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Now's the Time: Speak Out to Support Primary Care

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights two primary care issues being debated by Congress and explains how you can help them advance.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190625itt-hcbills.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

Mentoring Is Key to Expanding Primary Care Pipeline

Reaching family medicine's ambitious workforce goals will take creativity and collaboration. Dennis Gingrich, M.D., offers an example that has made a difference in Pennsylvania.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190619lv25x30.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190611itt-singleissue.html

FPs Should Lead: Thoughts on an Executive Career Path

James Ellzy, M.D., writes that health care could use more family physicians in executive roles. He offers tips for those interested in administration.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190611lv-physicianexecs.html

FPs Steer the AAFP With Plenty of Ways to Influence Course

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., explains how AAFP policy is set by members who represent a wide scope of opinions about the best ways to advance family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190605lv-governance.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

Weight of New 'M.D.' Carries Rewarding Responsibility

Newly graduated family physician Chandler Stisher, M.D., M.P.H., reflects on what the two new letters after his name mean for him, his patients and his community.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190529lv-graduation.html

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

A new coalition co-founded by the Academy aims to realign the incentives and design of health care, writes AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190528itt-consumersfirst.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

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

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190514itt-singlepayer.html

New Primer Lays Out AAFP Approach to Health Care Reform

A new resource from the AAFP explains how the Academy will work to ensure that the voice of family medicine helps shape the future of health care in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190514lv-healthcareform.html

Why Is Compassion So Important? Just Ask This Patient

Family physicians know all about giving their patients compassionate care. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares the story of what happened when an ER team missed the mark.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190507lv-ervisit.html

Your Patient Is Crying. What Do You Do?

What can you offer a crying patient besides a tissue? In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., discusses why patients cry, why it sometimes helps and how to react.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190506fp-crying.html

CMS Heeds AAFP Advice on New Payment Models

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the Primary Cares Initiative that CMS launched last week.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190430itt-primarycares.html

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190430fp-keeplearning.html

How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Patients trying to recover from substance use disorders face numerous obstacles. Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190422fp-secondchance.html

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.html

Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190417lv-satisfaction.html

Surveys: Physician Salaries Are Increasing, Burnout Persists

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in the latest In the Trenches blog post that findings from a pair of Medscape surveys on compensation and burnout offer a mix of good and bad news.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190416itt-docsurveys.html

You Don't Need a Title to Lead

As the AAFP's signature leadership development events approach, Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., reflects on his own leadership path in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190415fp-leadership.html

Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

Whether you call it physician burnout or moral injury, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that volunteering is one of her strategies for preventing the condition.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190408lv-volunteer.html

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