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Tuesday Jul 18, 2017

AAFP's eHealth Initiative Aims to Make Health IT Work for FPs

Innovations in health technology aren't likely to succeed without physician input. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the Academy's Alliance for eHealth Innovation is working to improve workflows and address gaps in needed functionality.


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Posted at 09:50AM Jul 18, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Wednesday Jul 05, 2017

What You Need to Know About the 2018 QPP Proposed Rule

CMS has released the 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule, which recommends several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model. You could read that 1,058-page document, or you could check out 10 bullet points in this In The Trenches blog post.


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Posted at 07:00AM Jul 05, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017

AAFP Delegation Gives Family Medicine Voice at AMA Meeting

The AMA House of Delegates met last week in Chicago to discuss and debate policies aimed at improving our health care system. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update from the perspective of the Academy's delegation.


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Posted at 07:00AM Jun 20, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Jun 06, 2017

Things Are Heating Up Outside and On Capitol Hill

As the weather warms up, so could debate about health policy. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers updates on three important issues the Academy will be working on this summer.


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Posted at 07:00AM Jun 06, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Social Media Campaign Touts Family Medicine

Today, more than 250 family physicians and medical students are on Capitol Hill to talk with their representatives and senators about issues important to family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how you can help amplify their message without leaving town.


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Posted at 07:00AM May 23, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday May 09, 2017

Patients on high-deductible plans need primary care coverage

Patients with high-deductible health plans often avoid preventive care, leading to higher health care costs down the road. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP policy proposal that would provide such patients with access to primary care without cost-sharing requirements.


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Posted at 07:00AM May 09, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017

I'm Listening: Part II

In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.


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Posted at 07:00AM Apr 25, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Go Ahead, I'm Listening

From your comments on AAFP News stories and blog posts to responses to annual surveys, the Academy is listening. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how to make your voice heard.


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Posted at 07:00AM Apr 11, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Pick-Your-Pace Program Can Help FPs Prepare for 2018

This year marks the initial performance period of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Programs. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights new resources available to help family physicians, and he suggests four steps they should take to prepare their practices.


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Posted at 07:00AM Mar 28, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Repeal and Replace? A Look at American Health Care Act

Efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act advanced last week with the introduction of the American Health Care Act. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what would change under the proposal and what provisions of the ACA would stay in place.


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Posted at 07:00AM Mar 14, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

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