CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT IN YOUR PRACTICE
It is estimated that one in three people experience some type of ongoing, chronic pain and, most likely, a day doesn’t go by that family physicians don’t address this topic in some way.
UPDATES TO THE HEPATITIS A OUTBREAKS IN CALIFORNIA
In October, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in response to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak throughout California. The declaration allows the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to immediately purchase and distribute vaccines to affected communities.
DO YOU PROVIDE WELL CARE VISITS FOR YOUR SENIOR PATIENTS?
Primary care physicians, and family physicians in particular, can help their senior patients stay on track by making sure they get annual screenings and immunizations as part of an Annual Wellness Visit.
FLU SHOT SEASON: WHAT’S NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a few things are new this season and the CDC is recommending people get flu shots early this year! Find this season's flu shot recommendations in the following CME Spotlight.
DESPITE CDC RECOMMENDATIONS, MILLIONS OF TEENAGERS REMAIN UNDER-VACCINATED
We know discussing teen vaccinations during appointments may present challenges and that teens, their parents and guardians may be focused on other issues when they come for their visits. However, vaccinations should be a part of these conversations. The goal is to help protect teens against serious infectious diseases by seeing that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
GET READY FOR THE 2018 FAMILY MEDICINE CLINICAL FORUM
CAFP will be offering a 3-4 hour workshop on Chronic Pain Management at the 2018 Family Medicine Clinical Forum and we want to make sure we meet your needs. Please click here to complete a quick three-question survey about the top three issues/challenges you face in working with chronic pain patients. Thank you!
HEPATITIS A OUTBREAKS IN CALIFORNIA ARE TROUBLING
The California Department of Public Health has released advisory updates to local health care providers about recent hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections disproportionately affecting homeless and illicit drug-using individuals.
INCREASING ACCESS TO LONG ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION (LARC) IS A BENEFIT TO OUR PATIENTS
Because of their superior effectiveness and convenience, LARC methods have been considered a first-line choice of contraception for teens and adult women by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
SEEING THE OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE PATIENT
Treating a patient with an occupational injury may initially appear confusing, but the process is simpler with some basic understanding of the concepts and regulations. If you see adults in your practice, it is likely that most of them work, and, at some point, a percentage of them will sustain an injury related to work.
CANNABIS FOR PAIN AND SUBSTANTIATING EVIDENCE
Surveys of patients accessing cannabis for medical use have consistently demonstrated that chronic pain is the most frequently listed condition for which people are seeking treatment.
GET INFORMED AND INSPIRED AT FAMILY MEDICINE CLINICAL FORUM, APRIL 8-9 IN SAN FRANCISCO
CAFP’s 2017 Family Medicine Clinical Forum is a wonderful, whirlwind weekend of education and camaraderie that will inform your mind and inspire your heart. In just a day and a half, you can earn up to 29 CME hours, with compelling sessions covering everything from understanding the long-term health ramifications of childhood traumas to managing polypharmacy in the elderly, and everything in between.
SYPHILIS CASES SURGING
During 2015, there were 74,702 reported new diagnoses of syphilis (all stages), compared to 44,784 estimated new diagnoses of HIV infection in 2014 and 395,216 cases of gonorrhea in 2015. Of syphilis cases, 23,872 were primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis, the earliest and most transmissible stages of syphilis.
THE FLU | WEEK 7: VACCINE EFFICACY AND STATS IN CALIFORNIA
The CDC reported that interim estimates from US Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network data for the 2016-2017 influenza season showed this year’s flu vaccine has been 48 percent effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B viral infection associated with medically attended acute respiratory illness.
FAMILY MEDICINE CLINICAL FORUM: CME LEADERS PROMISE TO ADDRESS TOP ISSUES FACING YOU AND YOUR PRACTICE
Five graduates of the CME Leaders Institute will be on tap at the 2017 Family Medicine Clinical Forum April 8-9, 2017. They’ll be leading sessions on issues that are important to your patients – from legal issues for adolescent patients to urgent care concerns.
YOUR QUICK PICK FOR FEBRUARY: FIVE NEW CME ACTIVITIES DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND!
Rating and Improving Diabetes Quality of Care in Daily Interactions, dermoscopy services in family medicine, Integrating Palliative Care into Primary Care, CAFP's Family Medicine Clinical Forum and new online asthma care tools are all available now!
Many people believe we don’t have to worry about Zika during the colder months, when mosquitoes are less visible and active. But the question of travel related cases continues to arise. We covered information about Zika in the September 2016 CMeSpotlight, but wanted to provide new travel related information and resources for patient education.
INTEGRATING PALLIATIVE MEDICINE INTO YOUR FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE
In the groundbreaking 2014 report Dying in America, the Institute of Medicine recommended that all people with advanced serious illness have access to palliative care specialists. While the recommendation is important, the reality is that there are not enough of these highly trained providers to meet all of the current or future need in the US. This gap is likely to grow as people live longer and the population ages.
INCREASING THE USE OF LONG ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION (LARC) IS A BENEFIT FOR WOMEN PATIENTS
According to Health Families 2020, unintended pregnancy persists as a major public health challenge in the United States. In 2011, nearly half (45 percent or 2.8 million) of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States were unintended; and in California 48 percent of the pregnancies (or 393,000) were unintended.
Changes Afoot in CME, CPD and MOC
The AAFP and ABFM are making changes in how you report CME credits, where you find your credit reports, the number of credits you need for continued membership and the Family Medicine Certification (MOC) program. We’ve summarized THREE things you need to know as you near the end of the 2016 CME reporting year.
ZIKA ... Questions Continue to be Asked, Answered
The Zika virus has struck fear throughout the Americas, but determining whether people have been infected can be difficult. To help explain, we offer this article, written by John Pope, originally published by Kaiser Health News, September 19, 2016 and reported in the LA News. Our thanks to all for this important information.
Opioid Misuse: The Public Health Concerns Continue to Escalate
Last week US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA took historic action by sending a personal letter to more than 2.3 million health care providers and public health leaders. He is seeking our help to address the prescription opioid crisis through increased education, treatment and support. CAFP sent an email blast to all members and posted his letter on our website.
College Students Need Vaccines As Well
As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended the Meningitis B vaccine be, in effect, voluntary – we know this has created some confusion among family physicians and their patients.
Yep, It's Already Time to Think About Flu Vaccines
On March 4, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) endorsed the WHO-recommended vaccine viruses for use in all U.S. seasonal flu vaccines for the 2016-2017 flu season.
July 28 Is World Hepatitis Day
CAFP is actively engaged in the push for more engagement of family physicians and primary care physicians in the screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with hepatitis C. According to the United States Preventive Health Task Force guidelines, all baby boomers (those born between 1945-1965) should be screened for hepatitis C.