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Tuesday Nov 07, 2017

Inaction by Congress Jeopardizes Kids' Health

Inaction by Congress has put the Children's Health Insurance Program and a handful of other vital health care programs in jeopardy. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on legislation that could ensure continued coverage for more than 9 million American kids.


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Posted at 10:00AM Nov 07, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017

If Payers Could Reduce Administrative Burden, 'That'd Be Great'

In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to reduce administrative requirements and physician burnout.


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Posted at 09:00AM Oct 24, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017

Reviewing a Strange, Historic Week in Washington

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived yet another repeal effort, and an HHS secretary was ousted. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the strange final week of September (and relates how you can help with hurricane disaster relief) in the latest In the Trenches blog post.


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Posted at 07:00AM Oct 10, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017

Here We Go Again: GOP Attempting ACA Repeal

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement in July, but Senate Republicans are set to try again this week. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what's at stake.


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Posted at 08:00AM Sep 26, 2017 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

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]

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