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A Global View: Family Physicians Make Difference on Broad Scale

Oct 8, 2014 - Since the AAFP convened the first Family Medicine Global Health Workshop in 2003, attendance has grown nearly 10-fold. As interest in global health grows, the Academy is developing more opportunities for members to learn and get involved.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20141008guested-global.html

AAFP Commissions Offer Opportunity to Contribute, Learn and Lead

Jul 19, 2012 - Eighteen family physicians from 18 different states -- some from academic backgrounds, others who are solo docs, large group practice physicians and everything in between. This is the variety that comprises the AAFP Board of Directors. But one thing this diverse group of FPs has in ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120719edlcommissions.html

AAFP is 'Pawn' in Health Care Reform; Academy Responds 'Not So'

Mar 16, 2010 - As someone who has been involved with advocacy for many years, I'm writing to express my brutal disappointment in the Academy's positioning and effectiveness in the recent health care debate.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100316flemingletter.html

AAFP Maintains Mandatory CME to Prescribe Opioids Is Unnecessary

Aug 24, 2011 - There is a growing health crisis in the United States that affects more than 100 million adults. In fact, according to Institute of Medicine data, chronic pain is costing our country at least $560 billion a year in direct medical costs and lost productivity. At the same time, the number...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110824opioidsvoices.html

AAFP Membership Hits All-time High

Jan 12, 2011 - I have wonderful news to share with you: AAFP membership surged to a record high in 2010, going above the 97,000-member mark for the first time ever.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110112edlmembership.html

AAFP News Now Redesign Reflects Even Greater Focus on You

Jul 13, 2011 - Notice something different about this Web page? What about the home page for AAFP News Now? The differences you likely have spotted represent the culmination of a project that has been under way for quite some time: a redesign of the ANN Web pages. Why the change in the look of AAFP ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110713redesigneditorial.html

AAFP Payment Model Shows 'Promise,' Says HHS

Jun 15, 2018 - HHS has responded to an advisory committee's recommendation regarding the AAFP's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model by praising the AAFP for its strong commitment to innovation and improving health care.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180615presmsg-hhsapcapm.html

AAFP Resources Can Help Us Help Returning Vets

Feb 29, 2012 - I don't know about you, but I've always had a lot of respect for our armed forces, and now that the war in Iraq is finally over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, we as family physicians are in a unique position to help our U.S. troops when they get home.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120229pm-joiningforces.html

AAFP Takes Seat at Table During 2009 Health Care Reform Debate

Jan 7, 2010 - One of the primary roles of the AAFP is to serve as a bold champion for family physicians, and 2009 gave the Academy numerous opportunities to do so. Legislators repeatedly turned to the AAFP to provide feedback and guidance as they crafted health care reform legislation, as well as ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100107-09-review-edit.html

AAFP Volunteers, Staff Ensure CME is What You Need

Nov 8, 2012 - The AAFP Scientific Assembly has come and gone for another year. Maybe you missed it. Or maybe you joined us in Philadelphia, earned up to 41 AAFP Prescribed credits but still need more. What will you do now? Every year, the AAFP produces more than 150 CME activities, including ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20121108cmeaccreditation.html

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification

Jan 22, 2018 - Family physicians are weary of the costs and effort involved in securing continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180122guested-cocpd.html

AAFP, TransforMED Combine Knowledge to Better Serve Members

Nov 30, 2011 - It was only seven years ago that the Future of Family Medicine report recommended that primary care in the United States adopt a new model of health care focused on creating a medical home for patients. The report also called for creation of a financially self-sustaining national ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20111130practadvanresources.html

AAFP's Health Care Reform Coverage Statistics Are Impressive

Jun 22, 2010 - As the dust settles after the nation's protracted battle over health care reform, AAFP members should be pleased to learn just how effective the Academy was in getting its health reform messages out to stakeholders during that battle.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100622coveragestats.html

AAFP's Work With NCQA to Improve PCMH Program Seeing Results

Feb 20, 2015 - With input from the AAFP, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is planning big changes to its patient-centered medical home recognition process.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150220ncqaworkedl.html

ABFM Certification Pilot Proves Worthy Alternative

Jul 24, 2019 - The American Board of Family Medicine has announced it is extending its Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot through 2020. After six months as a participant, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., shares his take on the alternative exam.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190724gst-ed-fmcla.html

American Family Physician: Well-read and Relevant for 60 Years and Counting

Jun 15, 2010 - It's not just another stuffy research journal, and it's been that way for 60 years. It is American Family Physician, the Academy's clinical journal, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100615afpanniversary.html

Annual 'Report Card' From AAFP Members Provides Guidance for the Future

Sep 25, 2010 - We hear you. Thank you. Your voice makes a difference. This is the message I want to convey to each and every one of you who has shared an opinion with us in recent months -- and especially if you participated in the 2010 Member Satisfaction Survey, the capstone of our annual member ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100925pmmembersat.html

As AAFP Membership Continues to Grow, We Will Consolidate Our Influence

Jun 1, 2011 - If you'll recall, in January, AAFP President Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., of Waco, Texas, told you that the AAFP had hit an all-time membership high of more than 97,000 members. Well, that number has just kept growing, and now membership in the AAFP is at the 100,300 mark, making the ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110601membershiped.html

Attacks on Science Call for Strong Defense by Family Physicians

Apr 17, 2017 - The administration's budget blueprint makes harmful cuts to agencies that impact health. AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., writes that family physicians must speak up.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170417presmsgscience.html

August Recess Offers Unique Opportunity for FPs to Advocate With Federal Lawmakers

Jul 30, 2014 - Family physicians have a chance to advocate for change -- including addressing the sustainable growth rate formula -- when legislators return home during the August recess. The AAFP has resources to help.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140730augustrecessedit.html

Bioterrorism and the Vital Role of Family Physicians

Jul 5, 2011 - It has been almost a decade since the anthrax attacks of 2001. In response to that crisis, which began only one week after the 9/11 attacks, America has made major strides in protecting itself from a similar calamity in the future. The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110705bioterrorismed.html

Building Relationships With Parents Can Make a Difference in Vaccine Acceptance

Jun 6, 2012 - Pertussis was big news two years ago, when more than 9,000 cases -- a 60-year high -- were reported in California. Ten infants died, and whooping cough suddenly was headline news. That epidemic eventually waned, and so did the public's attention. Now, pertussis outbreaks are happening ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120606editvaccines.html

Cancer Survivors Need FPs, Subspecialists to Collaborate

Jan 4, 2017 - A disconnect between primary care physicians and oncologists can be problematic for cancer patients. Health care organizations, including the AAFP, are working on solutions.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170104cancerguested.html

Carrying the Olympic Torch to Honor You

Feb 2, 2010 - A few days ago, bundled up against the cold in a country not my own, I experienced one of the most inspiring moments of my life. On that day, I had the signal honor of carrying the Olympic flame.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100202gst-opin-alford.html

Center Preserves, Shares Family Medicine's Inspirational History

Oct 7, 2011 - What's the best-kept secret in family medicine? It might be the Center for the History of Family Medicine, or CHFM, the only repository devoted exclusively to preserving and sharing the story of our specialty in the United States. In essence, the CHFM is the collective memory of family ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20111007chfmeditorial.html

Changing Landscape Heralds Transition for TransforMED

Dec 19, 2014 - With the proliferation of the patient-centered medical home model, the niche in which TransforMED thrived for years has changed. The AAFP plans to redefine TransforMED's focus to meet members' needs.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20141219gsted-tmed.html

Collaboration With CVS Amplifies Health is Primary's Message

Nov 13, 2015 - The Health is Primary campaign, which touts the value of primary care, will have the potential to reach up to 5 million consumers per day through a collaboration with CVS Health.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20151113guested-cvs.html

Combining Academy's Residency Conferences Benefits Faculty, Staff

Apr 24, 2013 - Sometimes, change is good. Every year, the AAFP holds a Residency Program Solutions Conference for Family Medicine Residencies (RPS) and a Workshop for Directors of Family Medicine Residencies (PDW) in Kansas City, Mo. The PDW is designed to address the needs of residency program ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130424pdwrpsedit.html

Coming Soon: Important Office Visit Survey

Feb 19, 2019 - On Feb. 25, 2019 all active AAFP members will have the opportunity to participate in an important survey by the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee for physician office visits (99202-99205, 99211-99215) and a new prolonged services code (99XXX).

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190219rucsurvey.html

Concerted Effort Helps AAFP Make a Difference in Washington

Jan 7, 2013 - The elections are over, and a last-minute budget deal between Congress and the White House prevented a 26.5 percent reduction in the Medicare physician payment rate. But, there is still much work to be done for family medicine in Washington. Although the fiscal cliff was averted, ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120107edlfammedpac.html

Congress Must Extend DACA Protections

Sep 6, 2017 - The Trump administration has ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving Congress six months to resolve an issue that affects thousands of patients.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170906prezmsg-daca.html

Congress Needs the Expertise of Family Physicians

Apr 5, 2017 - With nearly 125,000 AAFP members, family medicine has the numbers to truly affect policy. Your elected officials need to hear from you.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170405guestedadvocacy.html

Corporate Partner Program Helps FPs Support Health Care for All

Jan 28, 2013 - Membership dues paid to the Academy and individual contributions to the AAFP Foundation play vitally important roles in helping both organizations reach their shared vision of improving the health of all people. But those funds represent just one portion of what is required to provide ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130128corppartneredl.html

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

Feb 22, 2018 - Budget cuts threaten a CDC global health program that fights disease outbreaks where they start, putting American lives at risk.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180222guestedglobal.html

Dealing Strategically With the RUC to Boost Family Physician Payment

Jul 13, 2011 - Improving payment for the cognitive services we family physicians provide is, undoubtedly, the most crucial and challenging issue the Academy must resolve. The payment disparity between primary care and procedural specialties undermines every family physician who struggles to redesign ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110713ruceditorial.html

Death of a Colleague: How Do You Replace a Legend?

Dec 5, 2017 - Family physicians are trained to prepare patients for death. But what happens when a physician dies unexpectedly?

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20171205guesteddeath.html

Differing Views, Member Priorities Challenge AAFP

Aug 13, 2012 - Family medicine is changing, as is the membership of our association, and those changes are presenting some interesting challenges to the Academy, which now represents more than 105,000 members -- up nearly 10,000 compared to just two years ago -- from diverse practice backgrounds. We ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120813edlmembersat.html

Donation to Center for History of Family Medicine Reminds Us of Our Roots

Jun 27, 2013 - After four years of medical school, three years of residency and years of medical practice, we family physicians oftentimes think we are practicing up-to-date, evidence-based and scientifically valid medicine. But medicine is constantly changing. New research brings new scientific ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130627chfm-donation.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

Mar 6, 2018 - In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

Evidence for Substituting Nurses for Primary Care Physicians is Lacking

Nov 23, 2011 - There is a growing movement in the United States that seems aimed at expanding the scope of independent practice for nurse practitioners so they can substitute for primary care physicians. However, there is little evidence that nurses can replace primary care physicians effectively.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20111123npeditorial.html

Family Medicine and Wonca on World Stage

Jul 7, 2010 - On May 22, with family doctors from around the world bearing witness, I pledged to lead the World Organization of Family Doctors, or Wonca, to the utmost of my ability during my three-year term as Wonca president.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100707woncagsop.html

Family Medicine Is Poised to Lead on Addiction Care

Aug 21, 2019 - Millions of Americans are struggling with some form of addiction. Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, D.O., M.P.F., outlines steps family physicians can take to address the problem.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190821guested-addiction.html

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation

May 9, 2018 - The AAFP's Alliance for e-Health Innovation is accepting applications for its Primary Care Innovation Fellowship. The 2017 fellow, Joey Nichols, M.D., says innovation projects help him avoid burnout.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180509guest-innovation.html

Family Physicians Are in Perfect Position to Address Oral Health

Sep 18, 2013 - Oral health has a major impact on an individual patient's overall health and wellness. As family physician and former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., once said, You are not healthy without good oral health.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130918oralhealthedl.html

Family Physicians Are on Frontline of Protecting Kids as School Starts

Aug 15, 2013 - Did you think that vaccine-preventable diseases had disappeared? Think again. Outbreaks continue to happen. In 2006, for example, more than 6,000 cases of mumps occurred in the Midwest. In 2010, California saw more than 9,000 cases of pertussis, and 10 infants died of the disease. And ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130815vaccineedl.html

Family Physicians Play Key Role in Planning Assembly CME

Sep 5, 2012 - You probably know that every year the Academy offers hundreds of CME sessions in one place during the AAFP Scientific Assembly. What you might not know is that a group of family physician volunteers makes sure those CME offerings are evidence-based, free from commercial bias and ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120905cocpdeditorial.html

FamMedPAC Is Our Catalyst for Effectiveness in Washington

Jan 5, 2011 - Welcome to 2011 -- a year certain to bring opportunities, as well as challenges, for family medicine's advocacy effort in Washington. For example, the strong Republican presence in the U.S. Congress will give us an opportunity -- finally -- for progress on liability reform.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110105edtlfammedpac.html

FamMedPAC Keeps Family Medicine at Table During 2012 Election Cycle

Jan 5, 2012 - With a national election looming later this year, family physicians -- even those who are unable to meet with their members of Congress in Washington -- can influence health care policy with more than just their ballots. How, you ask? Consider donating to the AAFP's federal political ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120105opnfammedpac.html

Fight for Improved Maternal Health Depends on FPs

Jul 3, 2019 - The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world. Jessica Taylor Goldstein, M.D., urges FPs to join her in a march to better outcomes.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190703guestedmaternal.html

Fighting Cancer With Patients, Peers, Community on My Side

Mar 26, 2018 - Floyd Tripp Bradd III, M.D., writes that being open about his cancer diagnosis has made him a better physician and brought him closer to his colleagues, patients and community.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180326guested-cancer.html

Fighting for a Fee Schedule That Works for You, Your Patients

Aug 21, 2018 - The AAFP is working on a detailed response to the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule that steers CMS toward fixes that will help family physicians give patients the comprehensive, continuous care they expect.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180821presmsg-mpfs.html

Fighting for Change as Only a Family Physician Can

Nov 9, 2016 - AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., faces the frustrations common to family physicians caring for their patients. That helps drive the Academy's work to win better payment for FPs.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161109presmsgmacra.html

Fighting for Family Medicine Is More Important Than Ever

Jan 19, 2018 - As we enter 2018, family physicians face a remarkable and unpredictable time for their profession, patients and country. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., shares some of the critical work the Academy is focusing on in the new year.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180119presmsgmbrsurv.html

For Practices Large and Small, Here's Good News About the Patient-Centered Medical Home

May 10, 2010 - Even with the growing popularity of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, model of care, some family physicians still think the rewards of transforming their practices into PCMHs are not worth the cost and effort. But if you are one of those FPs, I encourage you to think again.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100510transformedgstop.html

Global Exchange: Experience Primary Care Beyond Our Borders

Jun 25, 2014 - Family Medicine 360° is a new global exchange program for young family physicians and physicians-in-training. Aaron George, D.O., shares his experience as the first U.S. resident to participate.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140625gsted-woncafm360.html

Going 'Back to School' Helps Inform, Inspire Teens

Apr 17, 2013 - I've always respected teachers. My mother is one. It was my mother who encouraged my interest in science, who built my confidence and helped me realize my dream of becoming a doctor. My respect for teachers has never been greater than after spending a day in their shoes or, more ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130417docbackschooledl.html

Having Your Say on the Future of Family Medicine

Sep 10, 2013 - As AAFP members, we all are aware of the many changes in health care that have occurred during the past decade. Thanks to the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) project, we have been prepared for many of these transformations, and, indeed, the AAFP has had a hand in promulgating the drive ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130910ffm2.html

Health Care for All Remains AAFP Priority After Election

Nov 15, 2016 - Some patients and physicians are worried about what might change after the recent presidential election. AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., writes that the Academy's priorities will not.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161115presmessage.html

Health is Primary Building Support for Strong Primary Care Foundation

Sep 19, 2016 - Health is Primary is driving a positive conversation about primary care and the values of family medicine by telling our stories of innovation and transformation.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160919hipupdate.html

Health is Primary Hits the Road

Mar 16, 2015 - Too many Americans don't understand the importance or value of primary care. Health is Primary, which kicks off its nationwide city tour this week in Seattle, aims to change that.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150316gstedl-healthisprimary.html

Health Plans Beginning to Recognize Importance of Paying for PCMH Model

Feb 1, 2012 - The AAFP's persistence is beginning to pay off. You might not be aware that AAFP leaders and staff members meet with the nation's largest health plans annually to discuss payment issues and improving care coordination and quality. Now our ongoing dialogue with these health plans has ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120201wellpointedit.html

Healthy Chicago Spotlights Potential of Public Health, Primary Care Collaboration

Jul 23, 2014 - Three years ago, the city of Chicago launched Healthy Chicago. The initiative brought together stakeholders from around the metropolitan area to create a public health agenda and set priorities, such as curbing tobacco use and reducing obesity rates.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140723healthychicago-edit.html

Help Save Our Med School Program and Its Primary Care Focus

May 20, 2016 - Despite a looming shortage, a med school program with a primary care focus faces closure. Recent graduate Melinda Kong, M.D., M.S., makes a plea to save it.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160520savejmp.html

Helping Small Practices Survive Health System Change

Jun 21, 2011 - This is a tough time for family physicians in many small or solo practices. They're working as hard as they can, struggling to keep their doors open while the health care system shifts and changes beneath their feet. Many are wondering how to transform their practices into ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110621pmsmallpractices.html

HHS Attempt to Provide Pricing Transparency Falls Short

May 22, 2013 - Depending on whom you ask, the hospital pricing data recently released by HHS represents either a remarkable move toward health care transparency or a giant waste of printer toner. Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between. On May 8, the agency released prices from more than 3,000 ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130522transparencyedl.html

Higher Medicaid Payments Take Effect as AAFP Efforts Pay Off

Jul 31, 2013 - Family physicians had more to celebrate in July this year than just Independence Day. As of July 19, Medicaid programs in 26 states had implemented a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that raises Medicaid payment rates for certain primary care services to at ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130731parityedl.html

How U.S. Immigration Policy Damages Children's Well-being

Feb 2, 2018 - Drawing on her experience at the U.S.-Mexico border, medical student Audrey Hertenstein Perez writes that more physicians should be involved in the immigration policy debate.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180202gstedimmigration.html

I Made a Difference For Family Medicine; So Can You

Apr 18, 2012 - Some people are inhibited, maybe even intimidated, when it comes to connecting with their elected officials in Washington. They wonder, Who will listen to me? Or maybe they think, I can't make a difference. But, we can make a difference.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120418fmccedtl.html

In Defense of Family Medicine Certification

Jan 31, 2018 - Craig Czarsty, M.D., former Board chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), offers a rebuttal to criticism of the ABFM's initial board certification and continuing certification processes.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180131guestedabfm.html

Investments in Medical Home Model Starting to Pay Dividends

Nov 8, 2011 - It has been five years since the AAFP adopted a policy stating that every American should have a personal medical home. In the years since then, the Academy has championed the idea of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, with the belief that the PCMH model improves outcomes and ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20111108pres-msg-pcmhpays.html

Is There a Family Physician in the House (of Delegates)?

Apr 9, 2015 - From state medical associations to the AMA, resident Jerry Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., says too few family physicians are taking an active role in leadership.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150409guested-leadership.html

It's Time to Hold Our Medical Education System Accountable for Producing the Right ...

Apr 9, 2013 - In my office at A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver, we have tremendous medical students and family medicine residents who are bright and passionate and who understand the value of family medicine and the patient-centered medical home. Nationally, we have more students than ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130409presmsg-gme.html

Join in the Social Media Revolution With AAFP Leaders

Sep 21, 2011 - Have you noticed that social media has moved far beyond its early roots in online dating, role-playing games and helping people find their old high-school classmates? In fact, Facebook reports that it now has 750 million users worldwide, more than double the population of the United ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110921edtlsocialmedia.html

Learning, Building Connections Are Only Two Benefits of Vaccine Fellowship

Feb 19, 2014 - My curiosity was piqued a few years ago when I read a call for applications for the AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship. Although immunizations were not my area of expertise, I had been searching for an outlet for my particular combination of interests -- public health, health information ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140219vaccinefellowedl.html

Lessons Learned From a Legislative Victory

Jun 22, 2018 - Tennessee AFP President Sherry L. Robbins, M.D., writes that courage and collaboration were critical in shutting down a potentially harmful scope-of-practice bill in her state legislature.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180622gsted-tennafp.html

Let's Not Forget the Injured in Shootings

Mar 8, 2018 - After a mass shooting, the focus often is on the shooter and the dead. Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., reminds us to consider the long-term needs of the injured.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180308guestedinjured.html

Letter Takes Issue With Wording in AAFP Report on Nurse Practitioners

Sep 28, 2012 - Dear AAFP Leaders: I would like to protest formally the proclamation that was made by the AAFP in an attempt to discourage independent nurse practitioners because it is also an outright slur on us independent family physicians, many of whom would profess that our independent method of ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120927npreportltr.html

Lowering U.S. Infant Mortality Rate: FPs May Be the Key

Mar 27, 2013 - Infant mortality rates (IMRs) can be seen as reflections of a given society's commitment to ensuring access to health care, adequate nutrition, a healthy psychosocial and physical environment, and sufficient income to prevent the adverse consequences of poverty. Sadly, our nation has a ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130327infantmortalityedl.html

Match Shows Med Students Believe in Specialty's Future

Apr 13, 2011 - Great news abounded for family medicine in this year's National Resident Matching Program, with a record-breaking 94.4 percent of our residency positions filled. More than 100 additional medical students chose family medicine this year compared with last, and the percentage of U.S. ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110413matchpm.html

Materials From Consumer Alliance Program Can Help Patients Make Informed Decisions

Jan 20, 2010 - In today's digital world, one of the best ways to communicate accurate, evidence-based health information is to post it on a popular and trusted Web site. The AAFP has just such a Web site -- the award-winning FamilyDoctor.org, which welcomes, on average, 3.5 million unique visitors ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100120edit-cap.html

Member Reflects on Early Clinical Experience Caring for Family

Jan 26, 2010 - I couldn't help but think of my own medical school experience as I read the article Four New Medical Schools Welcome Charter Classes. Thirty years ago at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, I was assigned a family -- a mom in early pregnancy -- that I ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100126ed-ltr-clin-exp.mem.html

Member Survey Results Focus on Issues That Matter to You

Oct 24, 2018 - The latest Member Satisfaction Survey showed that AAFP members' highest priorities are cutting administrative burden, improving payment and maintaining board certification.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181024presmsg-survey.html

Member Survey Results Indicate Academy Is on Track

Aug 31, 2011 - This is it -- my last opportunity to communicate with you via a president's message in AAFP News Now. In a few short weeks, my term as your president will end. For this final message, I'd like to share what members said on the 2011 Member Satisfaction Survey, our annual report card of ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110831pm-mbrsatsurvey.html

Members Quick to Respond to Haiti's Earthquake Disaster

Jan 27, 2010 - Family medicine's spirit of compassion is alive and well, judging by AAFP members' swift response after a massive earthquake Jan. 12 devastated the Caribbean island nation of Haiti.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100127edit-haiti.html

Membership at All-time High for Family Medicine's 'Bold Champion'

Jun 11, 2014 - AAFP Past President Rick Kellerman, M.D., traces the Academy's path forward from its decision to stand as family medicine's Bold Champion in 2007 to today, when recognition of the specialty as foundational to U.S. health care -- as well as AAFP total membership numbers -- are at ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140611gstedkman.html

My Illuminating Experience Working on Your Behalf

Nov 27, 2012 - It's amazing what a difference five years can make. Five years ago, I'd been an Academy member for 21 years but hadn't really been involved in either the national Academy or my constituent chapter, the Minnesota AFP. But that began to change the day I received a solicitation from the ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20121127edlfinancecommission.html

National Ad Campaigns Can Spark Discussions About Tobacco Cessation

Jul 28, 2014 - Roughly 70 percent of smokers want to quit. With two national public awareness campaigns running simultaneously and payment for tobacco cessation services improving, now is the perfect time to help patients quit.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140728smokingedit.html

Network Focuses on Research From Family Physician Offices

Jan 11, 2012 - Research is something many, if not most, family physicians leave behind after completing their residency. But for some, the opportunity to participate in practice-based research is a reward unto itself. The AAFP provides just such an opportunity via its AAFP National Research Network ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120111edlnrn.html

New AAFP Website Brings Mobile Optimization With It

Jun 12, 2013 - Notice anything different? If you are reading this on your computer, and especially if you are reading from your phone or tablet, you will. Today, the Academy launched a new, improved and mobile-optimized version of aafp.org. What does that mean for you as a member? It means that you ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130612newwebedl.html

New Physicians Offer 'Fresh Perspectives' in AAFP Blog

Jan 31, 2014 - The prospect of transitioning from residency to practice can be daunting. You no longer have an attending physician supervising your work. There is no faculty to lean on when you don't know the answer. Your training was extensive, but are you prepared?

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140131frperspectedl.html

New President-elect Brings Family Medicine Perspective to AMA

Jul 13, 2016 - Family physician and AMA President-elect David Barbe, M.D., looks ahead at key issues he plans to address during his year as the organization's president.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160713barbeguested.html

NHSC Repayment Program Reduces Debt, Offers Opportunity

Oct 10, 2017 - The National Health Service Corps is accepting applications for a loan repayment program through Oct. 19. Past award recipient Brian Freeman, M.D., M.P.H., writes that it provides an extraordinary benefit.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20171010guested-nhsc.html

Not Everyone Is Enchanted With Electronic Health Records

Feb 8, 2010 - I just saw the article in AAFP News Now about electronic health records, or EHRs ( Health IT Helps Practices Grow, Improve Patient Care ), and I wondered why you hadn't interviewed any physicians who weren't as enchanted with EHRs as the four you found.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100208ltr-not-ehr-fan.mem.html

Nurse Practitioners Are Team Members, Not Leaders, in the PCMH

Nov 12, 2010 - This year, the U.S. Congress passed landmark health care reform legislation that has been, and continues to be, hotly debated. Whatever happens with the reform legislation, however, there is no doubt that health care in the United States needs to be rebuilt. And that requires all health...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20101112editorial-nps.html

One Voice Becomes Many via Support for FamMedPAC

Jan 15, 2014 - One-third of the U.S. Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be up for election this year. That presents an important opportunity for FamMedPAC, the AAFP's federal political action committee, to help re-elect legislators who are friendly to family medicine and to identify ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140115fammedpacedl.html

Opportunity Knocks: Seize Your Chance to Make a Difference

Jan 18, 2017 - Family physicians make a difference every day in their communities. Former AAFP President Richard Roberts, M.D., J.D., writes that the AAFP offers members opportunities to do so on a much larger scale.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170118guestedvolunteer.html

Our Prescription for Healthy Practices: Blended Payment

Sep 21, 2012 - If you prescribed a medication for a patient and their condition didn't improve within an expected timeframe, would you advise them to keep taking the medication, despite their unfavorable outcome? At some point, we have to acknowledge that it's not working. That might mean using the ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120921paymentmodelsedl.html

PCMH Model Is Alive and Well Despite One Negative Study

Mar 12, 2014 - The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative released a report in January that reviewed 20 patient-centered medical home studies released in the previous 17 months. The majority of those studies found overall cost reductions and decreases in ER visits, and 40 percent reported fewer ...

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140312pcmhjamaedl.html

Physician's Suicide Prompts Introspection, Outreach

Feb 2, 2015 - The suicide of one of his medical school classmates prompted Jay Lee, M.D., M.P.H., to question what he could do to keep it from happening again.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150202suicidehelp.html

Physicians to Administration: Stay Out of Doctor-Patient Relationship

May 23, 2018 - AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., writes that the Academy and its partners object to a proposal that would change which individuals and organizations are eligible for Title X family planning funds and threaten the patient-physician relationship.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180523prezmsgtitlex.html

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