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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MACRA 101: What You Need to Know

On October 14, CMS released the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes what family physicians need to know about MACRA.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/macra_101_what_you_need.html

FPs Are There for Patients in Wake of Disaster

Hurricane Matthew recently claimed the lives of at least 25 people in North Carolina. Total damage to homes and businesses (including more than 100,000 damaged structures), as well as to crops in the state, is estimated at $1.5 billion. In the storm's aftermath, Mott Blair, M.D., ...

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

Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility

Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.

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

Could Self Care or Telehealth Curb Overuse of Health Care?

More Americans now have health insurance, but there is a still a physician shortage. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders solutions to overconsumption of health care.

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

Will You Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes?

Whether you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, there are steps family physicians can take to help patients and families, as well as their own practices and communities, prepare for the worst.

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

Donald or Hillary? How Choice Affects Health Care

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have expressed commitments to addressing the nation's opioid epidemic as well as support for improved access to mental health services and improve access to care for veterans. But the presidential candidates split -- widely -- on their ...

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

Despite Flaws, Potential Vast for Health IT

Carl Olden, M.D., writes that new payment models and delegating documentation work may be keys to getting the most value out of electronic health records.

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

Unreasonable Drug Prices Force Patients to Skip Meds

AAFP officers are in Washington this week to address many issues of concern to primary care, including skyrocketing prescription drug prices.

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

Patient Preference, Priorities Should Matter

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the latest book by Atul Gawande, M.D., reinforces what she practices: Patients' priorities must be considered in care decisions.

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

Mental Health Resources Lacking in Opioid Crisis Fight

At a time when opioid abuse is skyrocketing, mental health resources needed to address the epidemic are in short supply, writes Gerry Tolbert, M.D.

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

AAFP Advocacy on MACRA Implementation Paying Off

CMS recently announced a Pick Your Pace plan that would provide greater flexibility for physicians regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the options outlined by CMS ...

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

Meeting With Mentor Underscores Importance of Relationships

A meeting with the mentor who introduced her to family medicine nearly 40 years ago highlighted a week that left Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., feeling like she had been immunized against burnout.

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

Encouragement Is Key to Developing Physician Leaders

Newly installed AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., reflects on his path to leadership and urges others not only to join him, but to mentor and encourage others to follow.

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

Community Response to Disaster Shows Beauty of Rural Practice

An epic flood ravaged her town, but what Kimberly Becher, M.D., remembers most are the selfless acts of kindness that helped her patients put their lives back together.

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

Death in the Family: It's OK to Let Go

Relatives often turn to physicians with medical questions. Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., addresses the difficulty of providing insight and comfort when a family member is dying.

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

Crunch Time for Congress: Key Health Issues Unresolved

As time runs out on the current Congress, the AAFP is closely monitoring legislation that would affect key health care programs and issues, including funding to address the Zika virus outbreak. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains.

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

Our Country Is Hungry for the Message of Family Medicine

After more than 200 days on the road, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on a whirlwind of meetings with legislators, policymakers, payers, media and medical students.

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

What I Know Now, and What Lies Ahead

After six years of service on the AAFP Board of Directors, Robert Wergin, M.D., reflects on lessons learned and what the future might hold for family medicine.

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

Physicians, Wellness Should Begin With Us

Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that when physicians neglect their own needs, their ability to care for others suffers, as well.

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

Help Patients Conquer Obesity With Education, Empathy -- Not Shame

Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. How physicians broach the subject with these patients may determine whether or not they can help.

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

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and ...

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

Family Physicians Can Cut Unnecessary Surgeries

Robust clinical trials demonstrate relevant outcomes of various surgeries. Does a surgery extend a patient's life? Does the surgery decrease a patient's pain? Does it improve the patient's quality of life? Answering these questions, along with weighing risks and other treatment options,...

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

Right Thing to Do: Making the Case for Drug Pricing Transparency

Vermont recently became the first state to require drug manufacturers to justify large price increases. Will any other states -- or the federal government -- follow?

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

Everyday Heroes: What We Do Today Saves Lives Tomorrow

Through detection, prevention and careful health management, primary care physicians save countless lives each day with little drama or fanfare.

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

AAFP Delivering on Maternity Care Training, Resources

In many rural communities, family physicians are the only maternity care providers. The AAFP provides training and support members need to play this vital role.

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

CPC+ Holds Plenty of Potential for FPs

The CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program (CPC+) may bring great benefit to family physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that realizing that potential requires a high number of family physicians apply to the program ...

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

Swing and a Miss: Do Quality Measures Have Dubious Value?

With trends pointing to an emphasis on team-based care, Kyle Jones, M.D., questions the rationale for quality measures that focus on individual physicians.

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

Men's Health Campaign Offers Opportunity to Tout Family Medicine

A report on men's health the AAFP released on Aug. 9 gave Academy leaders an opportunity to tell the media about the importance of having a family physician. Two AAFP officers conducted interviews with 39 media outlets in less than six hours.

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

What You Need to Know on Path Through Residency and Beyond

The transition from resident to new physician can be challenging. Our new-to-practice physician bloggers offer advice for those who will follow them.

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

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can-and should-do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

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

FMX Offers Something for Every Family Physician

The AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) offers physicians the ability to earn an entire year's worth of CME, a jam-packed expo hall, and abundant social and networking opportunities.

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

Artful Communication of Evidence Can Overcome Anecdotal Fears

Patients and physicians think about diagnosis and treatment in very different ways. It's up to us to clearly communicate why and how we follow the evidence.

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

Bringing a Small Town Approach to Urban Practice

Whether urban or rural, every patient needs a primary care physician and open lines of communication with that physician.

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

Singing the Praises of a Pharma-free Practice

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., explains how and why her practice took steps to eliminate pharmaceutical industry influence in a bid to avoid bias in prescribing.

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

No Summer Break for AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Summer vacation? Hardly. The AAFP has been tracking and working on a number of important issues, including opioid abuse, mental health, the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and more. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and ...

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

Leveling the Playing Field: AAFP Tackles Flu Vaccine Supply Issues

Family physicians often receive their flu vaccine weeks after retail clinics get theirs. The AAFP is talking with vaccine manufacturers and other stakeholders to resolve the disparity.

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

Prior Authorization Call Shows Inefficiency, Absurdity of Process

Family physicians waste hours each and every week on prior authorizations. Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., recorded one such call to illustrate the inefficiency of the process.

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

Support, Flexibility at Home, Work Vital to Success in Rural Practice

Support, Flexibility at Home, Work Vital to Success in Rural Practice

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

Try PROBE Tool to Help Stave Off Burnout

Try PROBE Tool to Help Stave Off Burnout

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

Making MACRA Manageable

The AAFP recently submitted an in-depth response to the proposed rule intended to guide implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines three key areas of the ...

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

Breaking Point Offers Med Students Chance to Grow

Breaking Point Offers Med Students Chance to Grow

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

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

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

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

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

Give Back: Making a Plea for Family Medicine Preceptors

Give Back: Making a Plea for Family Medicine Preceptors

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

AAFP Award for Excellence in GME: And the Winners Are …

AAFP Award for Excellence in GME: And the Winners Are …

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

FP Salaries Increasing, But How Much?

FP Salaries Increasing, But How Much?

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

AAFP Showing Strong Support for DPC

The direct primary care model (DPC) is a patient-centered model that eliminates much of the administrative burden associated with modern primary care practice. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights how the Academy is supporting ...

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

Arrival of Superbug Highlights Need for New Antibiotics, New Approach

Arrival of Superbug Highlights Need for New Antibiotics, New Approach

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

Time for Congress to End 20-year Ban on Gun Research

Time for Congress to End 20-year Ban on Gun Research

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

Catching a Dream: Participating in Leadership Keeps 'Goblins' at Bay

Catching a Dream: Participating in Leadership Keeps 'Goblins' at Bay

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

AAFP Offering Resources, Support for Small Practices

Solo and small practices often outperform larger practices in evaluations, but the once dominant practice models have seen their numbers decline dramatically. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some resources and ...

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

Paging Dr. Mom: Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Physician

Paging Dr. Mom: Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Physician

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

Diagnosis Dangerous: What Do You Do When a Patient is Armed, Hostile?

Diagnosis Dangerous: What Do You Do When a Patient is Armed, Hostile?

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

We're Getting the Media to Spread the Word About Family Medicine

We're Getting the Media to Spread the Word About Family Medicine

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

How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?

How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?

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

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that ...

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

Let's All Commit to Reverse the Opioid Epidemic

Let's All Commit to Reverse the Opioid Epidemic

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

Can Mindfulness Meditation Deliver Us From Burnout?

Can Mindfulness Meditation Deliver Us From Burnout?

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

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

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

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