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Decision 2020: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Health Care?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., examines where the presidential candidates stand on health care issues and how their visions align with AAFP policy.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201021fp-candidates.html

Roundtable Shows How to Square Off for Family Medicine

The Academy's all-virtual State Legislative Conference kicked off with a strong session recognizing big wins from three chapters -- and showing how these victories can be reproduced elsewhere.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201001itt-slcroundtable.html

History Has Its Eyes on Us During This Crisis

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200716lv-hamilton.html

Unemployment During Pandemic Amounts to a One-Two Punch

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200708fp-esi.html

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the focus should be on building on aspects of the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200707itt-aca.html

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200107itt-economics.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Five Books, Five Podcasts for Every Medical Student

Margaret Miller's peers asked her for recommendations on books and podcasts that can benefit medical students. In this Leader Voices Blog post, she picks her top five in both categories.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190101lv-studentmedia.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

Our Treatment of Immigrants Should Reflect Our Values

A new final rule would allow the federal government to detain migrant children indefinitely. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recounts how the Academy and others are objecting to the change and calling for improved conditions at detention centers to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190906lv-detentionhealth.html

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why Refer to social work is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190723fp-homeless.html

Objection! Can We Bring Order to Documentation and Billing?

Have you ever seen a lawyer documenting everything said during court? Neither has Allison Edwards, M.D., who ponders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post whether doctors could learn something about how attorneys document -- and bill for -- their work.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190405fp-billing.html

Trump Administration Rolling the Dice on Health Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the administration's recent decision to not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an interesting gamble ahead of the 2020 elections.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190402itt-acalawsuit.html

A Workforce Without Women? Good Luck, Chuck

Kimberly Becher, M.D., responds to recent statements by politicians who questioned women's place in the workforce. Spoiler alert: She's not amused.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181016fp-nowomen.html

Drawings From Detention: Assisting Asylum Seekers

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., recently visited the nation's largest family detention center to help asylum seekers. She shares her experience in words and drawings in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180717fp-asylum.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171019fp-metoo.html

Protecting Yourself From Threat of Malpractice Suits

Now that the Senate appears unlikely to take up a tort reform bill passed by the House, Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., highlights information physicians should know to reduce their risks.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170818lv-liability.html

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches.html

Sorry, You're Not Sick Enough: Approach to Hep C Defies Logic

Adequate screening and earlier treatment of hepatitis C infection would curb the spread of disease, ease suffering and reduce long-term health care costs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/sorry_you_re_not_sick.html

FPs Can Lead in Treating Transgender Patients With Dignity

Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Family physicians can help ensure they receive it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/fps_can_lead_in_treating.html

Two Common-sense Interventions Could Prevent Gun-related Deaths

Gun control is controversial. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that two specific interventions to prevent gun-related violence shouldn't be.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/two_common_sense_interventions_could.html

Speak Out to Preserve Health Care Coverage

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States and Congress is moving forward with efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without firm plans for a replacement. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/speak_out_to_preserve_health.html

AAFP Delivering on Maternity Care Training, Resources

In many rural communities, family physicians are the only maternity care providers. The AAFP provides training and support members need to play this vital role.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/aafp_delivering_on_maternity_care.html

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can-and should-do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/fee_schedule_reflects_cms_efforts.html

No Summer Break for AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Summer vacation? Hardly. The AAFP has been tracking and working on a number of important issues, including opioid abuse, mental health, the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and more. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/no_summer_break_for_aafp.html

Reflections on Surviving a Malpractice Case

Reflections on Surviving a Malpractice Case

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/reflections_on_surviving_a_malpractice.html

Moving from Meaningless to Meaningful Use

The flawed meaningful use program does not move our health care system closer to widespread adoption of electronic health records, and it is time for a change. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin explains why the Academy is launching an advocacy ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/moving_from_meaningless_to_meaningful.html

What Patients Don't Know Can Hurt Them

What Patients Don't Know Can Hurt Them

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/what_patients_don_t_know.html

Change Isn't Optional, but Making Progress Is

Change Isn't Optional, but Making Progress Is

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/change_isn_t_optional_but.html

Connecting Family Physicians to Communities in Need

Without Congressional action, funding for the National Health Service Corps is scheduled to end on Sept. 30. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin outlines the benefits of the program, which currently has 9,000 physicians, dentists, and other primary ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/connecting_family_physicians_to_communities.html

SGR Deadline Looms; ACA Faces SCOTUS Challenge

A full repeal and replace bill regarding the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is expected to be considered soon by Congress. With a March 31 deadline approaching to avoid a drastic Medicare payment cut, AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/sgr_deadline_looms_aca_faces.html

We're Not Gonna Take It: Network Optimization Disrupts Continuity of Care

We're Not Gonna Take It: Network Optimization Disrupts Continuity of Care

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/we_re_not_gonna_take.html

Acting on Our Convictions: Court Ruling Shows Need to Stand Up for Evidence-based Care

Acting on Our Convictions: Court Ruling Shows Need to Stand Up for Evidence-based Care

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/acting_on_our_convictions_court.html

Family Medicine on the Right Course

Family Medicine on the Right Course

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/family_medicine_on_the_right.html

Do Your Patients Know How Health Care Reform Will Affect Them?

Do Your Patients Know How Health Care Reform Will Affect Them?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/do_your_patients_know_how.html

Growing AAFP's Media Outreach: Responding to CNN

Growing AAFP's Media Outreach: Responding to CNN

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/growing_aafp_s_media_outreach.html

Physician, Google Thyself: Know What's Being Said About You Online

Physician, Google Thyself: Know What's Being Said About You Online

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/physician_google_thyself_know_what.html

After Court Ruling, Academy Prepared to Implement ACA, Address its Shortcomings

After Court Ruling, Academy Prepared to Implement ACA, Address its Shortcomings

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/after_scotus_ruling_academy_prepared.html

Physicians Have Calling Not Only to Heal, But to Lead

Physicians Have Calling Not Only to Heal, But to Lead

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/physicians_have_calling_not_only.html

It's Simple: Primary Care Equals Better Care Overall

It's Simple: Primary Care Equals Better Care Overall

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/it_s_simple_primary_care.html

Planning Ahead Makes End-of-Life Care Easier for Everyone

Planning Ahead Makes End-of-Life Care Easier for Everyone

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/planning_ahead_makes_end_of.html

AAFP Taking 'Watchful Waiting' Approach to Supreme Court's Consideration of Health ...

AAFP Taking 'Watchful Waiting' Approach to Supreme Court's Consideration of Health Reform Law

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/aafp_taking_watchful_waiting_approach1.html

Stating Our Case to the RUC

Stating Our Case to the RUC

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/stating_our_case_to_the.html

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