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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.

07/16/2020 — Inspired by a recent viewing of the musical Hamilton, Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too many Americans are still waiting to be treated equally, and the AAFP is working to address inequities in health care.

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07/16/2020 — MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

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07/02/2020 — In two recent letters, the AAFP and other groups asked Congress for permanent telehealth flexibility and laid out principles to ensure ongoing virtual care success.

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More Clinical and Advocacy News

Lock In Telehealth Flexibility, Protections, Says AAFP

Academy, Other Groups Warn Congress of Impending Telehealth 'Cliff'

07/02/2020 — In two recent letters, the AAFP and other groups asked Congress for permanent telehealth flexibility and laid out principles to ensure ongoing virtual care success.

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Declare Racism Public Health Emergency, AAFP Tells White House

Letters to Administration, Congress Identify Problems, Outline Remedies

06/12/2020 — Racism must be understood as a public health issue and declared a public health emergency, the AAFP told the administration and key members of Congress in a pair of June 10 letters.

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Create COVID-19 Litigation Safe Harbor, AAFP Tells Congress

Academy Adds Voice to Broad Call for Liability Protection

06/10/2020 — Primary care physicians need temporary, targeted liability relief in the aftermath of COVID-19, the Academy and hundreds of other medical and professional organizations told lawmakers recently.

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Academy Urges Congress to Extend Medicaid Payment Increase

Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Must Rise to Meet COVID-19 Challenge, Groups Say

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 leaders in a June 2 letter.

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Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

AAFP, Peer Organizations Issue Advice for Residency Programs, Students, Schools

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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More Blog Posts and Profiles

07/08/2020 — Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the pandemic -- and the higher unemployment rates it has caused -- has exposed the precarious nature of employer-sponsored health insurance.

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06/24/2020 — From masks and social distancing to closing group homes, Kyle Jones, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that physicians caring for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face added challenges with COVID-19.

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06/18/2020 — Merlyn Sunny Abraham, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that her family medicine class of seven women persisted through the closure of their hospital, the transfer of their program and a pandemic.

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06/16/2020 — When COVID-19 threatened to disrupt maternity care training at a Seattle hospital, leaders from three family medicine residency programs rallied to find a solution. Read more in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post.

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06/10/2020 — Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that the pandemic is amplifying the health inequities minorities face in the United States.

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