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Monday Dec 04, 2017

Primary Care Benefit Could Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs

The U.S. health care system focuses too much attention on caring for the sick rather than on preventing illness in the first place. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes that case in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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Posted at 08:51AM Dec 04, 2017 by Leonard Reeves, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017

Know Yourself, Do Your Homework to Make Perfect Match

With less than three months left before the National Resident Matching Program's rank order list deadline, Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers students advice on the interview process in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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Posted at 09:54AM Nov 28, 2017 by Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 20, 2017

Just the Facts: Can Patient Education Help in Obesity Crisis?

Physicians may feel like they're losing the battle against obesity. Can patient education reduce the problem?

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Posted at 03:40PM Nov 20, 2017 by Alan Schwartzstein, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 13, 2017

Tell Congress Not to Compound Student, Resident Debt Burden

The AAFP is pushing back on a provision of the House tax reform bill that would eliminate a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans.

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Posted at 01:30PM Nov 13, 2017 by Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 06, 2017

Get a Clue: Pandemic Board Game Runs Risk of Snubbing FPs

Board game enthusiast and medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., writes that subspecialists shouldn't have a monopoly on the limelight in popular culture.

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Posted at 02:56PM Nov 06, 2017 by John Heafner, M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017

Let Us Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork

The AAFP has been advocating hard for a reduction in the administrative burden that gets in the way of patient care. A new CMS initiative may be a step in the right direction.

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Posted at 01:00PM Oct 31, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 13, 2017

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk About Death

Dying in America has changed with medical technology, but our comfort level in talking about it has not. Leonard Reeves, M.D, discusses helping patients plan ahead.

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Posted at 01:00PM Oct 13, 2017 by Leonard Reeves, M.D. | Comments [0]

Thursday Oct 05, 2017

A Conversation About Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Violence has become a public health crisis. Ending the ban on federal funding for research on violence involving firearms would be a good first step in addressing the problem.

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Posted at 12:30PM Oct 05, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 02, 2017

AAFP's NCCL Set Me on Leadership Path

Benjamin "Frankie" Simmons III, M.D., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, writes that his leadership path began at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and he encourages others to follow.

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Posted at 05:23PM Oct 02, 2017 by Benjamin "Frankie" Simmons III, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 25, 2017

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

Only 3 percent of final-year residents are interested in practicing in small towns. AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, makes the case for why they should.

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Posted at 05:23PM Sep 25, 2017 by John Cullen, M.D. | Comments [0]

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