Check it. Change it. Control it. Your Heart Depends on It.

In Ohio, African American men and women have the highest stroke mortality rates of any racial/ethnic group. In response to this statewide health crisis, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), designed a two-part outreach plan aimed to improve cultural sensitivity and communication skills among primary care physicians and a point-of-care patient information package for African-Americans who are at risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The campaign, branded as “Check Read More

Joy Among Chaos

As family physicians, you are the frontlines of this global pandemic. You are the true heroes and she-roes. You are serving as a spark in turmoil and risking yourselves so much for your patients, your community, and your family. We see you. We appreciate you. We thank you. We know that your unique ability to adapt, think on your toes, and remain flexible in such uncertain times will be the catalyst for change our healthcare world needs and we stand Read More

Quotes from the Edge of Nowhere

The Art of Noticing Unnoticed Life Wisdom Several years ago, fate intervened to inspire me to write the book I am about to share with you. With the editing assistance of Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Executive Vice President Ann Spicer, I submitted a book manuscript for publication later this year. Rather than wait for its fall release, I asked the OAFP staff to give our members something to fill up about 30 minutes of their quiet time. It is Read More

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. View the current situation summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known Read More

Limiting Implicit Bias Training

September 30, 2020 Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center Lewis Center, OH Registration will open in summer 2020; check back soon! Implicit bias has been demonstrated as pervasive among all health care providers and as having deleterious effects on patient health. However, formal medical education and training curriculum is often void of content that provides a framework for identifying and mitigating implicit biases in clinical practice. Faculty that actively seek to incorporate the topic are often faced with barriers, such as Read More

Primary Care First & Direct Contracting

On April 22, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Primary Cares Initiative, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare system. Building on the lessons learned from experiences of previous models, (such as the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program), the goal of the Primary Cares Initiative is to reduce administrative burdens and empower primary care physicians and other providers to spend more Read More

What You Can Do

Thank you for believing in, supporting, and inspiring us to continue infusing the strong programs of the OAFP Foundation with fresh ideas that help us more fully achieve our mission. It is only through you that we can advance our commitment to family medicine and the people we serve. Give We are proud to have earned your commitment. Your contribution makes our programs possible and your compassionate support is building the future of the specialty. You may choose to make Read More

Leadership & Scholarship Opportunities

Are you interested in being more involved with your Academy or receiving a scholarship to harness your leadership potential? Would you like to participate in a summer program to learn more about family medicine? If so, you are in the right spot! Today’s medical students are the future of the specialty. The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians highly values the contributions made by medical students and recognizes the importance of training future leaders of medicine. There are many ways to Read More

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

With the support of physicians and other prescribers, Ohio has made some promising progress in key areas in its fight against prescription opioid abuse. In recent years, both the number of opioid doses dispensed to Ohio patients and the number of “doctor shoppers” have decreased, according to data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). Still, there is more that we must do to save lives. Prescription opioids remain a significant contributor to unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio, Read More

Policy/Resolution Proposal Form

In an effort to address issues in a timely fashion, members are encouraged to submit policy/resolution proposals at any time during the year to be reviewed by the Board of Directors, which meets four times annually. Members are required to submit a proposal by using the online submission form to the right that details the issue, scope, and impact of the proposed change.  Tips for Crafting Your Proposal “Whereas” clauses simply explain the problem or situation being proposed. Since the Read More

ABFM Family Medicine Certification

The Family Medicine Certification process, provided by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), is the means by which the ABFM continually assesses its Diplomates. The certification structure consists of four components, each designed to assess important physician characteristics that stress the importance of ongoing participation in activities that evaluate each of the following components between recertification examinations: Professionalism Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning Cognitive Expertise Performance Improvement. The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians offers the following programming towards your ABFM Read More

Practice Tools & Resources

The following resources are provided for members to find information on practice management issues. If you have a practice-specific question, please contact the OAFP Payer and Practice Issues Committee or the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Practice Management Help Desk. Payment for Physicians Accountable Care Organizations Coding Chronic Care Management “Coding  ‘Routine’ Office Visits: 99213 or 99214?” FPM Offers Primer on 2018 CPT Coding Updates Group Visits Newborn Care Services Transitional Care Management Services Vaccine Administration Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Read More