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Tuesday Sep 12, 2017

Family Physicians to Debate Policy, Elect Leaders at COD

Family physicians from every state and representatives of various member constituencies, will debate policy and elect new Academy leaders this week during the Congress of Delegates.


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Posted at 08:00AM Sep 12, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.


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Posted at 07:00AM Aug 29, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017

The ACA survived. Now what?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement of the health care law. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on how we got here and looks ahead at what might happen next.


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Posted at 07:00AM Aug 15, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017

AAFP Member Survey Provides Valuable Perspective

The AAFP's annual Practice Profile Survey provides tremendous insight that drives improvements in the Academy's advocacy, education and member services.


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Posted at 08:05AM Aug 01, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments[0]

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]

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