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Burnout by Numbers

Recent surveys and studies paint a bleak landscape regarding physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In The Trenches blog post that the continued shortcomings of electronic health records are the prime driver.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200121itt-ehr.html

The 30 Year Lie: How Physician Payment Inequities Began

The discrepancies between payment levels and cost values for primary care compared to surgical procedures have been recognized for decades. AAFP Senior VP Shawn Martin examines the missteps that led us to this point in this In the Trenches post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200218itt-paymenthistory.html

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

Being a Family Physician Requires 'Courageous' Commitment

Aroha? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Gary LeRoy, M.D., describes the courage and commitment needed to succeed in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180103lv-aroha.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

Congress' Inaction Threatens Family Medicine Training

The future of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program -- and more than 700 residency slots -- is unclear because Congress has failed to address long-term funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180129lv-thcgme.html

A Right Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Some physicians remain reluctant to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted therapy. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., refutes two common arguments against the practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180209lv-opioidsmat.html

Burnout Part 2: Adopting a Systems Approach to Prevention

Carl Olden, M.D., examines methods to approach physician burnout and resilience from the perspectives of the small practice, the multispecialty group and hospital medical staff.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180219lv-burnout.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

Congress Needs to Hear From FPs -- Here's Your Chance

AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., reports from Capitol Hill, where the Academy's Board of Directors recently had dozens of meetings with legislators and congressional staff.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180302lv-hillvisits.html

Make Our Voices Heard on Continuing Board Certification

AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., provided comments at a recent hearing about continuing board certification. He urges family physicians to do the same in a survey from the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180417lv-abms.html

For Your Patients' Sake, Prepare Yourself for PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis significantly lowers the odds of getting HIV from sex and injectable drug use, but Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too few physicians are prescribing it. A session at the Family Medicine Experience can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180510lv-prep.html

Our Patients Want -- and Need -- To Be Heard

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that advancing technology and a growing emphasis on the business of health care are straining the patient-physician relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180518lv-hearpatient.html

What a Patient Taught Me About Subtleties of Communication

Recent medical school graduate John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that spending a day with one chronic pain patient taught him an important lesson about communication.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180529lv-communication.html

AAFP Board Accepts Recommendations on Continuing Certification

The AAFP Board recently approved recommendations by the Academy's task force on continuing board certification. John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that the recommendations include providing guidance on how to evaluate alternative certifying organizations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180508lv-boardcert.html

Delaying Visa Approvals Would Harm Medical Training, Patients

As a new training year approaches, many international medical graduates are waiting for H1-B visa approvals. The AAFP and others have been pressing the administration to expedite the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180619lv-visaapproval.html

AMA House of Delegates Weighs In on Health Equity

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., reports from the recent annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, which took several actions related to health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180702amahod.html

Team-based Care Needs Greater Support

Intern John Heafner, M.D., M.P.H., writes that students and residents understand the value of learning and working in a team-based model. He says payers need to follow suit.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180813lv-teamcare.html

Don't Forget Why You Chose Medicine in the First Place

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes that remembering why you chose a career in medicine can be as important as how you go about pursuing that career.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180904lv-yourwhy.html

AAFP, Others Drive Home Opioid Message on Capitol Hill

Leaders from the AAFP and five other physician organizations converged on Capitol Hill June 18 to advocate for solutions to the nation's opioid crisis. Michael Munger, M.D., gives more details in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180622lv-opioidvisits.html

Why I'm Building a Solo Practice -- Again

More than 30 years into practice, Erica Swegler, M.D., explains in this Leader Voices Blog post why she decided to buck current employment trends and go back to her roots as a solo family physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180925lv-solopractice.html

FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis

Many rural communities are losing access to maternity care. AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that his rural Alaska community offers proof that family physicians can fill that void.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181010lv-obdeserts.html

Embrace Change and Tech to Shape Our Future

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., ponders the future of family medicine, including the Academy's new informatics technology initiative.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181107lv-change.html

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

We're Making Progress on the Issues That Matter to FPs

As his term comes to an end, Michael Munger, M.D., reflects in this Leader Voices Blog post on his year as AAFP president and ponders the challenges that remain for family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181008lv-mungerfinale.html

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