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Self-care: What Patients Want vs. What Physicians Can Provide

Dec 3, 2019 - Family physician Wayne Jonas, M.D., writes that a survey shows a big disconnect between patients' interest in self-care and the amount of information they get from physicians on the subject.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20191203guested-selfcare.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

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

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

Your Patient Bucks Parents on Vaccine Request. Now What?

Mar 13, 2019 - With a growing number of measles cases being reported, some children of vaccine-resistant parents are seeking immunizations. Julie Graves, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., looks at the challenges and opportunities the situation presents.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190313guested-vaccines.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

Transitional Care Management Boosts Outcomes, Satisfaction

Jan 7, 2019 - Marc Price, D.O., writes that embracing transitional care management gave his practice a modest boost in revenue, better outcomes, and significant improvements in patient and staff satisfaction.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190107guested-tcm.html

PrEP Your High-risk Patients to Help Protect Them From HIV

Nov 2, 2018 - Jeffrey Kirchner, D.O., AAHIVS, outlines how family physicians can determine whether a patient could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181102prephiv.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

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

The Never-ending Quest to Achieve Health for All

Oct 25, 2018 - Forty years ago, the nations of the world put out a call for health care for all. This week, nearly 200 countries renewed their commitment to primary care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181025guested-almaata.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

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

Yes, There's a Doctor on Board -- and She's a Family Physician

Jun 14, 2018 - Kim Yu, M.D., writes that two in-flight emergencies during an international flight taught her important lessons about teamwork, collaboration and communication.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180614guested-yu.html

Results Are In: Inaugural AAFP Well-being Conference a Hit

May 30, 2018 - Clif Knight, M.D., the AAFP's senior vice president for education, writes that survey results show the strong impact of the Academy's inaugural Family Physician Health and Well-being Conference.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180530guested-wellbeing.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

Spread the Word on May 22: FPs Treat Body and Mind

May 11, 2018 - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., invites FPs to join a National Day of Action to let people know that when they need help, their family physician is a good place to start.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180511prezmsg.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

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

Puerto Rico's Doctors, Patients, Students Remain in Need

Mar 15, 2018 - With Puerto Rico still struggling to recover nearly six months after two hurricanes hit, medical student James Eggert offers his perspective on recovery efforts.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180315guestedpr.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time Is Right for 24-hour Primary Care Clinics

Jan 12, 2018 - J. Stefan Walker, M.D., writes that family medicine clinics could provide better care, lower costs and greater physician satisfaction by using a 24-hour model.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180112guested24hour.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

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

You Told Us How the AAFP Is Doing, and We're Listening

Sep 21, 2017 - In the latest satisfaction survey, members told the AAFP to prioritize work on regulatory relief, affordable health care, physician payment and maintenance of certification.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170921prezmsg-survey.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

Wealth of Resources Available to Help Boost Vaccination Rates

Aug 15, 2017 - The AAFP supports vaccines, vaccine science and disease prevention year-round, but the emphasis is heightened during National Immunization Awareness Month.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170815guestedvaccs.html

The HIV Test Is Positive; How Do You Deliver the News?

Apr 25, 2017 - HIV screening is recommended for everyone from adolescence to age 65. Jeffrey T. Kirchner, D.O., offers advice on how to talk with patients about a positive test result.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170425guested-hivscreen.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

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

Taking Sexual History in Primary Care Settings: Where to Start?

Mar 1, 2017 - As a physician, you know what questions to ask when taking a sexual history, but are you comfortable asking them? Donna Sweet, M.D., outlines how to get the information needed to ensure appropriate care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170301guestedprep.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

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

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

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

Why Are Physicians Cautious on Lung Cancer Screening Recommendation?

Oct 19, 2016 - It has been nearly three years since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its recommendation for low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Researchers examine why many physicians have been slow to take up the recommendation.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20161019guidelinesed.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

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

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

The Uncertain Future of Meaningful Use

Jan 28, 2016 - AAFP Alliance for eHealth Innovation Director Steven Waldren, M.D., says that although CMS plans to end meaningful use, the program's requirements remain in place.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160128guestedmu.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

Trial by Firings: Lessons in Organizing at NewYork-Presbyterian

Oct 19, 2015 - When NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University announced plans to shutter their family medicine residency, students, residents and others quickly mobilized to save the program.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20151019guested-nypfmresidency.html

Primary Care: Happily Keeping America Healthy

Oct 6, 2015 - In his travels around the country, T.R. Reid hears primary care physicians say they enjoy their central role in maintaining the health of Americans.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20151006guestedtrreid.html

Social Media Matters: Why Twitter Needs Physician Voices

Sep 24, 2015 - When physicians aren't present in social media, other voices -- all too often uninformed voices -- can dominate important conversations about health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150924gstedsocialmedia.html

Teaching Students to Cook Now Makes Them Better Doctors Later

Aug 6, 2015 - Less than one-third of U.S. medical schools actually provide students the minimum recommended 25 hours of nutrition instruction. At West Virginia University, medical students are getting hands-on nutrition education in the kitchen.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150806medchefs.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

Tell Parents Immunizations Key to Children's Health, Well-being

Mar 31, 2015 - Unacceptably low vaccination rates allowed the Disneyland measles outbreak to happen. Paul Hunter, M.D., looks at how we got to this point, and how to stop it from happening again.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150331ge-vaccines.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

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

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

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

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

Service Members Deserve High Quality of Care FPs Can Provide

Sep 10, 2014 - Veterans are returning home to their communities, where family physicians could find themselves providing primary care to a population they may not have interacted with in the past. Will family physicians be ready?

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140910paddenguested.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support for AAFP Foundation Strengthens Family Medicine at Home, Abroad

Feb 12, 2014 - Each year, the AAFP Foundation sends a delegation to this Caribbean country as part of its Family Medicine Cares International program. Twenty-two people -- including 17 family physicians -- will make this year's trip, which is scheduled for Feb. 15-22. We will be split into three teams.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140212foundationedl.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

School-based Program Can Aid in Controlling Flu in Your Community

Jan 21, 2014 - According to the CDC, as of Jan. 10, more than 2,600 hospitalizations for influenza had been reported to the agency for this flu season, and there have been 10 confirmed pediatric deaths. Despite recommendations to vaccinate all children and adults (with few exceptions) and the ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140121flueditorial.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

Repeal of SGR Would Allow Academy to Move Forward on Other Issues

Nov 13, 2013 - For more than a decade, the AAFP has been calling for the repeal of the flawed sustainable growth rate formula that CMS uses to calculate physician payments for providing services to Medicare patients. Instead, Congress has repeatedly put short-term patches on the problem -- at a cost ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20131113-sgreditorial.html

Tell Congress, White House to Address Debt Ceiling Now

Oct 14, 2013 - Time is running out. After weeks of disagreement, Congress and the White House have not reached common ground on the federal debt-ceiling limit. The United States reached its borrowing limit in May. Since then, the U.S Treasury has taken measures to ensure that the federal government ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20131014debtceilingoutreach.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

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

Supporting Breastfeeding Makes a Difference for Moms, Babies

Aug 22, 2013 - The CDC recently released some good news for American mothers and their babies. The agency said in its annual breastfeeding report card that the percentage of newborns who initiated breastfeeding increased from 71 percent in 2000 to 77 percent in 2010. During the same period, there were...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130822breastfeedingedl.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

RUC Process Comes Under Increasing Public Scrutiny

Aug 12, 2013 - Conversations about health care in our country today frequently focus on costs. And, perhaps for the first time, the public conversation now includes how payment for medical services affects the overall costs of services, as well as services provided. Closer scrutiny of the Medicare ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130812rucprocessedl.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

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

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

Take Two Apps and Text Me in the Morning

May 31, 2013 - My patient was prediabetic, and the usual steps to stop the progression toward type 2 diabetes were not working. He had tried diet programs and failed. He had tried group visits for weight loss and failed. And then, without medications, surgery or any other interventions, the pounds ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130531appsedl.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

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

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

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

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

Will Docs Go Where Evidence Leads?

Feb 19, 2013 - The number of physicians doing screenings that aren't recommended -- and getting paid for it -- is simply depressing. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends -- based on an evidence report -- that annual screening for cervical cancer is unnecessary. Yet, scores of women who ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130219ebmeditorial.html

Vaccine Fellowship Presents Tremendous Opportunity

Feb 13, 2013 - The AAFP vaccine science fellowship changed my life. In 2009, I was one of the Academy's first vaccine science fellows. During that year, I spent 10 percent of my time learning about the entire vaccine pipeline: from the basic science to the manufacturing issues to the policy ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130213vaccinefellowshipedl.html

Times Square 'Jumbotron' Spreads Word About Family Medicine

Feb 12, 2013 - Times Square: It's the epitome of bright lights, big city, with more than 450 million people passing through it every year. The AAFP recently jumped at an unexpected opportunity to reach more than 1.5 million of those people each day with a message about family medicine -- a colorful, ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130212timesquareedl.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

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

Rural Physicians Don't Have to Go it Alone

Jan 4, 2013 - Rural physicians account for less than 20 percent of the AAFP's active membership, and that percentage is gradually shrinking. The trend in our membership is toward employed positions in urban areas. And although more than 11,000 family physicians are practicing in small towns, farming ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130104edlruralhealthwrkgrp.html

Retiring AAFP Vice President Challenges Members to Get Involved in Global Health

Dec 21, 2012 - My parents -- a general practitioner and a nurse -- had a faith-based calling to care for people in impoverished areas. Before I was born, they served as missionaries in India for 15 years. After providing care for a small town in Minnesota for more than a decade, they found another way...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20121221ostergaardvoices.html

Violence: A Public Health Threat We Cannot Ignore

Dec 19, 2012 - As we all mourn the events in Newtown, Conn., last week, calls to do something about violence and firearms in our society are echoing across the nation. AAFP members have many of the same thoughts and concerns, and many have come to the conclusion that the violence in our nation is a ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20121219violenceedl.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

Your Voice Makes A Difference; Speak Out to Stop Medicare Payment Cuts

Nov 15, 2012 - Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. That famous quote often is attributed to Margaret Mead. The noted anthropologist witnessed plenty of grassroots advocacy efforts in her time, living through...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20121115grassrootsoutreach.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

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

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

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

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