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Tuesday Jan 09, 2018

Why Are We Eager to Save One, Reluctant to Help Many?

In Alaska, there is an expectation that motorists will help others during extreme conditions. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., questions why the same expectation to help doesn't always apply in health care.

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Posted at 12:54PM Jan 09, 2018 by John Cullen, 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]

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]

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 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]

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017

One Good Look at Vast Scope of Family Medicine, and I Was Hooked

New AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., was working as a hospital orderly when exposure to family medicine residents changed his path.

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Posted at 12:00PM Sep 13, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017

Family Physicians Can Make Their Mark in Many Ways

As her time on the AAFP Board ends, Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on leadership, the loss of her father and new challenges and opportunities.

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Posted at 12:00PM Sep 06, 2017 by Wanda Filer, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Aug 28, 2017

Preserving National Health Service Corps Is a Must

The National Health Service Corps puts physicians in areas where they are needed most and helps physicians erase student debt. But unless Congress acts, the program will end in September.

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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 28, 2017 by Ada Stewart, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017

Health Care Is a Right That Must Extend to Everyone

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that health care must be seen as a basic human right that is necessary for the preservation of dignity, social worth, health and even life.

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Posted at 11:46AM Aug 08, 2017 by Gary LeRoy, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Jul 03, 2017

FamMedPAC to Congress: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

During the 2016 election cycle, FamMedPAC donated more than $1 million to congressional candidates. AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., explains how the PAC will decide where its money goes in 2018.

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Posted at 12:00PM Jul 03, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

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