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I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles

Patients need doctors, but some need more help to achieve better health. Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes about the dramatic difference a community health worker has made in her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180917fp-commhealth.html

I Matched! And It's Good News All Around

I Matched! And It's Good News All Around

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

I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?

Barriers abound when rural patients are referred to subspecialty care. Kimberly Becher, M.D., says a new trend is making it even more challenging.

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

I'm Invited to a Patient's Wedding; Should I Save the Date?

How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians face when deciding the right thing to do.

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

I'm listening

I'm listening

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

I'm Standing Up for Direct Primary Care

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., knows legislators won't significantly improve our health care system on their own. Success requires persistent grassroots advocacy, and family physicians need to be a part of that.

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

I'm Still Listening; So What Do You Have to Say?

I'm Still Listening; So What Do You Have to Say?

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

ICD-10 Is Inevitable. Be Ready.

With the clock ticking down to the 2015 rollout of ICD-10, family physicians are preparing themselves and their practice staff for the transition. Identifying resources to help smooth the transition, the need for end-to-end testing, and role of family physicians in preventing ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/icd_10_is_inevitable_be.html

If Payers Could Reduce Administrative Burden, 'That'd Be Great'

In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to reduce administrative requirements and physician burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20171024.html

If We Fail to Recognize Our Own Bias, We Fail Patients

If We Fail to Recognize Our Own Bias, We Fail Patients

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

Implementation Begins on Family Medicine for America's Health

Implementation Begins on Family Medicine for America's Health

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

In an Emergency, Family Physicians Have it Covered

In an Emergency, Family Physicians Have it Covered

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

In Business -- Including Health Care -- Someone Has To Pay

A group of physicians recently spoke out about their institution's aggressive collections tactics. Allison Edwards, M.D., asks in this Fresh Perspectives post whether anyone will follow their lead in standing up for patients regarding skyrocketing costs in the U.S. health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191209fp-collections.html

In Defense of Reproductive Health Care

Starting Jan. 1, employers can refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception. Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., points out that partisan arguments about birth control overlook the fact that women use these medications for many other conditions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171117fp-contraception.html

In Face of Broken Health Care System, I Choose Happiness

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the health care system presents physicians with repeated betrayals of purpose, but patient relationships -- and the right mindset -- can replenish our emotional drives.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180423fp-happiness.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

In the Trenches | AAFP

Updates on public and private sector advocacy and practice enhancement efforts

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

In Wake of Disaster, Family Physicians Can Help

Our nation has been hit by a recent flurry of terrifying events. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help patients cope in the aftermath.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171107fp-trauma.html

Inaction by Congress Jeopardizes Kids' Health

Inaction by Congress has put the Children's Health Insurance Program and a handful of other vital health care programs in jeopardy. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171107itt-chip.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

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

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

Initiatives Highlight Family Medicine as Top Choice for Students

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

Inside the Affordable Care Act: One Patient's Story

Inside the Affordable Care Act: One Patient's Story

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

Insurance Hurdles Add Challenge to Treating Pain

Insurance Hurdles Add Challenge to Treating Pain

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

Into the Woods: Top Tips for Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness medicine training can prepare you for a journey into the woods. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that it also can help in any situation where you have to improvise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180605fp-wilderness.html

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

Is Anybody Out There? Tell Us What You Think

Is Anybody Out There? Tell Us What You Think

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

Is Direct Primary Care Right for You?

Is Direct Primary Care Right for You?

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

Is Your Stethoscope Making Patients Sick?

Is Your Stethoscope Making Patients Sick?

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

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

It Takes a Village: Become a Breastfeeding Advocate

It Takes a Village: Become a Breastfeeding Advocate

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

It's Complicated: What We Wish Legislators Knew About Health Care

Health care truly is complicated. We asked our new physician bloggers what policymakers need to understand if they're going to help create a better system.

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

It's Humbling to Be Reminded How Much There Is to Know

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a moment of self-doubt provided motivation for her to learn more and do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190430fp-keeplearning.html

It's Not Only OK to Be Vulnerable, It's Necessary

Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is difficult, it opens doors to learning and opportunities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200205lv-vulnerability.html

It's OK to Ask for Help

It's OK to Ask for Help

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

It's Simple: Primary Care Equals Better Care Overall

It's Simple: Primary Care Equals Better Care Overall

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

It's Still the Prices, Stupid

High drug prices are driving dramatic increases in health care costs. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how HHS and the AAFP are responding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180717itt_drugs.html

It's Time to Rethink Who Should Be Eligible to Lead ACOs

CMS recently published a proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has a recommendation for CMS: Require that all ACOs be led by physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180925itt-acos.html

It's Your Future: Don't Let Others Thwart Your Ambitions

Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that she first encountered racism when her elementary school teacher told her she couldn't become a doctor.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200617lv-ambition.html

It’s Time to Revolutionize GME -- Not Simply Reform It

Family physicians from across the nation will gather this week in Washington, D.C., for the AAFP’s 2015 Family Medicine Congressional Conference. One of the key issues up for discussion is the need to change our nation's graduate medical education system.

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

Jumping Through Hoops Wastes My Time, Worsens Outcomes

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that insurance denials seem to be increasingly more common -- and, unfortunately, more absurd.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180305fp-denials.html

Just the Facts: Can Patient Education Help in Obesity Crisis?

Physicians may feel like they're losing the battle against obesity. Can patient education reduce the problem?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171120lv-patiented.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

Keeping a Promise to Share What I Know

Keeping a Promise to Share What I Know

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

Keeping It Real: Preceptorship Exposes Students to Importance of Rural Family Medicine

Keeping It Real: Preceptorship Exposes Students to Importance of Rural Family Medicine

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

Key Issues Face Congress Before Summer Recess

Congress has a lot of work to do before its summer recess and the mid-term election. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at some key health care issues legislators must address this summer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180605ITT_recess.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

Know Yourself, Do Your Homework to Make Perfect Match

With less than three months left before the National Resident Matching Program's rank order list deadline, Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers students advice on the interview process in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171128lv-matchadvice.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

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