AAFP Association News

Home loan savings for AAFP members

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 24, 2016

The AAFP Member Advantage program offers various discounts for your personal, practice and financial life. You can choose from a number of fully vetted services available exclusively for AAFP members, including the Bank of America Doctor Loan. The AAFP has your back through the Member Advantage program, and so does Bank of America. Call 888-750-7190 to get started.

PQRS | AAFP webinar will get you ready

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 21, 2016

The Physician Quality Reporting System is a Medicare pay-for-reporting system that requires physicians to submit quality data about health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries to CMS. Reporting PQRS quality measures correctly in 2016 means avoiding a 2 percent penalty on 2018 Medicare Part B payments. Learn more during this Nov. 3 webinar.

Researchers offer views on slow adoption of LDCT lung cancer screening

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 20, 2016

It's been nearly three years since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its recommendation for low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Recent research examined why family physicians have been hesitant to take up the recommendation. Two of that study's authors provide insight on possible barriers to adoption in a guest editorial.

Prescribing for opioid addiction is my responsibility

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 19, 2016

Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to help patients beat their addiction to opioids. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains in the latest Leader Voices Blog post why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.

New! Medicare Wellness Visit Toolkit

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 18, 2016

Provide Medicare wellness visits that benefit you, your patients and your practice. Save staff time and increase efficiency. How? Maximize productivity when you establish a systematic approach to Medicare wellness visits. Download your toolkit today.

Could self-care or telehealth curb overuse of health care?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 17, 2016

More Americans now have health insurance, but there is a still a physician shortage. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders solutions to overconsumption of health care in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

Will you be prepared when disaster strikes?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 14, 2016

Whether you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, there are steps family physicians can take to help patients and families, as well as their own practices and communities, prepare for the worst. Melissa Hemphill, M.D., has more in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

Healthy Interventions: Pain management and opioid abuse resources

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 13, 2016

The AAFP recognizes the seriousness of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States and is actively working to address pain management and opioid abuse through advocacy, collaboration and education. Learn more about the many resources available.

Despite flaws, potential vast for health IT

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 12, 2016

Carl Olden, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that new payment models and delegating documentation work may be keys to getting the most value out of electronic health records.

Lipid management webcast | Watch today

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 11, 2016

More than 25% of US adults older than 40 have elevated cholesterol despite advances in pharmacologic treatment of dyslipidemia. Watch the AAFP webcast Incorporating Novel Approaches for Lipid Management to learn the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines to help manage your patients' lipid profile. Earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit in about 60 minutes and earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice (t2p) process. This free activity is available only to members. The program was funded in part by a professional education grant from Pfizer Inc.

Share your passion. Join a member interest group.

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 10, 2016

The AAFP's member interest groups provide a forum for Academy members with shared professional interests to interact with and learn from their colleagues. But that's not all. Connect to existing AAFP resources, pursue professional leadership development opportunities within the AAFP, and work together to develop Academy policy. Learn more or join a group today.

Download the AAFP Chronic Pain Management Toolkit

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 07, 2016

The AAFP's members-only Chronic Pain Management Toolkit helps physicians evaluate and treat chronic pain and facilitate patient dialogue. Learn more.

Unreasonable drug prices force patients to skip meds

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 06, 2016

AAFP officers are in Washington this week to address many issues of concern to primary care, including skyrocketing prescription drug prices. AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., has more in the latest Leader Voices Blog post.

CCM Implementation Toolkit

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 05, 2016

Are you interested in implementing chronic care management (CCM) in your practice? The CCM Toolkit offers a variety of tools for communicating with your patient and enhancing your practice's workflow. Purchase the CCM Toolkit and get started today.

Patient preference, priorities should matter

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 04, 2016

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the latest book by renowned researcher, surgeon and author Atul Gawande, M.D. -- Being Mortal -- reinforces what she practices: Patients' priorities must be considered in care decisions. Read more in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

Taking your Boards? Attend an AAFP course.

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Oct 03, 2016

Register now for AAFP Board Review Express to acquire effective test-taking strategies. Even better -- keep on learning long after your course is over. Start receiving complimentary online access to the Board Review Self-Study Package ($795 value for AAFP members) on the first day of your course. Earn up to 80.25 AAFP Prescribed credits when you attend the live course (28.25 credits) and complete the self-study package (52 credits). Learn more.

Mental health resources lacking in opioid crisis fight

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016

At a time when opioid abuse is skyrocketing, mental health resources needed to address the epidemic are in short supply, Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

Meeting with mentor underscores importance of relationships

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016

Seeing the mentor who introduced her to family medicine nearly 40 years ago highlighted a week that left Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., feeling like she had been "immunized against burnout." Read more in the latest Leader Voices Blog post.

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.

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