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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

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

In Defense of Reproductive Health Care

Starting Jan. 1, employers can refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception. Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., points out that partisan arguments about birth control overlook the fact that women use these medications for many other conditions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171117fp-contraception.html

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.html

In Wake of Disaster, Family Physicians Can Help

Our nation has been hit by a recent flurry of terrifying events. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help patients cope in the aftermath.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171107fp-trauma.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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Care Benefit Could Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs

The U.S. health care system focuses too much attention on caring for the sick rather than on preventing illness in the first place. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes that case in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171204lv-sickcare.html

At Home or Abroad, ALSO Training Improves Maternal Outcomes

The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program has helped improve maternal outcomes in other countries around the globe. Carl Olden, M.D., writes that now it's time to improve U.S. outcomes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171218lv-also.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

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

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

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

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

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

We're Thankful for …

With the holidays approaching, we asked some of our new physician bloggers what they are thankful for in their practices. Here is what they shared.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171114fp-thankful.html

Crafting a Life That's Right for Me, My Family and Patients

After the birth of twins, Beth Oller, M.D., restructured her life so she could offer the best of herself to both her family and her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171127fp-selfcare.html

Make Fertility Awareness Part of Family Planning Toolbox

Fertility awareness-based methods can help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy, but a misleading statistic may be impeding their use.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171212fp-familyplanning.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

Words Matter: Support Science, Evidence

Debate continues about seven words CDC officials have reportedly been told to avoid. Regardless of the list's origin, the controversy points to a need to defend science.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171219lv-cdcwords.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Know Yourself, Do Your Homework to Make Perfect Match

With less than three months left before the National Resident Matching Program's rank order list deadline, Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers students advice on the interview process in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171128lv-matchadvice.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell Congress Not to Compound Student, Resident Debt Burden

The AAFP is pushing back on a provision of the House tax reform bill that would eliminate a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171113lv-taxes.html

Just the Facts: Can Patient Education Help in Obesity Crisis?

Physicians may feel like they're losing the battle against obesity. Can patient education reduce the problem?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171120lv-patiented.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

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

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

Tax Bills Could Add to Health Care's Ills

Provisions in both the House and Senate tax bills could hold negative consequences for physicians and patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details in the latest In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171121ITT_taxes.html

Eight Questions for 2018: Yes, Single Payer Is One of Them

Despite opposition to socialized, single-payer health care, nearly 120 million Americans have health care coverage through government-supported programs. With that growing number in mind, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin poses eight ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171219ITT_singlepayer.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

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

Value-based Payment? Survey Says …

The AAFP partnered with Humana to survey family physicians regarding their engagement with, and attitudes toward, value-based payment models. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details in the latest In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171205ITT_VBP.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

FPs on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge | AAFP News Blog

Blog updates on the issues affecting family physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines.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

Snorkeling or Paralysis: An FP's Strange Experience With COVID-19

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., explains how the pandemic has forced him to try some unconventional things, including new approaches to personal protective equipment, in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200602fl-newapproaches.html

Pandemic Is Shining a Light on Health Disparities

Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that the pandemic is amplifying the health inequities minorities face in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200610fl-disparities.html

Lessons in Negotiation: Saving OB Training During Pandemic

When COVID-19 threatened to disrupt maternity care training at a Seattle hospital, leaders from three family medicine residency programs rallied to find a solution. Read more in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200616fl-covidob.html

Worth a Shot: Home Visits Keep Kids Up to Date in Pandemic

Beth Oller, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that she's making home visits to pediatric patients to ensure that kids stay up to date on immunizations during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200630fpimmunization.html

Art of the Pivot: Redeployment as a Family Physician

Michael Hanak, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that family medicine played a key role in handling a COVID-19 surge at a Chicago hospital.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200723fl-covidsurge.html

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Is Personal

In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., relates the challenges of trying to protect the community she grew up in during a pandemic as a family physician and county health officer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200730fl-publichealthpersonal.html

Palliative Care Is More Important Than Ever in Pandemic

Paul Tatum, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that the pandemic has made palliative care even more challenging, but it also presents an important opportunity to serve others.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200817fl-palliativecare.html

Is Returning to Sports Irresponsible?

Family and sports medicine physician Kristina DeMatas, D.O., questions the safety of returning to sports before a safe return to school has been executed, in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200827fl-sports.html

Treating Older Patients in the Pandemic Age

Tina Shenouda, M.D., M.B.A., explains how a senior-focused primary care practice faces the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the FPs on the Front Lines blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200918fl-geriatrics.html

Care for Special Populations in Pandemic Adds Challenges

From masks and social distancing to closing group homes, Kyle Jones, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that physicians caring for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face added challenges with COVID-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200624fl-specialpopulations.html

Telemedicine Filling Gap for Rural Community

Tate Hinkle, M.D., explains in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how a telemedicine program allowed his rural community to provide comprehensive care and made it easier to recruit a new subspecialist.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190910fp-telemedicine.html

How Can I NOT Be Rural Enough?

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a program designed to recruit doctors to rural areas needs to do more to help address physician shortages.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190924fp-notrural.html

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

COVID-19 and the Burden of Secondary Grief

After months of caring for people affected by COVID-19, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog about the burden of secondary grief.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/202001001fp-grief.html

Unemployment During Pandemic Amounts to a One-Two Punch

Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the pandemic -- and the higher unemployment rates it has caused -- has exposed the precarious nature of employer-sponsored health insurance.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200708fp-esi.html

Yes, You Can Practice Full-scope Family Medicine

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H.; writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that finding a job that allows her to use the full scope of her family medicine training was worth the second effort.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200729fp-scope.html

How Gardening Made Me A Better Doctor

Luis Garcia, M.D., writes that the skills he learned while gardening -- including patience -- have made him a better physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200824fp-gardening.html

Preparing for Flu Season During Pandemic

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the coming challenges of a flu season overlapping a pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200910fp-flu.html

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Lead

With the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students approaching, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that resident leadership roles led him to his current job and a state leadership position.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200702fp-leadership.html

Why We Fight for Patients of Color

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., ponders how physicians can help people of color, who bear a disproportionate share of the effects of racism, violence and COVID-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200903fp-breathe.html

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

Do No (Financial) Harm

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., examines why understanding and addressing patients' financial health is as important as caring for their physical and mental health.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200911fp-financialhealth.html

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

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

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

AAFP Survey Reveals DPC Trends

As we prepare for the annual Direct Primary Care Summit, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results of the AAFP's recent survey related to DPC.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180619ITT_DPC.html

High-deductible Plans Shouldn't Endanger Continuity of Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin addresses the need for continuity of care among patients with high-deductible health plans.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181218itt-hdhp.html

We're Working to Make Sure Telemedicine Is Real Medicine

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the Academy has new resources to support telemedicine within family medicine practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190122itt-telemedicine.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191126itt-payincrease.html

Here's How We're Battling Administrative Burden for You

According to surveys, administrative burden is the top concern of family physicians. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's work to reduce prior authorization and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200204itt-adminburden.html

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the focus should be on building on aspects of the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200707itt-aca.html

End the Silence -- Make Every Voice Count

In her first In the Trenches blog post, Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, writes that during a pivotal moment in U.S. history, it is important for family medicine to lead with compassion and strength.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200609itt-race.html

Let's Amplify the Real Front-line Physicians

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn pushes back against misinformation about the pandemic -- and spotlights members who are doing the same on the ground.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200805itt-facts.html

How to Improve Pandemic Response? Fortify Family Medicine

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn offers an overview of recent AAFP guidance on improving the nation's response to public health emergencies. It starts with making sure primary care is geared up and...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200721itt-fmpandemic.html

Pandemic Exposes Flaws in Health Care Payment System

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the many challenges that the fee-for-service system presents to primary care. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn examines what needs to change.

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

With Facts Ahead of Politics, Family Medicine Wins

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn checks in with the Oklahoma AFP about how it helped pass Medicaid expansion there this summer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200819itt-expansionokla.html

Congress Got a Shot of FP Expertise to Boost Immunizations

AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn talks about the AAFP's role in writing a new House bill to boost vaccine confidence, in part by recognizing the importance of the physician-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200901itt-vaccinebill.html

Retail Telehealth Isn’t the Call Policymakers Should Answer

A new report issued by the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy misses the mark, writes AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200915itt-telehealth.html

Roundtable Shows How to Square Off for Family Medicine

The Academy's all-virtual State Legislative Conference kicked off with a strong session recognizing big wins from three chapters -- and showing how these victories can be reproduced elsewhere.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201001itt-slcroundtable.html

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

On the eve of what should be rebalanced Medicare reimbursement, we’re working to keep your much-needed raise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201013itt-mpfs.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

Full Steam Ahead on Academy's Health IT Innovation Project

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., offers an update on an Academy initiative that aims to develop health IT tools that are more useful and less burdensome than current products.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190806lv-healthit.html

Try These Tips to Overcome Flu Vaccine Hesitancy

During what is shaping up to be a severe flu season, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on vaccinating reluctant patients in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200109lv-fluvacc.html

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

Advocacy, Social Determinants Must Be Part of Physician Training

Family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians should not only be trained to screen patients for the social determinants of health, but should also know how to advocate for their patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200214lv-advocacytraining.html

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