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Global Health: FPs Care for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

Family physicians' broad training allows them to provide care for anyone, anytime, anywhere. That, writes Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., in this Leader Voices Blog post, is why family docs are ideally suited to offer global health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190627lv-globalhealth.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

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

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

Mentoring Is Key to Expanding Primary Care Pipeline

Reaching family medicine's ambitious workforce goals will take creativity and collaboration. Dennis Gingrich, M.D., offers an example that has made a difference in Pennsylvania.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190619lv25x30.html

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

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

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

FPs Should Lead: Thoughts on an Executive Career Path

James Ellzy, M.D., writes that health care could use more family physicians in executive roles. He offers tips for those interested in administration.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190611lv-physicianexecs.html

FPs Steer the AAFP With Plenty of Ways to Influence Course

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., explains how AAFP policy is set by members who represent a wide scope of opinions about the best ways to advance family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190605lv-governance.html

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190603fp-mentalhealth.html

Weight of New 'M.D.' Carries Rewarding Responsibility

Newly graduated family physician Chandler Stisher, M.D., M.P.H., reflects on what the two new letters after his name mean for him, his patients and his community.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190529lv-graduation.html

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

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

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

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

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

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

Health Startups: Revolutionary or Threat to Primary Care?

Startups based on health care algorithms are rapidly spreading. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., describes a model that allows family physicians to offer the convenience these companies tout while preserving the doctor-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190514fp-appbasedcare.html

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190514itt-singlepayer.html

New Primer Lays Out AAFP Approach to Health Care Reform

A new resource from the AAFP explains how the Academy will work to ensure that the voice of family medicine helps shape the future of health care in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190514lv-healthcareform.html

Why Is Compassion So Important? Just Ask This Patient

Family physicians know all about giving their patients compassionate care. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares the story of what happened when an ER team missed the mark.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190507lv-ervisit.html

Your Patient Is Crying. What Do You Do?

What can you offer a crying patient besides a tissue? In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., discusses why patients cry, why it sometimes helps and how to react.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190506fp-crying.html

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

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

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

CMS Heeds AAFP Advice on New Payment Models

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

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

How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Patients trying to recover from substance use disorders face numerous obstacles. Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190422fp-secondchance.html

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.html

Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

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

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

Surveys: Physician Salaries Are Increasing, Burnout Persists

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in the latest In the Trenches blog post that findings from a pair of Medscape surveys on compensation and burnout offer a mix of good and bad news.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190416itt-docsurveys.html

You Don't Need a Title to Lead

As the AAFP's signature leadership development events approach, Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., reflects on his own leadership path in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190415fp-leadership.html

Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

Whether you call it physician burnout or moral injury, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that volunteering is one of her strategies for preventing the condition.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190408lv-volunteer.html

Objection! Can We Bring Order to Documentation and Billing?

Have you ever seen a lawyer documenting everything said during court? Neither has Allison Edwards, M.D., who ponders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post whether doctors could learn something about how attorneys document -- and bill for -- their work.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190405fp-billing.html

EAT-Lancet Recommendations Have Value, but Are They Feasible?

A new report on diet and agriculture aims to improve the health of the earth and its human inhabitants. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., lauds the commission's effort but questions the feasibility of its recommendations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190402fp-eatlancet.html

Trump Administration Rolling the Dice on Health Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the administration's recent decision to not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an interesting gamble ahead of the 2020 elections.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190402itt-acalawsuit.html

High-deductible Plans Give 'Prevention' a New Meaning

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

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

Not Tough Enough? What More Do You Want?

Leonard Reeves, M.D., offers a rebuttal to a speaker who questioned the toughness of physicians amid a burnout crisis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190325lv-toughenough.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

We Matched! Now What?

Chandler Stisher was one of thousands of fourth-year medical students who matched to family medicine residency programs on Friday. In this Leader Voices Blog post, he shares some of the words that resonated most strongly with him as he approached Match Day.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190315lv-match.html

Your State Legislature Is a Train Wreck? Don't Look Away

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a day in her state capitol during a contentious legislative session rekindled her interest in health policy.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190314fp-stateadvocacy.html

How Do You Deal With the Trauma? VT and Me

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., suffered vicarious trauma while repeatedly caring for patients who had experienced violence. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she writes about identifying it and seeking support.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190312fp-vicarioustrauma.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

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

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

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190305fp-maternalmortality.html

Under Pressure: Health Care Needs Reform, Stable Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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