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Tuesday Feb 05, 2019

Window of Opportunity Opening to Revalue E/M Codes

Codes for evaluation and management services have not had a comprehensive review by CMS in more than a decade. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that it's time to correct that oversight.


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Posted at 09:38AM Feb 05, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jan 22, 2019

We're Working to Make Sure Telemedicine Is Real Medicine

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the Academy has new resources to support telemedicine within family medicine practices.


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Posted at 06:00AM Jan 22, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jan 08, 2019

No Margin, No Mission: Better Physician Pay = Better Patient Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines six areas of focus where the Academy's advocacy work is aimed at improving payment for primary care.


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Posted at 06:00AM Jan 08, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Dec 18, 2018

High-deductible Plans Shouldn't Endanger Continuity of Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin addresses the need for continuity of care among patients with high-deductible health plans.


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Posted at 08:00AM Dec 18, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Dec 04, 2018

Teaching Health Centers Funding a Top Priority for 2019

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that securing funding for the teaching health center program will be a top priority for the Academy when the new Congress convenes.


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Posted at 08:45AM Dec 04, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 20, 2018

The Votes Were Cast. What Does It Mean for Family Medicine?

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin sets the stage for an analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and looks at Wall Street's growing interest in health care.


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Posted at 08:05AM Nov 20, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 06, 2018

State Legislative Conference Offers Insight Into 2019's Top Issues

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers highlights from the Academy's annual State Legislative Conference.


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Posted at 08:45AM Nov 06, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Oct 23, 2018

A Look Ahead to Election Day and a Look Back at FMX

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers his thoughts on the upcoming election and his top five highlights from the recent Family Medicine Experience.


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Posted at 10:45AM Oct 23, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Oct 09, 2018

Reclaiming Family Medicine's Broad Scope Benefits Everyone

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the debate about family medicine scope of practice shouldn't focus just on midlevel providers, but also on subspecialists.


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Posted at 12:15AM Oct 09, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 25, 2018

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.


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Posted at 09:00AM Sep 25, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

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