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'Country Doc' Leading Health Advocacy in Lone Star State

As he winds down his fourth decade in practice, Douglas Curran, M.D., remains a leading physician advocate in his state as president of the Texas Medical Association.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180723fdf-curran.html

'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180212focus-dakis.html

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201026fdf-coles.html

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-future.html

"Frontier Areas," Medical Care Roles

Read AAFP's policy on medical roles in frontier areas.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/frontier-areas.html

1. Assess Your Practice and Collect Baseline Data

Step 1: Assess Your Practice and Collect Baseline Data

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/assess-collect.html

10 Secrets to Success in Med School

Watch an exclusive webinar to learn 10 secrets to success in medical school from those who have walked the path you're on now.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/begin-your-medical-education/Succeed-in-Medical-School-Webinar.html

2,500 Cash-Paying Patients and Growing -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - This physician is expanding his cash-only practice to keep up with demand.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p64.html

2. Determine Your Goal

Step 2: Determine Your Goal

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/determine-goal.html

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180220msspdisaster.html

2018 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180428ncclelections.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220fluvaccine.html

2018DataBriefDPC.pdf

...DIRECT PRIMARY CARE (DPC) STUDY DATA BRIEF 8 in 10 Practice in a Pure DPC 16% Less then one year 42% 1-3 years 42% Indefinitely Type of DPC Practice Length of time planning to operate in a Hybrid Mode 14% Hybrid 1% Concierge 5% Other Length of...

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/about_us/membership/2018DataBriefDPC.pdf

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190402membersatsurv.html

2019 MIPS Data Submission Deadline Approaching Fast

Family physicians and other eligible clinicians have until March 31 to report their 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System data.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20200306submitmipsdata.html

2019 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190427nccl-elections.html

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine

The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190315matchday.html

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102waldrenqa.html

2020 Global Health Summit Breakouts

PDF presentations and handouts for 2020 Global Health Summit breakout sessions.

Events : 2020 Global Health Summit Breakouts

https://www.aafp.org/events/2020-global-health-summit-breakouts.html

2020 Member Survey Is Your Change to Steer AAFP's Work

The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the March 31 deadline.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

2021 Congress of Delegates Postponed

The in-person meeting of the 2021 Congress of Delegates that was planned for Sept. 27-29 is being postponed, but delegates will still elect the AAFP president-elect, speaker, vice speaker and directors during a virtual special session next month.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210805codpostponed.html

2021 E/M Coding Reference Cards

Order the 2021 E/M coding reference cards to assist in the family physician's practice. Maximize payment and reduce the stress associated with audits by understanding how to properly document and code for E/M services.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/getting-paid/coding/evaluation-management/e-m-coding-reference-cards1.html

2021 E/M Payment Boost Intact, Academy Reports

An AAFP summary of CMS' proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule confirms that the increase in payment to family physicians announced last year is still set to begin in 2021.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200827mpfs.html

2021 Leadership Directory

Leadership Directory

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/2021_leadership_directory.html

2021 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy’s 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210503nccl-elections.html

2021 NCCL Tackles Telehealth, Coercive Employment Practices

Family physicians from around the country weighed in on a wide range of issues important to family medicine during the 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, including measures that addressed telehealth, restrictive employment practices and the role of family physicians in ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210512nccl-practenhance.html

2022 Immunization Schedules Updated at November ACIP Meeting

Immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults, as well as vaccines for hepatitis B, orthopoxviruses and Ebola, were among the topics discussed at this month’s meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211118acip.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

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

3. Implement and Test Interventions

Step 3: Implement and test interventions.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/implement-test.html

4. Measure Your Success

Step 4: Measure your success

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/measure-success.html

5. Spread the Change to Others

Spread the change to others

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/spread-change.html

6. Sustain the Improvement Over Time

Step 6: Sustain the improvement over time

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/sustain-improvement.html

60-Second Survey Gives Insight Into Unmet Social Needs

Researchers found that a brief survey administered to patients helped identify obstacles to maintaining good health.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190612minutesurvey.html

A Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

When Jennifer Edgoose, M.D., M.P.H., objected to the lack of diversity in her residency program, her department chair challenged her to do something about it. She didn't stop there.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181112fdf-edgoose.html

A Familiar Voice for Family Medicine

His prolific work as a family medicine researcher has given Douglas Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., global platforms where he can discuss important health issues.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200427fdf-kamerow.html

A Feedback Tool to Improve Physician-Medical Assistant Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - Using an evaluation form and face-to-face meetings can help get both sides of the team talking and solving problems.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p5.html

A First Look at November’s Big Rules

AAFP advocacy is clearly reflected in the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule and in other newly issued regulations, Stephanie Quinn, AAFP senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy, writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20211109itt-mpfs.html

A Maternal Health Breakthrough and a PCF Model Update

CMS has given Illinois the go-ahead for 12 months’ postpartum Medicaid coverage, reflecting an AAFP advocacy goal.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210413itt-maternalhealth.html

A Model for Connecting Primary Care in COVID-19 Era

Kyle Leggott, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Colorado explain in the Fresh Perspectives blog how their state is using Project ECHO to share information primary care practices need to navigate the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201118fp-echo.html

A Model for Successful Rural Practice -- FPM

Mar 1, 2000 - This community-supported practice meets the needs of both the community and the physicians serving it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0300/p41.html

A Needed Role Model and Advocate for Family Medicine

Family physician Andrea Anderson, M.D., has helped her specialty take root at a school that had lacked a family medicine presence.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200511fdf-anderson.html

A New Future With an Old Business Model -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Turning away third-party payers and requiring payment at the time of service restored this family physician's practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p74.html

A New Model of Charitable Care: The Robin Hood Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - This self-sustaining practice provides concierge care and indigent care in equal amounts. Here's how it works.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p12.html

A Note About Clinical Preventive Service Recommendations

Read about the development of clinical preventive service recommendations, and a list of AAFP recommendations that differ from the USPSTF.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/aafp-uspstf.html

A Primary Care Checklist for Medical Schools

Medical schools vary in their approach to including primary care in their overall curriculum. Use this checklist to look for programs that support family medicine.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/considering-medical-school/medical-school-programs-primary-care/a-primary-care-checklist-for-medical-schools.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

A Word From the President

Blog updates from the AAFP president covering timely topics for Academy members

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident.html

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