USMLE Change Benefits Students, Reflects AAFP Guidance
Medical students scored a major win last week when the United States Medical Licensing Examination program announced its intention to change score reporting for the USMLE Step 1 exam from the current three-digit numeric score to pass/fail beginning in 2022. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection
The CDC recently updated guidelines for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the first comprehensive guidelines on LTBI issued since 2000. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies
A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

THCGME Funding Can't Wait, AAFP Tells House, Senate
The Academy sent congressional leaders a letter urging immediate funding renewal for the crucial Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Delivers Essential, Full-scope Care for Rural Community
Family physician Zita Magloire, M.D., delivered nearly 90 babies in her small community last year and is determined to show medical students and residents that they can incorporate obstetrics in their practices, too. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

PCPs Outpace Specialists in Embracing Digital Health Tools
Use of digital health tools increased from 2016 to 2019, with FPs and other primary care physicians showing considerable interest in tools that allow them to provide remote patient care, a recent survey found. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Identifies Drugs of Concern for Patients With CKD
A team of Canadian researchers has developed a list of three dozen medications that must or could be dose-adjusted or avoided in patients with chronic kidney disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Director Brings Rural Perspective to Graham Center
Jack Westfall, M.D., M.P.H., the new director of the AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, shares his thoughts on rural health and primary care research in this Q&A. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Gives Proposed Transparency Rules Cautious Thumbs-up
Regulations on transparency of prices and cost-sharing and rules on medical loss ratios must focus on patients, the AAFP said in response to a CMS proposed rule on value-based payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Colleagues' Deaths Inspired FP to Bounce Back
Corey Martin, M.D., co-founded the Bounce Back Project to promote health through happiness among clinicians and in the community. Data show the work is making a difference. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC, AAFP Release 2020 Immunization Schedules
The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2020 adult and childhood immunization schedules. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus
As the CDC continues to update its interim guidance for health care professionals on the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the AAFP will work to rapidly relay that information to members. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Research Examines Economics of HPV Vaccination
An economic analysis found that expanding HPV vaccination coverage to all adults through age 45 would produce slight health benefits but be less cost-effective than the vaccination strategy previously in place. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Block Grant Plan Would Hurt Medicaid Patients, AAFP Warns
A CMS proposal to allow Medicaid block grants would reduce access to care and strain the U.S. health care system, the Academy recently cautioned the agency. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mentor Blazed a Trail Worth Following
Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., recently retired after serving nearly two decades as the first woman and the first member of a racial/ethnic minority to be named a permanent chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. But she says she still has work to do. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Maps America's Growing Sedentary Lifestyle
More than 15% of adults in all U.S. states and territories are physically inactive, according to CDC maps released Jan. 16 that show the prevalence of adult physical inactivity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

People in the News/Awards -- 2019 Wrapup
AAFP members often are named to prominent leadership positions or receive various honors for their work. In addition, family medicine departments and residency programs frequently are recognized for their accomplishments. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 31, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Sterling Ransone, Jr. M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect
The Virginia AFP announces the candidacy of Sterling Ransone Jr., M.D., of Deltaville, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 31, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Submit 2019 MIPS Data Early, Avoid Help Center Backlog
The reporting period for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year is open until March 31, but don't wait -- CMS advises early data submission. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 31, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win
CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Report: Two in Five Antibiotic Rxs May Not Be Needed
A new study suggests that although two-fifths of antibiotic prescriptions overall may be unnecessary, FPs and other primary care physicians are better than their peers in other specialties at prescribing antibiotics appropriately. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Need Help Reviewing 2020 Medicare Coding, Payment Updates?
The journalFPM recently published its annual guide to the updates in Medicare documentation, coding and payment that are most relevant to family physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Federal Agency Seeks Your Comments on Diabetes Issues
The National Clinical Care Commission is seeking public comment on a series of questions on diabetes prevention and treatment options to inform federal work in this area. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NCCL Convener Has a Passion for Advocacy
For Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., serving as convener of the 2020 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders is a chance to advocate for family physicians and their patients, and to help members on their own paths to leadership. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Many U.S. Adults Misinformed About the Flu, Vaccination
FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 -- Many U.S. adults are misinformed about the influenza virus and the importance of flu vaccination, according to the results of a survey released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Wakefield Research... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AAFP President: Prepare Your Office for Novel Coronavirus
Two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV that was first detected in Wuhan, China, have now been reported in the United States, with other suspected cases under investigation. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Folic Acid/Zinc Supplements Fail to Boost Fertility in Men
Dietary supplementation with folic acid and zinc does not improve fertility in men and may produce unwanted gastrointestinal symptoms, new research has found. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination
Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Advanced APM Bonuses Hit New Snag: Missing Payee Data
CMS is asking qualifying alternative payment model participants who are still owed advanced APM bonuses for performance year 2017 to verify their payment data by Feb. 28. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Shows Ways to Effectively Manage Electronic Messages
Two dozen primary care physicians, including several family physicians, share techniques and strategies for electronic messaging and inbox management in a new study. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: FM Residencies Need More Telehealth Training
Armed with survey results that show many residencies use telehealth infrequently, researchers say family medicine residents need more training in telehealth services. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order
In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Issues Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity
The CDC recently released a Health Alert Network advisory to notify physicians that influenza activity nationally remains high, primarily due to heightened circulation of influenza B/Victoria viruses. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Millennials are LEAST likely generation to get flu shot and experts think anti-vaxxers are to blameĀ 
A new survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians found that 61 percent of millennials familiar with the anti-vaxx movement said they agree with some of their beliefs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The EveryONE Project Unveils Implicit Bias Training Guide
The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has introduced its Implicit Bias Training Guide to promote awareness among primary care physicians and their practice teams. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes
A review of military health records has found that veterans who received nonpharmacologic therapies to manage chronic pain are less likely than those who did not to experience long-term adverse outcomes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

PAMA Laboratory Reporting Delay a Win for AAFP
In a move the Academy has advocated for months, Congress has mandated a one-year delay for required reporting of clinical laboratory data. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path
Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ACP Guideline Addresses Age-related Low Testosterone
The AAFP has endorsed the American College of Physicians'clinical practice guideline on treating adult men with age-related low testosterone, which recommends initiating testosterone treatment only for those experiencing sexual dysfunction. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks
In letters to CMS and HHS'Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise
Research suggests that as the number of prescriptions written for opioids has dropped, there has been a corresponding rise in the use of nonopioid medications such as gabapentin and baclofen to treat certain types of pain. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Equity Fellow Targets Obesity in Clinic, Community
AAFP Health Equity Fellow Keisha Harvey, M.D., has embarked on a broad campaign to address obesity with efforts in physician offices and throughout the community. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Heralded Vape Flavor Ban Too Diluted in Final Form, AAFP Says
New restrictions on flavored e-cigarette products fall short, the AAFP said in a statement calling for a ban on menthol flavors and all forms of mixing fruit flavors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Unsure About Primary Care First? Webinar Explains New Model
With the Primary Care First application deadline approaching, the AAFP and other groups are offering a webinar to help physicians decide whether to join the new payment model. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

News of Vaping-Related Injury Getting Vapers' Attention
THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 -- Survey results show more than eight in 10 informed vapers are more cautious and likely to reduce vaping as a result of news of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Study Highlights Lack of Self-care Among Medical Residents
New research indicates that a concerning number of medical residents do not have a routine place for care, making them less likely to utilize valuable preventive screenings and services. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 24, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Says Court's ACA Ruling'Prolongs Uncertainty '
The AAFP said a federal appeals court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act leaves family physicians and their patients in an unacceptable void. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 23, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Despite Awareness of Outbreak, Many Vapers Misunderstand Risks
Results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP show that young people who vape are aware of an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, but many still don't understand the risks. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Share Comments for Upcoming Federal Dietary Guidelines
Family physicians have an opportunity to help shape the foundational document for federal nutrition policy and education programs in writing or in person at a January meeting. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Offer Behavioral Counseling to Prevent STIs
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on the use of behavioral counseling interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 18, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news