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We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.html

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.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

Flu Shots and COVID-19: Gratitude During the Pandemic

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares her experience from a flu shot clinic, writing in the Leader Voices blog that patients may be more interested in the influenza vaccine this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201001lv-flu.html

Treating Older Patients in the Pandemic Age

Tina Shenouda, M.D., M.B.A., explains how a senior-focused primary care practice faces the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200918fl-geriatrics.html

Do No (Financial) Harm

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., examines why understanding and addressing patients' financial health is as important as caring for their physical and mental health.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200911fp-financialhealth.html

Congress Got a Shot of FP Expertise to Boost Immunizations

AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn talks about the AAFP's role in writing a new House bill to boost vaccine confidence, in part by recognizing the importance of the physician-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200901itt-vaccinebill.html

Help Kids Catch Up After Delays in Care

As schools begin to reopen, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on how to catch kids up on vaccines after potential delays in preventive care from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200826lv-backtoschool.html

FPs Adept at Beating the Grind ‘Dog Days’ of Pandemic Bring

Steven Furr, M.D., explains in this Leader Voices Blog post how his rural community's early actions protected its most vulnerable population during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200817lv-ruralcovid.html

Let's Amplify the Real Front-line Physicians

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn pushes back against misinformation about the pandemic -- and spotlights members who are doing the same on the ground.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200805itt-facts.html

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Is Personal

In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., relates the challenges of trying to protect the community she grew up in during a pandemic as a family physician and county health officer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200730fl-publichealthpersonal.html

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.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

Worth a Shot: Home Visits Keep Kids Up to Date in Pandemic

Beth Oller, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that she's making home visits to pediatric patients to ensure that kids stay up to date on immunizations during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200630fpimmunization.html

Lessons in Negotiation: Saving OB Training During Pandemic

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200616fl-covidob.html

Welcome to Family Medicine; the AAFP Is Here to Help

Third-year residents are wrapping up their training. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, offers advice on how the Academy can be an invaluable resource at this critical career stage in the Leader Voices Blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200602lv-newphysicians.html

Lend Your Voice to Academy's Week of Action

Due to the pandemic, the Academy is taking its annual advocacy event online. John Cullen, M.D., urges family physicians to make their voices heard June 1-5 to help stabilize, strengthen and sustain primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200529lv-weekofaction.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

Let's Learn From Pandemic so All May 'Live Long and Prosper'

Gary LeRoy, M.D., examines parallels between the current health crisis and the 1918 flu pandemic and writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that we must learn from history this time.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200506lv-covidhistory.html

Holding People Sacred in Time of Loss

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she is praying for dying patients and crying with her nurses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200504fp-covidsacred.html

COVID-19: Lessons Learned So Far

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers three key observations on family medicine and the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200428itt-covidlessons.html

COVID-19 Shows What Is Truly Valuable in Health Care

The financial burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on family physicians must be addressed as a threat to the very foundation of the U.S. health care system, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200423lv-familymedicinevalue.html

The Immeasurable, Cascading Effects of Primary Care

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that family physicians in outpatient settings are playing a vital role during the pandemic by keeping patients out of hospitals.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200422fp-covidprimarycare.html

When Quarantining at Home Puts Families at Risk

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that quarantining at home is not a safe option for patients with COVID-19 who live in close quarters, and the approach is putting minority communities at risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200420fp-coviddisparities.html

Unease During Pandemic Offers a Lesson in Understanding

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when physicians treat patients with anxiety after the COVID-19 crisis is over, they should remember how they felt during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200415fp-covidanxiety.html

Carpe Diem: It's Time to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In the Trenches blog post that the current health crisis presents an opportunity to drastically improve the U.S. health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200414itt-fixsystem.html

Telehealth Deserves Payment; the AAFP Is Helping Secure It

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to help family physicians during the pandemic, including securing payment for telephone-based services.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200331itt-telehealth.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

COVID-19: FP Searches for Supplies, Information and Lessons

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, Allison Edwards, M.D., describes the difficulty and frustration of preparing for the pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200320fp-ppesearch.html

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.html

Women Have Closed Med School Enrollment Gap; Others Remain

For the first time, women make up the majority of students in U.S. medical schools. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although women physicians are making gains in leadership and other roles, they still have work to do to achieve equity in their field.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200228lv-diversity.html

It's Not Only OK to Be Vulnerable, It's Necessary

Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is difficult, it opens doors to learning and opportunities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200205lv-vulnerability.html

Here's How We're Battling Administrative Burden for You

According to surveys, administrative burden is the top concern of family physicians. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's work to reduce prior authorization and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200204itt-adminburden.html

Burnout by Numbers

Recent surveys and studies paint a bleak landscape regarding physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In The Trenches blog post that the continued shortcomings of electronic health records are the prime driver.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200121itt-ehr.html

Try These Tips to Overcome Flu Vaccine Hesitancy

During what is shaping up to be a severe flu season, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on vaccinating reluctant patients in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200109lv-fluvacc.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

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191126itt-payincrease.html

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.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

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

Closing Down Tobacco Road

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's advocacy efforts related to tobacco and nicotine regulation and tells family physicians how to learn more about a new payment model.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191029itt-tobacco.html

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

Steering Family Medicine Through Storm Toward Sunlight

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recaps his year as president and the work the Academy is doing on issues of importance to family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190924lv-cullenyear.html

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

For New Intern, the Future Is Challenging -- and Bright

In this Leader Voices Blog post, recent medical school graduate Chandler Stisher, M.D., shares the challenges of transitioning from student to intern as well as his excitement for what lies ahead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190904lv-newintern.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

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

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

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.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

We Can't Leave Health Care Policies to Chance

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on a recent visit to the New Jersey AFP's annual meeting and the need for quality measures that make sense.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190712lv-boardwalk.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

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

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.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

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

A new coalition co-founded by the Academy aims to realign the incentives and design of health care, writes AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190528itt-consumersfirst.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

CMS Heeds AAFP Advice on New Payment Models

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the Primary Cares Initiative that CMS launched last week.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190430itt-primarycares.html

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190430fp-keeplearning.html

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

High-deductible Plans Give 'Prevention' a New Meaning

Robert Raspa, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that high-deductible plans are causing patients to delay needed care, which leads to more costly urgent care later.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190401lv-hdhp.html

Are You Kidding Me? We Need More Primary Care Physicians

A recent commentary in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that primary care be left to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin points out the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190319itt-workforce.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

Bills have been introduced in Congress that would authorize funding for the teaching health center program. Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., makes the case for supporting the model, and tells others how they can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190307lv-thcgme.html

Under Pressure: Health Care Needs Reform, Stable Markets

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update after legislators from both sides of the aisle introduced bills regarding health insurance.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190305itt-insurancereform.html

Curious About the ABFM Pilot? Here's My Experience So Far

Family physicians have long clamored for an alternative to the high-stakes continuing certification exam. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., offers her perspective on the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190304lv-fmcla.html

Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190219itt-bipartisan.html

Better Health Care for Veterans Requires Better Payment

Ada Stewart, M.D., who cares for active-duty soldiers and veterans as a U.S. Army Reserve physician, as well as in her civilian practice, writes about the urgent need for payment and workforce reform in the nation's veterans health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190218lv-veterans.html

Are Your Patients Wasting Money on Supplements?

According to the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, a recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of adults take vitamins or supplements, but less than 25 percent of respondents had a confirmed nutrient deficiency.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190213fp-supplements.html

Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.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

Why I Love Working in a Community Health Center

Luis Garcia, M.D., spoke with several colleagues who work in community health centers, as he does, about what makes these practices so rewarding for family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181211fp-chc.html

Teaching Health Centers Funding a Top Priority for 2019

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that securing funding for the teaching health center program will be a top priority for the Academy when the new Congress convenes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181204itt-thcgme.html

Help Patients Know Their HIV Status

An estimated 15 percent of Americans living with HIV infection are unaware of it. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that World AIDS Day offers a reminder to help patients know their status.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181127lv-hivstatus.html

The Votes Were Cast. What Does It Mean for Family Medicine?

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin sets the stage for an analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and looks at Wall Street's growing interest in health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181120itt-postelection.html

Why We Need More Physician Entrepreneurs

In an era of increasing physician employment, Allison Edwards, M.D., explains why she chose to open her own practice and why she thinks others should, too.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181030fp-entrepreneurs.html

FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis

Many rural communities are losing access to maternity care. AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that his rural Alaska community offers proof that family physicians can fill that void.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181010lv-obdeserts.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

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180925itt-acos.html

Why I'm Building a Solo Practice -- Again

More than 30 years into practice, Erica Swegler, M.D., explains in this Leader Voices Blog post why she decided to buck current employment trends and go back to her roots as a solo family physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180925lv-solopractice.html

A Hiring Manager's Perspective on the Art of Interviewing

Are you looking for a job or preparing for residency interviews? Hiring manager Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., tells you what she's looking for when she's interviewing candidates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180910fp-interviewer.html

Why Does Equal Pay for Equal Work Still Elude Us?

The compensation gap between male and female physicians is widening. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., writes that this inequity is inexcusable and must end.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180907lv-genderpaygap.html

Letting Life Take You by Surprise Can Stave Off Burnout

Physicians have the highest suicide rate in the nation. Kurt Bravata, M.D., ponders the need to recharge our batteries and reinforce the things that drew us into health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180905fp-engage.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

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

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180731itt_feeschedule.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

It's Still the Prices, Stupid

High drug prices are driving dramatic increases in health care costs. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how HHS and the AAFP are responding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180717itt_drugs.html

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., shares lessons she has learned from the students and residents she trains, saying they give her hope for our future.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180702fp-trainees.html

Delaying Visa Approvals Would Harm Medical Training, Patients

As a new training year approaches, many international medical graduates are waiting for H1-B visa approvals. The AAFP and others have been pressing the administration to expedite the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180619lv-visaapproval.html

AAFP Survey Reveals DPC Trends

As we prepare for the annual Direct Primary Care Summit, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results of the AAFP's recent survey related to DPC.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180619ITT_DPC.html

What I Learned as a New Physician

In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., reflects on what she has learned in her first seven years as a small, rural practice owner.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180615fp-ollerfinale.html

Start Saving for Retirement Now

A combination of lengthy training and high debt leads many physicians to delay saving for retirement. In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Peter Rippey, M.D., looks at what you should be doing now rather than later.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180529fp-retirement.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

For Your Patients' Sake, Prepare Yourself for PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis significantly lowers the odds of getting HIV from sex and injectable drug use, but Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too few physicians are prescribing it. A session at the Family Medicine Experience can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180510lv-prep.html

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