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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares insights from The Hill's Future of Health Care Summit.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190709ittfuturesummit.html

Celebrating Disruptive Innovators in Primary Care

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin spotlights four family physician leaders who found innovative ways to improve care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190806itt-disrupters.html

Members Set Course for AAFP at Congress of Delegates

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key new AAFP policies established last week during the Congress of Delegates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191001itt-cod.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

COVID-19: Lessons Learned So Far

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers three key observations on family medicine and the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200428itt-covidlessons.html

Advocacy in All Arenas: Making the Case for Family Medicine

Each year, the AAFP conducts face-to-face meetings with the nation's largest health insurers. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the goals of those meetings.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191015itt-privatesector.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

Pandemic Exposes Flaws in Health Care Payment System

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the many challenges that the fee-for-service system presents to primary care. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn examines what needs to change.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200623itt-payment.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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

We Can't Leave Health Care Policies to Chance

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on a recent visit to the New Jersey AFP's annual meeting and the need for quality measures that make sense.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190712lv-boardwalk.html

For New Intern, the Future Is Challenging -- and Bright

In this Leader Voices Blog post, recent medical school graduate Chandler Stisher, M.D., shares the challenges of transitioning from student to intern as well as his excitement for what lies ahead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190904lv-newintern.html

Steering Family Medicine Through Storm Toward Sunlight

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recaps his year as president and the work the Academy is doing on issues of importance to family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190924lv-cullenyear.html

Hitting the Road to Hear Your Stories, Find Solutions

New AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., says in this Leader Voices Blog post that he is eager to meet fellow Academy members where they are, hear their stories and work together to find solutions to the problems they face.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190925lv-leroylistening.html

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.html

End-of-life Care Is as Important as All Care Preceding It

In this Leader Voices Blog post, family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., shares her first experience with helping a terminally ill patient decide how she wanted to live her final days.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191213lv-endoflife.html

FPs Are Best Equipped to Tackle Adverse Childhood Experiences

More than 60% of adults report exposure to at least one adverse childhood event, which may affect their long-term physical and mental health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., outlines steps his state is taking to address the issue.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200129lv-aces.html

AAFP Goals Support Award-winning Primary Care From FPs

Gary LeRoy, M.D., outlines in this Leader Voices Blog post the Academy's strategic priorities to support primary care's award-winning formula of first contact, coordination, comprehensiveness and continuity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200309lv-egot.html

It's Your Future: Don't Let Others Thwart Your Ambitions

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that she first encountered racism when her elementary school teacher told her she couldn't become a doctor.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200617lv-ambition.html

It's Not Only OK to Be Vulnerable, It's Necessary

Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is difficult, it opens doors to learning and opportunities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200205lv-vulnerability.html

Welcome to Family Medicine; the AAFP Is Here to Help

Third-year residents are wrapping up their training. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, offers advice on how the Academy can be an invaluable resource at this critical career stage in the Leader Voices Blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200602lv-newphysicians.html

Your Patient Wants a Second Opinion? It's Not Personal

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes that her own experience as a patient offered a humbling reminder not take it personally when a patient asks for a second opinion.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200728lv-secondopinion.html

Are You Ready to Whack Your WAC?

Andrew Carroll, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that he reduced his work after clinic by 90% using Suki, a new artificial intelligence digital assistant. The AAFP is recruiting members to participate in stage two of its Suki pilot.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200701lv-suki.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

Pandemic Shows Intern the Power of Family Medicine

Jordan Hoese, M.D., M.P.H., launches the AAFP's new FPs on the Front Lines blog by writing that her intern year hasn't been what she expected, but it's teaching her the adaptability she'll need as a family physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200519fl-intern.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meth Use: The Most Challenging Chronic Disease I've Met

As her state deals with a new level of methamphetamine abuse, Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she's confronting a wave of poor health outcomes related to the epidemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191120fp-meth.html

Health Spending Keeps Going Up; Why Are Outcomes Worse?

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that even as U.S. health care costs continue to climb, several key outcomes are in steep decline.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190703fp-hcspendingup.html

When Quarantining at Home Puts Families at Risk

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that quarantining at home is not a safe option for patients with COVID-19 who live in close quarters, and the approach is putting minority communities at risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200420fp-coviddisparities.html

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190806fp-weightloss.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200122fp-mentalhealth.html

The Lady With Lavender Essential Oils Is the New Dr. Google

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that patients will be the casualties of the war on science if doctors don't speak out about misinformation and false claims.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200224fp-media.html

Tips for Landing Grants to Help Offer Mental Health Care

Grant funding can make a big difference in delivering mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kurt Bravata, M.D., shares lessons learned from successes and failures in pursuing funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200310fp-grants.html

Beware Virulent Deer and Confounding EHR Notes

We asked our new physician bloggers about the worst EHR notes they have seen. They shared their experiences in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200113fp-ehrnotes.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

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

The Fight for FPs Will Go On -- From a New Front

As he prepares to transition to the role of AAFP CEO/EVP this summer, Shawn Martin reflects in this In the Trenches blog post on his eight years in the Academy's Washington, D.C., office.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200512itt-fighton.html

End the Silence -- Make Every Voice Count

In her first In the Trenches blog post, Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, writes that during a pivotal moment in U.S. history, it is important for family medicine to lead with compassion and strength.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200609itt-race.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

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 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

Moving Practice Has Been Good for Me, Staff, Patients

What's a family doc to do when rents skyrocket in a tight real estate market? Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that she turned her problem into an opportunity to improve her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190826lv-moving.html

Match QandA: Will You Find What You're Looking For?

Match Day is almost here. In this Leader Voices Blog post, fourth-year medical student Margaret Miller and family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., share a conversation about their Match experiences.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200317lv-match.html

Despite Challenges, Virtual Match Can Bring Positive Change

Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that a virtual Match process will present challenges as well as opportunities for both medical students and residency programs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200717lv-virtualmatch.html

Lend Your Voice to Academy's Week of Action

Due to the pandemic, the Academy is taking its annual advocacy event online. John Cullen, M.D., urges family physicians to make their voices heard June 1-5 to help stabilize, strengthen and sustain primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200529lv-weekofaction.html

AAFP Leaders Give Thanks for Paths to Family Medicine

With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked some members of the AAFP Board of Directors why they're glad they chose family medicine. They shared their answers in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191125lv-thankgiving.html

Med Student's Rotation Ignites Passion for Rural Care

Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that rural clinical experiences have the potential to transform careers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191209lv-ruralrotation.html

Telemedicine Is Worthy of Payers' Long-term Investment

John Cullen, M.D., writes that telemedicine has proven its worth during the pandemic. Now payers must ensure its viability as a long-term solution.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200709lv-telemedicine.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

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

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.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

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

What Lies Ahead

Family physicians will never relinquish the future of their discipline to someone else's vision, Shawn Martin writes in his final In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200526itt-whatliesahead.html

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