New Resource to promote and integrate STI screening into your practice


The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health concern in the United States. Frequently asymptomatic, STIs can lead to significant morbidity if left untreated. As a family physician, you are in an ideal position to help address low screening rates for STIs.

Help aid in the early detection of STIs to prevent transmission and future complications. Gain tips on how to overcome barriers to integrate STI screening into your practice work flow. Discover sample questions to help you find a standardized approach for obtaining a patient’s sexual history.

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AAFP Congress of Delegates and FMX


The AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD) meets this week to develop and set policy for the Academy and to elect its officers and the Board of Directors. Use #AAFPCOD on Twitter and Instagram to follow all COD debates, hear exciting announcements and to engage in the conversation with other members.

Your Kansas delegation is supporting you well! Many thanks to Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP (Delegate), Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Delegate), Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Alternate Delegate) Diane Steere, MD (Alternate Delegate).

Family Medicine Experience (FMX) is AAFP’s Annual Conference, September 24-28, 2019. KAFP member Denise Zwahlen, MD will co-present Pneumococcal Immunization Practice on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Applications for Alcohol SBI Office Champions Project is Due Sept. 20


The AAFP encourages members, especially those serving a significant number of women of childbearing age, to apply for the Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) Office Champions Project. The project, which will accept up to 25 family medicine practices, aims to increase the use of alcohol SBI within primary care settings, utilizing the office champions model. Applications are due September 20, 2019. Physicians who complete this quality improvement project also will receive Part IV maintenance of certification credit.

Learn more and apply today!  Contact Reshana Peterson at or 913-906-6103 with questions.

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds


The AAFP and six other medical and public health organizations have teamed up to publish a Dear Colleague” open letter(2 page PDF) that encourages family physicians and other health care professionals to ensure that 16-year-old patients are seen for a well visit. During that visit, say the groups, these teens should receive vaccines recommended for them by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in its Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for Ages 18 Years or Younger.(

The Aug. 1 letter was signed by AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., along with officials from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College Health Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Pharmacists Association, Immunization Action Coalition and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

The call for well visits for 16-year-olds derives partly from the results of a JAMA Pediatrics study( published in January 2018, which found that although adolescent well-visit rates increased from 41% before implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to 48% after implementation, those figures remain below recommended levels.

The organizations further state in their letter that a well visit at age 16 would allow physicians to administer catch-up doses of vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A and B, varicella, and other diseases.

AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To Prevent Firearm-related Injury and Death


The American Academy of Family Physicians and seven other public health and medical associations today called for policies that begin to address firearm-related injuries and deaths. The call, “Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From the Nation’s Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations,” was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In this special article, the leadership of seven of the nation’s largest physician and public health professional societies reiterate their commitment to finding solutions and call for policies to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths. READ HERE.

Joining the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association in the policy paper, the AAFP called for these items:

  • Comprehensive criminal background checks for all firearm purchases, including sales by gun dealers, sales at gun shows, private sales and transfers between individuals with limited exceptions should be required.
  • Research to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of firearm-related injury and death and to identify, test and implement strategies to reduce these events is important.
  • Addition of dating partners, stalkers or individuals who commit violence against another family member to the categories of people prohibited by federal law from buying firearms. Offenders who have been adjudicated guilty of a crime of violence against a family member or intimate partner, including dating partners, cohabitants, stalkers and those who victimize a family member other than a partner or child, should be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and be prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms.
  • Laws that hold firearms owners accountable for negligently storing firearms. Safe storage is essential to reducing the risk for unintentional or intentional injuries or deaths from firearms, particularly in homes with children, adolescents, people with dementia, people with substance use disorders and the small subset of people with serious mental illnesses that are associated with greater risk of harming themselves and/or others.
  • Improved access to mental health care paired with safeguards against broadly prohibiting all individuals with a mental health or substance use disorder from purchasing firearms.
  • Enactment of extreme risk protection order laws, which allow families and law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from individuals at imminent risk for using them to harm themselves or others.
  • Protection of confidential patient-physician communication on issues that affect their health, including counseling at-risk patients about mitigating the risks associated with firearms in the home and firearm safety.
  • Constitutionally appropriate policies that effectively address high-capacity magazines and firearms with features designed to increase their rapid and extended killing capacity.

Read AAFP Press Release in its entirety.


Read the Latest Issue of FPM and Earn Five CME credits

  • How to Identify and Address Implicit Bias
  • The Nurse Closer: Making Visits More Efficient
  • Caring for Sexual Assault Survivors
  • New Physician Orientation
  • Why I Don’t Share Patients

Get Your Practice Improvement Work Recognized by Aug. 1


There is still time to apply for two awards offered in connection with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s 2019 Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement — the FPM Award for Practice Improvement and the H. Winter Griffith Resident Scholarship for Excellence in Practice Improvement and Patient Care. Apply by Aug. 1.


Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health


A great resource to help primary care and public health work together to improve the population health and reduce health care costs is the new book, The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work which expands on the themes of the original textbook, providing examples of successful primary care/public health collaborations while offering tools and methods for family physicians and others who want to improve the health of their communities. Read more about this resource and how it can help you and your practice.

Ohio AFP’s “Wellness Wednesdays” Available to All AAFP Members


You are invited to attend Wellness Wednesdays ( This structured, bi-monthly webinar series focuses on enhancing professional and personal wellness through the joy of medicine. Sessions are scheduled on a Wednesday during the typical lunch hour, 11:15 a.m. – noon CST, and are free to join.

Participants will start each session with a brief overview of the discussion topic and then have the opportunity to share their own insight and ask questions at the end of the 45-minute program. It’s a great opportunity to make connections with peers who are also interested in wellness and professional satisfaction topics.

Plan to attend:

June 19, 2019: “Lifestyle Medicine: Healthy Habits to Improve Your Well-Being”
Speaker: Jonathan Bonnet, MD CAQSM, FAAFP, Chair of the AAFP’s Lifestyle Medicine Member Interest Group

The 45-minute session will help you:
• Define the field of lifestyle medicine
• Understand the health benefits of lifestyle medicine
• Appreciate the importance of time and prioritization
• Apply lifestyle medicine to a busy schedule.


CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers


Annual tuberculosis rates of infection in the United States have declined substantially during the past nearly three decades, according to CDC data, with the 2017 rate dipping to 2.8 per 100,000 population — a 73% decrease from 1991, when the rate was 10.4 per 100,000, and a 42% dip from 2005’s rate of 4.8 per 100,000. Additionally, surveillance data reported to the agency from 1995 to 2007 showed that TB incidence rates among health care personnel were similar to those in the general population, raising questions about the cost-effectiveness of routine serial occupational testing.

These collective findings led the CDC to update its Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005.”( The new guidance was published in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report( released May 17.

Read more.