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How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Apr 22, 2019 - Patients trying to recover from substance-abuse disorder face numerous obstacles. Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190422fp-secondchance.html

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others

Apr 22, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190422fdf-muhammad.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Apr 19, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190419uspstfleadfinal.html

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Apr 18, 2019 - Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.html

Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

Apr 17, 2019 - The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190417lv-satisfaction.html

Academy Calls for Drug Pricing Transparency, Action

Apr 17, 2019 - In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190417spikeletter.html

FPM Showcases Tools Available to Improve Dementia Care

Apr 17, 2019 - A research report published in the January/February issue of FPM gathered and presented evidence-based tools family physicians can use to improve care for patients with dementia.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190416fpmdementia.html

Surveys: Physician Salaries Are Increasing, Burnout Persists

Apr 16, 2019 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in the latest In the Trenches blog post that findings from a pair of Medscape surveys on compensation and burnout offer a mix of good and bad news.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190416itt-docsurveys.html

Taking a 'Measure What You Treasure' Approach to Burnout

Apr 16, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190416beyondburnout.html

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases

Apr 16, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416measles.html

FP Honored for Selfless Service in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

Apr 16, 2019 - Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416sacraawards.html

You Don't Need a Title to Lead

Apr 15, 2019 - As the AAFP's signature leadership development events approach, Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., reflects on his own leadership path in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190415fp-leadership.html

FP Is Taking a Direct Approach to Making Things Better

Apr 15, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., isn't shy about sharing her opinion when things need improvement. At two upcoming AAFP events, she'll share her perspective as a direct primary care practice owner.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190415fdf-edwards.html

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

Apr 15, 2019 - A recent analysis of results from two national surveys shows that increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the risks associated with e-cigarette use, with many now viewing them as at least as harmful as combustible cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180415e-cigsurveys.html

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS

Apr 12, 2019 - Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190412grandfatherplans.html

Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?

Apr 12, 2019 - An article recently published in Canadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190412vaccinetalk.html

Food is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers

Apr 10, 2019 - A residency program has discovered an innovative way to encourage and facilitate good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190410foodishealth.html

AAFP Letter Cites Concerns With CMS' Proposed Lab Rule

Apr 9, 2019 - A recent AAFP letter to CMS expresses concerns with portions of a proposed rule that would increase the financial burden on in-office laboratories, possibly forcing the closure of those that are operating on already thin margins.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409clialetter.html

Fix Payment to Improve Veterans' Health Care, AAFP Tells VA

Apr 9, 2019 - Better payment is needed to ensure a primary care workforce adequate to veterans' needs, the AAFP recently told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a proposed rule involving veterans receiving primary care outside the VA system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409veteransaccess.html

Study: Older Adults Often Don't Report Adverse Drug Effects

Apr 9, 2019 - New research shows that less than 40% of older adult patients reported adverse drug events they experienced to their family physicians. And even when they did, the study said their physicians didn't always include that information in the health record.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409annals-ades.html

FDA: Some E-cigarette Users Report Having Seizures

Apr 9, 2019 - The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409e-cigseizures.html

Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

Apr 8, 2019 - Whether you call it physician burnout or moral injury, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that volunteering is one of her strategies for preventing the condition.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190408lv-volunteer.html

After More Than 30 Years, Education Is Still His Passion

Apr 8, 2019 - Robin Winter, M.D., M.M.M., was recently recognized for his leadership, mentoring and efforts to advance the specialty during a span of more than 30 years as a family medicine residency program director.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190408fdf-winter.html

Objection! Can We Bring Order to Documentation and Billing?

Apr 5, 2019 - Have you ever seen a lawyer documenting everything said during court? Neither has Allison Edwards, M.D., who ponders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post whether doctors could learn something about how attorneys document -- and bill for -- their work.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190405fp-billing.html

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

Apr 5, 2019 - The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

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