.html

Member Satisfaction

Learn what AAFP members value about their membership in the 2021 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Results.

Membership : Member Benefits

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

Looking for Light in an Unbelievable Time

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that the stress family physicians are under because of the COVID-19 pandemic is real — and so is help from the Academy.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20210831wfp-covidstress.html

WPSI Opens Draft Recommendations for Comment

Family physicians are invited to comment on three new draft recommendations from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative through Sept. 17.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210831wpsicomment.html

Medical Student Finding Ways to Connect with Patients, Peers

Communication is the common thread in the numerous projects medical student Valentina Sedlacek is undertaking to help patients and draw her peers to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210830fdf-sedlacek.html

AAFP Toolkit Addresses Violence Prevention in Health Care

The AAFP has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help train health care team members and staff in family medicine practices to identify situations that often precipitate violence and respond accordingly.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210826violencetoolkit.html

Fix Burdensome Relief Fund Reporting, AAFP Urges

In an Aug. 18 letter, the AAFP identified problems with the provider relief funds reporting portal and suggested fixes that would lessen physicians’ administrative burden.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210825prf.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement that recommends screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients at 24 weeks gestation or later.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210825uspstfgd.html

Participants Share Lessons Learned From Virtual Match

With another residency interview season approaching, AAFP News gathered a program director, a student advisor and an intern to get their insights from the 2021 virtual Match and their thoughts regarding 2022. Read more in this QandA.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210824matchqa.html

FDA Gives Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

On Aug. 23, the FDA gave full approval to use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in patients 16 and older in the United States, and the AAFP continues to update COVID-19 resources for family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210824fdacovidvacc.html

AAFP Applauds Full FDA Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine

AAFP Applauds Full FDA Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-praises-full-fda-approval-covid-vaccine.html

AAFP Longitudinal Assessment | FMCLA Companion

With practice questions and Board-style content, make the AAFP’s Longitudinal Assessment Self-Study your all-in-one FMCLA companion.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/longitudinal-assessment.html

Prepare for FMCLA with AAFP

Learn tips on how to prepare for the ABFM FMCLA. Get exam preparation materials from AAFP to be prepared.

CME : Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA)

https://www.aafp.org/cme/fmcla.html

Center for State Policy: AAFP Grant and Award Opportunities

The AAFP Center for State Policy staff share tips on how to apply for this year’s state grant and award opportunities. This webcast gives application tips, deadlines, and other important information on how to apply.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state/videos/aafp-grant-and-award-opportunities.html

Minnesota Mentor Brings World View to Family Medicine

A desire to bridge public health and clinical medicine brought Global Health Summit speaker Shailey Prasad, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210823fdf-prasad.html

ACIP Revises Immunization Best Practice Guidelines

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made a series of updates to its General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization on Aug. 10 to provide clinicians with the latest guidance and address patient concerns.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210823acipbestpract.html

Upcoming AAFP Events

View AAFP upcoming events and CME conferences and stay up to date on issues affecting family medicine.

Events

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

Three New Reports Highlight Importance of COVID Vaccination

Three new CDC studies reviewed the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infections and hospitalizations, and an AAFP commission chair highlights takeaways for FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210820mmwrcovidvaccs.html

Travel Medicine Online CME | AAFP

Become better informed about guidance and recognize travel-related diseases and risks as you treat your patients. Earn 9.5 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

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

Global Health Summit Online CME | AAFP

Learn from global health advocates from sessions at the 2020 AAFP Global Health Summit event. Earn 14 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/global-health-summit.html

Learner Access to Mental Health Services

learner access to mental health services

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/learner-access-mentalhealth.html

Review Examines Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine in Adolescents

New research published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210819mmwrcovidvacc.html

About the AAFP

All about the AAFP, its members, and its mission.

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/about.html

Hold an ALSO Course | AAFP

Bring the very best training opportunity to maternity care providers in your area when you hold an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course. Begin the process here.

CME : Programs

https://www.aafp.org/cme/programs/also/hold.html

New Interest Group Devoted to Home-based Primary Care

Family physicians can collaborate and share ideas in a new AAFP member interest group focused on home-based primary care.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210818homecaremig.html

Hold an Instructor Course | AAFP ALSO

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor Course in your community.

CME : Programs

https://www.aafp.org/cme/programs/also/hold/instructor.html

Sponsor a BLSO Course | AAFP

Bring the Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO) Course to your area to equip emergency personnel and first responders with life-saving maternity care knowledge and skills.

CME : Programs

https://www.aafp.org/cme/programs/blso/sponsor.html

Hold a Provider Course | AAFP ALSO

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Provider Course in your community.

CME : Programs

https://www.aafp.org/cme/programs/also/hold/provider.html

Dollars and Sense: Budget Resolution Addresses AAFP Priorities

The $3.5 trillion budget resolution set to dominate political conversation this fall reflects several AAFP priorities, 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/20210817itt-2022budget.html

AAFP Concerned with Direction to Change Physician Assistants’ Professional Title

AAFP Concerned with Direction to Change Physician Assistants’ Professional Title

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-statement-physician-assistants.html

Veteran Mentor Finding New Ways to Help Students

Longtime mentor Rick Kellerman, M.D., recently honored by the AAFP for his outstanding support of a family medicine interest group, has found success in efforts to bring more FPs to rural areas.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210816fdf-kellerman.html

Patient Awareness of the Importance of Immunizations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder both of the importance of vaccines in protecting community health, and of the immunization-related resources the Academy offers members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210816immmonth.html

AAFP Urges FDA to Consider Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for ...

AAFP Urges FDA to Consider Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 12

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-urges-fda-to-consider-eua.html

AAFP Praises U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory to Curb Misinformation About COVID-19

AAFP Praises U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory to Curb Misinformation About COVID-19

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-praises-us-surgeon-generals-advisory.html

FP Essentials | Monthly Clinical CME Monographs | AAFP

Authoritative, ad-free, peer-reviewed, monthly monographs following a three-year clinical topic cycle. Earn up to 60 CME credits with an annual subscription.

CME : Subscriptions

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

FP Essentials #507 Adolescent Health | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

CME monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition on adolescent health includes communication, prevention, substance use, and media use.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/507-ed.html

Heading Back to School (Safely) During COVID-19

AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers advice for family physicians in helping children (and their parents) navigate the rigors of returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20210813guested-backtoschool.html

FP Essentials Editions | AAFP

View current and past editions of this monthly family medicine CME monographs from AAFP. Subscribe to receive monthly or purchase individual editions.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

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

Panelists Outline Anti-racism Advocacy Strategies for Students

Panelists at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students identified six strategies medical students can take to help diversify the physician workforce and improve outcomes for patients of color.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210812nc-antiracism.html

2022 Payment Adjustments for 2020 MIPS Performance Posted

CMS has released 2020 performance feedback for the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS-eligible clinicians can obtain their performance feedback, final score and MIPS payment adjustment information for 2022 from the QPP website.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210812mips2020feedback.html

Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Repayments

The U.S. Department of Education has extended a pause on student loan repayment, interest and collections until early next year, and the Academy continues to press for more relief.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210811studentdebt.html

CDC Updates Guidance on Treatment of STIs

The CDC released updated guidance on treating sexually transmitted infections; a family physician has identified several points of particular interest to FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210811stiguidlines.html

Post-COVID Syndrome

Family physicians are seeing on-going symptoms after patients experience COVID-19 infection. Post-COVID Syndrome can result from the long-term effects of the viral infection, associated prolonged illness and hospitalization related to severe COVID-19 disease.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-clinical-resources/post-covid-syndrome.html

Survivor of Child Abuse Making a Difference for Others

Family physician Tina Tanner, M.D., draws on her experience as a survivor of child abuse to help patients with their own struggles.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210809fdf-tanner.html

Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against ...

Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against COVID-19

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.html

Research Highlights Primary Care’s Role in Mental Health

A new study from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care quantifies the importance of primary care physicians to U.S. mental and behavioral health care.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806rgcmentalhealth.html

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