Duke’s Dr. Alexa Mieses Elected as Resident Representative to the AAFP Board of Directors

Duke Family Medicine second-year resident Alexa Mieses, M.D., MPH, was elected to be the Resident Representative to the AAFP Board of Directors for 2017-18. Elections were held last month at the 2017 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, MO. Throughout her medical school and residency career, Dr. Mieses […]


NC DHHS Releases Draft Program Design for Medicaid Managed-Care

The NC Department of Health and Human Services released more details this week on their proposed program design for Medicaid Managed care. According to the draft document, DHHS’s approach is based on best practices in other states and seeks to build on the existing resources and infrastructure of North Carolina’s current health care system and […]


BCBSNC Announces New President & CEO: Dr. Patrick Conway

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced this week that its Board of Trustees has elected Dr. Patrick Conway as its next President and CEO. Dr. Conway currently serves as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, and as the Director of the Center for Medicare and […]


Tell Congress to Reauthorize Funding for the Teaching Health Centers Program and the National Health Service Corps.

Congress must act before September 30th to reauthorize two key programs that are helping to reduce the primary care physician shortage, strengthening access in Health Professional Shortage Areas, and helping train residents in community-based settings. Members can advocate for both issues in a few simple clicks through AAFP’s Speak Out system. First, the successful Teaching […]


Help Assess Patient Engagement in Family Medicine

The AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN), with funding from the Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), is evaluating patient engagement in family medicine. The AAFP NRN is seeking to learn how family physicians are reaching out to patients and caregivers. Please complete this anonymous survey to assist with this important research. The survey should take […]


New Opioid Prevention Act Signed by Governor Cooper will Effect Prescribing

Governor Roy Cooper signed the STOP Act (Strengthening Opioid Misuse and Prevention) late last month, ushering in a number of changes to how family physicians and practices prescribe certain Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 Controlled substances. Broadly, the new law defines a number of targeted controlled substances, limits initial prescribing of these for acute pain […]


Know It, Control It: A Community-Based Blood Pressure Management Program

Some family medicine patients with hypertension may be participating in ‘Know It, Control It,’ a community-based blood pressure management program. The program is designed to help participants self-monitor their blood pressure and make healthy lifestyle changes to control it. Trained blood pressure coaches teach the program using evidence-based strategies to manage cardiovascular disease. Know It, […]