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Help Patients Know Their HIV Status

An estimated 15 percent of Americans living with HIV infection are unaware of it. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that World AIDS Day offers a reminder to help patients know their status.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181127lv-hivstatus.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

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.

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

Help Wanted: Swelling Med School Enrollments Boost Need for Preceptors

Help Wanted: Swelling Med School Enrollments Boost Need for Preceptors

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

Helping Hands: Count on Colleagues' Support During Transitions

Helping Hands: Count on Colleagues' Support During Transitions

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

Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

Whether you call it physician burnout or moral injury, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that volunteering is one of her strategies for preventing the condition.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190408lv-volunteer.html

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190806fp-weightloss.html

Henley_announcement.pdf

...April 23, 2019 Dear Colleagues, I am writing today to let you know that Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, and Executive Vice President and CEO for the AAFP since 2000, has notified the Board of Directors of his intention to leave his role with the Academy next year. Doug’s last day as our...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/Henley_announcement.pdf

Here to Help: Launching Free Clinic Is Culmination of a Dream

Here to Help: Launching Free Clinic Is Culmination of a Dream

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

Here We Go Again: GOP Attempting ACA Repeal

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survived four Senate votes regarding repeal and replacement in July, but Senate Republicans are set to try again this week. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what's at stake.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20170926.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

Here's My Number, Call Me (Maybe)

Here's My Number, Call Me (Maybe)

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

Here's What You Need to Know About Primary Care First

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes key points of the new Primary Care First program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191112itt-PCF.html

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.html

Here's Why New Physicians Should Care About Global Health

Here's Why New Physicians Should Care About Global Health

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

HHS Program Offers Free Practice Transformation Support

The Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative will bring free practice improvement support, coaching, and training to more than 140,000 clinicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the initiative's Practice Transformation ...

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

High Costs (and Profits) of Prescription Drugs Make Me Sick

High Costs (and Profits) of Prescription Drugs Make Me Sick

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

High Deductibles: Out-of-Pocket Shouldn't Mean Empty Pockets

High Deductibles: Out-of-Pocket Shouldn't Mean Empty Pockets

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

High-deductible Plans Give 'Prevention' a New Meaning

Robert Raspa, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that high-deductible plans are causing patients to delay needed care, which leads to more costly urgent care later.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190401lv-hdhp.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

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

Hit the Pause Button on Meaningful Use

A bill has been introduced in Congress that includes many of the changes the AAFP has advocated for regarding the Meaningful Use program. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the need for change, the proposed legislation, and how ...

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

Hitting the Road to Hear Your Stories, Find Solutions

New AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., says in this Leader Voices Blog post that he is eager to meet fellow Academy members where they are, hear their stories and work together to find solutions to the problems they face.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190925lv-leroylistening.html

Holding People Sacred in Time of Loss

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she is praying for dying patients and crying with her nurses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200504fp-covidsacred.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.

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

Home Grown: South Carolina Schools Work Together to Address Primary Care Shortage

Home Grown: South Carolina Schools Work Together to Address Primary Care Shortage

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

Home Sweet Medical Home

Home Sweet Medical Home

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

Hospice Experience Can be Rewarding

Hospice Experience Can be Rewarding

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

Hospital Shooting Raises Questions About Safety, Mental Health

Are physicians safe at work? Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center residency graduate Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on the recent shooting at his training program site.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170714fp-shooting.html

House Calls Improve Care, Lower Costs

House Calls Improve Care, Lower Costs

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

House Calls: What to Do When Your Patients Are Snowed In

House Calls: What to Do When Your Patients Are Snowed In

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

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Through words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., illustrates how the Graham-Cassidy bill currently under consideration in the Senate could make health care worse.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170925fp-grahamcassidy.html

How a Rotation Far From Home Helped Me Appreciate Community

Medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., writes that his rotation at the Northern Navajo Medical Center helped him see another aspect of the heart of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180123lv-rotation.html

How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?

How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?

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

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170821fp-race.html

How Do We Talk About the Worst-case Scenario?

Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Allison Edwards, M.D., ponders the best way to broach the subject of end-of-life care with a relatively young patient panel in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200520fp-endoflife.html

How Do You Deal With the Trauma? VT and Me

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., suffered vicarious trauma while repeatedly caring for patients who had experienced violence. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she writes about identifying it and seeking support.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190312fp-vicarioustrauma.html

How Family Medicine Upstaged Ben Affleck

How Family Medicine Upstaged Ben Affleck

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

How Family Physicians Can Help Solve the SGR Issue

How Family Physicians Can Help Solve the SGR Issue

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

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

How Long Should It Take to Train a Family Physician?

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

How Many Chances Should We Give Patients? It Depends

Patients trying to recover from substance use disorders face numerous obstacles. Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines how family physicians can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190422fp-secondchance.html

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191126fp-cost.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

How to Maximize Your AAFP Membership

How to Maximize Your AAFP Membership

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

Humana Support for Primary Care Is Encouraging

Humana Support for Primary Care Is Encouraging

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

I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

Late last year, Kimberly Becher, M.D., reached a point where she thought the only thing in life she was doing well was patient care. She had to make changes at work and home to fight off burnout.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170724fpbounceback.html

I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

...I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170724fpbounceback0.html

I Filled My Prescription Against Burnout at the Gym

Getting in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is key to treating burnout. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes that she did all three at her local gym.

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

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

New physician Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., relates in words and spare drawings why some of the advice she was taught to give doesn't apply to the patients she is expected to help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170814fp-unlearning.html

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