AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Demands Plan to Reverse Teen E-Cigarette'Epidemic '
Noting " an epidemic proportion of growth " in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers, the FDA gave major manufacturers a deadline to say how they will fight the trend. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Give Newborns Antibiotic Ointment to Prevent Eye Infection
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation statement recommends applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants
New research published inAnnals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an EHR-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Best Project Winners Named in Emerging Leader Institute
The winning projects from the third class of the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute focused on the mental health of veterans, home births and high-quality care for the LGBTQ+ community. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Choosing to Do--or Not Do--a Genital Exam Choosing to Do--or Not Do--a Genital Exam
Does the conventional wisdom about annual routine pelvic exams need to change? AAFP thinks so.Georgetown University Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Want to Be a Physician Leader? Just Take the Reins
Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., says physicians are natural leaders. She's working to ensure her colleagues feel empowered to create change. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Keep Cancer-Fighting Tax on Tanning, Groups Tell Congress
The AAFP is asking the House of Representatives to preserve a tax on indoor tanning -- and calling on Academy members to add their voices in support. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: U.S. Patients Pay Higher Rx Costs, Get Fewer Days of Therapy
Americans spend about 200 percent more per capita on primary care prescription drugs than do patients in 10 comparable countries, according to a recent study, but receive fewer days of therapy. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Supports'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative
As a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, the AAFP is supporting the ACT for Better Diagnosis initiative, which aims to improve the diagnostic process by calling on organizations to identify and spread practical steps to better ensure diagnoses are accurate, communicated and timely. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New AAFP Recs: Pelvics, Glucose Checks, Transfusions; More New AAFP Recs: Pelvics, Glucose Checks, Transfusions; More
Other items on the list: herpes, testicular cancer, and scoliosis screening.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Screen All Pregnant Women Early for Syphilis, Says USPSTF
On Sept. 4, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?
New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Add AAFP Virtual Care to Your Family Medicine Practice
Family physicians can now sign up to purchase AAFP Virtual Care, a telemedicine platform designed specifically for FPs in small and medium-sized practices. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Looking for 2018-19 Health Equity Fellows
The AAFP, in conjunction with Family Medicine for America's Health, is seeking two Academy members interested in participating in a 12-month health equity fellowship. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP, Rhode Island Medical Board Pioneer New CME Benefit
Rhode Island's Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has begun excluding AAFP members from its biennial CME audit for license renewals. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Releases Updated Disaster Preparedness Resources
Just as peak hurricane season arrives in the Northern Atlantic, the AAFP has updated its disaster relief/disaster preparedness resources to help family physicians prepare for the worst. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

September/October 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! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline
Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is using research to understand the factors that influence student choice and, ultimately, improve the family physician pipeline. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Digs In, Gives CMS Comprehensive Comments on MPFS
The AAFP sent a 92-page letter to CMS with recommendations on how to improve the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule so it better supports family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Releases Guidance for 2018-19 Influenza Season
On Aug. 24, the CDC released aMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizing recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2018-19 influenza season. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative
A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NDEP Updates Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care
The National Diabetes Education Program has released an update to itsGuiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which was first published in 2014. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law
The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Obesity at Young Age Increases Cancer Risk Later
Recently published research suggests that young individuals who are obese run a higher risk of developing cancer later in life. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Counseling Helps Prevent Perinatal Depression in High-risk Women
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk of perinatal depression to counseling interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

U.S. Resident Physicians Express Frustration, Fulfillment
A 2018 Medscape survey measures how happy U.S. resident physicians are in their jobs and with their lifestyles. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Report: HPV Vaccination Rate Rises 5.1 Percent
A newMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Report: HPV Vaccination Rate Rises 5.1 Points
A newMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC: 2017 HPV Vaccination Rate Up 5.2 Points Over 2016
A newMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Survey: Community Health Centers Need Many More FPs
The title of a new report from the Robert Graham Center sums up the situation for the community health centers that serve many low-income communities: " High Demand, Low Supply. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Texas Medical School Set to Emphasize Primary Care
Administrators of the University of Houston College of Medicine want to open in 2020 to start training primary care physicians for Texas with free tuition for the inaugural class. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Women's Health Council Asks for FP Survey Participants
The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is asking family physicians to complete its quick survey to inform new resources for its patient safety bundles. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Petition Demands Stop to Big Tobacco's Social Media Deception
Teens use social media heavily -- and so do tobacco companies that want to reach U.S. kids, says a petition that the AAFP joined to ask the FTC to take action. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

From Army Wife to Army Doctor
Lt. Col. Julie Hundertmark, M.D., realized her dream of becoming a physician in the military and now is encouraging others to follow her path. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Updates Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen
A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a screening option that says women ages 30-65 may undergo high-risk HPV testing combined with cytology every five years. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Enhance Racial Disparities Training, Say Primary Care Residents
Researchers surveyed primary care residents to determine their awareness of racial disparities in diabetes and how prepared they feel to discuss these disparities with patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Short-term Inactivity May Trigger Diabetes Symptoms
Results of a recently published small study suggest that a sudden, short-term drop in physical activity may produce diabetes symptoms in older adults at risk for the disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Considering a Virtual Group for 2019 MIPS Participation?
Register now for an Aug. 27 webinar that details how to participate in CMS'2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System as part of a virtual group. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Tip: Help Keep Your Teen Healthier
-- Adopting healthy patterns during the teen years may lead to a better quality of life as an adult, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The academy suggests teaching your teen about: Physical Health - Exercise often, eat a healthy... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

AAFP Decries 50 Percent Cut for E/M Codes with Modifier 25
The AAFP has asked a major private payer in Rhode Island to reconsider a proposed 50 percent cut for certain evaluation and management services. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Number of Patients With OUD in Labor/Delivery Quadruples
The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder who presented at hospital labor/delivery departments quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Number of Women With OUD in Labor/Delivery Quadruples
The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder who presented at hospital labor/delivery departments quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fighting for a Fee Schedule That Works for You, Your Patients
The AAFP is working on a detailed response to the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule that steers CMS toward fixes that will help family physicians give patients the comprehensive, continuous care they expect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Shows Physicians, Nurses How They Talk to Each Other
A study published inBMJ Quality& Safety suggests that both professional trust and patient safety can be increased by enabling physicians and nurses to reflect on their communication with each other. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Teaching Students to Be Leaders, Create Change
Physician, educator and advocate Kari Mader, M.D., M.P.H., is teaching medical students how to identify and address their communities'needs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How Will Medicare Shared Savings Program Changes Affect You?
The AAFP is urging family physicians to join a free webinar on Aug. 20 that will outline proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Children Exposed to Zika in Utero Need Long-term Monitoring
About one in seven children 1 year of age or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy have one or more health problems possibly caused by in utero exposure to the virus. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pelvic Exams, Genital HSV Testing Next on Choosing Wisely List Pelvic Exams, Genital HSV Testing Next on Choosing Wisely List
The AAFP no longer recommends pelvic exams in asymptomatic women or genital HSV testing in asymptomatic adults, according to its newest Choosing Wisely list.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

AAFP Adds Five New'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations
The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news