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

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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.(www.cdc.gov)

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(jamanetwork.com) 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

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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.

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Read the Latest Issue of FPM and Earn Five CME credits

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  • 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

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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.

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Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health

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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

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You are invited to attend Wellness Wednesdays (www.ohioafp.org). 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.

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CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers

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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.”(www.cdc.gov) The new guidance was published in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(www.cdc.gov) released May 17.

Read more.

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AAFP and KAFP Membership Grows

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Kansas Academy of Family Physicians announces their 2019 membership numbers:

AAFP Membership Benchmark:

Total: 134,600

Active: 72,000

Student: 37,200

Resident: 13,000

KAFP Membership Benchmark:

Total: 1,820

Active: 1,053

Student: 479

Resident: 126

AAFP benchmark numbers have increased by 200 members overall. Our Kansas chapter has grown as well!  We have 1,820 members, an increase of 60.  Thank YOU for your membership.

Do you know someone who isn’t a member but should be?  Check out the Active Membership Benefits and Resident & Student Membership information and how to apply for membership.  For further information or questions contact KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org or 316-721-9005.

AAFP EVP & CEO Douglas E. Henley, MD to Step Down Next Year

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Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP
Board Chair
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians recently announced that Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the AAFP since 2000, has notified the board of directors of his intention to leave his role with the organization next year. Dr. Henley’s last day as the AAFP’s EVP and CEO will be Aug. 1, 2020, the 20th anniversary of his tenure.

“Dr. Henley will remain at the helm of the AAFP and fully committed to his role until August of next year. During that time the AAFP will initiate a nationwide search for his successor. Because of the ample notice Dr. Henley provided, the AAFP expects seamless transition and onboarding for a new leader sometime in 2020.

So many aspects of modern life have changed in the last 20 years, and health care in America has experienced some of the most evolutionary transformation. The AAFP has accomplished many things under Dr. Henley’s leadership, and there is much more to work to do on behalf of family medicine over the course of Dr. Henley’s next 15 months.”

For Students: Download Residency Finder App

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The AAFP app now has everything students need to find the right family medicine residency program. Open the app and click For Students to search and save residencies, take notes on programs you meet, plan interview questions, and make decisions about a rank list. Start selecting your favorite programs to meet at this summer’s National Conference. Read a handout about the app or download it now.