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President's Focus on Precision Medicine Could Be Catalyst for Change

President's Focus on Precision Medicine Could Be Catalyst for Change

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

Preventing the Medicare Payment Cut

Preventing the Medicare Payment Cut

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

Primary Care Benefit Could Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs

The U.S. health care system focuses too much attention on caring for the sick rather than on preventing illness in the first place. Leonard Reeves, M.D., makes that case in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171204lv-sickcare.html

Primary Care Education at Forefront of Obama Budget Proposal

Primary Care Education at Forefront of Obama Budget Proposal

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

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

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

Primary Care Needs Congress' Attention Right Now

Representatives from the AAFP and five other organizations recently met with legislators about vital primary care programs jeopardized by lack of stable funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180112lv-hillvisits.html

Primary Care Physician Shortage Requires Bold Action

Primary Care Physician Shortage Requires Bold Action

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

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

Primary Care: 'A Matter of Priorities'

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

Primary Care: Defending What it Means and What It's Worth

Primary Care: Defending What it Means and What It's Worth

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

Prior Authorization Call Shows Inefficiency, Absurdity of Process

Family physicians waste hours each and every week on prior authorizations. Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., recorded one such call to illustrate the inefficiency of the process.

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

Private Practice Has Its Rewards, Challenges

Private Practice Has Its Rewards, Challenges

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

Private Practice in a Time of Pandemic

In this Leader Voices Blog post, Andrew Carroll, M.D., details how he changed processes and procedures in his practice -- including expanding telehealth -- after COVID-19 spread into his state.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200324lv-pandemic.html

Proposal Brings AAFP Governance Into 21st Century

Proposal Brings AAFP Governance Into 21st Century

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

Proposal Offers Hope for SGR Solution

Proposal Offers Hope for SGR Solution

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

Proposed Changes to QPP: What You Need to Know

In the second post of a two-part analysis, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines proposed changes to the MACRA Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180814itt_feeschedule2.html

Proposed Increase in Medicaid Payments Helps Patients and Docs Both

Proposed Increase in Medicaid Payments Helps Patients and Docs Both

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

Protect Funding for Primary Care Training

Protect Funding for Primary Care Training

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

Protect Transgender and Intersex Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., describes the many factors that contribute to gender identity, and she calls for physicians to take a stand in support of their transgender and intersex patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181120fp-transgender.html

Protecting the Environment, Our Health

April 22 is Earth Day. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the AAFP's nearly 50-year-old policy on climate change and pollution and outlines what the Academy is doing now to protect public health...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180417ITT_earthday.html

Protecting Yourself From Threat of Malpractice Suits

Now that the Senate appears unlikely to take up a tort reform bill passed by the House, Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., highlights information physicians should know to reduce their risks.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170818lv-liability.html

Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

Put the Baseball Bat Down: What the AAFP is Doing to Address EHR Issues

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

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

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

Putting My Broad-scope Training to the Test

Tate Hinkle, M.D., and his primary care colleagues tested the limits of their broad-scope training when a wave of subspecialists left their small, rural community.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180827fp-subspecialists.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

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

Racial Differences in Outcomes Demand Greater Vigilance

Black men are twice as likely as their white peers to die from a first heart attack. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that enhanced education and prevention could change that.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170717lv-heartattack.html

Ready Or Not, ICD-10 is Here

ICD-10 will be implemented this week. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy’s resources related to that change. He also offers an update on a bill intended to reform meaningful use (and how you can help).

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ready_or_not_icd_10.html

Real Action on Administrative Burden Is Long Overdue

The AAFP has been communicating with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about reducing administrative burden, and this week, leaders will address that critical issue on Capitol Hill.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180227lv-adminburden.html

Reality Check: Residents Aren't Prepared to Deal With Patients' Financial, Coverage Limits

Reality Check: Residents Aren't Prepared to Deal With Patients' Financial, Coverage Limits

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

Reaping Benefits (and Avoiding Pitfalls) of Social Media

After recent research showed the effect one negative social media post can have on a doctor's credibility, we asked our new physician bloggers how -- and why -- they use social media. This Fresh Perspectives blog post presents their responses.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190710fp-socialmedia.html

Reclaiming Family Medicine's Broad Scope Benefits Everyone

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the debate about family medicine scope of practice shouldn't focus just on midlevel providers, but also on subspecialists.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181009itt-scope.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

Reflecting on 70 Years of Leadership and Innovation

Seventy years ago this month, general practitioners from across the United States joined forces to form a national organization that eventually became the AAFP.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/reflecting_on_70_years_of.html

Reflections on 25 Years of Tar Wars

Reflections on 25 Years of Tar Wars

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/reflections_on_25_years_of.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Reflections on Surviving a Malpractice Case

Reflections on Surviving a Malpractice Case

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

Regional Meetings Offer AAFP Chapters Chance to Share, Learn, Lead

Regional Meetings Offer AAFP Chapters Chance to Share, Learn, Lead

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

Relationships Are a Critical Part of Building Medical Homes

Relationships Are a Critical Part of Building Medical Homes

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

Repairing ACA May be More Likely Than Full Repeal

Repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has proven to be difficult for Congress and the new administration. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that repairing the health care law may be more likely.

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

Repeal and Replace? A Look at American Health Care Act

Efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act advanced last week with the introduction of the American Health Care Act. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what would change under the proposal and what ...

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

Report: Med Schools Can Do More To Combat Racism

A medical student group issued a review of 10 U.S. medical schools' efforts to combat racism. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the schools received passing grades -- along with an admonishment to do more.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180523fp-race.html

Report: PCMH Improves Quality, Reduces Cost

A recently published report found that advanced primary care practices built on the principles of the patient-centered medical home improve quality and reduce the cost of health care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.

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

Residencies Face Barriers to Teaching PCMH

Residencies Face Barriers to Teaching PCMH

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

Residency Grad Thanks His Best Teachers -- His Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, recent graduate Kyle Leggott, M.D., reflects on one of the most difficult tasks of his residency training: saying goodbye to his patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190812fp-thankpatients.html

Residents Can Attest to Demand for FPs

Residents Can Attest to Demand for FPs

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

Resources Help FPs Clear New Hurdles Posed by COVID-19

Dennis Gingrich writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the COVID-19 pandemic is straining family physicians' ingrained abilities to multitask, but he highlights numerous resources from the AAFP and others that can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200407lv-multitaskresources.html

Respect, Support Moms' Breastfeeding Decisions

Respect, Support Moms' Breastfeeding Decisions

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

Reviewing a Strange, Historic Week in Washington

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived yet another repeal effort, and an HHS secretary was ousted. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the strange final week of September (and relates how you can help with ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171010.html

Right Thing to Do: Making the Case for Drug Pricing Transparency

Vermont recently became the first state to require drug manufacturers to justify large price increases. Will any other states -- or the federal government -- follow?

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

Robert Graham Center Is Vital Tool for Family Medicine

The Robert Graham Center recently published a report that offers a treasure trove of facts about family medicine. As the center marks its 19th year, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how it works to advance primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180703itt-rgc.html

Royal Pain: Team's Chickenpox Incident Offers Lesson for Patients

Royal Pain: Team's Chickenpox Incident Offers Lesson for Patients

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

RUC's Failings Shouldn't Deter Student Interest in Family Medicine

RUC's Failings Shouldn't Deter Student Interest in Family Medicine

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

Rural Locums Provide Balance for Urban Doc

Mixing rural locum tenens shifts with her urban direct primary care practice keeps Allison Edwards, M.D., balanced and allows her to work at the full breadth of her training.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180806fp-locums.html

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.html

Rural Practice May Pose Challenges, But It's Where I Was Meant to Be

Rural Practice May Pose Challenges, But It's Where I Was Meant to Be

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

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

Only 3 percent of final-year residents are interested in practicing in small towns. AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, makes the case for why they should.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170925lv-ruralmedicine.html

Rural Recruiting, Retention Proves Daunting

Rural Recruiting, Retention Proves Daunting

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

Rx for Success: PBS Film Shines Light on Health Care Triumphs

Rx for Success: PBS Film Shines Light on Health Care Triumphs

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

Safeguard Your Sanity -- and Your Specialty -- With a Bold 'No!'

Safeguard Your Sanity -- and Your Specialty -- With a Bold 'No!'

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

Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

Scientific Assembly Gets High Marks From FPs, But Can We Do Better?

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

Screen for Alcohol Abuse During Holiday Season

The holidays aren't happy for many Americans. Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes that now is an excellent time to screen for alcohol abuse.

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

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

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

Seeing the Diseases Vaccines Prevent Illustrates Importance of Immunizations

Seeing the Diseases Vaccines Prevent Illustrates Importance of Immunizations

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

Seeking Solutions to Gun Violence at the Scene of the Crime

Seeking Solutions to Gun Violence at the Scene of the Crime

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

Self-Evaluation: How Many Stars Do I Rate?

Self-Evaluation: How Many Stars Do I Rate?

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

Senate Committee Hears Importance of Primary Care … And Not Just From AAFP

Senate Committee Hears Importance of Primary Care … And Not Just From AAFP

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

Send Congress a Message: Fix the Medicare Payment System

Send Congress a Message: Fix the Medicare Payment System

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

Sense of Community: CHCs Offer Way to Battle Health Disparities, Social Injustice

Sense of Community: CHCs Offer Way to Battle Health Disparities, Social Injustice

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

SGR Deadline Looms; ACA Faces SCOTUS Challenge

A full repeal and replace bill regarding the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is expected to be considered soon by Congress. With a March 31 deadline approaching to avoid a drastic Medicare payment cut, AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn...

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

SGR Patch Helps, but Medicare Payment Issue Requires Permanent Solution

SGR Patch Helps, but Medicare Payment Issue Requires Permanent Solution

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

SGR: Time to say goodbye to a familiar foe

Medicare will implement the largest and most damaging payment cut in its history in less than 30 days, as a result of the flawed and failed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin details how family physicians can ...

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

Shaping Our Future: Volunteer to Help Drive Specialty Forward

Shaping Our Future: Volunteer to Help Drive Specialty Forward

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

Shaping the Future of Family Medicine

Shaping the Future of Family Medicine

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

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Sharing My Dream -- and a Bathroom, a Kitchen and a Living Room

Sharing My Dream -- and a Bathroom, a Kitchen and a Living Room

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

Shift Health System's Focus From Profit to Prevention

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a single-payer system reserved for primary care would put the focus on keeping people healthy rather than on treating illness.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190221lv-change.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

Should We Reject Unvaccinated Patients?

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

Should We Talk Politics With Patients?

As this year's contentious midterm campaigns draw to a close, Chris Baumert, M.D., ponders how physicians should handle patients' political questions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181105fp-politics.html

Shrinking Scope of Practice Raises Questions About Future of Family Medicine Training

Shrinking Scope of Practice Raises Questions About Future of Family Medicine Training

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

Signs of Primary Care Success

Signs of Primary Care Success

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

Singing the Praises of a Pharma-free Practice

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., explains how and why her practice took steps to eliminate pharmaceutical industry influence in a bid to avoid bias in prescribing.

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

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

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

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

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

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

SNAP Work Requirements Won't Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that roughly 10% of her county's population was already receiving assistance from a local food bank before the federal government finalized a rule that will cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191216fp-snap.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

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

So You've Achieved PCMH Recognition. Now What?

So You've Achieved PCMH Recognition. Now What?

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

Social Justice Inspires Passion in Students, Residents at National Conference

Social Justice Inspires Passion in Students, Residents at National Conference

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

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Sorry, I'm Too Busy for Your Busy Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies.

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

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