AAFP Association News


Taking the middleman out of health care

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017

Join family physician colleagues at DPC Summit, June 15-17 in Washington, D.C., to learn more about direct primary care (DPC). Between introductory courses and sessions that target recently converted practices, there's something for you. It's time to take the middleman out of health care. Register and save $100.


Speaking same language doesn't guarantee being on same page

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017

In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Luis Garcia, M.D., writes that differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.


Motivational interviewing for obesity webcast | Watch today

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2017

Obesity among both U.S. children and adults continues to grow at an alarming rate, and family physicians are well positioned to engage in motivational interviewing with obese patients to improve outcomes. Watch the AAFP webcast Motivational Interviewing: A Patient-centered Approach to Obesity Management to learn the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines to help improve those outcomes. Earn 1.5 AAFP Prescribed credit by viewing the webcast, and earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice (t2p) process. This CME activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.


Pick Your Pace: Avoid Medicare Part B penalties

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2017

Are you ready for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Pick Your Pace now to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019. The AAFP can help.


Finding purple: Creating nonpartisan paths to advance primary care

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2017

Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians are uniquely positioned to find a path through polarized politics that can lead to a solution to our health care crisis.


Experience CME on your terms

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2017

Developed specifically for family physicians, AAFP CME prides itself on providing relevant, high-quality, evidence-based education in formats that work best for your individual learning style. Key learnings are easily applied directly into your practice -- improving both your patient care and patient outcomes. Choose your topics, credits and format with AAFP CME.


2017 chronic care management resources available

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 19, 2017

The AAFP is offering updated resources to help members better understand and implement chronic care management efforts, including a webcast, the CCM Toolkit and the MediCCM management tool. Get started implementing CCM services with help from the AAFP. Learn more.


Twins multiply challenges -- and rewards -- of breastfeeding

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2017

In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., shares her insights from one of the hardest things she's ever done: breastfeeding twins.


Do you know the value of FMX?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2017

FMX provides five days of knowledge, connections, solutions and inspiration. Earn up to 26.75 live CME credits on site and take home 25 additional credits with FMX On Demand, a digital library featuring the most popular FMX courses -- all included with your registration. Learn more and register.


Overactive bladder learning activity | Start today

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2017

Participate in the AAFP learning activity, Overactive Bladder: Patient-Centric Management, to better assess and care for your patients who struggle with OAB. Earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit and up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice (t2p) process. This CME activity is supported by an educational grant to the AAFP from Astellas.


FPs answer call in times of need -- no matter where

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2017

Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., was far from home when he fell ill. Another FP dropped everything to help him -- just as you'd expect from a family physician, Schwartzstein writes in the latest Leader Voices blog post.


Save time and money on your practice costs

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2017

Through the AAFP Member Advantage program, gain access to HealthFusion/MediTouch -- a cloud-based electronic health record software. Try a free demo.


Earn CME on your schedule with FP Essentials and FP Audio

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 12, 2017

Subscribe now to FP Essentials and/or FP Audio and save. Developed specifically for family physicians, both monthly subscriptions offer relevant, high-quality, evidence-based education you can apply directly to your practice. For a limited time, new subscribers will save 10 percent off print and digital or 15 percent off digital-only subscriptions. Save now.


FPs can lead in treating transgender patients with dignity

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 11, 2017

Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that family physicians can help ensure they receive it.


AAFP Women's Health | Denver

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 10, 2017

Learn from expert faculty presenting the latest clinical information on a number of emerging topics, including depression and anxiety, overactive bladder, STIs, and more. Attend the Women's Health course in Denver, July 19-22. Earn up to 25.25 AAFP Prescribed credits (includes participation in optional procedural skills workshops). Register early to save.


Sorry, I'm too busy for your busy work

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2017

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies -- time that would be better spent with patients. She invites readers to share any solutions to this problem they have discovered.


Save on FMX registration by June 30

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2017

Register by June 30 to secure your spot at the lowest price for the 2017 AAFP Family Medicine Experience, the AAFP's largest annual meeting, Sept. 12-16 in San Antonio. Learn more and register.


AAFP Family-Centered Maternity Care | Denver

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2017

Learn from expert faculty presenting the latest clinical information on a number of emerging topics, including infections in pregnancy, racial disparities and maternity care outcomes, group prenatal care, and more. Attend the Family-Centered Maternity Care course in Denver, July 19-22. Earn up to 26.25 AAFP Prescribed credits (includes optional session participation). New! Stream the live course from your home or office. Earn up to 22.25 AAFP Prescribed credits without traveling.


Not blowing smoke: FPs can make a difference on tobacco

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 05, 2017

Several states are considering legislation that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, Mott Blair, M.D., says there's room for family physicians to work on this and other issues to improve the health of their patients and communities.


Submit Global Health Workshop abstracts by May 15

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 04, 2017

It's not too late to submit abstracts for the 2017 AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop. This year's event will be held in Houston, Oct. 5-7, and is an excellent way to explore global health. Remember to register by Aug. 4 to save.


HHS warns practices about spoofing scam

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 03, 2017

The HHS Office of Inspector General says scammers are preying on medical practices by calling them and making it appear on caller ID that the call is coming from the HHS OIG's anti-fraud hotline. The scammers then attempt to get personal information from staff. The HHS OIG notes that it does not make outgoing calls from the hotline. For more information, see Family Practice Management's Getting Paid blog.


Two common-sense interventions could prevent gun-related deaths

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2017

Admittedly, gun control is controversial. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that two specific interventions to prevent gun-related violence shouldn't be.


Receive special pricing on payment processing services

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2017

Through the AAFP Member Advantage program, Bank of America Merchant Services offers customized debit and credit card processing rates. To learn more, email Bank of America or call 1-888-317-5402.


What to do when experienced colleague is wrong? Speak up

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Mar 29, 2017

Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, writes Peter Rippey, M.D., in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.


Stop leaving money on the table

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017

There's still time to register for the Annual Wellness Visit webinar. Discover the benefits and improve your practice's financial health. Sign up now.


Maximize CME earning at the 2017 AAFP FMX

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

Expand your family medicine knowledge during the 2017 AAFP Family Medicine Experience, Sept. 12-16 in San Antonio. Earn up to 26.75 Live CME credits on site and take home 25 additional credits with FMX On Demand, a digital library featuring the most popular FMX courses -- all included with your registration. Learn more and register.




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