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Seven strategies for beating the prior authorization blues

Delays in care due to prior authorization can affect patient outcomes. Here’s a list of ways to speed up the approval process and prevent insurers and other payers from causing harm.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

Vivek Murthy Livestream Exclusive

Watch U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, in a live chat with Shawn Martin and Anna Askari, MD, MSBS, about family medicine residents and the plan to conquer COVID-19 and build a better health care future.

Students and Residents : Residents

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/residents/vivek-murthy-livestream-exclusive.html

Emergency and Urgent Care CME Course | AAFP

This course will now be virtual Dec 1-4. It's designed to help family physicians recognize, diagnose, and treat emergency and other urgent care conditions.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/emergency/live-course.html

Musculoskeletal Medicine CME Course | AAFP

This event scheduled in Florida has been canceled. A livestream event is being planned for early 2022.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/musculoskeletal-medicine-live-course.html

Skin Conditions CME Course | AAFP

This event has been canceled. A 2022 livestream event is being planned for January 26-29, 2022.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/skin/live-course.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

CMS expands Medicare payments for at-home COVID-19 vaccines

Clinicians will now be able to receive an enhanced payment up to five times when they administer COVID-19 vaccines to multiple residents of the same house.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

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

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

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

Upcoming AAFP Events

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

Events

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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.2020.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

How to code third doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The CDC has recommended third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Family Practice Management : FPM

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

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