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AMA Telehealth Implementation Playbook

“With the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on access to medical care, there is no better time to help physicians navigate and implement telemedicine into their practices and enhance their ability to care for patients. Through telemedicine, we can triage patients and help avoid unnecessary visits to health care settings, thereby reducing exposure to the COVID virus and helping to ke...

European guidelines on chronic mesenteric ischaemia – joint United European Gastroenterology, European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition, European Society of Gastrointestina...
United European Gastroenterology Journal;

Chronic mesenteric ischaemia is a severe and incapacitating disease, causing complaints of post-prandial pain, fear of eating and weight loss. Even though chronic mesenteric ischaemia may progress to acute mesenteric ischaemia, chronic mesenteric ischaemia remains an underappreciated and undertreated disease entity. Probable explanations are the lack of knowledge and awareness among physicians ...

The revised clinical practice guidelines on the management of thyroid tumors by the Japan Associations of Endocrine Surgeons: Core questions and recommendations for treatments of thyroid cancer
Endocrine Journal;

 The Japan Associations of Endocrine Surgeons has developed the revised version of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Thyroid Tumors. This article describes the guidelines translated into English for the 35 clinical questions relevant to the therapeutic management of thyroid cancers. The objective of the guidelines is to improve health-related outcomes in patients with thyroid tumors by en...

COVID-19 Private Payer Frequently Asked Questions

The American Academy of Family Physicians is closely monitoring private payer policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The following answers are based on information from each payer’s respective website. Policies are changing rapidly. We will update this page as we receive additional information. General information on telehealth billing and coding can be found on the AAFP’s COVID-19: Tele...

NHLBI's COVID-19 Guidance for Practicing Clinicians

Health care providers seeking information about appropriate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment may now consult treatment guidelines developed by a panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians, and other experts. These guidelines are based on published and preliminary data and the clinical expertise of the panelists, many of whom are frontline clinicians caring for patients during the rapi...

Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Tract Infection in Adults: Advice for High-Value Care From the American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI) is the most common reason for antibiotic prescription in adults. Antibiotics are often inappropriately prescribed for patients with ARTI. This article presents best practices for antibiotic use in healthy adults (those without chronic lung disease or immunocompromising conditions) presenting with ARTI.

Prior authorization and step therapy: State action for COVID-19

Insurers’ administrative hurdles commonly delay access to care and pose intrusions into the patient-physician decision-making process. These requirements are harmful to patients and there are costs to physician practices in completing insurers’ administrative requirements such as prior authorization and step therapy. While the AMA normally works to reduce these barriers, under the exceptiona...

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: AAFP and Others Update Recommendations

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine have published the 5th edition of the preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) monograph. Revisions include n...

Conflicts of Interest in Research

Increasing numbers of physicians, both within and outside academic health centers, are becoming involved in partnerships with industry to conduct biomedical and health research. As they do so, physicians must be mindful of the conflicts such engagement poses to the integrity of the research and the welfare of human participants. In addition to financial conflicts of interest created by incentiv...

COVID-19 : Clinical Assessment & Management

American College of Emergency Physicians

COVID-19: Guidance for Family Physicians on Preventive and Non-Urgent Care

Family physicians should consider taking action now to reduce or postpone nonurgent outpatient face-to-face care.

Hyperthyroidism and Other Causes of Thyrotoxicosis: Management Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists - © 2011

Thyrotoxicosis has multiple etiologies, manifestations, and potential therapies. Appropriate treatment requires an accurate diagnosis and is influenced by coexisting medical conditions and patient preference. This article describes evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of thyrotoxicosis that would be useful to generalist and subspeciality physicians and others providing care for...

New guidance for treating your psoriasis patients
National Psoriasis Foundation;

To help physicians treat the millions of people affected by psoriasis while improving the patient's quality of life, the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation have released sections of guidelines.

American Cancer Society Guideline for Diet and Physical Activity for cancer prevention
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians;

Jun 8th, 2020 - The American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes the Diet and Physical Activity Guideline to serve as a foundation for its communication, policy, and community strategies and, ultimately, to affect dietary and physical activity patterns among Americans. This guideline is developed by a national panel of experts in cancer research, prevention, epidemiology, public health, and policy, and they reflect...

Global physiology and pathophysiology of cough: Part 1. Cough phenomenology: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel report
CHEST Lee, KK et. al.

The purpose of this state-of-the-art review is to update the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) 2006 guideline on global physiology and pathophysiology of cough.

New AMA policy recognizes racism as a public health threat
American Medical Association (AMA)

New policy adopted by physicians at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Special Meeting of its House of Delegates (HOD) recognizes racism as a public health threat and commits to actively work on dismantling racist policies and practices across all of health care.

HHS Expands Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
US Department of Health & Human Services

Jan 13th, 2021 - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing it will publish Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder*, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by exempting physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.

Cystic Fibrosis Colorectal Cancer Screening Consensus Recommendations.
Gastroenterology Hadjiliadis D, Khoruts A et. al.

Dec 31st, 2017 - Improved therapy has substantially increased survival of persons with cystic fibrosis (CF). But the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) in adults with CF is 5-10 times greater compared to the general population, and 25-30 times greater in CF patients after an organ transplantation. To address this risk, the CF Foundation convened a multi-stakeholder task force to develop CRC screening recommendatio...

AAPM Medical Physics Practice Guideline 5.a.: Commissioning and QA of Treatment Planning Dos...
Jennifer B. Smilowitz

Sep 7th, 2015 - The treatment planning system (TPS) is an essential component of external beam radiation therapy. TPSs are used to plan the beam arrangements, energies, field sizes, fluence patterns, and modifiers that provide optimum dose distributions to treat disease and minimize dose to the healthy tissues.

AACE Nutrition Guidelines Task Force

Sep 30th, 2003 - This report will discuss alternative care medicine, introduce DS/N and define their nature, present a strategy for discussing DS/N with patients, provide a list of resources to peruse for further education, and review specific DS/N in detail based on levels of scientific substantiation. These guidelines differ from other extensive reviews on the topic by focusing on hormonal and metabolic agent.