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FAQ, Webinar Aim to Clarify How to Apply New E/M Guidelines

Six months have passed since the 2021 office visit/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines took effect, but many physicians still have questions about how to apply them. A new FAQ and upcoming webinar from the AAFP promise to provide answers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210616e-mresources.html

Academy Rolls Out New Tobacco Cessation Resources

The AAFP, with a supporting grant from the CVS Health Foundation, has developed several new tobacco cessation resources that members can download and use to help patients at the point of care.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210616ask-act-resources.html

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Questions and Answers for Effective Care - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a heterogeneous group of conditions related to specific biologic and cellular abnormalities that are not fully understood. Psychological factors do not cause IBS, but many people with IBS also have anxiety or depressed mood, a history of adverse life ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p727.html

Geriatric Care - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on geriatric care and related issues, including assistive devices, elder mistreatment, failure to thrive, fall prevention, geriatric assessment, house calls, impaired visual acuity, and nursing home care. This collection features AFP content on ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=55

Allergy and Anaphylaxis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on allergies and anaphylaxis and related issues, including allergies and asthma, allergens, allergy testing, allergic rhinitis, food allergies, and latex allergies. This collection features AFP content on allergies and anaphylaxis and related issues,...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=58

Mobility Assistive Device Use in Older Adults - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - Many individuals need a mobility assistive device as they age. These devices include canes, crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. Clinicians should understand how to select the appropriate device and size for individual patients (or work with a physical therapist) and prescribe the device...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p737.html

Obstetric Lacerations: Prevention and Repair - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - Obstetric lacerations are a common complication of vaginal delivery. Lacerations can lead to chronic pain and urinary and fecal incontinence. Perineal lacerations are defined by the depth of musculature involved, with fourth-degree lacerations disrupting the anal sphincter and the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p745.html

Tobacco Abuse and Dependence - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on tobacco abuse and dependence and related issues, including addiction, behavioral and drug therapies, lifestyle counseling, and smoking cessation. This collection features AFP content on tobacco abuse and dependence and related issues, including ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=28

Hypertension: New Guidelines from the International Society of Hypertension - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - The International Society of Hypertension has published summary guidelines based on major international guidelines published between 2017 and 2020 on the control of hypertension. These summary guidelines include essential recommendations and suggestions for optimal care.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p763.html

Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - A 27-year-old patient, R.C., with a history of generalized anxiety disorder presents for a wellness examination. R.C. previously smoked a pack of cigarettes per day but has cut down to half a pack per day and started using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and is interested in ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p753.html

Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: ...

Jun 15, 2021 - The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved pharmacotherapy for cessation to nonpregnant adults who use tobacco.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/od1.html

Poor Physician-Patient Communication and Medical Error - Lown Right Care: Reducing ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering health care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p757.html

Predicting True Penicillin Allergy in Adults - Point-of-Care Guides - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - In patients reporting a penicillin allergy, is it possible to determine the likelihood of true allergy without formal testing?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p760.html

AFP 2021: Updates, New Fellow, Top 20 Articles, AFP Statistics, and Thanking Peer ...

Jun 15, 2021 - American Family Physician (AFP) continues its annual tradition of updating our readers on changes in the journal, welcoming new members to our editing team, highlighting the top 20 articles from the prior year, sharing print circulation and website statistics, and thanking our peer ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p716.html

Diary of a Family Physician - Jun 15, 2021 - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2021 - First-person accounts from the front lines of family medicine.

American Family Physician : Diary of a Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p762.html

Endometrial Biopsy, Circumcision, Fever in Children, Thyroid Nodules, Pancreatitis - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - 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/2021/0615/p726.html

Rapidly Growing Red Nodule on the Scalp - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - A patient presented with a fleshy, erythematous, round, exophytic red nodule over the frontal scalp.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p755.html

The Importance of Keeping Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection ...

Jun 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor The Importance of Keeping Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Long COVID) Engaged in Work Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jun 15;103(12):710. To the Editor: Post-acute sequelae of SARSCoV-2...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p710.html

All Patients Undergoing Any Surgical Procedure Should Be Assessed for Frailty - Letters...

Jun 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor All Patients Undergoing Any Surgical Procedure Should Be Assessed for Frailty Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jun 15;103(12):712-713. Original Article: Preoperative Evaluation and Frailty Assessment in Older Patients...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p712.html

Primary Care Is Essential in Screening, Treating, and Referring People for Unhealthy ...

Jun 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2021 Issue Letters to the Editor Primary Care Is Essential in Screening, Treating, and Referring People for Unhealthy Drug Use Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jun 15;103(12):711-712. Original Article: Evidence Lacking to Support Universal Unhealthy...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p711.html

Correction - Corrections - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2021 Issue Reader Services Corrections Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jun 15;103(12):713. Missing reference text. In the article Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis, (April 1, 2021, p. 422) the full citation for reference 60 was inadvertently truncated...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0615/p713.html

Increasing Adult Immunization Rates | AAFP PI CME

Change competence and performance with respect to adult immunizations in African American communities in this AAFP interactive PICME online activity. Earn 21 CME credits.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/online/increasing-adult-immunization-rates.html

Medicare adds bonus for some at-home COVID-19 vaccine administrations -- FPM

Effective June 8, Medicare will pay an additional $35 per dose for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the home for certain patients.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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

How to Use Canes and Walkers - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2021 - << Previous article Next article >> Jun 15, 2021 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/2021/0615/p737-s1.html

The financial impact of COVID-19 on practices -- FPM

Surveys show COVID-19 has had a harsh financial impact on primary care practices, despite government aid.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

The GATHER model: six principles for integrating behavioral health -- FPM

Using a behavioral health consultant and focusing on these six areas of emphasis can lead to better outcomes for patients.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

FP Essentials #505 Integrative Medicine | June 2021 | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

FP Essentials is a monthly monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition on integrative medicine includes topics on Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Herbal Supplements, Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Drugs.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/505-ed.html

Family Medicine Laid Foundation for Public Health Career

Education and training in family medicine and public health led Tony Kuo, M.D., M.S.H.S., to a key role in the nation’s largest county.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210614fdf-kuo.html

AAFP Praises Legislation Addressing THCGME, Rural Workforce

In a pair of recent letters to federal lawmakers, the AAFP expressed support for legislation that would bolster the primary care workforce, particularly in rural areas.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210614thcgmebills.html

Health IT Roundtable, White Paper Reflect AAFP Leadership

Following the AAFP’s participation, a recent roundtable and white paper offer detailed suggestions on improving health IT in the wake of COVID-19.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210610healthit.html

CDC Studies Compare Antibiotic Use Before, During Pandemic

Two CDC-funded studies appear to shed light on antibiotic prescribing trends seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that although some short-term increases were seen among agents specifically investigated as potential COVID treatment options, overall antimicrobial prescribing was ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210610antibxstudies.html

Task Force: Offer Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized a recommendation regarding behavioral counseling interventions aimed at promoting healthy weight gain and preventing excess gestational weight gain in pregnancy.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210610pregnancyweight.html

AFP

American Family Physician is the AAFP's editorially independent, peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical journal.

American Family Physician : American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp.html

Congress Is Listening to Us About Rural Health Care

Two new bills in Congress reflect diligent advocacy by the Academy and its members, but more work remains.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210608itt-rural.html

Membership

Learn more about the value of membership in the AAFP. Already a Member? Log in for exclusive member information, opportunities, and resources..

Membership

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

Five tasks to delegate to a clinical pharmacist -- FPM

With increased demands on your time, collaborating with clinical pharmacists is a promising way to expand team-based care. Here's how.

Family Practice Management : Quick Tips : FPM Home

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

Resident Hopes to Influence Health Care Beyond Exam Room

Resident Isaiah Cochran, M.D., wants to change health care by running for office. He knew family medicine would give him the broadest view of the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210607fdf-cochran.html

AAFP Lauds Senate Bill Targeting Medicaid Pay Parity

Following extensive Academy lobbying, a bill reintroduced in the Senate would restore Medicaid parity with Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210607parity.html

Electronic Prescribing

The AAFP supports the use of electronic prescribing.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/electronic-prescribing.html

View Webinar on Physician Mental Health, Suicide Prevention

As part of the AAFP’s Leading Physician Well-being certificate program, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is offering a new webinar: Physician Mental Health: Preventing Suicide and Building Resilience.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210603afsp-webinar.html

Practices Need Smooth Handoff to New APM Model, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently joined with scores of other organizations to offer CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation detailed advice on improving alternative payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210603cpcapm.html

New Tools Guide Lifestyle Medicine Integration for FPs

The AAFP recently launched new tools to assist family physicians in counseling patients on diet, exercise, stress management and other aspects of lifestyle medicine, and in billing and coding for these services.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210603lifestylemed.html

Task Force Lowers Recommended Age to Start CRC Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its updated recommendation for colorectal cancer screening, lowering the age at which to initiate routine screening from 50 to 45 years.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210603uspstfcrc.html

Students and Residents, Take the Lead

AAFP resident and student leadership positions for the 2021-2022 academic year are open for applications. Resident Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., explains how state and national leadership roles shaped her path.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210602lv-leadership.html

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

Jun 1, 2021 - Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of an internal or external source and is a common problem encountered in primary care. Most cases of tinnitus are benign and idiopathic and are strongly associated with sensorineural hearing loss. A standard workup begins with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0601/p663.html

Polycythemia Vera: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - Polycythemia vera is one of three stem-cell–derived myeloid malignancies commonly known as myeloproliferative neoplasms. It is characterized by erythrocytosis, often with associated leukocytosis and thrombocytosis. It has a significant negative impact on overall mortality and morbidity ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0601/p680.html

Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on kidney disease and related issues, including acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, dialysis, hematuria, proteinuria, and renal disease. This collection features AFP content on kidney disease and related issues, including acute renal ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=15

ICD-10 Coding -- FPM Topic Collection

Jun 1, 2021 - ICD-10 coding requires significant changes in your documentation, workflow, and technology compared with ICD-9 coding. This topic collection features how-to articles from FPM's popular ICD-10 coding series. ICD-10 coding requires significant changes in your documentation, workflow, and ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=79

Out-of-Hospital Birth - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - Since the 1970s, most births in the United States have been planned to occur in a hospital. However, a small percentage of Americans choose to give birth outside of a hospital. The number of out-of-hospital births has increased, with one in every 61 U.S. births (1.64%) occurring out of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0601/p672.html

Ear and Hearing Disorders - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on ear and hearing disorders and related issues, including hearing loss, otitis externa, otitis media, and tinnitus. This collection features AFP content on ear and hearing disorders and related issues, including hearing loss, otitis ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=98

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