Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others
When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 22, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead ExposureUSPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

< i > FPM < /i > Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care
A research report published in the January/February issue ofFPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Calls for Drug Pricing Transparency, Action
In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Tip: Antidepressant Precautions
-- Before taking an antidepressant, it's important to take a few factors into consideration, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. The academy suggests: Talk to your doctor about different antidepressant options. Inform your doctor of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 17, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Taking a'Measure What You Treasure' Approach to Burnout
Speakers at a session held during the AAFP's Residency Program Solutions conference focused on one residency's experience of identifying burnout and building a wellness culture. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases
Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 16, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Honored for Selfless Service in Ebola-ravaged Liberia
Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 16, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing
A recent analysis of results from two national surveys shows that increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the risks associated with e-cigarette use, with many now viewing them as at least as harmful as combustible cigarettes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Is Taking a Direct Approach to Making Things Better
Allison Edwards, M.D., isn't shy about sharing her opinion when things need improvement. At two upcoming AAFP events, she'll share her perspective as a direct primary care practice owner. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?
An article recently published inCanadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the fence. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 12, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS
Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 12, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Food Is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers
A residency program has discovered an innovative way to encourage and facilitate good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 10, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Letter Cites Concerns With CMS' Proposed Lab Rule
A recent AAFP letter to CMS expresses concerns with portions of a proposed rule that would increase the financial burden on in-office laboratories, possibly forcing the closure of those that are operating on already thin margins. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fix Payment to Improve Veterans' Health Care, AAFP Tells VA
Better payment is needed to ensure a primary care workforce adequate to veterans'needs, the AAFP recently told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a proposed rule involving veterans receiving primary care outside the VA system. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA: Some E-cigarette Users Report Having Seizures
The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of seizure following use of e-cigarettes between 2010 and early 2019. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Older Adults Often Don't Report Adverse Drug Effects
New research shows that less than 40% of older adult patients reported adverse drug events they experienced to their family physicians. And even when they did, the study said their physicians didn't always include that information in the health record. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

After More Than 30 Years, Education Is Still His Passion
Robin Winter, M.D., M.M.M., was recently recognized for his leadership, mentoring and efforts to advance the specialty during a span of more than 30 years as a family medicine residency program director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Identifies Best Predictors of Bacterial Sinus Infection
A study published in the March/April issue ofAnnals of Family Medicine identified three predictors that best helped clinicians diagnose patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New MIG Focuses on Climate Change, Environmental Health
A new AAFP member interest group is designed to increase family physicians'understanding of and action on climate change and its health harms. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS
The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CMS Partners With AAFP on $1M AI Development Contest CMS Partners With AAFP on $1M AI Development Contest
Best solutions for predicting admissions and adverse events may be used in new care models; the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) also plans to test AI software to reduce administrative burdens.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition
The AAFP has joined more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care
In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Review 2018 Open Payments Program Data Through May 15
Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15 to review their data for the 2018 Open Payments program year before it is made public in June. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon
Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

People in the News/Awards -- March 2019
In March, four Academy members were named to prominent leadership positions or received various honors for their work. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA
The Academy and five peer medical organizations are opposing an administration plan to argue against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Set on Charting Her Own Course in Family Medicine
When Bich-May Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H., found herself wanting more from her career, she figured out a way to pursue all her interests. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Challenge
The AAFP has partnered with CMS and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a project to better predict health outcomes and improve health care quality through artificial intelligence. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 29, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Supports Slate of Bills to Protect, Assist Patients
The Academy has written in support of House bills to preserve safeguards in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and make generic drugs more available. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 28, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Report Details 2011-2016 Fentanyl Overdose Death Rates
A CDC report on drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl found skyrocketing rates of mortality related to the drug virtually across the board -- regardless of gender, geographic region and race/ethnicity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 27, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Identifying Priorities Is First Step to Better Outcomes
Researchers recently designed and tested a waiting room Visit Planner tool that aims to help patients identify and voice their top priorities for the visit before seeing their physician. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 27, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Illinois Poised for Tobacco 21 Win After Chapter Push
After being vetoed last year, Tobacco 21 legislation appears ready to become law in Illinois, thanks in part to testimony from Illinois AFP Board Chair Asim Jaffer, M.D. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 27, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Reports: More HIV Testing, Treatment Needed
New CDC reports say most new HIV infections seen in the United States in 2016 were transmitted by the nearly 40 percent of people who didn't know they were infected or who knew but were not receiving care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 27, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published
The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 26, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New ABFM Testing Format Calls for Novel Learning Tool
The AAFP has launched the Longitudinal Assessment Self-Study Package for family physicians participating in the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot. The new resource combines the learning power of the Board Review Self-Study Package with the easy-to-use content of FP Comprehensive and more to enhance your studying experience. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 25, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Resident Is Already an Agent of Change
Family medicine resident Jamal Lawrence, M.D., is poised to achieve his childhood goal of caring for patients and a community. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 25, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Residency Curriculum Hits Mark on Social Determinants
Researchers at a St. Louis family medicine residency program assessed outcomes after implementation of a longitudinal experiential curriculum focused on underserved communities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 22, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Survey Shows Support for Tighter E-cigarette Regulation
A recent survey shows that a majority of adults are unsure how much nicotine is in e-cigarettes -- but still favor increased federal enforcement against use by minors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline
The AAFP recently gave its " affirmation of value " designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP's Innovation Fellow Studies Tech, Digital Scribes
Medical student Erkin Otles, M.S.E., said the AAFP's Primary Care Innovation Fellowship opened doors, supplied resources and mentoring, and provided protected time for his research. Could you be next? (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Overall, Physicians Are Happy and Enjoy Their Lives
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Overall, physicians are happy and enjoy their lives, according to the 2019 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)/CompHealth Physician Happiness Survey published online March 19. Researchers surveyed 5,855 members... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Report: FM Residency Diversity Can Be Fast-tracked
A family physician co-author of a recent study outlined key interventions that helped one residency program quickly increase diversity despite a largely unchanged pipeline. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Steps Up Enforcement of Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan
The FDA has announced new actions it will take to enforce its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and has released draft compliance guidance for manufacturers of flavored e-cigarette products and cigars. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness
Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 18, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Focused on Integrating Social, Medical Care Services
Since struggling to address the social determinants of health as a new physician, Laura Gottlieb, M.D., M.P.H., has focused her career on reducing social barriers to health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 18, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine
The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news