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Jul
27

Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight

The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

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Jul
27

While Congress Is Out, Invite a Legislator to a Meeting

The August recess gives family physicians a chance to educate legislators about the role FPs play in medicine and get help with policy issues.

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Jul
23

Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. It's a trend tied directly to the nation's prescription opioid epidemic, says an agency official.

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Jul
22

AAFP Tells HHS How to Improve CHIP, Medicaid Managed Care

The AAFP recently fired off a letter to HHS with detailed suggestions on how to improve a proposed rule covering Medicaid managed care programs and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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Jul
22

Evidence Lacking to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

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Jul
22

AAFP Champions Role for FPs in Federal Diabetes Program

The AAFP is pressing for a greater role for family physicians in the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Diabetes Exemption Program.

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Jul
21

Paying Primary Care Physicians for Hospital Consults

The AAFP recently kicked off a conversation with America's largest private health insurers regarding their payment policies for hospital consultation services provided by primary care physicians.

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Jul
21

Right Incentives Drive Success in Medical Home Study

A recently published three-year study of a Pennsylvania medical home initiative showed the program's potential to transform care delivery.

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Jul
17

2015 AAFP Congress of Delegates Convenes Sept. 28-30 in Denver

The Colorado Rocky Mountains are the backdrop for this year's AAFP Congress of Delegates, which will meet Sept. 28-30 in the Centennial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Denver.

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Jul
17

AAFP Demands Straight Answers on Flawed Audit Process

The AAFP won't back down when it comes to getting answers from CMS about flaws in its meaningful use audit system.

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Jul
16

Apply for 2015-2016 Tobacco Prevention, Control Mini-grants

Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

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Jul
16

White House Event Shares Blueprint for Healthy Seniors

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

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Jul
16

Mark Stephens, M.D., Runs for AAFP Vice Speaker

The Uniformed Services AFP announces the candidacy of Mark Stephens, M.D., of Bethesda, Md., for AAFP vice speaker.

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Jul
15

DPC Summit Draws Hundreds of Enthusiastic Family Physicians

The first direct primary care summit held in the Midwest, organized by the AAFP and two partner organizations, drew hundreds of physicians eager to learn more about the practice model.

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Jul
15

First-year Results in: Physicians Still Learning About ACA

Acknowledging that expanded insurance coverage has brought new patients through their doors, many physicians are still unaware about how some details of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect their practices.

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Jul
15

First-year Results in: Physicians Still Learning About ACA

Acknowledging that expanded insurance coverage has brought new patients through their doors, many physicians are still unaware about how some details of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect their practices.

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Jul
15

Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks

A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects.

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Jul
14

Medicaid at 50: Growth Continues Amid Challenges

Medicaid, which will hit its 50th anniversary on July 30, is evolving into a public-private insurance plan that now enrolls an estimated 71 million people.

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Jul
13

AAFP Lauds Payment Stability, Action on Advance Care Planning Codes

CMS recently released its 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule, which includes a modest increase in physician payment and action on advance care planning codes.

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Jul
13

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

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