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AAFP Urges Swift Passage of Primary Care Patient Protection Act
The AAFP this week called on Congress to pass the recently introduced Primary Care Patient Protection Act, which would make it easier for patients with high-deductible health plans to see their primary care physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment
On May 22, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Physicians to Administration: Stay Out of Doctor-Patient Relationship
AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., writes that the Academy and its partners object to a proposal that would change which individuals and organizations are eligible for Title X family planning funds and threaten the patient-physician relationship. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care
The AAFP is a founding member of a new coalition dedicated to supporting value-based health care and empowering physician-led independent practices. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Patient Engagement Conference Includes Patients' Voice
The AAFP is bringing together patients, family physicians and researchers for a new type of conference on June 29 aimed at increasing patient engagement. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain
A new meta-analysis published in theJournal of Pain has found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, which may have implications for the way family physicians treat patients with this condition. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Fights for Patient Access to Covered Medicaid Services
The AAFP stands against a proposed rule that would amend the state documentation process on Medicaid fee-for-service payments and their effect on patient access. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Caring for Olympic Team a Golden Opportunity
Allyson Howe, M.D., wanted a career that included caring for athletes. She achieved that goal as the head physician for the Olympic champion U.S. women's hockey team. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Unveils Principles for Fair Measurement, Payment in APMs
The AAFP has unveiled five principles that show how and why the social determinants of health must be accounted for in alternative payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges
A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship
With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical Orgs Decry Attempt to Alter State Laws for APRNs
The AAFP joined more than 80 other medical organizations in objecting to interstate licensure compact language that is intended to grant advanced practice registered nurses prescriptive authority and allow them to practice independently. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New CMS Strategy Aims to Benefit Small-town America
CMS announced a new strategy intended to ensure that the 60 million people who live in rural areas of the United States have the same access to affordable, high-quality health care as the rest of the country. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Building a Case for Health Equity
Brian Frank, M.D., said his circuitous route to a career in medicine helps him understand the patient perspective and the need for health equity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69
On May 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer, advising individual screening for men ages 55-69 and no screening for those who are older. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Spread the Word on May 22: FPs Treat Body < i > and < /i > Mind
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., invites FPs to join a National Day of Action to let people know that when they need help, their family physician is a good place to start. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Preserve Clean Power Plan to Protect Health, AAFP Urges
A proposal to roll back regulations on carbon emissions from power plants would harm the health of high-risk populations, the AAFP recently warned the Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era
The CDC's April 27Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation
The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Illnesses From Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites Triple
The CDC says the United States needs to be better prepared for the public health threat of widespread, difficult-to-control vector-borne diseases with additional tracking capacity, prevention strategies and pest control. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Her Leadership Path Has Come Full Circle
Kisha Davis, M.D., M.P.H., was recently elected convener of the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. She wants to give back to the event that trained her as a leader. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence
In an effort to re-examine what can be done to help treat intimate partner violence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative
An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Take on Technology, Burnout, Patient Care Issues
At the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, family physicians in the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement heard testimony on issues related to technology, telemedicine, physician wellness and many other important topics. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Discuss Underserved Populations, Reproductive Health
During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders April 26-28, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Education. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NCCL Delegates Tackle Wide Range of Advocacy Issues
The Reference Committee on Advocacy at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders discussed more than a dozen wide-ranging issues aimed at protecting family physicians and their patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs
During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Focus on Empowering Physicians, Protecting Patients
The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Ask AAFP to Empower Physicians, Protect Patients
The Reference Committee on Organization and Finance discussed and voted on dozens of issues at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities
Family physician Denise Rodgers, M.D., is leading a broad community effort to eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, fitness, housing and mental health in Newark, N.J. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2018 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders
AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens
The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Blackwelder: FPs, Go Out and Make the Case for Family Medicine
Plenary speaker Reid Blackwelder, M.D., told family physicians they can support their specialty by helping payers, policymakers and legislators understand its scope and breadth. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Speaker: FPs, Go Out and Make the Case for Family Medicine
Plenary speaker Reid Blackwelder, M.D., told family physicians they can support their specialty by helping payers, policymakers and legislators understand its scope and breadth. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pre-conference Workshop Aims to Advance Health Equity
The Family Medicine Advancing Health Equity workshop aimed to help participants become change agents who lead the way to health equity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The < i > AFP < /i > Podcast: 1 Million Downloads and Counting
The American Family Physician podcast has become one of the most important programs of its kind, bringing information to family physicians, residents and medical students with an average of 41,000 downloads each month. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Finds 22 Percent Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions
Opioid prescriptions in the United States decreased 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. The AAFP and AMA are contributing to solutions with a new resource advocating for medication-assisted treatment that family physicians can use. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Draft Guidelines Issued for Office-based Primary Care Procedures
Family physicians are urged to review and comment on draft guidelines related to office-based primary care and gynecology procedures by May 13. As one family physician notes, " These guidelines will probably be used in the state that you're working in. So if you don't find them useful, now is the time to say something. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Office-based Primary Care, Gynecology Procedures Draft Guidelines Issued
Family physicians are urged to review and comment on draft guidelines related to office-based primary care and gynecology procedures by May 13. As one family physician notes, " These guidelines will probably be used in the state that you're working in. So if you don't find them useful, now is the time to say something. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Effort to Decrease 2018 MIPS Reporting Period
More than 40 medical organizations asked CMS to implement a 90-day quality measure reporting period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Rolls Out Well-Being Planner to Help Fight Burnout
The AAFP has expanded its Physician Health First initiative to include an online well-being planner as part of an ongoing effort to combat physician burnout. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Don't Loosen Short-term Insurance Rules, AAFP Warns HHS
A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Path to Leadership Started as Volunteer
Jay Lee, M.D., M.P.H., said lessons learned as a medical volunteer in El Salvador have served him well as a family physician leader and advocate. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care
Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in anAnnals of Family Medicine supplement. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Medicine Cares USA Supports Free Medical Clinics
The AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Cares USA program awards grants to free health clinics in the United States to help purchase needed medical equipment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Launches PSA Campaign to Educate Patients
The AAFP will launch a national public service announcement campaign on May 1 to help prepare patients for important conversations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Issues Final Guidance on Preventing Falls, Fractures
On April 17, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted two final recommendation statements and evidence summaries on the prevention of falls and fractures in older adults. Exercise and selective multifactorial interventions are recommended for adults ages 65 and older who live at home and are at increased risk of falls. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Researchers Explore Diminishing Scope of FP Practice
A recent policy brief published in theJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how the trend toward more employed physicians impacts scope of practice in family medicine, noting that a broader scope benefits both patients and physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee
On April 10, the AAFP wrote a letter to the FDA in response to the agency's request for comments on the use of nicotine for tobacco product cessation. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay
A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news