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2016 Election: Dates to Remember

On Nov. 8, American voters will elect a new president and vice president, 469 members of Congress and a dozen governors. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some important dates to remember.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_election_dates_to_remember.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

A Conversation About Fair Payment

A Conversation About Fair Payment

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

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

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

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

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

AAFP Advocacy on MACRA Implementation Paying Off

CMS recently announced a Pick Your Pace plan that would provide greater flexibility for physicians regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the options outlined by CMS ...

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

AAFP Advocacy Promotes Compassionate Care

After years of advocacy efforts, public policy has begun to align with AAFP policy in regards to advance care planning. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at how the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule would ensure that family physicians are ...

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

AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'

AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'

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

AAFP Member Survey Provides Valuable Perspective

The AAFP's annual Practice Profile Survey provides tremendous insight that drives improvements in the Academy's advocacy, education and member services.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170801ITT_Survey.html

AAFP Offering Resources, Support for Small Practices

Solo and small practices often outperform larger practices in evaluations, but the once dominant practice models have seen their numbers decline dramatically. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some resources and ...

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

AAFP Payment Model Clears Another Hurdle

In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the progress of the Academy's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model, as well as a summary of how provisions of the recently passed federal ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180403ITT_PTAC2.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

AAFP to Congress: Primary Care Plays Vital Role in Mental Health

AAFP to Congress: Primary Care Plays Vital Role in Mental Health

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

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to...

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

AAFP's Advocacy Efforts Paved Way for New Care Management Code

AAFP's Advocacy Efforts Paved Way for New Care Management Code

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

Academy is Working to Define, Value Care Management

Academy is Working to Define, Value Care Management

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

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and ...

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

Accreditation Merger Creates Unified Standard, Preserves D.O.s' Identity

Accreditation Merger Creates Unified Standard, Preserves D.O.s' Identity

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

Advocacy, Like Sailing, Means Navigating Turbulent Seas

John Cullen, M.D., knows the ropes of sailing and advocacy. In this Leader Voices blog post, he says both require teamwork and persistence.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180420lv-sailing.html

Agents of Change: ACOs Can Reduce Costs, Improve Care, Increase Income

Agents of Change: ACOs Can Reduce Costs, Improve Care, Increase Income

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

Ah, Nuts: Is Kellogg's Putting Consumers at Risk by Adding Allergen to Food?

Ah, Nuts: Is Kellogg's Putting Consumers at Risk by Adding Allergen to Food?

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

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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

an_american_board.pdf

...in the House of Delegates urging the creation of such a board. This resolution was rejected on the ground that whenever a doctor of medicine passes a state or national board examination, he is auto- GP June 1962 In June, 1941, the AMA rejected a resolution urging that a...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/an_american_board.pdf

APMs: 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 Alternative Payment Models.

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

Are You the Leader We're Looking for?

Are You the Leader We're Looking for?

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

As Flu Reaches Epidemic Proportions, Protect Yourself and Patients

As Flu Reaches Epidemic Proportions, Protect Yourself and Patients

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

As Match Day Nears, Student Board Member Shares Wishes for Family Medicine

As Match Day Nears, Student Board Member Shares Wishes for Family Medicine

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

Asking Tough Questions About Abuse Can Save Lives

Asking Tough Questions About Abuse Can Save Lives

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

At a Loss: If Educating Parents About Vaccines Won't Work, What Will?

At a Loss: If Educating Parents About Vaccines Won't Work, What Will?

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

Balancing Act: There Is More to My Life Than Just Medicine

Balancing Act: There Is More to My Life Than Just Medicine

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

Banding Together Helps Small Practices Achieve PCMH Recognition

Banding Together Helps Small Practices Achieve PCMH Recognition

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

Barriers Hindering Use of Telemedicine

Family physicians see promise in telemedicine, but numerous barriers -- including payment issues -- impede the technology's adoption. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

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

Beating Burnout: Get Involved, Call for Change

Beating Burnout: Get Involved, Call for Change

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

Being a Family Physician Requires 'Courageous' Commitment

Aroha? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Gary LeRoy, M.D., describes the courage and commitment needed to succeed in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180103lv-aroha.html

Benefits of Rural Practice Make Sacrifices Worthwhile

Benefits of Rural Practice Make Sacrifices Worthwhile

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

Bipartisan Teaching Health Center Bill Is Vital to Workforce

Without congressional action, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program will expire Sept. 30. A newly introduced bill to extend funding has support from both sides of the aisle.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170725thcgmebill.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

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

Breadth of Opportunities in Family Medicine Intrigues Medical Students

Breadth of Opportunities in Family Medicine Intrigues Medical Students

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

Building Student Interest Focus of Family Medicine Stakeholders

Building Student Interest Focus of Family Medicine Stakeholders

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

Burnout Part 2: Adopting a Systems Approach to Prevention

Carl Olden, M.D., examines methods to approach physician burnout and resilience from the perspectives of the small practice, the multispecialty group and hospital medical staff.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180219lv-burnout.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

Candidates Wanted: Four Spots Available for AAFP Board

Candidates Wanted: Four Spots Available for AAFP Board

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

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