AAFP Offering Members Opportunity to Purchase Hard-to-Find PPE
The AAFP is collaborating with Project N95 to give Academy members limited-time access to purchase personal protective equipment, even in small quantities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Member Purchase Opportunity for Hard-to-Find PPE
The AAFP is collaborating with Project N95 to give Academy members limited-time access to purchase personal protective equipment, even in small quantities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Students, Residents Elect 2021 Leadership
In their first remote election, delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders to represent them in the coming year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Urge Residents, Students to Be Voice for Patients
Veteran family physicians urged attendees at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students not to underestimate their ability to make a difference outside the clinic. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

' Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise
For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match
Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 4, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Teenage Injuries Put FP on Sports Medicine Career Path
His own athletic injuries sparked an interest in a health care career. Now Deepak Patel, M.D., is caring for athletes and sharing his expertise with medical students, residents and his peers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Examines Telehealth, Rural Disparities in Pandemic
New research suggests that telehealth services can improve health disparities for patients in rural areas, but lack of broadband access remains a barrier for many. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HHS Issues Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Testing
HHS has imposed new reporting requirements that implement the agency's June guidance establishing national standards for data elements and patient demographic information related to COVID-19 testing that must be collected and reported. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation
In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Videos Offer Peek at New AAFP Website, Mobile App
Three new videos highlight changes coming to aafp.org and the AAFP mobile app on Aug. 17 that promise to streamline content for practicing family physicians, residents and students. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Medicine Is Key to Her Career in Global Health
When Erin Ferenchick, M.D., realized she needed more skills to make a difference in global health, she went back to school to become a family physician. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Updates Unhealthy Drug Use, OUD Screening Guidance
The AAFP has published an updated recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use and a separate recommendation on screening for opioid use disorder, which differ somewhat from guidance issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Dietary Guidelines Committee Issues 2020 Scientific Report
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its 2020 Scientific Report, with new consideration of early-life nutrition and dietary patterns. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship
The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship; applications are due by Oct. 1. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

PDW RPS Content Available in On Demand Package
Although the AAFP's PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium was canceled because of the pandemic, the Academy is making more than 18 hours of recorded content and materials available. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

National Conference Panelist's Message: Speak Out and Lead
Tamieka Howell, M.D., wants other women and minorities to see that they can do what she's done: fill leadership roles at state and national levels. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Updates Toolkit for STD/HIV Partner Services
The CDC recently updated its Toolkit for Technology-based STD and HIV Partner Services to make it easier for family physicians and other clinicians to care for people who may have been exposed to such infections. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FMAP Needs Long-term Bolstering, Say AAFP, Other Groups
A federal medical assistance percentage boost of at least 12% is vital to the nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP and more than 100 other groups told Congress in a recent letter. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

S.C. Family Physician Is Newly Named AMA President-elect
During last month's Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, South Carolina family physician Gerald Harmon, M.D., of Georgetown, was named the organization's president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening With Low-dose CT
On July 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement, draft evidence review and draft decision analysis on screening for lung cancer. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health System Preparedness, Resilience Depend on PC, Says AAFP
In separate letters to HHS and senate health committee leaders, the AAFP called for a sharper primary care strategy to better prepare the health care system for public health emergencies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Called to Heal: FP Ministers to Both Patients and Society
Family physician and pastor Joedrecka Brown Speights, M.D., has a unique perspective on the many aspects of patients'well-being, including their spiritual health. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

It's Official: 2020 Congress of Delegates Goes Virtual
This year's Congress of Delegates will be held virtually to safeguard participants'health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join your colleagues online to weigh in on key policy issues. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Data Show Primary Care Spend Is Lagging
A recent report uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to confirm that primary care expenditures are not rising relative to other sources of health care spending. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDHE Awards Chapters Implicit Bias Training Grants
Thanks to a grant from the AAFP Foundation, the Academy's Center for Diversity and Health Equity has awarded grants to 12 chapters to create implicit bias training events for members. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Coming Soon: New AAFP Website and Mobile App
A new aafp.org and AAFP mobile app are coming Aug. 17 with upgrades that will help members find the best family medicine resources for their unique needs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Henley's Portrait Unveiling Stirs Emotions, Sparks Memories
On July 6, a small group of Academy leaders, staff and special guests gathered at AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kan., to witness the unveiling of the official portrait of outgoing EVP and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., who is retiring as of Aug. 1. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Lock In Telehealth Flexibility, Protections, Says AAFP
In two recent letters, the AAFP and other groups asked Congress for permanent telehealth flexibility and laid out principles to ensure ongoing virtual care success. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Joins Boycott of Facebook, Instagram Ads
The AAFP is joining hundreds of other companies and organizations in a monthlong advertising boycott to urge Facebook to address " hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence. " (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy Objects to Scope Overreach by Veterans Affairs
The AAFP recently joined a coalition of other medical groups in warning the Department of Veterans Affairs about the danger of allowing nonphysicians to practice without physician oversight. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 2, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Coronavirus Remains Front and Center at June ACIP Meeting
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met virtually June 24 to discuss topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues pertaining to vaccines for influenza and meningococcal disease. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 1, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Praises Legislation to Restore Medicaid Payment Parity
The AAFP and three other physician organizations voiced strong support for a Senate bill that would restore Medicaid payment parity with Medicare rates. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 1, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Issues Guidance on Immunizations During Pandemic
The CDC has issued new interim guidance for family physicians and other clinicians on providing immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

DPC Was His Solution for Affordable, Full-scope Care
Nicholas Tomsen, M.D., was determined to use the full scope of his training, including obstetrics. He's doing it all in direct primary care. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 29, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Studies Examine Antibiotic Resistance, Stewardship Issues
New research suggests a link between increased influenza vaccine uptake and reduced antibiotic prescription rates, while a second study examines primary care physicians'attitudes about antibiotic stewardship. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Academy's Digital Assistant Pilot Advances to Stage Two
The AAFP is recruiting as many as 100 family physicians to participate in stage two of its pilot with Suki, a digital assistant that combines artificial intelligence and voice-enabled technology. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Meningococcal Disease
The CDC on June 18 issued a health advisory notifying physicians about recent case reports of patients with meningococcal disease that is resistant to both penicillin and ciprofloxacin. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Examines Community-based Lung Cancer Screening
Results of a recentAnnals of Family Medicine study indicate that under the right conditions, lung cancer screenings can be performed safely and effectively in the community health setting. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mentor Found Niche in Place She Didn't Expect
Family physician and residency program director Kristina Diaz, M.D., is playing a vital role in her hometown's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Physicians Selected for Leadership Roles
Danielle Carter, M.D., and Kevin Bernstein, M.D., M.M.S. -- both of Jacksonville, Fla. -- have been selected to fill family medicine leadership roles. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 18, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Screen Adults for Unhealthy Drug Use, Says Task Force
On June 9, the U.S. Preventive Services task force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for unhealthy drug use. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

At the End of a Long Road, the Mother of All Match Days
Cynthia Kudji Sylvester, M.D., M.H.A., M.S.L., M.S.N., never gave up on her dream of becoming a physician. This spring, she shared Match Day with her daughter, Jasmine Kudji, M.D., who matched in the same health system. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Declare Racism Public Health Emergency, AAFP Tells White House
Racism must be understood as a public health issue and declared a public health emergency, the AAFP told the administration and key members of Congress in a pair of June 10 letters. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Make Systemic Racism National Priority, AAFP Tells White House
Racism must be understood as a public health issue and declared a public health emergency, the AAFP told the administration and key members of Congress in a pair of June 10 letters. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

WPSI Mulls Recommending Obesity Prevention in Midlife Women
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative is inviting public comment on whether WPSI should develop recommendations around the topic of preventing obesity in midlife women; the deadline to comment is June 19. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New MIG Focuses on Issues Around Beginning, End of Life
After careful review of a formal application, the AAFP Board of Directors recently approved creation of the Physicians for Life Member Interest Group. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Create COVID-19 Litigation Safe Harbor, AAFP Tells Congress
Primary care physicians need temporary, targeted liability relief in the aftermath of COVID-19, the Academy and hundreds of other medical and professional organizations told lawmakers recently. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Ask About Tobacco, Offer Advice, Provide Options
On June 2, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review regarding interventions for tobacco use cessation in adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Diabetes Self-management Report
The AAFP has collaborated with several other health care and diabetes organizations to publish a consensus report on the use of diabetes self-management education and support in adults with type 2 diabetes. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news