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Tuesday May 14, 2019

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.


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Posted at 08:31AM May 14, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 30, 2019

CMS Heeds AAFP Advice on New Payment Models

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the Primary Cares Initiative that CMS launched last week.


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Posted at 09:19AM Apr 30, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 16, 2019

Surveys: Physician Salaries Are Increasing, Burnout Persists

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in the latest In the Trenches blog post that findings from a pair of Medscape surveys on compensation and burnout offer a mix of good and bad news.


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Posted at 09:09AM Apr 16, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 02, 2019

Trump Administration Rolling the Dice on Health Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the administration's recent decision to not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an interesting gamble ahead of the 2020 elections.


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Posted at 09:10AM Apr 02, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Mar 19, 2019

Are You Kidding Me? We Need More Primary Care Physicians

A recent commentary in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that primary care be left to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin points out the authors' biggest errors.


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Posted at 08:58AM Mar 19, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Mar 05, 2019

Under Pressure: Health Care Needs Reform, Stable Markets

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update after legislators from both sides of the aisle introduced bills regarding health insurance.


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Posted at 07:35AM Mar 05, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Feb 19, 2019

Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.


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Posted at 09:00AM Feb 19, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

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]

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