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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

Finding the Right Mentor Is Worth the Quest

Mentors, regardless of specialty, can have a profound effect on students. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a surgeon helped start him on his way to a career in medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190225lv-mentoring.html

Take Note of Growing Demand for Subscription Services

Consumer Reports recently advised consumers that direct primary care could save them money and improve their care. Allison Edwards, M.D., makes the case for the subscription model in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190222fp-subscriptioncare.html

Shift Health System's Focus From Profit to Prevention

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a single-payer system reserved for primary care would put the focus on keeping people healthy rather than on treating illness.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190221lv-change.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

Let's Take a Public Health Approach to Climate Change

Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening. M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a public health approach to convincing the rest and addressing the problem.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190218fp-climate.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

Window of Opportunity Opening to Revalue E/M Codes

Codes for evaluation and management services have not had a comprehensive review by CMS in more than a decade. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that it's time to correct that oversight.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190205itt-emcodes.html

True Mentors Help Students Find Where They Belong

Medical student Chandler Stisher writes that family medicine mentors should show students how the specialty aligns with their interests.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190204lv-mentors.html

Don't Be Shy About Asking for Help Patients Need

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that finding creative ways to solve patients' problems outside of her clinic is good for both her and her patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190129fp-grants.html

Our Health Care System Is Sick

The U.S. health care system focuses more on care of the sick than prevention. Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes that even our sick care is less than ideal.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190128lv-sickcare.html

Family of Family Medicine Is Working to Expand the Workforce

An ambitious initiative to expand the family medicine pipeline is the latest example of collaboration among the specialty's eight national organizations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190123lv-workingparty.html

We're Working to Make Sure Telemedicine Is Real Medicine

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the Academy has new resources to support telemedicine within family medicine practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190122itt-telemedicine.html

What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Patients?

As the partial government shutdown stretched into its fourth week, our new physician bloggers examined how the impasse in Washington, D.C., is affecting their patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190117fp-shutdown.html

Why Do I Provide Maternity Care? The Answer's Simple

There are many reasons some family physicians don't provide maternity care. But more than 30 years into practice, Robert Raspa, M.D., explains why it's still one of his favorite parts of the job.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190116lv-maternity.html

Beat the Clock: Why I Chose Direct Primary Care

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that the limitations of the 12-minute patient visits she experienced as a resident inspired her to start her own direct primary care practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190115fp-whydpc.html

Medicaid Expansion Could Be Key to Saving Rural Hospitals

Nearly 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and almost 700 more are considered vulnerable. Tate Hinkle, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that Medicaid expansion could be the key to stopping the trend.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190109fp-ruralhospitals.html

Make Sure Policymakers Know We're Knights for Our Patients

John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that physicians are more likely to be heard by payers and policymakers when health care discussions are framed in terms of patient care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190109lv-knights.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

Physician Leaders Can't Wait for Squeaks to Turn Into Clunks

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the AAFP must listen to its members' urgent concerns while also pursuing the long-term needs of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190102lv-listening.html

Have We Failed to 'Promote the General Welfare' of People?

In this fourth installment of his master's in public health series in the Fresh Perspectives blog, Stewart Decker, M.D., discusses the social, or structural, issues that affect health.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181221fp-mph4.html

All I Want for Christmas Is a Better Health Care System

Leonard Reeves, M.D., is on our nice list. In this Leader Voices Blog post, he shares what's on his Christmas wish list for family physicians and their patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181219lv-christmaslist.html

You Hate Your EHR? Help Develop Something Better

Instead of hoping someone will ask physicians about their technology needs, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that doctors should seek out developers looking for new ideas.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181218fp-ehrs.html

High-deductible Plans Shouldn't Endanger Continuity of Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin addresses the need for continuity of care among patients with high-deductible health plans.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181218itt-hdhp.html

What a Barefoot Patient Taught Me About Health Equity

Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that she was drawn to family medicine by a desire to be trained by physicians who are committed to addressing social justice and health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181218lv-choosingfm.html

No Need to Yield: Advocacy Is Our Lane

Some people think physicians should stay out of politics, but Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that being an advocate is a role that physicians must embrace.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181212lv-advocacy.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

Minorities Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that an analysis of clinical drug trials found that certain minority groups are underrepresented, even when the medications being researched are intended to treat diseases that disproportionately affect them.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181204lv-clinicaltrials.html

Focus on Decision-makers to Improve Public Health

Master of public health candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., shares his insights from a course on campaigning and community organizing.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181129fp-mph3.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

Let's Get Drug Pricing Under Control

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that it's high time we find a fix for the drug pricing system that we've grown too accustomed to.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181126fp-drugprices.html

Protect Transgender and Intersex Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., describes the many factors that contribute to gender identity, and she calls for physicians to take a stand in support of their transgender and intersex patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181120fp-transgender.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

Bustling Clerkship Shows Family Medicine Is Never Boring

Chandler Stisher saw the excitement of family medicine for himself in his first third-year clerkship. He writes that the primary care physician shortage could be eased if more students were exposed to the full potential of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181120lv-clerkship.html

FPs and Vasectomies: Help Your Patients Make a 'Snip' Decision

Vasectomy is a quick, easy procedure that can be performed in the primary care setting. AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., questions why more men aren't willing to take that step.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181113lv-vasectomy.html

Physicians Deserve to Be Safe at Work. Are We?

The murders of multiple physicians prompted Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., to ponder what physicians, their employers and legislators can do to make health care settings safer. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181112fp-safety.html

Embrace Change and Tech to Shape Our Future

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., ponders the future of family medicine, including the Academy's new informatics technology initiative.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181107lv-change.html

State Legislative Conference Offers Insight Into 2019's Top Issues

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers highlights from the Academy's annual State Legislative Conference.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181106itt-elections.html

Should We Talk Politics With Patients?

As this year's contentious midterm campaigns draw to a close, Chris Baumert, M.D., ponders how physicians should handle patients' political questions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181105fp-politics.html

What Do Women Think? If You Only Knew …

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., ponders how the workplace might improve if men better understood a woman's perspective.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181031lv-women.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

A Look Ahead to Election Day and a Look Back at FMX

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers his thoughts on the upcoming election and his top five highlights from the recent Family Medicine Experience.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181023itt-fmxtop5.html

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

We Shouldn't Have to Struggle to Put Patients First

U.S. hospital care costs exceeded $1 trillion last year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D. -- a bargain newborn in 1954 at $43.45 -- says the industrial approach to medicine must change.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181019lv-patientsfirst.html

A Workforce Without Women? Good Luck, Chuck

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

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

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

Advocating for Our Patients in the #MeToo Era

In words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., counters misconceptions regarding sexual violence with truths that she has learned from a clinical practice devoted to helping survivors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181009fp-sexualassault.html

We're Making Progress on the Issues That Matter to FPs

As his term comes to an end, Michael Munger, M.D., reflects in this Leader Voices Blog post on his year as AAFP president and ponders the challenges that remain for family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181008lv-mungerfinale.html

Opportunities to Lead Are at Hand. Seize Them!

As his 10 years of service on the AAFP Board of Directors come to a close, John Meigs, M.D., reflects on his experience in this Leader Voices Blog post and calls for others to follow him.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181001lv-leadership.html

Gentrification Has Unintended Consequences for Urban Poor

Urban redevelopment has dire consequences for the longtime residents and businesses it displaces. Marie Ramas, M.D., addresses gentrification in her final Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180928fp-gentrification.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

POCUS: A Small Tool With Big Benefits for Primary Care

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes that as ultrasound devices get smaller, more powerful and more affordable, they can help reduce costs and improve patient care and safety.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180921fp-pocus.html

I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles

Patients need doctors, but some need more help to achieve better health. Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes about the dramatic difference a community health worker has made in her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180917fp-commhealth.html

AAFP Offers CMS Five Major Changes to Fee Schedule

The AAFP submitted 92 pages of comments to help CMS create a Medicare physician fee schedule that works for family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers a summary in his latest In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180911itt-mpfs.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

Don't Forget Why You Chose Medicine in the First Place

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes that remembering why you chose a career in medicine can be as important as how you go about pursuing that career.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180904lv-yourwhy.html

And Down the Stretch They Come

As we near the final stretch of the midterm campaigns, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how FamMedPAC supports candidates who support primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180828itt_midterms.html

Conflicting Beliefs Shouldn't Hinder Patient Care

Recent news of pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions raises a question: What happens when the beliefs of a health care professional conflict with those of a patient?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180828lv-pharmrefusal.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

The Illogical Cost of Care: Why Do We Stand for It?

Allison Edwards, M.D., and colleagues banded together to erase more than $1 million of patients' medical debt. But for others, cost and lack of transparency lead to financial crisis. Learn more in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180821fp-carecost.html

Employers Must Play Active Role in Burnout Prevention

For the good of patients, physicians and the bottom line, employers have to start doing more to promote physician wellness and prevent burnout, writes Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180814fp-burnoutemployers.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

Team-based Care Needs Greater Support

Intern John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes that students and residents understand the value of learning and working in a team-based model. He says payers need to follow suit.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180813lv-teamcare.html

Rural Locums Provide Balance for Urban Doc

Mixing rural locum tenens shifts with her urban direct primary care practice keeps Allison Edwards, M.D., balanced and allows her to work at the full breadth of her training.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180806fp-locums.html

Why Am I a Family Physician? Because FPs Are the 'Real Docs'

Why family medicine? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes the case for students to choose the specialty and for policymakers to invest more in it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180803lv-fmchoice.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

Game Over? WHO Decision on Gaming Disorder Raises Questions

The World Health Organization recently recognized gaming disorder as being a mental health condition. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Luis Garcia, M.D., looks at what that could mean for family physicians and patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180727fp-gaming.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

Drawings From Detention: Assisting Asylum Seekers

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

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

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

Xanax Is Not the Answer to Xenophobia

Fear and anxiety are rampant in our society lately. Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that people need to recognize the true motivation behind their fears and think rationally.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180716lv-fear.html

FPs See How Much Continuity of Care Matters

A recent analysis in BMJ found that continuity of care decreases mortality. John Meigs, M.D., shares a recent example of why that's the case.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180709lv-continuity.html

Back to Work: Adjusting Bit by Bit

After taking a two-year break from daily practice to raise twins, Meshia Waleh, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that her next great adventure involves a new job in a new state.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180705fp-waleh.html

Robert Graham Center Is Vital Tool for Family Medicine

The Robert Graham Center recently published a report that offers a treasure trove of facts about family medicine. As the center marks its 19th year, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how it works to advance primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180703itt-rgc.html

AMA House of Delegates Weighs In on Health Equity

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., reports from the recent annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, which took several actions related to health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180702amahod.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

Managing the Vacuum of Freedom After Residency

After being told what their next steps should be for years, graduating residents now get to choose their own path. Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that they shouldn't panic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180626fp-endtraining.html

AAFP, Others Drive Home Opioid Message on Capitol Hill

Leaders from the AAFP and five other physician organizations converged on Capitol Hill June 18 to advocate for solutions to the nation's opioid crisis. Michael Munger, M.D., gives more details in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180622lv-opioidvisits.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

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

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

Outbreak Brings Patients Running for Vaccinations

As a hepatitis A outbreak in her state reaches 150 cases and counting, Kimberly Becher, M.D., wonders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post if media-induced hysteria might actually help overall vaccination rates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180612fp-hepa.html

Military Experience Shaped Me as Physician, Leader, Person

Ada Stewart, M.D., who is proud to wear both her white coat and her military uniform, reflects in the Leader Voices Blog on how the U.S. Army Reserve has helped keep her mentally and spiritually well.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180611lv-military.html

Key Issues Face Congress Before Summer Recess

Congress has a lot of work to do before its summer recess and the mid-term election. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at some key health care issues legislators must address this summer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180605ITT_recess.html

Into the Woods: Top Tips for Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness medicine training can prepare you for a journey into the woods. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that it also can help in any situation where you have to improvise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180605fp-wilderness.html

Follow Day of Action With Year-round Effort

Hundreds of family physicians and medical students were on Capitol Hill on May 22. Although lobbying days are important, Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices blog that advocacy requires year-round effort.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180604lv-advocacy.html

What a Patient Taught Me About Subtleties of Communication

Recent medical school graduate John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that spending a day with one chronic pain patient taught him an important lesson about communication.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180529lv-communication.html

Bill Would Help Patients With High Deductible Plans

Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., have introduced the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2018 (H.R. 5858). In the latest In The Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines why the proposed...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180529ITT_PCAct.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

Report: Med Schools Can Do More To Combat Racism

A medical student group issued a review of 10 U.S. medical schools' efforts to combat racism. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the schools received passing grades -- along with an admonishment to do more.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180523fp-race.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

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

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