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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

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