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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decision 2020: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Health Care?

Kyle Leggott, M.D., examines where the presidential candidates stand on health care issues and how their visions align with AAFP policy.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201021fp-candidates.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We're Making Progress on the Issues That Matter to FPs

As his term comes to an end, Michael Munger, M.D., reflects in this Leader Voices Blog post on his year as AAFP president and ponders the challenges that remain for family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181008lv-mungerfinale.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

Despite Challenges, Virtual Match Can Bring Positive Change

Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that a virtual Match process will present challenges as well as opportunities for both medical students and residency programs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200717lv-virtualmatch.html

History Has Its Eyes on Us During This Crisis

Inspired by a recent viewing of the musical Hamilton, Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too many Americans are still waiting to be treated equally, and the AAFP is working to address inequities in health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200716lv-hamilton.html

Your Patient Wants a Second Opinion? It's Not Personal

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes that her own experience as a patient offered a humbling reminder not take it personally when a patient asks for a second opinion.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200728lv-secondopinion.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

FPs Adept at Beating the Grind ‘Dog Days’ of Pandemic Bring

Steven Furr, M.D., explains in this Leader Voices Blog post how his rural community's early actions protected its most vulnerable population during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200817lv-ruralcovid.html

It Has Been an Honor to Serve

As his term as AAFP Board chair winds down, John Cullen, M.D., reflects on leading during a crisis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201013lv-cullenfarewell.html

Help Kids Catch Up After Delays in Care

As schools begin to reopen, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on how to catch kids up on vaccines after potential delays in preventive care from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200826lv-backtoschool.html

Actor's Death Offers Opening to Educate Patients on CRC Screening

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman offers an opportunity to educate patients about the need for colorectal cancer screening.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200923lv-crcscreening.html

Family Medicine Has Risen to Challenge of COVID-19

Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on his year as AAFP president, including the rapid response to the pandemic by the Academy and its members.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201014lv-leroyreflect.html

Flu Shots and COVID-19: Gratitude During the Pandemic

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares her experience from a flu shot clinic, writing in the Leader Voices blog that patients may be more interested in the influenza vaccine this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201001lv-flu.html

We Must Ensure New Tech Works for FPs

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., offers an update on the Academy’s EHR project, and urges members to embrace innovation and participate in the development of new technologies.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201016lv-tech.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

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

Navigating Paper Walls, Digital Windows in Pandemic

Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post that masks and other COVID-19 precautions have changed the way he communicates with patients in his rural practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200527fl-ruralcovid.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

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

New Year, Same Issues. Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?

We asked our new physician bloggers what issues concern them for their practices and patients in 2018. The cost of care to patients tops the list.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180102fp-newyear.html

Your Family Medicine Practice Is Whatever You Make It

A new physician survey prompted our bloggers to reflect on their scope of practice and how they've tailored their work to fit the needs of their patients and their own interests.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180116fp-scope.html

What a Load of Goop: Overcoming Misguided Health Advice

Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities are telling your patients to do weird things to their bodies. Here's how to ensure they hear you instead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180130fp-badadvice.html

Let's Start by Treating Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Granted, harm is caused by individuals, not the objects they wield. But even so, treating gun violence as a public health issue could make our society safer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180221fp-gunviolence.html

Two Approaches to Making Your Point With Patients

Class is back in session as M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., shares his insights from a course on persuasive communication.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180417fp-mph.html

Acknowledging -- and Overcoming -- My Own Racial Bias

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., is working on her own racial biases. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she questions why our medical institutions and training programs aren't doing the same.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180430fp-bias.html

Moms Need Support, Not Legislated Medicine

A bill in the California Assembly would mandate postpartum depression screening. Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes that without proper support systems, the proposed legislation won't improve outcomes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180508fp-postpartum.html

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

Outbreak Brings Patients Running for Vaccinations

As a hepatitis A outbreak in her state reaches 150 cases and counting, Kimberly Becher, M.D., wonders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post if media-induced hysteria might actually help overall vaccination rates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180612fp-hepa.html

Drawings From Detention: Assisting Asylum Seekers

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., recently visited the nation's largest family detention center to help asylum seekers. She shares her experience in words and drawings in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180717fp-asylum.html

Rural Locums Provide Balance for Urban Doc

Mixing rural locum tenens shifts with her urban direct primary care practice keeps Allison Edwards, M.D., balanced and allows her to work at the full breadth of her training.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180806fp-locums.html

Employers Must Play Active Role in Burnout Prevention

For the good of patients, physicians and the bottom line, employers have to start doing more to promote physician wellness and prevent burnout, writes Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180814fp-burnoutemployers.html

The Illogical Cost of Care: Why Do We Stand for It?

Allison Edwards, M.D., and colleagues banded together to erase more than $1 million of patients' medical debt. But for others, cost and lack of transparency lead to financial crisis. Learn more in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180821fp-carecost.html

Putting My Broad-scope Training to the Test

Tate Hinkle, M.D., and his primary care colleagues tested the limits of their broad-scope training when a wave of subspecialists left their small, rural community.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180827fp-subspecialists.html

Protect Transgender and Intersex Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., describes the many factors that contribute to gender identity, and she calls for physicians to take a stand in support of their transgender and intersex patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181120fp-transgender.html

Let's Get Drug Pricing Under Control

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that it's high time we find a fix for the drug pricing system that we've grown too accustomed to.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181126fp-drugprices.html

You Hate Your EHR? Help Develop Something Better

Instead of hoping someone will ask physicians about their technology needs, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that doctors should seek out developers looking for new ideas.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181218fp-ehrs.html

Medicaid Expansion Could Be Key to Saving Rural Hospitals

Nearly 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and almost 700 more are considered vulnerable. Tate Hinkle, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that Medicaid expansion could be the key to stopping the trend.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190109fp-ruralhospitals.html

Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.html

Let's Take a Public Health Approach to Climate Change

Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening. M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a public health approach to convincing the rest and addressing the problem.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190218fp-climate.html

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190305fp-maternalmortality.html

Beat the Clock: Why I Chose Direct Primary Care

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that the limitations of the 12-minute patient visits she experienced as a resident inspired her to start her own direct primary care practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190115fp-whydpc.html

Health Startups: Revolutionary or Threat to Primary Care?

Startups based on health care algorithms are rapidly spreading. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., describes a model that allows family physicians to offer the convenience these companies tout while preserving the doctor-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190514fp-appbasedcare.html

Rural FPs Need More Support in Treating Mental Illness

Rural physicians and their patients face significant barriers when it comes to providing mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Tate Hinkle, M.D., suggests strategies to help overcome these problems.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190603fp-mentalhealth.html

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Don't Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that taking the wholesale approach of blaming mass shootings on mental illness stigmatizes patients who have mental health issues and deflects attention from real predictors of such incidents.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190918fp-massshootings.html

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why Refer to social work is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190723fp-homeless.html

Direct Primary Care: A Snapshot

Direct primary care family physician Allison Edwards, M.D., reflects in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on insights from the AAFP's DPC Data Brief and offers a path for the movement to grow thoughtfully.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190820fp-dpcsnapshot.html

How Do You Deal With the Trauma? VT and Me

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., suffered vicarious trauma while repeatedly caring for patients who had experienced violence. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she writes about identifying it and seeking support.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190312fp-vicarioustrauma.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191203fp-screening.html

COVID-19: FP Searches for Supplies, Information and Lessons

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, Allison Edwards, M.D., describes the difficulty and frustration of preparing for the pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200320fp-ppesearch.html

Taking Care of Each Other in This Time of Crisis

Kimberly Becher, M.D., reports in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how she is caring for her rural community amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how that community is supporting her clinic with needed supplies.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200331fp-covidcare.html

Pandemic Highlights the Need for Full-scope FPs

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, family physician MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., describes a day on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in a safety-net hospital.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200406fp-covidhospital.html

Telemedicine: The Good, the Bad, the Pleasantly Surprising

With family physicians transitioning more patient visits to telemedicine during the pandemic, we asked our new physician bloggers to share how they are handling the adjustment in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200414fp-covidtelemedicine.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

Patients Aren't Widgets; Care Shouldn't Be Volume-based

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that treating patients like assembly line products -- and judging physicians by their productivity -- isn't good for anyone.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200205fp-widgets.html

Death of Patient With COVID-19 Was Unlike Any Other

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when a patient of his died of COVID-19, the uncertainty and anxiety shrouding her death made it unlike any other he had ever experienced.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200427fp-coviddeath.html

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