2020 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit scholarship applications due Dec. 15

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AAFP is accepting applications for medical student and resident scholarships to attend the 2020 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS). Learn about issues affecting family medicine and how to lobby for change. Submit your application by Dec. 15, 2019!  The AAFP will award competitive scholarships to two students and two residents to attend FMAS 2020 on May 18-19 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC.

Join family physicians from around the country to represent your patients and your profession on Capitol Hill. Over the course of two days, you will learn about the issues facing family medicine and best practices for sharing your story with elected officials. The summit is the perfect opportunity for family physicians to get practical, hands-on experience advocating within the legislative process.

Click here for more information.

Call for 2021 NCCL Convener Applicants – Deadline Nov. 29

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Are you interested in serving as the Conference Convener for the 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)? Review the Call for 2021 NCCL Convener Applications.

Submit your application and supporting documents if you meet the qualifications listed below. The deadline is close of business on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of selection no later than February 28, 2020.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must meet a constituency definition at the time of the meeting he/she will convene (2021 NCCL will take place April 29-May 1, 2021)
  • Cannot be a constituency delegate at the 2020 or 2021 Congress of Delegates
  • Must have been in attendance at the 2019 NCCL and have previously served as a Co-Convener or Delegate or Alternate Delegate for the Member (formerly Special) Constituencies or New Physicians
  • Must attend 2020 NCCL and cannot run for any office at the 2020 or 2021 NCCL

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Official fact sheet (limited to 3 typed pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (limited to 2 pages)
  • Letter of support from chapter executive, documenting chapter involvement and experience

For more information, contact Stacy Wymer at swymer@aafp.org  or 800-274-2237, ext. 6391.

AAFP Seeks Members Active in Patient Safety

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The AAFP frequently nominates members to national committees and technical expert panels involved in the development, review and endorsement of quality measures to ensure the voice of family medicine is heard. Measures may be adopted for use in various payment and recognition programs, such as the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs), Medicaid, HEDIS, NCQA, and others. CMS and the National Quality Forum (NQF) are two of the most predominant bodies requesting representation of family medicine.

AAFP is currently seeking members that are experienced and active in the patient safety area. This is an area that AAFP believes needs further development and attention in the ambulatory setting. Safety issues such as diagnostic accuracy, treatment choice, medication side effects, EHR-related safety issues, burn-out/workforce, transitions of care and care coordination are integral to family medicine.

Please contact Tarah Remington Brown by email or phone 316.721.9005 if you are interested in being considered for this national role.

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Renew Your Academy Membership Today

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KAFP Membership Chair Melissa Rosso, MD (Manhattan) shares how her membership with the Academy has benefited her, “Serving as membership chair the past several years had opened the door to so many new friendships and opportunities. Traveling to the residency programs and interacting with the residents has renewed my love of teaching and lifelong learning. The annual meeting has allowed me to stay current on both medical treatments and in my colleagues’ lives. And finally, dual membership in the AAFP has given me access to free online CME.

Continue to enjoy your Academy membership benefits by remitting your payment today by visiting the AAFP website, through , or by calling the AAFP at 800.274.2237. Quick pay allows any individual to pay a member’s dues invoice without logging in to the member’s AAFP account. The only information that is required to make a payment is the member’s AAFP ID number and dues invoice number. It’s as simple as that. We value your membership!

New Resource to promote and integrate STI screening into your practice

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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.

Download free AAFP resources today.

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AAFP Congress of Delegates and FMX

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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. http://ow.ly/5B3W50wfLpD

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

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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 RPeterson@aafp.org or 913-906-6103 with questions.

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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