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Tuesday May 01, 2018

What If Everyone Had a Family Physician?

Securing funding for vital primary care programs is a start, but Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the fight continues for the kind of physician workforce our country needs.

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Posted at 11:30AM May 01, 2018 by Leonard Reeves, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Apr 20, 2018

Advocacy, Like Sailing, Means Navigating Turbulent Seas

John Cullen, M.D., knows the ropes of sailing and advocacy. In this Leader Voices blog post, he says both require teamwork and persistence.

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Posted at 10:58AM Apr 20, 2018 by John Cullen, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Mar 02, 2018

Congress Needs to Hear From FPs -- Here's Your Chance

AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., reports from Capitol Hill, where the Academy's Board of Directors recently had dozens of meetings with legislators and congressional staff.

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Posted at 02:54PM Mar 02, 2018 by John Cullen, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Feb 27, 2018

Real Action on Administrative Burden Is Long Overdue

The AAFP has been communicating with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about reducing administrative burden, and this week, leaders will address that critical issue on Capitol Hill.

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Posted at 03:21PM Feb 27, 2018 by John Meigs, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Jan 29, 2018

Congress' Inaction Threatens Family Medicine Training

The future of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program -- and more than 700 residency slots -- is unclear because Congress has failed to address long-term funding.

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Posted at 01:37PM Jan 29, 2018 by John Meigs, M.D. | Comments [0]

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]

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