Researchers Make the Case for Home-based Medical Care
Noting an increase in the use of home-based medical care in the United States, researchers conclude that more primary care clinicians willing to provide this type of care are needed, and they call for improvements in value-based payment to help fill that gap. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Report: Follow Four Principles to Meet Quadruple Aim
A recent article in theJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine outlines a new set of principles to address a crisis in health care quality management in primary care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Leonard Reeves, M.D., for AAFP President-elect
The Georgia AFP announces the candidacy of Leonard Reeves, M.D., of Rome, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Offers Senate Suggestions for Improved Primary Care
The AAFP recently advised a Senate committee to support work on advanced primary care, social determinants of health, direct primary care and CMS'Independence at Home demonstration project. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Data Show U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Decline
A series of data briefs from the CDC shows that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second time in three years, with deaths from drug overdose and suicide largely responsible for the decline. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Daughter's Birth Defect Led Him to Medical School
Chris Zeman didn't plan to be a physician, but when his daughter was born with gastroschisis, he was inspired to go back to school at age 31. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., for AAFP Speaker
The Wisconsin AFP announces the candidacy of Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., of Oregon, for AAFP speaker. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Ada Stewart, M.D., for AAFP President-elect
The South Carolina AFP announces the candidacy of Ada Stewart, M.D., of Columbia, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Objects to Harmful'Public Charge' Rule Change
In a Dec. 3 letter, the AAFP signaled its strong opposition to a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule, which it said would endanger public health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Other Groups to Develop Well-Woman Resource
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created a chart summarizing age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence to maturity that physicians can use during well-woman visits. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Membership Category Benefits U.S. Medical School Grads
A newly created " transitional membership " category will allow medical school graduates who have not entered a residency program to join the AAFP for a limited time. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Research Lacking on Child Maltreatment Interventions
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, stating that evidence is insufficient to assess the harms and benefits of such interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Survey Weighs Effects of Patient Access to Health Info Online
Results of a survey conducted during the 2018 Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans reveal some of the effects that patients'increased access to health information has on family physicians and their interactions with patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Check Now: Your 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status May Have Changed
Physicians now can use a CMS tool to check their participation status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Physicians also may now view their Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on Physician Compare profile pages. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Close Tobacco-friendly Loopholes in Trade Deal, Groups Urge
The AAFP has joined 23 other organizations in advising that a new U.S.-Japan trade treaty should protect both countries against lawsuits from the tobacco industry. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Tip: If You Feel Faint
-- Typical symptoms of feeling faint include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, weak, nauseated and sweaty, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. Fainting can be triggered by standing up too quickly, working or playing too hard in hot weather,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Future FP Is Already an Educator, Innovator
Intern Tyson Schwab, M.D., M.S., just started his family medicine training, but he already has two medical devices in development. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Utilize CCM Codes to Maximize Patient Care, Payment
Use of chronic care management codes can help family physicians deliver reimbursable coordinated care for patients with two or more chronic diseases. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Familydoctor.org Helps Spread Flu Prevention Message
Familydoctor.org has created an online communications toolkit to help family physicians amplify key flu prevention message to their patients this influenza season. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for Patients Ages 15-65
On Nov. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reports on screening for HIV infection, as well as on preventing the infection in those at increased risk. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Medical Crowdfunding Can Pose Major Patient Risks
Research recently published inJAMA shows that substantial amounts of money are being raised to support crowdfunding campaigns for questionable medical therapies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline
On Nov. 10, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released a cholesterol guideline that includes recommendations for more personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at highest risk for cardiovascular disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

EHR Interoperability Crucial for Less Burnout, Better Care
A new report from the National Academy of Medicine outlines possible solutions to the frustrating lack of interoperability in electronic health record systems. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse
The ECRI Institute has announced the launch of a new online resource that collects, evaluates and organizes clinical practice guidelines and other materials. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Examines Fallout of California Vaccine Exemption Law
Study results show that although immunization rates for children entering kindergarten in California are near record levels, the number of medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased substantially since a 2015 law banned nonmedical exemptions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Do Older Patients Want to Talk About Life Expectancy?
New research published in Annals of Family Medicine explores whether and when older patients are receptive to discussions about long-term life expectancy with their physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mapping a Path to Good Health
Paul Ravenna, M.D., is studying how geographic information systems can help improve health care and how physicians can be trained to use those tools to help patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Even an Occasional Cigarette Greatly Boosts Mortality Risk
A study recently published in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Moves to Cut Administrative Burden on MAT
Pennsylvania and seven major insurers have agreed to end prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HHS Unveils Revamped Physical Activity Guidelines
HHS has published an expanded second edition of itsPhysical Activity Guidelines for Americans that includes new information on the benefits of regular physical activity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Lends Expertise on Social Determinants to Inform HHS
The AAFP gave HHS feedback on how to improve health care for Medicare patients with social risk factors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Focused on Unraveling Acute Flaccid Myelitis Mystery
The CDC published aMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release online on Nov. 13 that shines some light on this year's spike in acute flaccid myelitis. Agency officials point to 90 confirmed cases so far this year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Applauds FDA Move on E-cigarette Flavors, Menthol
The AAFP recently hailed an FDA move toward restricting the sale of most flavored e-cigarette products and banning menthol in combustible cigarettes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Equity Fellow Plans to Learn While Leading Others
As one of the AAFP's first health equity fellows, Karen Isaacs, M.D., M.P.H., is working to improve the process of screening patients for social determinants of health and linking them to needed resources. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use, Says USPSTF
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement that calls for primary care clinicians to screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evidence Shows Early Prediabetes Intervention Works
Authors of an evidence-review paper say type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented or delayed with underused lifestyle, pharmacologic or surgical interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Halt Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions, Say Medical Groups
Five major physician organizations, including the AAFP, said two final rules that allow exemptions from contraceptive services coverage will have " damaging effects on public health. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Indian Health Service Seeks to Boost Access to MAT
The Indian Health Service has developed a new controlled substance provider designation policy to allow for the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Chapters Report Varied Approaches to Common State Issues
A roundtable at the AAFP's 2018 State Legislative Conference offered an overview of how some chapters are meeting -- and overcoming -- legislative challenges. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

This NC school is one of the leaders for producing most family physicians
When it comes to family physicians, East Carolina University is producing more than its fair share. Last week, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) recognized the Brody School of Medicine for producing the highest percentage of family doctors in the last decade of any medical school in the state. Primary-care physicians ar e in rare supply. According to the AAFP, the nation is struggling with a current physician deficit that… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Seth Gulledge Source Type: news

This NC school is one of the leaders for producing most family physicians
When it comes to family physicians, East Carolina University is producing more than its fair share. Last week, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) recognized the Brody School of Medicine for producing the highest percentage of family doctors in the last decade of any medical school in the state. Primary care physicians ar e in rare supply. According to the AAFP, the nation is struggling with a current physician deficit that… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Seth Gulledge Source Type: news

This NC school is one of the leaders for producing most family physicians
When it comes to family physicians, East Carolina University is producing more than its fair share. Last week, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) recognized the Brody School of Medicine for producing the highest percentage of family doctors in the last decade of any medical school in the state. Primary care physicians ar e in rare supply. According to the AAFP, the nation is struggling with a current physician deficit that… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Seth Gulledge Source Type: news

A Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity
When Jennifer Edgoose, M.D., M.P.H., objected to the lack of diversity in her residency program, her department chair challenged her to do something about it. She didn't stop there. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Primary care clinicians' willingness to care for transgender patients
(American Academy of Family Physicians) A new survey finds that most family medicine and general internal medicine clinicians are willing to provide routine care for transgender patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pregnant women favor urine testing for tobacco cessation; clinicians express concern
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Up to one-third of female smokers with Medicaid deny tobacco use during pregnancy. A new study finds that, despite reservations, low-income patients have a favorable view of using urine testing, with consent, to promote smoking cessation during pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Review AAFP Summary of 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
The AAFP has created a summary of the 2019 final Medicare physician fee schedule that highlights the elements that will most affect family physicians'practices in the coming year and beyond. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

People in the News/Awards -- October
A number of AAFP members received various honors or recognition in October 2018. In addition, one family medicine academic department was named the recipient of a national award. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Reveals Troubling Test Scores of Assistant Physicians
Researchers found that a new category of medical licensure in Missouri drew individuals with lower pass rates on standard licensing exams and did not adequately address the problem of medically underserved areas. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure
In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Provides Influenza Updates, New Clinician Resources
The CDC recently issued an update on the current flu season and published resources to help clinicians make a strong recommendation that their patients receive the flu vaccine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news