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Inaction by Congress Jeopardizes Kids' Health

Inaction by Congress has put the Children's Health Insurance Program and a handful of other vital health care programs in jeopardy. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on ...

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

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

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

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

Let Us Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork

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

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

Could Better Coping Skills Curb Rampant Drug Use?

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

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

If Payers Could Reduce Administrative Burden, 'That'd Be Great'

In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to reduce administrative requirements and physician burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171024.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.

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

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

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

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

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk About Death

Dying in America has changed with medical technology, but our comfort level in talking about it has not. Leonard Reeves, M.D, discusses helping patients plan ahead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171013lv-end-of-life.html

Reviewing a Strange, Historic Week in Washington

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived yet another repeal effort, and an HHS secretary was ousted. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the strange final week of September (and relates how you can help with ...

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

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

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

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

A Conversation About Violence as a Public Health Crisis

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

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

AAFP's NCCL Set Me on Leadership Path

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

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

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

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

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

Here We Go Again: GOP Attempting ACA Repeal

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement in July, but Senate Republicans are set to try again this week. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what's at stake.

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

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

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

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

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

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

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

Dire Situations Can Bring Out the Best in People

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

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

Telemedicine Advances Outpace Common Sense Regulations

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

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

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

One Good Look at Vast Scope of Family Medicine, and I Was Hooked

New AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., was working as a hospital orderly when exposure to family medicine residents changed his path.

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

Family Physicians to Debate Policy, Elect Leaders at COD

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

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

Everyone Should Realize FPs Are the Quarterbacks of Medicine

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

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

Family Physicians Can Make Their Mark in Many Ways

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

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

Halting Health Studies Harms Patients, Hinders Physicians

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

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

A New Intern's Reflections From the ICU

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

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

Health Care Debates Don't Have to Be Heated

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

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170829fp-debate.html

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.

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

Preserving National Health Service Corps Is a Must

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

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

AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog

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

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

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.

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

Protecting Yourself From Threat of Malpractice Suits

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

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

The ACA Survived. Now What?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement of the health care law. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on how we ...

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

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

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

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

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

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

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

Health Care Is a Right That Must Extend to Everyone

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP Member Survey Provides Valuable Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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