August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The Health is Primary campaign (www.healthisprimary.org) is participating in NIAM, and will focus on emphasizing the importance of immunizations across the lifespan – for babies, children, teens and adults – in preventing diseases and protecting public health. The August toolkit (www.healthisprimary.org) is available. Help spread the word on social media and use hashtags: #MakeHealthPrimary #ImmunizationsarePrimary #NIAM18



The American Academy of Family Physicians recently introduced AAFP TIPS, a Transformation in Practice Series, featuring ready-to-use practice improvement tools and training for family medicine teams. Two topics are available: Empanelment and Quality Improvement. Through July 31, AAFP members can save 50 percent on their TIPS purchase. Learn more.



Legislators need to better understand that family physicians play an important role in addressing the opioids crisis. To facilitate this, the AAFP has launched a storytelling project to learn about the challenges physicians face and hear recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis in their communities. .

Please share your story about how the impact the opiod crisis has had on your community. Participate in the storytelling project. The project runs through the end of August.

Additionally, the AAFP is launching a clinical survey to gather physicians’ commentaries detailing how the opioids crisis impacts patients and communities, and perspectives on ways to support patient care without adding unnecessary restrictions.


Take this opportunity to write for the AAFP. FP Essentials™ is a subscription-only continuing medical education (CME) and Board review publication with a circulation of several thousand and is one of the AAFP’s largest educational activities.

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:

  • Eye Conditions in Infants and Children
  • Lower Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Sports Medicine Update
  • Hematology Update

Find out more details on submitting a proposal.”


The first interactive app dedicated to helping students matching into family medicine is now available from the AAFP. The AAFP app will help students navigate the Match process and find residencies. The app allows students and other users to search for programs on a variety of filters, build a list of favorite programs, score programs, and check off Match tasks. Additional updates allowing note taking and other personalized actions will be released this summer.

To use this applet, first download the AAFP app or make sure all updates to an already installed version of the app have been made. Open the app, select “For Students,” and log in. The app is available for iOS and Android products.

Residency programs can update information about themselves by logging into the AAFP’s residency directory or calling the AAFP for assistance at 800-274-2237 or 913-906-6000.


In July, Health is Primary highlights the importance of adolescent health. Great information to share with your patients – facts about what adolescents need to do to take care of their health now to prevent health complications later in life is in the July toolkit.. #MakeHealthPrimary #AdolescentHealthisPrimary




Participation in the U.S. government’s once-a-decade headcount requires no preregistration and doesn’t test one’s knowledge of issues or candidates. Despite the seeming simplicity of the census, though, the country’s collective well-being hinges on it. To properly allocate some $675 billion in annual federal funding to states and communities — resources devoted to health care, education and housing, among other programs — the government depends on every census respondent to provide complete and honest answers to the survey’s basic questions.

Yet a potential hurdle exists in the 2020 census that the U.S. Census Bureau itself acknowledges: For the first time, the bureau plans to gather most of its responses online rather than on paper. That prospect has sparked concern regarding the accuracy of data quality and the representation of vulnerable communities.

With these factors in mind, the AAFP conceived and introduced a resolution(www.ama-assn.org) titled “Maintaining Validity and Comprehensiveness of U.S. Census Data” during the annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates(www.ama-assn.org) in Chicago this month. The resolution resolved portion of the resolution 221 states, “RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association support adequate funding for the U.S. Census to assure accurate and relevant data is collected and disseminated. (New HOD Policy).”

Read the entire AAFP News article.


The Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system enables health care providers to establish a single user ID to use across multiple Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) applications. Clinicians and applicable practice staff should have an EIDM account. Read this article to understand why clinicians who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) should have an account and how to open and maintain an account.

American Cancer Society

A new NCCRT resource for primary care, Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer, is now available, both as a full toolkit and a quick start companion guide.  The purpose of this toolkit is to improve the ability of primary care clinicians to systematically collect, document, and act on a family history of CRC and adenomas polyps, while also educating clinicians on the need for more timely diagnostic testing for young adults who present with alarm signs or symptoms of CRC and ensuring that those patients receive a proper diagnostic work up. If you missed the the webinar on the Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer, a replay is available by clicking here.


During the KAFP Member Meeting on June 15, the issue of separating children from adult caregivers was mentioned by an attendee. On Saturday, June 16, the AAFP released a statement regarding the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Policy to Separate Children from Adult Caregivers.  Read the full statement here.