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Tuesday Mar 31, 2020

Telehealth Deserves Payment; the AAFP Is Helping Secure It

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to help family physicians during the pandemic, including securing payment for telephone-based services.


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Posted at 03:46PM Mar 31, 2020 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Jan 07, 2020

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.


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Posted at 08:30AM Jan 07, 2020 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Dec 10, 2019

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.


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Posted at 08:34AM Dec 10, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 26, 2019

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.


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Posted at 08:00AM Nov 26, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 12, 2019

Here's What You Need to Know About Primary Care First

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes key points of the new Primary Care First program.


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Posted at 09:15AM Nov 12, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.


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Posted at 06:21AM Sep 17, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 20, 2019

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.


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Posted at 08:31AM Aug 20, 2019 by Shawn Martin | Comments [0]

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]

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