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COVID-19 Vaccines: New Tools Help You Educate Patients

Family physicians can use several new resources from the AAFP to educate patients about COVID-19 vaccines, combat misinformation and increase vaccination levels. AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the new A Word From the President blog how these tools may help end the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20210513wfp-covidvaccine.html

Moving in the Right Direction on Menthol

A proposed federal ban on menthol and other cigarette flavors is a big win for AAFP advocacy - and essential to achieving health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210512itt-menthol.html

A Word From the President

Blog updates from the AAFP president covering timely topics for Academy members

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident.html

Share Your Burden of Grief and Find Joy on the Other Side

Like so many physicians, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., has experienced grief on an unprecedented scale this past year. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she shares how she has come to acknowledge her grief and use it to begin healing.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210504fp-grieffollowup.html

Let’s Achieve Health Equity by Teaching Future FPs

Shoba Belegundu, M.D., writes that a key to addressing health disparities is graduating physicians with the ability to address the social determinants of health and the skills to advocate for health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210429fp-equity.html

Log In, Fight for Family Medicine, Log Off

This is the last week to register for the AAFP’s all-virtual 2021 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, which will be held May 18-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210427itt-fmas.html

Stop Talking About Physician Well-being; Work to Change It

The heightened stress we physicians experience as we continue to care for patients during the pandemic despite the risks amplifies the need to preserve our emotional and mental health, but it also highlights failings in our health care system. In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20210416fl-mentalillness.html

Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, AAFP Health Equity Fellow Brittney Anderson, M.D., explores why there are disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Black community.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210415fp-vacchesitancy.html

A Maternal Health Breakthrough and a PCF Model Update

CMS has given Illinois the go-ahead for 12 months’ postpartum Medicaid coverage, reflecting an AAFP advocacy goal.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210413itt-maternalhealth.html

Strengthening the ACA Starts With Payment Parity

ACA, parity, Medicaid

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210331itt-kapca.html

Answering Your Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Patients and members have questions about COVID-19 vaccination related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Danielle Carter, M.D., has answers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210330lv-vaccspregnancy.html

Six Ways to Practice Family Medicine

With Match Day approaching, we asked our new physician bloggers to share how they practice family medicine and what they enjoy about their respective niches. Their answers offer a glimpse at the breadth of the specialty.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210318fp-match.html

Our Advocacy Is Building Momentum for Primary Care

From passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to a welcome increase in Medicare payment for the COVID-19 vaccines, the AAFP is charting big family medicine wins.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210318itt-arpa.html

Match QandA: ‘Bring It On’

Cindy Ciccotelli, the student member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and her resident counterpart Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., share their thoughts - and hopes - regarding this year’s virtual Match.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210317lv-match.html

Being an FP Means Always Stretching Your Scope, Knowledge

In this Fresh Perspectives post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., recounts her experiences learning about and providing gender-affirming care at a federally qualified health center.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210316fpgendercare.html

Patient Care During COVID Shouldn’t Imperil Your Well-being

Rural family physician Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that one of the lessons she’s learned during the pandemic is to hold yourself harmless from the faults and foibles of your patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210309fp-covid-pwb.html

Lose-Lose: Noncompete Agreements Hurt Doctors and Patients

Restrictive covenants, also known as noncompete agreements, represent a unique piece of contract architecture that exists in many business fields and may have merit in certain circumstances. When applied to medical practice, however, these agreements can be particularly harmful. Read ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210303fp-noncompete.html

Blitzing for Family Medicine

The AAFP’s president and Board last week made an intensive lobbying push in a series of virtual advocacy meetings with congressional members and staff.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210302itt-lobbying.html

Uncertainty and Hope: A COVID-19 Update From Rural America

As vaccination rolls out and health care teams continue banding together in videoconferences and other collaboration, Jen Brull, M.D., sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210225lv-ruralcovid.html

It’s Time to Double Down on Payment Parity

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgent need for Medicaid primary care payment to be at least equal to the Medicare rate. Parity is also how we ensure a more robust pipeline.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210217itt-parity.html

Primary Care Physicians Should Play Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

It is critical that state and federal authorities do more to engage primary care physicians to help the United States reach the necessary COVID-19 vaccination rate.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210205lv-covidvacc.html

Executive Orders Bring Wins for Family Medicine

The AAFP sees its advocacy rewarded in several of President Biden’s recent executive orders.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210204itt-execorders.html

Tips From the Virtual Interview Trail

Virtual residency interviews may remain part of the Match process beyond the pandemic. Fourth-year student Cynthia Ciccotelli offers future applicants her insights.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210127lv-virtualinterview.html

Encouraging Signs in Washington for Family Medicine

There’s reason to hope that the incoming administration is ready to recognize primary care’s importance as it works to improve vaccination efforts and health care policy as a whole.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210121itt-newadministration.html

Black Physician’s COVID Death Underscores Health Disparities

Family physician Susan Moore, M.D., alleged she received unequal care for COVID-19 because she was Black. Less than two weeks later, she was dead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210115lv-coviddisparities.html

Black Physician’s COVID Death Underscores Health Disparities

Family physician Susan Moore, M.D., alleged she received unequal care for COVID-19 because she was Black. Less than two weeks later, she was dead.

AAFP News : A Word From the President : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20210115lv-coviddisparities.html

Waking Up in 2021

As a new year begins, AAFP Board chair Gary LeRoy, M.D., outlines the Academy’s priorities for 2021.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210112lv-2021.html

Don’t Return to Your Silo

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that COVID-19 has broken down silos in health care, and the collaborative approach should continue after the pandemic ends.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210107fp-silos.html

New Year, New Paradigm(s)

President-elect Biden says it’s going to take patience, persistence and determination to beat this virus. It’s also going to take primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210106itt-newyear.html

Who Inspired You to Go to Med School?

Medical school applications are surging as young people draw inspiration from physicians during the pandemic. Accordingly, we asked our new physician bloggers who inspired them to become doctors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201223fp-inspiration.html

Anorexia In the Time of COVID

Disordered eating has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., offers an example of virtual visits and team-based care that’s making a difference.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201217fp-anorexia.html

The (Micro) Economics of Health

In the latest blog installment on his pursuit of a master’s degree in public health, Stewart Decker, M.D., explains how microeconomics affects the way patients and politicians take physicians’ advice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201210fp-mph6.html

Budget Neutrality, Not Primary Care, Is Subspecialties’ Enemy

The 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule increases E/M payment as planned on Jan. 1, but Congress is weighing action that puts your long-overdue raise at risk.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201208itt-mpfs.html

Telemedicine II: What We’ve Learned So Far

This spring our new physician bloggers told us about their experiences with implementing telemedicine. Several months later, we asked for an update regarding their lessons learned.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201203fp-telehealth.html

Correcting CMS’ Suggested Correction for Value-based Systems

Here’s what CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s recent op-ed gets wrong about accountable care organizations and value-based models.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201124itt-vbs.html

A Model for Connecting Primary Care in COVID-19 Era

Kyle Leggott, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Colorado explain in the Fresh Perspectives blog how their state is using Project ECHO to share information primary care practices need to navigate the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201118fp-echo.html

U.S. Must Work to Improve Maternal Mortality Rate

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that a physician’s recent death due to complications from pregnancy is a grim reminder that the United States must do more to address maternal mortality.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20201112lv-maternalmortality.html

U.S. Must Work to Improve Maternal Mortality Rate

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that a physician’s recent death due to complications from pregnancy is a grim reminder that the United States must do more to address maternal mortality.

AAFP News : A Word From the President : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20201112lv-maternalmortality.html

Rallying My Community to Fight COVID-19, Inequity

When faculty at the Duke University School of Medicine recognized the disproportionate toll COVID-19 was taking on North Carolina’s Hispanic population, they mobilized stakeholders to address the inequity.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20201111fl-latin19.html

FPs in Advocacy Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the key to getting involved in public health is identifying the people who are working on issues you care about and offering your expertise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201104fp-smokeadvocacy.html

Pregnancy Taught Me How to ‘Lean Out’

In the midst of a difficult pregnancy, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes that female physicians don’t always address their own needs, and she shares her personal story.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201029fp-leanout.html

We’re a Broken Record — And We’ll Keep Playing Louder

Whatever happens Nov. 3, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes that primary care needs Congress to take important action before year’s end.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201029itt-punchlist.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

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.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AAFP News : A Word From the President : Blogs

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

Fighting the Nuclear Defense

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

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

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

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

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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

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