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

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

Wellness Wednesdays Interactive Webinar Series

Wellness Wednesdays is a structured, bi-monthly webinar series focused on enhancing professional and personal wellness through the joy of medicine offered for free to all participants and scheduled on a Wednesday during the typical lunch hour, 12:15-1 p.m EST. Participants will start each session with a brief overview of the discussion topic and then have the opportunity to share their own insight and ask questions at the end of the 45-minute program. It provides a great way to make connections 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