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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

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

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

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

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

A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention

A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention

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

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

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

Building the Family Medicine Pipeline

Building the Family Medicine Pipeline

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/building_the_family_medicine_pipeline1.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

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

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

Finding Right Fit Key to Match Process

Finding Right Fit Key to Match Process

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

Exposing Students to Rural Health Key to Producing Rural Docs

Exposing Students to Rural Health Key to Producing Rural Docs

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

Family Medicine: The Force Awakens

Family Medicine: The Force Awakens

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/family_medicine_the_force_awakens.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

Get the Candidates Talking About Family Medicine Issues

Get the Candidates Talking About Family Medicine Issues

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/get_the_candidates_talking_about.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

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

It's Simple: Primary Care Equals Better Care Overall

It's Simple: Primary Care Equals Better Care Overall

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/it_s_simple_primary_care.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

Keeping a Promise to Share What I Know

Keeping a Promise to Share What I Know

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

Long-distance Support: Thoughts on Telemedicine at 2:30 a.m.

Long-distance Support: Thoughts on Telemedicine at 2:30 a.m.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/long_distance_support_thoughts_on.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

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/patient_portals_useful_resource_or.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

Rx for Success: PBS Film Shines Light on Health Care Triumphs

Rx for Success: PBS Film Shines Light on Health Care Triumphs

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/rx_for_success_pbs_film.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

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

Spread the Word: Health is Primary

Spread the Word: Health is Primary

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

Support for GME Reform Exists; Agreement on How is Lacking

Support for GME Reform Exists; Agreement on How is Lacking

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

Surrounded by Ghosts: Wisdom Gained From Patients Past

Surrounded by Ghosts: Wisdom Gained From Patients Past

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

Tales From the Road: Giving Thanks for Family Medicine

Tales From the Road: Giving Thanks for Family Medicine

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

Telehealth Is Family Medicine’s Next Big Opportunity

Telehealth Is Family Medicine’s Next Big Opportunity

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

The Bargaining Chip We've Been Looking For

The Bargaining Chip We've Been Looking For

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

The Envelope, Please: Waiting for Match Results

The Envelope, Please: Waiting for Match Results

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/the_envelope_please_waiting_for.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

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

Turn the Page: Saying Goodbye Not Easy for Graduating Resident, Patients

Turn the Page: Saying Goodbye Not Easy for Graduating Resident, Patients

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

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

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

At a Loss: If Educating Parents About Vaccines Won't Work, What Will?

At a Loss: If Educating Parents About Vaccines Won't Work, What Will?

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

Ah, Nuts: Is Kellogg's Putting Consumers at Risk by Adding Allergen to Food?

Ah, Nuts: Is Kellogg's Putting Consumers at Risk by Adding Allergen to Food?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/ah_nuts_kellogg_s_puts.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

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

Dealing With Addiction at Home

Dealing With Addiction at Home

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

Dealing With Death: Why Helping Patients' Families Helps Me

Dealing With Death: Why Helping Patients' Families Helps Me

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

Don't Wait: Advance Planning Helps Both Patients and Their Caregivers

Don't Wait: Advance Planning Helps Both Patients and Their Caregivers

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

Direct Primary Care Model Poised for Rapid Growth

Direct Primary Care Model Poised for Rapid Growth

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

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/family_physicians_can_help_when.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

Insurance Hurdles Add Challenge to Treating Pain

Insurance Hurdles Add Challenge to Treating Pain

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/insurance_hurdles_add_challenge_to.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

Those Who Need Guidance and Those Who Guide

Those Who Need Guidance and Those Who Guide

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/faculty_position_offers_opportunity_to.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

Helicopter Parents Need to Know When to Land in Waiting Room

Helicopter Parents Need to Know When to Land in Waiting Room

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

Moving On: Finding the Right Job Worth the Effort

Moving On: Finding the Right Job Worth the Effort

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/moving_on_finding_the_right.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

Mentoring Key to Molding Next Generation of Leaders

Mentoring Key to Molding Next Generation of Leaders

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

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/skin_in_the_game_shared.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

New Year Offers Opportunity to Help Patients Lose Weight

New Year Offers Opportunity to Help Patients Lose Weight

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/new_year_offers_opportunity_to.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

Our Specialty, Our Future: Make Your Voice Heard

Our Specialty, Our Future: Make Your Voice Heard

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

Self-Evaluation: How Many Stars Do I Rate?

Self-Evaluation: How Many Stars Do I Rate?

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

The Value of Family Medicine: Stating the Obvious to the Oblivious

The Value of Family Medicine: Stating the Obvious to the Oblivious

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

Step by Step: Proper Planning Essential for Quality Improvement

Step by Step: Proper Planning Essential for Quality Improvement

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/step_by_step_proper_planning.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

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

Want Change? Get Involved in Your Academy

Want Change? Get Involved in Your Academy

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

They're (Usually) Not Doctors, but They Play Them on TV

They're (Usually) Not Doctors, but They Play Them on TV

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

APMs: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to Alternative Payment Models.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/apms_a_primer_on_the.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

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

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

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

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

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

End of Medicare Bonuses Underlines Need for New Payment Models

End of Medicare Bonuses Underlines Need for New Payment Models

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

AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'

AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'

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

Ask the Question: Screening for Alcohol Misuse Can Save Lives

Ask the Question: Screening for Alcohol Misuse Can Save Lives

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/ask_the_question_screening_for.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

Family Medicine Welcomes Mount Sinai Into the Fold

Family Medicine Welcomes Mount Sinai Into the Fold

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/family_medicine_welcomes_mt_sinai.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

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

FPs Can Be Trusted Guides When the Dying Don't Specify Wishes

FPs Can Be Trusted Guides When the Dying Don't Specify Wishes

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

Lessons for Boston: FPs Can Help Amputees Move Forward

Lessons for Boston: FPs Can Help Amputees Move Forward

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

FPs Have Ability to Inspire, Be Inspired by, One Another

FPs Have Ability to Inspire, Be Inspired by, One Another

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/fps_have_ability_to_inspire.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

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

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

I'm Still Listening; So What Do You Have to Say?

I'm Still Listening; So What Do You Have to Say?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/i_m_still_listening_so.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

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

On the Hill: Academy Promoting Family Medicine's Perspective

On the Hill: Academy Promoting Family Medicine's Perspective

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

Let's Help Our Patients Make Informed Decisions on Tests, Procedures

Let's Help Our Patients Make Informed Decisions on Tests, Procedures

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/informed_conversations_can_help_physicians.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

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

Stillbirths: Mourning the Children I Never Got to Know

Stillbirths: Mourning the Children I Never Got to Know

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

Stories of Successful Underdogs Resonate With FPs

Stories of Successful Underdogs Resonate With FPs

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

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: We Can't Afford to Cut Our Investment in Teaching Health ...

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: We Can't Afford to Cut Our Investment in Teaching Health Centers

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

Seeing the Diseases Vaccines Prevent Illustrates Importance of Immunizations

Seeing the Diseases Vaccines Prevent Illustrates Importance of Immunizations

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

So You've Achieved PCMH Recognition. Now What?

So You've Achieved PCMH Recognition. Now What?

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

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