Physicians Must Refute 'Alternative Facts' About Vaccines
Mott Blair, M.D., recalls an era when people literally lined up for a life-saving vaccine. Now, he says, too many people are denying the science behind immunizations.
ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention
Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says "many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor."
Better Cancer Care Demands That FPs, Oncologists Work Together
AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reports from a cancer symposium that communication between primary care physicians and oncologists is critical for patients' welfare.
Attention, Students: Six Thoughts Before Submitting Your Rank Order List
Rank order lists are due soon for those participating in the National Resident Matching Program. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a few tips for students still pondering their options.[Read More]
CPC+ Laying Groundwork for Value-based Payment
Nearly 3,000 primary care practices and 50 payers in more than a dozen states and regions are participating in a pilot that aims to deliver better care for patients and better pay for practices.[Read More]
Holy Toledo! As Bad Ideas Go, Closing Residency Is a Whopper
Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that one health care system's decision to shutter a family medicine residency program in his state doesn't make sense for the business or its community.[Read More]
What's in a Name? Annual Exam Jargon Causes Confusion
The abundance of terminology related to annual exams can be confusing for patients and even physicians. Lynne Lillie, M.D., breaks down what should be included in various types of exams and how to get paid for each of them.[Read More]
Direct Primary Care Is a Sensible Workforce Solution
John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to misconceptions, the direct primary care model is an ideal strategy to ensure our nation has a robust family medicine physician workforce in the long run.[Read More]
Making Our Point on Immunizations With Vaccine Manufacturers
The AAFP recently held a summit with representatives from seven manufacturers about vaccination rates, barriers to increasing rates and other issues related to immunizations.[Read More]
Time to Lift 16-Hour Limit on First-year Residents
The AAFP is supporting a proposal that would increase the number of consecutive hours first-year residents can work from 16 hours to 24 (plus the possibility of four additional hours for the completion of care of an individual patient).[Read More]
FPs Can Shape Social Determinants of Health Outside Clinic
Social factors can influence health more than medical advances. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that family physicians have the perspective and influence needed to address social determinants of health beyond the exam room.[Read More]
Bare Necessity: Communication Is Critical in a Crisis
Wildlife lessons learned since a move to the small frontier community of Valdez, Alaska, have taught John Cullen, M.D., that communication is the key to survival. Brown bears and grizzlies have plenty to say about techniques for getting through life's difficulties to those who know how to listen.[Read More]
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