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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

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