FPM Article Highlights 2019 CPT Code Updates, More
FPM has published its annual article that highlights CMS CPT code updates and Medicare policy changes for the new year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 16, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: EHRs Contribute to Family Physician Stress, Burnout
A survey of nearly 1,800 physicians in Rhode Island found that the use of electronic health records contributes significantly to stress and burnout among physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 16, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Proposed Insurance Billing Change'Dangerous,' Say Groups
The Academy and five fellow medical organizations object to a proposed rule that would require health insurance exchange plans that cover certain woman's health services to send separate bills. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Russell Kohl, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker
The Oklahoma AFP announces the candidacy of Russell Kohl, M.D., of Stilwell, Kan., for AAFP vice speaker. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Eligible Clinicians: Report 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2
Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care
The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Meet Family Medicine's Point Man on Immunizations
His research and work on state and national committees put Jonathan Temte, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., on a path to become one of family medicine's foremost experts on immunizations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report
Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 11, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 11, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP to CMS: Make 2019 MPFS Work for FPs, Primary Care
In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP made recommendations on ways the agency can change portions of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule to better support family physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears
The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Consumer Health Group Warns of Loperamide Abuse, Misuse
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association wants to ensure family physicians know that high doses of loperamide (Imodium) can have serious -- even fatal -- cardiac effects. The group has launched a Loperamide Safety education campaign to get the word out to clinicians and patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ENDS Not a Means to Achieve Youth Cessation, AAFP Tells FDA
The AAFP recently told the FDA in no uncertain terms that electronic nicotine delivery systems are not an evidence-based method for youth nicotine cessation. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Telehealth Rules Must Protect Continuous Care, AAFP Tells CMS
The AAFP recently responded to CMS'request for comments on a Medicare Advantage plan proposed rule for 2020. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 7, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Rocking Full-scope Family Medicine for Rural Patients
Noemi " Mimi " Doohan, M.D., Ph.D., was tasked with starting a rural family medicine residency program from scratch. After four years of preparation, the program will launch in 2019. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 7, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Transitional Care Management Boosts Outcomes, Satisfaction
Marc Price, D.O., writes that embracing transitional care management gave his practice a modest boost in revenue, better outcomes and significant improvements in patient and staff satisfaction. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 7, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Restore ACA Waiver'Guardrails,' AAFP Urges Administration
New guidance on insurance waivers is likely to drive states toward incomplete or less affordable coverage, the AAFP warned HHS and the Treasury Department. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 4, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Karen Smith, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director
The North Carolina AFP announces the candidacy of Karen Smith, M.D., of Raeford, for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The EveryONE Project Builds on Successful Year for 2019
The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians'administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Physician Well-being: Building on a Strong Foundation
AAFP News spoke with AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., about the Academy's ongoing plans to address family physicians'risk for burnout and promote physician well-being and resilience. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Research Examines Diversity in Family Medicine
New research shows that although the family physician workforce has diversified over the past 30 years, some racial and ethnic minorities remain underrepresented. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Ready to Get Involved and Improve Primary Care? Start Here
With the new year and its new legislative sessions comes a reminder that the AAFP's advocacy tools can help family physicians achieve important victories. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

People in the News/Awards -- November/December
AAFP members frequently receive various honors or are named to leadership positions. During the past two months, a pair of Academy members were so recognized. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Dennis Salisbury, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director
The Montana AFP announces the candidacy of Dennis Salisbury, M.D., of Butte, for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Steven Furr, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director
The Alabama AFP announces the candidacy of Steven Furr, M.D., of Jackson, for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Andrew Carroll, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director
The Arizona AFP announces the candidacy of Andrew Carroll, M.D., of Chandler, for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Robert Raspa, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect
The Florida AFP announces the candidacy of Robert Raspa, M.D., of Orange Park, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Opioid Expert Teams Stand Ready to Assist FPs
The State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium is ready to assist family physicians with addressing chronic pain, opioid use disorders and delivery of medication-assisted treatment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Voices Support for CMS Drug Transparency Proposal
In a Dec. 12 letter, the AAFP welcomed a proposed CMS rule that would require prices to be included in prescription drug commercials. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Familydoctor.org Adds New Writing Opportunity for Members
For the first time, the AAFP's award-winning consumer website familydoctor.org is accepting content submissions about patient care experiences from family physicians who are interested in authoring patient education materials. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Rural FP Finds Rewards With Full-scope Training, Deep Roots
Shelley Kohlleppel, M.D., has created a solo family medicine practice in rural Lakehills, Texas, not far from her hometown. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Opposes ACA Ruling, Sees'Profoundly Negative' Impact
In a Dec. 15 statement, the AAFP highlighted the harms that could follow a court's ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Final Farm Bill Addresses AAFP's Concerns
The Academy has reason to applaud Congress'reconciled farm bill, which jettisons challenges to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Caring for People Affected by War
Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., spent a decade covering wars as a journalist. Now she cares for those fleeing from such conflicts. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Survey Breaks Down Clinicians' Views on Transgender Care
A new report in theAnnals of Family Medicine indicates that most -- but not all -- primary care clinicians are willing to provide care for transgender patients, but some feel unprepared to do so. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

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., Runs 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

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., Runs 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

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., Runs 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

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