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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

New surprise billing rule takes effect soon. Find out if it applies to you

The rule applies to emergency services, as well as non-emergency care by out-of-network physicians working at in-network facilities.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

FPs Share Breadth of Family Medicine in Mainstage Event

Four family physicians shared personal stories that highlighted different roles in the specialty July 30 during the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210804nc-careers.html

Major insurer reviewing, downgrading some E/M codes for outlier physicians

Claims will be selected from physicians who code at higher E/M levels compared to their peers with similar risk-adjusted patients.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Avoiding a Telehealth Cliff

Robust virtual care, a byproduct of the public health emergency, is already in jeopardy. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the AAFP is pushing for thoughtful solutions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210803itt-telehealth.html

Sports and Medical Organizations Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations be Part of ...

Sports and Medical Organizations Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations be Part of all Sports Physicals

AAFP News : Media Center

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

Delegates Elect New Student, Resident Leaders

Delegates elected peers to represent them during the recent National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210803nc-elections.html

A four-step process for quicker, easier evaluation and management coding

The majority of visits can be optimally coded without worrying about data at all, if you follow these four steps.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

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

Aug 1, 2021 - Onychomycosis is a chronic fungal infection of the fingernail or toenail bed leading to brittle, discolored, and thickened nails. Onychomycosis is not just a cosmetic problem. Untreated onychomycosis can cause pain, discomfort, and physical impairment, negatively impacting quality of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p359.html

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Home blood pressure monitoring provides important diagnostic information beyond in-office blood pressure readings and offers similar results to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring involves patients independently measuring their blood pressure with an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p237.html

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Outpatient Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Approximately one-half of patients with alcohol use disorder who abruptly stop or reduce their alcohol use will develop signs or symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The syndrome is due to overactivity of the central and autonomic nervous systems, leading to tremors, insomnia, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p253.html

Kawasaki Disease and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: An Overview and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Kawasaki disease (KD) and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) are inflammatory conditions that present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to the physician. Although many of their features overlap, they are two distinct conditions. KD is a febrile illness most ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p244.html

Hereditary Hemochromatosis: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Hereditary hemochromatosis is an autosomal recessive disorder that disrupts iron homeostasis, resulting in systemic iron overload. It is the most common inherited disorder among people of northern European ancestry. Despite the high prevalence of the gene mutation, there is a low and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p263.html

Splenomegaly: Diagnosis and Management in Adults - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Splenomegaly can be due to several mechanisms but is almost always a sign of a systemic condition. Patient habits, travel, and medical conditions can increase risk of splenomegaly and suggest etiology. Symptoms can suggest infectious, malignant, hepatic, or hematologic causes. Physical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p271.html

Neglected Parasitic Infections: What Family Physicians Need to Know—A CDC Update - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Chagas disease, cysticercosis, and toxoplasmosis affect millions of people in the United States and are considered neglected parasitic diseases. Few resources are devoted to their surveillance, prevention, and treatment. Chagas disease, transmitted by kissing bugs, primarily affects ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p277.html

Medical Advice for Commercial Air Travel - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Air travel is generally safe, but the flight environment poses unique physiologic challenges such as relative hypoxia that may trigger adverse myocardial or pulmonary outcomes. To optimize health outcomes, communication must take place between the traveler, family physician, and airline...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p403.html

Diabetes-Related Foot Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Diabetes-related foot infections occur in approximately 40% of diabetes-related foot ulcers and cause significant morbidity. Clinicians should consider patient risk factors (e.g., presence of foot ulcers greater than 2 cm, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, poor vascular perfusion, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p386.html

Hepatitis A - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Hepatitis A is a common viral infection worldwide that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. The incidence of infection in the United States decreased by more than 90% after an effective vaccine was introduced, but the number of cases has been increasing because of large community ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p368.html

Bioterrorism - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Bioterrorism is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, toxins, or fungi with the goal of causing panic, mass casualties, or severe economic disruption. From 1981 to 2018, there were 37 bioterrorist attacks worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p376.html

Osteomyelitis: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Osteomyelitis is an inflammatory condition of bone secondary to an infectious process. Osteomyelitis is usually clinically diagnosed with support from imaging and laboratory findings. Bone biopsy and microbial cultures offer definitive diagnosis. Plain film radiography should be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p395.html

Outpatient Primary Care Management of Headaches: Guidelines from the VA/DoD - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense (VA/DoD) published updated guidelines for the treatment of headache disorders based on a systematic review.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p316.html

Cervical Cancer Screening: Updated Guidelines from the American Cancer Society - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released new guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p314.html

Screening for Colorectal Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - A 47-year-old patient presents for a routine physical examination. The patient does not have a history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or adenomatous polyps or a family history of colorectal cancer. The patient's body mass index is 29 kg per m2, and the A1C level at ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p295.html

Applying a Clinical Prediction Rule to Distinguish Lower Extremity Cellulitis from Its ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - How can the clinician best determine whether a patient with lower leg erythema has cellulitis?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p309.html

Efficient Approach to the Evaluation of Syncope - Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 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/2021/0900/p305.html

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