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Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190417lv-satisfaction.html

Making MACRA Manageable

The AAFP recently submitted an in-depth response to the proposed rule intended to guide implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines three key areas of the ...

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

Mastering the Art of Communication Takes Compassion

Whether delivering a difficult diagnosis or bridging actual language barriers, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that clear communication is critical to patient care.

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

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Primary Care Practices, Access to Care

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Primary Care Practices, Access to Care

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

Medical Student Advocates Make Big Impression on Legislators at FMCC

Medical Student Advocates Make Big Impression on Legislators at FMCC

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

Medicine, Media and the Need for a Physician's Perspective

Medicine, Media and the Need for a Physician's Perspective

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

Meet the Press: Why Working With the Media Makes Sense

Meet the Press: Why Working With the Media Makes Sense

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

Mentoring Key to Molding Next Generation of Leaders

Mentoring Key to Molding Next Generation of Leaders

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

MIPS: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

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

Mismatch: Why the Disconnect Between Student Interest and Student Choice?

Mismatch: Why the Disconnect Between Student Interest and Student Choice?

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

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.html

More Than Meets the Eye: Value of Small Practices Shouldn't Be Ignored

More Than Meets the Eye: Value of Small Practices Shouldn't Be Ignored

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

Moving Practice Has Been Good for Me, Staff, Patients

What's a family doc to do when rents skyrocket in a tight real estate market? Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that she turned her problem into an opportunity to improve her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190826lv-moving.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

My Year as President: The Honor Has Been Mine

My Year as President: The Honor Has Been Mine

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

Navigating Paper Walls, Digital Windows in Pandemic

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200527fl-ruralcovid.html

Need for Infection Control Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Need for Infection Control Not Going Away Anytime Soon

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

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the AAFP is launching an Academy-wide effort to improve health care in rural communities. In this Leader Voices Blog ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190709lv-ruralhealthmatters.html

New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

Shawn Martin highlights two new free Academy resources -- one related to payment and one intended to improve patient care -- in the latest In The Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180123ITT_Resources.html

New Gadgets Show Promise for Future of Medicine

New Gadgets Show Promise for Future of Medicine

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

New Member Benefit Delta-Exchange Can Help Practices Transform to PCMHs

New Member Benefit Delta-Exchange Can Help Practices Transform to PCMHs

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

No Margin, No Mission: Better Physician Pay = Better Patient Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines six areas of focus where the Academy's advocacy work is aimed at improving payment for primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190108itt-betterpayment.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

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.html

Not So Fast: AAFP Urging FTC Scrutiny of Health Industry Mergers

Mergers in the health industry-whether hospitals, health systems, or health insurance companies-can increase costs and decrease competition. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin explains how the Academy is fighting business deals that are bad for ...

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

Now's the Time: Speak Out to Support Primary Care

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights two primary care issues being debated by Congress and explains how you can help them advance.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190625itt-hcbills.html

Nurse Practitioners No Substitute for Physician-led Team

Nurse Practitioners No Substitute for Physician-led Team

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

Old Issues, New Year: A Look Back (and Ahead)

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on some key health care issues from 2016 and looks ahead to the new year.

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

On Air: AAFP President Engages With Students in Online Forum

On Air: AAFP President Engages With Students in Online Forum

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

On the Hill: Academy Promoting Family Medicine's Perspective

On the Hill: Academy Promoting Family Medicine's Perspective

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

Opportunities, Not Incentives, Drive PCPs to Do Better

In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., writes that policymakers should abandon the carrot-and-stick approach to payment schemes and give physicians time to provide better care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180720fp-opportunity.html

Our Country Is Hungry for the Message of Family Medicine

After more than 200 days on the road, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on a whirlwind of meetings with legislators, policymakers, payers, media and medical students.

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

Our Patients Want -- and Need -- To Be Heard

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that advancing technology and a growing emphasis on the business of health care are straining the patient-physician relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180518lv-hearpatient.html

Outside the Box: Integrative Medicine Might Just Expand Your Comfort Zone

Outside the Box: Integrative Medicine Might Just Expand Your Comfort Zone

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

Over the Long Haul, Family Physicians Are Life Savers

Over the Long Haul, Family Physicians Are Life Savers

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

Overtime: Finishing the Story on Scope of Practice

Overtime: Finishing the Story on Scope of Practice

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

Part I: Sharing Our Legislative, Regulatory Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the AAFP's priorities for 2018 regarding payment reform and practice transformation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180206ITT_Priorities.html

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/patient_portals_useful_resource_or.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

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

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

Patients on High-deductible Plans Need Primary Care Coverage

Patients with high-deductible health plans often avoid preventive care, leading to higher health care costs down the road. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP policy proposal that would provide such patients with access to ...

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

Patients Trust Social Media, so Be Their Trusted Source

With more than 3 million followers and counting, Mikhail Varshavski, D.O., makes the case for using social media to reach patients with health messages.

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

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: We Can't Afford to Cut Our Investment in Teaching Health ...

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: We Can't Afford to Cut Our Investment in Teaching Health Centers

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

Physician Groups Unite Behind SGR Message to Congress

Physician Groups Unite Behind SGR Message to Congress

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

Physicians Are Directly Impacted by Government, so You Should Directly Influence ...

Physicians Are Directly Impacted by Government, so You Should Directly Influence Government

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

Physicians Sticking With Medicare … for Now

Physicians Sticking With Medicare … for Now

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

Pick-Your-Pace Program Can Help FPs Prepare for 2018

This year marks the initial performance period of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Programs. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights new resources available to help family physicians, and he ...

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

Preparing for Match Grueling but Rewarding

Preparing for Match Grueling but Rewarding

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

Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility

Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.

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

Preventing the Medicare Payment Cut

Preventing the Medicare Payment Cut

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

Primary Care Benefit Could Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs

The U.S. health care system focuses too much attention on caring for the sick rather than on preventing illness in the first place. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes that case in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171204lv-sickcare.html

Primary Care Education at Forefront of Obama Budget Proposal

Primary Care Education at Forefront of Obama Budget Proposal

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

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

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

Primary Care Needs Congress' Attention Right Now

Representatives from the AAFP and five other organizations recently met with legislators about vital primary care programs jeopardized by lack of stable funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180112lv-hillvisits.html

Primary Care Physician Shortage Requires Bold Action

Primary Care Physician Shortage Requires Bold Action

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

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

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

Private Practice in a Time of Pandemic

In this Leader Voices Blog post, Andrew Carroll, M.D., details how he changed processes and procedures in his practice -- including expanding telehealth -- after COVID-19 spread into his state.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200324lv-pandemic.html

Proposed Changes to QPP: What You Need to Know

In the second post of a two-part analysis, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines proposed changes to the MACRA Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180814itt_feeschedule2.html

Proposed Increase in Medicaid Payments Helps Patients and Docs Both

Proposed Increase in Medicaid Payments Helps Patients and Docs Both

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

Protect Funding for Primary Care Training

Protect Funding for Primary Care Training

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/protect_funding_for_primary_care.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

Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

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

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

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

Putting My Broad-scope Training to the Test

Tate Hinkle, M.D., and his primary care colleagues tested the limits of their broad-scope training when a wave of subspecialists left their small, rural community.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180827fp-subspecialists.html

Questions About DPC? FMX Sessions Offer Answers

Questions About DPC? FMX Sessions Offer Answers

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

Ready Or Not, ICD-10 is Here

ICD-10 will be implemented this week. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy’s resources related to that change. He also offers an update on a bill intended to reform meaningful use (and how you can help).

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ready_or_not_icd_10.html

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180227lv-adminburden.html

Reclaiming Family Medicine's Broad Scope Benefits Everyone

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the debate about family medicine scope of practice shouldn't focus just on midlevel providers, but also on subspecialists.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181009itt-scope.html

Reducing Administrative Burden a Must

Administrative and regulatory burden is one of the top reasons independent practices close and is a leading cause of physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues, such as prior authorizations, the Academy is...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/reducing_administrative_burden_a_must.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

Regional Meetings Offer AAFP Chapters Chance to Share, Learn, Lead

Regional Meetings Offer AAFP Chapters Chance to Share, Learn, Lead

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

Relationships Are a Critical Part of Building Medical Homes

Relationships Are a Critical Part of Building Medical Homes

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

Repairing ACA May be More Likely Than Full Repeal

Repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has proven to be difficult for Congress and the new administration. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that repairing the health care law may be more likely.

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

Repeal and Replace? A Look at American Health Care Act

Efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act advanced last week with the introduction of the American Health Care Act. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what would change under the proposal and what ...

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

Residents Can Attest to Demand for FPs

Residents Can Attest to Demand for FPs

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

Respect, Support Moms' Breastfeeding Decisions

Respect, Support Moms' Breastfeeding Decisions

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

Reviewing a Strange, Historic Week in Washington

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived yet another repeal effort, and an HHS secretary was ousted. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the strange final week of September (and relates how you can help with ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171010.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

Royal Pain: Team's Chickenpox Incident Offers Lesson for Patients

Royal Pain: Team's Chickenpox Incident Offers Lesson for Patients

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

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.html

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170925lv-ruralmedicine.html

Rx for Success: PBS Film Shines Light on Health Care Triumphs

Rx for Success: PBS Film Shines Light on Health Care Triumphs

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

Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

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

Seeking Solutions to Gun Violence at the Scene of the Crime

Seeking Solutions to Gun Violence at the Scene of the Crime

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

Self-Evaluation: How Many Stars Do I Rate?

Self-Evaluation: How Many Stars Do I Rate?

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/self_evaluation_how_many_stars.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

Shaping Our Future: Volunteer to Help Drive Specialty Forward

Shaping Our Future: Volunteer to Help Drive Specialty Forward

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

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

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

Shrinking Scope of Practice Raises Questions About Future of Family Medicine Training

Shrinking Scope of Practice Raises Questions About Future of Family Medicine Training

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

Shutting Rural Labor and Delivery Units Threatens Access, Health

Shutting Rural Labor and Delivery Units Threatens Access, Health

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

Singing the Praises of a Pharma-free Practice

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., explains how and why her practice took steps to eliminate pharmaceutical industry influence in a bid to avoid bias in prescribing.

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

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

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

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

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

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

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

So Long, New York, You Were Exactly the Trial This New FP Needed

So Long, New York, You Were Exactly the Trial This New FP Needed

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

Social Justice Inspires Passion in Students, Residents at National Conference

Social Justice Inspires Passion in Students, Residents at National Conference

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

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Sorry, I'm Too Busy for Your Busy Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/sorry_i_m_too_busy.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

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