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Four Days of Family Medicine Advocacy

Hundreds of family physicians and medical students will be in Washington, D.C., next week for the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks ahead at the popular event.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180515itt_fmas.html

For Your Patients' Sake, Prepare Yourself for PrEP

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

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

Moms Need Support, Not Legislated Medicine

A bill in the California Assembly would mandate postpartum depression screening. Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes that without proper support systems, the proposed legislation won't improve outcomes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180508fp-postpartum.html

AAFP Board Accepts Recommendations on Continuing Certification

The AAFP Board recently approved recommendations by the Academy's task force on continuing board certification. John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that the recommendations include providing guidance on how to evaluate alternative certifying organizations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180508lv-boardcert.html

EHR Market Needs Competition, Innovation

Back in 2004, the Bush administration predicted that electronic health records would help clinicians avoid medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care within 10 years. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180501ITT_ehrs.html

What If Everyone Had a Family Physician?

Securing funding for vital primary care programs is a start, but Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the fight continues for the kind of physician workforce our country needs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180501lv-whatif.html

Acknowledging -- and Overcoming -- My Own Racial Bias

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., is working on her own racial biases. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she questions why our medical institutions and training programs aren't doing the same.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180430fp-bias.html

In Face of Broken Health Care System, I Choose Happiness

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the health care system presents physicians with repeated betrayals of purpose, but patient relationships -- and the right mindset -- can replenish our emotional drives.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180423fp-happiness.html

Advocacy, Like Sailing, Means Navigating Turbulent Seas

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

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

Two Approaches to Making Your Point With Patients

Class is back in session as M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., shares his insights from a course on persuasive communication.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180417fp-mph.html

Protecting the Environment, Our Health

April 22 is Earth Day. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the AAFP's nearly 50-year-old policy on climate change and pollution and outlines what the Academy is doing now to protect public health...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180417ITT_earthday.html

Make Our Voices Heard on Continuing Board Certification

AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., provided comments at a recent hearing about continuing board certification. He urges family physicians to do the same in a survey from the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180417lv-abms.html

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.html

Amazon vs. Walmart: Can Corporate America Lower Drug Prices?

Pharmaceutical companies, payers and Congress have been unable -- or unwilling -- to drive down drug costs. Can big retailers make a difference? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., discusses the issue in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180410fp-drugprices.html

AAFP Payment Model Clears Another Hurdle

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

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

Knowing Patient's Story Improves Odds of Happy Ending

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians must understand a patient's situation, not just his or her chief complaint. The AAFP has resources to help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180403lv-socialdeterminants.html

Don't Forget Puerto Rico -- We Didn't

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a Fort Collins, Colo., family practice created two jobs for displaced workers. John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., shares their stories in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180328lv-puertorico.html

DTC Tests Raise Questions Among Patients, Physicians

With so many questions about the risks and benefits of direct-to-consumer genetic tests that are hitting the market, we asked two of our new physician bloggers for their insights.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180329fp-dtctests.html

Health Care Costs Soar, But Does U.S. Get What It Pays For?

At a time when overall health care costs are skyrocketing, U.S. spending on primary care office visits is in decline. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin breaks down the Health Care Cost and Utilization ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180320ITT_costs.html

Want to Solve Problems in Public Health? Here's How

Family physician Stewart Decker, M.D., is getting his master's degree in public health and wants you to come along for the ride. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, he shares what he's learned so far.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180316fp-mph1.html

Congratulations on Your Match! Here's What to Do Next

Now that Match results are out, resident Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips to fourth-year medical students on what to do before residency orientation begins.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180316lv-aftermatch.html

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.html

The Match Can Be Daunting; Here's How to Keep It Simple

The Match is just a week away. Fourth-year medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., offers advice for students who will be going through the process in the future.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180309lv-prematch.html

Independent Research Shows Value of AAFP Advocacy

A Washington research firm evaluated the efficacy and impact of the AAFP's advocacy activities. In this In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180306ITT_research.html

Jumping Through Hoops Wastes My Time, Worsens Outcomes

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that insurance denials seem to be increasingly more common -- and, unfortunately, more absurd.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180305fp-denials.html

Congress Needs to Hear From FPs -- Here's Your Chance

AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., reports from Capitol Hill, where the Academy's Board of Directors recently had dozens of meetings with legislators and congressional staff.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180302lv-hillvisits.html

Real Action on Administrative Burden Is Long Overdue

The AAFP has been communicating with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about reducing administrative burden, and this week, leaders will address that critical issue on Capitol Hill.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180227lv-adminburden.html

Healing or Harassment: Is It OK to Hug a Patient?

At a time of heightened awareness about sexual harassment, we asked our new physician bloggers whether it's appropriate for physicians to hug patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180226fp-hugs.html

Let's Start by Treating Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Granted, harm is caused by individuals, not the objects they wield. But even so, treating gun violence as a public health issue could make our society safer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180221fp-gunviolence.html

Part II: Sharing Our Workforce, Clinical Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy's priorities related to physician workforce and clinical expertise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180220ITT_Priorities2.html

Burnout Part 2: Adopting a Systems Approach to Prevention

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

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

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

The Resident, the latest TV medical drama, doesn't do physicians or patients any favors with its skewed portrayal of health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180212fp-badtv.html

A Right Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Some physicians remain reluctant to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted therapy. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., refutes two common arguments against the practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180209lv-opioidsmat.html

Part I: Sharing Our Legislative, Regulatory Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the AAFP's priorities for 2018 regarding payment reform and practice transformation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180206ITT_Priorities.html

Done Right, Annual Wellness Visit Helps Patient and Practice

Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines the utility of the Medicare annual wellness visit and how to get paid properly for conducting it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180205fp-medicareawv.html

With Most New Med Students Women Now, Let's Boost Our Support

For the first time, the new class of U.S. medical students has more women than men. Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that it's been a tough path for women, and obstacles remain.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180202lv-women.html

What a Load of Goop: Overcoming Misguided Health Advice

Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities are telling your patients to do weird things to their bodies. Here's how to ensure they hear you instead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180130fp-badadvice.html

Congress' Inaction Threatens Family Medicine Training

The future of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program -- and more than 700 residency slots -- is unclear because Congress has failed to address long-term funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180129lv-thcgme.html

New Year, New Chance to Get Fit

Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., used exercise to beat burnout in 2017. She offers seven tips to help physicians and patients keep their New Year's wellness resolutions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180123fp-newyear.html

New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

Shawn Martin highlights two new free Academy resources -- one related to payment and one intended to improve patient care -- in the latest In The Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180123ITT_Resources.html

How a Rotation Far From Home Helped Me Appreciate Community

Medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., writes that his rotation at the Northern Navajo Medical Center helped him see another aspect of the heart of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180123lv-rotation.html

Your Family Medicine Practice Is Whatever You Make It

A new physician survey prompted our bloggers to reflect on their scope of practice and how they've tailored their work to fit the needs of their patients and their own interests.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180116fp-scope.html

Primary Care Needs Congress' Attention Right Now

Representatives from the AAFP and five other organizations recently met with legislators about vital primary care programs jeopardized by lack of stable funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180112lv-hillvisits.html

Why Are We Eager to Save One, Reluctant to Help Many?

In Alaska, there is an expectation that motorists will help others during extreme conditions. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., questions why the same expectation to help doesn't always apply in health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180109lv-sharedsociety.html

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.

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

Physician Authors Offer Prescription for Self-reflection

Kimberly Becher, M.D., went looking for answers about physician resilience -- and mortality -- and found them in three books by physicians who faced unique challenges. Read more in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180108fp-books.html

Being a Family Physician Requires 'Courageous' Commitment

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

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

New Year, Same Issues. Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?

We asked our new physician bloggers what issues concern them for their practices and patients in 2018. The cost of care to patients tops the list.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180102fp-newyear.html

Words Matter: Support Science, Evidence

Debate continues about seven words CDC officials have reportedly been told to avoid. Regardless of the list's origin, the controversy points to a need to defend science.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171219lv-cdcwords.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 ...

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

At Home or Abroad, ALSO Training Improves Maternal Outcomes

The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program has helped improve maternal outcomes in other countries around the globe. Carl Olden, M.D., writes that now it's time to improve U.S. outcomes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171218lv-also.html

Make Fertility Awareness Part of Family Planning Toolbox

Fertility awareness-based methods can help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy, but a misleading statistic may be impeding their use.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171212fp-familyplanning.html

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.html

Value-based Payment? Survey Says …

The AAFP partnered with Humana to survey family physicians regarding their engagement with, and attitudes toward, value-based payment models. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details in the latest In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171205ITT_VBP.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.

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

Know Yourself, Do Your Homework to Make Perfect Match

With less than three months left before the National Resident Matching Program's rank order list deadline, Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers students advice on the interview process in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171128lv-matchadvice.html

Crafting a Life That's Right for Me, My Family and Patients

After the birth of twins, Beth Oller, M.D., restructured her life so she could offer the best of herself to both her family and her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171127fp-selfcare.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.

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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?

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

In Defense of Reproductive Health Care

Starting Jan. 1, employers can refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception. Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., points out that partisan arguments about birth control overlook the fact that women use these medications for many other conditions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171117fp-contraception.html

We're Thankful for …

With the holidays approaching, we asked some of our new physician bloggers what they are thankful for in their practices. Here is what they shared.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171114fp-thankful.html

Tell Congress Not to Compound Student, Resident Debt Burden

The AAFP is pushing back on a provision of the House tax reform bill that would eliminate a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171113lv-taxes.html

In Wake of Disaster, Family Physicians Can Help

Our nation has been hit by a recent flurry of terrifying events. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help patients cope in the aftermath.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171107fp-trauma.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 ...

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

Get a Clue: Pandemic Board Game Runs Risk of Snubbing FPs

Board game enthusiast and medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., writes that subspecialists shouldn't have a monopoly on the limelight in popular culture.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171106lv-fpmedia.html

Let Us Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork

The AAFP has been advocating hard for a reduction in the administrative burden that gets in the way of patient care. A new CMS initiative may be a step in the right direction.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171031lv-administrivia.html

Could Better Coping Skills Curb Rampant Drug Use?

A record number of Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015. Venis Wilder, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171030fp-coping.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.

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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.

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

Do 'Disease of the Month' Campaigns Lead to Overscreening?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., questions whether disease of the month campaigns might contribute to overscreening and overdiagnosis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171016fp-diseasemonth.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.

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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 ...

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

But I Already DID Refer You to an 'American' Doctor

More than one-fourth of U.S. physicians were born in other countries. Kimberly Becher, M.D., examines the difficulty of getting some white patients to accept referrals to minority subspecialists.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171009fp-race.html

A Conversation About Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Violence has become a public health crisis. Ending the ban on federal funding for research on violence involving firearms would be a good first step in addressing the problem.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171005lv-violence.html

AAFP's NCCL Set Me on Leadership Path

Benjamin Frankie Simmons III, M.D., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, writes that his leadership path began at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and he encourages others to follow.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171002lv-leadership.html

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that the wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest are a public health hazard, and the threat is getting worse each year.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170929fp-fires.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.

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

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Through words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., illustrates how the Graham-Cassidy bill currently under consideration in the Senate could make health care worse.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170925fp-grahamcassidy.html

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

Only 3 percent of final-year residents are interested in practicing in small towns. AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, makes the case for why they should.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170925lv-ruralmedicine.html

Dire Situations Can Bring Out the Best in People

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Robert Raspa, M.D., reflects on the willingness of people to help others in need.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170921lv-irma.html

Telemedicine Advances Outpace Common Sense Regulations

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that her clinic has implemented a novel way to use telemedicine. But for many physicians, barriers remain.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170919fp-telemedicine.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.

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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.

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

Family Physicians to Debate Policy, Elect Leaders at COD

Family physicians from every state and territory, as well as representatives of various member constituencies, will debate policy and elect new Academy leaders this week during the Congress of Delegates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20170912.html

Everyone Should Realize FPs Are the Quarterbacks of Medicine

Family physicians are the quarterbacks of the health care team, so why do they get treated like kickers? Too many payers and policymakers still fail to appreciate the vital role FPs play in the health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170911lv-meigs.html

Family Physicians Can Make Their Mark in Many Ways

As her time on the AAFP Board ends, Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on leadership, the loss of her father and new challenges and opportunities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170906lv-filerfarewell.html

Halting Health Studies Harms Patients, Hinders Physicians

The Trump administration recently halted a study on the health consequences of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. It wasn't because the process had been deemed safe.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170905fp-minestudy.html

A New Intern's Reflections From the ICU

New resident Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., is applying family medicine's holistic approach to patients during her ICU rotation and suggests that others should do likewise, regardless of practice setting.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170901lv-reflect.html

Health Care Debates Don't Have to Be Heated

Politicians discussing health care policy could take a lesson from a couple of family physicians who recently debated the merits of the direct primary care model without resorting to insults.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170829fp-debate.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 : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

Preserving National Health Service Corps Is a Must

The National Health Service Corps puts physicians in areas where they are needed most and helps physicians erase student debt. But unless Congress acts, the program will end in September.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170828lv-nhsc.html

AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog

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

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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.

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

Protecting Yourself From Threat of Malpractice Suits

Now that the Senate appears unlikely to take up a tort reform bill passed by the House, Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., highlights information physicians should know to reduce their risks.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170818lv-liability.html

Drop in Number of FPs Who Deliver Babies May Create Rural Crisis

A projected shortage of obstetricians and a declining percentage of family physicians who provide maternity care could create a crisis for women in underserved areas.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170815lv-ruralob.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 ...

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

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

New physician Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., relates in words and spare drawings why some of the advice she was taught to give doesn't apply to the patients she is expected to help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170814fp-unlearning.html

Health Care Is a Right That Must Extend to Everyone

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that health care must be seen as a basic human right that is necessary for the preservation of dignity, social worth, health and even life.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170808lv-healthcareright.html

Start by Viewing Transgender Patients as People -- Not 'Burdens'

Discrimination against transgender people is precipitated by viewing patients with dollar signs over their heads, rather than simply seeing them as people.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170803fp-transgendercare.html

AAFP Member Survey Provides Valuable Perspective

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

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

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