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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]

Tuesday Sep 11, 2018

AAFP Offers CMS Five Major Changes to Fee Schedule

The AAFP submitted 92 pages of comments to help CMS create a Medicare physician fee schedule that works for family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers a summary in his latest In the Trenches blog post.


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Posted at 09:00AM Sep 11, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 28, 2018

And Down the Stretch They Come

As we near the final stretch of the midterm campaigns, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how FamMedPAC supports candidates who support primary care.


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Posted at 12:00AM Aug 28, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 14, 2018

Proposed Changes to QPP: What You Need to Know

In the second post of a two-part analysis, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines proposed changes to the MACRA Quality Payment Program.


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Posted at 09:00AM Aug 14, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jul 31, 2018

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.


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Posted at 09:00AM Jul 31, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jul 17, 2018

It's Still the Prices, Stupid

High drug prices are driving dramatic increases in health care costs. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how HHS and the AAFP are responding.


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Posted at 08:00AM Jul 17, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jul 03, 2018

Robert Graham Center Is Vital Tool for Family Medicine

The Robert Graham Center recently published a report that offers a treasure trove of facts about family medicine. As the center marks its 19th year, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how it works to advance primary care.


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Posted at 08:00AM Jul 03, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jun 19, 2018

AAFP Survey Reveals DPC Trends

As we prepare for the annual Direct Primary Care Summit, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results of the AAFP's recent survey related to DPC.


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Posted at 08:00AM Jun 19, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jun 05, 2018

Key Issues Face Congress Before Summer Recess

Congress has a lot of work to do before its summer recess and the mid-term election. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at some key health care issues legislators must address this summer.


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Posted at 08:00AM Jun 05, 2018 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

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