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Don’t Forget the Immunization Administration Code

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Immunization administration codes are often overlooked, yet billing them helps to cover the time, energy, and supplies required to administer vaccines. Use this short list to quickly select the right code: click here.

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Heart Attack Risk Doubles for Daily E-cigarette Users

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Using e-cigarettes every day almost doubles the risk for myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  The authors of the study also found that concurrent use of both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes, which was the most common usage pattern among e-cigarette users, was far more dangerous than using either product alone.

Read the entire article here.

 

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October focus is Gun Safety

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This month’s AAFP’s national public service announcement campaign features a segment about gun safety. Watch the October PSA: Family Health and Safety Each PSA educates the audience about an issue and urges them to visit familydoctor.org for more information. Please help educate your patients by referring them to the familydoctor.org website.

Check out all of the months!

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AAFP Virtual Care is New Telemedicine Platform for Members

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Offer your patients more options with AAFP Virtual Care, a new telemedicine platform designed exclusively for Academy members.

AAFP Virtual Care, powered by Zipnosis, allows you to treat patients when and where they need it, via web-based technology. It combines clinical efficiency and convenience with high-quality care.

It’s easy to get started with a practice-branded web storefront and customizable marketing materials. Soon you’ll be saving time, generating more revenue, and streamlining workflows—all with less effort.

The new platform offers clinical efficiency and convenience with high-quality care through both online patient interviews and video visits. The HIPAA-compliant platform connects AAFP members with their patients virtually – to keep care local.

To learn more, visit the AAFP Virtual Care website or visit the “Office of the Future” exhibit at FMX, Oct. 9-13 in New Orleans.

FP Essentials™ Call for Authors

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Soliciting authors for FP Essentials™ monograph, one of the AAFP’s largest educational activities. This is an opportunity to contribute to an important continuing medical education (CME) and Board Review publication with thousands of subscribers.

Manuscripts must be evidence based and case oriented. Medical editors will review all proposals, select one or more for further consideration, and contact a prospective author before the final selection. Authors are awarded a $4,000 honorarium to prepare a manuscript and see it through to publication.

FP Essentials is currently seeking authors for these topics:

  • Noncancer Respiratory Conditions Update
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Urologic Issues in Infants and Children
  • Skin Infections and Outpatient Management of Burns

Find out more details on submitting a proposal.

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New Influenza Webinar

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Curious how your practice can boost influenza immunization uptake in your patient population?

Join AAFP for a free live webinar on the 2018-19 Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines Recommendations.

Webinar Registration (free)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

This webinar will focus on how family physicians and health care teams can implement updated recommendations for the 2018-19 influenza season. This webinar will also introduce evidence-based strategies and tactics to increase influenza rates for all persons, which will include a specific emphasis on patients 50 years and older and those patients with chronic diseases.

Moderated by family physicians Thomas Koinis, M.D. and Margot Savoy, M.D., this free webcast offers a review of primary updates to current influenza guidance and recommendations.

Supported through an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

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Resource Available to Negotiate Dues Payment in Employment Contracts

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Are you an employed physician?  Please share this resource with your employer to help explain the value of membership. The American Academy of Family Physicians developed it as a result of a National Conference of Constituency Leaders resolution. It requested AAFP to develop language to help employed physicians negotiate with employers to support state and national specialty society membership dues within their compensation/continuing medical education package. The AAFP worked with focus groups of employed physicians and employers of family physicians to develop a resource that describes the value that AAFP membership provides to a physician’s employer.  Everyone wins with the AAFP was the result.

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September PSA Focuses on Sports and Exercise

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The AAFP’s national public service announcement campaign (PSA) in September features a segment about concussions. Watch the PSA about the concussions. Each PSA educates the audience about an issue and urges them to visit familydoctor.org for more information. Please help educate your patients by referring them to the familydoctor.org website.

Below is the schedule of monthly PSAs:

Ultimately, it is important that patients, after viewing the PSAs, will gain a sense of empowerment over their own health. Increasing patients’ knowledge of important health issues that affect them is intended to help them feel more prepared and willing to talk about them with their family physician.

2018 AAFP Health Equity Fellowship coming soon; Health is Primary Updates

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The Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) Health Equity Team and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are excited to announce the development of a jointly sponsored inaugural Health Equity Fellowship program launching this fall. Two fellows will be selected to participate in a 12-month health equity fellowship aimed at developing family medicine physicians as leaders with subject matter expertise in the social, institutional and cultural influences that impact health. Call for applications coming soon at Family Medicine for American’s Health and AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity.

Here is an update on Health is Primary happenings:

  • Health is Primary hosted a panel on health equity at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students on August 2.
  • Health is Primary is sponsoring the Alliance for Health Policy’s series on Aging in America. The series will include a leader summit on October 10 and a congressional briefing on December 7 in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more information.
  • The focus in August is immunizations. You can download the monthly toolkit at Health is Primary.
  • New campaign videos are available on the value and cost effectiveness of primary care at Health is Primary.

Read the entire 2018 August Update.

AAFP President’s Message: Fighting for a Fee Schedule that Works for You, Your Patients

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AAFP President, Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP responds to CMS’s recently released 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. “Given the potential impact this proposed rule would have on family physicians and our patients, as AAFP president, I felt it important to provide an update on both the proposal and the AAFP’s related advocacy work. I understand there are concerns about this proposal. The AAFP shares these concerns and is expressing its misgivings to HHS and CMS as we simultaneously prepare our comprehensive response to the proposed rule. I would urge each of you to access the resources made available by the AAFP to assist you in learning more about the proposed rule and its potential impact on your practice. We have produced a summary on the subject and published some initial analysis in the Fighting for Family Medicine newsletter via the In the Trenches blog. In addition, earlier this month, the AAFP hosted a webinar outlining the proposed rule and its content, featuring staff from CMS. An archived version of the webinar and the accompanying slide deck are available to all AAFP members. Click here to read Dr. Munger’s entire response, covering goals, guidelines, E & M codes, primary care add-on payment code, multiple procedure payment reduction and patient-centered primary care.