iMedicalApps: Shots by AAFP/STFM App Review
(MedPage Today) -- The best immunization app just got better (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation
The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Share Best Practices at Adolescent Immunization Summit
Family physicians and other participants at the AAFP's Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit held July 14-15 shared stories of specific changes that helped practices improve immunization rates for adolescents ages 11-18. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Community Colleges Hold Key to Family Medicine Diversity
New research published inAnnals of Family Medicine suggests that attending community college increases the odds that U.S. medical school graduates will choose family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Updates Safety Warnings for Fluoroquinolones
The FDA has announced changes to the safety labeling of fluoroquinolones, including stronger warnings about mental health side effects and blood sugar disturbances. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Examines Physicians' Views on Routine SMBG
AnAnnals of Family Medicine study sought to determine why many physicians continue to recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose for some diabetic patients despite its cost and a lack of evidence that it is effective in improving patient outcomes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Tip: Care For an Incision After Surgery
-- The last thing you want to do after surgery is develop an infection. So caring for a surgical wound is of prime importance. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Follow your doctor's instructions about when and how... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 17, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Racing Toward a Bright Future
Erin Clark, a regional coordinator for the family medicine interest group network, is pursuing two academic degrees and a spot in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CMS Releases Planned Changes for 2019 Medicare Payments
CMS has released its 2019 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule and has included proposed rules for the Quality Payment Program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Diabetes Diagnosis Could Benefit Household
A study published in the July/August issue ofAnnals of Family Medicine found that partners of patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to improve their health behaviors than are partners of patients without the disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16
Due to budget cuts, the National Guideline Clearinghouse is scheduled to shut down July 16th. Read more about this from the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - July 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: #CC/Academic List #Health Sciences List Source Type: news

Physician Groups Urge CMS to Rethink Risk Payment Suspension
The AAFP and five other physician organizations are asking CMS to reconsider a decision to stop $10.4 billion in risk-adjustment payments to health insurers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Insufficient Evidence on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment
On July 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two final recommendation statements and accompanying final evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease using the ankle-brachial index and other nontraditional risk factors. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Review 2017 MIPS Scores, Performance Feedback Reports Now
Physicians who participated in the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System have until Sept. 30 to check their performance feedback and final scores, and to request a review if necessary. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Authors See Crucial Role for Primary Care in Opioid Epidemic
Three new articles inThe New England Journal of Medicine advocate for a greater role for primary care physicians in treating opioid use disorder. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Demo Project Would Waive MIPS Requirements for Some Physicians
CMS seeks to hasten the transition to a value-based health care system with implementation of new demonstration project for clinicians who participate in programs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Warm handoffs do not improve attendance at behavioral health intake appointments
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In programs that integrate behavioral health services into primary care, 'warm handoffs,' in which primary care clinicians introduce patients to behavioral health professionals, are commonly used. Researchers at Boston Medical Center have found that warm handoffs are not associated with improved attendance at behavioral health intake appointments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scribes may be more financially viable under capitated payment
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Team documentation (i.e., the use of scribes) has the potential to improve primary care clinician satisfaction and efficiency, yet little has been known about the financial and time use implications. A new study finds that, compared to fee-for-service payment, capitation-based systems may require less external financing to support team documentation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians and patients perceive good communication differently
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Family physicians have a different view of what constitutes good communication compared to patients and trained clinical raters. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Perceptions of primary care notes by patients with mental health diagnoses
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Primary care patients with mental health diagnoses are as enthusiastic about the utility of viewing their doctors' notes as other patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alcohol consumption is associated with nocturnal leg cramps
(American Academy of Family Physicians) New research finds that, among patients over 60 years old, there is a strong association between consumption of alcoholic beverages and nocturnal leg cramps. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

July/August 2018 Annals of Family Medicine media 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 - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Apps portray mental health issues as commonplace and easy to manage
(American Academy of Family Physicians) A new analysis finds that mental health apps convey two dominant messages: that virtually everyone has some type of mental health problem and that individuals can easily manage those problems by using an app. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Diabetes diagnosis can improve health of the household
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Partners of people with newly diagnosed diabetes are more likely to change their health behaviors than partners of people without the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Building a Direct Primary Care Practice
After more than eight years in the fee-for-service world, Jeffrey Gold, M.D., needed a change. He found a model that " makes sense " in direct primary care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations
The CDC has updated and expanded its 2011 recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine for 12 weeks to treat latent TB infection (LTBI). The regimen is now recommended for use in younger patients with LTBI, as well as in certain patients with concomitant HIV infection. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Congress of Delegates Convenes Oct. 8-10 in New Orleans
The 2018 Congress of Delegates will meet Oct. 8-10 in New Orleans in conjunction with the AAFP Family Medicine Experience, which is scheduled for Oct. 9-13. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Urges Quick Reunification of Families Separated at Border
The AAFP recently called on the administration to quickly reunite families that have been separated at the border and to ensure that those still in custody receive appropriate health care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care
On July 12, the AAFP will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to noon CDT that addresses clinical preventive service recommendations for adolescents and young adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes
The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Review Task Force Recommendations on Board Certification
The AAFP Task Force on Board Certification in Family Medicine has issued a report containing recommended next steps to address longstanding member concerns about the continuing board certification process. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

MMWR Report: Fewer Youth Say They Use Tobacco Products
A new report from the CDC and FDA found that although fewer high school and middle school students overall used any tobacco product in 2017 compared to 2011, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among those who did use such products. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

She Found Where She Belonged at National Conference
Victoria Boggiano, M.D., M.P.H., confirmed her specialty choice and became a leader at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Now she hopes to help others do the same. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Screen Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis, Says USPSTF
On June 26, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in various patient populations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition
An article in the May/June issue ofAnnals of Family Medicine examines patient and family caregiver attitudes about their experiences with care transition management following an acute hospitalization. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ACIP Reaffirms LAIV Recommendation for 2018-19 Flu Season
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has reaffirmed its October 2017 recommendation to include live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; FluMist) in its guidance for the 2018-19 influenza season. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AHRQ: National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced that, because of federal budget cuts, its National Guideline Clearinghouse website will no longer be updated with new content as of July 2, 2018, and will not be available at all after July 16. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Suggests Link Between FP Scope of Practice, Burnout
New research published inAnnals of Family Medicine suggests FPs with a broader scope of practice early in their careers may be less likely to feel burned out. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

WHO Compiles List of Essential Diagnostic Laboratory Tests
The World Health Organization has released a list of essential lab tests to ensure patients around the globe receive the right tests and treatment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Voices Support for FDA Tobacco Regulation
On June 20, the AAFP sent the FDA letters stating the Academy's position on three separate tobacco-related issues: the use of flavors in tobacco products, premium cigars and nicotine levels in cigarettes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline in the Golden State
Jo Marie Reilly, M.D., M.P.H., developed an innovative program at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to draw more medical students to primary care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties
Research reported in the June 15Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found the prevalence of obesity was higher among U.S. adults living in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Lessons Learned From a Legislative Victory
Tennessee AFP President Sherry L. Robbins, M.D., writes that courage and collaboration were critical in shutting down a potentially harmful scope-of-practice bill in her state legislature. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP, Other Groups File Amicus Brief in Texas v. U.S.
The AAFP and other medical groups have filed an amicus brief supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a lawsuit that seeks to declare the ACA unconstitutional. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions
Results of a new study show that the number of nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased in two-thirds of the states that allow exemptions for philosophical, as well as religious, reasons. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Still Recommends CRC Screening From Age 50 to 75
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 -- In accordance with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) does not intend to change its recommendations for colorectal cancer screening based on the recent... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AMA House Backs AAFP's Call for Accurate 2020 Census
At its recent annual meeting, the AMA House of Delegates unanimously adopted an AAFP-led resolution that focused on the critical need to maintain the integrity of U.S. Census data to ensure appropriate allocation of health care and other funding. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Scores Win as CMS Activates Medicare ID Look-up Tool
The AAFP was successful in its recent efforts to persuade CMS to create a look-up tool for patients'Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physicians Needed to Serve on Opioid Expert Teams
The AAFP is recruiting family physicians who have experience using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders or are interested in obtaining a waiver to prescribe MAT to be part of opioid expert teams. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Effort to Reverse Costly CPT Modifier 25 Decision
Dozens of professional medical organizations -- including the AAFP and the New Jersey AFP -- recently signed a letter urging two health insurance companies to reconsider an unfair coding policy. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news