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COVID-19 Pandemic: News and Views

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The AAFP is working tirelessly to bring you news and information about clinical and practice issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as about the Academy's advocacy to get you the supplies, equipment and financial support you need to care for patients while protecting yourselves, your families and staff, and your communities.

06/04/2020 — Upping the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for Medicaid is a vital response to COVID-19, the Academy and 18 other groups told congressional letters in a June 2 letter.

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06/04/2020 — New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.

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06/04/2020 — Shyam Odeti M.D., M.S., writes that thousands of immigrant physicians are willing to help in pandemic hotspots, but visa restrictions prohibit them from doing so.

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More Clinical and Advocacy News

AAFP Endorses Bill Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities

Legislation Provides for Task Force Including Rural Medical Professionals

06/01/2020 — In a May 28 letter, the Academy voiced support for legislation that would create a task force to address racial and ethnic health disparities associated with COVID-19.

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AAFP NRN/Graham Center Surveys Track COVID-19's Effects

Family Physicians Invited to Participate in Series of Weekly Snapshots

05/29/2020 — Results from a series of weekly surveys from the AAFP National Research Network and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care demonstrate the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on family physicians and their practices.

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AAFP, Others Warn Azar of Imminent Primary Care Closures

Letter Calls on HHS to Ensure COVID-19 Funding Reaches Family Physicians

05/22/2020 — Funding to independent and community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid participants, must come soon, the AAFP and other groups told HHS this week.

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AAFP to Congress: Restart Advance Payments Before It's Too Late

Academy Backs Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Improvement Act

05/21/2020 — The AAFP signaled strong support for new legislation that would revamp CMS' Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment program for Medicare Part B.

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More Blog Posts and Profiles

06/02/2020 — Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., explains how the pandemic has forced him to try some unconventional things, including new approaches to personal protective equipment, in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

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05/27/2020 — Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post that masks and other COVID-19 precautions have changed the way he communicates with patients in his rural practice.

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05/27/2020 — In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., relates the complex experience of being both a physician treating patients who are COVID-19-positive and a relative of a patient with COVID-19.

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05/20/2020 — Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Allison Edwards, M.D., ponders the best way to broach the subject of end-of-life care with a relatively young patient panel in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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