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Treating Elderly as Treasures Improves Empathy, Care Quality

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. By the time the last baby boomers reach that age in 2030, 18 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. Unfortunately, some people have difficulties when it comes to providing care for the elderly, whether it is because of the complexity of ...

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

Independent Research Shows Value of AAFP Advocacy

A Washington research firm evaluated the efficacy and impact of the AAFP's advocacy activities. In this In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180306ITT_research.html

AAFP Offering Resources, Support for Small Practices

Solo and small practices often outperform larger practices in evaluations, but the once dominant practice models have seen their numbers decline dramatically. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some resources and ...

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

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and ...

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

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can-and should-do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

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

MACRA Is Coming; the AAFP Has Resources to Help

The AAFP recently launched a campaign to help family physicians prepare for the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key resources that will help you start the process ...

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

Patients on High-deductible Plans Need Primary Care Coverage

Patients with high-deductible health plans often avoid preventive care, leading to higher health care costs down the road. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP policy proposal that would provide such patients with access to ...

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

Teaching Health Centers Key to Solving FP Shortage

Teaching health centers are a hidden gem in graduate medical education. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the training model deserves greater investment to develop more primary care physicians for underserved areas.

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

Don't Forget Puerto Rico -- We Didn't

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a Fort Collins, Colo., family practice created two jobs for displaced workers. John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., shares their stories in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180328lv-puertorico.html

Knowing Patient's Story Improves Odds of Happy Ending

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians must understand a patient's situation, not just his or her chief complaint. The AAFP has resources to help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180403lv-socialdeterminants.html

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.html

AAFP Delivering on Maternity Care Training, Resources

In many rural communities, family physicians are the only maternity care providers. The AAFP provides training and support members need to play this vital role.

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

AAFP to Congress: Primary Care Plays Vital Role in Mental Health

AAFP to Congress: Primary Care Plays Vital Role in Mental Health

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

Advocacy Improves Community Health Far Beyond Exam Room

Advocacy Improves Community Health Far Beyond Exam Room

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

Attention, Students: Six Thoughts Before Submitting Your Rank Order List

Rank order lists are due soon for those participating in the National Resident Matching Program. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a few tips for students still pondering their options.

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

A Changing Climate Threatens Our Health

The health threats posed by climate change are alarming. Given the scope of the problem, everyone could potentially be affected -- and likely, many of us will be.

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

Better Cancer Care Demands That FPs, Oncologists Work Together

AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reports from a cancer symposium that communication between primary care physicians and oncologists is critical for patients' welfare.

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

FamMedPAC to Congress: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

During the 2016 election cycle, FamMedPAC donated more than $1 million to congressional candidates. AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., explains how the PAC will decide where its money goes in 2018.

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

Give Back: Making a Plea for Family Medicine Preceptors

Give Back: Making a Plea for Family Medicine Preceptors

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

Mismatch: Why the Disconnect Between Student Interest and Student Choice?

Mismatch: Why the Disconnect Between Student Interest and Student Choice?

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

No, I'm Not 'Settling' for Family Medicine

Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes that misconceptions about family medicine are toxic for medical students and negatively affect an already inadequate primary care workforce.

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

Nurses Play Vital Role

Nurses Play Vital Role

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

Patient Perspective Vital for Practice Improvement

Patient Perspective Vital for Practice Improvement

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

Keep Calm and Carry On … Being a Family Physician

In this whale of a tale, John Cullen, M.D., writes that there is a moment of intense clarity during an emergency. That's vital for family physicians in remote locations.

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

Thoughts on Empathy Under the Northern Lights

Thoughts on Empathy Under the Northern Lights

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

The Center for the History of Family Medicine: At First, I Didn't Care Either. But Now ...

The Center for the History of Family Medicine: At First, I Didn't Care Either. But Now I Get It

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

Take a Deep Breath, Relax and Trust the Magic of the Match

Match Day is finally upon us. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers four thoughts for students to ponder as they await their results.

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

Two Common-sense Interventions Could Prevent Gun-related Deaths

Gun control is controversial. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that two specific interventions to prevent gun-related violence shouldn't be.

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

Unreasonable Drug Prices Force Patients to Skip Meds

AAFP officers are in Washington this week to address many issues of concern to primary care, including skyrocketing prescription drug prices.

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

Who Will Mentor the Next Generation of Family Doctors?

Nearly half of allopathic family medicine clerkship directors report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes the case for opening your practice to students.

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

What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Patients?

As the partial government shutdown stretched into its fourth week, our new physician bloggers examined how the impasse in Washington, D.C., is affecting their patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190117fp-shutdown.html

30-hour Shifts? Only If It Makes Us Better Physicians

30-hour Shifts? Only If It Makes Us Better Physicians

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/30_hour_shifts_only_if.html

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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

A Food Desert Reveals Much About Health -- and Community

A Food Desert Reveals Much About Health -- and Community

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

Benefits of Rural Practice Make Sacrifices Worthwhile

Benefits of Rural Practice Make Sacrifices Worthwhile

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

Breastfeeding: What Every FP Should Know but Didn't Learn in Med School

Breastfeeding: What Every FP Should Know but Didn't Learn in Med School

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

Can a Sense of Gratitude Make You Happier?

Stressed out? Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that keeping a record of the things that bring you joy could make you healthier and happier.

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

A Primary Care Approach to Curbing Dangerous Teen Trends

A Primary Care Approach to Curbing Dangerous Teen Trends

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

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

Doing My Part to Help Physician Workforce Reflect Diverse Population

When minority physicians treat patients of the same minority group, patient satisfaction often improves and care is more culturally proficient. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of minority doctors in our health care system.

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

Fake Teen Doc Reflects Need for Real Minority Physicians

Fake Teen Doc Reflects Need for Real Minority Physicians

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

Far From the Madding Crowd: Whole-Patient Focus Facilitates Diagnosis

Far From the Madding Crowd: Whole-Patient Focus Facilitates Diagnosis

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

Fewer, Not More, Vaccine Exemptions Needed

Fewer, Not More, Vaccine Exemptions Needed

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

Gallows Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Does physicians' use of so-called gallows humor impact patient care and/or physician burnout? Kyle Jones, M.D., writes that it just might.

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

Getting Engaged: Patient Input Can Spark Improvement

Getting Engaged: Patient Input Can Spark Improvement

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

Girl Power: Moving Toward Balance in Physician Workforce

Women make up more than half of the U.S. population but only about one-third of the physician workforce. However, among the younger generation of physicians, more women are entering the pipeline. In fact, this year marked the largest increase in a decade in the number of women enrolling...

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

FPs May Be Best Advocates for Housing Challenges

FPs May Be Best Advocates for Housing Challenges

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

Give Residents Tools to Turn Tide on Physician Burnout

Give Residents Tools to Turn Tide on Physician Burnout

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

Information Overload: New Gadgets Provide More Data, What Else?

Information Overload: New Gadgets Provide More Data, What Else?

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

In Family Medicine, Sometimes the Hoofbeats Are Zebras

In Family Medicine, Sometimes the Hoofbeats Are Zebras

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

Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

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

Help Patients Trim the Fat Out of Fad Diets

Help Patients Trim the Fat Out of Fad Diets

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

Key to Boosting Access Is Expanding the Pipeline

Key to Boosting Access Is Expanding the Pipeline

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

Mixed Emotions: Reflections on Finishing Residency

Recent graduate Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes that completing residency and saying goodbye to her patients was bittersweet.

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

Practicing Workplace Medicine at the Point of Care

Practicing Workplace Medicine at the Point of Care

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

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

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

Labor of Love: Maternity Care Offers Unique Chance to Partner With Patients

Labor of Love: Maternity Care Offers Unique Chance to Partner With Patients

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

Putting Patients at the Center of My 'Clinic of the Future'

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., wanted more than just a bigger space for his new clinic. He wanted it to help patients feel more comfortable and more engaged.

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

Put the iPad Down: Find Ways to Cut Back on Screen Time

Put the iPad Down: Find Ways to Cut Back on Screen Time

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

Questions About DPC? FMX Sessions Offer Answers

Questions About DPC? FMX Sessions Offer Answers

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

Remember Ebola? How the 24/7 News Cycle Impacts Health Care

Remember Ebola? How the 24/7 News Cycle Impacts Health Care

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/remember_ebola_how_the_24.html

Shutting Rural Labor and Delivery Units Threatens Access, Health

Shutting Rural Labor and Delivery Units Threatens Access, Health

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

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

Six Lessons From Six Months as Medical Director

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

Stay Kind, Stay Connected, Stay Well: Advice for New Residents

As first-year family medicine residents prepare to start their new programs, our new physician bloggers offer the benefit of their experience.

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

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

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

Strength in Numbers: Teamwork Prevails in Face of Disaster

Strength in Numbers: Teamwork Prevails in Face of Disaster

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

So Long, New York, You Were Exactly the Trial This New FP Needed

So Long, New York, You Were Exactly the Trial This New FP Needed

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

Surviving Malpractice: Don't Lose Your Passion for Helping People

Surviving Malpractice: Don't Lose Your Passion for Helping People

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

Team-based Care Aids Response to Pain Crisis

Thousands of patients with chronic pain needed help after several pain clinics in Washington closed this summer. Helen Gray, M.D., writes that a team-based approached, including working with clinical pharmacists and registered nurses who serve as care managers, allowed her practice to ...

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

Up in the Air: Responding to Medical Emergencies at 30,000 Feet

Up in the Air: Responding to Medical Emergencies at 30,000 Feet

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

Why Do Women Docs Get Better Results (and Lower Payment)?

A recent study found that female physicians achieved better outcomes than men. We asked married practice partners Beth Oller, M.D., and Mike Oller, M.D., for their thoughts on gender and medicine.

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

AAFP Showing Strong Support for DPC

The direct primary care model (DPC) is a patient-centered model that eliminates much of the administrative burden associated with modern primary care practice. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights how the Academy is supporting ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_showing_strong_support_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

Family Medicine's Role in Strengthening Public Health

National Public Health Week recently concluded. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the vital link between public health and primary care.

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

I'm Listening: Part II

In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.

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

No Summer Break for AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Summer vacation? Hardly. The AAFP has been tracking and working on a number of important issues, including opioid abuse, mental health, the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and more. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and ...

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

Reducing Administrative Burden a Must

Administrative and regulatory burden is one of the top reasons independent practices close and is a leading cause of physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues, such as prior authorizations, the Academy is...

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

Social Media Campaign Touts Family Medicine

Today, more than 250 family physicians and medical students are on Capitol Hill to talk with their representatives and senators about issues important to family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines ...

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

What You Need to Know About the 2018 QPP Proposed Rule

CMS has released the 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule, which recommends several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model. You could read that 1,058-page document, or you could check out 10 bullet points in this ...

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

ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention

Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor.

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

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

Agents of Change: ACOs Can Reduce Costs, Improve Care, Increase Income

Agents of Change: ACOs Can Reduce Costs, Improve Care, Increase Income

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

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

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

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

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

AAFP Award for Excellence in GME: And the Winners Are …

AAFP Award for Excellence in GME: And the Winners Are …

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

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

Breaking Point Offers Med Students Chance to Grow

Breaking Point Offers Med Students Chance to Grow

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

Building the Family Medicine Pipeline

Building the Family Medicine Pipeline

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/building_the_family_medicine_pipeline1.html

Come On, Grads, Let's Start Cultivating a Healthier World

As Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., begins to put her new degrees to work, she reflects that family physicians are well-positioned to advocate for the health of not only individual patients, but entire communities.

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

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

Colonel's Request is Simple: Ask Patients if They Served in Military

Colonel's Request is Simple: Ask Patients if They Served in Military

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

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

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

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

FP Recommendation Key to Boosting Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

FP Recommendation Key to Boosting Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

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

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

Leaning on My Community for Resilience and Recovery

In the aftermath of two terrible local accidents, resident Stewart Decker, M.D., reflects on the importance of resilience and community.

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

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

Help Students Cut Through the Bull: FPs Are in Demand

Subspecialists in academia have tried to steer students away from primary care for decades. John Cullen, M.D., writes that physician educators need new material because the demand for family medicine isn't going away.

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

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

Holy Toledo! As Bad Ideas Go, Closing Residency Is a Whopper

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that one health care system's decision to shutter a family medicine residency program in his state doesn't make sense for the business or its community.

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

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

Med Students, Schools Must Safeguard Peers' Mental Wellness

Med Students, Schools Must Safeguard Peers' Mental Wellness

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

Meeting With Mentor Underscores Importance of Relationships

A meeting with the mentor who introduced her to family medicine nearly 40 years ago highlighted a week that left Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., feeling like she had been immunized against burnout.

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

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

Men's Health Campaign Offers Opportunity to Tout Family Medicine

A report on men's health the AAFP released on Aug. 9 gave Academy leaders an opportunity to tell the media about the importance of having a family physician. Two AAFP officers conducted interviews with 39 media outlets in less than six hours.

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

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

Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility

Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.

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

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