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AAFP Gives CMS Pointed Advice About New Payment Models
The AAFP recently offered CMS specific recommendations based on a set of guiding principles for payment models that improve care while reducing administrative burden and costs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Childhood Respiratory Disease
Researchers in Australia have found that the HPV vaccine prevents juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, an uncommon but incurable condition, in that nation's children. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Resident Creates Online Resource on Death and Dying
While participating in the AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute this year, Joshua Wienczkowski, M.D., created the End of Life Literacy website. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CMS Resources Help Practice, Patients Transition to New Cards
CMS is offering physicians free resources to help prepare patients for the new Medicare cards that are coming in April 2018. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Summarizes 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Because few family physicians have time to read all 396 pages of the 2018 final Medicare physician fee schedule, the AAFP has released a four-page executive summary. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Finds Resilience in Reflection on Setbacks
A family physician described how disappointment eventually led to restoration in the November/December issue ofAnnals of Family Medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Optimal gout treatment requires ongoing monitoring for urate lowering therapy
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Managing gout as a chronic, rather than an acute, condition could help prevent recurrences. A new study of more than 8,000 medical records found a positive association between starting treatment with allopurinol, a medication that helps prevent gout by lowering production of uric acid, and recurring doctor visits for the condition. Clinicians may therefore be more likely to offer allopurinol, or patients may be more likely to accept it, after multiple acute gout attacks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reports of shared decision making increase in the united states, but disparities exist
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Between 2002 and 2014, reports of shared decision making increased significantly among adult Americans. Analyses of data from a nationally representative survey found that the mean shared decision making composite increased from 4.4 to 5. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A physician explores her own experience with postpartum depression
(American Academy of Family Physicians) I thought I knew what it meant for patients to hear a diagnosis of postpartum depression, " writes family physician Tara Frankhouser, DO. After the birth of her first child, however, she found that the reality of the condition was much different than she anticipated. In a qualitative study using autoethnography -- a method of self-reflection and analysis of personal and cultural experiences -- Dr. Frankhouser identifies issues that shape the experience of postpartum depression, including standards of intensive mothering, feelings of guilt, and the stigma of mental illness. (Sour...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Most older adults prefer to participate in medical decisions
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Although most older Americans prefer to actively participate in making health care decisions, those with four or more chronic conditions are less likely to prefer active decision making. Researchers analyzed a random sample of 2,017 older adults who, with sample weights, represented approximately 33 million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Resident physician is shaped by a difficult patient's life and death
(American Academy of Family Physicians) When a patient dies in the early years of a resident's training, the resident gains insights into the complicated relationships that can mark patients' lives and deaths. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New framework for multimorbidity care identifies changes and gaps
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Researchers have developed a new framework for reporting and designing models of care for multimorbidity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anticholinergic cognitive burden scale helps identify risk of adverse outcomes
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Anticholinergic burden assessed with the Anticholinergic Cognitive Burden Scale consistently shows dose-response relationships with a variety of adverse outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Family physician calls for a return to human connection
(American Academy of Family Physicians) How can medical practices create and sustain healthy cultures at a time of rapid and often stressful change? The answer, according to family physician David Loxterkamp, MD, lies in human connection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure
The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Glean Key Points on 2018 QPP From AAFP Executive Summary
The AAFP has crafted a four-page executive summary of CMS'recently released 2018 Quality Payment Program Interim Final Rule that focuses on areas most likely to affect family physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Lower cost, higher quality primary care practices are distinguished by six attributes
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Exploring attributes of high-value primary care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Discontinuity of care puts older patients at higher risk of emergency hospitalization
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Discontinuity of care puts older patients at higher risk of emergency hospitalization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Text message reminders increase rates of influenza vaccination
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Text message reminders increase rates of influenza vaccination. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Diagnostic test helps primary care docs rule out pathologic heart murmur in kids
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Although heart murmur in children is usually harmless (referred to as innocent murmur), in a small number of cases it is symptomatic of cardiac disease (referred to as pathologic murmur). A new study finds that disappearance of heart murmur while standing reliably rules out pathologic heart murmurs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

November/December 2017 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
(American Academy of Family Physicians) November/December 2017 Annals of Family Medicine Tip Sheet (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AAFP Commissions Legal Opinion to Aid Family Physicians
AAFP members now have access to a legal opinion commissioned by the Academy that supports credentialing decisions based on a physician's qualifications. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High, Say Speakers
Awareness campaigns, scientific advances and documentation help keep childhood vaccination rates high, said speakers at the 2017 AAFP State Legislative Conference. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Panelists Discuss Telehealth Potential for Primary Care
Although telehealth can increase access and reduce costs, physicians are still looking for the best ways to use the technology to improve patient care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Rx for Stress: Mindfulness Rx for Stress: Mindfulness
Reduce your daily stress and improve job satisfaction with mindfulness. Dr Jay Winner offers a quick and easy tutorial.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

AAFP Offers Free Physician Well-being CME Videos
The AAFP's Physician Health First portal has added three free CME videos that were recorded during sessions at the AAFP's 2017 Family Medicine Experience. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Screen All Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis
On Nov. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening individuals for osteoporosis to prevent fractures. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Idaho AFP's Tar Wars Continues Fight Against Tobacco
The Idaho AFP recently revamped its Tar Wars presentation tools and resources, and presenters and students alike seem to be impressed. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

State Actions Could Solve Prior Authorization Dilemma
A speaker at the AAFP State Legislative Conference told family physicians about work intended to help them spend more time on patient care and less on prior authorizations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Direct Primary Care Lets Me'Be the Doctor I Wanted to Be'Direct Primary Care Lets Me'Be the Doctor I Wanted to Be '
Giving up a systems job for direct primary care helped Dr Julie Gunther revive her spirit for family practice.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

The Benefits of Alternative Therapies
This article will take a look at two additional therapy practices that have been widely used by the U.S. and abroad. Specifically designed for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) works when a therapist leads a patient through a series of lateral eye movements while the patient focuses on traumatic memories. The goal is to reprocess these memories in an adaptive way — eliminating emotional distress and reducing physiological arousal.  Francine Shapiro, PhD, discovered the effects of EMDR by understanding “dual awareness”. When engaging in bilateral stimulation with memory, th...
Source: Psych Central - November 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Rebecca Lee Tags: Addictions Anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Depression Eating Disorders Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma Treatment Cbt Cognitive Behavioral Therapy EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessin Source Type: news

VA Proposed Rule Looks to Expand Telehealth Services
The AAFP gave qualified support to a limited exemption of telehealth services from state licensure and noted that veterans need better access to civilian physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs: Preview Your Physician Compare Data by Dec. 1
CMS has fixed a technical problem on the Physician Compare website, and physicians now have an extra two weeks to review their data. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Congress Must Fund Prevention Campaigns, Say Panelists
Prevention improves health, reduces costs and deserves more support from legislators said speakers at a recent panel hosted by the National Coalition on Health Care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Gives Advice on Treating Patients Affected by Hurricanes
On Oct. 24, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network advisory offering recommendations for assessing patients currently living or working in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Register Now for Free AAFP Coding Webinar
Register now for a free AAFP webinar that shows members how to use hierarchical condition category coding to enhance revenue. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ACIP Recommends New Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending preferential use of a new herpes zoster subunit (HZ/su; Shingrix) vaccine over currently available herpes zoster live (Zostavax) vaccine for adults ages 50 and older. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 31, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs: Help Frame QPP Cost Measures, Future Payment
Family physicians can help determine future Medicare payment by giving CMS feedback on Quality Payment Program episode-based cost measures. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 31, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

G-TRUST Instrument Identifies Useful Clinical Guidelines
Researchers have developed an eight-question tool -- highlighted in the September/October issue ofAnnals of Family Medicine -- designed to help family physicians find useful, evidence-based clinical guidelines. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Gives Guidance for HHS Strategic Plan through 2022
The AAFP told HHS that the agency's 2018-2022 strategic plan must emphasize the importance of easing the administrative burdens that get in the way of patient care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Choosing Wisely: Five Years of Focusing on'the Right Care '
Five years after the launch of the Choosing Wisely campaign, physicians and other experts recently discussed reductions in the use of unnecessary medical services. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Offers Support for Opioid Commission's Early Proposals
The AAFP recently wrote to the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis with comments on the commission's early recommendations and information about the Academy's ongoing work to fight opioid addiction and misuse. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

California Wildfires Bring Out the Best in Family Medicine
The recent wildfires in California affected two family medicine residencies in Santa Rosa, one a long-established program and the other just beginning interviews for its inaugural class in 2018. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 25, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP: To Delay Food Labeling Rule Would Be'Preposterous '
The AAFP recently told the FDA that a proposed delay in enforcing a rule that requires more accurate food nutrition labeling is unnecessary and harmful. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates Guidance on Zika Virus Infection in Infants
The CDC has released updated interim clinical guidance for health care professionals who care for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC: Rural Americans More Likely to Die by Suicide
According to CDC data released Oct. 6 in aMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, rural counties had higher suicide rates than medium/small or large metropolitan counties from 2001 to 2015. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Panel Touts Success Integrating Primary Care, Population Health
Public health officials who spoke during the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Fall Conference discussed programs that address social determinants of health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Transforming Practice to Improve Professional Satisfaction Transforming Practice to Improve Professional Satisfaction
Do you look forward to Mondays or Fridays? This discussion with practicing family physicians will help you reinvent your practice so that you will look forward to Mondays.American Academy of Family Physicians (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Bipartisan Approach to Health Care Bill Applauded by AAFP, Others
The AAFP joined in praising a bipartisan proposal to improve the nation's health care law that included important recommendations from physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Looks to Ease Looming Cuts to Office-based Lab Fees
The AAFP recently told CMS that $670 million in pay cuts to office-based labs could force their closure and cause pronounced harm to patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news