AAFP Association News


Free Zika webinar now available for viewing

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016

Do you have questions about how the Zika virus could affect your patients and your practice? The AAFP's members-only webinar, Zika Virus -- An Update for Family Physicians, offers answers. This free one-hour webinar will provide the most current information and management guidelines for Zika infections. Go online to view the webinar today.


Register for the 2016 Conference on Practice Improvement

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 26, 2016

The transformation of health care from volume- to value-based is not about basic change, but wholesale transformation. The Conference on Practice Improvement provides a venue for discussion and demonstration of the impact of new payment models for primary care. Attend to share ideas on creating cultures and systems to deliver high-quality care while lowering costs. Register before Nov. 4 and save $75.


Be MACRA Ready | The AAFP has your back

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is setting up groundbreaking changes in how Medicare pays physicians by introducing an innovative two-track system that emphasizes value. To help family physicians thrive in this new payment environment, the AAFP is pulling out all the stops to ensure members are "MACRA Ready." Explore the Academy's MACRA Web page; it's chock-full of resources to help you navigate and succeed in the new system.


Encouragement is key to developing physician leaders

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

Newly installed AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., reflects on his path to leadership in the latest Leader Voices Blog post, urging colleagues not only to join him, but to mentor and encourage others to follow suit.


Community response to disaster shows beauty of rural practice

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

An epic flood ravaged her town, but Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that selfless acts of kindness have helped her patients put their lives back together.


AAFP Emergency and Urgent Care course | Save $100

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016

Attend the AAFP's Emergency and Urgent Care course in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 9-12. Learn best practices and evidence-based information on recent and relevant clinical topics, including opioid education, OB emergencies, DNR discussions, sepsis, and more. Earn up to 23.75 AAFP Prescribed credits. Save $100 when you register by Oct. 7.


Our country is hungry for the message of family medicine

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016

After more than 200 days on the road, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects in the latest Leader Voices Blog post on a whirlwind of meetings with legislators, policymakers, payers, media and medical students.


It's not too late to register for FMX

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016

Online registration has closed, but you can still register on-site for the 2016 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 20-24. Gain best practices for conditions you see every day. Hear thought leaders such as renowned surgeon, researcher and best-selling author Atul Gawande, M.D.


Death in the family: It's OK to let go

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

Relatives often turn to physicians with medical questions. In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., addresses the difficulty of providing insight and comfort when a family member is dying.


AAFP Women's Health course | Save $100

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

Attend the AAFP's Women's Health course (half-day format) in Fort Myers/Naples (Bonita Springs), Fla., Nov. 3-5. Hear from leading experts on a variety of women's health topics, including cardiovascular disease prevention, contraception management, abnormal uterine bleeding and amenorrhea. Earn up to 14.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. Save $100 when you register by Sept. 30.


New Zika webinar | Still time to register

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

Want to know how the Zika virus could affect your patients and your practice? Don't miss the AAFP's members-only webinar Zika Virus -- An Update for Family Physicians on Sept. 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. CDT. It will provide the most current information and management guidelines for Zika infection. Register for the live webinar today.


What I know now, and what lies ahead

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 12, 2016

After six years of service on the AAFP Board of Directors, Robert Wergin, M.D., reflects in the latest Leader Voices Blog post on lessons learned and what the future might hold for family medicine.


Physicians, wellness should begin with us

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

Venis Wilder, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that when physicians neglect their own needs, their ability to care for others suffers as well.


AAFP dermatology course | Save $100

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

Expand your competence and confidence to diagnose and treat your patients' skin conditions. Attend the 2016 Skin Problems and Diseases course in Las Vegas, Oct. 19-22. Lean to assess and treat acute and chronic dermatologic conditions while earning up to 32 Prescribed credits. Register by Sept. 20 and save $100.


Help patients conquer obesity with education, empathy -- not shame

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 07, 2016

Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that how physicians broach the subject with these patients may determine whether or not they can help.


Heads up: Online registration for 2016 AAFP FMX closes soon

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

Are you coming to FMX? Make it easy on yourself. Register online today for the 2016 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), Sept. 20-24. Online registration is simple. Hear surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande, M.D. Enjoy this dedicated time with thousands of your family medicine peers learning, connecting and having fun. Register now.


Opioid tools for AAFP members

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 02, 2016

The AAFP has created a toolkit to help members standardize evaluation and treatment of chronic pain patients and mitigate the risk of opioid abuse. Have your member ID information handy to access the AAFP Chronic Pain Management Toolkit.


Family physicians can cut unnecessary surgeries

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 01, 2016

Family physicians are able to take a holistic, unbiased and evidence-based view that can play a vital role in counseling patients on appropriate treatment options. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., has more in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.


Call for abstracts | Cancer Survivorship Symposium

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 01, 2016

The Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research brings the primary care and oncology communities together to explore interdisciplinary approaches to help patients transition from receiving active care to being post-treatment survivors. Supported by the AAFP in collaboration with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians, the symposium attracts specialists from a variety of disciplines. Register now for the symposium in San Diego, Jan. 27-28. Interested in presenting? Submit your abstract by Oct. 4.


New: Drug and nutrient interaction mobile applet

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016

The new drug and nutrient interaction applet on the AAFP mobile app provides helpful resources for conversations with patients. Download it now.


New Zika webinar | AAFP members only

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Aug 30, 2016

The Zika virus continues to be a concern for patients and physicians in the United States. The AAFP's members-only webinar Zika Virus: An Update for Family Physicians on Sept. 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. CDT will provide the most current information and management guidelines for Zika virus infections. Register for the live webinar today.


Right thing to do: Making the case for drug pricing transparency

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Aug 29, 2016

Vermont recently became the first state to require drug manufacturers to justify large price increases. Will any other states -- or the federal government -- follow? Richard Bruno, M.D., M.P.H., examines the issue of skyrocketing drug prices in the latest Leader Voices Blog post.




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