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AAFP Addresses Contraceptive Access and Coverage With FDA, CMS

Aug 21, 2017 - An Aug. 9 letter to FDA and CMS leaders stemmed from resolutions regarding contraception that were adopted by the 2016 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170821contraceptivesletter.html

AAFP Awards Third Round of Tobacco Control Mini-grants

Aug 8, 2017 - The AAFP's latest class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients devised innovative approaches to controlling tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170808tobaccominigrants.html

AAFP Backs HUD Proposal to Make Public Housing Smoke-free

Nov 18, 2015 - On Nov. 12, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule that would require indoor areas of public housing properties to be smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151118hudsmoke-free.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907hhsopioidrfi.html

AAFP Calls for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research

Dec 11, 2015 - The AAFP wrote to House and Senate leaders this week, calling for an elimination of the ban on federal funding for objective, scientific research on gun violence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151211gunresearchltr.html

AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccination This Season

Sep 29, 2017 - On Sept. 20, the AAFP signed on to a CDC letter asking health care professionals to help promote the influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170929fluvaccletter.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

AAFP Co-sponsors Vaccine Briefing for Congressional Staff

Apr 1, 2015 - The AAFP is co-sponsoring a briefing April 8 in Washington for congressional health policy staff on how vaccine recommendations are developed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150401vaccinebriefing.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

AAFP Decides to Not Endorse AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

Dec 12, 2017 - After a rigorous review, the AAFP has chosen to not endorse the recent hypertension guideline from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212notendorseaha-accgdlne.html

AAFP Demands Answers From FDA About New Tobacco Products

Mar 14, 2016 - The AAFP and 35 other organizations want to know what the FDA plans to do about the serious public health concern posed by a slew of new tobacco products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160314tobaccoletter.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Managing Acute, Recurrent Gout

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP recently endorsed the American College of Physicians' evidence-based guideline on managing acute and recurrent gout.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170616acpgoutgdline.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Jan 5, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American College of Physicians released updated recommendations on oral pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170105acpdiabetesguidance.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Treating Osteoporosis

May 11, 2017 - The American College of Physicians recently issued a guideline on treating osteoporosis and low bone density to prevent fractures, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170511acposteoguide.html

AAFP Endorses Updated OME Guideline From AAO-HNSF

Feb 10, 2016 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has updated its clinical practice guideline on otitis media with effusion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160210omeguideline.html

AAFP Foundation Launches Highlight on VACCINATIONS 4 TEENS

Jun 30, 2017 - The AAFP Foundation launched its Highlight on VACCINATIONS 4 TEENS program on June 27 to help family physicians promote teen immunizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170630fdtnteenvaccine.html

AAFP Gives CDC's Opioid Guideline 'Affirmation of Value'

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP has reviewed the final version of the CDC's guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain and given it a designation of affirmation of value.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160427opioidguideline.html

AAFP Helps Craft New Team Physician Consensus Statement

Jan 11, 2016 - The AAFP, American College of Sports Medicine and four other medical organizations have released a team physician consensus statement aimed at safeguarding athletes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160111teamconsensusstmt.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Aim to Keep FPs Up to Speed

May 16, 2016 - The AAFP recently mailed a hefty packet of immunization resources and information to all active and resident members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516vacc_skeds.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

May 15, 2017 - The AAFP recently mailed members laminated copies of the 2017 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170515immunskeds.html

AAFP Issues Atrial Fibrillation Drug Therapy Guideline

Jun 5, 2017 - The AAFP recently released an updated version of its clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170605afibguideline.html

AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Jul 29, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729opioidtaskforce.html

AAFP Joins Call for Fully Funded Immunization Program

Nov 28, 2017 - The United States needs a robust immunization infrastructure, and the AAFP recently signed on to a letter reminding lawmakers that this requires adequate funding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171128vaccineletter.html

AAFP Joins Campaign to Boost MCV4 Second-dose Rates

Nov 16, 2015 - The AAFP has teamed up with other medical groups and the CDC to encourage physicians to administer a second dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine to patients at age 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151116mcv42nddose.html

AAFP Joins CDC, Other Groups in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Oct 7, 2016 - The AAFP has joined the CDC, the Pew Charitable Trusts and 11 other national health groups to promote judicious outpatient antibiotic use to reduce antibiotic resistance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161007antibioticstewards.html

AAFP Joins Drive For All Clinical Trials to Register, Report Results

Jul 29, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the AllTrials USA campaign that launched on July 29. The campaign is calling for all past and present clinical trials in the United States to be registered and report their results.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729alltrials.html

AAFP Joins Multifaceted National Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse

Oct 22, 2015 - On Oct. 21, the AAFP joined President Obama and various public- and private-sector partners in announcing a unified effort to address the nation's epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151022opioidinitiative.html

AAFP Joins Unified Effort on Gun Violence, Physician Free Speech

Feb 23, 2015 - The AAFP and seven other health professional organizations joined the American Bar Association in calling for policies to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths and to protect physicians' free speech rights.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150223gunviolence.html

AAFP Joins White House Conversation on Opioid Abuse

Jan 27, 2016 - The AAFP brought the family physician perspective to a meeting on opioid abuse that the White House hosted recently.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127whitehouseopioids.html

AAFP Joins White House Summit on Responding to Medical Emergencies

Feb 16, 2015 - At a Feb. 10 physicians roundtable hosted by the White House, government officials and health care leaders met to discuss how to best arm bystanders to help during a medical emergency, particularly by stopping life-threatening bleeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150216whitehouseprepmtg.html

AAFP Lauds Dietary Guidelines Report, but Offers Improvements

May 4, 2015 - The AAFP offered both praise and advice to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a request for comments on the agencies' joint Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150504dietcomments.html

AAFP Mapping Tool Aims to Enhance Immunization Advocacy

Aug 23, 2017 - Family physicians and other vaccine advocates can use the AAFP's new State Immunization Information System Legislation tool to aid them in immunization-focused outreach to state legislators.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170823vaccinemapper.html

AAFP Men's Health Survey Yields Mixed Results

Aug 3, 2016 - According to a survey commissioned by the AAFP and conducted by Harris Poll, nearly half of men (49 percent) rate their health as excellent or very good -- up from 42 percent in 2007.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160803menshealth.html

AAFP Men's Health Survey Yields Mixed Results

Aug 3, 2016 - According to a survey commissioned by the AAFP and conducted by Harris Poll, nearly half of men (49 percent) rate their health as excellent or very good -- up from 42 percent in 2007.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160803menshealth.mem.html

AAFP NRN Helps CDC Develop Hepatitis C Counseling, Testing Guide

Nov 24, 2015 - The AAFP's National Research Network recently worked with the CDC to develop the agency's Guide to Comprehensive Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151124hepcguide.html

AAFP NRN Study Sheds Light on Asthma Treatment in Black Adults

Feb 2, 2016 - A recent study examined treatment options for black adults with asthma, finding no difference between adding tiotropium or a long-acting beta agonist to inhaled corticosteroids.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160202asthmastudy.html

AAFP Offers Free COPD, Asthma Resources for Physicians, Patients

Jun 29, 2016 - New resources from the AAFP are available to help family physicians and their patients better understand the differences -- and the similarities -- between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160629copd-asthma.html

AAFP Offers Members Updated Opioid, Pain Management Resource

Aug 26, 2016 - The AAFP updated its opioid misuse and pain management position paper to better equip members to combat the opioid abuse epidemic while treating patients' chronic pain effectively.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160826opioidpaper.html

AAFP Offers Mixed Comments on CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidance

Jan 20, 2016 - The AAFP recently commented on the CDC's draft guideline for prescribing opioids, suggesting more research is needed to support some of its recommendations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120opioidguideline.html

AAFP Offers Support for Opioid Commission's Early Proposals

Oct 26, 2017 - The AAFP recently wrote to the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis with comments on the commission's early recommendations and information about the Academy's ongoing work to fight opioid addiction and misuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171026opioidletter.html

AAFP Paper Offers Family Medicine Approach to Poverty

Sep 9, 2015 - A recent AAFP paper says family physicians can mitigate the effects of poverty on health by understanding patients' challenges, coping strategies and available community resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909povertypaper.html

AAFP Partners With HHS to Promote Patient Education Tool

Jun 7, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to promote its interactive myhealthfinder tool, which helps patients determine what preventive services they need.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170607myhealthfinder.html

AAFP President Spotlights FP Role Against Antibiotic Resistance

Mar 21, 2016 - Reducing unnecessary use of medications in patient care and in agriculture are two major steps that can address antibiotic resistance, according to a panel of experts.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321antibioticresistance.html

AAFP Presses Congress for Urgent Funding to Fight Zika Virus

Apr 12, 2016 - The AAFP and several dozen other health care organizations signed letters urging Congress to immediately provide new funding to fight the Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160412zikafunding.html

AAFP Recommends Against Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Apr 25, 2017 - In a departure from a recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement, the AAFP has recommended against conducting screening pelvic exams in asymptomatic women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170425aafppelvicexam.html

AAFP Releases Updated CRC Screening Recommendations

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP's recommendation on screening adults for colorectal cancer differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including on suggestions for recommended screening tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160831aafpcrcrec.html

AAFP Secures CMS Coverage for Human Papillomavirus Testing

Jul 11, 2015 - CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150711CMS-HPVdecision.html

AAFP Supports ACA's Coverage of Contraceptive Services

Sep 28, 2016 - The AAFP has signed on to a Sept. 20 letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage requirement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160928acabirthcontrol.html

AAFP Supports CDC, HHS Vaccine Efforts but Calls for Change

Mar 9, 2015 - On March 4, the AAFP sent letters to the CDC and HHS responding to the agencies' calls for comment on updated immunization information.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150309vaccineltrs.html

AAFP Supports FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Nov 2, 2016 - The Academy recently sent a letter to the FDA supporting the agency's draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction goals for commercial food producers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102fdasodiumltr.html

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