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Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Dec 3, 2019 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191203fp-screening.html

AAFP to CMS: Cut Prior Authorization to Preserve Programs

Dec 3, 2019 - In two recent letters, the Academy advised CMS to protect the integrity of health care programs by reducing physicians' administrative burden and financial risk.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191203programintegrity.html

Self-care: What Patients Want vs. What Physicians Can Provide

Dec 3, 2019 - Family physician Wayne Jonas, M.D., writes that a survey shows a big disconnect between patients' interest in self-care and the amount of information they get from physicians on the subject.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191203guested-selfcare.html

Physician Filmmaker Documents More Than Patient Records

Dec 2, 2019 - Physician and filmmaker Leo Lopez III, M.D., found himself on a family medicine career path after his own experience as a patient.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191202fdf-lopez.html

Study: FM Residents Tops in Correctly Prescribing Antimicrobials

Dec 2, 2019 - New research finds that family medicine residents with extra training in antimicrobial stewardship were more likely than residents in other specialties with only standard training to prescribe antibiotics appropriately.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191202antibxstewardship.html

Learn How to Utilize Patient-reported Outcomes

Dec 2, 2019 - The latest topic in the AAFP Transformation in Practice Series aims to help physicians improve quality of care by using questionnaires that ask patients to describe how they feel about what's going on with their health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191202tipsoutcomes.html

Unhealthy Habits Start at Young Age With Added Sugars

Nov 27, 2019 - About 61% of infants and 98% of toddlers consumed added sugars on any given day, according to a recent study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191127unhealthyhabits.html

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Nov 26, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191126fp-cost.html

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Nov 26, 2019 - Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191126itt-payincrease.html

CDC Reports Mixed Progress Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Nov 26, 2019 - According to a newly released CDC report, on average, someone in the United States develops an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds, and every 15 minutes, someone dies from such an infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191126mmwr-antibx.html

AAFP Tools Ready for Those Considering Primary Care First

Nov 26, 2019 - The Primary Care First program is structurally sound and directionally appropriate, but it isn't for everyone. The Academy has developed tools to help members decide whether to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191126pcftools.html

AAFP Leaders Give Thanks for Paths to Family Medicine

Nov 25, 2019 - With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked some members of the AAFP Board of Directors why they're glad they chose family medicine. They shared their answers in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191125lv-thankgiving.html

Small-town FP Takes on National, Global Leadership Roles

Nov 25, 2019 - David Barbe, M.D., M.H.A., has practiced in his rural hometown his entire career, but his leadership path led to national and global roles.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191125fdf-barbe.html

Trump 'Absolutely Heard Us' on Vaping, Says AAFP President

Nov 22, 2019 - AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., joined a coalition of physician and health groups at the White House on Nov. 22 to call on President Trump to finalize a promised ban on nontobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191122whitehousevape.html

Meth Use: The Most Challenging Chronic Disease I've Met

Nov 20, 2019 - As her state deals with a new level of methamphetamine abuse, Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she's confronting a wave of poor health outcomes related to the epidemic.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191120fp-meth.html

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

Nov 20, 2019 - New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20191120socialneeds-burnout.html

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Hits All-time Low

Nov 20, 2019 - Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults reached an all-time low of 13.7% in 2018, according to a new report from the CDC. Even so, says one FP expert, there's still much to do.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191120mmwr-cigarettesmoking.html

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

Nov 19, 2019 - In a recent study, Alabama-based researchers sought to understand the kind of support rural preceptors need to teach medical students in an eight-month longitudinal rural curriculum.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191119ruralpreceptors.html

Measles Infection Weakens Global Immune Defenses, Say Studies

Nov 19, 2019 - Recently published research shows the degree to which measles infection can adversely affect a person's immune system, a condition that can last for months or even years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191119measlesimmunity.html

Should Fewer FPs Providing Hospital Care Cause Concern?

Nov 19, 2019 - New research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care explores the declining presence of family physicians in hospital-based care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191119hospitalcare.html

FP Leads Residents in Care for Homeless Patients

Nov 18, 2019 - Debra Rothenberg, M.D., Ph.D., helped develop a program that aims to improve care for people experiencing homelessness while also training students and residents to care for vulnerable populations.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191118fdf-rothenberg.html

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

Nov 15, 2019 - AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.html

Parental Leave in Family Medicine Residencies Varies Widely

Nov 15, 2019 - Parental leave policies and practices vary considerably among family medicine residency programs across the United States, according to a new study.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191115parentalleave.html

Erica Swegler, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect

Nov 14, 2019 - The Texas AFP announces the candidacy of Erica Swegler, M.D., of Austin, for AAFP president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20191114swegler-cand-ann.html

My Rx Is Simple: Do Less

Nov 13, 2019 - Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free time is undervalued in our society and that it's OK to say no to things that might overwhelm our schedules.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191113fp-doless.html

AAFP Adds New Livestream Platform CME Options

Nov 13, 2019 - The AAFP is offering a new livestreaming CME format for two upcoming musculoskeletal and sports care and two adult medicine courses. Each topic will be offered in two formats: six half-day sessions during a three-day event or one 90-minute session every week for 12 weeks.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191113newlivestreamcme.html

AAFP Asks Senate to Prioritize Patient-centered Research

Nov 13, 2019 - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute needs renewed funding so it can keep studying issues that family physicians face every day, the AAFP told senators.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191113pcoriletter.html

CDC: Preventing ACEs May Mitigate Chronic Health Issues

Nov 13, 2019 - At least five of the 10 leading causes of death are associated with adverse childhood experiences, according to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report from the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191113mmwraces.html

Here's What You Need to Know About Primary Care First

Nov 12, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes key points of the new Primary Care First program.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191112itt-PCF.html

Fee Schedule Summary: AAFP Advice Visible in CMS Final Rule

Nov 12, 2019 - The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule includes higher payment for family physicians in 2021 that the AAFP has been pressing CMS to implement.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191112mpfssummary.html

Following Evidence Led FP to His Most Important Role

Nov 11, 2019 - John Epling, M.D., M.S.Ed., said his role in helping craft recommendations for his peers as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is some of the most important work of his career.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191111fdf-epling.html

Academy Applauds Primary Care Patient Protection Act

Nov 11, 2019 - The Primary Care Patient Protection Act would alleviate financial worries and improve health outcomes for family physicians' patients who have high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191111pcppa.html

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

Nov 7, 2019 - As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Report Cites Urgent Need to Secure Connected Medical Devices

Nov 7, 2019 - The connected medical devices that are becoming so valuable to physicians and patients alike require a thoughtful approach to maintaining their security, according to a new report.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191107devicesecurity.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

Nov 6, 2019 - When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

Taking Hypertension Medication at Bedtime Improves CVD Risk

Nov 6, 2019 - The Hygia Chronotherapy Trial found that bedtime hypertension therapy better reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease than taking blood pressure medication on awakening, as previous studies have suggested.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191106bedtimehbpmeds.html

Vaccine Coverage in Young Children Holding Steady

Nov 6, 2019 - Two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports issued last month offer a snapshot of vaccination coverage among young children in the United States. In particular, coverage rates for three vaccines children need to start school are holding steady at close to the desired 95% threshold.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191106mmwrskidsvax.html

Thinking of Forming a MIPS Virtual Group for 2020?

Nov 6, 2019 - Family physicians who plan to form a virtual group for reporting during the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period must notify CMS of their intent by Dec. 31.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191106virtualgroup.html

AAFP Joins Support for Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers

Nov 5, 2019 - In a recent letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, the AAFP and seven other groups praised the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as representing a measured approach to a serious problem.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191105pwfaletter.html

Childhood Obesity Report Delivers Mixed Results

Nov 5, 2019 - A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on childhood obesity found that although overall obesity rates remain high, they have begun to stabilize -- and even decrease -- in some populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191105rwjfobesityrpt.html

Building a Foundation of Evidence-based Research

Nov 4, 2019 - Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191104fdf-yawn.html

ADA's Tiny Smiles Program Unveils New Physician Resources

Nov 4, 2019 - The American Dental Association has released new resources as part of its Tiny Smiles dental program that family physicians and other medical professionals can use to educate parents and caregivers of young children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191104tinysmiles.html

Five Books, Five Podcasts for Every Medical Student

Nov 1, 2019 - Margaret Miller's peers asked her for recommendations on books and podcasts that can benefit medical students. In this Leader Voices Blog post, she picks her top five in both categories.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190101lv-studentmedia.html

Researchers Explore Rural Training Track Assets, Risks

Nov 1, 2019 - New research looks at the challenges family medicine residency rural training tracks face as they struggle, in many cases, to stay in operation.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191101rttresidencies.html

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

Oct 30, 2019 - It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

Patient Privacy Crucial in SUD Fight, Academy Tells HHS

Oct 30, 2019 - The AAFP supports a proposed federal rule that acknowledges privacy is essential when family physicians are treating patients who have substance use disorder.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191030samhsaprivacy.html

ACIP Updates Pertussis Vaccine Recommendation

Oct 30, 2019 - During its Oct. 23-24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated its recommendation for the pertussis vaccine and was briefed on this season's flu activity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030acip.html

Study Finds No Link Between IIV, Miscarriage

Oct 30, 2019 - A study published in the journal Vaccine on Oct. 16 found no association between administration of inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women and miscarriage.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030iiv-sab.html

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Oct 29, 2019 - Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

Closing Down Tobacco Road

Oct 29, 2019 - In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's advocacy efforts related to tobacco and nicotine regulation and tells family physicians how to learn more about a new payment model.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191029itt-tobacco.html

AAFP to Feds on Vaccines: End EHR Costs, Fight Hesitancy

Oct 29, 2019 - The Academy has called on regulators to ensure HHS' 2020 National Vaccination Plan ends EHR financial burdens related to immunization functionality and addresses vaccine hesitancy.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191029natvaccplan.html

Hospital CEO Discusses Challenges, Rewards of Rural Health

Oct 29, 2019 - National Rural Health Association President Tim Putnam, D.H.A., answers questions about rural health from his perspective as a rural hospital administrator.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191029nrhaqanda.html

In NFL and in Clinic, This FP Knows Teamwork Counts

Oct 28, 2019 - After injuries ended his professional football career, family physician Kip Corrington, M.D., Ph.D., switched his focus from preventing touchdowns to preventing illness.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191028fdf-corrington.html

AAFP, Other Groups Laud Promising Rural ACO Improvement Act

Oct 28, 2019 - The Academy and 14 other organizations have voiced support for a Senate bill that aims to fix a flawed formula used to measure accountable care organization performance.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191028ruralacoact.html

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

Oct 23, 2019 - As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

Oct 23, 2019 - In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the AAFP and 32 other medical organizations are arguing to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191023dacaamicus.html

Survey: One in Five Young Americans Thinks Vaping Is Harmless

Oct 23, 2019 - Results of an American Society of Clinical Oncology survey reveal that more than 20% of young Americans think that e-cigarettes are not only nonaddictive -- they're actually harmless.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191023ascovapesurvey.html

JUUL Suspends U.S. Sales of Non-tobacco, Non-menthol Flavors

Oct 23, 2019 - On Oct. 17, JUUL Labs Inc. announced that it was suspending U.S. sales of its non-tobacco, non-menthol-based flavors (mango, crème, fruit and cucumber), pending FDA review of the company's premarket tobacco product applications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191023juulannouncement.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

Oct 22, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

More Study Needed on Illicit Drug Use Counseling in Youth

Oct 22, 2019 - On Oct. 1, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and evidence review that addressed primary care-based prevention of illicit drug use among children, adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191022uspstf-illicitdrugsyouth.html

Rural, Urban, OB and More: This Family Doc Does It All

Oct 21, 2019 - Joe Skariah, D.O., M.P.H., found his dream job practicing full-scope family medicine -- including obstetrics -- in both rural and urban practices and an academic setting.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191021fdf-skariah.html

AAFP to CMS: To Shrink Opioid Crisis, Grow Primary Care

Oct 21, 2019 - The AAFP told CMS that the agency can help family physicians combat the opioid misuse crisis by increasing investment in primary care physician workforce growth and reducing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191021supportact.html

Family Physician Couple Returns to Rural Roots in Minnesota

Oct 18, 2019 - Two family physicians who just happen to be married give AAFP News a firsthand view of their wide scope of practice and strong community ties in their small rural town of Sleepy Eye, Minn.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191018sleepyeye.html

End Surprise Medical Billing, AAFP Tells Lawmakers

Oct 17, 2019 - Congress must end surprise medical billing -- a practice that harms patients and damages the physician-patient relationship -- the AAFP said in a recent letter to lawmakers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191017surprisebilling.html

Survey Examines Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults

Oct 16, 2019 - A survey of more than 169,000 American adults found that individuals with one or more documented medical conditions are far more likely to use marijuana than those without a medical condition.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016marijuanasurvey.html

Vaccination Gaps Leave Pregnant Moms, Infants Unprotected

Oct 16, 2019 - According to recent research from the CDC, about 65% of mothers surveyed reported they had not received the seasonal influenza and tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccines before or during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016vaccinpregnancy.html

AAFP Query Prompts CMS Order on Pneumococcal Vaccine Denial

Oct 16, 2019 - In response to AAFP concerns that some physicians' Medicare claims for administering pneumococcal vaccinations have been denied, CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191016claimsedits.html

Stop and Listen: Why We Need More Time With Patients

Oct 15, 2019 - Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that in the era of 15-minute office visits, patients aren't being heard -- and the results can be deadly.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191015lv-misseddiagnosis.html

Advocacy in All Arenas: Making the Case for Family Medicine

Oct 15, 2019 - Each year, the AAFP conducts face-to-face meetings with the nation's largest health insurers. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the goals of those meetings.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191015itt-privatesector.html

AAFP Creates New MIG for Employed Physicians

Oct 15, 2019 - Employed family physicians have a new member interest group where they can network, communicate ideas and share common interests.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20191015employedmig.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Oct 14, 2019 - Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

Family Medicine Is Key to Abundant Opportunities

Oct 14, 2019 - Former AAFP President Warren Jones, M.D., has been taking on leadership roles in family medicine for decades. At 71, he's not done yet.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191014fdf-jones.html

AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

Oct 14, 2019 - A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

Oct 14, 2019 - In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

AAFP Updates CME Search, Reporter Functions for Members

Oct 11, 2019 - The Academy has updated the CME Search and CME Reporter tools on AAFP.org, making it easier for members to find the specific CME products and activities they need.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191011cmesearch.html

AAFP Renews Push for Site-neutral Payment

Oct 9, 2019 - The Academy continued its extensive advocacy for site-neutral payment in a recent round of letters to CMS and Congress, saying that such payment parity would encourage patients to make decisions based on quality rather than cost.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191009oppsletters.html

In Wake of Measles Outbreaks, CDC Updates 2019 Case Totals

Oct 9, 2019 - The CDC is reporting details from this year's measles outbreaks after the New York State Department of Health declared that the state's nearly yearlong outbreak has ended. The good news: The United States has maintained its measles elimination status.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191009measlesupdt.html

AAFP to HRSA: Primary Care Services Best Delivered by FPs

Oct 9, 2019 - The AAFP has responded to a request for information from the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding rural communities' access to health care services. Noting that 17% of AAFP members currently practice in rural areas, the Academy said FPs are best-suited to deliver ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191009hrsaletter.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Oct 8, 2019 - Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

AAFP Welcomes Proposed Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Oct 8, 2019 - The Academy praised a proposed rule that would add stark warning labels to cigarette packs and called on regulators to go further to protect youth from nicotine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191008cigarettewarnings.html

Caring for Immigrants at the Border and on Capitol Hill

Oct 7, 2019 - Claudia Mercado, M.D., treated thousands of asylum-seekers this summer in Laredo, Texas, and more are on the way. Now she's taking her message to Washington, D.C.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191007fdf-mercado.html

CDC: THC Products Used in Most Vaping Illness Cases

Oct 7, 2019 - The CDC said the latest findings from its investigation into lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, indicate that three-fourths of those affected used tetrahydrocannabinol-containing products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007thcvaping.html

Screen Pregnant Patients for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Oct 7, 2019 - On Sept. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults, recommending that all pregnant patients be screened.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007uspstf-asb.html

Views From the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience

Oct 4, 2019 - This page features photos, videos and other content highlighting various events at the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-fmx-views.html

Certification, CME, Residency Issues Top Delegates' Agenda

Oct 2, 2019 - Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of education-related issues, including the pros and cons of the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-education.html

Delegates Act on Obesity Bias, Other Public Health Issues

Oct 2, 2019 - Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed issues that included stigma and bias associated with obesity in the practice setting and elsewhere, family separation, and reproductive health.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-hops.html

Family Physicians Aim to Grow AAFP, Embrace Inclusiveness

Oct 2, 2019 - Family physicians attending the 2019 Congress of Delegates in Philadelphia debated resolutions addressing family-friendly meetings, gender pronouns on badges and more.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-orgfin.html

AAFP, Others Demand Answers on Advanced APM Bonus Delays

Oct 2, 2019 - On Sept. 16, the Academy and eight other groups wrote to CMS expressing concern about delays in payment of a performance bonus to family physicians and other clinicians. Less than two weeks later, the agency responded by announcing that participants would soon start receiving the ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191002aapmltr.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

Oct 1, 2019 - As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

Members Set Course for AAFP at Congress of Delegates

Oct 1, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key new AAFP policies established last week during the Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191001itt-cod.html

Domino: Beer is OK (If You Exercise), But Avoid Kale

Oct 1, 2019 - Frank Domino, M.D., delivered his popular Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine Sept. 27 during the Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia. As usual, his presentation drew a huge crowd.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191001fmx-domino.html

AI Moving Health Care to 'Cusp of a Major Revolution'

Sep 30, 2019 - During a mainstage event at the 2019 Family Medicine Experience, innovators in health IT discussed how artificial intelligence is poised to radically change health care delivery.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930fmx-healthit.html

FPs Fight to Retain Full Scope, Ensure High-quality Care

Sep 30, 2019 - The Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement at the 2019 Congress of Delegates discussed topics including privileging, credentialing, scope of practice and acupuncture.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190930cod-pe.html

PAMA Pay Cuts: How Have They Affected Your Practice?

Sep 30, 2019 - The Academy is encouraging family physicians to complete a survey that explores the effects of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act on their ability to provide office-based laboratory services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190930pamasurvey.html

Michael Eisner: Find Your 'Why' and Embrace It

Sep 27, 2019 - Former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner spoke about the importance of finding meaning in your work and making the most of opportunities during a mainstage speech at the Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190927fmx-eisner.html

New AAFP President Pledges Relief for Practice Challenges

Sep 27, 2019 - Newly installed AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio, introduced himself to members Sept. 25 in his first major address during the 2019 Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190927fmx-leroy.html

AAFP Hails White House Bid to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

Sep 27, 2019 - The Academy has praised a recent announcement from the Trump administration that it will take decisive action by severely curtailing access to flavored e-cigarette products. The FDA is expected to finalize guidance to pull the products from the U.S. market within weeks.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190927whecigban.html

Delegates Find Common Ground on Interstate Licensure, Data

Sep 26, 2019 - Support for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, quicker discharge summaries and more complete claims databases were among resolution topics that won support from the Reference Committee on Advocacy during this year's Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190926cod-advocacy.html

FPOY Honored for Lifelong Commitment to Serving Others

Sep 26, 2019 - Eduardo Gonzalez, M.D., of Lakeland, Fla., has been named the AAFP's 2020 Family Physician of the Year. The award recognizes a family physician who stands out among his or her colleagues for providing compassionate and comprehensive care, enhancing the quality of the community, and ...

AAFP News : News From 2019 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20190926fpoy-gonzalez.html

Hitting the Road to Hear Your Stories, Find Solutions

Sep 25, 2019 - New AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., says in this Leader Voices Blog post that he is eager to meet fellow Academy members where they are, hear their stories and work together to find solutions to the problems they face.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190925lv-leroylistening.html

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