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FPs Are at Center of Birth, Death and Everything in Between

Moments after delivering one new patient into the world, Robert Raspa, M.D., delivered a cancer diagnosis to another. He reflects on the cradle-to-grave nature of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170801lv-circleoflife.html

FPs Can Influence Rape Culture by Talking About Consent

Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., writes that as doctors for both victims and perpetrators of rape, family physicians are uniquely positioned to influence rape culture.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170731fp-consent.html

Bipartisan Teaching Health Center Bill Is Vital to Workforce

Without congressional action, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program will expire Sept. 30. A newly introduced bill to extend funding has support from both sides of the aisle.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170725thcgmebill.html

I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

Late last year, Kimberly Becher, M.D., reached a point where she thought the only thing in life she was doing well was patient care. She had to make changes at work and home to fight off burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170724fpbounceback.html

AAFP's eHealth Initiative Aims to Make Health IT Work for FPs

Innovations in health technology aren't likely to succeed without physician input. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the Academy's Alliance for eHealth Innovation is working to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170718ehealthalliance.html

Racial Differences in Outcomes Demand Greater Vigilance

Black men are twice as likely as their white peers to die from a first heart attack. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that enhanced education and prevention could change that.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170717lv-heartattack.html

Hospital Shooting Raises Questions About Safety, Mental Health

Are physicians safe at work? Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center residency graduate Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on the recent shooting at his training program site.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170714fp-shooting.html

Support of Colleagues, Family, Friends Is Key to Resiliency

Carl Olden, M.D., writes that when his mother was dying and his wife was battling cancer, the caring support of his colleagues was critical to his resilience.

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

Patients Trust Social Media, so Be Their Trusted Source

With more than 3 million followers and counting, Mikhail Varshavski, D.O., makes the case for using social media to reach patients with health messages.

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

What You Need to Know About the 2018 QPP Proposed Rule

CMS has released the 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule, which recommends several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model. You could read that 1,058-page document, or you could check out 10 bullet points in this ...

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

FamMedPAC to Congress: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

During the 2016 election cycle, FamMedPAC donated more than $1 million to congressional candidates. AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., explains how the PAC will decide where its money goes in 2018.

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

Mixed Emotions: Reflections on Finishing Residency

Recent graduate Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes that completing residency and saying goodbye to her patients was bittersweet.

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

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

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

Reflecting on 70 Years of Leadership and Innovation

Seventy years ago this month, general practitioners from across the United States joined forces to form a national organization that eventually became the AAFP.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/reflecting_on_70_years_of.html

Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog

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

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

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

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

Putting Patients at the Center of My 'Clinic of the Future'

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., wanted more than just a bigger space for his new clinic. He wanted it to help patients feel more comfortable and more engaged.

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

AAFP Delegation Gives Family Medicine Voice at AMA Meeting

The AMA House of Delegates met last week in Chicago to discuss and debate policies aimed at improving our health care system. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update from the perspective of the Academy's delegation.

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

Who Will Mentor the Next Generation of Family Doctors?

Nearly half of allopathic family medicine clerkship directors report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes the case for opening your practice to students.

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

Sorry, You're Not Sick Enough: Approach to Hep C Defies Logic

Adequate screening and earlier treatment of hepatitis C infection would curb the spread of disease, ease suffering and reduce long-term health care costs.

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

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

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

Things Are Heating Up Outside and On Capitol Hill

As the weather warms up, so could debate about health policy. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers updates on three important issues the Academy will be working on this summer.

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

Stay Kind, Stay Connected, Stay Well: Advice for New Residents

As first-year family medicine residents prepare to start their new programs, our new physician bloggers offer the benefit of their experience.

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

A Changing Climate Threatens Our Health

The health threats posed by climate change are alarming. Given the scope of the problem, everyone could potentially be affected -- and likely, many of us will be.

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

I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?

Barriers abound when rural patients are referred to subspecialty care. Kimberly Becher, M.D., says a new trend is making it even more challenging.

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

Come On, Grads, Let's Start Cultivating a Healthier World

As Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., begins to put her new degrees to work, she reflects that family physicians are well-positioned to advocate for the health of not only individual patients, but entire communities.

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

Social Media Campaign Touts Family Medicine

Today, more than 250 family physicians and medical students are on Capitol Hill to talk with their representatives and senators about issues important to family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines ...

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

It's Complicated: What We Wish Legislators Knew About Health Care

Health care truly is complicated. We asked our new physician bloggers what policymakers need to understand if they're going to help create a better system.

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

Spread the Word: Family Medicine Is the Solution

The AAFP hopes to reach 1 million people with the message that family physicians help patients not only get healthy, but stay healthy. ZDogg, M.D., is lending a hand, and so can you.

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

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

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

Olympian's Tale Highlights Need to Remove Stigma of Depression

One in 20 Americans age 12 or older has depression. The AAFP has resources that can help physicians and their patients who struggle with this condition.

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

Patients on High-deductible Plans Need Primary Care Coverage

Patients with high-deductible health plans often avoid preventive care, leading to higher health care costs down the road. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP policy proposal that would provide such patients with access to ...

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

I Filled My Prescription Against Burnout at the Gym

Getting in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is key to treating burnout. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes that she did all three at her local gym.

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

Free Clinics Need Our Help to Heal Patients, Communities

Leonard Reeves, M.D., shares a patient story that illustrates the powerful impact free clinics can have for those in dire need of help.

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

I'm Invited to a Patient's Wedding; Should I Save the Date?

How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians face when deciding the right thing to do.

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

AAFP Responds to '13 Reasons Why' With Mental Health Resources

Mental health experts are concerned that the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why glamorizes teen suicide. The AAFP has resources that can help physicians and patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/aafp_responds_to_13_reasons.html

I'm Listening: Part II

In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.

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

Leaning on My Community for Resilience and Recovery

In the aftermath of two terrible local accidents, resident Stewart Decker, M.D., reflects on the importance of resilience and community.

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

Speaking Same Language Doesn't Guarantee Being on Same Page

Differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

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

Finding Purple: Creating Nonpartisan Paths to Advance Primary Care

Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes that family physicians are uniquely positioned to find a path through polarized politics that can lead to a solution to our health care crisis.

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

Twins Multiply Challenges -- and Rewards -- of Breastfeeding

Beth Oller, M.D., shares her insights from one of the hardest things she's ever done: breastfeeding twins.

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

Go Ahead, I'm Listening

From your comments on AAFP News stories and blog posts to responses to annual surveys, the Academy is listening. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how to make your voice heard.

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

FPs Can Lead in Treating Transgender Patients With Dignity

Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Family physicians can help ensure they receive it.

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

FPs Answer Call in Times of Need -- No Matter Where

Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., was far from home and ill. Another FP dropped everything to help him -- just as you'd expect from a family physician.

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

Not Blowing Smoke: FPs Can Make a Difference on Tobacco

Several states are considering legislation that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Mott Blair, M.D., says there's room for family physicians to work on this and other issues to improve the health of their patients and communities.

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

Sorry, I'm Too Busy for Your Busy Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies.

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

Two Common-sense Interventions Could Prevent Gun-related Deaths

Gun control is controversial. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that two specific interventions to prevent gun-related violence shouldn't be.

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

Pick-Your-Pace Program Can Help FPs Prepare for 2018

This year marks the initial performance period of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Programs. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights new resources available to help family physicians, and he ...

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

What to Do When Experienced Colleague Is Wrong? Speak Up

Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, Peter Rippey, M.D., writes is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.

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

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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

Take a Deep Breath, Relax and Trust the Magic of the Match

Match Day is finally upon us. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers four thoughts for students to ponder as they await their results.

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

Mastering the Art of Communication Takes Compassion

Whether delivering a difficult diagnosis or bridging actual language barriers, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that clear communication is critical to patient care.

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

Repeal and Replace? A Look at American Health Care Act

Efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act advanced last week with the introduction of the American Health Care Act. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what would change under the proposal and what ...

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

Help Students Cut Through the Bull: FPs Are in Demand

Subspecialists in academia have tried to steer students away from primary care for decades. John Cullen, M.D., writes that physician educators need new material because the demand for family medicine isn't going away.

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

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

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

Physicians Must Refute 'Alternative Facts' About Vaccines

Mott Blair, M.D., recalls an era when people literally lined up for a life-saving vaccine. Now, he says, too many people are denying the science behind immunizations.

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

AAFP to Help FPs With Population Health

The AAFP is developing tools to help family physicians address the social determinants of health and manage population health. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

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

ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention

Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor.

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

I'm Standing Up for Direct Primary Care

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., knows legislators won't significantly improve our health care system on their own. Success requires persistent grassroots advocacy, and family physicians need to be a part of that.

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

Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor

Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.

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

Better Cancer Care Demands That FPs, Oncologists Work Together

AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reports from a cancer symposium that communication between primary care physicians and oncologists is critical for patients' welfare.

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

Why Do We Adopt Evidence-based Data at a Snail's Pace?

It takes nearly two decades for the U.S. health care system to adopt new evidence-based findings. Kyle Jones, M.D., ponders the problem.

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

Repairing ACA May be More Likely Than Full Repeal

Repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has proven to be difficult for Congress and the new administration. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that repairing the health care law may be more likely.

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

Attention, Students: Six Thoughts Before Submitting Your Rank Order List

Rank order lists are due soon for those participating in the National Resident Matching Program. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a few tips for students still pondering their options.

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

CPC+ Laying Groundwork for Value-based Payment

Nearly 3,000 primary care practices and 50 payers in more than a dozen states and regions are participating in a pilot that aims to deliver better care for patients and better pay for practices.

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

Patients Have Plenty to Teach a New Attending Physician

After undergraduate school, medical school and residency, new physician Luis Garcia, M.D., says he still can learn a lot from his patients.

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

Reducing Administrative Burden a Must

Administrative and regulatory burden is one of the top reasons independent practices close and is a leading cause of physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues, such as prior authorizations, the Academy is...

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

Keep Calm and Carry On … Being a Family Physician

In this whale of a tale, John Cullen, M.D., writes that there is a moment of intense clarity during an emergency. That's vital for family physicians in remote locations.

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

Trusted Relationship Allows Patients to Confide Horrors of Abuse

Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that continuity of care and a level of trust can help patients share their painful stories.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/trusted_relationship_allows_patients_to1.html

Holy Toledo! As Bad Ideas Go, Closing Residency Is a Whopper

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that one health care system's decision to shutter a family medicine residency program in his state doesn't make sense for the business or its community.

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

After Hitting the Wall, How Do I Bounce Back?

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that just three years out of residency she already is experiencing symptoms of burnout, but she has some ideas about how new physicians can cope.

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

What's in a Name? Annual Exam Jargon Causes Confusion

The abundance of terminology related to annual exams can be confusing for patients and even physicians. Lynne Lillie, M.D., breaks down what should be included in various types of exams and how to get paid for each of them.

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

Speak Out to Preserve Health Care Coverage

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States and Congress is moving forward with efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without firm plans for a replacement. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn...

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

Don't Throw Away Your Shot to Make the World Better

What can physicians learn from a Broadway musical? Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that Hamilton provides some important lessons about language and being willing to take a stand.

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

Why Do Women Docs Get Better Results (and Lower Payment)?

A recent study found that female physicians achieved better outcomes than men. We asked married practice partners Beth Oller, M.D., and Mike Oller, M.D., for their thoughts on gender and medicine.

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

No, I'm Not 'Settling' for Family Medicine

Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes that misconceptions about family medicine are toxic for medical students and negatively affect an already inadequate primary care workforce.

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

Can Increased Awareness Trump Cyberbullies?

Melania Trump has pledged to combat cyberbullying as the nation's first lady. Natasha Bhuyan writes that this important issue demands increased awareness.

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

Direct Primary Care Is a Sensible Workforce Solution

John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to misconceptions, the direct primary care model is an ideal strategy to ensure our nation has a robust family medicine physician workforce in the long run.

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

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to...

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

Screen for Alcohol Abuse During Holiday Season

The holidays aren't happy for many Americans. Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes that now is an excellent time to screen for alcohol abuse.

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

Can a Sense of Gratitude Make You Happier?

Stressed out? Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that keeping a record of the things that bring you joy could make you healthier and happier.

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

Old Issues, New Year: A Look Back (and Ahead)

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on some key health care issues from 2016 and looks ahead to the new year.

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

Making Our Point on Immunizations With Vaccine Manufacturers

The AAFP recently held a summit with representatives from seven manufacturers about vaccination rates, barriers to increasing rates and other issues related to immunizations.

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

Power of Diagnosis: Delivering Bad News Is Just the Beginning

Telling patients they have HIV infection is hard. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., writes that helping patients understand they can live life with a serious illness can be even more difficult.

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

Time to Lift 16-Hour Limit on First-year Residents

The AAFP is supporting a proposal that would increase the number of consecutive hours first-year residents can work from 16 hours to 24 (plus the possibility of four additional hours for the completion of care of an individual patient).

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/time_to_lift_16_hour.html

AAFP to Congress: Hands Off USPSTF

A bill has been introduced that would alter the composition and processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is stringently opposing the legislation.

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

Gallows Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Does physicians' use of so-called gallows humor impact patient care and/or physician burnout? Kyle Jones, M.D., writes that it just might.

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

FPs Can Shape Social Determinants of Health Outside Clinic

Social factors can influence health more than medical advances. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that family physicians have the perspective and influence needed to address social determinants of health beyond the exam room.

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

Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide

Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient's medical needs and wishes. Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for ...

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

Doing My Part to Help Physician Workforce Reflect Diverse Population

When minority physicians treat patients of the same minority group, patient satisfaction often improves and care is more culturally proficient. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of minority doctors in our health care system.

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

The 'Change Election' Happened -- Now What?

In less than 60 days, a new president and administration will move into the White House. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues the Academy plans to focus on in 2017.

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

Bare Necessity: Communication Is Critical in a Crisis

Wildlife lessons learned since a move to the small frontier community of Valdez, Alaska, have taught John Cullen, M.D., that communication is the key to survival. Brown bears and grizzlies have plenty to say about techniques for getting through life's difficulties to those who know how ...

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

Community Finds Right Prescription to Fight Hunger

More than 15 percent of Oregonians live below the federal poverty level -- more than the national average. And a recent poll found that 28 percent of those who visit food pantries worry about where their next meal will come from. Now, a simple screening tool, a healthy teaching kitchen ...

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

Lead by Example: Train Students to Report Medical Errors

Ninety percent of medical students reported observing adverse events in a recent study, but only 51 percent reported them. This conundrum is not new; more than a decade ago, a case study concluded that medical students' value in ensuring patient safety is often overlooked. Gary LeRoy, ...

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

Girl Power: Moving Toward Balance in Physician Workforce

Women make up more than half of the U.S. population but only about one-third of the physician workforce. However, among the younger generation of physicians, more women are entering the pipeline. In fact, this year marked the largest increase in a decade in the number of women enrolling...

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

Don't Let Implicit Bias Shape Physician Workforce -- or Patient Care

A study at Ohio State University College of Medicine revealed implicit white preference by the admissions committee. This is significant because black, Hispanic and American Indians and Alaska Natives are underrepresented among medical students. However, AAFP student Board member Lauren...

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

You Can Drive Change in Washington; Here's How

The AAFP has launched a new grassroots network designed to be a forum to educate, coordinate, and engage family physicians around family medicine's priority issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the details.

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

Delta Incidents, Film Underscore Need for More Black Female Doctors

Two black female physicians recently said their offers to help ill passengers were rejected by flight crews because of race. Sadly, their stories aren't uncommon. AAFP Speaker Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H.; and Director Ada Stewart, M.D., write that black female physicians are doing ...

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

Treating Elderly as Treasures Improves Empathy, Care Quality

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. By the time the last baby boomers reach that age in 2030, 18 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. Unfortunately, some people have difficulties when it comes to providing care for the elderly, whether it is because of the complexity of ...

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

Team-based Care Aids Response to Pain Crisis

Thousands of patients with chronic pain needed help after several pain clinics in Washington closed this summer. Helen Gray, M.D., writes that a team-based approached, including working with clinical pharmacists and registered nurses who serve as care managers, allowed her practice to ...

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

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