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Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence
The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the President and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors
CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students'ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Action Alert: Report 2017 MIPS Performance Data by March 31
Family physicians who need to submit data for the 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System must do so by March 31 to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Osteopathic Match Again Shows Family Medicine on Top
Results from the 2018 American Osteopathic Association Match Day show osteopathic medical school seniors and newly minted D.O. physicians who participated in the AOA Match favor family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer
A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Federal Budget Deal Brings Wins for Family Medicine
The Bipartisan Budget Act brings needed support for many AAFP priorities that will help family physicians and the nearly 200 million patients they care for. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Webinar Maps State Primary Care Spending Success
A webinar on Feb. 21 will highlight state-level increases in primary care spending and offer tools to help spur similar success in more states. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children
New data from the CDC show that from 2001 to 2016, children with asthma in the United States had fewer asthma exacerbations, missed school days and visits to the hospital. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Time to Register, Reactivate Open Payments Account
Physicians and teaching hospitals can submit data to CMS'Open Payments system until March 31; beginning in April, they can preview data others have entered about them. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

' I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution '
Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden
The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Keynote Spotlights Community Work on Social Determinants
A speaker at the National Health Policy Conference said effective health initiatives aimed at inequities must address social issues and community needs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

James Ellzy, M.D., M.M.I., Runs for AAFP Director
The Uniformed Services AFP announces the candidacy of James Ellzy, M.D., M.M.I., of Washington, D.C., for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis
On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Get Comfortable With Advance Care Planning
The AAFP will host a webinar on March 6 that aims to help physicians initiate advance care planning discussions with their patients and ensure that they are paid properly for the service. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules
The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Interdisciplinary Care Effective for Opioid Use Disorder
A rural health clinic in Scappoose, Ore., and an associated federally qualified health center are successfully using an interdisciplinary model to care for patients with opioid use disorder. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden
The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS'now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP to FCC: Improve Rural Telehealth to Support Primary Care
The AAFP has responded to a proposed rule on rural telehealth from the Federal Communications Commission by offering suggestions for supporting physicians and improving patient care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How U.S. Immigration Policy Damages Children's Well-being
Drawing on her experience at the U.S.-Mexico border, medical student Audrey Hertenstein Perez writes that more physicians should be involved in the immigration policy debate. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care
Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Offers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources
The CDC has launched a website that features free fetal alcohol spectrum disorders training and tools, including resources specific to family physicians -- some of which the AAFP created. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Researchers Investigate Primary Care Professional Burnout
Researchers surveyed physicians and other primary care professionals in a medical home setting to see how task-sharing is related to physician burnout. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

In Defense of Family Medicine Certification
Craig Czarsty, M.D., former Board chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), offers a rebuttal to criticism of the ABFM's initial board certification and continuing certification processes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Local Zika Transmission in U.S. Tied to Rise in Birth Defects
The CDC reports areas of the United States with local Zika virus transmission in late 2016 saw a rise in birth defects associated with Zika infection. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?
A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fellowship Opens Door to History of Family Medicine
The AAFP Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine to facilitate work in a unique archive. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Comprehensive E-cigarettes Study Offers Mixed Findings
Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently issued a comprehensive report on electronic cigarettes and their effects on health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds
A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journalBrain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

< i > FPM < /i > Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates
An article inFPM (formerlyFamily Practice Management) aims to keep family physicians current on the 2018 CPT codes they are most likely to use to help ensure they are paid properly. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Keep Tabs on CMS Initiative to Reduce Paperwork
CMS recently launched an online newsletter to keep physicians informed about its new Patients Over Paperwork initiative. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

John Bender, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect
The Colorado AFP announces the candidacy of John Bender, M.D., of Fort Collins, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Value-based Payment Modifier Initiative Winds Down
CMS recently released the results of the final year of the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program, which show fewer physicians receiving a negative payment adjustment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants
The CDC released a newMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report andVital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evidence Insufficient on Specific CVD-related Screening
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification
Family physicians are weary of the cost and expense of continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fighting for Family Medicine Is More Important Than Ever
As we enter 2018, family physicians face a remarkable and unpredictable time for their profession, patients and country. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., shares some of the critical work the Academy is focusing on in the new year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic
As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress
The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage
The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification
The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Gary LeRoy, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect
The Ohio AFP announces the candidacy of Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds
The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Time Is Right for 24-hour Primary Care Clinics
J. Stefan Walker, M.D., writes that family medicine clinics could provide better care, lower costs and greater physician satisfaction by using a 24-hour model. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Free 2018 MIPS Playbook Ready for Download Now
Succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System with the AAFP's 2018 MIPS Playbook -- free to AAFP members. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Understand Compensation, Employment Contracts
On Jan. 31, the AAFP will present a live webinar to help family physicians better understand compensation and employment contracts. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools
The EveryONE Project has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news