Consumers First Coalition Launches With AAFP on Board
The Academy this month helped launch the Consumers First Coalition, an alliance designed to examine and improve disparities in the U.S. health care system. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 25, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers
The CDC has updated its guidelines for TB screening, testing and treatment for health care personnel and published the revised guidance in a May 17Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 22, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Lauds Lawmakers as Champions of Family Medicine
During the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., the Academy recognized Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., with Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 22, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Rural Study Explores Team-based Approach to Diabetes Care
Results of a study recently published in the Southern Medical Journal highlight the effectiveness of a team-based approach to managing diabetes in a rural primary care setting. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 22, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

PCPs Discuss but Don't Document Social, Emotional Health
New research shows that although nearly six minutes of primary care office visits with complex patients was devoted to discussing social and emotional topics, little of this data was recorded in the EHR. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 21, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Warns Against Spread of Low-value Health Insurance
Responding to an HHS request for information, the Academy strenuously objected to the idea of encouraging the proliferation of health insurance plans that do not include important patient protections. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 21, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Delivers Best of Family Medicine Throughout Long Career
During his 65-year career as a family physician, Alexander D. " A.D. " Brickler II, M.D., has cared for a remarkable number of Tallahassee families and delivered more than 30,000 babies. The recently retired 90-year-old also helped deliver racially integrated health care to his Florida city. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 20, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Four Projects Aim to Shape Future of Family Medicine
The AAFP has launched new work that aims to move the needle for family medicine by focusing on administrative burden, public perception, advocacy and improving member interactions with the Academy. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Objects to Interference With Doctor-Patient Relationship
The Academy and five peer physician organizations are strongly objecting to aggressive political interference in the physician-patient relationship that jeopardizes patients'access to lawful care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable
Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths for which timing was known from 2011-2015 were preventable, according to a new CDCMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA
In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Support Postpartum Group Visits for Nutrition Education
New research shows how family physicians can implement group visits to teach new mothers about nutrition for themselves and their infants. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements
The AAFP and 21 other specialty organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Survey, FP Expert Agree: Interest in Telehealth on the Rise
Recently published results of a physician survey on telehealth indicates that use of the technology has quadrupled since 2015 and is expected to continue to increase in the years to come. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Aims to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Family Medicine
Edward Bujold, M.D., isn't one to settle for the status quo. Rather, his passion for family medicine and drive to serve patients in his community keep him continually striving to be -- and do -- better. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 13, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Warns of Misapplication of Its Opioid Guideline
The CDC recently warned that misapplication of itsGuideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain -- United States, 2016, can risk patient health and safety. The guideline is intended for use solely by primary care physicians treating chronic pain in patients 18 and older. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Finds Family Physicians Offer More Value for Services
A comprehensive analysis of Medicare claims data revealed that on a per-patient basis, low-value care spending is less when care is provided by family physicians rather than by other primary care physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Policy Brief Makes Case for Funding Teaching Health Centers
Researchers find that family medicine residents who train in teaching health centers often practice in safety-net settings such as federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, public health clinics, institutional clinics and clinics that are part of the Indian Health Service. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Youth Tobacco Use Demands Stronger FDA Response, Groups Say
The AAFP recently joined with 35 other organizations in signing on to a letter that calls on the FDA to take more forceful action against youths'use of e-cigarettes and related tobacco products. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Recruiting for Ask and Act Office Champions Project
The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimaging Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Panelists Describe Turning Passion Into Patient Advocacy
Panelists speaking at the AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders on April 25 highlighted how they built on their passion for patient care to expand their advocacy efforts outside the office setting and effect change in their communities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 7, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ACLF Speakers Urge FPs to Advocate for Health System Reform
During a panel discussion on health system reform at the AAFP's 2019 Annual Chapter Leader Forum, speakers said politicians are unlikely to change the health care system without action by patients and physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 6, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Mentor Guides Youths to Careers in Health Care
Beulette Hooks, M.D., never met a black physician while she was growing up. Now she's working to ensure young people in her community have mentors in medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 6, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Poised to Help FPs
According to a breakout session on artificial intelligence and machine learning at the AAFP's 2019 Annual Chapter Leader Forum, AI is poised to augment the work physicians do but will not replace them in the exam room. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Call for Expanding Education Topics in Residency
During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on a number of resolutions considered during the Reference Committee on Education hearing that was held April 26. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physicians Go Big With Advocacy Agenda
Family physicians at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders discussed and voted on several resolutions considered during the April 26 Reference Committee on Advocacy hearing. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 3, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Takes Aim at Maternal Mortality Crisis
The AAFP is building a coalition and taking other concrete steps to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and to ensure that family physicians can be part of the solution. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Hammer Out Practice-related Measures for AAFP to Take Up
Members who testified before the National Conference of Constituency Leaders Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement on April 26 discussed issues that affect patient care, including obstetrical privileges and HIV preexposure prophylaxis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Delegates Focus on Race in Medicine, Gender-affirming Care
During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on numerous resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, many of which focused on addressing race-based aspects of medical care and implicit bias. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HHS, CDC Address Ongoing Measles Outbreaks
As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Member Constituency Delegates Reject Purity Politics for PAC
Delegates to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders considered resolutions on FamMedPAC donation strategy and making AAFP meetings more welcoming to families, among other issues. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 30, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physicians Voice Questions at Town Hall Meeting
AAFP leaders took members'questions on topics ranging from board certification to midlevel provider training during the 2019 AAFP Leadership Conference Town Hall meeting on April 26. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 30, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed
The AAFP is mailing all active and resident family physician members full-color laminated copies of the 2019 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 29, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Creating AI Tools That Work for Family Medicine
When Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., decided he'd had enough of his EHR system and burdensome documentation, he quit his practice to do something about it. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 29, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2019 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders
AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 27, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Physicians Learn to Say'Yes, And ? '
When things get awkward, " that's when you're learning something, " Belinda Fu, M.D., told audience members during the April 25 plenary that launched the National Conference of Constituency Leaders. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 26, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Confirmed U.S. Measles Cases Now Highest in 25 Years
The CDC reported this week that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States had reached 695, the highest figure since 1994 and more than the total number of measles cases for 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 25, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills
The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients'health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HHS Announces CMS Primary Cares Initiative
HHS recently announced new payment models influenced, in part, by AAFP input, with the intention of initiating valued-based transformation in primary care settings. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx
The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent VTE. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Expert Lists Ways to Boost Adolescent Immunization Rates
AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak withAAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Questions About CME Credit? AAFP Has Answers
In this Q&A, Steven Furr, M.D., the chair of the AAFP's Committee on Continuing Professional Development, tackles frequently asked questions about CME and AAFP credit. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 23, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Reaping Rewards From Team-backed Quality Improvement
Finger Lakes Family Care in Canandaigua, N.Y., has the whole care team and office staff members on board with its quality improvement efforts. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 23, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others
When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 22, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead ExposureUSPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

< i > FPM < /i > Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care
A research report published in the January/February issue ofFPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Calls for Drug Pricing Transparency, Action
In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Taking a'Measure What You Treasure' Approach to Burnout
Speakers at a session held during the AAFP's Residency Program Solutions conference focused on one residency's experience of identifying burnout and building a wellness culture. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases
Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 16, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news