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AAFP Unveils Principles for Fair Measurement, Payment in APMs
The AAFP has unveiled five principles that show how and why the social determinants of health must be accounted for in alternative payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges
A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship
With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical Orgs Decry Attempt to Alter State Laws for APRNs
The AAFP joined more than 80 other medical organizations in objecting to interstate licensure compact language that is intended to grant advanced practice registered nurses prescriptive authority and allow them to practice independently. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New CMS Strategy Aims to Benefit Small-town America
CMS announced a new strategy intended to ensure that the 60 million people who live in rural areas of the United States have the same access to affordable, high-quality health care as the rest of the country. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Building a Case for Health Equity
Brian Frank, M.D., said his circuitous route to a career in medicine helps him understand the patient perspective and the need for health equity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Centralized infrastructure facilitates medical education research
(American Academy of Family Physicians) The Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance has enabled a large number of research teams to conduct meaningful scholarship with a fraction of the usual time and energy. CERA regularly conducts omnibus surveys of key family medicine education leaders, a process that includes collaboration with experienced mentors, centralized institutional review board clearance, pilot testing, and centralized data collection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Roles and functions of community health workers in primary care
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Community health workers in primary care provide clinical services, community resource connections, and health education and coaching. As trained individuals with limited or no formal medical education, they are widely considered to have the potential to enhance primary care access and quality, but remain underutilized. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A theoretical model to alleviate primary care strain
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Co-management of patients by more than one primary care clinician is among new models of care designed to meet the demand for high quality patient care. A new co-management model lays the groundwork for potential care partnerships between nurse practitioners and physicians. It finds that effective nurse practitioner-physician co-management requires three core attributes: effective communication, mutual respect and trust, and a shared philosophy of care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Free children's visits increase care and workforce burden
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In July 2015, all children under six years of age gained free access to daytime and out-of-hours general practice services in the Republic of Ireland, resulting in a 25 percent increase in utilization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Case management reduces psychological distress in frequent users of health care
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Research has shown that frequent users of health care services tend to have higher levels of psychological distress. A new study finds that case management reduces psychological distress and creates a sense of security in patients who frequently use health services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Patients and caregivers value caring, continuity, and accountability in care transitions
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In the transition from hospital to home, patients and caregivers seek clear accountability, continuity, and caring attitudes across the care continuum. One-hundred and thirty-eight patients and 110 family caregivers participating in focus groups and interviews identified three desired outcomes of care transition services: feeling prepared and able to implement care plans, unambiguous accountability from the healthcare system, and feeling cared for and cared about by clinicians. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Social challenges are associated with poorer health outcomes
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Among more than 600,000 primary care patients, half live with some degree of social challenge, which has a negative effect on the quality of care they receive. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Two family physicians reflect on white privilege in health care and the need for action
(American Academy of Family Physicians) 'Our medical system is structured to individually and systemically favor white physicians and patients in ways that white people are trained to ignore,' states family medicine resident Max Romano, M.D., M.P.H. In a related editorial, Joseph Hobbs, M.D., chair of family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, cautions against allowing concepts such as white privilege, unconscious and implicit bias, and institutional racism to provide a means for avoiding personal responsibility for racism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physician burnout: Resilience training is only part of the solution
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Although many health systems have turned to resilience training as a solution to physician burnout, quality/safety researcher Alan Card, Ph.D., MPH, argues that such training alone is not enough. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Burnout and scope of practice in new family physicians
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Among physicians, family physicians report some of the highest levels of burnout. According to a new study, however, early career family physicians who provide a broader scope of practice report significantly lower rates of burnout. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

An updated analysis of direct-to-consumer television advertisements for prescription drugs
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Although proponents suggest that direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising is educational and motivating, a new analysis finds that the potential educational value of such advertising has declined. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Screening tool improves prediction of developing dementia
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In people with a minor decline on the Mini-Mental-State-Examination -- a widely used but limited test to screen for cognitive defects -- follow-up with a simple visual screening tool can help identify those at increased risk for dementia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

May/June 2018 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 - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69
On May 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer, advising individual screening for men ages 55-69 and no screening for those who are older. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Spread the Word on May 22: FPs Treat Body < i > and < /i > Mind
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., invites FPs to join a National Day of Action to let people know that when they need help, their family physician is a good place to start. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Preserve Clean Power Plan to Protect Health, AAFP Urges
A proposal to roll back regulations on carbon emissions from power plants would harm the health of high-risk populations, the AAFP recently warned the Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era
The CDC's April 27Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation
The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Illnesses From Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites Triple
The CDC says the United States needs to be better prepared for the public health threat of widespread, difficult-to-control vector-borne diseases with additional tracking capacity, prevention strategies and pest control. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Her Leadership Path Has Come Full Circle
Kisha Davis, M.D., M.P.H., was recently elected convener of the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. She wants to give back to the event that trained her as a leader. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Survey Finds FPs Continue Move to New Payment Models AAFP Survey Finds FPs Continue Move to New Payment Models
A recent AAFP survey indicates that despite obstacles, more and more family physicians are making the transition to value-based payment models.Annals of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence
In an effort to re-examine what can be done to help treat intimate partner violence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative
An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Tip: When To Call Your Doctor If You Have Lower Back Pain
-- Few people go through life without having episodes of lower back pain. For some people, though, it's a daily struggle. The American Academy of Family Physicians says back pain may be controlled by maintaining proper posture and sitting,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 3, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FPs Take on Technology, Burnout, Patient Care Issues
At the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, family physicians in the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement heard testimony on issues related to technology, telemedicine, physician wellness and many other important topics. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Discuss Underserved Populations, Reproductive Health
During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders April 26-28, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Education. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NCCL Delegates Tackle Wide Range of Advocacy Issues
The Reference Committee on Advocacy at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders discussed more than a dozen wide-ranging issues aimed at protecting family physicians and their patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs
During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Ask AAFP to Empower Physicians, Protect Patients
The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Focus on Empowering Physicians, Protecting Patients
The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities
Family physician Denise Rodgers, M.D., is leading a broad community effort to eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, fitness, housing and mental health in Newark, N.J. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2018 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders
AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens
The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Speaker: FPs, Go Out and Make the Case for Family Medicine
Plenary speaker Reid Blackwelder, M.D., told family physicians they can support their specialty by helping payers, policymakers and legislators understand its scope and breadth. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Blackwelder: FPs, Go Out and Make the Case for Family Medicine
Plenary speaker Reid Blackwelder, M.D., told family physicians they can support their specialty by helping payers, policymakers and legislators understand its scope and breadth. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pre-conference Workshop Aims to Advance Health Equity
The Family Medicine Advancing Health Equity workshop aimed to help participants become change agents who lead the way to health equity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The < i > AFP < /i > Podcast: 1 Million Downloads and Counting
The American Family Physician podcast has become one of the most important programs of its kind, bringing information to family physicians, residents and medical students with an average of 41,000 downloads each month. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Physician, Patient Groups Pan Short-Term Insurance Proposal Physician, Patient Groups Pan Short-Term Insurance Proposal
The AMA, the AAFP, and a coalition of patient groups argue that CMS'plan will undermine the insurance market, causing price spikes for people with serious health conditions.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline: What Is New? What Do We Do? ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline: What Is New? What Do We Do?
Recently released hypertension guidelines from the ACC and AHA have lowered the BP cutoff from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg--but the AAFP doesn't endorse this change. How should this impact your practice?American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Study Finds 22 Percent Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions
Opioid prescriptions in the United States decreased 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. The AAFP and AMA are contributing to solutions with a new resource advocating for medication-assisted treatment that family physicians can use. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Office-based Primary Care, Gynecology Procedures Draft Guidelines Issued
Family physicians are urged to review and comment on draft guidelines related to office-based primary care and gynecology procedures by May 13. As one family physician notes, " These guidelines will probably be used in the state that you're working in. So if you don't find them useful, now is the time to say something. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Draft Guidelines Issued for Office-based Primary Care Procedures
Family physicians are urged to review and comment on draft guidelines related to office-based primary care and gynecology procedures by May 13. As one family physician notes, " These guidelines will probably be used in the state that you're working in. So if you don't find them useful, now is the time to say something. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Effort to Decrease 2018 MIPS Reporting Period
More than 40 medical organizations asked CMS to implement a 90-day quality measure reporting period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Rolls Out Well-Being Planner to Help Fight Burnout
The AAFP has expanded its Physician Health First initiative to include an online well-being planner as part of an ongoing effort to combat physician burnout. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news