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Practice Options for Family Physicians

Learn about the many practice options open to physicians who choose a career in family medicine.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/explore-career-in-family-medicine/career-practice-options.html

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...Direct primary care July/August 2020 Issue Transitioning to Direct Primary Care [Feature] Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch. September/October 2016 Issue In Defense of...

Family Practice Management

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Elder Mistreatment - American Family Physician

May 15, 1999 - Elder mistreatment is a widespread problem in our society that is often under-recognized by physicians. As a result of growing public outcry over the past 20 years, all states now have abuse laws that are specific to older adults; most states have mandated reporting by all health care ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0515/p2804.html

Demoralization: A Precursor to Physician Burnout? - Curbside Consultation - American ...

Nov 1, 2012 - Demoralization is a state of hopelessness and helplessness that is akin to, but separable from, depression.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p861.html

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...Transitioning to Direct Primary Care [Feature] Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch. May/June 2018 Issue How to Be Happy in Practice for 30-Plus Years [The Last Word] These...

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...Transitioning to Direct Primary Care [Feature] Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch. May/June 2018 Issue How to Be Happy in Practice for 30-Plus Years [The Last Word] These...

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...Direct Primary Care the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis? [Opinion] While attempting to solve one problem, DPC may be exacerbating other serious problems in our health care system. September/October 2016 Issue In Defense of Direct Primary Care [Opinion] Direct...

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...Direct Primary Care the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis? [Opinion] While attempting to solve one problem, DPC may be exacerbating other serious problems in our health care system. September/October 2016 Issue In Defense of Direct Primary Care [Opinion] Direct...

Family Practice Management

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Events and Opportunities: Participate as a Speaker, Presenter, or Exhibitor

Put your stamp on family medicine by participating as a speaker, poster presenter, exhibitor, or author.

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/events-opportunities.html

Find Joy in Practice -- Physician Health First

Find tools and resources to help you reignite your joy in practice and passion for medicine.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/find-joy-in-practice.html

Value-based Delivery and Payment Models

Value-based payment promotes that level of care by holding physicians, clinicians, and care facilities accountable for quality and cost through shared financial risk. VBP uses alternative payment models or pay-for-performance arrangements to reinforce health care decision-making by ...

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models.html

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191126fp-cost.html

Family Doc Focus

This is the topic page for the Family Doc Focus feature -- formerly known as Member Monday -- which spotlights AAFP members who have made unique and noteworthy contributions to family medicine, patients and/or the nation's health care system.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus.html

AAFP Membership: What's It Worth?

Learn about the value that AAFP membership offers, including access to tools, solutions, and free CME activities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/member-value.html

Fight Burnout Causes -- Physician Health First

Find advocacy stories, tools, and resources to fight the causes of physician burnout, including a broken health care system and increased administrative complexities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/fight-burnout-causes.html

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress

The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs..

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117reauthorize.html

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180122medpacmips.html

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care

Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180202hhschoiceltr.html

Chapters Report Varied Approaches to Common State Issues

A roundtable at the AAFP's 2018 State Legislative Conference offered an overview of how some chapters are meeting -- and overcoming -- legislative challenges.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181113slcroundup.html

Board of Directors

Learn more about the AAFP Board of Directors. Members can access minutes and historical information about the AAFP Board.

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board.html

Teresa L. Lovins, MD, FAAFP

Director - Teresa L. Lovins:, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/lovins.html

Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

The AAFP recommends the study of APMs to inform regulatory changes on payment, including the merit-based incentive program and the primary care spend model.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/apms.html

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)

The AAFP summarizes details of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including regulatory requirements.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/fee-schedule.html

Medicaid Physician Payment

The AAFP supports Medicaid payment for primary care services at least equal to Medicare’s payment rate for those services when provided by a primary care physician.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/medicaid.html

Medicare Physician Payment

With the repeal of the SGR, family physicians can focus more on caring for their Medicare patients without worrying about interruptions in payment.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/medicare.html

Average family physician income up, but not equally

Average family physician income up, but not equally

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/average_family_physician_income_up.html

Keep Tabs on CMS Initiative to Reduce Paperwork

CMS recently launched an online newsletter to keep physicians informed about its new Patients Over Paperwork initiative.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180125popnewsletter.html

AAFP Welcomes Congressional Focus on Reducing Health Care Costs

AAFP Welcomes Congressional Focus on Reducing Health Care Costs

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-statements/aafp-welcomes-congressional-focus-on-reducing-health-care-costs.html

Somatizing Patients: Part I. Practical Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2000 - The phenomenon of somatization, which results in unexplained physical complaints, is ubiquitous in primary care settings although it often goes unrecognized. Medical training emphasizes the identification and treatment of organic problems and may leave physicians unprepared to recognize...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1073.html

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Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/articleSiteMap.html

Compensation for family physicians rises in new survey

Compensation for family physicians rises in new survey

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/compensation_for_family_physicians_rises.html

Health Care for All: A Framework for Moving to a Primary Care-Based Health Care System ...

Learn about AAFP's policy regarding health care for all and moving to a primary care-based health care system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/health-care-for-all.html

Upcoming AAFP Events

View AAFP upcoming events and CME conferences and stay up to date on issues affecting family medicine.

Events

https://www.aafp.org/events.html

COVID-19: Telehealth Tools

Telemedicine and virtual care have quickly become important tools in caring for your patients while keeping yourself and your staff safe as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolves.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-telehealth.html

Practice and Career

As a family physician, AAFP Practice and Career provides you with the latest information and resources to support you as you manage your career, manage your practice, get paid for the patient care you provide, and implement value-based delivery and payment models.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career.html

FAQ on the CPC+ Initiative

Get answers to the frequently asked questions regarding the CPC+ initiative.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/cpc-plus/faq.html

Member Interest Groups

Become an Active member of the AAFP and enjoy all the benefits of being part of the premier family medicine association.

Membership : AAFP Member Welcome Center

https://www.aafp.org/membership/welcome-center/involve/connect/mig.html

In Business -- Including Health Care -- Someone Has To Pay

A group of physicians recently spoke out about their institution's aggressive collections tactics. Allison Edwards, M.D., asks in this Fresh Perspectives post whether anyone will follow their lead in standing up for patients regarding skyrocketing costs in the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191209fp-collections.html

How Do We Talk About the Worst-case Scenario?

Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Allison Edwards, M.D., ponders the best way to broach the subject of end-of-life care with a relatively young patient panel in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200520fp-endoflife.html

AAFP Names 2021–2022 Board of Directors

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/aafp-names-2021-2022-board-of-directors.html

Continuity and Coordination of Care Long-Term Care Facilities

Read about AAFP's position on continuity and coordination of care in long-term care facilities.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/continuity-coordination-care-long-term-care-facilities.html

Direct Contracting with Businesses by Family Physicians (Discussion Paper)

Read AAFP's discussion paper on direct contracting with businesses by family physicians.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/direct-contracting.html

Payment, Physician

Read the AAFP's position on the physician's responsibility to devise a reliable payment system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payment-physician.html

Student Choice of Family Medicine, Incentives for Increasing

Read AAFP's position on strategies and incentives to encourage medical students' choice of family medicine as a career.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/studentchoice-familymedicine.html

End-of-Life Care

Learn how the AAFP is supporting federal efforts to cover voluntary discussions between physicians and patients about end-of-life care plans.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/end-of-life.html

Administrative Simplification

Reducing administrative burden is a critical step in protecting the overall well-being of family physicians and reducing the cost of health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/simplification.html

Transparency

The AAFP affirms the need for effective transparency laws, but advocates for a process that avoids expensive and complicated administration for physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/transparency.html

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Investment in the primary care workforce is vital, so the AAFP seeks to preserve funding for GME residency programs in family medicine.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/gme.html

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address and aim to treat the significant health impact of obesity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/obesity.html

AAFP Advocacy: Research

The AAFP supports emerging research initiatives in family medicine as well as primary care training and education through organizations such as AHRQ.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/primary-care-research.html

Staff and Editors | AAFP FP Essentials

Get to know the staff members and editors for FP Essentials, a monthly family medicine monograph produced by the AAFP.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/staff.html

Guiding Principles for Global Health Service Learning Programs

Understand recommended, family-medicine oriented training and guidelines for global health service learning programs.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/global-health/guiding-principles.html

Accountable Care Organizations

Learn about accountable care organizations and how they empower family physicians to manage quality care for patients.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/acos.html

September/October 2016

...Is Direct Primary Care the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis? Edmond S. Weisbart In Defense of Direct Primary Care Philip Eskew Practice Pearls • Answer patients' questions before the visit • Inform patients about delays Coding & Documentation • ICD-10 changes...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates' Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181012cod-advocacy.html

Specialty's Breadth Drew Resident Leader to Family Medicine

Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., volunteered in free clinics for nine years as a college and medical student. The array of skills displayed by her family medicine mentors made her specialty choice an easy one.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190729fdf-askari.html

Caring for Immigrants at the Border and on Capitol Hill

Claudia Mercado, M.D., treated thousands of asylum-seekers this summer in Laredo, Texas, and more are on the way. Now she's taking her message to Washington, D.C.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191007fdf-mercado.html

Resident's Fitness Focus Set Her on Family Medicine Course

During her quest to become an elite athlete, Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, M.D., M.S., recognized the importance of prevention, healthy lifestyles and, ultimately, family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191209fdf-foucher.html

New Academic Mentorship MIG Already 95 Members Strong

The AAFP Board of Directors recently approved a new member interest group to help family physicians spotlight academic medicine as a vibrant career choice.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20181019newmig.html

Academy Adds Obstetrics Member Interest Group

A new AAFP member interest group on obstetrics aims to help family physicians integrate comprehensive, evidence-based maternity health care into their practices.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190123obmig.html

Time Is Right for 24-hour Primary Care Clinics

J. Stefan Walker, M.D., writes that family medicine clinics could provide better care, lower costs and greater physician satisfaction by using a 24-hour model.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180112guested24hour.html

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation

The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180509guest-innovation.html

Transitional Care Management Boosts Outcomes, Satisfaction

Marc Price, D.O., writes that embracing transitional care management gave his practice a modest boost in revenue, better outcomes, and significant improvements in patient and staff satisfaction.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190107guested-tcm.html

Get Started in Value-based Care — With AAFP Resources

The November/December FPM takes a deep dive into value-based care and associated payment models, exploring this move away from quantity-focused fee-for-service in three different articles. Other new AAFP resources are also available.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211112vbcresources.html

Finding a Mentor

A strong mentorship can mean the different between success and failure in medical school. Discover how to find the right mentor for you.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/begin-your-medical-education/finding-a-mentor.html

FMIG Family Medicine Programming Ideas

Find ways to promote the Family Medicine specialty from previous FMIG Program of Excellence Award winners.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/fmig/lead-fmig/programming/fmeducation.html

School Problems and the Family Physician - American Family Physician

May 15, 1999 - Children with school problems pose a challenge for the family physician. A multidisciplinary team of professionals can most appropriately assess and manage complex learning problems, which are often the cause of poor school performance. The family physician's primary role in this ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0515/p2816.html

Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP)

Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP)

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/descriptions/commission-description-cqp.html

Medical Learner Safety and Wellness During Pandemic Crisis

Read AAFP's policy on Medical Learner Safety and Wellness During Pandemic Crisis.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/learnersafety-pandemic.html

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The AAFP supports the continuing development and improvement of CHIP, which cares for uninsured children and is a vital part of the primary care system.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/chip.html

Medicaid Coverage

The AAFP advocates for fair, effective Medicaid regulations impacting family physicians and their patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/medicaid.html

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Information for family physicians from the AAFP as the health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/aca.html

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

The AAFP supports the ACO model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/acos.html

Medicare Coverage

The AAFP advocates for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage, including Medicare coverage.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/medicare.html

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

The AAFP believes EHRs are vital to the expansion of primary care and the medical home model of care delivery but should be accessible and affordable.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-it/ehrs.html

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Follow the AAFP's work on developing payment policies that support the exchange of medical info from one site to another through electronic communications.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-it/telehealth-telemedicine.html

Medical Home

The AAFP believes the Medical Home model provides patients with a holistic and coordinated approach to health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/medical-home.html

Patient Privacy (HIPAA)

Information on HIPAA from the AAFP, including regulations around patient privacy and how the AAFP is monitoring the impact on primary care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/hipaa.html

Antitrust/Collective Negotiation

The AAFP advocates updating antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the antitrust scope.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/antitrust-collective-negotiation.html

Medical Liability

The AAFP supports medical liability reform of regulation that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/medical-liability.html

Scope of Practice

The AAFP believes family physicians are uniquely qualified to lead coordinated care teams of allied health professionals in providing care for patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/scope.html

Medical Student Debt

Because the cost of medical education impacts the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/student-debt.html

Title VII of the Public Health Service Act

The AAFP calls on Congress to protect and increase funding for the Title VII program, as it is a key component in building the family physician workforce.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/title-vii.html

Health Equity

The AAFP fights for efforts to promote health equity and health equality.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/health-equity.html

Environmental Concerns in Public Health

The AAFP serves as both a resource and an advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients regarding environmental risks and existing hazards.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/environmental.html

Injury Prevention and Violence

Primary care providers play a crucial role in responding to safety and violence concerns. The AAFP shares policies relevant to the care of these situations.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/injury-violence.html

Prescription Drug Issues

The AAFP recognizes the significant problems prescription drug issues present and works to combat this public health concern.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/rx.html

Preventive Health

The AAFP supports efforts to promote wellness and preventive public health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/preventive.html

Tobacco and Nicotine Use

The AAFP advocates for the prevention and treatment of tobacco and nicotine addiction, including the use of e-cigarettes.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/tobacco-nicotine.html

Vaccines and Immunizations

The AAFP supports affordable access to vaccinations and immunizations, which are invaluable for keeping patients healthy across the lifespan.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/vaccines-immunizations.html

Women’s Health

The AAFP advocates for affordable access to important wellness and preventive health care for women.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/women.html

AAFP State Advocacy: Backgrounders

Use the AAFP Center for State Policy’s backgrounder library to learn about state-based advocacy issues.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state/backgrounders.html

Fresh Perspectives

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Blogs

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

COVID-19: FP Searches for Supplies, Information and Lessons

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, Allison Edwards, M.D., describes the difficulty and frustration of preparing for the pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200320fp-ppesearch.html

Sorry, Boss, I Can't Guarantee Your Worker Is COVID-free

With asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 and the potential for false-negative tests, Allison Edwards, M.D., questions the utility of providing doctor’s notes for patients returning to work in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201007fp-covidnote.html

Telemedicine II: What We’ve Learned So Far

This spring our new physician bloggers told us about their experiences with implementing telemedicine. Several months later, we asked for an update regarding their lessons learned.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201203fp-telehealth.html

Thoughts to Ponder Before You Sign an Employment Contract

With the AAFP rolling out new resources related to physician employment contracts, we asked our new physician bloggers to share advice for residents pondering their first contracts.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20211019fp-contracts.html

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Carpe Diem: It's Time to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In the Trenches blog post that the current health crisis presents an opportunity to drastically improve the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200414itt-fixsystem.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.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

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