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COVID-19 Shows What Is Truly Valuable in Health Care

The financial burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on family physicians must be addressed as a threat to the very foundation of the U.S. health care system, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200423lv-familymedicinevalue.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

COVID-19: Lessons Learned So Far

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers three key observations on family medicine and the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200428itt-covidlessons.html

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

COVID-19: Two Sides of the Looking Glass

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., relates the complex experience of being both a physician treating patients who are COVID-19-positive and a relative of a patient with COVID-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200527fp-lookingglass.html

CPC+ Holds Plenty of Potential for FPs

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

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

CPC+ Laying Groundwork for Value-based Payment

Nearly 3,000 primary care practices and 50 payers in more than a dozen states and regions are participating in a pilot that aims to deliver better care for patients and better pay for practices.

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

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

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

Creating A Medical Home is About Improvement, Not Checking Boxes

The process to become a recognized medical home should be focused on practice and performance improvement rather than completing a check list for a third-party company. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin has more.

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

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

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

Crunch Time for Congress: Key Health Issues Unresolved

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

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

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

Culture Shock: Practice Transitions Impact Our Loved Ones

Culture Shock: Practice Transitions Impact Our Loved Ones

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

Curbing Childhood Obesity Requires Moving Beyond the Exam Room

Curbing Childhood Obesity Requires Moving Beyond the Exam Room

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

Curious About the ABFM Pilot? Here's My Experience So Far

Family physicians have long clamored for an alternative to the high-stakes continuing certification exam. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., offers her perspective on the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190304lv-fmcla.html

Cut the Jargon and Let Patients Hear What You're Saying

Cut the Jargon and Let Patients Hear What You're Saying

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

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

Dear Payers: Unnecessary Visits Waste Patients' Time

Dear Payers: Unnecessary Visits Waste Patients' Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dedicated Medical Students Drawing Peers to Family Medicine

Dedicated Medical Students Drawing Peers to Family Medicine

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

Dedication to Lifelong Learning Reflects Specialty's Heritage

Dedication to Lifelong Learning Reflects Specialty's Heritage

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

Delaying Visa Approvals Would Harm Medical Training, Patients

As a new training year approaches, many international medical graduates are waiting for H1-B visa approvals. The AAFP and others have been pressing the administration to expedite the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180619lv-visaapproval.html

Delegates to Debate Policy, Select Academy Leaders

Delegates to Debate Policy, Select Academy Leaders

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

Delivering an Important Message for Family Medicine

Delivering an Important Message for Family Medicine

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

Democrats Hear AAFP's Message About Health Care

Democrats Hear AAFP's Message About Health Care

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

Despite Flaws, Potential Vast for Health IT

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

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

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

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

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

Digging Out of Medical School Debt

Digging Out of Medical School Debt

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

Digital Media: It's Here to Stay, and That's a Good Thing

Digital Media: It's Here to Stay, and That's a Good Thing

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

Direct Primary Care Doc Sets Record Straight

Direct Primary Care Doc Sets Record Straight

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

Direct Primary Care Is a Sensible Workforce Solution

John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to misconceptions, the direct primary care model is an ideal strategy to ensure our nation has a robust family medicine physician workforce in the long run.

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

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

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

Discovering a Brave New World of Medical Scribing

Discovering a Brave New World of Medical Scribing

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/discovering_a_brave_new_world1.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

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.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

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

Do No Harm: When Is a Physician Too Sick to Work?

Do No Harm: When Is a Physician Too Sick to Work?

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

Do Your Patients Know How Health Care Reform Will Affect Them?

Do Your Patients Know How Health Care Reform Will Affect Them?

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

Docs Seeking Strong Connection to Patients Could Find it in Rural Practice

Docs Seeking Strong Connection to Patients Could Find it in Rural Practice

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

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

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

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