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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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