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Telehealth

Dec 20, 2018 - Follow developing payment policies supporting the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communications.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/hit/telehealth.html

Medical Liability -- Legal Issues

Dec 19, 2018 - The AAFP supports the reform of medical liability and litigation regulations that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/liability.html

You Hate Your EHR? Help Develop Something Better

Dec 18, 2018 - Instead of hoping someone will ask physicians about their technology needs, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that doctors should seek out developers looking for new ideas.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181218fp-ehrs.html

Why I Love Working in a Community Health Center

Dec 11, 2018 - Luis Garcia, M.D., spoke with several colleagues who work in community health centers, as he does, about what makes these practices so rewarding for family physicians.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181211fp-chc.html

How to Excel at Access—and Why It Matters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p27.html

Open Payments / Physician Sunshine Act -- Legal Issues

Dec 4, 2018 - The AAFP affirms the need for effective transparency laws like open payments and the Sunshine Act, but advocates for a simplified process that avoids expensive and complicated administration for physicians.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/transparency/sunshine.html

Focus on Decision-makers to Improve Public Health

Nov 29, 2018 - Master of public health candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., shares his insights from a course on campaigning and community organizing.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181129fp-mph3.html

Protect Transgender and Intersex Patients

Nov 20, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

The Votes Were Cast. What Does It Mean for Family Medicine?

Nov 20, 2018 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin sets the stage for an analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and looks at Wall Street's growing interest in health care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181120itt-postelection.html

Physicians Deserve to Be Safe at Work. Are We?

Nov 12, 2018 - The murders of multiple physicians prompted Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., to ponder what physicians, their employers and legislators can do to make health care settings safer. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181112fp-safety.html

Should We Talk Politics With Patients?

Nov 5, 2018 - As this year's contentious midterm campaigns draw to a close, Chris Baumert, M.D., ponders how physicians should handle patients' political questions.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Oct 22, 2018 - Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

A Workforce Without Women? Good Luck, Chuck

Oct 16, 2018 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., responds to recent statements by politicians who questioned women's place in the workforce. Spoiler alert: She's not amused.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181016fp-nowomen.html

Advocating for Our Patients in the #MeToo Era

Oct 9, 2018 - In words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., counters misconceptions regarding sexual violence with truths that she has learned from a clinical practice devoted to helping survivors.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181009fp-sexualassault.html

Gentrification Has Unintended Consequences for Urban Poor

Sep 28, 2018 - Urban redevelopment has dire consequences for the longtime residents and businesses it displaces. Marie Ramas, M.D., addresses gentrification in her final Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180928fp-gentrification.html

POCUS: A Small Tool With Big Benefits for Primary Care

Sep 21, 2018 - Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes that as ultrasound devices get smaller, more powerful and more affordable, they can help reduce costs and improve patient care and safety.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180921fp-pocus.html

Health Care for All: A Framework for Moving to a Primary Care-Based Health Care System ...

Aug 23, 2018 - Learn about AAFP's policy regarding health care for all and moving to a primary care-based health care system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/health-care-for-all.html

I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles

Sep 17, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

A Hiring Manager's Perspective on the Art of Interviewing

Sep 10, 2018 - Are you looking for a job or preparing for residency interviews? Hiring manager Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., tells you what she's looking for when she's interviewing candidates.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180910fp-interviewer.html

Letting Life Take You by Surprise Can Stave Off Burnout

Sep 5, 2018 - Physicians have the highest suicide rate in the nation. Kurt Bravata, M.D., ponders the need to recharge our batteries and reinforce the things that drew us into health care.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180905fp-engage.html

NP Recruiting 2018

Sep 4, 2018 - New Physician AAFP what unites us ignites us

Membership : Campaign Landing Pages

https://www.aafp.org/membership/offer/whatUnites-us-ignitesUs.html

Putting My Broad-scope Training to the Test

Aug 27, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Opportunities, Not Incentives, Drive PCPs to Do Better

Jul 20, 2018 - In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., writes that policymakers should abandon the carrot-and-stick approach to payment schemes and give physicians time to provide better care.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180720fp-opportunity.html

Physician Burnout: Its Origin, Symptoms, and Five Main Causes -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Burnout is everywhere, buy you can't fight an enemy unless you recognize it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0900/p42.html

Employers Must Play Active Role in Burnout Prevention

Aug 14, 2018 - For the good of patients, physicians and the bottom line, employers have to start doing more to promote physician wellness and prevent burnout, writes Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180814fp-burnoutemployers.html

Game Over? WHO Decision on Gaming Disorder Raises Questions

Jul 27, 2018 - The World Health Organization recently recognized gaming disorder as being a mental health condition. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Luis Garcia, M.D., looks at what that could mean for family physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180727fp-gaming.html

Drawings From Detention: Assisting Asylum Seekers

Jul 17, 2018 - Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., recently visited the nation's largest family detention center to help asylum seekers. She shares her experience in words and drawings in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180717fp-asylum.html

Practice Models: Finding Fulfillment by Blending Administrative and Clinical Work -- ...

Jun 15, 2018 - Learn why Raul Ayala, MD, opted for a position that blends administrative and clinical work and how this model works for his professional well-being.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/phf/rural-clinic.acc.html

Back to Work: Adjusting Bit by Bit

Jul 5, 2018 - After taking a two-year break from daily practice to raise twins, Meshia Waleh, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that her next great adventure involves a new job in a new state.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180705fp-waleh.html

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future of Primary Care

Jul 2, 2018 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., shares lessons she has learned from the students and residents she trains, saying they give her hope for our future.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180702fp-trainees.html

Practice Models: Finding Fulfillment in an Independent Group Practice -- Physician ...

May 25, 2018 - Family physician Scott Dunn shares why he chose to practice in a small, independent group practice and why this practice model works for him.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/phf/small-independent-group-practice.acc.html

What I Learned as a New Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., reflects on what she has learned in her first seven years as a small, rural practice owner.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180615fp-ollerfinale.html

Outbreak Brings Patients Running for Vaccinations

Jun 12, 2018 - As a hepatitis A outbreak in her state reaches 150 cases and counting, Kimberly Becher, M.D., wonders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post if media-induced hysteria might actually help overall vaccination rates.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180612fp-hepa.html

Into the Woods: Top Tips for Wilderness Medicine

Jun 5, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Start Saving for Retirement Now

May 29, 2018 - A combination of lengthy training and high debt leads many physicians to delay saving for retirement. In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Peter Rippey, M.D., looks at what you should be doing now rather than later.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180529fp-retirement.html

Report: Med Schools Can Do More To Combat Racism

May 23, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

May 16, 2018 - Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

Moms Need Support, Not Legislated Medicine

May 8, 2018 - A bill in the California Assembly would mandate postpartum depression screening. Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes that without proper support systems, the proposed legislation won't improve outcomes.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180508fp-postpartum.html

Resolution No. 311 (Co-Sponsored H) - Support for Independent Practices -- 2016 ...

May 23, 2017 - This resolution asks that the American American Academy of Family Physicians prepare a policy statement explicitly supporting family physicians in private practice, and be it further that the American Academy of Family Physicians update and supplement its existing educational materials ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2016/resolutions/cosponsored-h.mem.html

Acknowledging -- and Overcoming -- My Own Racial Bias

Apr 30, 2018 - Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., is working on her own racial biases. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she questions why our medical institutions and training programs aren't doing the same.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180430fp-bias.html

Medicare looks to contract directly with physicians and suppliers -- FPM

Apr 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a new payment model that would directly contract with Medicare providers and suppliers.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/Medicare_looks_to_contract_directly_with_physicians.html

In Face of Broken Health Care System, I Choose Happiness

Apr 23, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Two Approaches to Making Your Point With Patients

Apr 17, 2018 - Class is back in session as M.P.H. candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., shares his insights from a course on persuasive communication.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180417fp-mph.html

Amazon vs. Walmart: Can Corporate America Lower Drug Prices?

Apr 10, 2018 - Pharmaceutical companies, payers and Congress have been unable -- or unwilling -- to drive down drug costs. Can big retailers make a difference? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., discusses the issue in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180410fp-drugprices.html

DTC Tests Raise Questions Among Patients, Physicians

Mar 29, 2018 - With so many questions about the risks and benefits of direct-to-consumer genetic tests that are hitting the market, we asked two of our new physician bloggers for their insights.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180329fp-dtctests.html

End-of-Life Care

Mar 20, 2018 - Learn how the AAFP is supporting federal efforts to cover voluntary discussions between physicians and patients about advance care plans.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/delivery/end-of-life.html

Want to Solve Problems in Public Health? Here's How

Mar 16, 2018 - Family physician Stewart Decker, M.D., is getting his master's degree in public health and wants you to come along for the ride. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, he shares what he's learned so far.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180316fp-mph1.html

Member Interest Groups

Mar 13, 2018 - Learn more about the member interest groups meeting at the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (formerly AAFP Assembly).

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/events/migs.html

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

Mar 13, 2018 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.html

Well-being Planner: Collect Resources -- Physician Health First

Feb 23, 2018 - Collect well-being resources organized by the five primary factors that affect family physicians' well-being to create your reading list and add it to your plan.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/resources.mem.html

Well-being Planner: Collect Resources -- Physician Health First

Feb 23, 2018 - Collect well-being resources organized by the five primary factors that affect family physicians' well-being to create your reading list and add it to your plan.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/resources.iso-culture.mem.html

Well-being Planner: Collect Resources -- Physician Health First

Feb 23, 2018 - Collect well-being resources organized by the five primary factors that affect family physicians' well-being to create your reading list and add it to your plan.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/resources.iso-individual.mem.html

Well-being Planner: Collect Resources -- Physician Health First

Feb 23, 2018 - Collect well-being resources organized by the five primary factors that affect family physicians' well-being to create your reading list and add it to your plan.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/resources.iso-health-care-system.mem.html

Well-being Planner: Collect Resources -- Physician Health First

Feb 23, 2018 - Collect well-being resources organized by the five primary factors that affect family physicians' well-being to create your reading list and add it to your plan.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/resources.iso-organization.mem.html

Well-being Planner: Collect Resources -- Physician Health First

Feb 23, 2018 - Collect well-being resources organized by the five primary factors that affect family physicians' well-being to create your reading list and add it to your plan.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/resources.iso-practice.mem.html

Jumping Through Hoops Wastes My Time, Worsens Outcomes

Mar 5, 2018 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that insurance denials seem to be increasingly more common -- and, unfortunately, more absurd.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

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

Mar 2, 2018 - 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.

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

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

Healing or Harassment: Is It OK to Hug a Patient?

Feb 26, 2018 - At a time of heightened awareness about sexual harassment, we asked our new physician bloggers whether it's appropriate for physicians to hug patients.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180226fp-hugs.html

Let's Start by Treating Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Feb 21, 2018 - Granted, harm is caused by individuals, not the objects they wield. But even so, treating gun violence as a public health issue could make our society safer.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180221fp-gunviolence.html

Finding a Mentor in Medicine -- Medical School

Feb 14, 2018 - A strong mentorship can mean the different between success and failure in medical school. Discover how to find the right mentor for you.

Med School and Residency : Begin Your Medical Education

https://www.aafp.org/medical-school-residency/medical-school/mentoring.html

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

Feb 12, 2018 - The Resident, the latest TV medical drama, doesn't do physicians or patients any favors with its skewed portrayal of health care.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180212fp-badtv.html

Done Right, Annual Wellness Visit Helps Patient and Practice

Feb 5, 2018 - Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines the utility of the Medicare annual wellness visit and how to get paid properly for conducting it.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180205fp-medicareawv.html

What a Load of Goop: Overcoming Misguided Health Advice

Jan 30, 2018 - Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities are telling your patients to do weird things to their bodies. Here's how to ensure they hear you instead.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180130fp-badadvice.html

New Year, New Chance to Get Fit

Jan 23, 2018 - Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., used exercise to beat burnout in 2017. She offers seven tips to help physicians and patients keep their New Year's wellness resolutions.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180123fp-newyear.html

AAFP Payment Model Wins Committee's Support

Jan 9, 2018 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP payment model that recently won the support of an HHS committee, and he reviews the health care challenges awaiting Congress.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180109ITT_PTAC.html

Physician Authors Offer Prescription for Self-reflection

Jan 8, 2018 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., went looking for answers about physician resilience -- and mortality -- and found them in three books by physicians who faced unique challenges. Read more in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180108fp-books.html

Technology Tools and Trends for Better Patient Care: Beyond the EHR -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - From remote monitoring of chronic diseases to virtual assistants in the exam room, technology will improve practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p28.html

Words Matter: Support Science, Evidence

Dec 19, 2017 - Debate continues about seven words CDC officials have reportedly been told to avoid. Regardless of the list's origin, the controversy points to a need to defend science.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171219lv-cdcwords.html

Make Fertility Awareness Part of Family Planning Toolbox

Dec 12, 2017 - Fertility awareness-based methods can help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy, but a misleading statistic may be impeding their use.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171212fp-familyplanning.html

The State of Family Medicine: 2017 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2017 - With tremendous change taking place in health care, the mood among family physicians is anxious, but there are reasons to be hopeful.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0100/p26.html

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

Dec 5, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Crafting a Life That's Right for Me, My Family and Patients

Nov 27, 2017 - After the birth of twins, Beth Oller, M.D., restructured her life so she could offer the best of herself to both her family and her practice.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171127fp-selfcare.html

In Defense of Reproductive Health Care

Nov 17, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

We're Thankful for …

Nov 14, 2017 - With the holidays approaching, we asked some of our new physician bloggers what they are thankful for in their practices. Here is what they shared.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171114fp-thankful.html

In Wake of Disaster, Family Physicians Can Help

Nov 7, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Could Better Coping Skills Curb Rampant Drug Use?

Oct 30, 2017 - A record number of Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015. Venis Wilder, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171030fp-coping.html

Resolution No. 309 (Oregon F) - Primary Care Spending -- 2016 Resolutions

Aug 22, 2016 - This resolution asks that the American American Academy of Family Physicians Physicians develop strategies and resources to advocate for increasing the percentage of health care spending devoted to primary care applicable at both the national and state levels, and be it further that the...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2016/resolutions/oregon-f.mem.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

Oct 19, 2017 - In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171019fp-metoo.html

Do Disease-of-the-Month Campaigns Lead to Overscreening?

Oct 16, 2017 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., questions whether disease-of-the-month campaigns might contribute to overscreening and overdiagnosis.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171016fp-diseasemonth.html

Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog

Jun 20, 2017 - Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AAFP Welcomes Congressional Focus on Reducing Health Care Costs

Jul 26, 2018 - AAFP Welcomes Congressional Focus on Reducing Health Care Costs

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2018/aafp-welcomes-congressional-focus-on-reducing-health-care-costs.html

But I Already DID Refer You to an 'American' Doctor

Oct 9, 2017 - More than one-fourth of U.S. physicians were born in other countries. Kimberly Becher, M.D., examines the difficulty of getting some white patients to accept referrals to minority subspecialists.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171009fp-race.html

Continuity and Coordination of Care Long-Term Care Facilities

Oct 4, 2017 - Read about AAFP's position on continuity and coordination of care in long-term care facilities

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/care-facilities.html

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

Sep 29, 2017 - Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that the wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest are a public health hazard, and the threat is getting worse each year.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170929fp-fires.html

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

Jun 20, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Sep 25, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Telemedicine Advances Outpace Common Sense Regulations

Sep 19, 2017 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that her clinic has implemented a novel way to use telemedicine. But for many physicians, barriers remain.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170919fp-telemedicine.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Sep 13, 2017 - Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

Halting Health Studies Harms Patients, Hinders Physicians

Sep 5, 2017 - The Trump administration recently halted a study on the health consequences of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. It wasn't because the process had been deemed safe.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170905fp-minestudy.html

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

Aug 21, 2017 - With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

Aug 14, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

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

May 22, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Start by Viewing Transgender Patients as People -- Not 'Burdens'

Aug 3, 2017 - Discrimination against transgender people is precipitated by viewing patients with dollar signs over their heads, rather than simply seeing them as people.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170803fp-transgendercare.html

FPs Can Influence Rape Culture by Talking About Consent

Jul 31, 2017 - Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., writes that as doctors for both victims and perpetrators of rape, family physicians are uniquely positioned to influence rape culture.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170731fp-consent.html

I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

Jul 24, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

Mar 22, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Hospital Shooting Raises Questions About Safety, Mental Health

Jul 14, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Patients Trust Social Media, so Be Their Trusted Source

Jul 7, 2017 - With more than 3 million followers and counting, Mikhail Varshavski, D.O., makes the case for using social media to reach patients with health messages.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

Mixed Emotions: Reflections on Finishing Residency

Jul 3, 2017 - Recent graduate Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes that completing residency and saying goodbye to her patients was bittersweet.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

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

Jun 28, 2017 - 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.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

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

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