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AAFP Payment Model Wins Committee's Support

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP payment model that recently won the support of an HHS committee, and he reviews the health care challenges awaiting Congress.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180109ITT_PTAC.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180109sdohtools.html

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic that prioritizes enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180108fdahomeopathy.html

CMS Launches User-friendly QPP Data Submission System

It's time for physicians to begin reporting their 2017 Quality Payment Program data, and now they can do so via CMS' new submission system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180104qppdatasubmit.html

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180103yir-clinical.html

Eight Questions for 2018: Yes, Single Payer Is One of Them

Despite opposition to "socialized, single-payer health care," nearly 120 million Americans have health care coverage through government-supported programs. With that growing number in mind, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin poses eight...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171219ITT_singlepayer.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.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Tax Bills Could Add to Health Care's Ills

Provisions in both the House and Senate tax bills could hold negative consequences for physicians and patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details in the latest In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171121ITT_taxes.html

Just the Facts: Can Patient Education Help in Obesity Crisis?

Physicians may feel like they're losing the battle against obesity. Can patient education reduce the problem?

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171120lv-patiented.html

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

Family Physicians Continue to Combat Opioid Crisis

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/opioid-media-kit.html

Inaction by Congress Jeopardizes Kids' Health

Inaction by Congress has put the Children's Health Insurance Program and a handful of other vital health care programs in jeopardy. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171107itt-chip.html

If Payers Could Reduce Administrative Burden, 'That'd Be Great'

In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to reduce administrative requirements and physician burnout.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171024.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.

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

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

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk About Death

Dying in America has changed with medical technology, but our comfort level in talking about it has not. Leonard Reeves, M.D, discusses helping patients plan ahead.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171013lv-end-of-life.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 ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Here We Go Again: GOP Attempting ACA Repeal

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement in July, but Senate Republicans are set to try again this week. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what's at stake.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20170926.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

One Good Look at Vast Scope of Family Medicine, and I Was Hooked

New AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., was working as a hospital orderly when exposure to family medicine residents changed his path.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170913lv-munger.html

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170829itt-deadlines.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

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

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170821fp-race.html

The ACA Survived. Now What?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement of the health care law. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on how we ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170815itt-aca.html

Vaccines Are Safe, Effective and Save Lives

Vaccines Are Safe, Effective and Save Lives

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/vaccines-are-safe-effective-and-save-lives.html

AAFP's eHealth Initiative Aims to Make Health IT Work for FPs

Innovations in health technology aren't likely to succeed without physician input. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the Academy's Alliance for eHealth Innovation is working to ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170718ehealthalliance.html

AAFP Delegation Gives Family Medicine Voice at AMA Meeting

The AMA House of Delegates met last week in Chicago to discuss and debate policies aimed at improving our health care system. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update from the perspective of the Academy's delegation.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-20.html

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-70.html

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-130.html

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-170.html

I'm Listening: Part II

In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Go Ahead, I'm Listening

From your comments on AAFP News stories and blog posts to responses to annual surveys, the Academy is listening. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how to make your voice heard.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Trusted Relationship Allows Patients to Confide Horrors of Abuse

Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that continuity of care and a level of trust can help patients share their painful stories.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/trusted_relationship_allows_patients_to1.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...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

No, I'm Not 'Settling' for Family Medicine

Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes that misconceptions about family medicine are "toxic" for medical students and negatively affect an already inadequate primary care workforce.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP to Congress: Hands Off USPSTF

A bill has been introduced that would alter the composition and processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is stringently opposing the legislation.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

You Can Drive Change in Washington; Here's How

The AAFP has launched a new grassroots network designed to be a forum to educate, coordinate, and engage family physicians around family medicine's priority issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the details.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Will You Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes?

Whether you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, there are steps family physicians can take to help patients and families, as well as their own practices and communities, prepare for the worst.

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

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

Donald or Hillary? How Choice Affects Health Care

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have expressed commitments to addressing the nation's opioid epidemic as well as support for improved access to mental health services and improve access to care for veterans. But the presidential candidates split -- widely -- on their ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Help Patients Conquer Obesity With Education, Empathy -- Not Shame

Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. How physicians broach the subject with these patients may determine whether or not they can help.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

FMX Offers Something for Every Family Physician

The AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) offers physicians the ability to earn an entire year's worth of CME, a jam-packed expo hall, and abundant social and networking opportunities.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

MACRA Is Coming; the AAFP Has Resources to Help

The AAFP recently launched a campaign to help family physicians prepare for the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key resources that will help you start the process ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Teaching Health Centers Key to Solving FP Shortage

Teaching health centers are a hidden gem in graduate medical education. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the training model deserves greater investment to develop more primary care physicians for underserved areas.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Family Medicine's Role in Strengthening Public Health

National Public Health Week recently concluded. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the vital link between public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Finally, Alignment of Meaningful Quality Measures May be Reality

The AAFP, CMS, and other stakeholders recently released the Core Measure Set for Primary Care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the new alignment of quality measures should reduce administrative burden on primary care ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

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.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

HHS Program Offers Free Practice Transformation Support

The Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative will bring free practice improvement support, coaching, and training to more than 140,000 clinicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the initiative's Practice Transformation ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Report: PCMH Improves Quality, Reduces Cost

A recently published report found that advanced primary care practices built on the principles of the patient-centered medical home improve quality and reduce the cost of health care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

2016 Advocacy Agenda: Four Things to Know

Four key issues stand out on the Academy's advocacy agenda for 2016: influencing the implementation of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act; meaningful use; reducing administrative complexity; and aligning payers' quality and performance measures.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Helicopter Parents Need to Know When to Land in Waiting Room

Helicopter Parents Need to Know When to Land in Waiting Room

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

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

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.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Poll: Drug Costs Top List of Public's Health Care Concerns

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, a wide majority of Americans are concerned about the high cost of many prescription drugs and think government action is needed to address the problem. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Can Physicians Save Patients From Violent Deaths?

Can Physicians Save Patients From Violent Deaths?

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

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Maximizing MACRA for Family Medicine

CMS asked for information regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and the AAFP replied with a 53-page response to the agency's 126 questions. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the Academy is ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Whack the 'WAC'

The growing administrative burden on physicians is hampering patient care and fueling physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's efforts to address problems with the meaningful use program and to end ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/whack_the_wac.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).

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP's Annual Meeting Offers Plenty to 'Experience' in Denver

Thousands of family physicians will gather two weeks from today in Denver for an opportunity to learn, network, and have fun at the AAFP's Family Medicine Experience (FMX). AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some of what is to come ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Hit the Pause Button on Meaningful Use

A bill has been introduced in Congress that includes many of the changes the AAFP has advocated for regarding the Meaningful Use program. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the need for change, the proposed legislation, and how ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Patients, Physicians, Payer Benefit From Primary Care Investment

By investing in primary care, a BlueCross BlueShield program has helped reduce hospital admission rates by 19 percent and reduced readmissions by 20 percent while reducing spending by more than $600 million in a four-year period. Participating primary care practices have reaped ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Put the iPad Down: Find Ways to Cut Back on Screen Time

Put the iPad Down: Find Ways to Cut Back on Screen Time

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

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

Country in Crisis: Addressing our Addiction Epidemic

The AAFP is working with Congress and federal agencies to address the nation's growing drug addiction epidemic while ensuring that family physicians are able to care for patients in a manner that is free of unnecessary regulatory burdens. Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP Teams Up With NFL Foundation to Raise Concussion Awareness

AAFP Teams Up With NFL Foundation to Raise Concussion Awareness

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Medicare and Medicaid: 'Doing the Right Thing for Those in Need'

Medicare and Medicaid provide coverage for 120 million Americans, but creation of the programs initially met with fierce opposition. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks back at the evolution of the programs as they approach their 50th anniversaries.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Learning Matters: How Education Affects Health

Learning Matters: How Education Affects Health

AAFP News : Blogs

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

It’s Time to Revolutionize GME -- Not Simply Reform It

Family physicians from across the nation will gather this week in Washington, D.C., for the AAFP’s 2015 Family Medicine Congressional Conference. One of the key issues up for discussion is the need to change our nation's graduate medical education system.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Dealing With Addiction at Home

Dealing With Addiction at Home

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

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

Final Thoughts on the SGR; A Look Ahead at MACRA

President Obama signed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 into law on April 16, which eliminates the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at what MACRA ...

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

March Madness Goes Into Overtime

A solution to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula may finally be within our reach. The House of Representatives voted to repeal the SGR on March 26. The Senate, however, has not yet acted on the issue. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin ...

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

SGR: Time to say goodbye to a familiar foe

Medicare will implement the largest and most damaging payment cut in its history in less than 30 days, as a result of the flawed and failed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin details how family physicians can ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Creating A Medical Home is About Improvement, Not Checking Boxes

The process to become a recognized medical home should be focused on practice and performance improvement rather than completing a check list for a third-party company. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin has more.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Finding a Way Forward, Together

Finding a Way Forward, Together

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Analyze This: Graham Center's Work Shows Value of Primary Care

Analyze This: Graham Center's Work Shows Value of Primary Care

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

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

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

AAFP News : Blogs

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

GME: IOM Report Shines a Light on a Flawed System

GME: IOM Report Shines a Light on a Flawed System

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Bringing You Up To Date: New Information on Previous Posts

Bringing You Up To Date: New Information on Previous Posts

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Are Family Physicians an Answer to VA's Primary Care Crisis?

Are Family Physicians an Answer to VA's Primary Care Crisis?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AAFP%20Letter%20to%20Congress%20on%20Gun%20Violence%20Research.pdf

...to deal with the ramifications of gun violence all too frequently. The prevalence of gun-related injuries and death has become a major public health issue and the federal government should approach it as any other public health issue - through a comprehensive analysis of data that...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/AAFP%20Letter%20to%20Congress%20on%20Gun%20Violence%20Research.pdf

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