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March 6, 2013
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  • FDA urges doctors to get training on prescribing opioids
    An FDA letter to physicians asks them to take advantage of training, funded by drug manufacturers, on the appropriate use of extended-release/long-acting opioids. AAFP's manager of CME standards and outcomes Kathy Marian said the Academy is using grant money to develop CME programs that comply with goals set by the FDA and should have those programs available this summer. AAFP News Now (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Special Program: Hypertension for the Primary Care Clinician at ASH 2013
The American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) is holding its 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 15 - 18, 2013 at the San Francisco Marriott. The program is designed to enhance the translation of basic and applied research into effective treatment strategies and includes a special 2-day program on Hypertension for the Primary Care Clinician. Register here!
  Clinical News 
 
  • Food allergies may be affected by early antibiotics, study says
    The risk of food allergy was greatest among children who were exposed to more antibiotics during the first year of life, a case-control study showed. Receiving one or two antibiotic courses did not substantially raise children's food allergy risk, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. Family Practice News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

  Practice Management 
  • Research ties public reporting to quality improvement
    A study in Health Affairs revealed doctor groups that reported their quality data publicly were compelled to improve performance. The research evaluated 20 physician groups participating in the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and found overall improvement on reported metrics and better performance on certain publicly reported testing metrics than comparison groups. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Central Calif. to get new family medicine residency programs
    Three new medical residency programs are to begin this July in California's San Joaquin Valley, including two for family physicians, as a way to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in the central part of the state. The San Joaquin Valley has one of the lowest ratios of primary care physicians to residents in the state. HealthyCal.org (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Measure, Evaluate and Translate Research Into Care with METRIC, an MC-FP Part IV solution
      
    Improve the health of your elderly patients with the METRIC geriatrics module. In three simple steps, you can enhance care for aging patients while earning up to 20 AAFP Prescribed credits and fulfilling your Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians Part IV requirement. METRIC helps you integrate performance measures and improvement strategies to:
    • Evaluate and strengthen practice functions and systems.
    • Monitor group progress with standard tracking reports.
    • Enhance patient outcomes.
    • Build your patient-centered medical home.
    Get started now online or by calling 800-274-2237. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Lands' End offering AAFP-branded apparel
    The AAFP is partnering with Lands' End to bring you Academy-branded apparel and gear selections that fit your needs and wants. Just use the company's easy and convenient ordering system to show your "AAFP spirit":
    • Choose from quality, well-crafted Lands' End merchandise.
    • Personalize apparel and gear with the AAFP logo.
    • Take advantage of Lands' End promotions.
    Order your customized apparel today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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