Patient access to after-hours primary care could prevent some less urgent ER visits
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Patients who receive in-home nursing care have lower emergency room utilization if they have access to after-hours primary care. Previous research found that home nursing patients in Ontario, Canada, have an increased risk of visiting the ER after normal clinic hours on the same day they receive a home nursing visit. These ER visits may be linked to the visiting nurse identifying a health issue they are unable to appropriately address during the visit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improved physician-patient relationships are associated with improved health
This study found an association between improved physician-patient relationships and improved patient-reported health status. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found over a one-year period that while consistent access to a provider is important, the quality of each clinical encounter is equally as important in shaping a patient's reported overall health outcomes, as measured by the SF-12 quality of life questionnaire. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expenditures for primary care may affect how primary care is delivered
This study looks at trends in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for visits to primary care physicians. Using the 2002-2017 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), the authors described changes in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for primary care visits for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. If current trends continue, the authors would expect increasing difficulty with primary care physician access, particularly for Medicaid patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canadian researchers identify four barriers to use of 'gold-standard' abortion pill
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Canada is the first country to facilitate provision of medical abortion in primary care settings through evidence-based deregulation of mifepristone, which is considered the 'gold standard' for medical abortion. A Canadian study investigated the factors that influence successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion services among Canadian health professionals and how these factors relate to abortion policies, systems and service access throughout the country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Telehealth supports collaborative mental health care in the needs of rural patients
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Traditionally, primary care clinics connect patients who have mental health care needs to specialists like psychiatrists in a collaborative care model. However, rural clinics often lack the workforce capacity to provide collaborative behavioral health services. In a new qualitative study, rural Washington primary care clinics adopted telehealth methods to connect remotely with specialists. The study found that telepsychiatric collaboration prepared primary care physicians and rural clinic staff to deliver high quality mental health care in underserved areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - So...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rural counties with access to obstetrics have healthier infant birth outcomes
This study does not prove a causal link between access to obstetrical care and infant health outcomes, but it does suggest that obstetrical access may play a role in these disparities. These findings have broader implications for the more than half of all rural counties in the United States that do not have access to hospital-based obstetrical care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The public charge rule: What physicians can do to support immigrant health
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Physicians from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine summarize current knowledge on the public benefits included in the 'public charge' rule and offer suggestions for family physicians to support the health of their immigrant patients and families. The authors conclude that 'family physicians can effectively respond to patient and immigrant community concerns about these changes by providing outreach education, access to primary health care, and referrals to legal and social services.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

September/October 2020 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed, indexed research journal that provides a cross-disciplinary forum for new, evidence-based information affecting the primary care disciplines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners release new Feline Vaccination Guidelines
(SAGE) The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) convened a panel of experts to update the 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. The release of the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines provides updated recommendations and the most current information for feline vaccinations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wichita doctor chosen for national teaching award
Wichita physician Edward Lind is the recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians 2020 Exemplary Teaching Award in the volunteer category, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians announced Thursday. Lind was the state winner of the honor, then nominated for the national award. The award goes to a doctor with exemplary teaching skills, as well as those who have implemented outstanding educational programs or innovative teaching models. The AAFP noted in its award that while most volunteer… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: WBJ Staff Source Type: news

New Guidelines Recommend Topicals for Musculoskeletal Injuries New Guidelines Recommend Topicals for Musculoskeletal Injuries
Topical NSAIDs were among most effective for immediate and continued pain and symptom relief for non-low back musculoskeletal pain, according to new ACP/AAFP guidelines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - August 20, 2020 Category: Neurology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

New Guidelines Urge OTC Painkillers, Not Opioids
The recommendations, from the American College of Physicians and American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFP), cover acute musculoskeletal injuries -- woes ranging from sprained joints and strained muscles, to inflamed tendons and whiplash. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ACP, AAFP Issue Guidelines for Acute Musculoskeletal Injuries
TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 -- Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recommended for the treatment of acute pain from non-low back, musculoskeletal injuries, according to a clinical guideline developed by the American College of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AAFP Member Purchase Opportunity for Hard-to-Find PPE
The AAFP is collaborating with Project N95 to give Academy members limited-time access to purchase personal protective equipment, even in small quantities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Offering Members Opportunity to Purchase Hard-to-Find PPE
The AAFP is collaborating with Project N95 to give Academy members limited-time access to purchase personal protective equipment, even in small quantities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Students, Residents Elect 2021 Leadership
In their first remote election, delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders to represent them in the coming year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Urge Residents, Students to Be Voice for Patients
Veteran family physicians urged attendees at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students not to underestimate their ability to make a difference outside the clinic. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

' Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise
For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match
Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 4, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Teenage Injuries Put FP on Sports Medicine Career Path
His own athletic injuries sparked an interest in a health care career. Now Deepak Patel, M.D., is caring for athletes and sharing his expertise with medical students, residents and his peers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Examines Telehealth, Rural Disparities in Pandemic
New research suggests that telehealth services can improve health disparities for patients in rural areas, but lack of broadband access remains a barrier for many. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HHS Issues Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Testing
HHS has imposed new reporting requirements that implement the agency's June guidance establishing national standards for data elements and patient demographic information related to COVID-19 testing that must be collected and reported. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation
In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Videos Offer Peek at New AAFP Website, Mobile App
Three new videos highlight changes coming to aafp.org and the AAFP mobile app on Aug. 17 that promise to streamline content for practicing family physicians, residents and students. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Medicine Is Key to Her Career in Global Health
When Erin Ferenchick, M.D., realized she needed more skills to make a difference in global health, she went back to school to become a family physician. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Updates Unhealthy Drug Use, OUD Screening Guidance
The AAFP has published an updated recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use and a separate recommendation on screening for opioid use disorder, which differ somewhat from guidance issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Dietary Guidelines Committee Issues 2020 Scientific Report
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its 2020 Scientific Report, with new consideration of early-life nutrition and dietary patterns. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship
The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship; applications are due by Oct. 1. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

PDW RPS Content Available in On Demand Package
Although the AAFP's PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium was canceled because of the pandemic, the Academy is making more than 18 hours of recorded content and materials available. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

National Conference Panelist's Message: Speak Out and Lead
Tamieka Howell, M.D., wants other women and minorities to see that they can do what she's done: fill leadership roles at state and national levels. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates Toolkit for STD/HIV Partner Services
The CDC recently updated its Toolkit for Technology-based STD and HIV Partner Services to make it easier for family physicians and other clinicians to care for people who may have been exposed to such infections. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FMAP Needs Long-term Bolstering, Say AAFP, Other Groups
A federal medical assistance percentage boost of at least 12% is vital to the nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP and more than 100 other groups told Congress in a recent letter. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

S.C. Family Physician Is Newly Named AMA President-elect
During last month's Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, South Carolina family physician Gerald Harmon, M.D., of Georgetown, was named the organization's president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening With Low-dose CT
On July 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement, draft evidence review and draft decision analysis on screening for lung cancer. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health System Preparedness, Resilience Depend on PC, Says AAFP
In separate letters to HHS and senate health committee leaders, the AAFP called for a sharper primary care strategy to better prepare the health care system for public health emergencies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The five phases of pandemic care for primary care
(American Academy of Family Physicians) The authors present a roadmap for necessary primary care practice transformations to care for patients and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19 makes clear the need to address social determinants of health
(American Academy of Family Physicians) University of Michigan public health experts Julia Wolfson and Cindy Leung argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has made glaringly apparent the structural conditions that underlie inequities in our nation's health. Race and ethnicity, housing, income, occupation and chronic health conditions are all key factors that influence one's ability to safely weather highly infectious disease pandemics like COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What encourages--or impedes--primary care team collaboration through case management?
(American Academy of Family Physicians) While multiple recent studies have provided evidence of the benefits of case management, primary care teams have struggled to implement and sustain its use in their clinical practices. In this systematic review, researchers examine barriers to case management, as well as factors facilitating its implementation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Robert Graham Center: First steps towards gender parity in academic authorship
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Researchers affiliated with the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care conducted a descriptive bibliometric analysis to determine the gender ratio of scholarly authorship on publications by its researchers between 2008 and 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic allergy reporting may lead to resistance, higher costs, decreased safety
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, but in determining the most appropriate prescription for a patient, doctors and pharmacists often rely on inaccurate records of the patient's antibiotic allergies. Many records are incomplete, unclear or incorrect. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Graduates of family medicine residencies are likely to enter and remain in family medicine
This study provides an overview of the characteristics of physicians who completed family medicine residency training from 1994 to 2017. It serves to update the only previous comprehensive national review of this kind, conducted in 1996, which covered family medicine graduates from 1969 through 1993. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New french prescribing rules result in decreased prescribing of certain sleep drugs
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In France, the implementation of new prescribing rules for the sedative-hypnotic drug zolpidem led to an important and immediate decrease in use. This decline was partially compensated for by a rise in the use of a nonbenzodiazepine drug called zopiclone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

LGBT-friendly medical practices improve STD/HIV screening rates for vulnerable populations
This report--describing the first national quality improvement collaborative focused on providing culturally affirming care for LGBT people--finds that making primary care practices more LGBT-friendly and inclusive may improve STD and HIV screening rates among this vulnerable population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Participants in CPC+ are diverse but not representative of all primary care practices
This study analyzes patterns of participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative which is the largest voluntary primary care payment and delivery reform model tested to date. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

International conference on social determinants of health identified change needs
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In November 2019, clinicians, health administrators, educators and researchers from around the world gathered in Toronto to discuss how to best address social determinants of health from a primary care perspective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New measure of social determinants of health may improve cardiovascular health assessment
(American Academy of Family Physicians) The authors of this study developed a single risk score derived from multiple social determinants of health that predicts county-level cardiovascular disease mortality. The authors conclude that their multivariable SDoH risk score can identify counties with high CVD risk and has the potential to improve CVD risk prediction and interventions for vulnerable populations at the county level. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Called to Heal: FP Ministers to Both Patients and Society
Family physician and pastor Joedrecka Brown Speights, M.D., has a unique perspective on the many aspects of patients'well-being, including their spiritual health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

It's Official: 2020 Congress of Delegates Goes Virtual
This year's Congress of Delegates will be held virtually to safeguard participants'health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join your colleagues online to weigh in on key policy issues. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Data Show Primary Care Spend Is Lagging
A recent report uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to confirm that primary care expenditures are not rising relative to other sources of health care spending. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDHE Awards Chapters Implicit Bias Training Grants
Thanks to a grant from the AAFP Foundation, the Academy's Center for Diversity and Health Equity has awarded grants to 12 chapters to create implicit bias training events for members. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news